The Rose of Bohemia

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Belle inquires about my pen name, Ambrose, which I googled after she said her lover was named Ambrose. I discovered she has been arrested. There is a photo of her hands upon which someone has written a message, like a SPELL.

On Sunday, April 20, 2014 11:51 AM, Belle Burch wrote:

Yes, those are my hands in the RG. That was the first time I had ever appeared in the news as an activist.

Yes, I got a misdemeanor along with 11 other people for trying to talk to a silent and (cowardly) hiding John RUIZ.

I LOVE Crouching Tiger. It’s one of my favorites. The scene where the two young warrior lovers are in the bath together in the desert is my favorite part I think.

Is Bohemian a language as well as a place? Or are you referring to Romani? Was Romani the language that was spoken in Bohemia?

I’d like to hear more of your personal life story. “When I got sober”, “When I was homeless”, “When I was fighting cancer”……. these are words you drop and then let flit by without much detail or explanation or storytelling. I want those details and stories. Please.

Tell me what you thought of my poem. Did it make you feel anything? Did it make you think? If so, what?”

These are personal questions a woman seeking to be engaged would ask of her future husband. My love for Belle was sealed forever by her inquiry. If I was a man of thirty, we would be married – with two children! We would have founded a Bohemian Dynasty in America.

What I will present to you my reader, is the idea that I am the Dream of the Alchemist Rose, come true! The Rosenbergs were sponsors of great alchemists. I was a guinea pig for the LSD manufacturers, the alchemists of our age. Belle had taken LSD. She was very curious who I was. Why wasn’t she satisfied with all the information in this blog? Why did she want me to e-mail her very personal information?   She wants to be seen as my close confidant. Why?

The only answer is, she wanted to steal my study! But, what part of her is the thief, and what part of her is the recipiant? Husbands and Wives exchange information, including Genetic Material. Because I died, and was reborn – we became husband and wife united and made one by a Higher Law! I have chased her through the Last Door, to take back – what is mine? How about………..what is ours?

I told Belle she was going to be my Heir before we met at The Wandering Goat. I recognized her the moment I lay eyes on her. I captured the moment she saw me. She knows me. My heart was pounding, as if I had been in a long race.

Jon Ambrose

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The rose is the official flower of the Guild and fresh roses are present at all Guild meetings. The placement, color, and state of bloom of the roses carry subtle messages for Guild members on the nature of the meeting 

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Český Krumlov (Czech pronunciation: [ˈtʃɛskiː ˈkrumlof] ( listen)GermanKrummau an der Moldau or Böhmisch KrummauKrumau; English: Crumlaw,[1][2][unreliable source?] Bohemian Crumlaw, Crumlov or Chesky Crumlov ), translated sometimes to Czech Crumlaw, is a small city in the South Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic where Český Krumlov Castle is located. Old Český Krumlov is a UNESCO World Heritage Site[3] and was given this status along with the historic Prague castle district.

The city is named Český Krumlov (“Bohemian Crumlaw”) to differentiate it from Moravský Krumlov in South Moravia.

Schwarzenbergs



Roses were the favourite flowers of the alchemists. Several treatises are entitled The Rosary of the Philosophers. White roses were linked to the white stone, the objective of the first stage of the Word, while the red rose was associated with the red stone, the objective of the second stage. Red is cognate with gold. An old myth tells how Bacchus favoured Midas, whose touch turned things to gold, and that the king resided where there was a garden with roses having sixty petals and unsurpassed fragrance. The Popes used to bless a Golden Rose on the fourth Sunday in Lent, as a symbol of their spiritual and didactic power, of resurrection and immortality. Ironically the Golden Rose was twice conveyed to Henry VIII who broke with Rome. His dissolution of the monasteries significantly occasioned the transfer into private hands of the cloistered rose-gardens hitherto maintained by the religious houses. The Red King and the White Queen figure frequently in alchemystical allegory. Their successful union is acknowledged by use of the rose symbol. One alchemical figure shows a vessel that is penetrated by a rigid object and from which rose blooms show forth. The alchemical treatises obviously contain great mysteries for those who have the acumen to rend the many veils that are drawn by the alchemical philosophers over what are the axiomatic truths of generation and rebirth.

http://www.whitedragon.org.uk/articles/rose.htm

The Schwarzenbergs belonged among the most significant noble families in the Czech lands. In 1660, they gained the first Czech dominion – Toeboo. Originally, however, it was a German family of the Lords of Seinsheim which came from Lower Franconia

http://www.ckrumlov.info/docs/en/mesto_histor_alchym.xml

Alchemy in Český Krumlov 

Temporal display of workshop, where precious metals were processed and their quality tested, reproduction of woodcut from 1574 The second half of the 16th century is usually called “the golden age of alchemy”. Beside EmperorRudolf II. von Habsburg, it was Wilhelm von Rosenberg who became the most important Maecenas of the hermetic sciences, especially of alchemy. Around the House of Rosenberg, in fact, arose a second center of hermetic and alchemic activity. Not only renowned and lesser known enthusiastic seekers, but also skilled con artists worked their magic in the Prague Rosenberg Palace as well as in different seats of Wilhelm’s South Bohemian dominion – in Třeboň, Prachatice, and especially in Český Krumlov, which used to be called “the South Bohemian Mecca of alchemists”

