The writings of Jean Valentin Andreae (1589–1674) relating the stories of one Christian Rosenkreuz and his dabblings in alchemy, astrology, and the cabbala, were not meant to be taken seriously. But secret societies devoted to the occult found them a useful source. Philosophers and scientists who may have had Rosicrucian connections include Francis Bacon, Leibniz, and Newton.

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