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1. Stephanie Adams – Stephanie Adams is an American model and author. She was the November 1992 Playboy Playmate, Adams was born in Orange, New Jersey, and was raised by her aunts Joyce and Pearl, former models who encouraged her to begin modeling at the age of 16. She has African American, Caucasian, and Cherokee ancestry, Adams graduated from Ophelia DeVore School of Charm and began a career as a model, appearing in photo shoots for Seventeen magazine, Venus Swimwear, and commercial advertisements for Clairol. She appeared as Miss November 1992 in Playboy magazine while modeling for Wilhelmina Models and she later moved to Elite Model Management after becoming engaged to its CEO, John Casablancas. Adams earned a degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1992. She has appeared on the cover of Village Voice and she made a cameo appearance for the Top 10 list on the Late Show with David Letterman on November 20,2003, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Playboy magazine. In 1999, Adams founded Goddessy, according to her a portmanteau of goddess and she published her first book in 2003, and started her own publishing company in 2007. Following the death of her aunt from breast cancer in 2003 and that same year, she published a book dedicated to her deceased aunt titled He Only Takes The Best, followed by another book written in honor of her elderly Aunt Pearl titled Guardian. Adams has produced two dozen metaphysical books, astrology calendars and a tarot card set marketed under the Goddessy brand. She also published a novel titled Empress in 2004 featuring women in ancient Rome, Adams is founder and CEO of the skin care product company Goddessy Organics. With her husband, she is co-owner of Wall Street Chiropractic, early in her career, Adams was married to an Italian investment banker, but later divorced. In a February 2003 She magazine cover story, Adams came out as a lesbian, however, in 2009 Adams announced that she was engaged to marry a man, and about the same time, described herself in an interview as straight. After her marriage to a New York doctor, Adams said she was retiring from public life and would spend most of her time privately with her husband and son. In May 2006, during a dispute over where to drop her off, the taxi drivers license was subsequently revoked and he was fined $2,700 for the incident. Adams alleged that during the incident police threw her to the ground, Adams filed a lawsuit against the NYPD in 2006. In February 2012, a jury awarded her $1.2 million, Adams stated that she has no animosity toward the NYPD. Official website Stephanie Adams on Twitter Stephanie Adams at Playboy Online Stephanie Adams at the Internet Movie Database
2. William Walker Atkinson – William Walker Atkinson was an attorney, merchant, publisher, and author, as well as an occultist and an American pioneer of the New Thought movement. He is also thought to be the author of the works attributed to Theron Q. He wrote an estimated 100 books, all in the last 30 years of his life and he was mentioned in past editions of Whos Who in America, in Religious Leaders of America, and in several similar publications. His works have remained in print more or less continuously since 1900, William Walker Atkinson was born in Baltimore, Maryland on December 5,1862, to Emma and William Atkinson. He began his life as a grocer at 15 years old. He married Margret Foster Black of Beverly, New Jersey, in October 1889, the second later married and had two daughters. Atkinson pursued a career from 1882 onwards and in 1894 he was admitted as an attorney to the Bar of Pennsylvania. Some time after his healing, Atkinson began to write articles on the truths he felt he had discovered, in 1889, an article by him entitled A Mental Science Catechism, appeared in Charles Fillmores new periodical, Modern Thought. By the early 1890s Chicago had become a centre for New Thought, mainly through the work of Emma Curtis Hopkins. Once in the city, he became a promoter of the movement as an editor and author. He was responsible for publishing the magazines Suggestion, New Thought and he then met Sydney Flower, a well-known New Thought publisher and businessman, and teamed up with him. In December,1901 he assumed editorship of Flowers popular New Thought magazine, during these years he built for himself an enduring place in the hearts of its readers. Article after article flowed from his pen, meanwhile, he also founded his own Psychic Club and the so-called Atkinson School of Mental Science. Both were located in the building as Flowers Psychic Research. Atkinson was a past president of the International New Thought Alliance, throughout his subsequent career, Atkinson was thought to have written under many pseudonyms. This magazine, edited by Atkinson, advertised articles by Atkinson, Yogi Ramacharaka, dumont—the latter two were later credited to Atkinson—and it had the same address as The Yogi Publishing Society, which published the works attributed to Yogi Ramacharaka. Instead they were published by The Advanced Thought Publishing Co. the same house that brought out the Theron Q and it is unclear at this late date whether he actually ever converted to any form of Hindu religion, or merely wished to write on the subject. If he did convert, he left no record of the event, according to unverifiable sources, while Atkinson was in Chicago at the Worlds Columbian Exposition in 1893, he met one Baba Bharata, a pupil of the late Indian mystic Yogi Ramacharaka
