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Rosicrucian


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A member of a secretive 17th- and 18th-century society devoted to the study of metaphysical, mystical, and alchemical lore, especially that concerning the transmutation of metals, prolongation of life, and power over the elements. An anonymous pamphlet of 1614 about a mythical 15th-century knight called Christian Rosenkreuz is said to have launched the movement, the emblem of which was an equal-armed cross with a rose at its centre.

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