by Laura Knight
Lest anyone doubt that current day
practitioners of so-called "Enochian Magick" or OTO rituals
are Fascist Synarchists, these Excerpts from: The Dawn of Magic
by Louis Pauwells & Jacques Bergier 1st
published in France under the title "Le
Matin des Magiciens" 1960 (by Editions Gallimard, Paris,
translated from the French by Rollo Myers, Anthony Gibbs & Phillips.
Ltd) compared to the experiences of a modern day "Enochian
Magicians" should prove the case.
The same forces that were behind
Adolf Hitler, are behind George Bush and the Neocons.
Dubya claims that God speaks to him. Hitler made the
same claim. Here we get a glimpse of exactly what that means.
Let no one deceive or beguile you in any
way, for that day will not come except the apostasy comes first and
the man of lawlessness is revealed, who is the son of doom... For
the mystery of lawlessness is already at work in the world,
restrained only until he who restrains is taken out of the way. And
then the lawless one will be revealed and the Lord Jesus will slay
him with the breath of his mouth and bring him to an end by His
appearing at his coming.
The coming is through the activity and working of
Satan, and will be
attended by great power and with all sorts of miracles and signs and
delusive marvels - lying wonders - and by unlimited seduction to
evil and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing
because they did not welcome the Truth but refused to love it that
they might be saved.
Therefore, God sends upon them a misleading influence, a working of
error and a strong delusion to make them believe what is false, in
order that all may be judged and condemned who did not believe the
Truth, but instead took pleasure in unrighteousness.
Thessalonians, 3 - 12, excerpts, Amplified, Zondervan]
Adolf und die
Ubermen von der Golden Dawn
In the history of Hitlerism, or rather in certain aspects of this
history, everything happens as if the whole conception on which it
was based has baffled the ordinary historian so that, if we want to
understand, we shall have to abandon our positive way of looking at
things and try to enter a Universe where Cartesian reason and
reality are no longer valid.
We have been concerned to describe these aspects of Hitlerism
because, as M. Marcel Ray pointed out in 1939, the war that
imposed on the world was a "Manichaean war," or as
the Bible says,
"a struggle between gods." It is not, of course, a question of a
struggle between Fascism and Democracy, or between a liberal and an
authoritarian conception of society. That is the exoteric side of
the conflict; but there is an esoteric side as well.
This struggle between gods, which has
been going on behind visible events, is not yet over on this planet,
but the formidable progress in human knowledge made in the last few
years is about to give it another form. Now that the gates of
knowledge are beginning to open on to the infinite, it is important
to understand what this struggle is about. If we consciously want to
be men of today, that is to say, the contemporaries of tomorrow, we
must have an exact and clear picture of the moment when the
fantastic first invaded the realm of reality. This is what we are
now going to examine.
"At bottom," said Rauschning, "every
German has one foot in Atlantis, where he seeks a better
Fatherland and a better patrimony. This double nature of the
Germans, this faculty they have of splitting their personality
which enables them to live in the real world and at the same
time to project themselves into an imaginary world, is
especially noticeable in Hitler and provides the key to his
And Rauschning in an attempt to explain
the rise to power of this "high priest of a secret religion," tried
to convince himself that several times in history,
"whole nations have fallen into a
state of inexplicable agitation. They follow the flagellantsí
procession, or are seized by St. Vitusís Dance....
National-Socialism is the St. Vitusís Dance of the twentieth
But where does this strange malady come
from? To this question he failed to find a satisfactory answer. "Its
deepest roots are hidden in secret places."
It is these secret places that we feel we ought to explore. And it
is not a historian, but a poet who will be our guide.
and Arthur Machen
"Two men who have read Paul-Jean Toulet and who meet (probably in a
bar) imagine that that means they belong to an aristocracy."
himself wrote that. It happens sometimes that important things are
suspended on a pinís head. It is thanks to a minor but charming
writer, unknown despite the efforts of a few admirers, that I first
heard the name of Arthur Machen, practically unknown in France.
A young Arthur Machen
After some study, we discovered that Machenís works (there are some
thirty volumes in all) are, from a "spiritual" point of view, more
important than those of H.G. Wells.
