The principles of a group called Theosophical would be:

[1] “Brotherhood [camaraderie] of man, without distinction of race, color, religion, or social position.
[2] The serious study of the ancient world-religions for purposes of comparison and the selection therefrom of universal ethics;
[3] the study and development of the latent divine powers in man (…)”

Theosophical Glossary (1892) Theosophical Publishing Company, Adyar, 1892, page 328.

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Painter. Jean Baptiste Regnault.

The Hermetic Undertone of the Theosophical Society’s Foundations

Helena P. Blavatsky writes in the preface of Isis Unveiled that, the work is “a plea for the recognition of the Hermetic philosophy, the anciently universal Wisdom-Religion, as the only possible key to the Absolute in science and theology” (Isis Unveiled: A Master-Key to the Mysteries of Ancient and Modern Science and Theology, Pasadena, CA: Theosophical Continue reading The Hermetic Undertone of the Theosophical Society’s Foundations

American Transcendentalist and Scholar, Ralph Waldo Emerson discusses the nature of the over-soul.

“The Supreme Critic on the errors of the past and the present, and the only prophet of that which must be, is that great nature in which we rest as the earth lies in the soft arms of the atmosphere; that Unity, that Over-soul, within which every man’s particular being is contained and made one with all other; that common heart of which all sincere conversation is the worship, to which all right action is submission; that overpowering reality which confutes our tricks and talents, and constrains every one to pass for what he is, and to speak from his character and not from his tongue, and which evermore tends to pass into our thought and hand and become wisdom and virtue and power and beauty. We live in succession, in division, in parts, in particles. Meantime within man is the soul of the whole; the wise silence; the universal beauty, to which every part and particle is equally related; the eternal ONE.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Over-Soul, 1841)

† Related Article on Universal Theosophy, by Ralph Waldo Emerson titled “Over-Soul.” It is equivalent to the Higher Self

Alan Watts on American Spiritual Settler Movements: ‘Why America is a Republic and not a Monarchy’

“So, the point is that the ruach is the divine, in the creature, by virtue of which you are sons of, (or of) the nature of God (manifestations of the divine). This discovery is the Gospel, is the good news; but this has been perpetually repressed throughout the history of Western religion; because all Western Continue reading Alan Watts on American Spiritual Settler Movements: ‘Why America is a Republic and not a Monarchy’

The Illuminati of the Perfected: What is an ‘Adept’ and ‘Initiate’?

The term Adept defined in the Theosopedia. “Adeptus. Derived from the Latin word Adeptus — “he who has obtained.” The term refers to one who is an Initiate, and has become a master of the secret sciences, “men who have developed and perfected their physical, mental, psychic, and spiritual organisations to the utmost possible degree” Continue reading The Illuminati of the Perfected: What is an ‘Adept’ and ‘Initiate’?

George I. Gurdjieff speaks to Peter Ouspensky on the Slavery of the Masses

Peter D. Ouspensky, a Russian student of early twentieth-century teacher from Armenia c. 1870, George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff, in his “In Search of the Miraculous” (1949) is in conversation. A play of the dialogue is below, including a video from the film about his life, “Meetings With Remarkable Men.“ G.I. Gurdjieff identified as a Christian, and Continue reading George I. Gurdjieff speaks to Peter Ouspensky on the Slavery of the Masses

Limitations Of Kabbalah And Bible Challenge Authority Of Western Esotericism

Does the limitations of Kabbalah and the Christian Bible in the Studies of Esotericism blind Western Philosophers? Helena P. Blavatsky challenged the esotericists of her time, who saw in the Bible, the final authority, even in the area of esoteric study. “And now it has come to this: The student interested in the Secret Sciences Continue reading Limitations Of Kabbalah And Bible Challenge Authority Of Western Esotericism

Goetia and Witchcraft: Origin of the “Witch” and Magic

Long, Long ago, when people still believed in witches….. The term “Witch” in old Anglo-Saxon glossaries is tied to wicce, meaning “pythoness, divinatricem.” As in this, and in early forms, it referred to specific kinds of magical craft. In the Laws of Ælfred (c.890), wicce is seen as the craft of women — “wise (skilled) women in the Continue reading Goetia and Witchcraft: Origin of the “Witch” and Magic