Order of the White Rose
The order of the White Rose was an esoteric Spiritualist organization
that included elements of Rosicrucianism and mysticism
not generally associated with Spiritualism. Its founder
was Jesse Charles Fremont Grumbine (1861–1938), who created
the order in the 1890s in Chicago. Around 1900 he moved
to Boston, where he lived for many years. Then in 1921 he
moved first to Cleveland, Ohio, and two years later to Portland,
For Grumbine, there was a distinction between Universal
Spirit and personal individual spirits. Universal Spirit does not
exist as a deity outside of the universe, but as the radiant center
from which spirits draw their life. Matter is the substance of
form. Form defines and limits spirits, which are temporal, relative,
and finite. Spiritualism reveals the spirit of God within
each human spirit. By bringing evidence of survival of death
and of disencarnate spirits, Spiritualism demonstrates the divinity
of each spirit. Psychic abilities (clairvoyance, telepathy,
healing, and prevision) are innate divine powers. Grumbine believed
that the proper use and control of those powers could
produce a divine manhood and womanhood.
The order was organized into two branches, the order of the
Red Rose, an outer branch, and the order of the White Rose,
its esoteric branch. Both branches were believed to lead members
to the inner celestial branch of the order. Members were
organized into chapters, though no information on the size of
the order has survived. It published a number of books by
Grumbine, an indication of at least some degree of success.
There is no record of the order surviving Grumbine.
Grumbine, J. C. F. Clairaudience. Boston Order of the White
Rose, 1911.
———. Clairvoyance. Boston Order of the White Rose,
———. Melchizedek; or, The Secret Doctrine of the Bible. Boston
Order of the White Rose, 1919.