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Aghartha

What is Aghartha? (Other than an awesome live Miles Davis dark funk album)

Aghartha is a mythical hidden city somewhere under the Earth, usually somewhere in Asia. It’s often confused or even merged with Shambhala, another hidden city in Buddist lore. It’s quite the fixture in a great deal of New Agey and far out conspiracy thought, and like most staples in alternative spirituality has its roots in the Victorian Age.

Aghartha began as a rip of Shambhala, but instead of being centered around Asiatic mythology was instead constructed along Western Nordic mythology of which Wagner’s The Ring Cycle was a huge influence.

During the 1860s and 70s a writer named Louis Jacolliot, a French official living in Chandernagore, India wrote and published a number of books in which he combined his endless fascination in Western Occultism with bits and pieces of Hindu and Buddist myths. His claims were wild and imaginative but not accurate in any way towards Hindu, Buddist or Eastern thought. In fact his main activity was to use tidbits of whatever he picked up in the East to weave into a pastiche of ideas mostly dominated by western esotericism. He is quoted by Blavatsy and both his ideas on Aghartha as well as the Ascended Masters were brought into the Theosophical fold. Like everything else in Theosophy they wound up in New Age thought.

So, in 1871 Jacolliot published The Son of God in which he goes through the 15,000 year history of India as told to him by a wise Brahman. Except this “history” has nothing whatsoever to do with actual Indian or Hindu history or myths and everything to do with the Nordic myths that were all the rage in Europe thanks to Wagner and his epic Ring Cycle. “Agartta” is merely Asgard, with an ‘a’ added at the end to make it sound like a Sanskrit word.

A few years later, in 1886 Aghartha was picked up again and expanded upon by French occultist Alexandre Saint-Yves d’Alveydre who we will call Saint-Yves. He had been exposed to Jacolliot’s book through an Indian parrot shop owner who taught him some Sanskrit and stuff from Jacolliot’s book.

Saint-Yves d’Alveydre

Saint-Yves published The Mission of India in Europe in which he recounts his many adventures visiting the hidden city of Agartta by astral travel. Deep underground the Himalayas Agartta teams with life, populated by millions of humans more technologically and spiritually advanced than their above earth counterparts. They are ruled by a Sovereign Pontiff, posses lots of incredible mystical powers and are waiting to share their knowledge with us once we advance and “Christianity lives up to the commandments which were once drafted by Moses and Jesus.”  “When the Anarchy which exists in our world is replaced by the Synarchy.”

Saint-Yves’ pet political philosophy was Synarchy,  that is: “social differentiation and hierarchy with collaboration between social classes, transcending conflict between social and economic groups: synarchy, as opposed to anarchy. Specifically, Saint-Yves envisioned a Federal Europe (as well as all the states it has integrated) with a corporatist government composed of three councils, one for academia, one for the judiciary, and one for commerce. Just in case you were wondering.

Hidden City by Patricia Allingham

Still with me? Good. We now say goodbye to Saint-Yves as he bows off the world stage and say hello to Polish adventurer Ferdinand Ossendowski. Ferdinand Ossendowski is an absolutely fascinating man and it is unfortunate that we do not have time to delve into him too deeply today, but suffice to say he was in and out of Russia during the Russian Revolution, engaged in various anti-Revolutionary activities despite the fact that had a rocky history with the Imperialist government.

Regardless, when the Communists finally won Ossendowski and a group of Poles and White Russians escaped through SIberia into Mongola, Tibet and finally into Chinese controlled Mongolia where they were finally halted by Chinese Mongolia’s takeover by a mystic named Baron Roman Ungern von Sternberg (aka The Bloody Baron) who considered himself to be a reincarnation of the god of war. Ossendowski joined the baron’s army as a commanding officer of one of the self-defense troops and also briefly became The Baron’s political advisor and chief of intelligence.

Ferdinand Ossendowski, all in all kind of a badass.

What on earth does this have to do with anything? Well AFTER all this he returned to Poland and in 1922 wrote a book called Beasts, Gods and Men. In it he talks about all of his many adventures wandering the Asiatic landscape. In the first three chapters however, he lifts almost verbatum portions of Saint Yves’ ramblings on Agartta. He called it Agarti and with his book an international bestseller it stamped Aghartha onto the popular landscape indelibly.

In the 1940s editor Raymand Palmer at Amazing Stories published a myriad of fantastic tales involving Aghartha and when the New Age movement came around in the 70s and 80s, they went hog wild with it and have never let go. An example for instance would be this.

And there you have it. A wondrous hidden city, a fantastic, age old meme, borrowed from the Tibetans and reworked by some creative minds to embody the fanciful imaginations if not occasionally credulous belief systems of a century of westerners.

Aghartha.

 
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Posted by on July 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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The Rosicrucians: Pt. 3: Sex, Magic, and Witches

By the mid 1800s there finally existed a plethora of Rosicrucian groups, all practicing various forms of western esotericism and occultism, most with a Christian mystical bent.  Many claimed to have descended from the original Rosicrucians of the 1400-1600s, but as no such thing actually existed (you have been reading the other posts up to here, right?), it is simply another example of how every single society of this nature will invent a good historical backstory to give themselves weight and credence. This is so prominent a practice that honestly, there are scarse few exceptions.

It wasn’t just Europe anymore. In America Rosicrucian groups were all the rage too. Back in the 1700s some German sects went to the New Land to build Rosicrucian communities in Pennsylvania. (For all my PA peeps:They set up shop in what is now Lancaster and Germantown) They had some influence on early American folklore and folk magic, but eventually were swallowed into the larger German communities that grew in those areas over the next century and a half of German immigration.

Here’s a good story and an interesting persoanlity:

In the mid 1800s there was a famous African American “Rosicrucian” named Paschal Randolph. At least he claimed to be a Rosicrucian, heck he wrote as the pseudonym ‘The Rosicrucian’, although he also said at one point his Rosicrucian teachings had come from within himself or were borrowed from occultists who came before him but were Rosicrucian in spirit. He was very, very big into sex magic, a lot of white women came to him to learn how to…. ****, and he was particularly sensational in that he insisted that orgasms were essential to mental health including FEMALE orgasms. Remember, this was a time in which doctors denied the very existence of the female orgasm.

Paschal Randolph.

Paschal was a barber in upstate New York in the 1840s when Spiritualism hit. (I’ve covered this fun time in history here.) He converted and was soon a practicing medium. Not only did he channel spirits but he claimed to be a clairvoyant physician who specialized in sexual problems. He gained a lot of notoriety and toured both the States and Europe. The spiritualism movement was a major proponent of the abolition of slavery and Randolph, especially being black, lectured extensively on this during his tours.

