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Esoteric Organizations within Theosophical Movement

Nov 18, 2010 10:37 PM
by gregory

My thanks to MKR for recalling to my memory the wonderful Theosophical
History Conference in Sam Diego so many years ago!

I did indeed give a paper on ?The Esoteric Within the Exoteric: Secret
Societies within Theosophical Movement? and gave the draft version of that
paper (which was about 48 pages ? not, of course, all delivered in my
talk!) to some of the participants. The paper has never been completed,
other work having taken over, and has therefore not been published. This
may be fortunate, since over the years since the San Diego conference I
have acquired vastly more material on secret societies within the
Theosophical Movement (including a lot more original material on the
Egyptian Rite, and on some little known or unknown groups).

I have, however, recently completed a 13,200 word chapter on ?Modern
Western Magic and Theosophy? which I was invited to contribute to ?The
Handbook of Modern Western Magic? (edited by Dr Henrik Bogdan and Dr
Neville Drury) to be published by Brill in Leiden in 2011. This contains
some of the material from the original paper.

My interest in researching Theosophical history remains ? although I have
little time to put my research into writing. I hope my next completed work
will be ?The Origins of the Liberal Catholic Church: 1915-1920? which is
almost complete in draft form at 150,000 words. Several American
publishers have expressed interest, although they would require very
substantial editing to reduce the size of the finished work.

Dr Gregory Tillett


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