3. Helena Blavatsky – Helena Petrovna Blavatsky was a Russian occultist, spirit medium, and author who co-founded the Theosophical Society in 1875. She gained a following as the leading theoretician of Theosophy. Born into an aristocratic Russian-German family in Yekaterinoslav, Ukraine, Blavatsky traveled widely around the Russian Empire as a child, largely self-educated, she developed an interest in Western esotericism during her teenage years. According to her claims, in 1849 she embarked on a series of world travels, visiting Europe, the Americas. Both contemporary critics and later biographers have argued that some or all of foreign visits were fictitious. Relocating to the United States in 1873, she befriended Henry Steel Olcott and rose to attention as a spirit medium. In New York City, Blavatsky co-founded the Theosophical Society with Olcott, in 1877 she published Isis Unveiled, a book outlining her Theosophical world-view. In 1880 she and Olcott moved to India, where the Society was allied to the Arya Samaj and that same year, while in Ceylon she and Olcott became the first Westerners to officially convert to Buddhism. Although opposed by the British administration, Theosophy spread rapidly in India, amid ailing health, in 1885 she returned to Europe, there establishing the Blavatsky Lodge in London. Here she published The Secret Doctrine, a commentary on what she claimed were ancient Tibetan manuscripts and she died of influenza in the home of her disciple and successor, Annie Besant. Blavatsky was a controversial figure during her lifetime, championed by supporters as a guru and derided as a fraudulent charlatan. Developing a reliable account of Blavatskys life has proved difficult for biographers because in life she deliberately provided contradictory accounts. Further, very few of her own writings authored prior to 1873 survive, the accounts of her early life provided by her family members have also been considered dubious by biographers. Blavatsky was born as Helena Petrovna von Hahn in the Ukrainian town of Yekaterinoslav and her birth date was 12 August 1831, although according to the Julian calendar used in 19th-century Russia it was 31 July. Immediately after her birth, she was baptized into the Russian Orthodox Church and her mother was Helena Andreyevna von Hahn, a self-educated 17-year-old who herself was the daughter of Princess Yelena Pavlovna Dolgorukova, a similarly self-educated aristocrat. Pyotr had not been present at his daughters birth, having been in Poland fighting to suppress the November Uprising against Russian rule, a year after Pyotrs arrival in Yekaterinoslav, the family relocated to the nearby army town of Romankovo. When Blavatsky was two old, her younger brother, Sasha, died in another army town when no medical help could be found. In 1835, mother and daughter moved to Odessa, where Blavatskys maternal grandfather Andrei Fadeyev and it was in this city that Blavatskys sister Vera Petrovna was born
4. Isaac Bonewits – Phillip Emmons Isaac Bonewits was an American Druid who published a number of books on the subject of Neopaganism and magic. Born in Royal Oak, Michigan, Bonewits had been involved in occultism since the 1960s. Bonewits was born on October 1,1949 in Royal Oak, Michigan and his mother and father were Roman Catholics. He was married to Rusty Elliot from 1973 to 1976 and his second wife was Selene Kumin Vega, followed by marriage to Sally Eaton. His fourth wife was author Deborah Lipp, from 1988 to 1998, on July 23,2004, he was married in a handfasting ceremony to a former vice-president of the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans, Phaedra Heyman Bonewits. At the time of the handfasting, the marriage was not yet legal because he had not yet been divorced from Lipp. Paperwork and legalities caught up on December 31,2007, making them legally married, Bonewits only child, Arthur Shaffrey Lipp-Bonewits, was born to Deborah Lipp in 1990. In 1966, while enrolled at UC Berkeley, Bonewits joined the Reformed Druids of North America, Bonewits was ordained as a Neo-druid priest in 1969. During this period, the 18-year-old Bonewits was recruited by the Church of Satan, during his stint in the Church of Satan, Bonewits appeared in some scenes of the 1970 documentary Satanis, The Devils Mass. Bonewits, in his article My Satanic Adventure, asserts that the rituals in Satanis were staged for the movie at the behest of the filmmakers and were not authentic ceremonies and his first book, Real Magic, was published in 1972. He also founded the short-lived Aquarian Anti-Defamation League, an early Pagan civil rights group, in 1976, Bonewits moved back to Berkeley and rejoined his original grove there, now part of the New Reformed Druids of North America. He was later elected Archdruid of the Berkeley Grove, Bonewits was a regular presenter at