Over the years there have been many groups that link themselves to Rosicrucianism, and these can be generally divided into three categories which can sometimes overlap: 1) Esoteric Christian groups that study the inner teachings of Christianity and sometimes have a Trinitarian requirement; 2) Masonic Rosicrucian groups that study ancient wisdom and have a Masonic requirement; and 3) Initiatory groups which follow a degree system of study and initiation.
The Societas Rosicruciana in America falls within this last category. Our organization, while including among its teachings the wisdom of several religions, is not interested in its members’ religion, race or creed. Tolerance for all religions is stressed. Recognizing the value inherent to every form of religious expression, it seeks, among other things, to show each member the true, inner meaning of whatever has been taught as religion. Additionally, we have no Masonic requirement: Our Order is composed of honorable men and women who are dedicated to the Rosicrucian Path.
The Societas Rosicruciana in America became truly inclusive in 1916, when the Society began to admit women into its ranks. We admit both men and women on a fully equal basis, and do not insist upon any prior membership of any other organization, be it Masonic or Rosicrucian.
The work of the Society is conducted along two general lines of approach: Associate Membership, which is based on correspondence lessons, and Collegiate Membership, which is open by invitation only to advanced members. At the present time, only Associate Membership is offered to prospective new members, although this may change in the future.
Our Society’s syllabus of correspondence lessons includes: Rosicrucian Series, Hermetic Series, Alchemical Series, Spiritual Fundamentals, and more.