 

History of the town of Český Krumlov

According to legend, the name Krumlov is derived from the German “Krumme Aue”, which may be translated as “crooked meadow”. The name comes from the natural topography of the town, specifically from the tightly crooked meander of the Vltava river. The word “Český” simply means Czech, or Bohemian (actually one and the same), as opposed to Moravian or Silesian. In Latin documents it was called Crumlovia or Crumlovium. The town was first mentioned in documents from 1253, where Krumlov was called Chrumbonowe.

The flow of the Vltava River has long been a natural transportation entrance to this region. The area\’s oldest settlement goes back to the Older Stone Age (70,000 – 50,000 B.C.). Mass settlement was noted in the Bronze Age (1,500 B.C.), Celtic settlements in the Younger Iron Age (approx. 400 B.C.) and Slavonic settlement has been dated as from the 6th century A.D. The Slavs were represented by two tribes – Boletice and Doudleby. (Prehistorical settlements of the Český Krumlov region )

In the Early Middle Ages the routes along the Vltava river created the trade routes (see Historical Routes in the Český Krumlov Region). In the 9th century the area was probably owned by the noble Czech family of Slavníkovci, who were slaughtered by the rival family of Přemyslovci in 995. This area then became their property. In accordance with the principles of internal colonization and bestowing of sovereign domains in fief to members of a sovereign dynasty, this domain was thus given by the ruling family of Přemyslovci to one of their own lines – The Witigonen in Czech known as the Vítkovci.

According to the legend, the family of Witigonen has its origins in Ancient Rome. The family was related to the Roman Ursini family, who is said to have resided on the mountain “Mons Rosarum” near the city of Rome. After Rome was plundered by the hordes of the Visigoth leader Totila in 546, the family left Rome and one of its members named Vítek (in German, Witigon) travelled together with his wife and child up to the north, passed the Donau river and settled in Southern Bohemia. He started a new family there and gradually acquired extensive domains, which he gave to his five sons before his death. Each son received a coat-of-arms with a five-petalled rose, the color of which symbolized each particular dominion.

So much for legend – historical reality offers us some slight variations. Vítek did not come to South Bohemia in the 6th but the 12th century, and he did not come from the Italian family of Ursini but from the family line of a Czech Princess of the Přemyslovci. In 1173Vítek of Prčice was mentioned as an envoy to the Emperor Friedrich Barbarossa, and in 1179 he apparently settled in Southern Bohemia. The fact that his domains were not liable to the so-called law of escheat indicates his strong influence, as his property did not have to return to the hands of the family of Přemysl. Vítek could freely dispose of his properties and therefore gave it to his four sons – Jindřich of Hradec; Vítek II senior, predecessor of the Lords of Krumlov; Vítek III junior, founder of the family of Rosenberg; and Vítek IV. It is likely that the then newly founded residences Nové Hrady (New Castles), Rožmberk (Rosenberg), Třeboň and Krumlov fell into the rank of domains of the Vítek family, while Krumlov would have been their fourth castle in the rank. This historically important moment is rendered in the painting “Division of the Roses“, which can be viewed in the sightseeing tour at the Český Krumlov castle.

In 1251 the Bohemian King Přemysl Otakar II gained Austrian lands through marriage to Anna Maria of Bamberg. Přemysl Otakar II, with his well-thought out colonization policy, tried to populate the sporadically settled Šumava region in the Czech-Austrian borderland and this way integrate his domains in Bohemia with his newly gained territories in Austria. His efforts in this sphere, however, had its consequences in territories ruled by the sovereign family of Vítkovci, which resulted in particular centres of conflicts with the most powerful aristocratic family in the country. Conflicts had their origins for example in the foundation of the royal town České Budějovice or the Cistercian Monastery Zlatá Koruna (Golden crown), both founded by King Přemysl Otakar II in 1263. Zlatá Koruna was supposed to restrain the influence of the Rosenberg monastery in Vyšší Brod, founded by Peter Wok von Rosenberg in 1259. Frequent disagreements and armed clashes between Přemysl Otakar II and members of the particular branches of the Vítkovec family eventually weakened the power of the Bohemian King.

According to his master, the renowned engineer of the pond and lake system in South Bohemia and Rosenberg regent Jakub Krčín of Jelčany devoted himself to alchemy. But his interest in alchemy was simply for pleasure, not profit. He set up a laboratory at Nový hrádek in Křepenice near Sedlčany.