Neopagan conferences and festivals all over the US, as well as attending gaming conventions in the Bay Area. He promoted his book Authentic Thaumaturgy to gamers as a way of organizing Dungeons and Dragons games and to give a background to games of Magic, the Gathering. In 1983, Bonewits founded Ár nDraíocht Féin, which was incorporated in 1990 in the state of Delaware as a U. S.5013 non-profit organization and he made the organizations first public announcement in 1984, and began the membership sign-up at the first WinterStar Symposium in 1984. Since that time, ADF has developed one of the worlds largest forms of contemporary Druidism practiced as a religion. Although illness curtailed many of his activities and travels for a time, in that year, he resigned from the position of Archdruid but retained the lifelong title of ADF Archdruid Emeritus. He lived in Rockland County, New York, and was a member of the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans, in 1990, Bonewits was diagnosed with Eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome. The illness was a factor in his resignation from the position of Archdruid of the ADF
5. Hereward Carrington – Hereward Carrington was a well-known British-born American investigator of psychic phenomena and author. Carrington was born in St Helier, Jersey in 1880 and he emigrated to the USA in 1888, although it is a common misconception he emigrated in 1899, and settled in New York City in 1904. Hereward previously lived with his brother Hedley in Minnesota and appears in the 1900 census there, in New York he first worked as an asst. Editor for Street and Smith magazines, initially a sceptic about psychic abilities, his interest grew from reading books on the subject and at the age of 19 he joined the Society for Psychical Research. However his connection with the ASPR ceased due to lack of funds, an important early case Carrington investigated and described was that of the medium Eusapia Palladino in 1908. Carrington and two went to Naples to see her on behalf of the English SPR, an experience which strengthened his belief in the reality of psychic phenomena. He described her in his 1909 book Eusapia Palladino and Her Phenomena, invited her to the USA and he detected her cheating at sittings, but also claimed she had genuine supernatural ability. He also made an enquiry into the case of Esther Cox in 1910. The events surrounding Cox had occurred more than thirty years previously, Carrington was an amateur conjuror and was critical towards some paranormal phenomena. The book revealed the tricks of mediums such as Henry Slade and he wrote in the book that after his investigations and studies into the subject of mediumship that 98% of both the physical and mental phenomena were fraudulent. He did however believe that some mediumship phenomena was genuine, Science historian Sherrie Lynne Lyons wrote that the glowing or light-emitting hands in séances could easily be explained by the rubbing of oil of phosphorus on the hands. In 1909 an article was published in The New York Times titled Paladino Used Phoshorus, Carrington confessed to having painted Palladinos arm with phosphorescent paint, however he claimed to have used the paint to track the movement of her arm, to detect fraud. There was publicity over the incident and Carrington claimed his comments had been misquoted by newspapers, Carrington exposed the sleight of hand tricks the Eddy Brothers used in an article in the Popular Science magazine. He wrote an introduction to the book Spiritism and Psychology by Théodore Flournoy which took an approach to cases of mediumship. Carrington gained his Ph. D. in 1918 from Oskaloosa College, in 1930, he stated I have no particular theory to defend, and no belief to uphold. I am not a convinced spiritualist, at the same time, among other researches he made a detailed study of the medium Eileen J. Garrett. Carringtons 1957 book The Case for Psychic Survival is devoted to Garrett, a large collection of his writings and correspondence is held by Heidieh Croce, the heir to Marie Carringtons estate, as well as the Princeton University library. He can be heard as a contestant on 7 October 1953 radio edition of You Bet Your Life, in 1921, Carrington founded the American Psychical Institute
6. Paul Foster Case – Paul Foster Case was an American occultist of the early 20th century and author of numerous books on occult tarot and Qabalah. Perhaps his greatest contributions to the field of occultism were the lessons he wrote for associate members of Builders of the Adytum or B. O. T. A, the knowledge lectures given to initiated members of the chapters of the B. O. T. A. Were equally profound, although the distribution has made them less well known. A modern scholar of the tarot and Qabalah, Paul Foster Case was born at 5,28 p. m. October 3,1884 in Fairport, New York and his father was the town librarian and a deacon at the local Congregational church. When he was five years old, his mother teaching him to play the piano and organ. A talented musician, he embarked on a career as a violinist. He had a doctorate in music awarded to him. Case was early on attracted to the occult, while still a child he reported