Pursuing our researches on Machen, we discovered an English Society
of Initiates with a very distinguished membership. This society, to
which Machen was indebted for an experience that had a decisive
influence on his inner development and which was a great source of
inspiration, is unknown even to specialists. Finally, some of
Machenís writings, in particular the text we shall be quoting, throw
into clear relief an uncommon notion of the nature of Evil, which is
quite indispensable for an understanding of those aspects of
contemporary history we are examining in this part of our book.
Before entering into the heart of our
subject we would therefore like to say a few words about this
curious man, beginning with a little literary digression concerning
a minor Parisian author, P.J. Toulet, and ending with a vision of a
great subterranean gateway behind which lie, still smoking, the
remains of the martyrs and the ruins of the Nazi tragedy which
disrupted the whole world. The paths of "fantastic realism," as we
shall see once again, do not resemble the ordinary paths of
In November 1897 a friend, "somewhat given to the occult sciences,"
brought to the notice of Paul-Jean Toulet a novel by an unknown
thirty-four-year-old author entitled The Great God Pan. This book,
which evokes a primitive pagan world, not entirely submerged but
still cautiously surviving and occasionally releasing among us its
God of Evil and his cloven-hoofed angels, made a profound
impression on Toulet and started him on his literary career. He
began translating The Great God Pan and, borrowing from Machen his
nightmarish decor with the Great Pan lurking in the thickets of our
countryside, wrote his first novel: Monsieur du Paur,
Monsieur du Paur was published towards the end of 1898, and met with
no success. It is not an important work, and might never have been
heard of had not M. Henri Martineau, a great Stendhalian and a
friend of Toulet, taken it upon himself, twenty years later, to
republish the book at his own expense in the Editions du Divan.
M. Martineau was determined to show that Monsieur du Paur was inspired
by Machenís book, but was nevertheless an original work, so that it
was through him that the attention of a few literary people was
drawn to Arthur Machen and his Great God Pan and some correspondence
between Toulet and Machen was brought to light.
For Machen, as is apparent in all his works, "man is made of mystery
and exists for mysteries and visions." Reality is the supernatural.
The external world can teach us little, unless we look upon it as a
reservoir of symbols and hidden meanings. The only works which have
some chance of being real and serving some useful. purpose are works
of imagination produced by a mind in search of eternal verities. As
the critic Philip van Doren Stern has pointed out:
"The fantastic stories of Arthur Machen perhaps contain more essential truths than all the graphs
and statistics in the world."
It was a strange adventure that brought
Machen back to literature. It made his name famous in a few weeks,
and the shock this gave him decided him to devote the rest of his
life to writing.
He found journalism irksome, and no longer wanted to write for his
own satisfaction. War had just broken out. There was a demand for
"heroic" literature. This was hardly his line. The Evening News,
however, asked him for a story. He wrote it straight off, but in his
own individual style, calling it The Bowmen. The newspaper published
this story on 29th September, 1914, the day after the retreat from Mons.
Machen had imagined an incident in this battle: St. George in
shining armour, at the head of his angels in the guise of the old
archers of the battle of Agincourt, comes to the rescue of the
Left: "The Angel of Mons Waltz," Sheet
music. Right: The 'Angels of Mons' halt the German advance; a
picture by Alfred
Left: "The Angel of
Mons Waltz," Sheet music.
Right: The 'Angels of
Mons' halt the German advance;
a picture by Alfred
Pearce in A Churchwoman's 1915 book The Chariots of the Gods.
The next thing that happened was that scores of soldiers wrote into
the newspaper to say that this Mr. Machen had invented nothing. They
had seen with their own eyes on the Mons front the angels of St.
George mingling in their ranks. This they could swear to on their
honour. Many of these letters were published. England, anxious for a
miracle in her hour of peril, was profoundly stirred. Machen had
been hurt when no notice was taken of him when he had tried to
reveal the secrets of reality. Now, with a cheap kind of fantasy, he
had aroused the whole country.