However, in 1858 he denounced Spiritualism and toured the ANTI-Spiritualism circuit, claiming mediums were the passive victims of evil spirits. The anti-spiritualism side consisted really of two positions. One,  which was later championed by Harry Houdini claimed the entire medium thing was a load of bullcock. The other, supported by various Christian churches claimed it was diabolical. Randolph came down on the diabolical side and thus his tours were financed by Christian churches.

Randolph ended up quarrelling strongly with the churches supporting him and finally left the States. He returned several years later and after a failed bid to enter politics began writing extensively on esoteric and occult philosphies and practices, often under the pseudonym “The Rosicrucian”. Most of his teachings revolved around skrying, that is putting oneself into a calm, open trance state and then staring into magic mirrors in order to perform clairvoyant feats such as astral travel, remote viewing and contact with spirits, and also practicing sex magic, where the two parties both focus their will on as common intention at the moment of orgasm. His sex magic teachings would go on to later inspired Crowley.

Randolph became very well known amongst a certain crowd, and began a number of Rosicrucian organizations including the Fraternitas Rosae Crucis, the oldest suriving Rosicrucian order in America. He actually launched numerous Orders, both Rosicrucian and other types of magical societies, but alas, he was infamously arrogant with a hot temper. No one could get along with him for a long period of time. He would start an Order, get into conflict with the members he would recruit and then dissolve the Order all within a matter of months. Again and again. However some of the Orders he founded survived, mostly because he would leave the state and hence the order and these became enormously influential to later esoteric and occult societies such as the Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor.

Randolph’s life was filled with broken marriages, broken relationships, failed businesses and in 1949 he killed himself, although this is slightly disputed. There is a line of thought purports otherwise: “a later Supreme Master of the Fraternitas, stated that years after Randolph’s demise, in a death-bed confession, a former friend of Randolph had conceded that in a state of jealousy and temporary insanity, he had killed Randolph”

So, there’s one awesome story. But let us wrap up our forray into Rosicrucianism with one more personality and one more story: Gerald Gardner, the founder of Wicca.

Gerald Gardner. Holy crap i hope i look this awesome when i’m old. Seriously.

So, in 1920 a Rosicrucian Order was founded  in England by actor George Sullivan. Many of its members were former members of a Theosophy sponsored Rosicrucian group. This order, the Rosicrucian Order of the Crotona Fellowship sponsored a theater group in the New Forest area of Britain. Gerald Gardner, a retired civil servant who had worked in Malaya and written a book about the Malayan magical practices settled down there in the late 1930s, met this Rosiocrucian Order and its offshoot the New Coven. He developed an enormous interest in the esoteric and occult and went on to study with Aleister Crowley and leading Druid at the time, Ross Nichols.

In the 1950s Gardner put all these pieces together into Wicca. Wicca is clearly and obviously a amalgamation of these sources: a huge hunk from the Rosicrucian group (including most of the initiation rituals of Wicca) and its splinter Coven, sex magic techniques and rituals from Crowley and ideas on duotheism and fertility religion from Ross Nichol’s Druid Circle of the Universal Bond. There is an additional last source, an English youth movement called Woodcraft He then did WHAT THEY ALLLLLLLLLLLL DO, which is slap a backstory on it claiming it’s linked to all thing ancient, in this case the old pagan fertility cults from Neolithic times.

He claimed the New Coven was in fact an unbroken pagan link, and this may have indeed been the New Coven’s own self purported backstory. It as not however true. This idea of witch cults tied to ancient pagan fertility cults is known as the Witch-cult theory and traces to a writer name Magaret Murray, who became close friends with Gardner and a supporter of Wicca. However, before this she had published two books which claimed the existance of an unborken witch cult which had survived since ancient times and which all witch trials in Europe had hoped to finally extinguish.

Sadly, Murray’s Witch cult argument has been demonstrated as false and poor and intentionally misleading scholarship, both by her peers and later folklorists, witch trial experts and historical researchers. Murray dismissed all criticism as being the Christian world out to shut her up, although most of the researchers and experts, especially the ones who came after her were nothing of the sort, but her work achieved a degree of popularity. Groups suddenly appeared who wished to resurrect the Witch-Cult as described in Murray’s works, and this would include the New Coven Rosicrucian splinter group.

What had started as a Rosicrucian group splintered into a slightly more folksy Coven attempting to model itself on Murray’s work. This inspired Gardner immensely. He in turn combined it with a rich tapestry pulled from the other sources i’ve named, launched a magnificently brilliant publicity campaign, and created a brand spanking new religion founded on esoteric principles, Wicca. Wicca, in case you haven’t been paying attention, is flourishing today and offers some of the most interesting new forms of spirituality and esotericism of the modern day. (Yes, yes, really contains secret ancient lore, blah blah blah. No religion is historically accurate. None. I don’t hold it against them. Everyone backstories. The Jews for heaven’s sake backstoried the entire Egyptian slavery thing and Moses, although this is probably not the place to start in on that stuff.)

Anyway, that’s it, folks. We have concluded our excursion into the Land of Rosicrucians. I hope it’s been entertaining. I hope some of you are still reading this after today’s lengthy post. I hope all the roses on all your metaphorical crosses bloom brightly. See you tomorrow with Gd knows what.

 
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Posted by on July 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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The Rosicrucians Pt. 2

So, to recap, from 1614 to 1616 three tracts were published in Germany claiming to be from an underground Order of highly knowledgable wise guys possessing all sorts of esoteric secrets of the universe. It was actually a small group of students from Tubingen University pulling a scholarly prank of sorts.

For several years Europeans interested in esotericism went nuts, and in the post Reformation there were more and more each year. The search to find the Rosicrucians was on. Books on Rosicrucian teachings were put out, in  most cases by people who admitted up front they were not Rosicrucians themselves but were versed in the studies the tracts alluded to, such as spiritual alchemy, Cabala, Christian mysticism, and Hermetism. Descartes was accused of being a Rosicrucian as was Frederick V, Prince Palatine of the Rhine and leader of the Protestant Union who took the throne of Holy Roman Emperor in 1619. Frederick V’s suspected Rosicrucian connections and/or involvement didn’t help him however, as the Catholic forces led by the Spanish (or course) kicked Frederick’s poor butt from here to Holland. Frederick fled after having been King for only a year. For the record, it was this very occurrence that set off the never ending fun that was the 30 years war.

