May Roses Grow Upon Your Cross

Two weeks ago, my daughter Heather and I discussed what will become of my remains when I die. As my Trustee she has power of attorney. She told me her mother was a member of the Neptune Society and will be cremated by them, her ashes spread upon the surface of the sea. As fate would have it Patrice Hanson will be cremated in the Oddfellows Columbarium. The Stuttmeisters were Oddfellows whose remains were evicted from the Laurel Hill cemetery where this amazing building was built. I believe the Stuttmeisters were put to eternal rest in the smaller Oddfellows cemetery near McCalister Street where Doctor Stuttmeister had a home. William Olin Stuttmeister paid $10,000 dollars to have the Stuttmeisters and the Jankes moved to Cypress Lawn in Colma where in a tomb they rest as the eternal sunlight filter through a Tiffany stainglass window. It is alleged the large stainglass window at the columbarium of three angels was made by Tiffany.

One could say William Stuttmeister was the Guaridan of the Dead who no doubt fought Mayor Rossi’s crusade to evict the Oddfellows and Freemasons from their graves. Did William testify to the fact that Frederick the Great granted his ancestors the right to be buried in what I suspect is a Rosicrucian cemetery in Berlin?

In my next post I will show you the Guilds that my Rosamond kinfolk belonged to in Switzerland. The Oddfellows sprang from the Guilds, as did Freemasonry. My neice’s great grandfather, General Thomas Hart Benton, the Grand Master of the Masons of Iowa, saved Albert Pike’s library that contained the Scottish Rite associated with the Rosicrucians.

In 1987 I had a psychic reading at the Berkeley Psychic Institute where one is read as a rose. The Seer saw two faint leaves on the stem of the rose that reperesent your children. I had no children. In 2000, I had a dream where my angel introduced me to my daughter. Two weeks later Heather’s mother called to tell me the blessed news. I too will be cremated at the Oddfellow cathedral of souls. I want my ahses spread at Rocky Point where Christine’s ashes fell like stars into the vast ocean of Eternal Love.

Jon Presco

A Union general, Thomas H. Benton, Grand Master in Iowa, 1860 – 1862, saved Albert Pikes Masonic Library at Little Rock, Arkansas, by placing Federal Troops around Pike’s home when the city was invaded during the Civil War.

The Berlin Rosicrucians, who were close to the heir to the throne (later Frederick William II), became particularly well known. Their representatives, J. C. von Wöllner and J. R. von Bischoffwerder, held state positions. The Martinists, Masonic Rosicrucians in Moscow and other Russian cities, were associated with the Berlin Rosicrucians at the end of the 18th century.

The story of the “Chemical Wedding” takes place in the magical castle of the bride and the bridegroom. The castle is filled with lion effigies and the servants are students of Plato. In a setting similar to a Grail Romance, the Virgin Lamplighter have all the people present weighted on a scales, while a clock tells the motions of the heavens and the Golden Fleece is presented to the guests. Music is played in this atmosphere of chivalry while knights in Holy Orders preside. Beneath the castle there is a sepulchre bearing strange inscriptions, and there are twelve ships of the Golden Stone flying their individual flags of the Zodiac. During this reception a fantasy play tells the story of an unnamed princess who, cast ashore in a wooden chest, marries a prince of equally obscure background and restores a usurped royal heritage.

Together with the other two documents, the Chemical Wedding is of obvious Grail significance. As a result, the Church condemned the Manifestos. The setting was mythical, but to illustrate the scene the Rosicrucians used only the Heildelberg castle, the residence of the Palatine Lion, the home of Prince Friedrich of the Rhine and his wife, Princess Elizabeth Stuart, the daughter of King James VI of Scotland (James I of England).

According to Jean Pierre Bayard, two rites of Rosicrucian inspiration emerged from the end of 18th century. One was the Rectified Scottish Rite, which was widespread in Central Europe where there was a strong presence of the “Golden and Rosy Cross”. The other was the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, first practiced in France, in which the 18th degree is called Knight of the Rose Croix. During the 18th century, there were several rites practiced in Freemasonry based on the Renaissance universe of hermeticism and alchemy, which was created by the Rosicrucians of 17th century or earlier.

