About the Meaning of Damcar at Rosicrucian Mysticism


From the Rosicrucian manifesto, Fama Fraternitatis, the young Christian Rosenkreutz acquires his understanding of mysticism in a trip to the Holy Land, at a spot named "Damcar," called a town in Arabia.  While now the term "Arabia" will refer to the Arabian Peninsula, the Fama is likely using it only to refer to lands occupied by Arabs.  Around four years, scholars have attempted to spot the city of Damcar, but with no success. 

The possible reason for utilizing Damcar, in place of the true title of this mysterious city, is that the actual title would publicly identify among the creators of the Rosicrucian brotherhood, certainly something that they desired to maintain a secret.  In 1652, the first English biography of this Fama, Thomas Vaughan (who's quoted below), was completely confused with the significance of Damcar, but viewing a clear reference to Damascus and believing Damcar might be the exact same location, opted to interpret everything together with the ridiculous "Damasco. 

"Brother C.R.... moved to Damasco [Damascum], minding from thence to visit Jerusalem; but by reason of the feebleness of his body he remained still there, and from his ability at Physick he acquired much favour with the Turks: At the mean time he became chance familiar with all the Wise men of Damasco [Damcar] in Arabia, and beheld what good Wonders they wroughtiron, and how Nature was detected unto them. " 

Here we know that Damcar was a town of wise guys who were mystically busy.  Since Brother C. R. became comfortable together in Damascus, Syria, we must presume that the city of Damcar is comparatively near the town of Damascus. 

The Fama proceeds: "hereby was high and noble Spirit of Brother C.R. [C.R.C] so awakened, that Jerusalem wasn't so much today in his head as Damasco [Damcar]; he couldn't bridle his desires any longer, but made a bargain with the Arabians, which they ought to carry him for a certain amount of money to Damasco [Damcar]; he had been of the age of sixteen years after he came thither, yet of a powerful Dutch [teutschen] constitution. " 

To start with, we see that Brother C. R. and Brother C. R. C. can't be the exact same man because Brother C. R. is suffering with "that the feebleness of his body" however Brother C. R. C. is just 16 years old and of powerful constitution.  Therefore, while Brother C. R. is stuck at Damascus, Brother C. R. C. Must maintain Jerusalem.  Because Brother C. R. C. pays Arabs to haul him to Damcar, we must assume that Damcar is comparatively near Jerusalem. 

The town of Damcar is so near Damascus and it's also near Jerusalem.  Where's it situated?  Evidently, the city of Damcar must be situated in northern Israel. 

We must now focus on the term "Dutch" towards the conclusion of the final quote.  Ever since "Damcar" is an enigma, is it an anagram of a Dutch term?   Dragons.  Yesdragons.  However a much better translation of "teutschen" could be "German" instead of "Dutch. 

Everybody understood that Saint George killed the dragon, by a few legends around the Bay of Beirut, also from other legends from the Holy Land or at Libya, but all of Arabic places. 

Next, we have to pay attention to this noble "Spirit" of Brother C. R. C., that reminds us of both "Sancti Spiritus" along with also the "Spiritum Sanctum" from everywhere in the Fama.  Therefore, the Fama probably needs us to see only the "Saint" as a hint (and dismiss the "George" except for function in English since it was the patron saint of England!) .  "Saint" is a phrase which includes five letters and starts with the letter "S." 

To sum up: Damcar is a mysterious city famous for its sensible men.  It's found in northern Israel, and also the actual title of the city has five letters and starts with the letter "S." 

Safed, a town of northern Isreal, has been the originating city of contemporary mysticism, called Kabbalah.  From the 15th and 16th centuries, most wise men came from several areas -from as far away as Spain- to congregate there.  There can not be any doubt that the suggested city is Safed since the Fama identifies the Kabbalah (Cabala) or even cabalists in four distinct places. 

Isaac Luria, famous creator of the Lurianic Kabbalah, was 36 years old (16 and 20 and also the "XX" portion of "CXX" from the Fama) when he came in Safed at 1570 following a chilly reception in Jerusalem ("Jerusalem wasn't so much today in his head ").  In sharp contrast, in Safed he had been welcomed with open arms ("that there that the Wise guys received him less a stranger (as he himself witnesseth) but as one whom they had expected"). 

" All these are Spanish words strangely inserted in an all-Latin text.    " Isaac Luria was actually an Egyptian rabbi. 

 Luria was broadly called ha-Ari, the Lion, in which Leo is a constellation of the Milky Way.    Most importantly, these phrases are followed with an immediate reference to the Kabbalah ("each secretam quandam cabalam"). 

In summary, there's considerable reason to assume that Rosicrucian mysticism is a historic derivative of the Lurianic Kabbalah.  Indeed, there appear to be lots of parallels from the teachings and beliefs of the two. 

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