experiences that today are called lucid dreaming. He corresponded about these experiences with Rudyard Kipling who encouraged him as to the validity of his paranormal pursuits, in the year 1900, Case met the occultist Claude Bragdon while both were performing at a charity performance. Bragdon asked Case what he thought the origin of playing cards was, after pursuing the question in his fathers library, Case discovered a link to tarot, called The Game of Man. Thus began what would become Cases lifelong study of the tarot, Tarot deck, which Case called a corrected version of the Rider-Waite cards. Between 1905 and 1908, Case began practicing yoga, and in particular pranayama and his early experiences appear to have caused him some mental and emotional difficulties and left him with a lifelong concern that so called occult practice be done with proper guidance and training. In the summer of 1907, Case read The Secret of Mental Magic, Case reported a meeting on the streets of Chicago, in 1909 or 1910, that was to change the course of his life. A Dr. Fludd, a prominent Chicago physician approached the young Case and greeting him by name, claimed to have a message from a master of wisdom who, the stranger said that Case was being offered a choice. He could continue with his musical career and live comfortably, or he could dedicate himself to serve humanity. In 1916 Case published a series of articles on the Tarot Keys, titled The Secret Doctrine of the Tarot. The articles attracted wide notice in the community for organizing and clarifying what had previously been confusing
7. Cheiro – William John Warner, popularly known as Cheiro, was an Irish astrologer and colorful occult figure of the early 20th century. His sobriquet, Cheiro, derives from the word cheiromancy, meaning palmistry and he was a self-described clairvoyant who taught palmistry, astrology, and Chaldean numerology. During his career, he was celebrated for using these forms of divination to make predictions for famous clients. Cheiro was born in a village outside Dublin, Ireland and he took the name Count Louis Hamon. As mentioned in his memoirs, Cheiro acquired his expertise in India, as a teenager, he traveled to the Bombay port of Apollo Bunder. There, he met his Guru, an Indian Brahmin, who took him to his village in the valley of the Konkan region of Maharashtra. Later Cheiro was permitted by Brahmans to study an ancient book that has many studies on hands, Cheiro was reluctant to marry but was aware that he was destined to marry late in life. This did happen after a woman took care of him during a serious illness, a separate chapter is devoted to this matter in his memoirs. Cheiro had a following of famous European and American clients during the late 19th. Of the Prince of Wales, he wrote that I would not be surprised if he did not give up everything, including his right to be crowned, Cheiro also predicted that the Jews would return to Palestine and the country would again be called Israel. T. Stead, Richard Croker, Natalia Janotha, and other prominent people of his era, the book Titanics Last Secrets includes a detailed account of one of Cheiros palm readings with William Pirrie, chairman of Harland and Wolf, builders of the Titanic. Cheiro predicted that he would soon be in a fight for his life, so popular was Cheiro as a Society Palmist that even those who were not believers in the occult had their hands read by him. The skeptical Mark Twain wrote in Cheiros visitors book, Other mentions in the book include. I have met and consulted scores. In almost ever respect I consider Cheiro the most highly gifted of all and he helps as well as astonishes. - Ella Wheeler Wilcox. What more can I say- Madame Nellie Melba, after some years in London, and many world travels, Cheiro moved to America. He spent his years in Hollywood, seeing as many as twenty clients a day. From Time Magazine of October 19,1936, Died, Count Louis Hamon,69, celebrated oldtime palmist, after long illness, in Hollywood. Author of a book on palmistry at 13, he amassed $250,000 from rich female clients, owned an English-language newspaper in Paris, on the night he died, said his nurse, the clock outside his room struck the hour of one thrice
8. Chic Cicero – Charles “Chic” Cicero is well-known author in the esoteric community. He was born in Buffalo, New York and he has been a practicing ceremonial magician for the past forty years. Cicero is a member of several Masonic, Martinist, and Rosicrucian organizations, a series of letters that Regardie wrote to Chic Cicero and the Isis-Urania temple can be found online. Chic is also the president of The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, together, Cicero and his wife Sandra Tabatha Cicero are two of the G. H. Chiefs of the modern day Order, the Ciceros have also edited, annotated and added new material to recent editions of Israel Regardies classic texts, The Middle Pillar, A Garden of Pomegranates, and The Tree of Life. The Ciceros have given interviews on a local TV station in Albuquerque and they lecture frequently around the USA, Canada, and Europe. They are indeed true magicians of the Golden Dawn, the New Golden Dawn Ritual Tarot. St. Paul, MN, Llewellyn