The Occult Significance and Theory on Blood underlying Blood Rites and Blood Magic | Theosophical Notes

“Blood is a Very Special Fluid” FAUST, ACT I, SCENE 4. Before entering onto this subject, there is information to take into consideration first that most may not consider. Occultism is treated still as a fringe subject, when taken seriously. It is however, serious to consider the fact, that such ideas have affected and impacted Continue reading The Occult Significance and Theory on Blood underlying Blood Rites and Blood Magic | Theosophical Notes

“Between these two conflicting Titans — Science and Theology — is a bewildered public”

“IT is nineteen centuries since, as we are told, the night of Heathenism and Paganism was first dispelled by the divine light of Christianity; and two-and-a-half centuries since the bright lamp of Modern Science began to shine on the darkness of the ignorance of the ages. Within these respective epochs, we are required to believe, Continue reading “Between these two conflicting Titans — Science and Theology — is a bewildered public”

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

The Philosophical Wisdom of the Pre-Christian World Survives and Lives On

The philosophical wisdom of the pre-Christian World survives, and lives on, and with us, will advance, and shape the coming eras with the help of earnest, dedicated students, which must be genuine and honest. This honesty includes dismantling the lies about antiquity, that has shielded our theologians for centuries. “Let it not be imagined that Continue reading The Philosophical Wisdom of the Pre-Christian World Survives and Lives On

Helena Blavatsky on Charles Sotheran and Masonic Patent: “I am not a thirty-third degree Mason”

H.P.B. kicks out socialist Charles Sotheran and discusses her Masonic Patent. “If you will kindly refer to my Isis Unveiled (Vol. II, p. 394), you will find me saying: “we are under neither promise, obligation, nor oath, and therefore violate no confidence” — reference being made to Western Masonry, to the criticism of which the chapter Continue reading Helena Blavatsky on Charles Sotheran and Masonic Patent: “I am not a thirty-third degree Mason”

17 Terms and Types of Practitioners Modern Theosophians Should Know

“THERE are persons whose minds would be incapable of appreciating the intellectual grandeur of the ancients, even in physical science, were they to receive the most complete demonstration of their profound learning and achievements.” (ISIS UNVEILED, 1877, Vol. 1, pg. 461.) “Lo, warrior! now the cross of Red Points to the grave of the mighty dead; Continue reading 17 Terms and Types of Practitioners Modern Theosophians Should Know

Samuel Fales Dunlap on the Ancient Origin of Names of Great Gods, Cities, Rivers and Countries

Ancient Origin of Names of Great Gods figured by Samuel F. Dunlap, demonstrates that the ancient systems, considered pagan, with the ancient Hebrew system, contained a conception of the Hidden God, that was one under different names; proven phonetically, in connection with ancient cities, rivers, nations, etc. — “Ogygia me Bacchum vocat; Osirin Ægyptian putat; Mysi Phanacem Continue reading Samuel Fales Dunlap on the Ancient Origin of Names of Great Gods, Cities, Rivers and Countries

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

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’?

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