With the 30 Years War underway the Rosicrucian hype slowly dissolved. A number of books continued to be published, but in general the fervor died down. For one thing, there was that nasty religious war. For another, before this point, Christian occultism was not always considered a bad thing. The Catholics objected to anything that broke Catholic dogma, but Christian mysticism was accepted as normal if not accurate and the idea of the Renaissance magus was a positive one. As Calvinism grew, attitudes about this changed to the disapproving. Lastly the scientific revolution had truly begun. Ironically, some original members of the British Royal Society were inspired by the Rosicrucians and wished to start their own group to uncover the secrets of the universe. As The Royal Society and Newton and Leibniz actually DID uncover secrets of the universe, the scientific method was in and esotericism lost some of its allure.

And thus a hundred years passed.

Dateline: 1740s/50s. The Thirty Years War is long over and an exhausted Europe has decided fighting over religion just isn’t worth it. The Rosicrucians are a blip on esoteric history. So why do we still know them now? Ah, come my friend, appearing now on history’s stage is the legendary group responsible for inventing more of the fanciful alternate history malarky that is still tossed around today than any other. They brought us the Knights Templas conspiracy bullshit, Egyptian magic, Atlantian secrets, secrets actually from every single ancient point in history real or imagined. Yes, it’s the one, the only, The Freemasons!

I’ve written about Freesmasonry and the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite at legnth, but here’s the fast version of why we care about it at this moment:

Freemasonry uses a system of symbolic morality. The learning and contemplation of this system is a big reason Freemasonry was so popular. Once however you’ve done the whole Hiram story which is the original 3 degrees, you may want to do some more, since it’s so fun and cool. So a huge demand for more degrees and rites was born.

Thus it was that in lodges across Europe and America new degrees and systems were invented, with new morality stories and symbols and new initiations. Thousands. Literally. However, it loses a lot of luster in getting to be initiated into a nifty new system of degrees when told that actually, Chauncy just spent the last few months banging this out in his drawing room. No, what sold was this is SECRET ANCIENT LORE JUST UNCOVERED FROM EGYPT/THE ORIENT/THE SUFIS/ATLANTIS/THE ROSICRUCIANS/ETC/etc/etc.

See the connection? So, way back in the early days of Freemasonry, around the 1740s, a new system of degrees was developed by Jacobite Freemasons, one of the first new systems mind you. The Jacobites were Catholic and wanted to restore the Catholic Stuarts to the British throne. They were looking to create an alternate form of Freemasonry to compete with the dominant Protestant one. They came up with the Scottish Rite system and in order to give it a good backstory they dug out the Rosicrucians and claimed it came from them. The fact that the original Rosicrucian tracts had been anti-Catholic makes for a rather good irony.

And thus the Rosicrucians were revived. In Germany a number of Freemasons wanted to be more involved in esoteric, occult stuff which Freemasonry wasn’t going far enough towards for their tastes. So in the 1750s they founded the Order of the Golden and Rosy Cross, and peppered it with as much Rosicrucian lore as they could dig up.

Just to point out, they backstoried their Rosicrucian order to Egypt, claiming a great Egyptian mage in 96AD converted to Christianity and passed along his great wisdom until it reached, once again, the fucking Knights Templar in 1188 (ALWAYS with the gawdammed Knights Templar!)

This did it. Rosicrucian symbols and forms of mysticism were developed and expanded. The Golden Order of the Rosy Cross only lasted until the early 1800s, but by then Rosicrucianism had spread and was popular. In the mid 1800s Rosicrucian groups started popping up in force. They enjoyed a full flowering and led directly to…. anyone?….. Buehler?…… yes, Wicca! I shit you not. Join us tomorrow and i’ll not only keep driveling on but explain the very direct connection.

 
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Posted by on July 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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The Rosicrucians Pt. 1

In discussing colorful forms of spiritualism in the Victorian era, we would be quite remiss is we ignored the group that started it all, that brought medieval hermeticism, western esotericism and occultism into the Renaissance and paved the way for much Freemason thought, the Golden Dawn, Theosophy and all that came after it including Wicca and all things New Agey.

The impact of the Rosicrucians is undeniable. As the Reformation cleared European thought from centuries of rigidly dogmatic Cathloic dogma and new forms, offshoots and sects of Christianty popped up like flies ta a barbeque, many new free thinkers were willing and ready to explore what were, truthfully, long traditions who had carefully hidden themselves, such as Cabbalists, Alchemists, Astrologers and Occultists practicing magic. These were all schools of thought and exploration that had been hanging around in the shadows of medieval society, but after the Reformation were being more readily searched out and brought to attention by notable people such as John Dee, Queen Elizabeth’s consultant.

The original Rosicrucian Order who truly brought all this stuff into vogue and into the modern world had so much impact and yet is so shrouded in secrecy so little can be said about them. There is, i assure you, a perfectly excellent reason for this. They sort of didn’t exist.

Beginning in 1614 three tracts appeared. one a year for 3 years. The first one was Universal and General Reformation of the Whole Wide World; together with the Fama Fraternitatis of the Laudable Order of the Rosy Cross, written to all the Learned and Rulers of Europe; also a short reply sent by Herr Haselmayer, for which he was seized by Jesuits and condemned to a galley; now put into print and communicated to all true hearts.

Yes, that’s the title. Folks, in the days before TV and computers people had a lot of time to read. And you can’t even be bothered to spell out Oh My Gd. (Nor i to spell check. Usually i finish a post and literally run off. Like today. I can only shudder when i think of how many spelling and grammar errors you will have to trudge through. I feel your pain. I do. Not enough to proofread right this moment, but i feel it deep in here. Right here. Thump.)

This tract was actually three parts. In part one it reprinted a pirated German translation of a work by Italian author Traiano Boccalini. The work is a a satire in which the god Apollo calls together a gathering of wise men to fix the world. Proposal after proposal is suggested most ludicrous. By the end the finale decree is to pass a law regulating market vegetables whereupon everyone disbands and return home jubilant and triumphant.

So there’s that. The next part, the Famas Fraternitatis gets down to business and proclaims the existance of a secrte society which has been gaurding hidden wisdom for some about 200 years. The Order was founded by a monk of noble birth (gotta have the noble birth in there. Monk cause he’s humble and learned but noble because… the credibiility of having a good bloodline cannot be overstated. But i digress) who is called only C.R.C. This CRC travlled to the exotic Middle East and learnt the magical secrets of the universe. But upon returning to Europe he found his learning rejected by men and threatening to the Church. So he founded a small, secret Fraternity who passed on this knowledge from his death in 1484 until now, 1614 when the post Reformation world was finally ready for it.

In fact it said, in 1604 the current members had rediscovered the vault where CRC had been buried an uncovered wonders beyond imagination. The Fraternity called upon all who were truly interested and ready to contact them.

The third section is a letter by an Adam Hasselmayer attempting to contact them. he calls them undceiving Jesuits (as opposed to the implied deceiving ones currently operating as Jesuits). He is caught by said Jesuits and made into a galley slave for 5 years as punishment.

