Regarding Esoteric History
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..."
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
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.
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]
Efforts and Counter-Efforts of the Millennium
Presentation by Govert Schuller of an esoteric interpretation
of the last millennium of western history. [63KB]
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]
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]
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.
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]
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]
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."
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]
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
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.
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
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.
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
John Paul II meditating on the Tarot? Small article
digging into the pope's possible interest for the esoteric
masterwork "Meditations on the Tarot."
Last Center of Celtic Occultism
By Govert Schuller. Short article on Blavatsky's perception
of this Celtic stronghold and the author's own connection
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.
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.
2012 Prophecy: The End of the New Age is Nigh!
A coldish reflection on a feverish phenomenon.
P. Blavatsky and the Theosophical Movement: A Brief Historical
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.
of the Great White Brotherhood IIIThe 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
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).
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.
of Spiritual Enlightenments and Counter-Enlightenments
Grand synthesis of research on Centennial Efforts and Counter-efforts
from Bill Keidan
Regarding John R. Wilkinson, the author of The
Theosophical Society in Western History.
from Robert Richardson
Response received from Robert Richardson to the article
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.
page for full bibliography
A film by Paul Thomas Anderson. Loosely based on the life
of Ron L. Hubbard, founder of Sceintology. Review by the
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.
Report: Occult Underground & Establishment
By Earl Wajenberg. This is a book report on The Occult
Underground and The Occult Establishment by James
Blood, Holy Grail
Written by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln.
Review by Branislav L. Slantchev for götterdämmerung.org
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.
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.
Goddess in the Gospels
By Margaret Starbird. Book review by Ros Calverly.
List of studies about Mary Magdalene with short reviews.
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.
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
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."
and Culture: Nicholas Roerich by Anita
Stasulane. Reviewed by Joseph P. Szimhart for Cultic
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.
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.
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.
The J.R. Ritman Library of Hermetic philosophy in Amsterdam.
Unfortunately had to close its doors.
Masonic and Esoteric links page
Great collection of links to Masonic sites.
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.
Dedicated to preserve this enigmatic chapel build in 1446
Primary sources, links and recommended books about this
mysterious village in the south of France.
United Grand Lodge
Founded in 1717 and the oldest Grand Lodge of Freemasons
in the world.
Page About Freemasonry
A place to learn about Masonry.
Review of Freemasonry
A multilingual, but 80% English, Web site with 6.000.000
bytes of Masonic articles, information and resources.
The Philosophical Research
Founded in 1934 by Manly P. Hall.
Founded in 1907 by Max Heidel, author of The Rosicrucian