The central visual Symbol of Rosicrucianism, the image of a rose placed within the arms of a cross. It is a play on the name of the (probably fictitious) 15th-century German writer Christian Rosencreutz. [JC]
This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.