Beneath the Veil of Elias Artista

The Rose-Croix as a Way of Awakening

This work seeks to distinguish the Initiation in the Garden, to which the Rose-Croix is connected, from the Initiation in the City, with which Freemasonry is associated. This distinction, which is not an opposition, indicates an articulation, and a possible path, between the dual experience of initiation and the nondual consciousness characteristic of Elias Artista, the legendary “angel of the Rose-Croix.” For the first time, elements of oral traditions are published that illustrate the permanence of the currents of a Mediterranean Rose-Croix, more Orphic than Promethean and more poetic than pragmatic. It is nonetheless subtly practical and transmits the major mysteries of internal alchemy. Lima de Freitas, in a magnificent essay, explores the founding myth of Christian Rosenkreutz and sheds light on particular mysteries. The book ends with a chivalrous and alchemical tale, “The Memoirs of Rocinante,” a contemporary yet traditional plunge into the famous Don Quixote of Cervantes. Manuel Gandra, in a revealing afterword, highlights the ancient symbols of Rose-Croix templarism in Portugal.

This extraordinary book is not a simple ‘How To’ manual or a ‘Cliff Notes’ on the Rosicrucian Way. As ever, it challenges us to think.

Piers Vaughan @ Rose Circle Books

About the Author

Rémi Boyer has explored at length the world of the avant-garde, initiatory traditions, and philosophies of enlightenment.

Notably, he works within the setting of the House of Surrealists in Cordes-sur-Ciel, for a new alliance between traditions, philosophies of awakening, and the artistic avant-garde. Considering literature as a form of metaphysics, he became actively involved in the journal movement of the 1980s and has since collaborated on various traditional journals in Europe. He is the author of some twenty specialized works, particularly on Western initiatory movements, works translated into several languages. Since 1992, he has edited the review L’Esprit des Choses, founded with Robert Amadou, specializing in the philosophy of Louis-Claude de Saint-Martin, Martinism, and Freemasonry. He is regularly invited to give lectures and lead seminars on initiation related topics in most European countries.