Or could it be that hidden forces rose
up, in one form or another, summoned by his imagination that had so
often been concerned with essential truths and was now, perhaps
unconsciously, at work deep down within him? Dozens of times Machen
insisted in the Press that his story was pure invention. No one ever
believed it. Right up to his death, thirty years later, Machen, now
an old man, often reverted in conversation to this fantastic story
of the Angels of Mons.
How We Discovered an English Secret Society
About the year 1880, in France, in England and in Germany some
secret societies of Initiates and members of hermetic orders were
founded to which a number of very influential people belonged. The
story of this mystical post-romantic crisis has not yet been
written. It deserves to be, as it might throw light upon the origin
of several important trends of thought which have determined certain
In two letters written by Arthur Machen to Toulet we find the
following remarkable passages. In the first, written in 1899, he
"When I was writing Pan and The
White Powder I did not believe that such strange things had ever
happened in real life, or could ever have happened. Since then,
and quite recently, I have had certain experiences in my own
life which have entirely changed my point of view in these
matters.... Henceforward I am quite convinced that nothing is
impossible on this Earth. I need scarcely add, I suppose, that
none of the experiences I have had has any connection whatever
with such impostures as spiritualism or theosophy. But I believe
that we are living in a world of the greatest mystery full of
unsuspected and quite astonishing things."
In 1900 he wrote as follows:
amuse you to know that I sent a copy of my Great God Pan to an
adept, an advanced íoccultistí whom I met in secret, and this is
what he wrote me: íThe book amply proves that by thought and
meditation rather than through reading, you have attained a certain
degree of initiation independently of orders or organizations.í"
Who was this "adept?" And what were Machenís "experiences?"
In another letter, after Toulet had been to London, he wrote: "Mr.
Waite, who likes you very much, asks me to send you his best
We were interested to learn the name of this friend of Machen and to
discover that he was one of the best authorities on alchemy and a
We had reached this point in our researches into the intellectual
interests of Arthur Machen, when a friend revealed to us the
existence in England, at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of
the twentieth century, of a secret "initiatory" society of
Rosicrucian inspiration. [See Nos. 2 and 3 of the review La Tour
Saint-Jacques, 1956: íLíordre hermetique de la Golden Dawní by
This society was called the Golden Dawn, and its members included
some of the most brilliant minds in the country. Arthur Machen was
himself a member.
Golden Dawn, founded in 1887, was an offshoot of the English
Rosicrucian Society created twenty years earlier by Robert Wentworth
Little, and consisted largely of leading Freemasons. The latter
society had about 144 members, including Bulwer Lytton, author of
The Last Days of Pompeii.
The Golden Dawn, with a smaller membership, was formed for the
practice of ceremonial magic and the acquisition of initiatory
knowledge and powers. Its leaders were Woodman, Mathers and
Westcott (the "occultist" mentioned by Toulet in his letter of
It was in contact with similar German societies, some of whose
members were later associated with Rudolf Steinerís famous anthroposophical movement and other influential sects during the
pre-Nazi period. Later on it came under the leadership of
Crowley, an altogether extraordinary man who was certainly one of
the greatest exponents of the neo-paganism whose development in
Germany we have noted.
S.L. Mathers, after the death of Woodman and the resignation of
Westcott, was the Grand Master of the Golden Dawn, which he directed
for some time from Paris, where he had just married Henri Bergsonís
Nobel-Prize Winner in a Black Mask
Mathers was succeeded in his office by the celebrated poet W.B.
Yeats, who was later to become a Nobel Prize-winner.
Yeats took the name of "Frere Demon est Deus Inversus." He used to
preside over the meetings dressed in a kilt, wearing a black mask
and a golden dagger in his belt.
Arthur Machen took the name of "Filus Aquarti." The
Golden Dawn had
one woman member [no mention of Fraulien Sprengel...? -B:.B:.]:
Florence Farr, Director of the Abbey Theatre and an intimate friend
of Bernard Shaw. Other members included:
Stoker (the author of Dracula)
Peck, the Astronomer
Royal of Scotland
the celebrated engineer Allan Bennett
Gerald Kelly, President of the Royal Academy
It seems that on these exceptional
people the Golden Dawn exercised a lasting influence, and they
themselves admitted that their outlook on the world was changed,
while the activities they indulged in never failed to prove both
efficacious and uplifting.