Publications, ISBN 0-87542-139-3 Self-Initiation into the Golden Dawn Tradition, st. Paul, MN, Llewellyn Publications, ISBN 1-56718-136-8 Experiencing the Kabbalah. St. Paul, MN, Llewellyn Publications, ISBN 1-56718-138-4 The Magical Pantheons, st. Paul, MN, Llewellyn Publications, ISBN 1-56718-861-3 Creating Magical Tools. St. Paul, MN, Llewellyn Publications, ISBN 1-56718-142-2 Ritual Use of Magical Tools, st. Paul, MN, Llewellyn Publications, ISBN 1-56718-143-0 The Golden Dawn Magical Tarot. St. Paul, MN, Llewellyn Publications, ISBN 1-56718-125-2 The Essential Golden Dawn, st. Paul, MN, Llewellyn Publications, ISBN 0-7387-0310-9 Secrets of a Golden Dawn Temple. Great Britain, Thoth, ISBN 1-870450-64-7 Tarot Talismans, woodbury, MN, Llewellyn Publications, ISBN 978-0-7387-0871-3 Basics of Magic, The Best of the Golden Dawn Journal, Book I, Divination. Books, ISBN 978-0-9795177-0-9 The Golden Dawn Journal Series The Golden Dawn Enochian Skrying Tarot Avalonia, Chic Cicero & Sandra Tabatha Cicero, Avalonia Author Interview
9. Scott Cunningham – Scott Douglas Cunningham was a U. S. writer. Cunningham is the author of books on Wicca and various other alternative religious subjects. Scott Cunningham was born at the William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, USA, the family moved to San Diego, California in the fall of 1959 due to Rose Maries health problems. The doctors in Royal Oak declared the mild climate in San Diego ideal for her, outside of many trips to Hawaii, Cunningham lived in San Diego all his life. Cunningham had one brother, Greg, and a younger sister. He studied creative writing at San Diego State University, where he enrolled in 1978, after two years in the program, however, he had more published works than several of his professors, and dropped out of the university to write full-time. During this period he had as a roommate, magical author Donald Michael Kraig and often socialized with witchcraft author Raymond Buckland, who was also living in San Diego at the time. In 1980 Cunningham began initiate training under Raven Grimassi and remained as a first-degree initiate until 1982 when he left the tradition to pursue a practice of witchcraft. He also believed that Wicca, which had been a tradition since the 1950s. Cunningham was also drawn to Huna and a range of new age movements and concepts that influenced and coloured his spirituality, in 1983, Scott Cunningham was diagnosed with lymphoma, which he successfully overcame. In 1990, while on a tour in Massachusetts, he suddenly fell ill and was diagnosed with AIDS-related cryptococcal meningitis. He suffered from several infections and died in March 1993, Several of Scotts books include black and white drawings and cover art by the Wiccan artist Robin Wood. Among these books are Magical Herbalism, Earth Power, and Earth, Air, Fire, Water. Herb Magic Never Say Macbeth, a 2007 film, is based around a group of actors who battle the curse of Macbeth by using Scotts book, Wicca and this film was released on DVD by Vanguard Cinema in August 2008. Wicca Neopaganism New Age Witch Several of Scotts own books contain autobiographical text, rosemary Ellen Guiley, The Encyclopedia of Witches & Witchcraft. Raven Grimassi, Encyclopedia of Wicca & Witchcraft
10. L. W. de Laurence – L. W. de Laurence was an American author and publisher on occult and spiritual topics. De Laurence was born on 20 March 1868 at Ravenna, Ohio and he was married twice, the first time was in 1897 to Orrie Eckert in Ohio and the second time in about 1905 to Pauline McAdoo in Illinois. His publishing company and spiritual supply mail order house was located in Chicago, although he is mocked and reviled among modern occultists for his plagiarism of the Pictorial Key to the Tarot by Arthur Edward Waite, and the S. L. MacGregor Mathers version of the Key of Solomon, he wrote his own works. In addition, he is believed to have co-written some books with his fellow Chicago resident, in early 1930 he was consecrated a bishop by the Spiritualist Arthur Edward Leighton, a bishop of the American Catholic Church. g. De Laurence died on 11 September 1936 in Chicago, at the age of 68, Works by L. W. de Laurence at Project Gutenberg Works by or about L. W. de Laurence at Internet Archive Bromley, David G. and Larry D. Shinn. Cranbury, NJ, Associated University Presses,1989
11. Lon Milo DuQuette – Lon Milo DuQuette, also known as Rabbi Lamed Ben Clifford, is an American writer, lecturer, musician, and occultist, best known as an author who applies humor in the field of Western Hermeticism. He and his partner Charles Dennis Harris, opened for Hoyt Axton, Arlo Guthrie, in 1972, he quit the music business and for the next 25 years he pursued his interest in mysticism, particularly the work of Aleister Crowley. DuQuette began writing professionally in 1988 and has since published 16 books, a 2005 gift of a ukulele re-ignited his interest in music. Two self-released CDs and a new record contract followed, in 2012, DuQuette released Im Baba Lon on Ninety Three Records, his first studio album in 40 years. On September 3,2012, Ninety Three released the follow-up and he is married to his high school sweetheart, Constance