Posts tagged as:

rose

Known commonly as Luther’s Rose, this symbol was devised as a personal seal by Martin Luther, the father of the Protestant Reformation and founder of the Lutheran Church, to symbolize his personal theological beliefs. It is now generally used to symbolize the Lutheran Church.

Luther describes his emblem:

The first thing expressed in my seal is a cross, black, within the heart, to put me in mind that faith in Christ crucified saves us. “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness.”

Now, although the cross is black, mortified, and intended to cause pain, yet it does not change the color of the heart, does not destroy nature — i.e., does not kill, but keeps alive. “For the just shall live by faith,” — by faith in the Savior.

But this heart is fixed upon the center of a white rose, to show that faith causes joy, consolation and peace. The rose is white, not red, because white is the ideal color of all angels and blessed spirits.

This rose, moreover, is fixed in a sky-colored ground, to denote that such joy of faith in the spirit is but an earnest and beginning of heavenly joy to come, as anticipated and held by hope, though not yet revealed.

And around this ground base is a golden ring, to signify that such bliss in heaven is endless, and more precious than all joys and treasures, since gold is the best and most precious metal. Christ, our dear Lord, He will give grace unto eternal life.

The traditional cross of the Lutheran Church is a regular Latin cross with the seal superimposed; sometimes the rose is omitted, leaving a cross within a heart.

Related Symbols:

{ 1 comment }

The Rosicrucian rose is another form of the Rose or Rosy Cross, a Christian symbol originating in the first century. It was adopted as a Hermetic occult symbol during the English Renaissance and was re-popularized by the Nineteenth century magical order the Golden Dawn.

The equal-armed cross symbolizes resurrection and rebirth, the earth axis, and the world of matter; the rose, the unfolding nature of spiritual growth, the blood of Christ, awakening. The two emblems combined show thew triumph of the spiritual over the material. The history of the Rose Cross is an unusual one. It has been linked with the equilateral red cross of the Knights Templar. The appearance of the rose cross in “Christian” art and poetry is often taken as a secret communication of heresy- the worship of the Goddess Venus, or even secret tantric sex practices, particularly in connection with the medieval troubadours.

For example, a Catholic rosary spread flat reveals a symbol of the planet Venus- a circle surmounting a cross. If one draws a line connecting the five beads of the “mysteries” (that is, the five large beads in the circle), a pentagram is formed- the “Rose of Venus.” The pentagram is a symbol of the Planet Venus, as it is the shape it forms on its travels through the heavens. The name “rosary” means “garland of roses,” and early Rose Cross imagery mimicked the shape of the rosary.

spacer
Rose Cross spacer Rose Cross
Robert Fludd’s Summum Bonum; inscription reads, “The Rose feeds the Bees” Rosicrucian seal of Martin Luther
spacer
Similar Symbols:
spacer

{ 3 comments }

The Rose Cross originated as a Christian symbol in the first century, as a symbol of the blood of Christ, and a mystery of sacrifice.  The earliest rose crosses were a variation of the Christian ankh or crux ansata, and are associated with the Coptic (Egyptian) church, and related Gnostic sects. The rose and cross was later adopted and popularized as the primary emblem of the Rosicrucians, an apocryphal secret society that originated during the Renaissance.

The rose symbolized the redemptive power of the blood of Christ; the symbol as a whole illustrated the triumph of spirit over matter. A deeper, hidden significance of the symbol is the union of the rose of Mary with the Cross of Christ, the union of the divine feminine with the divine masculine.  The shape of the rose cross suggests the rosary or the mirror-cross of Venus. According to Rosicrucian philosophers, the whole Rosicrucian philosophy could be found within the symbol. The rose cross was adopted as a Hermetic occult symbol during the Middle ages, and was later popularized by the Nineteenth century magical order the Golden Dawn. The esoteric meaning of the cross is quite similar to the original; the cross symbolizes the material plane, and the cycle of death and rebirth. The rose represents the unfolding nature of spiritual growth. When the equal armed cross is employed, it has a secret significance: the word lux, or light, can be found hidden in its arms.

The Victorian-era magical order the Golden Dawn used the rose cross as a special symbol of study, the emblem of the philosophy of the order.  The central rose also functioned as a device for creating sigils, with twenty two petals representing the letters of the Hebrew alphabet.

{ 2 comments }