Marc Demarest on the Armchair Occultist, Godfrey Higgins: Modern Occultism, and the Professionalization of History

The Armchair Occultist: Godfrey Higgins, Anacalypsis and Modern Occultism Lecture. Emma Hardinge Britten Archive. The Church, Christian Spiritualists, and the professional establishment sought to control the influence of occultists. Anacalypsis becomes a popular rediscovery of literature at the time Isis Unveiled is published. Marc Demarest explains how the tyros of Occult Literature and Mythography (1820s-1870s)…

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Popular Occulture in Scotland and Scottish Theosophy: Michael Shaw on “The Theosophical Press in Scotland”

Presented at the “Periodical Occulture and the Occult Public Sphere.” 14th July 2017. Synopsis “This paper discusses the Theosophical periodical press in Scotland c.1880-1920, and it argues that these periodicals reveal a particular Theosophical culture in Scotland. Focusing on two titles that were unique to Scotland, Theosophy in Scotland and Occult, Scientific and Literary Papers Read…

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Eric Jurlander on German and Austrian Occultism, and the Politicization of Populist Folkdom

The National Socialists tried to subvert German Theosophists to support the Reich. “There’s a general trend toward a post-traditional spiritualism or transcendentalism in France and Britain (and there are many good books that look at those movements in parallel to Germany). The difference I think is that it was more privatized and apolitical. The kind…

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Georges Méautis: “Theosophy and Theosophism” Dissects Rene Guenon’s Critique, 1922

Swiss scholar, Georges Méautis (under the pseudonym of Paul Bertrand, professor at the University of Neuchâtel and president of the “Société Suisse de Théosophie”), in 1922 wrote a response to Rene Guenon’s critique of Modern Theosophy, in Theosophy and Theosophism: Response to a Criticism of Theosophy by René Guénon (Paris: Publications Théosophiques. Trans. and Intro., Godwin, Joscelyn. FOTA…

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R. Laurence Moore on Conspiratorial Tactics against Esotericism

R. Laurence Moore on the “conspiracy theory” of esotericism. “Writers in the nineteenth century who were alarmed by the popularity of Eddy’s doctrines frequently summed up their feat using the word “occult”, the same word that had been used earlier to attack Mormons and spiritualists. It was meant to draw into question the allegiance of those…

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Visiting the Church of Satan: Spoof Video

Satanists — serious or trolling? Here’s a spoof. “My religion is just Ayn Rand’s philosophy with ceremony and ritual added” (Anton Levey, see Bill Ellis, Raising the devil: Satanism, New Religions, and the Media, pg. 180). So basically… LaVeyan Satanism. def. doing what people already do. Do you actually fear the “rise” of Satanism? Don’t you think we ought to…

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