Jean Duquette. They live in Costa Mesa, California and have one son and he is perhaps best known as an author who injects humor into the serious subjects of magick and the occult. His autobiography, My Life with the Spirits, is currently a required text for two classes at DePaul University, Chicago, many of DuQuettes books have been dedicated to analyzing and exploring the works of Aleister Crowley, an English occultist, author, poet and philosopher. DuQuette occasionally appears on radio and television as a guest expert on subjects involving the occult and he is on the faculty of the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, New York where he teaches The Western Magical Tradition. Since 1975 DuQuette has been a National and International governing officer of Ordo Templi Orientis, since 1996 he has been O. T. O. s United States Deputy Grand Master. He is also an Archbishop of Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica, the arm of O. T. O. DuQuette, Lon Milo, & Aleister Crowley, Christopher Hyatt, Enochian World of Aleister Crowley, Enochian Sex Magick, DuQuette, Lon Milo, & Christopher Hyatt, Sex Magic, Tantra & Tarot, The Way of the Secret Lover, New Falcon,1991. DuQuette, Lon Milo, & Aleister Crowley, Christopher Hyatt, Aleister Crowleys Illustrated Goetia, Sexual Evocation, DuQuette, Lon Milo, Tarot of Ceremonial Magick, A Pictorial Synthesis of Three Great Pillars of Magick, Enochian, Goetia, Astrology, Weiser Books,1995. DuQuette, Lon Milo, Angels, Demons & Gods of the New Millennium, DuQuette, Lon Milo, My Life With the Spirits, The Adventures of a Modern Magician, Weiser Books,1999. DuQuette, Lon Milo, The Chicken Qabalah of Rabbi Lamed Ben Clifford, Dilettantes Guide to What You Do and Do Not Need to Know to Become a Qabalist, Weiser Books,2001. DuQuette, Lon Milo, The Magick of Aleister Crowley, A Handbook of the Rituals of Thelema, DuQuette, Lon Milo, Understanding Aleister Crowleys Thoth Tarot, Weiser Books,2003. DuQuette, Lon Milo, The Book Of Ordinary Oracles, Weiser Books,2005, DuQuette, Lon Milo, The Key to Solomons Key, Secrets of Magic and Masonry, Ccc Publishing,2006. DuQuette, Lon Milo, Accidental Christ, The Story of Jesus as Told by His Uncle, DuQuette, Lon Milo, Enochian Vision Magick, Weiser Books,2008. DuQuette, Lon Milo, Low Magick, Its All In Your Head and you Just Have No Idea How Big Your Head Is, Llewellyn Publications,2010
12. Selena Fox – Selena Fox is a Wiccan priestess, interfaith minister, environmentalist, pagan elder, author, and lecturer in the fields of pagan studies, ecopsychology, and comparative religion. She has been a member of the American Psychological Association, American Counseling Association, Association for Transpersonal Psychology, rev. Fox began leading public Pagan rituals in 1971 and has done public education about Paganism since 1973, in talks and public media interviews. She has also mentioned in print publications, such as brief mention in a Time Magazine article on Goddess Spirituality. Rev. Fox has been active in environmental preservation endeavors since helping to organize the first Earth Day on April 22,1970, rev. Fox is the founder of the Circle Craft tradition of the Wiccan religion. Along with others, she founded and is the Executive Director of Circle Sanctuary, Circle Sanctuary is headquartered on its 200-acre Circle Sanctuary Nature Preserve, founded in 1983. Circle Sanctuarys quarterly journal CIRCLE Magazine was first published in 1978 as a newsletter, then as a newspaper in 1980, rev. Fox also is the founder of the Pagan Spirit Gathering, one of the oldest Nature Spirituality festivals in the United States. Rev. Fox also founded Circle Cemetery in 1995, which is a 20-acre Green cemetery for cremains, rev. Rosemary Skinner Keller and Rosemary Radford Ruether, ed. Encyclopedia of Women and Religion in North America. J. Gordon Melton and Martin Baumann, ed. Religions of the World, shelley Rabinovitch & James Lewis, ed. The Encyclopedia of Modern Witchcraft and Neo-Paganism, founding Editor, Advisor, 1978–present, Circle Publications. On-line guide with rituals, chants, articles - www. circlesanctuary. org/index. php/education/celebrating-the-seasons. html Circle Magick Songs with Jim Alan, planetary Healing Rituals, Meditations, Rituals & Prayers for a Healthier World. Circle Craft Podcasts - recordings of classes, meditations, & rituals on internet radio at circlepodcasts. People of the Earth, The New Pagans Speak Out, P.201 - One page interview with Fox about Circle Sanctuary. Circle Sanctuary website Selena Foxs website Program listing for festival appearance, with biographical details
13. John Michael Greer – John Michael Greer is an American author who writes on the environment, various religions and occult topics. Writing in The Futurist magazine, Rick Docksai declared that Greers book The Ecotechnic Future is as realistic a portrayal of the end of civilization as one is likely to find. It was also reviewed in Choice, Current Reviews for Academic Libraries and was recommended in the industry journal Energy Policy. His book The New Encyclopedia of the Occult was selected as a text in 2005 by American Libraries and noted by Booklist. Monsters, An Investigators Guide to Magical Beings The New Encyclopedia of the Occult The Druidry Handbook,1, p.52 Jackson, Molly, Who Are Those People at Stonehenge Celebrating the Winter Solstice. The Christian Science Monitor Official blog