Earth, A Frozen World, A New Man
Earth is hollow. We are living inside it. The stars are blocks
of ice. Several Moons have already fallen on the Earth. The whole
history of humanity is contained in the struggle between ice and
Man is not finished. He is on the brink of a formidable mutation
["alien hybridisation" -B:.B:.] which will confer on him the powers
the ancients attributed to the gods. A few specimens of the New Man
exist in the world, who have perhaps come here from beyond the
frontiers of time and space.
Alliances could be formed with
the Master of the World or the King
of Fear who reigns over a city hidden somewhere in the East. Those
who conclude a pact will change the surface of the Earth and endow
the human adventure with a new meaning for many thousands of years.
Such are the "scientific" theories and "religious" conceptions on
which Nazism was originally based and in which Hitler and the
members of his group believed -- theories which, to a large extent,
have dominated social and political trends in recent history. This
may seem extravagant. Any explanation, even partial, of contemporary
history based on ideas and beliefs of this kind may seem repugnant.
In our view, nothing is repugnant that is in the interests of the
Against Nature and Against God
It is well known that
the Nazi party was openly, and even flamboyantly anti-intellectual;
that it burnt books and relegated the theoretical physicists among
its "Judaeo-Marxist" enemies. Less is known about the reasons which
led it to reject official Western science, and still less with
regard to the basic conception of the nature of man on which Nazism
was founded -- at any rate in the minds of some of its leaders. If
we knew this it would be easier to place the last World War within
the category of great spiritual conflicts: history animated once
again by the spirit of La Legende des Siecles.
Hitler used to say:
"We are often abused for being the
enemies of the mind and spirit. Well, that is what we are, but
in a far deeper sense than bourgeois science, in its idiotic
pride, could ever imagine." [...]
Dr. Willy Ley, one of the worldís
greatest rocket experts, fled from Germany in 1933. It was from him
that we learned of the existence in Berlin shortly before the Nazis
came to power, of a little spiritual community that is of great
interest to us.
Haushofer and the Vril
This secret community was founded, literally, on Bulwer Lyttonís
The Coming Race. The book describes a race of men psychically
far in advance of ours. They have acquired powers over themselves
and over things that make them almost godlike. For the moment they
are in hiding. They live in caves in the centre of the Earth. Soon
they will emerge to reign over us.
Edward Bulwer Lytton
This appears to be as much as Dr. Ley could tell us. He added with a
smile that the disciples believed they had secret knowledge that
would enable them to change their race and become the equals of the
men hidden in the bowels of the Earth. Methods of concentration, a
whole system of internal gymnastics by which they would be
transformed. They began their exercises by staring fixedly at an
apple cut in half.... We continued our researches.
This Berlin group called itself The Luminous Lodge, or
Society. The vril [the notion of the ívrilí is mentioned for the
first time in the works of the French writer Jacolliot, French
Consul in Calcutta under the Second Empire] is the enormous energy
of which we only use a minute proportion in our daily life, the
nerve-centre of our potential divinity. Whoever becomes master of
the vril will be the master of himself, of others round him and of
This should be the only object of our desires, and all our efforts
should be directed to that end. All the rest belongs to official
psychology, morality, and religions and is worthless.
The world will change: the Lords will emerge from the centre of the
Earth. Unless we have made an alliance with them and become Lords
ourselves, we shall find ourselves among the slaves, on the
dung-heap that will nourish the roots of the New Cities that will
The Luminous Lodge had associations with the theosophical and
Rosicrucian groups. According to Jack Fishman, author of a curious
book entitled The Seven Men of Spandau, Karl Haushofer was a member
of this lodge. We shall have more to say about him later, when it
will be seen that his association with this Vril Society helps to
explain certain things.
of the Mutation of Man
The reader will recall that the writer, Arthur Machen, we discovered
was connected with an English society of Initiates, the Golden Dawn.
This neo-pagan society, which had a distinguished membership, was an
offshoot of the English Rosicrucian Society, founded by Wentworth
Little in 1867. Little was in contact with the German Rosicrucians.
