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"Divine being of light, I salute you! I resonate with joy and exhilaration for
indeed you represent the reflection of reality that be I and you are a teacher
and mirror and symbol of divine light! I salute you in the grandeur and
magnificence that you are and in the knowing that I be also thus."
This inspirational ritualistic drama is based on a Meditation on Resh, the Hebrew letter transcribed as ®R®, of numerical value 200 and related to the Sun(1). It addresses the Spiritual Sun, the power behind the physical sun. It has references to the Tree of Life and finishes with an allusion to the spiritual marriage of the two polarities in man, the return to the Adam Kadmon.
A frater and a soror.
Plays music at proper times.
Both actors will wear two-colored tunics: gold for the right side and silver for the left.
The text is broken in four parts to be said facing a cardinal point starting with the West and then following a clockwise rotation. Both frater and soror, standing side by side, should rotate so that they always face the same symbolic station. The frater always leads the rotation.
Speaking and rotational movement should be natural, not mechanical. At times, itís OK to speak and rotate to add naturalness and to face the complete audience, as a public speaker would address an audience in a circular theater.
Voices should be modulated to convey the spirit of the message.
Sometimes the script is written in first person but, when in plural, a manner of speaking should be used to express that what is spoken is applicable to the couple.
If the audience is composed of more than sixty members, it is more appropriate to form two circles, an inner and outer one.
Soror and technician are not part of the circle formed by the members. The soror stays inside the circle but close to it. The technician stays out of the circle during the representation, unless due to background noise or the formation of the two circles, it is required to stay inside the inner circle for better visibility and for cueing.
A Presenter, or, if not available, the actor, asks the Brethren to form a circle by holding each otherís hands (as possible alternate male-female in the circle, when two circles are formed, positions should be staggered.) The Presenter stands at the center of the circle and explains the symbology of the drama given in background. Then, the actor looking at the sunset starts to speak eloquently and ceremoniously.
The frater facing the sun says with announcing voice:
- Spiritual Sun, Ruler of the Planetary System, We salute Thee!
He salutes the sun by extending his hands with palms down in its direction and bending forward.
Then he says:
Spiritual Sun, Giver of
All Abundance, now that Thou returnest to rest in the distant horizon, we gather
here to thank Thee for Thine works of the day.
- Thou causest every movement. Thou hast provided life to countless beings upon the Earth, Thy rays nourish the plants and Thine warmth regenerates our lives. When we breathe, it is Thy Breath of Life that feeds us. Indeed, Thou art the Giver and Provider. (With extended arms bow to the sun and then turns to the North.)
The soror steps into the center to the
left of the Presenter. She turns toward the sun and makes a similar salutation
as did the frater. Then she facing the North says:
- I am in Thee and Thou shinest in me. I strive with earnest desire to mirror Thy Light in my heart.
Here she places her hands over her heart, then facing the frater says to him:
- May our faces reflect
Then she turns her face to the North and says as speaking to herself in a pensive attitude:
- Thou art great and yet
small because Thy magnificence cannot pass unnoticeth and yet Thy fiery force
is hidden even in the smallest creature.
Turning her eyes to heaven speaks:
- Eternal Disk of brilliant countenance: Glory is Thy
representation because Thou art the symbol of the Eternal Source, the Prime
Creator. In Thee, Beauty manifests.
She now raises her left arm and, pointing to the sky toward the South, says:
- When Thou standest at
the zenith of the South, Thine accomplishments are so great that our eyes can
only see them through dark veils lest they burneth.
Both actors face the East. The frater in a mournful attitude shows sorrow by covering his face with his hands and then says:
- Without Thee, we return
to the North, that cold and dark place where fear reigns. Certainly without Thee
we return to grief, fear and ignorance.
He bends forwards as carrying a cross
- On us heavy is our cross, far too heavy at times to bear! [now he extends one hand to point the ground in front of him and says:] And yet, it is but the shadow our bodies cast when we extend our arms in praise to Thee(2). (This he says while extending his arms horizontally as to form a cross and facing heaven. He should take a step back to make room for his extended left arm so as not to touch the soror. After speaking, slowly lowers the arms.)
