R. Swinburne Clymer

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Reuben Swinburne Clymer, M.D., D.O. (November 25, 1878 - June 3, 1966) was an American Rosicrucian. He succeeded Edward Holmes Brown (1868-1922) as Supreme Grand Master of the FRC (Fraternitas Rosae Crucis) in 1922, and served until his death in 1966, when he was succeeded by his son Emerson Myron Clymer (1909-1983). Reuben attained the rank of Grand Master in 1905.

The succession from Edward H. Brown ('Eulis') to R. S. Clymer is questioned by many. Clymer's claim rested instead on having bought the literary estate and archives of Paschal Beverly Randolph (1825-1875) from Randolph's widow Kate Randolph (née Courson) (1854-1938), and he created his 'Fraternitas Rosae Crucis' in 1920, two years before Brown died. (Source: Fr Melchior 'Manifestations of the Neo-Rosicrucian Current')

There are claims (unattributed, but possibly by Deveney[1]) that Clymer only attained the second degree in Brown's Temple of the Rosy Cross, in Boston.

What is not disputed is that 'Eulis' was the holder of Randolph's lineage, and that 'Eulis' recognised the SRIA (Societas Rosicruciana in America). The concordance is on the SRIA website. [1] It is not clear whether the FRC can furnish a similar recognition.

Influenced by the writings of the 19th century occultist and sex magic practitioner Paschal Beverly Randolph, Clymer kept several of Randolph's books in print (sometimes in heavily edited form) through the middle of the 20th century,

A co-founder of FUDOFSI, which recognized the FRC (Fraternitas Rosae Crucis) - rather than the AMORC (Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis) - as the authentic Rosicrucian organization, Clymer tried to rekindle FUDOFSI after the death of its leader Constant Chevillon (1880-1944) during World War II. After the war, Clymer regarded the FRC (located in Quakertown, Pennsylvania) as the world headquarters - rather than merely the American headquarters - of Rosicrucianism.

In Brazil and in some other South American countries, the FRC merged with branches of the FRA (Fraternitas Rosicruciana Antiqua), to the extent that the two organizations became indistinguishable. The Fraternitas Rosicruciana Antiqua was founded by Arnold Krumm-Heller (1876-1949). The original name of the Fraternitas Rosicruciana Antiqua was Augusta Fraternidade Branca Rosa Cruz Antigua. Krumm-Heller had founded this organization in Brazil in 1932, but he changed its name to Fraternitas Rosicruciana Antiqua in 1937. In 1941 this organization adopted the outer name Fraternidad Rosa Cruz.[2]

Many FRA groups became disenchanted with Krumm-Heller's teachings, and the FRA branches which had merged with the FRC no longer accepted the Law of Thelema.

Clymer was a prolific writer. His writings include:

Alchemy and Alchemists (2 vols.) (1907)

All-Seeing Eye: Teachings of the Rose Cross College

Ancient Mysteries

Ancient Mystic Oriental Masonry (1907)

Book of Rosicruciae (3 vols.)

Brotherhood of the Rosy Cross

Christ Birth: Teachings of the Rose

Christisis or Higher Soul Culture

Compendium of Occult Law

The Confederation or Fraternity of Initiates (1930)

Constitution of the Knights of Chivalry

Destructive Negative Yogaism

Divine Law of Mastership (1922)


Fire Philosophy: The Foundation of All True Initiation

Freemasonry and Its Occult Inner Secrets

Gods (1910)

Heaven: The State of Happiness Must Be Found on Earth

The Hermetic Concept of Success

Higher Race Development: A Course of Instructions on the Right Use of Sex (1919)

How to Have Your Own Will Come True

The Initiates and the People (5 vols.) (1928-1934)

The Interpretation of St. John (1913)

Law of Freedom


The Magnetic Power of the Mind

Making Health Certain (1921)

Man and the Great Beyond

Medicines of Nature: The Thomsonian System (1905)

Militia Crucifera

Mystic Masonry

Natural Hypnotism and Suggestive Therapeutics in the Natural Sleep (1902)

Occult Initiation

The Power of Thought

Protection Through Divine Law

Rosicrucian Fraternity in America (2 vols.)

Rosicrucian Interpretation of Merlin

Rosicrucian Interpretation of Sir Percival

The Science of the Soul

Secret Schools

Sex Teaching in Public Places

Soul Consciousness is the Way to Christhood (1925)

Soul's Descent

Suffer Not Injustice to be Done

Temple Dedication Service of the Church of Illumination

and many more.


  1. ^ John Patrick Deveney - Paschal Beverly Randolph: A Nineteenth-Century Black American Spiritualist, Rosicrucian, and Sex Magician (Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1996)
  2. ^ http://chuckfurnace.com/opus/index.php?title=Fraternitas_Rosicruciana_Antiqua

External links[edit]

R. Swinburne Clymer Official Biography