14. Manly P. Hall – Manly Palmer Hall was a Canadian-born author, lecturer, astrologer and mystic. He is best known for his 1928 work The Secret Teachings of All Ages, over his 70 year career, he gave thousands of lectures, including two at Carnegie Hall, and published over 150 volumes. In 1934, he founded The Philosophical Research Society in Los Angeles, many of his lectures can be found online and his books are still in print. Manly P. Hall was born in 1901 in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, to William S. Hall, a dentist, and Louise Palmer Hall, less than a year later, Hall booked his first lecture, and the topic was reincarnation. Became a one-stop source of a range of eclectic spiritual material that resonates with the intellect. Hall was ordained a minister in the Church of the People on May 17,1923, and his first publications consisted of two small pamphlets, The Breastplate of the High Priest, and Wands and Serpents. The major books which followed include The Dionysian Artificers, Freemasonry of the Ancient Egyptians, under the subscription terms, $15 was due at signing of the agreement, and the balance of Sixty Dollars in four equal monthly payments each. Crocker Company of San Francisco agreed to publish the book if Hall could secure the interest of book designer John Henry Nash and his book challenged assumptions about societys spiritual roots and made people look at them in new ways. John Henry Nash agreed with me, more than 80 years later, with more than a million copies sold, The Secret Teachings of All Ages remains one of the most popular introductions to esoteric traditions. Attention to detail is exhibited by the Prefaces, there is a Special Foreword in the Theosophical Edition and the Rosicrucian Edition. Curiously, the May 1,1928, date of the Special Foreword in the Rosicrucian Edition precedes the May 28,1928, the 1928 editions were also issued with long, removable bookmarkers 1⅛ wide, made from dark red or brown silk. The first edition is of historical interest because it is the named first edition, the List of Subscribers includes 22 institutions, and the remaining 96% were private individuals. The 1928 editions quickly went out of print and the edition, published in 1936, was a reduced hardcover facsimile printed in black and white. In 1988 and 1997, it was reprinted with the J. Augustus Knapp plates reproduced in color and it was reprinted in paperback in 1989, and in paperback and hardcover in 2007. The type and plates from the 1928 editions were destroyed at the time of World War II, Mr. Hall added, Five editions were printed from the original type, and all of these have been out of print for nearly forty-five years. Since that time copies have been only available in rare book shops where they have commanded a high premium. A portion of the 1975 edition was numbered and signed by Mr. Hall, the Golden Anniversary edition was reprinted in 1977 and 1979. In 1988, a limited and a regular Diamond Jubilee Edition of the Subscribers Edition was published, the regular 1988 Diamond Jubilee Edition was not signed, numbered or gilded, it was reprinted in 1998
15. Thomas Lake Harris – Thomas Lake Harris was an Anglo-American preacher, spiritualistic prophet, poet, and vintner. Harris is best remembered as the leader of a series of communal religious experiments, culminating with a called the Brotherhood of the New Life in Santa Rosa. Thomas Lake Harris was born May 15,1823 at Fenny Stratford in Buckinghamshire and his parents were strict Calvinistic Baptists and very poor. When Harris was five years old his parents emigrated from England, settling in the town of Utica and his mother died when he was still a young boy and Harris was forced by circumstances to help support the family from the age of 9. At the age of 21 Harris became a Universalist minister, preaching to the congregation of the Fourth Universalist Society in the City of New York, from 1848 he became minister of an independent Christian congregation in New York City. Harris soon turned towards spiritualism, becoming a devotee of the Swedish mystic Emanuel Swedenborg, by 1851 he had departed New York for Virginia where together with Rev. J. L. It was intended to create a city of refuge from which angels were to descend and ascend. The experiment proved to be short-lived, however, racked by squabbling over property and personalities, following the collapse of the Mountain Cove Community, Harris went back to his native England, where he preached modified Swedenborgian ideas to a London congregation for several years. There he began his career as a writer and poet, publishing several books, Harriss poetry was well regarded and he was made the subject of a chapter by Alfred Austin in his book The Poetry of the Period. Harris subsequently returned to America, settling in the town of Amenia in Dutchess County and he would remain at Amenia for five or six years, establishing a bank, a flour mill, and a vineyard and gathering around