Swan Flight through the Seven Heavens of the Rosicrucian Mysteries: The Third Heaven
May 23 @ 17:00 - May 26 @ 12:30
A 4-day celebration of the Quatercentenary of the 1624 great cipher manual, Cryptomenytices et Cryptographiae.
This hybrid event, part on-site and part with talks on Zoom by Peter Dawkins, will include a 3-day site visit in Germany to Celle, Hitzacker and Luneburg led by Oliver and Heidemarie Falldorf, and a 1-day site visit in England to Kenilworth Castle led by Peter and Sarah Dawkins, with attendees choosing either one or the other. There will also be on-site talks by Peter and Heidemarie that will be written as essays to share, plus English-German/German-English translations, and a follow-up Zoom meeting to share experiences and discuss further things.
Cryptomenytices et Cryptographiae was compiled, written and published by Augustus ‘the Younger’ when he resided at Hitzacker, before he became Augustus II, Duke of Brunswick-Luneburg. He was closely linked with Francis Bacon in the Rosicrucian movement, and Bacon played an important role in the compiling, writing and publishing of Cryptomenytices et Cryptographiae, which was published under Augustus’ pseudonym of Gustavus Selenus.
2024 is also the Quatercentenary of Ben Jonson’s The Masque of Owls, which was performed at Kenilworth Castle on 19 August 1624 for Prince Charles, the surviving son and heir of King James I of England. Jonson was at that time still assisting Francis Bacon, whom he revered, and was a key player in the Rosicrucian fraternity. Not only is the owl an emblem of Pallas Athena, but it also signifies secret or cryptic writing.
Kenilworth forms the beak of one of the two landscape Swans of Avon, whose root or tail is marked by the Rollright Stones, and whose head is marked by old Warwick town, complete with a castle (Warwick Castle) overlooking the river Avon, and the Collegiate Church of St Mary on its highest point.
Details will be published as soon as they become available.