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The value of following the evolution of esoteric thought is in part that a coherent theory emerges of various philosophies, techniques and organizations. Specialty Pages are a summery of that evolution, with frequent links so the reader can pick up the thread and follow it through the labyrinth.

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Pansophia, a "System of the World" was the goal of the "Hartlib Circle"'s Office of Address project, the worlds 1st attempt to share information ala Wikipedia today. It bult off the conviction of John Amos Comenius in universal education from the cradle to maturity, then self education to the grave, for all people. He revolutionized education with picture books, and brought learning out of it's Ivy Tower to Humanity. It inspired...

The Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge, 1660. and the advancement of scientific experimentation and knowledge, as well as... Freemasonry, where all stood Upon the Level to study and improve themselves through the arts and sciences, including: The York Rite of Freemasonry; The Scottish Rite of Freemasonry; the Rite of Memphis and Misraim; the Martinist Order of Freemasonry ; The Rite of Memphis and Misraim; Co-Masonry; the Martinist Order of Freemasonry ; The Rite of Strict Observance; and it's offshoot, the Rectified Scottish Rite of Masonry; The Elus Cohens of Freemasonry; the Irish Order of Eri; Order of the African Architects (African meaning Egyptian, here); the the August Order of Light; Great Enlightened Society of Oculists as in Eye Doctors, not Magicians; The Great White Brotherhood or Hidden Masters;Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia (SRIA)in Britian and now America which was inspired by the resurgence of German Rosicrucianism in the Order of the ...

Golden and Rosy Cross AKA the German Orden des Gold- und Rosenkreutz AKA the Fraternity of the Golden and Rosy Cross, which may be the connection between the cipher manuscript upon which the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn was founded. The Gold- und Rosenkreutz was itself the Magical and practical Alchemical side of an amazing experiment in tolerance while it's Masonic sister organization / alter ego,the Qabalistic side as ...

The Order of the Asiatic Brethren acted as the Masonic Lodge side of the Golden and Rosy Cross and specifically included Jews and Christians together in Germany during a period of heightened antisemitism. The mixture of Hebrew Qabalists and Christian Hermetic Rosicrucians produced valuable translations and research to guide future seekers. This, rather than the Alchemy heavy Golden and Rosy Cross side of the organization seems the likeliest source for the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn cypher manuscript's origin. But the structure of the Golden and Rosy Cross would be adopted by the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, the Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia (SRIA) and therefore the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and many of it's subsequent offspring.

Ah, Germany, but we have to jump back to the Protestant Revolution in Germany with Martin Luther freeing one third of the continent (and soon after England and Scotland) from the scholastic, stagnant mind set of the Holy Roman Church and it's feared Inquisition in 1517. By the late 1500s, the Enlightenment has spawned a great desire for personal knowledge of God and Life, in the sense of understanding Natural Law as a manifestation of God's Plan, in some cases equal or greater to received scripture in it's various translations.

The political implications of this fight between Christians of the Catholic and Protestant faiths and their various Kings increased paranoia about new developments and ideas, until the easily visible supernova Johannes Kepler discovered in 1604, now named Kepler's Supernova, took on apocalyptic meaning. Prophets such as Helisaeus Roeslin and Simon Studion believed it might be a sign from God, perhaps that a Second, Protestant Christ Child was born, and in 33 years (1637 or so) sweep the last decaying remnants of The Church (and the Hapsburg dynasty) off the Continent. But, these being Protestants, it would not lead to a happy ending, for as soon as that was accomplished, the Apocalypse was due in 1666 (the number of the Beast) when everything one Earth would end.

Soon thereafter came the 30 Years War in Europe, English Civil Wars, plague, starvation as well as a 'mini-ice age" event when Summer disappeared for several years and crops failed....the Apocalypse probably didn't look so bad after all.