He recruited his followers, to the number of 144, from the ranks of
the higher-ranking Freemasons. One of his disciples was Bulwer
Bulwer Lytton, a learned man of genius, celebrated throughout the
world for his novel The Last Days of Pompeii, little thought that
one of his books, in some ten yearsí time, would inspire a mystical
pre-Nazi group in Germany. Yet in works like The Coming Race or Zanoni, he set out to emphasize the realities of the spiritual
world, and more especially, the infernal world. He considered
himself an Initiate. Through his romantic works of fiction he
expressed the conviction that there are beings endowed with
superhuman powers. These beings will supplant us and bring about a
formidable mutation in the elect of the human race.
We must beware of this notion of a mutation. It crops up again with
Hitler, and is not yet extinct today.
Hitlerís aim was neither the founding of a race of supermen, nor the
conquest of the world; these were only means towards the realization
of the great work he dreamed of. His real aim was to perform an act
of creation, a divine operation, the goal of a biological mutation
which would result in an unprecedented exaltation of the human race
"apparition of a new race of heroes
and demigods and god-men." (Dr. Achille Delmas)
[perhaps these same neo-Nephilim
Nazi "ubermen" are today clothed in the time and
culture-appropriate sci-fi regalia of "alien"/human "hybrids"
la Whit Strieber, Harvardís Dr. John Mack, and a veritable
cornucopia of other associated -- often
socio-cultural metaprogrammers. -B:.B:.]
We must also beware of the notion of the
"Unknown Supermen." It is found in all the "black" mystical writings
both in the West and in the East. Whether they live under the Earth
or came from other planets, whether in the form of giants like those
which are said to lie encased in cloth of gold in the crypts of Thibetan monasteries, or of shapeless and terrifying beings such as
Lovecraft describes, do these "Unknown Supermen," evoked in pagan
and Satanic rites, actually exist?
When Machen speaks of the World of Evil,
"full of caverns and crepuscular beings dwelling therein," he is
referring, as an adept of the Golden Dawn, to that other world in
which man comes into contact with the "Unknown Supermen." It seems
certain that Hitler shared this belief, and even claimed to have
been in touch with these "Supermen."
D.í. Mathers Meets the "Great Terrorists"
We have already mentioned the Golden Dawn and the German Vril
Society. We shall have something to say later about the Thule Group.
We are not so foolish as to try to explain history in the light of
secret societies. What we shall see, curiously
enough, is that it
all "ties up," and that with the coming of Nazism it was the "other
world" which ruled over us for a number of years.
That world has
been defeated, but it is not dead, either on the Rhine or elsewhere.
And there is nothing alarming about it: only our ignorance is
alarming. [Indeed, those who forget history, etc. -B:.B:.]
We pointed out that Samuel Mathers was the founder of the Golden
Dawn. Mathers claimed to be in communication with these "Unknown
Supermen" and to have established contact with them in the company
of his wife, the sister of Henri Bergson. Here follows a page of the
manifesto addressed to "Members of the Second Order" in 1896:
"As to the Secret Chiefs with whom I
am in touch and from whom I have received the wisdom of the
Second Order which I communicated to you, I can tell you
nothing. I do not even know their Earthly names, and I have very
seldom seen them in their physical bodies....They used to meet
me physically at a time and place fixed in advance.
For my part,
I believe they are human beings living on this Earth, but
possessed of terrible and superhuman powers... My physical
encounters with them have shown me how difficult it is for a
mortal, however "advanced," to support their presence....
I do not mean that during my rare
meetings with them I experienced the same feeling of intense
physical depression that accompanies the loss of magnetism. On
the contrary, I felt I was in contact with a force so terrible
that I can only compare it to the shock one would receive from
being near a flash of lightning during a great thunder-storm,
experiencing at the same time great difficulty in breathing....
The nervous prostration I spoke of was accompanied by cold
sweats and bleeding from the nose, mouth and sometimes the
to Have Met Them Too
Hitler was talking one day to Rauschning, the Governor of Danzig,
about the problem of a mutation of the human race. Rauschning, not
possessing the key to such strange preoccupations, interpreted
Hitlerís remarks in terms of a stock-breeder interested in the
amelioration of German blood.
