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The Rosicrucians and the Russian Aristocracy in London

January 25th, 2009

Just before she died, the Order’s Pendragon during Nuinn’s time gave me a set of eleven privately printed books of rituals of A.E.Waite’s Rosicrucian Fellowship. In researching the Rosicrucians for The Book of English Magic, I took these books down from the shelves, blew the dust off them and, not having looked at them for 20 years, re-discovered a list of members inserted in one of them. I’ve just analysed the list: out of a total of 88, 63 were women; of 5 doctors listed all were female; and 3 members of the Russian aristocracy were noted: Count Alex Bobrinskoy, and the Princes Constantine and Andrew Lubanoff-Rostovsky.

And glued into the inside cover of one of the books was a personal bookmark:
R+C bookmark

Sexist Assumptions

January 25th, 2009

Sexist Assumptions, Amazing Women and Tara.

In the last post I described myself as nothing more than ‘a jumbled mess of preconceived ideas’. The other day one of these preconceived ideas popped out again. M and I were discussing the likelihood of there being incarnated extant Masters with the Golden Dawn / RR et AC tradition. I opined that there could be such a Master, but he would keep himself hidden. Naturally M and I both picked up the sexist assumption of the Master being a man.

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Magic of the Ordinary

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The Golden Dawn and the RR et AC are wonderful traditions and many thousands of people owe them a great deal for their spiritual and magical fulfilment, including thousands (like many Pagans) who may not even know it. However, they are dangerous and I think it is important to be honest about this, especially as the traditions shows no signs of decreasing in ‘popularity’. While many of the dangers outlined below also apply to other magical paths, some are particularly germane to the Golden Dawn…

At: Magic of the Ordinary

The Magus House

January 25th, 2009

Michael Caine (I think it was) was once asked if he could live his life over again would he changed anything? His answer: I’d change nothing – except I would make sure I never watched the film ‘The Magus’. Based on the novel by John Fowles (which is a good read) everyone who made the film later revealed they didn’t have a clue about what the story was all about – and it showed! Here is a picture from Flickr of the abandoned house that inspired John Fowles in his writing. Magus House Spetses