Steiner's "Initiation to the Grade of Rosicrucian Apprentice"
- Dear Friends,
I have a description by M. Robert Kuentz of Steiner's "Initiation to
the Grade of Rosicrucian Apprentice."
A few highlights: You are told to dress in white. You are blindfolded
and all metal taken off you.
You enter the Temple and circumnambulate the room three times. After a
spoken formulae the bandage is removed, you see Steiner in front of you
holding a skull under your nose. Steiner has two servers bearing
Steiner is completely clothed in red with red cap. He is before an altar
in the form of a cube, on which are a cup, crucifix and candle. There
are three altars in all.
At this point you are wearing the masonic apron. You place your hand on
the Gospel of John and are told the password. With two extended swords
curious signs are made in front of you.
Then a sermon from Steiner on Hiram and Solomon... then the repast.
Second address from Steiner now wearing an alb of lace; he speaks on the
Triangle and the eye of God.
Closing of ceremony which has lasted four hours. Ritualistic knocks with
mallets on the three cubes, black draperies removed. You are surrounded
with ruby red... You are Initiated!
In the early days of theosophy there was also an initiation ceremony.