What’s interesting is that the third part is real. There really was an Adam Hasselmayer and he got a copy of the Rosicrucian manuscript in 1611, two printings before the 1614 one which became famous. He really did write a letter trying to reach the Brotherhood and the Jesuits really did make his poor ass into a galley slave for 5 years. DAMN what dicks.

The next year another tract was published. This time it discussed in length a very baffling work by the affore mentioned John Dee, Monas Hieroglyphica an almost impenetrable essay on Occultism. They continued to call out the Catholic Church, farting in their general direction.

Finally in 1616 the big finale came: The Chemical Wedding of Christian Roenkreutz in the year 1549. This is the work they’re remembered for. It’s a deep allegorical story full of symbolism, in particular alchemical symbolism and not turn base metal into gold Alchemy but spiritual alchemy, whereby a man can achieve profound mystical states.

The Chemical Wedding of Christian Roenkreutz in the year 1549 cemented the Rosicrucians into rock stars. All across Europe interested parties began to search and write and attempt contact with this mysterious Order who left no real forwarding address, just a claim that the ones who tried and were truly ready to find them would. The Jesuits went into overdrive.

But, you ask, who WERE these masked men?

A small group of college students who around 1605 had written and assembled the material that was the 3 tracts, partly as scholarly prank and partly because, admiring John Dee immensely, alchemy, esotericism and occultism was a hobby of passion for them. They invented the Order, and created the manuscripts which were handed around a bit before someone finally took them to a willing printer and had them printed. One of them  was Johann Valentine Andrade from Wurttemburg, who would go on to become a Lutheran minister and who later sheepishly waved the whole thing away, saying it was “a fiction, a jest, of little worth.” and blaming youthful folly. Also in the student circle were Tobias Hest and Christoph Besold.

It became the most impacting and influential college prank the world had ever seen. More tomorrow.

 
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Posted by on July 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Freemasonry Pt. 4: Masonic Temples

We shall end our little 4 part series of Freemasonry with some pictures of Masonic temples.

During the 1700s as Freemasonry became a new type of social club centered around symbolic spiritual morality with less and less ties to its past as a medieval guild, Freemasons would gather in taverns, homes or public halls. As the years went by and their meetings became more and more elaborate, requiring greater and greater set up and tear down time, it began to look like good idea to build a dedicated meeting hall.

Considering also that the Craft centers around an obsession with architecture and its tools i would also assume this was inevitable.

Building a building takes a lot of money of course, but by the later 1700s Freemasonry was seeing more and more higher class members and in 1765 the very first Masonic Temple was built in Marseille, France. In 1777 the  first temple was built in London: Freemason’s Hall. With this, the Temple room in which Masonic rituals take place and called such after the Temple of Solomon around which all Freemason lore centers, became not just a symbolic place where Masons met, but a literal, physical one.

Freemason’s Hall, London

During the 1800s the trend continued. Often a group of Lodges would all pitch in to build or buy a building together and in other smaller ares where money was more of an issue Masons would buy old churches, schools or even homes of community founders, which they would then convert into lodge meeting spaces.

Despite the different buildings and scales of finance, the actual temple room remains rather consistant, however, as you can see for yourself from the following examples.

I would point out that most temple rooms these days are smaller and much lass ornate, as Freemasonry struggles. It still has many, many members and Lodges worldwide, but the days when men would go to weekly lodge meetings of whatever social club they were part of are decades past.

Old sit coms and even cartoons treat lodge membership matter of factly as a normal part of a man’s life. The Honeymooners, Happy Days, the Flintstones, the Andy Griffith Show all come from a time or portray a time when social club were normal. After the 1950s however, this has died out rapidly, although from the 18th to the first half of the 20th century social clubs were practically a universal passtime among males. Furthermore from the 1800s on, most social clubs were modeled to some degree or another after Freemasonry, which was the towering giant of the social club landscape for practically 200 years, although few other social clubs were as serious or in depth.

And with this ends our forray into Freemasonry. There are scads of interesting stories and yes, some real conspiracy doozies, although i must stress most outlandish tales are pure hystericism by groups hostile and paranoid towards Masonry (evangelicals for instance). I would rather tell interesting tales as one off blog pieces in the future rather than extend this series beyond 4 Parts.

See ya tomorrow…

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Freemasonry Pt. 3: The Palladian Order

Now that we’ve not only covered some interesting early history of Freemasonry involving the Hanovers and Jacobites but established the animostiy of the Catholic Church towards Freemasonry (although to be fair, i have not yet listed the specific reasons the Church holds its firm stance, but bear with me) we shall today tell one of my favorite stories regarding the Catholic/Freemasonry “feud”: Leo Taxil and the Palladian Order.

Leo Taxil

Leo Taxil was the pen name of a French guy named Gabriel Jogand-Pagès. In the late 1800s he was more or a less a hack writer who wrote lower brow journalism, some pornography and a lot of anti-Catholic propaganda. He was also a Freemason.

In 1884 the Pope once again issued an edict decrying Freemasonry. Shortly after Taxil quit Freemasonry, and sought absolution from his local bishop. After a legnthy penance he was welcomed back into the Catholic Church.

A few months after this Taxil began writing and publishing books which detailed the higher inner workings of Freemasonry. Inside the highest eschalon of the Craft was a secret order, the Palladian Order, and it was outright Satanic.

By the way, the very word “Satanic” comes from Taxil’s books.

The Palladium Order conducted myriads of rituals which worshipped Satan directly and were filled with all kinds of blasphemies,  sacrileges and sexual excesses with a special group of female Masons, whose female order existed just for the purpose of having woman to engage in these sex magick rituals with.

The Palladian Order was also heavily engaged in covertly supporting international agendas of the British Government and subverting the Catholic Church in every way possible. It was lead by the famous Albert Pike, a reknowned Mason who was also the one who had taken the old, dry and dreary Jacobite Scottish Rite and transformed it into one of the greatest, deepest rites in all of Freemasonry, the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, from which the whole 33 degrees of Freemasonry comes (as opposed to the original 3). Pike lived in South Caroline where he dictated the ultimate directions and rites of the Palladian Order.

Taxil’s books described it all, every dirty, titillating detail. The books became runaway bestsellers and French Catholics, from laypeople to bishops and archbishops read them ravenously and rallied to his cause. They had long suspected such deviances and schemes but even they were shocked at the full revelations.

Several other writers came forth with their own tales of the Palladian Orders’ Satanic rituals, sexual deviations and political schemes. The biggest sensation was a magazine printed by Diana Vaughan, more appropriately Grand Priestess Diana Vaughan the Grand Priestess of the female masonic group at the center of the sex magicks. Taxil had mentioned her numerous times and she was printing a magazine preaching the Palladian gospel to an infuriated French public (who never the less bought it in droves).