Alchemists in the laboratory, period illustration

On the recommendation of Václav Vřesovec of Vřesovice (1532 – 1583), a Prague supporter of alchemy, the renowned Italian alchemist Claudius Syrrus came into Wilhelm’s employ as well. We have a preserved text of the work contract between the alchemist and the Rosenberg sovereign as recorded by the chronicler Václav Březan. In the contract listing seven conditions, it is written that the alchemist reserves the right to be spiritually and physically free and independent, and makes it a condition not to be disturbed by anybody, with the personal exception of Wilhelm von Rosenberg. Should the occasion arise that the philosophical stone is actually produced, it is arranged that Claudius Syrrus receives a half share of it. In addition, a note was anchored in the contract saying that a purely positive result was not guaranteed.

The younger of the two last Rosenbergs, Wilhelm’s brother Peter Wok von Rosenberg, was also interested in alchemy. He is even known as an author of a treatise on distillation. Nevertheless, he was not able to compete with Wilhelm’s financial capacity to sponsor such activities.

Latrán no. 53, historical photo ..

In conclusion, we must mention two architectural monuments of Český Krumlov containing elements of hermetic symbolism. One in particular is the Český Krumlov Castle Tower (Castle No.59 – Castle Tower) which became, after being reconstructed in the 1580s by the Italian master builder Baldassare Maggi of Arogne, a visible symbol of Wilhelm’s life-long efforts in seeking the path towards the Great Task. The second interesting building is a corner house – Latrán No. 53. On the, front facing Latrán, we can see Renaissance lunette paintings presenting the ten stages of human life. At the side opening into Klášterní ulička (Monastery Lane) are sgrafitti with spectacular geometrical symbols in which we see pictures of alchemistic furnaces, strange vessels, and apparently a geometrically expressed description of the Great Task. Up to the present day, nobody has managed to satisfactorily explain these unique figures.

Latrán no. 53, facade with Alchemis symbols on Klášterní Street, foto: Pavel Slavko Latrán no. 53, Alchemist symbols in the sgrafito decoration of house, foto: Pavel Slavko

Owing to Wilhelm von Rosenberg, South Bohemia and Český Krumlov became an equivalent, albeit opposite, pole of Rudolf’s Prague. Alchemy is not only a historical predecessor of chemistry as is usually thought – alchemy was, and still is, a science concerning universal analogies of matter. In this sense it forms an organic part of hermetic philosophy.

Alchemistic symbol: oculatus abis - you will become clear-sighted, period illustration

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The rose is the official flower of the Guild and fresh roses are present at all Guild meetings. The placement, color, and state of bloom of the roses carry subtle messages for Guild members on the nature of the meeting and how to conduct themselves. There are no posted announcements of the subject matter of meetings or printed rules of behavior. Only the silent message of the rose guides members on a heart-to-heart basis.

Historically, roses represent the presence of our founder and patron, Wilhelm von Rosenberg, whose family name means literally “mountain of roses.” The rose carried deep personal meaning for him. The five-petaled red rose figures prominently in his personal coat of arms (shown at left), and the rose symbol is present in many other forms at all of his family estates.

To understand the archetypal signature of the rose, it is necessary to suspend one’s intellectual and cultural connections to it and simply be open to the “presence” of the rose. This popular flower has a complicated symbology with paradoxical meanings. It is at once a symbol of both purity and passion, both heavenly perfection and earthly desire; both virginity and fertility; both death and life. The rose is the flower of the goddesses Isis and Venus but also the blood of Osiris, Adonis, and Christ.

 

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Český Krumlov (Czech pronunciation: [ˈtʃɛskiː ˈkrumlof] ( listen)GermanKrummau an der Moldau or Böhmisch KrummauKrumau; English: Crumlaw,[1][2][unreliable source?] Bohemian Crumlaw, Crumlov or Chesky Crumlov ), translated sometimes to Czech Crumlaw, is a small city in the South Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic where Český Krumlov Castle is located. Old Český Krumlov is a UNESCO World Heritage Site[3] and was given this status along with the historic Prague castle district.

The city is named Český Krumlov (“Bohemian Crumlaw”) to differentiate it from Moravský Krumlov in South Moravia.

Schwarzenbergs

The Schwarzenbergs belonged among the most significant noble families in the Czech lands. In 1660, they gained the first Czech dominion – Toeboo. Originally, however, it was a German family of the Lords of Seinsheim which came from Lower Franconia

 

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One Response to The Rose of Bohemia

  1. Reblogged this on Rosamond Press and commented:

    Is ‘The Beast’ an alchemist, who succeeds in producing ‘The Alchemist Rose’, ad thus frees himself from the bondage of mortal coils?

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