[edit] The Odd Fellows

In smaller towns and villages, there were too few Fellows from the same trade to set up a local Guild, so Fellows from a number of trades banded together to form a local Guild of Fellows from an odd assortment of trades. Hence, Guilds of Odd Fellows.[1]

Over the next 300 years or so, the idea of “ordinary” people joining together to improve their situation met with varying degrees of opposition (and persecution) from “the establishment”, depending on whether they were seen as a source of revenue (taxes) or a threat to their power. For example, when Henry VIII broke from the Roman Catholic Church, the Guilds were seen by him as supporters of the Pope, and in 1545 all material property of the Guilds was confiscated. Elizabeth I took away from the Guilds the responsibility for apprenticeships, and by the end of her reign, most Guilds had been suppressed.[1]

[edit] The Oddfellows Lodge

The suppression of the Trade Guilds removed an important form of social and financial support from ordinary men and women. In major cities (like London), some Guilds (like the Free Masons and the Odd Fellows) survived by adapting their roles to a social support function. Both of these organisations had their base in London, but established other Branches (called ‘Lodges’) across the country.[1] The earliest surviving rules of an Oddfellows Lodge date from 1730 and refer to the Loyal Aristarcus Lodge in London. Many pubs in Britain are named ‘The Oddfellows’ or ‘Oddfellows Arms’. Invariably these are past meeting places of Lodges.[1]

The French Revolution caused “the establishment” to view organisations such as the Oddfellows and Freemasons with fear. Membership became a criminal offence, and such organisations were driven underground and forced to use codes, passwords, special handshakes and similar mechanisms.[1] Fear of revolution was not the sole reason for persecution. Friendly societies like the Oddfellows were the predecessors of modern-day trade unions and could organise effective local strike action by levying all of their members for additional contributions for their benevolent funds, out of which payments could be made to the families of members who were on strike.[1]
The Oddfellows subsequently introduced a number of novel benefits for members. These included the Travel Warrant, which allowed members seeking work to stay overnight in an Oddfellows Hall, anywhere in the country, free of charge. The Oddfellows also introduced standard protection policies (or ‘tables’) to which people could subscribe to protect themselves. At that time (and until 1948 in the U.K.), payment was required to see a doctor or to go into hospital. Many people therefore joined friendly societies like the Oddfellows to obtain protection to meet these costs.[1]

The Lutheran Church traces its doctrines to Martin Luther, who started the Protestant Reformation, resulting in Protestantism.

Most Lutheran churches accept conventional Protestant theology. They are distinguished by a belief that the Bible is the inspired word of God, the priesthood of all believers, a belief in the efficacy of infant baptism, a sung liturgy, and an emphasis on faith in God as the basis of Christian experience.
Because of the prophec

y of Jan Hus, (whose name means ‘goose’), a swan is the traditional symbol of many Lutheran congregations. In Europe, Luther’s Rose is preferred. According to tradition, as Hus was being burned, he said “Today you burn a goose, but in a hundred years will come a swan whose voice you will not be able to still.”

This is a map showing the location of the Odd Fellows Cemetery which was bounded by Arguello and Geary Boulevards and Turk and Parker Streets. It was once part of the Lone Mountain Cemetery. There are homes here now as well as restaurants, shops, stores, the old Coronet Movie Theater(Now a new Senior Living Facility), Rossi playground-pool and the San Francisco Columbarium which also use to belong to the Odd Fellows Cemetery.

