Between 1875 and 1947, a period bookended, respectively, by the founding of the Theosophical Society and the death of notorious occultist celebrity Aleister Crowley, Britain experienced an unparalleled efflorescence of engagement with unusual occult schema and supernatural phenomena such as astral travel, ritual magic, and reincarnationism. Reflecting the signal array of responses by authors, artists, actors, impresarios and popular entertainers to questions of esoteric spirituality and belief, this interdisciplinary collection demonstrates the enormous interest in the occult during a time typically associated with the rise of secularization and scientific innovation. The contributors describe how the occult realm functions as a turbulent conceptual and affective space, shifting between poles of faith and doubt, the sacrosanct and the profane, the endemic and the exotic, the forensic and the fetishistic. Here, occultism emerges as a practice and epistemology that decisively shapes the literary enterprises of writers such as Dion Fortune and Arthur Machen, artists such as Pamela Colman Smith, and revivalists such as Rolf Gardiner
Tying on case studies from late antiquity to the 21st century, this is the first volume that systematically explores the inter-relationship between fictional narratives about magic and the real-world ritual art of practicing magicians.
FUTURE TECH SATELLITE WARS AND MORE The Coming Struggle for Military Dominance in Outer Space BY STEVEN SORA LOST HISTORY THE HEAT OF BATTLE Who Turned Ancient Hill Forts to Glass? BY FRANK JOSEPH FORBIDDEN SCIENCE EINSTEIN & THE QUEST FOR AN "ETHER" Is There More Substance Here than Meets the Eye? BY CHARLES SHAHAR HIDDEN HISTORY THE QUEEN‘S ‘MAGICIAN‘ The Curious Story of Dr. John Dee and the Empire of Angels BY JASON LOUV ALTERNATIVE ARCHAEOLOGY NEWGRANGE AND THE IRISH ‘PASSAGE TOMBS‘ Has Their True Age Been Drastically Underestimated? ROBERT M. SCHOCH, Ph.D. ANCIENT MYSTERIES THE EXODUS IN A NEW LIGHT Fresh Evidence of Real History for the Biblical Account BY JONATHON PERRIN THE UNEXPLAINED CROP CIRCLE QUESTIONS STILL UNANSWERED! As Implications Multiply, Real Explanations Are Hard to Find BY WILLIAM B. STOECKER CONSCIOUSNESS PHILIP K. DICK & RESHAPING THE ‘MATRIX‘ Searching for Reality Behind the Computer Simulations BY SEAN CASTEEL THE UNEXPLAINED THE PRIEST WHO SAID HE COULD TIME-TRAVEL Was Father Ernetti Lying, or Did the Vatican of the 1950s Have Something to Hide? BY JOHN CHAMBERS THE UNEXPLAINED THE CASE OF CORA SCOTT RICHMOND? Nearly Two Centuries Later, Her Story Still Arouses Debate BY MICHAEL E. TYMN THE FORBIDDEN ARCHAEOLOGIST FREIBERG‘S SKULL-IN-COAL CONTROVERSY BY MICHAEL A. CREMO ASTROLOGY THE SKY GOD‘S QUEST FOR FIRE Jupiter in Sagittarius, November 2018–December 2019 BY JULIE LOAR PUBLISHER‘S LETTER PARABLES OF THE CAVES BY J. DOUGLAS KENYON
With the Kabbalists, Fire and Motion were instrumental in the formation of the world out of pre-existing Matter. Aditi, the primordial Water of Space, is the original of Sephirah, and crown of the Sephiroth. The AUM of the Hindus had become the Aion with the Greeks, and the Ævum with the Romans — the Pan or All. With Moses, Elohim and Jehovah were numerical indices of geometrical relations, and stood for a diameter and a circumference value, respectively. When Shimon ben-Yohai’s heavenly light gave place to the darkness of the gloomy cave, then only the disciples of Israel perceived that the lamp of Israel was extinguished. The key of things concealed is the key of the sanctuary. Mount Sumeru is the father of the Greek Parnassos and Tomaros. The Hindu Kailasa (Heaven), too, is the father of the Greek Heaven (Koilon). Even the German Heaven (Himmel) was inspired by the Heavenly Himalaya. From where the Greeks obtained their Parnassos, thence proceeded most of the biblical personages. Abram was one of them, a Chaldæan Brahman, transformed later into A-brahm (A-braham), i.e., no-Brahman, who emigrated westward and became the “father of many nations.” Every God and hero in ancient Pantheons, including those of the Bible, has three biographies in the narrative, running parallel with each other, and each connected with one of three aspects of the hero — historical, astronomical, and perfectly mythical — the last serving to link the other two together and smooth away the asperities and discordances in the narrative, and gathering into one or more symbols the verities of the first two. Moreover, localities are made to correspond with astronomical and even with psychic events. History was thus made captive by ancient Mystery, to become later on the great Sphinx of the age we live in. Not only is everything in Western religion is related to measures, geometrical figures, and time calculations, the principal periods being founded on historical personages, but the latter are also connected with heaven and earth truly, but only with the Indo-Aryan heaven and earth, not with those of Palestine. The Old Testament was milked out of the most ingenious brains of Hebrew Kabbalists, partly in Egypt and partly in Babylonia. Astronomically, Abraham is the sun-measure and a portion of the sun, while Enoch is the solar year, as much as is Thoth-Hermes. Equally Thoth, numerically, is the equivalent of Moses and Hermes, Lord of the lower realms and a teacher of wisdom. More! Abram and Brahmā are equivalent in numerical value! Neither the Book of Enoch, nor the Zohar, nor any other kabbalistic volume, contains merely Jewish wisdom. It was only in the Third Root-Race that the “wheel” of Enoch was invented as a first attempt at symbology, though Enoch No. 1 had naught to do with it.
