Rosicrucianism and Freemasonry have been connected since time immemorial.
Historically the earliest evidence linking Rosicrucianism and Freemasonry appears in Henry Adamson’s The Muses Threnodie printed in Edinburgh in 1638.
For what we presage is not gross
For we be brethren of the Rosie Cross;
We have the Mason Word and second sight,
Things for to come we can foretell aright.
The Rosicrucian Society of England was founded in 1867 by the freemason Robert Wentworth Little and six other brethren following the discovery of certain manuscripts in the archives of Grand Lodge. Many eminent and scholarly masons have been members of the Order.
Since that time it has been the natural home for masons seeking intellectual and spiritual fulfilment.
The Masonic qualification for membership of the SRIA is a legacy of the group of individuals who founded the Society. Masonic approbation is, in itself, a recommendation that the candidate is a fit and proper person, familiar with ceremonial work and obligations of fidelity required of the members of the Society; that is, having attained the rank of a Master Mason in a duly warranted lodge the candidate has in that position shown himself to be a man of worth and discretion, seeking more knowledge of the mysteries that encompass us.
The Masonic qualification therefore is intended to give assurance that fidelity and privacy will characterise the consduct of its members.