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The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz

A Commentary on a Christian Path of Initiation

October 2016
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  • Publisher
    Floris Books
  • Published
    31st October 2016
  • ISBN 9781782503170
  • Language Dutch; Flemish
  • Pages 256 pp.
  • Size 6.1" x 9.2"

The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz is one of the most important writings of esoteric Christianity, first published anonymously in German in 1616. It is an allegorical story divided into seven journeys about how Christian Rosenkreutz was invited to a castle to assist the “'chymical wedding” of the king and queen. “Chymical” is an old form of the word chemical,referring to alchemy, whose aim is the uniting of opposites—hence, the sacred wedding.

It is a book concerned with the inner transformation of the soul. Bastiaan Baan's interpretation and commentary makes this work accessible to readers of today, and shows the special language Andreae used to express the meditative content of his text. He delves deep to uncover the original significance, combining images and concepts from alchemy with insights from Rudolf Steiner's teachings. He concludes that the content is as valuable today as it was hundreds of years ago.

The book contains the complete text of Johann Valentin Andreae’s “Chymical Wedding.”

Johann Valentin Andreae

Johannes Valentinus Andreae (1586–1654) a.k.a. Johann Valentin Andreae, was a German theologian who claimed to be the author of an ancient text known as the Chymische Hochzeit Christiani Rosencreutz anno 1459, which became one of the three foundational works of Rosicrucianism. Andreae was a prominent member of the Protestant utopian movement, which focused on the need for education and encouraging science as the key to national prosperity. Papers related to the Priory of Sion, a medieval secret society, listed Andreae as its seventeenth Grand Master.

Bastiaan Baan

Bastiaan Baan was born in 1949 in The Netherlands. After finishing Waldorf school, he studied to become a class teacher. He worked and studied for a year in Los Angeles, worked with teachers in Gandhi Schools in India, and then became a class teacher in a Waldorf school in The Netherlands. After seven years of teaching, he studied at the seminary of The Christian Community in Stuttgart. After his ordination as a priest in 1981, he worked in several congregations in The Netherlands until 2013, when he became the director of the priest training of The Christian Community in Spring Valley, New York. In 2019, he returned to The Netherlands, where he lives with his wife, four sons, and ten grandchildren. Several of his books on spirituality and religion have been published in English.