The Temple Legend
GOETHE AND HIS CONNECTION WITH ROSICRUCIANISM
There are two ways of penetrating Goethe's Rosicrucian Mystery, an exoteric way, and an esoteric or occult way. The esoteric path reveals itself through a study of those poems of his which are an outward expression of his Rosicrucian views and other knowledge relevant to this question.
The means of penetrating Goethe's Rosicrucianism in an esoteric or occult way are given in the initiation of the true 020 degree, which — to conceal the secret — is also written as 6 3 degree, being read as 6 x 3 = 18th degree (Rose Croix). In this it is shown, in an occult way, that Goethe underwent an initiation between his visits to Leipzig and Strasbourg, which only came to fruition in his life gradually, and which enabled him to fulfil a very particular Rosicrucian mission. No more about this can be written down; one could still say a little more about it verbally, and still more only in a true Rosicrucian Lodge of the 6 3 = 6 x 3 = 18th degree.
The above text is only to be found in Marie Steiner-von Sivers' handwriting. It was presumably written down by Rudolf Steiner for Edouard Schure around 1906, as Marie Steiner's transcript is found immediately following a text written down by Rudolf Steiner for Schure in 1906, Zeichen und Entwickelung der drei Logoi in der Menschheit (‘Symbols and development of the three Logoi within humanity’), printed in Nachiichten der Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Michaelmas 1965, and published in English in The Apocalypse of St. John, Rudolf Steiner Press, London 1977.