At the end of the 19th century one of the most philosophically important and culturally influential occult movements was Theosophy. Nicholas Roerich (1874-1947) was intrigued by the doctrine disseminated by Helena Petrovna Blavatskaya. He responded to the mytic, poetic and aestetic implications og theosophical thought. The artist of extraordinary Himalayan landscapes who was created more than 7000 painting wrote extensively on the arts and ethics.
The Gnostic World is an outstanding guide to Gnosticism, written by a distinguished international team of experts to explore Gnostic movements from the distant past until today. These themes are examined across sixty-seven chapters in a variety of contexts, from the ancient pre-Christian to the contemporary. The volume considers the intersection of Gnosticism with Jewish, Christian, Islamic and Indic practices and beliefs, and also with new religious movements, such as Theosophy, Scientology, Western Sufism, and the Nation of Islam. This comprehensive handbook will be an invaluable resource for religious studies students, scholars, and researchers of Gnostic doctrine and history.
The Ancients have neither mistaken stars for gods or angels, nor the sun for the highest gods and God, but have worshipped only the Spirit of all — though they reverenced minor gods who are identical with the hosts of Angels, Cherubs, and Planetary Archangels. Saturn, the Father of Gods, must not be confused with his namesake — the planet with its rings, moons, and moonlets. The two, though in one sense identical, are equivalent to physical man and his soul. Nevertheless, astrology is proclaimed as a sinful science and, together with Occultism, tabooed by the Churches. If Mars is the personified strength of the One highest impersonal Deity, Mercury personified as its omniscience, Jupiter as its omnipotency, and so on, then the superstition of the Pagan has indeed become the religion of the masses of the “civilized nations.” Mikael is the regent of planet Saturn. He is also the informing Spirit of the Sun and Jupiter, and even of Venus. The Sabæans separated and distinguished planet Saturn from its God far more than the Roman Catholics do their angels from their stars. The dogmas and rituals of the Romish Church seem like pages torn out from the history of Occultism, plagiarised, and then distorted. A very thin line separates the Kabbalistic and Chaldæan Theogonies from the Roman Catholic Angelology and Theodicy. The history of the Jesuits is intimately bound up with that of Occultism. It is that Protean and all-pervading organisation which has kept back the great truths of Occultism, making its name synonymous with charlatanism, fraud, and demon worship. To this purpose was the Inquisition organised. The history of Jesuitism is the history of assassinations and poisonings, underhand dark plottings against Kings, Princes, Churches, States, and solitary individuals who consciously or unconsciously cross their path. Many a maniac in a madhouse owes the calamities which drove him there to their contriving. Divine Astrology is for the Initiates; superstitious Astrolatry, for the profane. Astrolatry, or the adoration of the heavenly host, is the natural result of only half-revealed Astrology, whose Adepts carefully concealed from the uninitiated masses its Occult principles and the Wisdom imparted to them by the Regents of the Planets. Sidereal influence is dual: there is a physical and a physiological influence, that of exotericism; and the high spiritual, intellectual, and moral influence, imparted by the knowledge of the Planetary Gods. The Celestial Bodies are the cause of all that happens in our sublunary world; they do influence human actions; but not all the effects produced by them are unavoidable. All great astrologers admitted that man could react against the influence of the stars. The origin of Astrology is lost in hoary antiquity, contrary to the plea of some Orientalists who declare that the Zodiac was the invention of the Greeks of the Macedonian period. Primitive Astrology was as far above modern Astrology, as the Planets and Zodiacal signs are above the lamp-posts. All the Zodiacal monuments in Egypt were chiefly astronomical. The Heavenly Bodies are closely related, during each Manvantara, with the mankind of that special cycle. Each great character born during that period has (as every other mortal has, only in a far stronger degree) his destiny outlined within his proper constellation or star, traced as a self-prophecy (an anticipated autobiography), by the indwelling spirit of that particular star. Primitive Occult Astrology was on the decline when Daniel, the last of the Jewish Initiates of the old school, became the chief of the Magi and Astrologers of Chaldæa. In those days, even Egypt that had her wisdom from the same source as Babylon, had degenerated from her former grandeur, and her glory had begun to fade out. Chaldæan Astrology was believed in by most of the great men in history. Judiciary Astrology is used today by the Kabbalists. Eliphas Levi, the French Magus, teaches its rudiments in his “Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie.” But the key to ceremonial or ritualistic Astrology is lost to Europe. Hence, our century of materialism shrugs it shoulders and sees in Astrology — a pretender.
