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Fraternitas Saturni (Dieselpunk Era Spirituality)

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Fraternitas Saturni is an extremely influencial and long running German occult society which is technically still operating today.

The Fraternitas Saturni was begun in 1925 as a splinter from another society, Collegium Pansophicum as a result of a dispute between the Collegium’s founder, Heinrich Traenker’ and Aleister Crowley.

Here’s the deal: Heinrich Traenker was a bookseller who founded an occult group, the Collegium Pansophicum. Like every single occultish entity for the past 400 years, it invented a backstory in which it claimed to be a direct descendant of the fictional Rosicruciansof the 17th century. However, the type of magick it practiced was pretty standard for the 1920s.

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They had a  33 degree initiation system straight out of Freemasonry.”Yogic and meditative techniques combined with Astrological and Planetary Magic held a significant role in their Work, and Crowley’s Thelema and Sex Magic played a part in their Work. Probably their biggest contribution to current magical practice was the development and use of the idea of an egregor or group generated spirit that acted as a magical powerhouse and guide for the Brotherhood.” It is a Luciferian system, positing a Gnostic idea that what passes for God in the dominant monotheistic religions is actually an evil Being intent on Man’s subjugation and imprisonment, and there is a higher God who wished to see Mankind freed and thus gives him the knowledge to rise out of his chains. (The apple from the Tree of Knowledge is not a bad thing, it’s a good thing).

Crowley’s sex magick and his new religion Thelema were big influences and thus one day in 1925 Crowley popped on over to Germany to visit for the Weida Conference. Corwley had his magick society the OTO and the conference was expected to proclaim both Crowley’s world leadership oft eh OTO and his position as World Teacher.

Crowley stayed with Heinrich. However Crowley’s ego, pompousness amd stubbroness was always too big for any room and when it ran up against Heinrich’s own stubborness, chaos ensued. The two men ended up quarreling constantly and hating each other. Heinrich Traenker finally went to the German authorities to have Crowley kicked out of Germany.

The Collegium Pansophicum became split as well. There were those who wanted to keep Crowley’s Thelema, those who wished to expunge all things Crowley, and those who wanted to continue on without either Crowley or Heinrich in control of them. Thus the Fraternitas Saturni was founded. It kept Crowley’s Thelema mixed in with all their other interests, but never had any ties to Crowley or involvement with Traenker.

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Why Saturn? In a planetary based occult system, the planets represent different stages of spiritual consciousness as well as numerous other properties and aspects of reality and you can work your through the planets. As you master each planet you master that state of being and the forces of reality associated with it.

Thus there is the concept of Saturn gnosis. The idea is that everyone is bound in a mechanism of predetermined influences (karma, originally) ruled over by (or identical with) the demiurge Saturn. Everyone is everyone else’s tool. By magically transcending Saturn, they would free themselves, evolve to the Uranian sphere and become controllers of the Saturn-Uranian Age.

The Lodge flourished but after the Nazis took power it was shut down, as was every society, lodge and fellowship in Germany under the Nazis.

The FS was reformed in 1945 and although it has struggled, it still continues to this day.

If you want more info on their beliefs and practices, this comprehensive book is available in its entirety for free online:

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Posted by on April 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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The Golden Dawn

You simply cannot discuss colorful and intriguing aspects of Victorian culture without at some point bringing up The Golden Dawn.

The trouble is, there’s so much to potentially discuss, i honestly don’t know where to begin. However, we must begin somewhere so here it is:

In the late 1800s secret societies, most noteably the Freemasons and other similar brotherhoods dedicated to self improvement using rituals as impacting experiential learning tools, were all the rage. Different lodges were outdoing each other to come up with “new” degrees which would both teach something of interest and come wrapped in an intense ritual. There were no TVs or movies or little gadgety toys. Going down to the Lodge on a Thursday night and having an intense experience and learning something interesting, wrapped in all the pomp and circumstance of participatory theater was a bloody cool thing to do.

Thus it only makes sense that there was a hungry audience for forms of Western Esoterica. Many different aspects of a quite long line of esoteric knowledge and techniques were being passed around, studied and practiced, but where The Golden Dawn succeeded magnificently is that they took all these disparate fields, from Qabalah to Tarot to Skrying (seeing visions by gazing at something like a crystal ball), Egyptian god archetypes, ceremonial magic, astrology, divination, etc and bound the entire thing up into a single coherent system of training.

They assembled all these loose strands, made them coherent and studyable, and as such had an unimaginable impact on all forms of western esoterica to come afterwards, especially the big 20th century movements of New Age and Wicca.

Now we come to our crossroads. From here there are two coarses where i’d like to go: the very fascinating history of this colorful but actually rather short lived group, and a general discussion of what the hell they actual DID, and what this stuff is all about in the long run (from my perspective at least). Athiests think it’s pure, unbridled nutcasery (and it is admittedly impossible to visit these Lands and not encounter some Pastures where the Rain of Wackery just pours down upon thee) and many of the more serious type Christians of course get worked up into a frothy, bug eyed hysteria.

That’s… hell that entire last sentence is enough to get my undivided attention even if you’re only selling vacuum cleaners. Vacuum salesmen take note: the secret of the way into my home has been spake. Let those with ears hear. Of course, i also enjoy talking to Mormons who stop by, occasionally a Jehovah’s Witness (except they never shut up and it’s never a two way conversation) and sometimes even a Scientologist or two, despite my intense hatred of their Church. I like theology and interesting belief systems.

So tomorrow we shall pick a road.  Let the festivities and lamentations begin.

 
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Posted by on June 17, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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