The Columbarium was once part of the Odd Fellows Cemetery, which encompassed approximately 167 acres (68 ha). It was built to complement an existing crematorium designed by Cahill in 1895.
In 1902 the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance to prohibit the sale of cemetery lots or permit any further burials within the city. By late 1910, cremation was also prohibited. The Odd Fellows, forced to abandon their cemetery, established Green Lawn Cemetery in Colma. Transfer of bodies began in 1929 and many families also chose to remove their urns from the Columbarium. The crematorium and various mausoleums were demolished, and many of the headstones were used to build a seawall at Aquatic Park. Only the Columbarium remained.
After a time, the Columbarium was sold to the Bay Cities Cemetery Association and later to Cypress Abbey. As it passed from one organization to another it fell into disrepair. In 1980, the Neptune Society of Northern California bought it and began restoration.
In 1996, the building was added to the register of San Francisco Landmarks

The Columbarium combines baroque and neoclassical features. Cahill was probably inspired by the Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago. The diameter, from the entrance to the stained glass window opposite, is 64 feet (20 m). The width of the rotunda within the Inner circle is 29 feet (8.8 m) and the rotunda reaches a height of about 45 feet (14 m).
The eight rooms on the ground floor bear the names of the mythological winds. Six of the ground floor rooms feature beautiful stained glass windows. The window in the Aquilo room depicting three angels in flight, is attributed equally to Louis Comfort Tiffany or John LaFarge. The first floor rooms are named after constellations. The second and third floors are simpler in design.
The ground floor contains approximately 2,400 niches, the first floor 2,500, and the second and third floors approximately 1,800 each, with an overall total of more than 8,500

;Many self-appointed candidates for Rosicrucian secrets sought out the Brotherhood in the months which followed the publication of the Fama, some in order to learn to serve mankind and reform the consciousness of the globe, but most out of curiosity or the wish to learn the secrets of power, and especially that of transmutation. In 1615 the Confessio Fraternitatis, “written to all the learned of Europe,” appeared. Refusing to acknowledge the special status of either the pope or of Mohammed, the Confessio asserts that the Rosicrucian Philosophy founds and synthesizes the sciences, arts and religion in a full understanding of Man. Though few knew these mysteries, they were the “six wonders of eternity,” and knowledge of them was possible for the deserving. The Fama, therefore, is not to be taken lightly, for when combined with the Confessio the true student may find all the clues needed to establish a connection with the Brotherhood. Even if all knowledge should perish, one could reconstruct a palace of wisdom with the skill and learning imparted by C.R., an easier feat than the renovation of the existing structure of knowledge.
    The Adepts of the Brotherhood fear neither hunger nor poverty, neither sickness nor age, for they possess the means to overcome these foes of mankind. Their eyes can see ‘the people which dwell beyond the River Ganges,” and “those which live in Peru.” The contents of the manuscript of nature give them the keys to all books, past, present and future. The magical sounds they utter transform the gross into the sublime. Because of the potency of this profound knowledge, only those who meet the highest spiritual, moral and intellectual standards are allowed to acquire it, although the invitation is offered to all who wish to try. The criteria for entrance are given by the nature of illumination and manifestation, not by any arbitrary standards set by men. It is the “uprightness and hopes” of the aspirant which alone qualify him for any of the Order’s three degrees. Those who “seek other things than wisdom” shall not only fail – their hypocrisy will betray and punish them.

The brothers, old and new, will invisibly affect the world.
    Wherefore there should cease all servitude, falsehood, lies and darkness, which, little by little, with the great world’s revolution, crept into all arts, works and governments of men, and have darkened the greater part of them.
And although the brothers will remain unseen, they will be manifest in their work. “But the work itself shall be attributed to the blessedness of our age.”

    The world shall awake out of her heavy and drowsy sleep, and with an open heart, bareheaded and barefoot, shall merrily and joyfully meet the new arising Sun.
The Brotherhood can “verily foreknow and foresee the darkness of obscurations of the Church, and how long they shall last,” for from mathematical and astronomical knowledge have been drawn “characters and letters” which produce “our magic writing . . a new language for ourselves, in which is expressed and declared the nature of all things.”

The Rosicrucian candidate must delve into and apply the hidden meaning in the Bible, as well as understand philosophy and nature. Most alchemical books must be abandoned as fallacious, while the true tincture of metals” is to be learned in the Brotherhood, where no money is asked for the knowledge imparted. Yet if anyone thinks to benefit himself, “he shall sooner lose his life in seeking and searching for us, than to find us, and attain to come to the wished happiness of the Fraternity of the Rosy Cross.”

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