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New Light: The Rise of the Golden Dawn

Nevill Drury

in Stealing Fire from Heaven: The Rise of Modern Western Magic

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199750993
eISBN:
9780199894871
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199750993.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn was founded in England in 1888 and has strongly influenced contemporary Western magical beliefs and practices. The rituals of the order were based originally on ... More


Magicians of the New Dawn

in The Place of Enchantment: British Occultism and the Culture of the Modern

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226642017
eISBN:
9780226642031
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226642031.003.0003
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History

The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn taught the theory and practice of ritual magic or practical occultism without any of the hesitations and prevarications of the Theosophical Society, and it ... More


Of Viennese Nights and Golden Dawns

Richard Barrios

in A Song in the Dark: The Birth of the Musical Film

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195377347
eISBN:
9780199864577
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377347.003.0013
Subject:
Music, Popular

Filmed operettas were more prominent in the early sound era than they would ever be again. The first, The Desert Song, showed both the advantages and pitfalls of putting these works on film. Opera ... More


Aleister Crowley and the Left-Hand Path

Nevill Drury

in Stealing Fire from Heaven: The Rise of Modern Western Magic

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199750993
eISBN:
9780199894871
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199750993.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Arguably the most influential occultist of the twentieth century, Aleister Crowley was initiated as a Neophyte in the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn on 18 November 1898. He passed quickly through ... More


Freemasons and the Rose Cross

Nevill Drury

in Stealing Fire from Heaven: The Rise of Modern Western Magic

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199750993
eISBN:
9780199894871
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199750993.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Freemasonry and Rosicrucianism both played a pivotal role in the formation of the nineteenth-century Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn—a key organization associated with the modern magical revival. ... More


The Occult Revival

Michael Shaw

in The Fin-de-Siècle Scottish Revival: Romance, Decadence and Celtic Identity

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781474433952
eISBN:
9781474477000
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474433952.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter argues that fin-de-siècle occultism was a key component of Scottish cultural revivalism in the late-Victorian period. Discussing a range of figures – including Patrick Geddes, S. L. ... More


Esotericism and Escape

C. Nicholas Serra

in W. B. Yeats's A Vision: Explications and Contexts

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780983533924
eISBN:
9781781382219
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780983533924.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This essay provides an overview of W. B. Yeats’s involvement with mystical, magical, and pseudo-scientific societies over the course of his lifetime, with emphasis on the goals of the Hermetic Order ... More


Documenting Crises: Raising Awareness through Documentary Film

Philip E. Phillis and Philip E. Phillis

in Greek Cinema and Migration, 1991-2016

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781474437035
eISBN:
9781474495226
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474437035.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

In the final chapter, the author focuses on the most recent efforts by Greek filmmakers to direct attention to the ongoing refugee crisis. In particular, 4.1 Miles (2016) and Summer on the Island of ... More


‘The sphinx will speak at last’: Visions, Communications and Esoteric Experience

Eleanor Dobson

in Writing the Sphinx: Literature, Culture and Egyptology

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781474476249
eISBN:
9781474495967
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474476249.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter investigates visions of ancient Egypt that were understood to be grounded in supernatural truth. It examines the Egyptologists on the peripheries of magical orders, including E. A. ... More


The Revival of Magick: Aleister Crowley

Jason Ā. Josephson-Storm

in The Myth of Disenchantment: Magic, Modernity, and the Birth of the Human Sciences

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780226403229
eISBN:
9780226403533
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226403533.003.0007
Subject:
History, History of Religion

This chapter turns to the infamous British magician Aleister Crowley, who overlapped with Frazer at Trinity College, Cambridge. This chapter shows that Crowley drew on the very text in which Frazer ... More


Aleister Crowley in the Desert

in The Place of Enchantment: British Occultism and the Culture of the Modern

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226642017
eISBN:
9780226642031
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226642031.003.0007
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History

Aleister Crowley's magical odyssey is deeply instructive of the potentialities of the psychologized magic of the fin de siècle, and illustrative of its dangers. Not least, his magical practice ... More


Spirit, Myth, and Cosmos: From Shamanism to Chaos Magick

Nevill Drury

in Stealing Fire from Heaven: The Rise of Modern Western Magic

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199750993
eISBN:
9780199894871
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199750993.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The idea that we all have within us a sacred potential is found in Gnosticism and Neoplatonism, and also in the early twentieth-century writings of Carl Jung, especially with regard to his concept of ... More


Occultism in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries

Christopher Partridge

in High Culture: Drugs, Mysticism, and the Pursuit of Transcendence in the Modern World

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780190459116
eISBN:
9780190459147
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190459116.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter explores the use of drugs in the occult milieu of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The focus is fin de siècle occultism. While it examines the significance of drug use ... More


Holy Terrors: The Mystical Gothic of Arthur Machen, Evelyn Underhill, and Charles Williams

Alison Milbank

in God & the Gothic: Religion, Romance, & Reality in the English Literary Tradition

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780198824466
eISBN:
9780191863257
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198824466.003.0014
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

In Chapter 13, a range of writers, all belonging to the Christian occult group, the Order of the Golden Dawn, employ Gothic tropes to describe theurgic/magical mystical ascent, whereby the material ... More


Europe: The Return of the Knights Templar

Daniel Byman

in Spreading Hate: The Global Rise of White Supremacist Terrorism

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
February 2022
ISBN:
9780197537619
eISBN:
9780197537640
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197537619.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

Anders Breivik’s 2011 terrorist attacks in Norway transformed the world of violent white supremacy. Breivik offered a model for others to follow, releasing a manifesto detailing the fantastical logic ... More


Pamela Colman Smith: Artist, Feminist, and Mystic

Elizabeth Foley O'Connor

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9781949979398
eISBN:
9781800341494
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781949979398.001.0001
Subject:
History, Cultural History

Today, Pamela Colman Smith is primarily remembered for designing the storied 1909 tarot deck that served as the model for T. S. Eliot’s Madame Sosostris and “her wicked pack of cards” in The Waste ... More


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