An occult organization founded in 1907 by Carl Louis van
Grashoff who used the pseudonym Max Heindel. Born in Germany
in 1865, he came to America in 1895 and in 1904 was vice
president of a Theosophical Society lodge in Los Angeles.
He claimed that during a visit to Europe in 1907 he met a
mysterious occult Rosicrucian who took him to a Rose Cross
temple on the borders of Germany and Bohemia, where he was
initiated. Heindel expounded his version of Rosicrucian teachings,
with obvious roots in Theosophy, in his book The Rosicrucian
Cosmo-Conception (1909) and established various Fellowship
Centers. He also founded the fellowships magazine Rays from
the Rose Cross.
In 1911, the fellowship was established at Mt. Ecclesia, a plot
of land in Oceanside, California, to disseminate Rosicrucian
philosophy through books, magazines, lectures, and correspondence
courses. The Oceanside headquarters now cover a
vast estate with stucco temples, a healing department, and a
vegetarian restaurant at nearby El Toro Marine base.
Much of Heindels teachings seem to derive from the lectures
he attended of Anthroposophist Rudolf Steiner
(18611925) in Germany during the 1900s, and Steiner, who
saw himself standing in the Rosicrucian tradition, may have
been Heindels mysterious Rosicrucian.
Heindel died in 1919, and his widow Augusta Foss Heindel
became leader and director of the Fellowship until her own
death in 1938. Another prominent official of the Fellowship
during this later period was Manly Palmer Hall.
In 1995 the fellowship reported 8,000 members worldwide
with 700 in the United States. Address 2222 Mission Ave.,
Oceanside, CA 92054-0713. Website http
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Heindel, Max. Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception. Oceanside,
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Heindel, Mrs. Max [Augusta Foss]. The Birth of the Rosicrucian
Fellowship. Oceanside, Calif. Rosicrucian Fellowship, n.d.
The Rosicrucian Fellowship. httpwww.rosicrucian.com.
April 14, 2000.