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Regarding Esoteric History

Joscelyn Godwin notes:

"Conspiracy theory is anathema to the historian, but indispensable to the history of occultism. It is of the very essence of the occult world view that earthly events are not the result of material cause and effect alone, but that they are influenced by other levels of being. The occultist automatically seeks for a higher cause, both in the general happenings that change the course of world history, and in small happenings..."


The New Age and the New World Order: Separating Truth from Fiction. 2009 Summer Course at the Far Horizons Retreat Camp in Sequoia National Park, Sierra Nevadas, August 26-30. 5-day course looking at the opposing forces that move and cajole us towards either a Golden Age or its opposite and our own position and opportunities within that forcefield.

Reader for: The Golden Thread and the Threatened Gold: Rhythms of Spiritual and Intellectual Enlightenments and Counter-Enlightenments in the History of Western Civilization (Fall Semester 2008). Class conducted at The Theosophical Society in America based on the book The Golden Thread: The Timeless Wisdom of the Western Mystery Traditions by Joscelyn Godwin.


The Masters and Their Emissaries: From H.P.B. to Guru Ma and Beyond
Pamphlet by Govert Schuller tracing the lineage of the Masters' emissaries in chronological order. [72KB]

Centennial Efforts and Counter-Efforts of the Millennium
Presentation by Govert Schuller of an esoteric interpretation of the last millennium of western history. [63KB]

The Theosophical Society in Western History: A Study in Cycles
Article by John R. Wilkinson originally published in The Theosophist Vol. 51, No. 9, June 30, 1930. Full text with annotations. [114KB]

Messengers and Organizations: Successes and Crises
A skeletal presentation of some research done on the dynamics of the coming and going of messengers and its interaction with the organizations founded to carry their message. [75KB]

Theosophy as a Political Movement
Illuminating article by political scientist Mark Bevir on the role Theosophy played as a Neo-Hindu reform movement and its influence on Indian nationalist ideology and politics. [95KB]

The Priory of Sion Hoax
Article by Robert Richardson exposing French extreme right-wing forces behind the Priory of Sion myth. A plausible answer to the many questions raised by Michael Baigent et.al. in their bestseller Holy Blood, Holy Grail. Originally published by Gnosis (No. 51, Spring 1999). [50KB]

Dream of the Sages
Inspiring article by Robert Richardson about the influence of esoteric groups from Pharaoic Egypt till Renaissance Europe with a very strong paragraph on the influence of the Knights Templar. Originally published by New Dawn (No. 64, January-February 2001). [71KB]

The Secret of Rennes-le-Château
Article by Robert Richardson focusing on "the odd lives of several generations of local priests; ancient traditions in the area; and oddities of the local landscape."

Secret Tradition of Islam
lluminating article by Life Science Fellowship on the esoteric side of Islam, the Sufis and its influence on European esoteric writers and organizations. Originally published by New Dawn (No. 48, July-August 1998). [63KB]

The Priory of Sion Secret and The DaVinci Code
Article by Robert Richardson on the "illusory society" the Priory of Sion, its roots in Ultra-Traditionalist Catholicism and its efforts to take over the esoteric scene by way of a compelling, though fabricated, overarching narrative.[96 KB]

Empirical method in the study of esotericism
By Wouter Hanegraaff. Making a case along phenomenological lines against both reductionists and religionists that the empirical method is metaphysically neutral by employing methodological agnosticism and acknowledging the historicity of religious phenomena.

Some Remarks on the Study of Western Esotericism
By Wouter J. Hanegraaff. A short introduction to the emerging academic study of western esotericism, and some problems related to it. (Print version; Word-format)

Historian as Heretic: Conflicting Perspectives on Theosophical History. By K. Paul Johnson. A thoughtful assesment of the methodology applied in the author's controversial historical investigation of the ontological status of Theosophy's Masters.

On Popes, Phenomenology and HPB. Short article on Karol Wojtyla, the late Pope John Paul II, and his interest in phenomenology and the allegation that he was influenced by Theosophy.

Pope John Paul II meditating on the Tarot? Small article digging into the pope's possible interest for the esoteric masterwork "Meditations on the Tarot."

Bibracte: Last Center of Celtic Occultism
By Govert Schuller. Short article on Blavatsky's perception of this Celtic stronghold and the author's own connection with it.

Academe and Esotericism: The Problem of Authority. Talk presented by Richard Smoley at the Association for the Study of Esotericism at Davis, California in June 2006. The author makes the case that academicians are unnecessarily reticent in partaking of experiences enabled by the esoteric tradition. It is as if, he states, academia is collecting and classifying all printed works about wine, but never venturing into tasting it and have a first-hand experience of its many facets.

Debunking a New Age Myth-A Call for Discernment. Article on Jim Kenney's lecture at The Theosophical Society on the questionable nature of the 2012 phenomenon.

Latest 2012 Prophecy: The End of the New Age is Nigh!
A coldish reflection on a feverish phenomenon.

Source Materials

H. P. Blavatsky and the Theosophical Movement: A Brief Historical Sketch
By Charles J. Ryan.

Dossier on the Priory of Sion
Collection of source materials and articles regarding the Priory of Sion, Rennes-le-Château and Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code.

