Tag Archives: 1984

Exodus

Exodus: From Slavery to Barbarism—Consolidation of a Theocratic Oligarchy by Walter C Cambra, a 1984 monograph, has arrived at the Reading Room courtesy of the author.

Walter C Cambra Exodus

“Proposal: To explore the story of the the Hebrew journey from the exodus to the entry into the promised land as depicted in the Old Testament

The scenario presented here is the result of an elevation of perspective acquired after detailed reading and analysis of the books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, and Joshua. The scenario suggests the formation and consolidation of a theocratic oligarchy prior to the Hebrew entry into the promised land.”

Sodom and Gomorrah

Sodom and Gomorrah: A New Perspective by Walter C Cambra, a 1984 monograph, has arrived at the Reading Room courtesy of the author.

Walter C Cambra Sodom and Gomorrah

“Proposal: To explore the story of the ‘Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah’ as depicted in the Book of Genesis.

The scenario presented here is the result of an elevation of perspective acquired after detailed reading and analysis of the material presented in Genesis. Acute familiarity with the material demanded a reformulation of traditional notions regarding ideas, characters, and events surrounding the written story.”

The Magicians of the Golden Dawn

Magicians of the Golden Dawn: A Documentary History of a Magical Order, 1887-1923 by Ellic Howe, with a foreword by Gerald Yorke, the 1984 second printing softcover from Samuel Weiser, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.

Ellic Howe The Magicians of the Golden Dawn from Samuel Weiser

“W.B. Yeats, Annie Horniman, Florence Farr, MacGregor Mathers, Fraülin Sprengel, Dr Westcott, Dr R.W. Felkin, Rev W.A. Ayton, F.L. Gardner, A.E. Waite, Aleister Crowley, et alii

The Golden Dawn story, with its cast of eccentric characters and its saga of faked documents, mythical ‘Rosicrucian’ adepts, ‘Secret Chiefs’ and bitter internecine quarrels, will delight amateurs of the unusual and fantastic. The Hermetic Order fo the Golden Dawn, whose heyday was during the 1890s, has an almost legendary reputation. Those interested in Ritual Magic and occultism suppose that it represents a preeminent source of authority and knowledge. A wider public has been intrigued by W.B. Yeats’ lengthy connection with the Order, also by the membership of his friends Annie Horniman and Florence Farr. Miss Horniman later built the famous Abbey Theatre at Dublin for him, while Florence Farr was G.B. Shaw’s mistress during her Golden Dawn period.

Ellic Howe is neither a magician nor an occultist but has an unrivaled knowledge of modern (post-1850) European ‘underground’ occult movements and sects. The Magicians of the Golden Dawn is based upon previously inaccessible contemporary letters and other papers. Mr. Howe has provided a most scholarly and detailed work. It is the first documentary study of this curious Order’s tangled and incredible history.”

 

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