View Full Version : The Rosy Cross of the Golden Dawn

12-13-2009, 04:23 PM
I am sure many of you have come across this symbol before.


This lamen is a complete synthesis of the masculine, positive, or rainbow scale of color attributions, which is also called the Scale of the King. The four arms of the cross belong to the four elements and are colored accordingly. The white portion belongs to the Holy Spirit and the planets.

The twenty-two petals of the rose refer to the twenty-two paths on the Tree of Life and the Twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet.

It is the cross in Tiphareth, the receptacle and the center of the forces of the Sephiroth and the paths. The extreme center of the rose is white, the reflected spiritual brightness of Kether, bearing upon it the Red Rose of Five Petals and the Golden Cross of Six Squares; four green rays issue from around the angles of the cross. Upon the white portion of the lamen, below the rose, is placed the hexagram, with the planets.

Around the pentagrams, which are placed one upon each elemental colored arm, are drawn the symbols of the spirit and the four elements. Upon each of the floriated ends (the arms) of the cross are arranged the three alchemical principles of sulfur, salt, and mercury. The white rays issuing from behind the rose at the inner angles between the arms of the cross are the rays of the divine light issuing and coruscating from the reflected light of Kether in its center; and the letters and symbols on them refer to the analysis of the Key Word - I.N.R.I. - source (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosy_Cross#Symbolism_of_the_Golden_Dawn_Rosy_Cross )


07-03-2012, 09:32 AM
all symbols are known to me, except those letters beside every letter of INRI. and if you know why are there above those letteres of inri symbols of scorpio, virgo and i think sun...

solomon levi
07-03-2012, 10:26 AM
If you were asking, scorpio is related to Nun (hebrew and tarot), the letter N;
virgo to Yod, I; and the sun to Resh, R. So signifying hebrew autiot and tarot correspondences I suppose.
I haven't figured out the letters on the sides of the INRI. Have you?

07-03-2012, 10:32 AM
oh thank you very much for explanation....nice
no i didn't, i will let you know if i find anything

solomon levi
07-03-2012, 10:40 AM
Hmmm. I just saw that if we follow the order of the INRI letters,
we get IAO and LVX, leaving the fourth letters... maybe roman numeral 11?
or greek letter xi = X... lots of meanings/correspondences you're probably familiar with

07-03-2012, 10:56 AM
yeah....but unfortunetly i am not familiar with crowley :( guess i must read more aboutit..thanks

solomon levi
07-03-2012, 11:26 AM
LVX = light, and it is roman numerals equally 65 which is gematria for ADNI = adonai/lord
IAO is said to stand for Isis, Apophis, Osiris; birth, death, resurrection...
Hey - says here it's identical to LVX! So that must be right. Just have to figure out xi.

Xi is probably just the letter X which is the cross which the letters of LVX all fit on, and IAO corresponds with.
Numerically it is 60 - equilateral triangle; also 3x4x5=60 - again, the right angle;
also 60 seconds, 60 minutes... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexagesimal

07-03-2012, 04:30 PM
For accuracy's sake....
This page: http://stellalunatarot.wordpress.com/2009/09/09/yeats-and-the-hermetic-order-of-the-golden-dawn/

has this picture: http://stellalunatarot.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/yeats-rose-cross-lamen.jpg

Of the Lamen that Yeats painted, it doesn't have the mistake that the one that was posted has... which mostly ruins a lot of the meanings that it is meant to have for the context in which it makes sense.

07-03-2012, 06:15 PM
The petal design in the middle can be used in a join the dots kind of way to produce sigils for a name (Deities, angels etc). This is very usefull in talismanic magic if you don't want to specifically relate to a planet. If you do a planetary talisman then there are magic squares you can use. Sigils derived from the rose cross can relate to multiple sephiroth of the tree of life and also therefore more then one planet. For example in quabbalah the Archangel Michael can be placed in more the one sephirah of the tree of life depending on whose interpretation you favour. So as an example, by using the rose cross sigilisation you have an appropriate signature for Michael that avoids the need for any kind of 'quabbalistic causistry'.