By 1895 the entire thing reached a fever pitch when Diana Vaughan had a vision of Joan of Arc, fled the Palladian Order and converted to Catholicism. She then published her memoirs giving all the details of her time as leader of the Satanic organization: the rituals, the orgies, the intrigue, the power struggles, more orgies and the connections and involvements with some of Europe’s biggest political names.

By now the media and the Catholic Church were demanding to meet her. Taxil who had already met personally with the Pope by this time, announced that Diana, who was obviously hiding for fear of her life, would give a lecture at one of Paris’ biggest Halls.

Tickets sold out faster than if Jimi Hendrix announced he was coming back from the dead to jam with a resurrected and reunited Beatles.

The big night came and Taxil stepped out on stage to introduce the former High Priestess.

He then explained that he had made the entire Palladian Order up, had been making it all up from the start, and had begun the whole business to show just how naive, credulous and idiotic religious people can be. He pointed out that he had written and published everything himself with the help of one other friend and the two of them had pretended to be all of these authors including Diana. The whole thing demonstrated clearly to the world just what an insane degree of nonsense the religious will believe. Then he walked off stage.

Fan.

Shit.

BOOM.

You better believe a riot ensued. The place went NUTS. Taxil walked straight out just before the shocked audience could even pick their jaws up and had dinner at a nearby restaurant with friends while the uproar turned into a flat out riot and the gendarmes had to be brought in to clear out the chaos.

The whole affair lived in infamy for quite some time afterwards. The word Satanist entered the english lexicon and conspiracy nutjobs still quote Taxil’s writing to back up their deluded claims. Interestingly, Taxil also made up and described the Palladian Order’s ongoing rift over Satanist theology: Lucifer was the true Gd and Jehovah the ruling god of darkness is one side and the other is that God is God and the Devil is the Devil but the fact is the Devil will ultimately triumph. This exact theological debate years later became the central theological debate in actual Satanism and its various groups and fills numerous books.

Taxil’s writings get regurgitated again and again and again. Which shows, once a bunch of sensationlistic mamby pamby enters the public consciousness, it will forever be drawn upon even if the very person writing it reveals it as a hoax. Taxil was correct. The credulous will believe whatever they want to.

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Freemasonry Pt 2: A Game of Thrones

During the 18th, 19th and early 20th century Freemasonry grew to enormous proportions. Groups of lodges operated under various Grand Lodges, but each Grand Lodge was more or less independent from one another.

Thus, many different types of degrees, rites, back stories and systems of mythology and theology sprang up across Europe and the US, and yet few, often times none of these were indicative of general Freemasonry.

In the same manner, while politics has long been forbidden in a lodge, groups of freemasons, linked closely in comradeship, might have similar political beliefs and with back room deals and handshakes attempted at times to pull off some shady shenanigans. So within the history of Freemasonry, there have been little plots here and there, but they too are independent of general Freemasonry.

You can’t have an organization of that size, especially a boys club that revels in secret handshakes and “ancient knowledge” without some of those boys trying to pull off some tomfoolery.

Talk of great, grand secret plots to rule Europe, the world, act as an arm for the One World Government, Zog, the Illuminati, etc, ect is pure poppycock and rubbish. Don’t be a douche.

But… there have been some boys who have tried all sorts of mischief and plenty of intrigue stories to go around.

We shall tell of the very first intersection of Freemasonry and politics. Back in the beginning of modern Freemasonry (meaning 1700s). The first political forays and probably good reason why politics became forbidden to talk about in Lodges.

Come back with me to the 1700s, the place, Westeros, where the Lannisters and the Starks… hang on… fact checker… ah, excuse me. 1700s, the place, England! Where the Hanovers and the Jacobites square off in a game of thrones.

For many years, the Stuarts ruled Britain. King Henry the 7th, the 8th, Mary Queen of Scots, Elizabeth, all of these were Stuarts. Okay, so by the late 1600s Protestants and Catholics are still making snarly faces at each other. England is officially Anglican, not Catholic, but tensions still run high. James the II comes on the throne. He is Catholic and pro-French and drives the Protestants into fits of anger.

Interestingly one thing James also stood for which proved very unpopular was religious tolerance. He urged the country to adopt a tolerant view towards the different form of Christianity that were now all across Britian. (Not to Jews of course who as we all know are somewhere between filthy dogs and filthy rats). Tolerance was not popular.

His Divine Right Of Kings idea was not popular and with that went not liking Parliament having any power. Not popular with a very Protestant Parliament. Finally, when James bore a Catholic heir, a son, that was that. In 1688 a group of leading nobles called on James’ PROTESTANT son in law and nephew Willaim of Orange to come invade England and kick James’ ass out.

William of Orange comes to kick some ass

William did. And thus ended the reign of the Stuarts and began the reign of the Hanovers, which went up to Victoria.

The Jacobites were those who wanted the return of James.

In 1689 they organized a rebellion and James himself landed in Ireland to reclaim the throne. Sadly for him he got his ass handed to him in 1690 at the Battle of Boyne.

Now for Freemasonry. So… most of the original Freemasons slowly being let into the Craft despite not being actual working Masons were Hanover supports. Pro-protestant, pro-William, anti-French.

However, as the 1700s came round more and more Jacobites were becoming Freemasons. In 1715 James’ SON, James III landed in Scotland to retake the throne backed by a long, carefully planned Jacobite series of plots.

James III

He ALSO got his ass handed to him and many, many Jacobites were exiled to France.

In 1717  a group of Freemasons from different lodges, all Hanover supporters, got together and formed a Grand Lodge and established Freemasonry as firmly Pro-Hanover. Part of their aim was to deny any Jacobites a potential network for subversion.

But a whole bunch of exiled Jacobites had been Freemasons themselves and established Freemasonry in FRANCE. Pro-Jacobite Lodges.

However, Hanoverian England was quite popular with France, and so England sent over charters for OFFICIAL Grand Lodge backed lodges in Paris that would be part of mainstream Freemasonry (and pro-Hanover).

The Jacobites and Hanovers fought a 20 year covert struggle within French Masonry. The English Embassador himself played a key part.

Eventually the Jacobites lost. However, they were not out of the game. They gave some big fuck you blows back.

They enlisted Cardinal Fleury who was ALSO head to police to stamp out Freemasonry. Thus Freemasonry was put under sanctions and meetings broken up by baton happy police. However, there were by now a lot of high ranked French Freemasons, and the Cardinal could only go so far before he’d get his ass handed to him by politics superiors.