History of the Great White Brotherhood III—The Theosophical Society, 1875 to Present. Four day class conducted by Govert Schuller at the New Wisdom University, January 10, 17, 24 and 31, 2006, 8-10 pm CST. (Homepage & Reader for class)


From Renaissance Hermeticism to the New Age
Diagram of groups and persons influential in the development of Renaissance Esotericism into 20th century New Age. Based on Hanegraaff (1998), Smoley (2006) and Roszak (1968).

Family Tree of the Gnostic Legacy
Diagram of spiritual movements related to Gnosticism. From Richard Smoley's Forbidden Faith: The Gnostic Legacy from the Gospels to The Da Vinci Code.

Rhythms of Spiritual Enlightenments and Counter-Enlightenments
Grand synthesis of research on Centennial Efforts and Counter-efforts


E-mail from Bill Keidan
Regarding John R. Wilkinson, the author of The Theosophical Society in Western History.

E-mail from Robert Richardson
Response received from Robert Richardson to the article "Priory of Sion Misconceptions: Robert Richardson and Steven Mizrach" by Paul Smith. Robert Richardson's research finds ample confirmation in the research done by Paul Smith, but also received some critical comments in Smith's article.


See separate page for full bibliography


The Master
A film by Paul Thomas Anderson. Loosely based on the life of Ron L. Hubbard, founder of Sceintology. Review by the editor.

A film by Bruce Burgess (director) and René Barnett (producer) adding some more fabricated twists and turns to the Priory of Sion / Rennes-le-Chateau / Jesus' bloodline issue. Review by the editor.

Book Report: Occult Underground & Establishment
By Earl Wajenberg. This is a book report on The Occult Underground and The Occult Establishment by James Webb.

Holy Blood, Holy Grail
Written by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln. Review by Branislav L. Slantchev for götterdämmerung.org

Holy Blood, Holy Grail
Written by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln. Chapter from an e-book by Laura Knight-Jadczyk presenting the main points from this bestseller together with an analysis of this sophisticated hoax.

Web of Gold: the Secret Power of a Sacred Treasure
By Guy Patton and Robin Mackness. Review by Alan Scott and comments by Guy Patton. Another flawed study on Rennes-le-Chateau and the Priory of Sion.

The Goddess in the Gospels
By Margaret Starbird. Book review by Ros Calverly.

Magdalene.org Booklist
List of studies about Mary Magdalene with short reviews.

Rule by Secrecy: The Hidden History that Connects the Trilateral Commission, the Freemasons, and the Great Pyramids By Jim Marrs. Review by Uri Dowbenko for the Conspiracy Digest.

Rennes-le-Chateau, its Mystery and Key
About the sacred geometry in the landscape around RLC investigated by authors David Wood and Ian Campbell. This is their site with synopsis reviews of their trilogy Genisis, Geneset,and Poussin's Secret.

Bloodline of the Holy Grail: The Hidden Lineage of Jesus Revealed.
By Laurence Gardner. Reviews from Publishers Weekly and Charles W. Evans-Günther. "... an amazing patchwork of scholarly trappings and dizzy tomfoolery stitched together with myth and fable ..." See also a critical look at Gardner's Grail King pretender "Prince Michael of Albany."

Theosophy and Culture: Nicholas Roerich by Anita Stasulane. Reviewed by Joseph P. Szimhart for Cultic Studies Journal.

Black Sun: Aryan Cults, Esoteric Nazism and the Politics of Identity. Book by Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke, "... about the proliferation of fascist ideology in post-war culture, especially since 1990. ... weaves in and out of occult beliefs and myths without falling prey to exaggeration or fascination. Reviewed by Joseph P. Szimhart for Cultic Studies Journal.


The Alchemy Web Site
86 megabytes online of information on alchemy in all its facets. Divided into over 1300 sections and providing tens of thousands of pages of text, over 1700 images, over 200 complete Alchemical texts, extensive bibliographical material on the printed books and manuscripts, numerous articles, introductory and general reference material on alchemy.

American Co-Masonry
A Masonic order which works the Scottish Rite from the 1st through the 33rd Degree plus some Degrees of the York Rite and admits women on an equal footing.

The Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis. Founded in 1915.

Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica
The J.R. Ritman Library of Hermetic philosophy in Amsterdam. Unfortunately had to close its doors.

Craftings Masonic and Esoteric links page
Great collection of links to Masonic sites.

The Francis Bacon Research Trust
"The FBRT researches the life and works of Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626), a great Initiate and secret Master, President of the Rosicrucians, a philosopher, poet, judge and statesman." Web site designed and written by Peter Dawkins.

Rosslyn Chapel Trust
Dedicated to preserve this enigmatic chapel build in 1446 in Scotland.

Rennes-le-Chateau Home Page
Primary sources, links and recommended books about this mysterious village in the south of France.

United Grand Lodge of England
Founded in 1717 and the oldest Grand Lodge of Freemasons in the world.

A Page About Freemasonry
A place to learn about Masonry.

"Pietre-Stones" Review of Freemasonry
A multilingual, but 80% English, Web site with 6.000.000 bytes of Masonic articles, information and resources.

The Philosophical Research Society
Founded in 1934 by Manly P. Hall.

Rosicrucian Fellowship
Founded in 1907 by Max Heidel, author of The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception.



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