Occultism in the Edwardian
Our chapter on Occultism in the Edwardian is getting expanded to include more secret societies (from history), theories of the occult from around the world, major western groups and belief systems (such as the Golden Dawn, Theosophy, New Thought, Freemasonry and pseudo-Freemasonry, the OTO, the early movements that would become The Thule Society), major middle eastern groups and belief systems (Sidi Aissawa and other Sufi groups), Tibet (horrific and oppressive theocracy - this one should surprise people), China, shamanism, grimoires, modern works, talismans, astral travel, runes and a lot more. How these secret societies affected history and powerful figures is also emphasized.
Here is a sneak peek at one of the entries:
In France, the foremost occultist of the age is Gerard Encausse, popularly known as “Papus”. He is a notable writer of occultism, having penned books on Magick, the Qabalah, and the Tarot; and he also has the distinction of being a member of just about every secret society he could find. By 1910 Papus was an ex member of the Theosophical Society (having quit because of a dislike of eastern philosophical emphasis), the Golden Dawn, the para-masonic rites of Memphis-Mizraim, the French Gnostic Church, and the O.T.O., among many others. He also founded his own order of Martinists, as well as the Qabalistic Order of the Rose-Croix (along with famed Tarot designer Oswald Wirth).
As of 1910 most of his time is presently being spent reforming the old French Gnostic Church; having been granted the Xth degree in the O.T.O. and made Sovereign of the French O.T.O. by Theodore Reuss, Papus in turn has decided to transform the church into the Gnostic Catholic Church and make it a part of the O.T.O’s mysteries.
Papus has very close ties to Imperial Russia. He served a few years back as the physician (his day job) and occult guide to the Tsar and Tsarina. During this period he magically summoned a being said to be the spirit of the current Tsar’s father, who prophesied that the Tsar would fall to revolution. Papus swore to the Tsar that he will use his magical power to prevent the revolution from taking place as long as he lives.
In turn, he despises Rasputin, who has largely replaced him as the Tsar’s occult advisor, and has written many letters to the Tsar urging him to reject the man, claiming that Rasputin was not so much a human being as a “vessel like Pandora’s box, which contains all the vices, crimes, and filth... Should the vessel be broken, we will see its dreadful contents spill themselves across Russia.”