Like this but with wigs and sashy coats and… you know. 1700 apparel. Okay, like this but not.

So the Cardinal went to the Pope. And the Pope issued a bull edict condemning Freemasonry and excommunicating all Catholic Freemasons from that point on.

Thus began the long, long squaring off between Catholicism and Freemasonry. We shall talk of this further tomorrow with the ABSOLUTELY AWESOME story of the Palladium Affair.

One last thing though: the jacobites, as part of their cold war against Hanoverian Freemasonry, began coming with the own system of rites and degrees. By the 1740s it was fully formed and called Scottish Masonry. It was a longer, more comprehensive system.

This new system rose in popularity, was backed by Jacobites and promised to garner a new wave of alternate Freemasons. However, in 1745 James II’s GRANDSON, Charles (Bonnie Prince Charlie) ALSO tried to take the throne. He landed in Scotland, rallied the Scots and the English Jacobites, took Edinburgh and marched into England.

At the Battle of Culloden the Duke of Cumberland utterly buggered him. Utterly. Bonnie Prince Charlie was so soundly defeated that any hope of future uprisings were laid to rest.

The Battle Of Culloden

The Jacobites little by little simply ceased to be. They dwindled into irrelevancy.

HowEVER, their Scottish Rite system popped up years later as the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite. 100 years later it  became the most popular series of rites and degrees in Freemasonry.

What happened is the Jacobite rites sort of shmucked around in some lodges here and there until the 1850s, when Albert Pike found them and reworked them brilliantly into an astonishing powerful system of Masonic rites. It is from the Scottish rites that we have Masons that instead of having 3 degrees, as is proper, have instead 33 degrees, which became widespread.

Whew!

I’m done for today, kids. Tune in tomorrow for Freemasonry Pt. 3: The Palladium Affair. It’s my favorite.

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Freemasonry Pt 1: Weeding Out The Kooks

 We’ve covered the Golden Dawn, we’ve covered Spiritualism and Theosophy. If you were doing something crazy and far out in the Victorian era, we’ll get to it, but at long last we turn our gaze on the single most influential secret society of all time: Freemasonry.

Freemasonry is without a doubt the most misunderstood, misrepresented centerpiece for every sort of fantastical, paranoid and flat out apeshit speculation since the poor Knights Templars found their medieval history rewritten into one insane yarn after the other.

But wait! It was Freemasonry that invented these very fantasy stories about the Knights Templar. And while there are many fingers to point at why Freemasonry is the target of such utterly balls out loony stories: anti masonry organizations, the Catholic Church (hates freemasonry, automatic excommunication if you join a Lodge) and just plain idiotic, gullible or sneakily savvy faux “researchers” who can’t resist incredulous speculation, Freemasonry itself bears a large responsibility for all the tall tales.

Mention Freemasonry and you might hear several different things: they’re behind some kind of political plots back in the day, they’re behind the American revolution, the French revolution, they’re part of the secret society that plots and runs the world (One World Government, Elders of Zion, Illuminati, etc), they’re descended from the Knights Templar, they’re descended from the builders of ancient Egypt, they’re descended from the builders of the Tower of Babel, from the builders of Solomon’s Temple, the whole thing was invented by Cromwell…

They’re an occult society, they’re an occult society but you only get to the occulty things when you get to the high levels, they’re behind Jack The Ripper, they’re behind the Gnomes of Zurich and the global banking system and proof can be found as hidden clues on the American dollar bill.

Whew! I can’t keep up with all this crap. So where does it come from?

Well, ignoring the political stuff which comes from anti masonic sources and conspiracy buffs and which we’ll get into tomorrow (and in any case, all talk of politics is outright forbidden inside any Lodge), the stuff that has religious and fantastical connotations comes from Masonry itself.

Let’s stop being coy and start talking about what Freemasonry really is.

Freemasonry is a fellowship of men (and in some forms like Co-masonry both men and women) who believe in a higher power and are interested in morality, self improvement and fellowship. The lodges use architectural symbols and signs of recognition passed down from the medieval stonemasons guild where it’s origins REALLY lay, along with a medieval morality tale about Hiram Abiff, the murdered architect for King Solomon’s Temple to teach members about morals, honor and respect for one another and Gd.

So where’s all the weirdness come in?

Freemasonry descends from a medieval stonemason’s guild of the British Isles. The guild used powerful initiation ceremonies to initiate its member into 2 degrees, Entered Apprentice and Fellow Craftsman. Religion was mixed into every aspect of daily life, it being the middle ages and all, and so religious morality was mixed into every aspect of the guild.

Masons as part of the guild were not bound to a specific land, they were “free” to roam from site to site constructing churches, cathedrals and large buildings requiring great skill on the part of the workers.

In the middle ages allegory was a part of daily life and the psyche of Europe. They saw allegory in everything. The Mason’s Guild for instance, wove allegory into the very tools of the trade. A level, protractor, the stone itself, all had meaning beyond just their tasks, they had spiritual meanings, and allegories were woven into deeply into the very craft.

During the late 1600s, especially near the end, the guild became less and less about working craftsmen and slowly began accepting outside members and focusing on it’s religious and moral themes. It added a 3rd degree, Master Mason.

In 1717 four lodges came together as a Grand Lodge and modern Freemasonry was born.

The initiations were powerful and affecting, the lessons deeps and compelling. The new Master Mason degree focused around a story where Solomon’s chief architect Hiram Abiff is killed (by 3 ruffians looking for the his secret Master Mason’s word which would give them the ability to pass as Master Masons) and his body hidden. The initiate, ritually acting out  certain aspects of the story, must find Hiram’s body and recover it.

The story is rife with deep meanings and symbologies and Freemasonry refuses to attach one single meaning to it, leaving it open to interpretation and discussion. The experience of this degree was greatly impacting and the powerful experiences of Freemasonry’s rituals and the depths of the moral lessons led to a huge surge in Freemasonry compared to the many, many other fellowship clubs that dotted 18th century England.

Due to its religious guild roots, Freemasonry came with some intriguing origin stories. One of the oldest is thus:

Before the Flood, some guy named Lamech invented geometry and some other sciences. Fearing punishment for their sins, his disciples built two great pillars inside which they inscribed all the information they had learned. One pillar was built to withstand fire, the other flood.

Well, BOOM! Flood it was. Yet the pillar survived, and Noah’s great grandson, Hermes Trismegistus (the reknowned Hermes) discovered it and taught it to the Egyptians. From there it passed down to the builders of the Tower of Babel, who developed the signs of Freemasonry to communicate with each other using body language after Gd  pulled the whole speech and language fiasco.

From there the knowledge was passed to Solomon and his builders and after building the great Temple of Solomon various Masons took the great and ancient knowledge to the four corners of the Earth.