There are two ways of rendering the first line of Genesis: one way is exoteric, by Christian Bible interpreters; the other, Kabbalistic — divided into the Rabbinical, and the purely Kabbalistic or Occult method. Why Christians sing never-ceasing laudations to the Mosaic Jews, who repudiated all the other Gods, preserved the most phallic and, then, most impudently, proclaimed themselves Monotheists? Jesus ever steadily ignored Jehovah and went against the Mosaic commandments. He recognized his Heavenly Father alone, and prohibited public worship. Ralston Skinner’s numerical analysis of the first sentence of Genesis, on which hung in blind faith the whole Christian religion, shows that the Bible was made to yield Phallicism, and that alone. To know the full septenary significance of the Primordial Circle, the Pyramid and the Kabbalistic Bible must be read in the light of the figure on which the temples of India are built. Genesis cannot yield anything higher or more sublime than phallic elements, the root and the cornerstone of its dead-letter meaning. Anthropomorphism and Revelation dig an impassable chasm between the material world and the ultimate spiritual truths. The so-called “creation” of Genesis is not the Primary Creation, and the Elohim are not “God,” not even the higher Planetary Spirits, but the Architects of this physical planet and of man’s material body or encasement. The Elohim, far from being supreme or even exalted powers in Nature, are only lower Angels. This was the teaching of the Gnostics, the most philosophical of all the early Christian Churches. They correspond to the Prajapatis of the Hindus, the fashioners of man’s material and astral form only. Mathers censures the translators of the Bible, who have suppressed every single reference to the feminine form of Deity. With the Occultists of the East the “One and Changeless,” Parabrahman, the Absolute All, the ONE and Secondless, cannot be conceived as standing in any relation to things finite and conditioned. But what especially strikes the student of the Kabbalah is the malicious persistency with which the translators of the Bible have jealously crowded out of sight and suppressed every reference to the feminine form of the Deity. They have, as we have just seen, translated the feminine plural “Elohim,” by the masculine singular, “God.” They also concealed the fact that Ruah, “Spirit,” is feminine. It then follows that the Holy Ghost of the New Testament is a feminine Potency. In the Hebrew, as in the Greek alphabet, there are no distinct numeral characters, and consequently each letter has a certain numerical value attached to it. From this circumstance results the important fact that every Hebrew word constitutes a number, and every number a word. The conclusion of Mathers’ analysis of the Elohim is that they are not one, nor two, nor even a trinity, but an army of Creative Powers. Madame Blavatsky names the true Creators. The “First-Born,” or Logos, is not an Emanation, but an Energy inherent in, and co-eternal with, Parabrahman — the ONE. Thus it is not the ONE and Unconditioned, nor even Its reflection, that creates, but only the “Seven Gods” who fashion the Universe out of primordial Matter, vivified into objective life by the reflection into it of the One and only Reality. Jehovah is at best, the Heavenly Man or Adam-Kadmon, used by the self-created Spirit (Logos), as a chariot, a vehicle in His descent to the phenomenal world of gross matter. The Secret Doctrine and the Kabbalah are in perfect concordance in St. Paul’s Epistles. The Zohar is not a genuine production of the Hebrew mind. It is a veil over the Secret Doctrine. The Zohar is the repository and compendium of the oldest doctrines of the East, transmitted orally at first, and then written down in independent treatises during the Captivity at Babylon, and finally brought together by Rabbi Shimon ben Yohai, toward the beginning of the Christian era. Modern Christianity is Paganism pure and simple, exoterically; and transcendental and practical Magic or Occultism, esoterically. The Solar Trinity is not Mazdean, but Universal, and as old as man. All temples in Antiquity were invariably made to face the Sun, their portals opening to the East. The last of the Solar Priests in Europe was the Imperial Initiate, Julian, now called the Apostate. He tried to benefit the world by revealing a portion of the great mystery of the Solar Trinity, and died for the same crime as Socrates. The Roman Catholic Church stands accused, not of worshipping under other names the Divine Beings worshipped throughout Antiquity, but of declaring idolatrous, not only the Pagans ancient and modern, but every Christian nation that has freed itself from the Roman yoke. Only the Philosophers, who studied Astrology and Magic, knew that the “Last Word” was to be sought in the Occult forces emanating from those constellations that are the physical bodies of Divine Beings.