Return of the Magi (1931)
'It is more profitable to study the history of the imperfect masters', writes Magre, than those 'so near the gods that they have been enveloped in the clouds of the empyrean'. His compendium of attainable spiritual heroes includes an anonymous master of the Albigenses who succumbs under torture, the Templars, the alchemist Nicolas Flamel and Madame Blavatsky. Translated from the French.
The History of Initiation
First published in 1829 and reprinted complete with its voluminous footnotes, for The Lost Library, Oliver's twelve erudite yet entertaining lectures explore the common roots linking many of the world's initiatory traditions, and describe rites including those of the Celtic mysteries, Bacchus, Zoroastrianism and Freemasonry.
And Other Occult Writings from La Flèche
These 20 articles are mostly taken from a newspaper published in the 1930s by Maria de Naglowska. The paper promoted her religious system – the Third Term of the Trinity – which taught that the Holy Spirit of Christianity was feminine, and that sex could uplift humanity. Most of the articles are written by Naglowska herself; they cover topics including sacred sexuality, religious philosophy and feminism.
Eleusinian Mysteries and Rites (1919)
The most famous of the secret religious rites of ancient Greece, the Eleusinian Mysteries were initiation ceremonies held every year for the cult of Demeter and Persephone at Eleusis, near Athens. Dudley Wright (1867–1948), who wrote widely on subjects such as vampires and Freemasonry, provides a concise account of the Eleusinian rituals, incantations, prayers and songs.
A History of the Occult Tarot
After tracing the metamorphosis of the tarot from its origin as a simple card game in 15th-century Italy to the esoteric practice it became in 18th-century France, this scholarly study assesses the deck’s modern status as a guide to life. Along the way, the authors investigate the arcane sects and occultist practitioners, from the Theosophical Society to Aleister Crowley, that have used the tarot, while 99 illustrations chart the evolution of the cards.