The time with the Rosicrucians

On March 20, 1953 Johfra and Diana joined the Rosicrucian Society, the Lectorium Rosicrucianum in Haarlem, a gnostic spiritual school. With great regularity they visit the meetings of the section in the Hague, the temple services in Haarlem and the conferences in Lage Vuursche and abroad.

The purpose of the Mystery School is transfiguration, that is, the gradual rising of the personality of the 'old man' in a spiritual consciousness that connects him with the original, divine life.


Wonderflower (1954)

The apocalyptic woman and the beast (1961)

Knight with Grail Castle (1958)

In the period of affiliation to the Lectorium Rosicrucianum Johfra makes many paintings based on the teachings and symbolism of the Rosicrucians. In many ways Johfra with Diana give their services to the Society, which has branches in several European countries, and later in North- and South America. In Ussat-les-Bains in the Pyrenees, both set up a museum dedicated to the Cathars.


Preliminary study: The saving cord (1958)

Preliminary study: The saving cord (1958)

Preliminary study: The saving cord (1958)


The Seven Ships on the Lake (1968)

C.R.C. on the wall (1968)

The Offering of the Pearll (1968)

Johfra experiences his membership as more and more oppressive and disassociates with the objectives of the society. About this oppression he can only talks with Ellen Lórien, his future wife. After he moves in with Ellen in 1962, he will dispose of the students list of the Lectorium Rosicrucianum.

In the sixties he is asked to provide the illustrations for the two-volume work The Alchemical Wedding of Christian Rosycross of the grand master and founder Jan van Rijckenborgh.