What a story!

So this was the first origin story Freemasonry claimed. But after it began to spread to non builders, some of the upper classes began to join. The associations with manual labor was…ooh. No no no. A tad shall we say, demeaning? Surely old bean we can do just a bit better, hm?

So another origin myth got started, this one centering around the Knights of the Crusades holding sacred knowledge in the Promised Land from the heathens. This story was proposed by Andrew Ramsey in 1736. Soon afterwards the Knights in question were changed from the Hospitallers to the long forgotten Knights Templar, and THAT my friends is how the Knights Templar first found themselves at the center of ridiculous speculation about all sort of the comsic debris that annoys the living crap out of me. Seriously, bring up a conspircay theory involving the damn Knights Templar ONE MORE TIME and i will punch you. I will too. I will stop this car, come back there, and give you something to REALLY cry about.

But wait! There’s more! See, as Freemasonry grew each Grand Lodge operated independently from each other, so different lodges started coming up with different origin stories.

Furthermore, once you had completed the 3 degrees you were done with initiations. Initiations were REALLY REALLY fun. They were compelling, engaging, impacting and one could contemplate them deeply for some time after. So, where there is demand, there shall be supply. New degrees with new initiations and stories started popping up like wildfire. The most well known is the Scottish degrees, and it is because of the Scottish degrees that you may know of Freemasonry as going up to 33 degrees. However, during the 18th and 19th centuries somewhere around 2,000 different degrees were floating around various lodges, many not recognized by other lodges.

And that’s where a lot of the weird stuff comes from.

Stay tuned tomorrow for more Freemasonry extravaganza: either the Hanover and Jacobite kerfuffle, OR, my FAVORITE, the AWEsome Palladium Affair. Serious, the Palladium affair is one of the best historical tidbits i’ll ever tell you about.

Word to the Widow’s son, yo.

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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The Compte Saint Germain

In examining the more colorful forms of spirituality that appeared during the Victorian and Edwardian eras, there are some interesting  figures who movements like Theosophy drew upon and reimagined  into a mythological status. The Compte Saint Germaine is perhaps one of the most notable.

In the 1700s a socialite adventurer possessing wit and intirgue could live their lives travelling the courts of Europe, entertaining and seducing their way through high society. Ask Casanova. Be delightful and interesting and the courts of Europe will open for you. You could indeed make a living thourgh sheer personality.

A figure such as Saint Germaine was perfect for such a role. He was a raconteur bar none (Raconteur: one who excels in telling stories and anecdotes) in an age where “conversation very nearly counted as one of the fine arts”. He was undeniably bright, colorful and highly intelligent. He knew six languages and was skilled musician, composer, painter and chemist as well as a bit of a physician. He loved to drop hints that he had been alive for centuries and had known some of the great figures of history with just enough detail to titillate. He was beloved even by those he defrauded.

As with many others of the day who made their way into high society through personality, his origins were very intentionally shrouded in mystery. He first showed up in Holland in 1735 and soon after made a splash in  London. Those were early days of Freemasonry and Jacobite vs. Stuart conspiracies and Saint Germain soon found himself implicated in a Jacobite conspiracy. He was eventually cleared of all charges but none the less left the country quickly afterwards.

For the next 12 years he dashed around from Vienna to India before coming to France in 1757and becoming a sensation at Versailles. Saint Germaine was an extraordinary storyteller, the most charming and interesting person in any given room and a sublime boaster. The key was that he boasted of utterly incredible things not the least of which was being numerous centuries old, but was sharp and talented enough to pull off just enough doozies so that he remained impressive amongst those who didn’t buy the far fetched tales and inspired the less cynical into, if not belief, then the suspension of disbelief. King Louis XV thought highly enough of Saint Germain to entrust him with a secret diplomatic mission, however the mission went atrociously wrong and Saint Germain had to flee France in order to avoid a stay in the Bastille as punishment.

Versailles, 1700s

In 1762 he was in Holland, involved in a shady deal where a Dutch industrialist got taken for 100,000 gulden. He then lived in Italy and Germany. He won an honorary commision as a Russian general for providing the Russian navy with a healing tea (made with Senna) and eventually spent the last years of his life in the homes of various wealthy German noblemen who found his company worth the upkeep. He died in 1784.

All well and fine. He cut a dashing figure, inspired much talk and left a fairy amusing legend after his death. However, he has since become a strangely popular, larger than life, Master of Higher Worlds and all godlike knowledge figure within the the New Age movement.

How did this happen?

Well, for one thing, although Saint Germain was only a rather lukewarm Freemason, after his death some Lodges needed fodder for their  ever increasing, newly uncovered hidden knowledge from which new and fun degrees and initiations could be invented. Actually, most Lodges were coming up with new degrees and “new uncovered knowledge” because going through new theatrical initiations is an enormous part of the fun of Freemasonry. So, Saint Germain, having left a bit of a legend, got used in some of these. This kept his name alive.

In 1836 a set of memoirs was published by a lady in waiting to Queen Marie Antoinette about the eve of the French Revolution. In them, they described how Saint Germain appeared to the Queen to warn her of the coming revolution. Naturally, these memoirs were eventually utterly discredited, but the legend was stoked.

Finally, Compte Saint Germain was picked up by Helena Blavatsky who pretty much wrote the entire blueprint for the eventual beliefs of the New Age movement. By the time she and her successor Annie Besant were done with him, Saint Germain had become one of the members of the Great White Lodge, the secret body of enlightened Masters who were guiding the world to its new age. The White Lodge eventually became the Ascended Masters, and Saint Germain, who had not been particularly interested in the occult or talked of it in any legnth, none the less became a central figure in the pantheon of those great Illuminated Ones communicating occult teachings from the Ascended Spheres to receptive New Agers down here in the muck. Seriously, in some circles, he is on par with Jesus, if not surpassing.

Before Blavatsky and Besant

After. Extreme Makeover has got NOTHING on Theosophy.

Fascinating, huh? And thus, in a way, Saint Germain did achieve a mark of immortality.

 
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Posted by on March 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Theosophy: So What’s It All About, Anyway?

Now that we’ve covered the history of Theosophy, let’s end our little sojourn with a discussion of what the movement was all about.

Basically, Spiritualism began the idea that ghosts and occultish things could be reasoned out and studied scientifically. However, Spiritualism was ill equipped to do so, for although many people interested in it took this approach, the mediums central to Spiritualism were mostly (if not all) pulling tricks, cons and wishful thinking.

As its most basic, Theosophy carries on this idea to a far greater extant and with far more knowledge. Spiritualism had limited access to esoteric ideas but Blavatksy assembled an immense amount of western AND eastern esotericism before she even began the Society. So Theosophy set out to explore studiously and to the extant it was capable, scientifically these spiritual and occult matters.

