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The Secret Stream

Christian Rosenkreutz & Rosicrucianism

Rudolf Steiner Introduction by Christopher Bamford

256 pp.  
6" x 9 1/4"



Published:  December 2000


  • “As a general rule, wherever one finds alchemy in the West upon a Christian basis, the true Rose Cross is not distant. From this point of view, Rudolf Steiner’s anthroposophy, to the extent that it is Rosicrucian, is alchemical.... Alchemy, in this sense, is...the ‘resurrection’ of matter.” —Christopher Bamford

During the early seventeenth century, Europe was suddenly embroiled in controversy after the publication of the first Rosicrucian texts. Ever since, Rosicrucianism has been at the center of Western Christian esotericism. Forced underground by the Thirty Years War, it was secretly handed down by alchemists, hermeticists, and Masons to the nineteenth century, when it inspired new spiritual movements such as Theosophy, the Order of Golden Dawn, and Rudolf Steiner's Spiritual Science.

The Secret Stream collects all of Steiner's discussions of the Rosicrucians, answering questions such as Who are the Rosicrucians? What is Alchemy? What is the Rosicrucian path? What is the difference between Rosicrucianism and mysticism? And what does it mean for today? The topics include the Tao and the Rose Cross; the history and mission of Christian Rosenkreutz; the nature of Rosicrucian practice and experience; the meaning of "The Chymical Wedding," and Goethe's Rosicrucian poem, “The Mysteries.”

Rosicrucian meditation is also discussed, including how to meditate the Rose Cross itself. This important collection goes to the spiritual heart of Anthroposophy, whose essence is the Rosicrucian path. Edited and introduced by Christopher Bamford, The Secret Stream brings to light the hidden fraternity that has lived and worked since the fourtheenth century. It reveals the Rosicrucian path that is Christian, alchemical, and profoundly modern.


  • Introduction: “Who Added the Roses to the Cross?” by Christopher Bamford
  1. Tao and Rose Cross
  2. Who Are the Rosicrucians?
  3. Rosicrucian Practice
  4. Stages of Rosicrucian Initiation
  5. Goethe's Rosicrucian Poem "The Mysteries"
  6. Rosicrucian Symbols
  7. Who Was Christian Rosenkreutz?
  8. The Teaching of Christian Rosenkreutz
  9. Christian Rosenkreutz and Gautama Buddha
  10. On The Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz
  11. The Life of the Spirit in the Middle Ages
  12. Hidden Centers of the Mysteries in the Middle Ages
  13. The Time of Transition
  14. The Relationship between Humankind and the Sun
  15. Meditating the Rose Cross
  16. Meditation with the Rose-Cross
  • Afterword: "Rudolf Steiner and Rosicrucianism" by Christopher Bamford

Related Titles

  • A Christian Rosenkreutz Anthology
  • Esoteric Christianity : and the Mission of Christian Rosenkreutz (CW 130)
  • Christian Rosenkreutz : The Mystery, Teaching and Mission of a Master
  • Rosicrucianism Renewed : The Unity of Art, Science & Religion: The Theosophical Congress of Whitsun 1907 (CW 284)
  • The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz, Anno 1459
  • Rudolf Steiner and Christian Rosenkreutz
  • The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz : A Commentary on a Christian Path of Initiation
  • The Rose Cross Meditation : An Archetype of Human Development

    Related Titles by Subject:

    Anthroposophy: Esoteric Studies ; Anthroposophy: Evolution & History ; Anthroposophy: Meditation & Verses ; Esoteric: Christianity and Esoteric: Esoteric Studies