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The Flemish manuscript the Romance of the Rose was the most influential work of literature of the Gothic medieval times. It describes a castle surrounded by a sevenfold wall covered with emblematic figures. Only those who can explain their meaning are admitted to the beautiful garden of roses ...
Rose, Roses, secrets, symbolism, Maier files, secrecy, esoteric, Troubadour, initiation, love, female divinity
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the Romance of the Rose

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27 Sep the Romance of the Rose

The Flemish manuscript the Romance of the Rose was the most influential work of literature of the Gothic medieval times. It describes a castle surrounded by a sevenfold wall covered with emblematic figures. Only those who can explain their meaning are admitted to the beautiful garden of roses …
The first Troubadour to surface in the stream of exoteric history was Guillaume, Count of Poitiers and Duke of Aquitane, who began composing tender, yearning love songs when he returned from the Crusades. But although this early flowering was courtly, it spread through all classes. As well as crossing class barriers, the Troubadours reversed the traditional subjection of women to men. In Troubador poetry men enslave themselves to women.

Troubadour literature is also full of the symbolism of initiation. The most popular symbol of the Troubadours is the Rose. In the famous story of the Nightingale and the Rose, the bird represents the human spirit’s longing for the divine. There is also an undeniable sexual level of meaning here, connected with the sensual, fleshy qualities of the rose. The all-presence of the rose in Troubadour love poetry should alert us to the presence here of esoteric, perhaps – as Ezra Pound believed – alchemical techniques of sexual ecstasy. Guillaume of Poitiers wrote, ‘I want to retain my lady in order to refresh my heart so well that I cannot age. He will live a hundred years who succeeds in possessing the joy of his love.’

Dante was the first to write about Love at first sight. In the Commedia he described the sensation of being wholly absorbed in her eyes and says that the erotic charge he took from them led him to Paradise. Again, this is no mere poetic fancy. The erotic and the mystical intertwined in a way that was new in the West. According to Dante, everything we do or think materially alters the universe. So did Giordano Bruno, who was burned at the stake in Rome. It’s often assumed that Bruno was executed for championing the modern, scientific view that the earth revolves around the sun. In fact it was his esoteric views that really frightened the Church. His experiences of the spirit worlds led him to claim that there are an infinity of interlocking universes and dimensions. He invoked the authority of the ‘Pythagorean poet’, Virgil to back up his belief that the human spirit could travel between these universes, but would eventually ‘desire to return to the body’ in accordance with the laws of reincarnation.



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