Theologically, Theosophy begins with the notions that Everything Is One and  As Above So Is Below. These are also the basic tenants of Western esotericism as a whole.

There is an Ultimate Absolute from which everything manifests. Things like…. you know, Universes manifest, live out their huge, cosmic but ultimately finite cycles and then reintegrate with the Absolute.

Once manifested there are 3 categories: Spirit, Consciousness and Matter, all interconnected and undergoing cycles of evolution. The universe and all within it evolves including souls, which go from a small low state to a high godlike state, free of karma.

The cosmos itself goes through a 7 step evolution and the entire human race also goes through 7 stages of evolution. 7 is the most important and holy number in the universe. Duh.

Human civilization, like everything else in the universe, develops through cycles of seven stages or epochs or “root races”. In the first age, humans were essentially pure spirit;

in the second age, they were known as Hyperboreans (in which humans strayed from their mystical otherworldly homeland in the Far North, becoming more ape-like and evil in the process);

in the third age, they were Lemurians (tall, sexually hermaphroditic, egg-laying beings, mentally undeveloped but spiritually more pure than the following root races);

in the fourth, Atlanteans (the nadir of the cycle, created after the Lemurians were sunk into the ocean for turning to bestiality and other transgressions).

The present fifth age, in which most of humanity belongs to the Aryan root race which originally developed out of the “cream” of the Atlantean civilization, is a time of reawakening of humanity’s psychic gifts. Like the older races before it, the Aryan root race will also eventually die out in time, to be replaced by the more advanced peoples of the sixth root race which is set to develop on the re-emerging Lemurian continent.

Got it?

Easy to read diagram

Blavasky has also asserted a Gnostic view of the world. Gnostics were an ancient Plato based religion that embraced Christianity whole heartedly when it came around. During the first 3 centuries Gnostics and Orthodox Christianity (i.e. the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Churches back when they were one) were the most influential strains of Christianity and they duked it out fiercely for centuries. Eventually in the 4th century Orthodoxy won and Gnostic texts were systematically destroyed to remove the dreaded heresy from history. Gnosticism survived in small crevices into the 16th century when a revitalization resulted in thousands of Gnostics being burned alive by the Catholic Church. Wiped out again, in the past several decades numerous Gnostic texts have been discovered which have given us more comprehensive glimpses into the movement.

Why do i bring this up? Gnosticism believes that this world was NOT created by the true God, but by a lesser and ultimately flawed god (the offspring of Wisdom, Sophia who had an offspring…. an emanation really, that was out of harmony with the Absolute) and this flawed offspring, desiring to be like the true God, created his own world, which is flawed and full of suffering and ugliness.

This flawed lesser god is at odds with the one true God, and in Gnosticism, Christ is sent from beyond by the one true God to save humanity from the evil world it is stuck in.

So you could indeed say, according to a Gnostic viewpoint that Satan is the actual creator of the world.

As you can imagine this does not go over well with a more classic Christian viewpoint. I’ve gone off on this long tangent because this point has been picked up by many fundamentalist Chistians and as a result will often come up in any general discussion of Blavatsky and it should be explained.

Theosophists practice meditation and the development of their spiritual abilties. Most of these abilities fall into the older definition of clairavoyance, which covered a lot of ground back then and now has various sub definitions like ‘remote viewing’, psychic ability, astral travel, premonition, visions, etc.

But basically, clairovoyance is the ability to gain information about an object, person, location or physical event through means other than the known human senses. Theosophists often try to develop this as much as possible. It is through this that they may contact the Hidden Masters as well as go on visions where they can see other places and times and learn about epochs, the workings of the universe and places like Atlantis.

Theosophy came up with the idea of Hidden Masters, highly spiritually evolved people who try to influence human events to help the species evolve.  This group of Masters is called The Great White Lodge. At first these  Masters were actually alive, but Guy Ballard and Alice Bailey later ran with the idea to create the Ascended Masters paradigm, which includes people both dead and evolved beyond mere matter.  Evolve your clairavoyant abilities enough and supposedly they may contact you to teach you.

This idea has led to the later channeling phenomenon where people channel “evolved” beings like Seth or Ramtha who blather on patronizingly at length.

The Lodge of The Great White Lodge

I would also point out that the “Hidden Masters guiding human events” idea did indeed mutate into the New World Order. The woman who put together the infamous Protocols of the Elders of Zion, Juliana Glinka, directly took Theosophy’s The Great White Lodge and turned it into an evil body (of Jewy type people) ruling the world nefariously. The stupid fucking Protocols eventually led to a non antisemitic but equally hysterical John Birch Society who coined the term New World Order and today we all know the idea that there’s a secret bunch of dastardly hand wringing Mr. Burns out there (in some cases still kind of Jewy) pulling the world’s strings.

I could sit here all day and list the number of Theosophical ideas that mutated throughout the 20th century.

Theosophy would explore any esoteric idea and try it out. It used Blavatsky’s material as a template to explore their own visions and insights. We’ve been over the World Teacher thing at length yesterday, but i’ll retouch on the concept as New Age uses the World Teacher at length. Blavatsky predicted the coming of a World Teacher, on par with Buddha or Jesus who would help the Aryan root race evolve.

(if all this talk of Aryan evolution over lesser races makes you uncomfortable, this entire concept has indeed been used ENORMOUSLY by both Nazi and neo-Nazi organizations. It was not what Blavatsky meant at all as far as i can discern. Ayran root race talk got picked up and thrown into Nazi occultism in the 1930s and 40s. Later in the 70s Nazi occultism got revitalized by the Temple Of Set, a highly influential satanic occult group and from there disseminated out to neo nazis occult groups by The White Order of Thule amongst others.)

Blavastky can indeed be connected with almost every occult movement in the 20th century until the Druid movement and Wicca finally started a new paradigm. (although Wicca can trace back to Crowley’s sex magic and the Golden Dawn. Seriously, I really could draw these lines around this all day)

However, what she really did was this: she collected western and eastern occultism, put it in one library so to speak and assembled a group to study and practice it. She then went on to develop an intricate cosmology, the cosmology pulling from interesting and creative crosses between Qabbalic and Hindu ideas. How power hungry she was or wasn’t, how deceitful she was or wasn’t i honestly don’t know. How much of it is great wisdom and how much utter horseshit? I’m sure you all have your own opinions. Theosophy’s influence over 20th century spiritual and esoteric thought is enormous, truly, more enormous than i can get across unless i dedicated an entire blog posts to following all the ideas from Theosophy to where they ended up.

Not bad for a Russian princess.

 
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