Kabbalistic Order of the Rosy Cross

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Kabbalistic Order of the Rosy Cross AKA L'Ordre Kabbalistique de la Rose Croix (OKRC)

One of many Occult Groups Papus formed or reorganized in France in the late 1800s, the Kabbalistic Order of the Rosy Cross had many similarities to the Fraternitas Rosae Crucis (FRC) of his teacher Eliphas Levi, including much of P. B. Randolph's occult teachings and Saint-Yves d'Alveydre's "Synarchy".

In this Order, Papus enlisted the services of the Freemason Saint-Yves d'Alveydre, Joséphin Péladan (also known by the Persian surname Sâr Joséphin Péladan} and the Marquis Stanislas de Guaita as it's first Grand Master in 1888.

After Stanislas de Guaita, Francois Charles Barlet (AKA Albert Faucheux) became the Grand Master of the Order, by which time Papus was ready to serve as the 3rd. His successor, Charles Detre (AKA Teder) was unable to prevent a split with some of the more Gnostic and religious oriented Brothers following Jean Bricaud, who later founded the Eglise Gnostique Universelle ("Universal Gnostic Church"). The more Magical and Mystical Brothers followed Lucien Mauchel (AKA Sar Chamuel)and two legitimately Chartered L'Ordre Kabbalistique de la Rose Croixs have parallel histories. How the Ordre Martiniste (OM) of Papus differed from Kabbalistic Order of the Rosy Cross under his leadership is a subject of on-going research, as rituals and writings from both are being sought.

It was structured as limited to twelve members, like the Disciples and the Fama Fraternitatis RC, but may have had only 6, as the other 6 members were unknown or Spiritual, dis-incarnated Masters. While Lord Edward Bulwer-Lytton in England has been mentioned as a possible member, his connections through Frederick Hockley and Kenneth R. H. Mackenzie Seemed to be more from the German Order of the Golden and Rosy Cross through Johann Friedrich Falk at the Kabbalistic College of London and the Masonic Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia, (SRIA), a secret offshoot of the Freemasons appendant body, the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.


Resources: http://www.gnostique.net/studies/okrc.htm; http://korc.wisdomtraditions.org/ ; http://rosae-crucis.net/eng/currents/ ;