Both actors turn South. The soror says:
- Knower of Creation:
Initiate us into Thy Mysteries. Now that we are dwellers in a world of forms and
illusionís fire, we ask to bring Thy rays to us to illumine our eyes so we can
see the Splendor of Thy creation, and through veils of ignorance behold Thy
spiritual radiance and what is hidden behind. That radiant power that speech cannot express but the heart! (as she says this last part, she takes
her right forefinger to her lips and then moves her open hand to her heart.)
- Give to us thy Strength and Understanding to exert right action and judgment in our
life affairs, to see and feel Truth, not with our intellects but with our
hearts! (as she speaks, she takes her hand to her right temple and
then moves her open hand to her heart. Now both actors turn West.)
The frater, facing the fainting rays of
the hiding sun and extending his hands toward it, says:
- Thou, Giver of Life:
Take us under Thine wings, so that we, like Thee, can rise to those
insurmountable heights where the courageous dwell. For so said the inspired poet
Homer in his Odyssey:
ďHaste, let us fly
and all our sails expand, to gain our dear, our long-lost native land.Ē
While speaking, the soror initially turns to the frater and then faces the sunset to conclude:
Note: At this point the technician plays an uplifting music.
- Certainly a day will come when we will rise
rejoicing, singing a new song of Immortality, dressed in Spiritual Garments of
Light, in that pristine Spiritual Light we hath seen so far in Thee only, but we
shall in ourselves, our true selves.
Frater and soror join voices and hold hands to say in unison (or they may say alternating sentences):
Note: The way they hold their hands is
as follows: The frater extends his left hand facing downwards so the sororís
right hand clasps it. The fraterís right hand is turn upwards as to receive
while the sororís left hand is turn facing the circle as rejecting it. The
circle represents the stone wall formed by human speech.
us become children in heart, Victorious, Resurrected. In that not too distant
Crosses will be standing upright and shining in Thy golden Light, our
heads will be Crowned in glory and our souls will be transmuted into splendid
blooming Roses. So Mote it Be!Ē
Actors drop hands.
The technician fades the music out.
The Presenter starts a meditation healing exercise by saying:
Note: The soror stays at the fraterís left side at the center facing the opposite direction. Both meditate at this place.
- After I finish describing this healing
meditation, you may start.
- Peace and healing begins within. Let us hold
our hands by placing the right hand over the left in front of our bodies (while
speaking Presenter and actors go through the motions)
to balance our inner masculine and feminine energies. Feel this balance
. Begin radiating it throughout your body. Expand it to encompass this group.
Finally, imagine that it radiates to bathe the Earth with its healing energies.
Hold this visualization until music stops and bell rings. Then, release the
image to manifest!
(here the Presenter and actors make a circular swing motion separating his
hands to represent the releasing of the energies.)(3).
You may imitate this motion. Now, take three deep
breaths and close your eyes. (The Presenter may lead the breathing.)
Begin your visualization. (both actors remain in the center through the
The technician plays a soft meditation music for no more than three minutes.
Finally the Presenter asks all members to break
of the Ritualistic Drama
1. The Book of Tokens, Tarot Meditations, by Paul Foster Case, published by Builders of the Adytum, 5105 North Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, California 90042, USA.
2. Rosicrucian Manual, AMORC, published by the Supreme Grand Lodge, Rosicrucian Order, San Jose, California, USA. See Part Five, The Rose and the Cross.
3. I express special thanks to Soror Andrea OíBrennan for her insightful contributions to the closing ritual and her beautiful costume design highly appropriate for this occasion. [Andrea was born in El Paso, Texas on November 30, 1944, and passed through transition on December 6, 1999 at age 54 after a long battle with breast cancer. She was the Director of the Traditional Martinist Order TMO and a very dedicated Rosicrucian staff member at the Rosicrucian English Grand Lodge AMORC at Rosicrucian Park in San Josť, California, USA . She was excellent in ritualistic matters, knowing rituals by heart. May her love for the Order continues from beyond the veils. BV]