The Rosicrucians

Famous Rosicrucians

Inevitably with such organisations, it’s hardly surprising that over the years several famous people have been rumoured to have been members. One of the most memorable was Walt Disney, who did belong to the AMORC: a neo-Rosicrucian society based in California. Less convincing, however, are claims that many Disney films served as a vehicle for delivering the broader Rosicrucian message – not that I’ve ever watched The Little Mermaid that closely!

Robert Fludd was a prominent 16th/17th-century English physician, astrologer, alchemist and mathematician renowned for his interest in the occult. Like Ashmole, Fludd was fascinated with the Rosicrucians and wrote publicly of them. As a scientist, his approach in many ways followed that of Dee, and he was stout in his belief real wisdom would be found in the learning of natural magicians. At times, his views led to a passionate debate with Johannes Kepler.

Kepler was undoubtedly one of the most influential scientists of the era, famed for his contributions to mathematics, astrology and astronomy. He is perhaps best known for his theory of planetary motion, which would go on to have more than a passing influence on Sir Isaac Newton.

The supernova of 1604 was discovered by Kepler and was believed to indicate the start of the latest of a long line of epoch-marking events, the possibility of which was mentioned in The Rosicrucian Prophecy.
Simon Studion was another influential German, remembered primarily as a Latin teacher, poet, historian and author. His most famous work was Naometria, whose prose concerned the importance of the star of 1604. He is often credited as being Tobias Hess’s most considerable influence.

Not mentioned by name, Daniel Mögling was another famed court physician, alchemist and astronomer. Published in 1618 under the title Speculum Sophicum Rhodostauroticum, translated into English as The Mirror of the Wisdom of the Rosy Cross, which went into detail concerning the founding of the organisation and their early experiments, Mögling’s account offers unique evidence the Rosicrucian movement took its inspiration from the ancient Egyptians.