Himmler’s Witches Library and Eric Kurlander talks Hitler’s Monsters: A Supernatural History of the Third Reich

Last year’s Hallows’ Eve special program, “Hitler’s Monsters” explored occult ideas, esoteric sciences, and pagan religions touted by Nazi Germany in the service of power. “The Nazi fascination with the occult is legendary, and in reality the supernatural was an essential part of the Nazi project. The regime enlisted astrology and the paranormal, paganism, Indo-Aryan mythology, Continue reading Himmler’s Witches Library and Eric Kurlander talks Hitler’s Monsters: A Supernatural History of the Third Reich

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

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

Eric Kurlander 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 Continue reading Eric Kurlander on German and Austrian Occultism, and the Politicization of Populist Folkdom

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

Liberating Theosophy from the Roerich Legacy: The Roerichs and Agni Yoga

About the Theosophy and Agni Yoga article on the Roerichs, Agni Yoga and its differences from Theosophy. A decision was made not to include this passage from Nicholas Roerich without commentary or checking his works. The Roerichs seem to have the terrible habit of hardly ever providing source material, and like Alice Bailey and Charles Leadbeater, the Continue reading Liberating Theosophy from the Roerich Legacy: The Roerichs and Agni Yoga

Theosophy and Freemasonry: Esoteric Schools within the Theosophical Society

The Theosophical Society did not become a secret, or occult fraternity, but it is true that the ideal for the Society was not to be a mere intellectual or literary society. Dr. Gregory Tillett of Australia dealt with this issue in his Paper presented to the Theosophical History Conference in San Diego, June, 1992. Notes from Continue reading Theosophy and Freemasonry: Esoteric Schools within the Theosophical Society