a reply to: kibric
No, I'm in the SRICF. The Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis (SRICF), the Rosicrucian Society in the United States, is a Masonic
Rosicrucian organization. The purpose of the society, according to its earliest scholars, is "to afford mutual aid and encouragement in working out
the great problems of Life, and in discovering the Secrets of Nature; to facilitate the study of the systems of philosophy inculcated by the original
Fratres Rosae Crucis of Germany based upon the Kabbalah and the doctrines of Hermes Trismegistus.
The governing body of the Society is known since 1911 as The High Council which is composed of Fratres of the Third Order (IX° and VIII°), plus any
College Celebrant not a member of the Third Order. The head of the Society is titled The Supreme Magus who was elected ad vitam (for life) up until
circa 1991 when the constitution of the Society was changed to reflect that Supreme Magi are elected each triennium (a period of three years). The
subordinate bodies are termed “Colleges” each being headed in the United States, by a Chief Adept, IX°, appointed for a three year term by the
Supreme Magus. A Chief Adept can serve a maximum of three terms of office. Unlike the SRIA in England, a Chief Adept in the SRICF does not have
regional powers, but rather is in charge of an individual College. Typically there is but one College per state, exceptions having been made for both
New York and California due to their size and population.
Membership is by invitation only and predicated on regular mainstream Masonic affiliation as well as a profession of Christian faith. The Christian
qualification is required because the character of the Grade rituals is completely Christian, and would not be understood or appreciated by those of
other faiths. Membership is restricted to 72 members (called Fratres) per college. New members are required to select a distinctive “Latin Motto”
and state that they are not a member of a non-Masonic Rosicrucian organization as a matter of ethics. The Society is not interested primarily in
increasing its membership, but considers such brethren whose interest in the Society’s aims is sincere and whom it considers to be in sympathy with
The SRICF does not constitute just another interesting degree in Freemasonry, to be acquired in the course of ordinary Masonic progress. It is
something beyond and outside Freemasonry. The Society is the ideal forum for Masons who wish to extend their contemplation of the hidden mysteries of
Nature and Science, and to investigate the meaning and symbolism of all that now remains of the wisdom, art and literature of the Ancient World.
The See of the High Council is in Washington, D.C. The SRICF is in amity with the SRIS and the SRIA as well as the SRIC (Canada) and has helped the
cause of Rosicruciana by empowering High Councils in their own sovereignty around the World. They are: the SRIL in Lusitania (Portugal), SRIG in
Gallia (France), and the SRIR (Romania). The Society is not merely another degree of Freemasonry which may be acquired and outside of the normal
“workings” of the Craft.
The degrees, with teachings of the degree, are structured as follows:
The First Order consists of four Grades referred to as the Learning Grades:
The Second Order consists of three Grades referred to as the Teaching Grades:
V°: Adeptus Minor
VI°: Adeptus Major
VII°: Adeptus Exemptus
The Third Order consists of two Grades referred to as the Ruling Grades which are only conferred by or with permission of the Supreme Magus:
Got any Alchemist's among you ?
No, I'm the first Mason and Rosicrucian in my family.