"But all you can do," he replied,
"is to assist Nature and shorten the road to be followed! It is
Nature herself who must create for you a new species. Up till
now the breeder has only rarely succeeded in developing
mutations in animals -- that is to say, creating himself new
"The new man is living amongst us now! He is here!" exclaimed
Hitler, triumphantly. "Isnít that enough for you? I will tell
you a secret. I have seen the new man. He is intrepid and cruel.
I was afraid of him."
"In uttering these words," added Rauschning, "Hitler was
trembling in a kind of ecstasy."
It was Rauschning, too, who related the
following strange episode, about which Dr. Achille Delmas, a
specialist in applied psychology, questioned him in vain: It is true
that in a case like this psychology does not apply:
"A person close to Hitler told me
that he wakes up in the night screaming and in convulsions. He
calls for help, and appears to be half paralyzed. He is seized
with a panic that makes him tremble until the bed shakes. He
utters confused and unintelligible sounds, gasping, as if on the
point of suffocation. The same person described to me one of
these fits, with details that I would refuse to believe had I
not complete confidence in my informant.
"Hitler was standing up in his
room, swaying and looking all round him as if he were lost.
íItís he, itís he,í he groaned, íheís come for me!í His lips
were white; he was sweating profusely. Suddenly he uttered a
string of meaningless figures, then words and scraps of
sentences. It was terrifying. He used strange expressions
strung together in bizarre disorder. Then he relapsed again
into silence, but his lips still continued to move. He was
then given a friction and something to drink.
Then suddenly he screamed:
íThere! there! Over in the corner! He is there!í -- all the
time stamping with his feet and shouting. To quieten him he
was assured that nothing extraordinary had happened, and
finally he gradually calmed down. After that he slept for a
long time and became normal again..."
Hitler mía dit. Ed. Cooperation, Paris, 1939.
Delmas: Hitler, essai de biographie psychopathologique. Lib.
Marcel Rivimere, Paris, 1946.
We leave it to the reader to compare the
statement of Mathers, head of a small neo-pagan society at the end
of the nineteenth century, and the utterances of a man who, at the
time Rauschning recorded them, was preparing to launch the world
into an adventure which caused the death of sixty million human
beings. We beg him not to ignore this comparison and the lesson to
be drawn from it on the grounds that the Golden Dawn and Nazism, in
the eyes of a "reasonable" historian, have nothing in common.
The historian may be reasonable, but
history is not. These two men shared the same beliefs: their
fundamental experiences were the same, and they were guided by the
same force. They belong to the same trend of thought and to the same
religion. This religion has never up to now been seriously studied.
Neither the Church nor the Rationalists -- that other Church -- have
ever allowed it. We are now entering an epoch in the history of
knowledge when such studies will become possible because now that
reality is revealing its fantastic side, ideas and techniques which
seem abnormal, contemptible or repellent will be found useful in so
far as they enable us to understand a "reality" that becomes more
and more disquieting.
The Golden Dawn is not enough to explain the Thule Group, or the
Luminous Lodge, the Ahnenherbe. Naturally there are cross-currents
and secret or apparent links between the various groups, which we
shall not fail to point out. Like all "little" history, that is an
absorbing pastime. But our concern is with "big" history.
We believe that these societies, great or small, related or
unrelated, with or without ramifications, are manifestations, more
or less apparent and more or less important, of a world other than
the one in which we live. Let us call it the world of Evil, in Machenís sense of the word. The truth is, we know just as little
about the world of Good. We are living between two worlds, and
pretending that this "no-manís-land" is identical with our whole
The rise of Nazism was one of those rare
moments in the history of our civilization, when a door was noisily
and ostentatiously opened on to something "Other." What is strange
is that people pretend not to have seen or heard anything apart from
the sights and sounds inseparable from war and political strife.
