In the Pronaos of the Temple of Wisdom

In The Pronaos

of the

Temple of Wisdom,

containing the history

of the

true and the false

Rosicrucians.

with an introduction into the mysteries
of the

Hermetic Philosophy

Franz Hartmann, M.D.

London:
Theosophical Publishing Society,
7, Duke Street, Adelphi.
Occult Publishing Co., Boston, Mass., U.S.A.
1890.
[All Rights Reserved]


Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1890, by Franz Hartmann, M.D., in the Offce of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington, D.C.


Contents.

Preface

I.
Introduction.
Occult literature—Allegorical language of the Rosicrucian books—Its secret meaning.

II.
The Hermetic Philosophy.
The Neoplatonists—Ammonius Saccas—Plotinus—Malchus Porphyrius—Jamblichus—Proclus—Hierocles.

III.
Midiæval Philosophers.
“Magic,” according to Cornelius Agrippa.

IV.
Among the "Adepts."
The “Brotherhood of the Golden and Rosy Cross”—Occult and mysterious powers—Adepts and Sages—Alchymists and Goldmakers—The True History of Plamel—The Count de Saint Germain—Cagliostro—The art of making alchemical gold—Well-authenticated facts.

V.
The Rosicrucian "Orders."
“History” of the “Rosicrucians”—The “Universal Reformation;” the “Fama Fraternitatis” and the “Confessio”—Truth and fiction—The “Chemical Marriage of Christian Rosencruetz”—Valentin Andreæ—The “Sphinx Rosaceæ”—Andreas von Carolstadt—Theophrastus Paracelsus—Rosicrucian literature.

VI.
Pseudo-Rosicrucians. Impostors and Fools.
Mysticism during the Middle Ages—“Secret Societies”—Schroepfer—J.C. Woellner and Bischofswerder—Political influence—The “Jesuits,” and the “Illuminati”—Weishaupt—King Frederic William II.

VII.
In the Pronaos of the Temple of the True Cross.
The Cross and the Rose—Rosicrucian Rules—The Duties of a Rosicrucian—The Secret Signs of the Rosicrucians—Rosicrucian Jewels—Rosicrucian Symbols—Signs from the heart of the celestial mother—Signs referring to the divine child.

VIII.
Alchemy.
The science and art of Alchemy—“The Prima Materia”—The “Spiritus Universalis”—The “Secret Fire”—The four alchemical rules—The five things necessary to observe tin the practice of Alchemy—Axiomata Hermetica.

End Pages


To
Marie, Countess of Caithness,
Duchesse de Pomár,
and
to all who have discovered the true cross by
entering into the light through
the power of the fire,
this book is respectfully dedicated
by
The Author.