The Rosicrucians

A Rosicrucian EU

Founded in 1951 as the European Coal and Steel Community on the back of the Treaty of Paris, and later the European Economic Community following the Treaty of Rome in 1957, the EU has subsequently evolved into a twenty-eight-member political and economic union that has been branded in certain quarters an emerging superpower.

Covering the EU in detail, especially at a time of immense political uncertainty, is again well beyond the scope of this section. In total, there are five presidential roles concerning the EU, the President of the European Commission arguably the most prominent.

As yet, there is no one president of the EU, but that could change.

In my novel, I present the premise that the EU is little more than a synarchist plot created by the Rosicrucians to see the ‘star child’ rule. Whether this could ever happen the way I described is debatable. While the Fama and Confessio certainly press the importance of a ‘society in Europe’, which echoes the views of Dee as a ‘cosmopolites’, and also Studion’s hopes for an alliance between James I, Frederick of Württemberg and Henry IV of France, it’s less easy to equate the developing EU with any specific individual who is yet to be crowned. One could argue the most significant argument against this possibility is that the EU is a secular union and that Christianity, at least in a supernatural sense, is far more watered down than in the occult-believing days of Dee and the Fama.

That the EU matches the idea of the society in Europe is not without foundation. Indeed, should the author of the Fama be alive today, it’s easy to see evidence the ongoing evolution has been in keeping with much of what was originally set out. That the EU was the brainchild of such a group is anyone’s guess. When Robert Schuman first spoke of the importance of such a society, his aims were of stability; something considered vital coming at a time when the Nazis were still on course to win World War Two. In that way, I have no doubt the early union fulfilled much of Schuman’s promise.

Of the EU’s future, irrespective of the UK’s involvement, no doubt this emerging superpower is more than capable of surviving on its own with or without individual states. Nor does it require a shadow government like the Rosicrucians to be on hand to pull any proverbial strings. Nevertheless, an amusing parallel becomes apparent when viewing the EU’s unique ability for continuous rebirth and evolution. What began as a Council of Europe and a free trade area had by the early 1990s become a customs union and single market. By the end of that decade, a monetary union. If the trend continues, the only logical step is federal union, the creation of which has long been muted. Ironically, the only constant of this ever-evolving organism is the circle of stars adopted on the original Council of Europe’s flag.

Whether or not the full transition will occur remains to be seen. Writing at a time of considerable uncertainty concerning the UK’s involvement, questions of the EU are unlikely to be answered any time soon. Of the long-term repercussions of membership or exit, the future, unlike this story, is also unwritten. One thing for sure is the society in Europe that was predicted four centuries ago now exists. One might also argue the author of the Fama will claim it’s had the desired effect. Even if the precise aims of its formation were far from joined, evidence of its power is indisputable.