But who would be the Priests of this new knowledge? Despite the Protestant message of personal interpretation, people were used to the idea of others more knowledgeable than themselves. The desire for this benevolent Brotherhood is present in Francis Bacon's "New Atlantis", Freemasonry, The Invisible College of Robert Boyle, the the 1645 Group formed by Theodore Haak and both "Christopolis" and the Brotherhood of the Rosy Cross, the original...

The Rosicrucian story originated in Germany, primarily with Johannes Valentinus Andreae, who wisely wrote under pseudonyms and lived a quiet, prosperous life as a Lutheran Minister. Those who did not, like Adam Halsmayr who was more open, found themselves as galley slaves, or burnt at the stake like Giordano Bruno.

In his European tour of Occultists circa 1850, P. B. Randolph added some impressive Eastern knowledge to his already advanced understanding of "seership, 'magnetism' and use of polarity in couples, forming the...

Brotherhood of Eulis of America. On his tour, his contact with French Occultist Eliphas Levi set up the French revival of the original German, Protestant Rosicrucians. Although it lost some momentum, it was revived by Levi's organizationally talented student Papus, bearing at times the names (roughly in chronological order) of...

Fraternitas Rosae Crucis (FRC) of France, AKA Fratres Lucis AKA Brothers of the Light or sometimes "Fiat Lux" AKA Let There Be Light". Papus was also busy reforming the Martinist of Freemasonry and forming the Kabbalistic Order of the Rosy Cross of France with other groups of friends. Then there was the Fraternitas Rosicruciana Antiqua of South America, formed by Arnold Krumm-Heller;

Now, an easily confused offshoot with this group was the ... The Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor of France and America. P. B. Randolph and Eliphas Levi, taught a refuge from the Pogroms of Poland, Max Theon, who created out of their ideas the Philosopie Cosmique, and it's more structured, magical rather than mystical Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor. His two main disciples came to America, one starting a commune in Georgia and the other translating the Hermetic Brotherhood of Light into the Brotherhood of Light in California.

This Brotherhood became so popular, Madam Blavatsky of the Theosophical Society had to reverse her previous policy and open a Western "Esoteric Section" headed by Annie Besant and William Q. Judge to appeal to student tired of 2nd hand Eastern mysticism. This tide became a flood when the...

The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawnof England, America and France opened it's doors, prepared an organized curriculum of comparative religion and historical Occultism AS IT WAS UNDERSTOOD IN 1880 with inspired ritual by Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers and his wife Moina Mathers. Their creativity, and the esoteric Masonic contacts of William Wynn Westcott (okay, primarily Frederick Hockley and Kenneth R. H. Mackenzie) lead to a short but rich organization which spawned an even richer culture in Western Occultism. It's offshoots include...

The OTO or Ordo Templi Orientis AKA Order of the Temple of the East AKA the Order of Oriental Templars. There will be 3 essays: BC - Before Crowley, CE - Crowley Exalted and AD - After Death of the Beast, Aleister Crowley

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The Sources of all Bibles and The Bible, Angels, Devils and the problem of Good and Evil;

Qabalist AKA QABALAH AKA Cabala AKA Kabbalah

The Gnostics and other Christian Mystics


The Sufi derived Fourth Way WORK of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky;

The Ancients, mostly the Greeks and Neoplatonism

Sex magick and the separate issue of Tantra

Paganism , Neopaganism, Wicca and (coming soon) Shamanism ;

The Judeans, with King Solomon coming soon!

The Egyptians and Babylon

The Crucifixion confusion of lots of tall wooden crosses in a desert;

Initiated AKA Initiation and NAMEing

the Architecture Structure Problem

L5 Orbit and SMI2LE, Space Migration, Intelligence Increase, Life Extension of Dr. Timothy Leary

Drama and Meaning,

Transcendental Club of America

The Fifth Monarchy aka The Fifth Monarchists aka The Fifth Monarchy Men aka the "Fifth Kingdom" of the British Civil War