On the Significance of Damcar in Rosicrucian Mysticism

In the Rosicrucian manifesto, Fama Fraternitatis, the vibrant Christian Rosenkreutz obtains his understanding of mysticism throughout a journey to the Holy Land, in a location called "Damcar," referred to as a city in Arabia. While today the word "Arabia" has the tendency to describe the Arabian Peninsula, the Fama is most likely utilizing it simply to describe lands occupied by Arabs. Throughout 4 centuries, scholars have actually attempted to determine the city of Damcar, however without success.

The most likely factor for utilizing Damcar, instead of the genuine name of the magical city, is that the genuine name would freely determine among the creators of the Rosicrucian brotherhood, definitely something they wished to keep a trick. In 1652, the very first English translator of the Fama, Thomas Vaughan (who is estimated listed below), was completely puzzled by the significance of Damcar, however seeing an evident referral to Damascus and believing Damcar might be the exact same location, chose to equate whatever with the ridiculous "Damasco." Initial German words remain in brackets:

" Sibling C.R. ... went to Damasco [Damascum], minding from thence to go to Jerusalem; however by factor of the feebleness of his body he stayed still there, and by his ability in Physick he got much favour with the Turks: In the mean time he ended up being by opportunity familiarized with the Wise guys of Damasco [Damcar] in Arabia, and saw exactly what excellent Marvels they wrought, and how Nature was found unto them."

Here we discover that Damcar was a city of smart guys who were mystically active. Considering that Sibling C. R. ended up being acquainted with them in Damascus, Syria, we need to presume that the city of Damcar is fairly near to the city of Damascus.

The Fama continues: "thus was that high and honorable Spirit of Sibling C.R. [C.R.C] so stimulated, that Jerusalem was not a lot now in his mind as Damasco [Damcar]; likewise he might not bridle his desires any longer, however made a deal with the Arabians, that they ought to bring him for a specific amount of cash to Damasco [Damcar]; he was however of the age of sixteen years when he came thither, yet of a strong Dutch [teutschen] constitution."

To start with, we observe that Sibling C. R. and Sibling C. R. C. can not be the exact same individual since Sibling C. R. is affected with "the feebleness of his body" however Sibling C. R. C. is just 16 years of ages and of strong constitution. Therefore, while Sibling C. R. is stuck in Damascus, Sibling C. R. C. needs to remain in Jerusalem. Considering that Sibling C. R. C. pays Arabs to bring him to Damcar, we need to presume that Damcar is fairly near to Jerusalem.

The city of Damcar is for that reason near to Damascus and it is likewise near to Jerusalem. Where is it situated? Undoubtedly, the city of Damcar needs to be found in northern Israel.

We should now focus on the word "Dutch" towards completion of the last quote. Considering that "Damcar" is an enigma, could it be an anagram of a Dutch word? Let's attempt DRAKEN, reorganized as Denkar, pronounced Damcar. Dragons. Yes, dragons. A much better translation of "teutschen" may be "German" rather than "Dutch." The German word for dragon is "Drachen," which is close enough since the Germanic "c", "ch" and "k" have comparable noises, and all the exact same arguments use.

For the Christian mindset of the early 17 th century, the words "dragon" and "Arabia" would rapidly invoke just one thing: Saint George. Everybody understood that Saint George eliminated the dragon, by some legends near the Bay of Beirut, and by other legends in the Holy Land or in Libya, however nevertheless all Arabic locations.

Next, we should keep in mind of the honorable "Spirit" of Sibling C. R. C., which advises us of the 2 "Sancti Spiritus" and the "Spiritum Sanctum" from in other places in the Fama. Therefore, the Fama most likely desires us to see just the "Saint" as a hint (and overlook the "George" other than to operate in English as this was the tutelary saint of England!). "Saint" is a word that has 5 letters and starts with the letter "S."

To summarize: Damcar is a magical city renowned for its smart guys. It lies in northern Israel, and the genuine name of this city has 5 letters and starts with the letter "S."

Safed, a city of northern Isreal, was the coming from city of contemporary mysticism, called Kabbalah. In the 15 th and 16 th centuries, smart guys originated from numerous locations -from as far as Spain- to gather together there. There can be no doubt that this city is Safed since the Fama describes the Kabbalah (Cabala) or cabalists in 4 various locations.

Isaac Luria, famous creator of the Lurianic Kabbalah, was 36 years of ages (16plus 20 or the "XX" part of "CXX" in the Fama) when he showed up in Safed in 1570 after getting a cold reception in Jerusalem (" Jerusalem was not a lot now in his mind"). In sharp contrast, in Safed he was invited with open arms (" there the Wise guys got him not as a complete stranger (as he himself witnesseth) however as one whom they had actually long anticipated").

The story of Isaac Luria continues in Nova Atlantis, Rosicrucian "pieces" credited to Sir Francis Bacon, where we come across the mystical "sacerdote Aegyptio." These are Spanish words inexplicably placed into an all-Latin text. The difference can be considerable: whereas the Latin "sacerdos" typically describes a priest, the Spanish "sacerdote" can describe an individual who carries out the rites of any faith. Later on, the Nova Atlantis declares "Erat autem Iudaeus." Isaac Luria remained in truth an Egyptian rabbi.

The Nova Atlantis goes on to state that he was often called the Galaxy (" Vocabat eum etiam quandoque viam lacteam"). Luria was commonly called ha-Ari, the Lion, where Leo is a constellation of the Galaxy. And he was often called the Elijah of the Messiah (" quandoque Eliam Messiae"); Luria was kept in mind for his regular discussions with Elijah the prophet. And there were numerous other names that indicated his achievement (" aliis compluribus nominibus magnum eum insigniebat"): Ha'ARI Hakadosh, ARIZal, Rabbi Isaac ben Solomon Luria Ashkenazi. Above all, these words are rapidly followed by a direct referral to the Kabbalah (" per secretam quandam cabalam").

In conclusion, there is sufficient need to think that Rosicrucian mysticism is a historic derivative of the Lurianic Kabbalah. There appear to be numerous parallels in the mentors and beliefs of both.

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