All these movements: the modern Rosy-Cross, Golden Dawn, the
German Vril Society (which will bring us to the Thule Group where we shall
find Haushofer, Hess and Hitler) were more or less closely
associated with the powerful and well organized Theosophical
Society. Theosophy added to neo-pagan magic an oriental setting and
a Hindu terminology. Or, rather, it provided a link between a
certain oriental Satanism and the West.
Theosophy was the name finally given to the whole vast renaissance
in the world of magic that affected many thinkers so profoundly at
the beginning of the century.
In his study Le Thiosophisme, histoire díune pseudo-religion,
published in 1921, the philosopher Rene Guenon foresaw what was
likely to occur. He realized the dangers lurking behind theosophy
and the neo-pagan Initiatory groups that were more or less connected
with Mme Blavatsky and her sect.
This is what he wrote:
"The false Messiahs we have seen so
far have only performed very inferior miracles, and their
disciples were probably not very difficult to convert. But who
knows what the future has in store? When you reflect that these
false Messiahs have never been anything but the more or less
unconscious tools of those who conjured them up, and when one
thinks more particularly of the series of attempts made in
succession by the theosophists, one is forced to the conclusion
that these were only trials, experiments as it were, which will
be renewed in various forms until success is achieved, and which
in the meantime invariably produce a somewhat disquieting
Not that we believe that the
theosophists, any more than the occultists and the
spiritualists, are strong enough by themselves to carry out
successfully an enterprise of this nature. But might there not
be, behind all these movements, something far more dangerous
which their leaders perhaps know nothing about, being themselves
in turn the unconscious tools of a higher power?"
Lauraís note: I found the
descriptions of Hitlerís and MacGregor Mathersí interactions with
the "gods" to be strikingly similar to
another account (by Vincent
Bridges, self proclaimed Enochian Magician who believes himself to
be the reincarnation of John Dee.)
In case the link does not work,
Most, our pseudonym for Bridges in most articles on our site.
"Before our trip to Egypt, Darlene
and I had both studied and prepared ourselves to do serious
magick in the temples. We were on a quest, a serious attempt to
create a Zodiacal Earth Temple back in North Carolina that
required us to charge crystals and do other magickal procedures.
Unfortunately, we were also in a large group of new age type
"The groupís leader chose to be threatened by our project, and
we found ourselves in the position of asking for divine guidance.
Should we go along with the group vibe, or should we move out on
our own and do the work? This was extremely important to us. We
needed to know.
"At Edfu, where the friction between the leader and ourselves
had boiled over, we made contact with a Sufi group. At Luxor, we
were met with open arms by the local Sufis. This helped us to
strike out on our own. At Karnak we were led through a series of
chambers and structures, including a small Osiris chapel out
near the eastern wall. We had no idea or plan, we simply
followed their guidance and charged our crystals and did our
work at the places they showed us. I knew of the Ptah temple on
the north wall and its Sekhmet statue, and planned to stop there
for guidance. I didnít know that our guides had the same idea. I
insisted on following the path shown in the guide book, instead
of following the directions of our guide, and so we found them
waiting for us.
"It was early in the morning, we had been there at dawn, and the
Sufi was waiting on us to open the site for the day. He unlocked
the temple, then closed the door behind us. We groped forward in
the complete blackness until we turned a corner and saw the
statue floating in a shaft of light coming from a small hole
about ten feet over Her head. The Sufi showed us how to make our
prostrations before the Goddess, then left us alone.
"We did the prostrations and asked the Goddess what to do about
our situation. As we finished, I looked up directly at the
statue and was shocked to see Her eyes. My first thought was,
íWow, what an incredible use of faience, Iíve never seen
anything like that!í
"As I looked more closely, I saw that this could not possibly be
a trick of the light on jewels or enamel. These were eyes; the
irises were a deep green like new foliage and the pupil bent
back at the top like a fan. The Goddess was there, in that
statue, and She was looking at me. It was a shock. Except I
couldnít move. I was pinned like a small animal in the
headlights of an oncoming truck. We are small, so very small,
and the Gods are vast, vast beyond our comprehension.
"We received our answer, and as we finished our little ritual,
the Sufi came back and showed us how to make a direct contact
with the energy of the statue. I found myself clinging to the
Goddess, crying my heart out. A very heavy initiatory