him a small group of devoted religious disciples. Included among the approximately sixty converts were five orthodox clergymen and about 20 Japanese from Satsuma Province, the community — the Brotherhood of the New Life — decided to settle at the village of Brocton, New York on the shore of Lake Erie. In reply to the objections of teetotallers, Harris said that the prepared by himself was filled with the divine breath so that all noxious influences were neutralized. Harris also built a tavern and strongly advocated the use of tobacco and he exacted complete surrender from his disciples, even the surrender of moral judgment. He taught that God was bisexual, and apparently, though not in reality and he professed to teach his community a change in the mode of respiration which was to be the visible sign of possession by Christ and the seal of immortality. Harris took part of the community to Santa Rosa, California, for a time in 1876 Harris discontinued public activities, but issued, to a secret circle, books of verse dwelling mainly on sexual questions. In 1891 he announced that his body had been renewed, and he also made a third marriage, and visited England intending to remain there. However, Harris was called back by a fire destroyed large stocks of his wine, and remained in New York till 1903. His followers believed that he had attained the secret of life on earth
16. Max Heindel – Max Heindel, born Carl Louis von Grasshoff in Aarhus, Denmark on July 23,1865, was a Danish-American Christian occultist, astrologer, and mystic. He died on January 6,1919 at Oceanside, California and he was born into the noble family von Grasshoff, which was connected to the German Court during the lifetime of Prince Bismarck. The father of Max Heindel, Francois L. von Grasshoff, migrated to Copenhagen when he was a young man and they had two sons and one daughter. The oldest of these sons was Carl Louis von Grasshoff, who adopted the pen name of Max Heindel. The father died when the eldest son was six years of age, leaving the mother, Max Heindels infancy was thus lived in genteel poverty. Heindel left home at the age of sixteen to learn engineering at the ship-yards of Glasgow, as Chief Engineer of a trading steamer, he traveled extensively, and eventually found himself working on one of the large passenger steamers of the Cunard Line plying between America and Europe. From 1895 to 1901, he was an engineer in New York City. During this time he married, the marriage being terminated by the death of his wife in 1905, a son and two daughters were born of this marriage. In 1903, Max Heindel moved to Los Angeles, California, after attending lectures by the theosophist C. W. Leadbeater, he joined the Theosophical Society of Los Angeles, of which he became vice-president in 1904 and 1905. He also became a vegetarian, and began the study of astrology and he met his future wife Augusta Foss around this time. However, overwork and privation brought him severe heart trouble in 1905, upon his recovery he said he was more keenly aware of the needs of humanity. He said that he spent much of the time during this illness out of his body, from 1906 to 1907 he started a lecture tour, in order to spread his occult knowledge. He began in San Francisco and then went to Seattle, after a course of lectures in that city he was again forced to spend some time in a hospital with valvular heart trouble. Upon his recovery, still undaunted, he more took up his work of lecturing in the northwestern part of the United States. During his short stay at Germany, he developed an admiration of the personality of this knowledgeable lecturer. It was then, with his already made up to return, feeling that in vain he had given up a big work in America to take this trip. As he afterwards mentions, the Elder Brother gave him information which was concise and logical, later, he found out that during a previous visit of the Elder Brother, he was put to a test to determine his worthiness to be messenger of the Western Wisdom Teachings. The Rosicrucian Order is described as being composed of twelve Elder Brothers and it is a reference work in the Christian mysticism practice and in the Occult study literature, containing the fundamentals of Esoteric Christianity from a Rosicrucian perspective
17. Paul Huson – Paul Huson is a British-born author and artist currently living in the United States. In addition to writing books about occultism and witchcraft he has worked extensively in the film. Huson was born on 19 September 1942 in London, the son of the author Edward Richard Carl Huson and painter, in 1963 he was awarded an Associated Rediffusion Scholarship to study film under Thorold Dickinson for a further post graduate year. Between 1982 and 1987 he and his partner William Bast wrote, in 1995 Huson and Bast wrote the teleplay for Danielle Steels popular novel Secrets. While still a student at the Slade Huson studied the Qabalah, in 1964 he worked as Karlis Osis research assistant at the American Society of Psychical Research in New York. In 1965 he studied the history and practices of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and he generally illustrates his non-fiction books himself, and designed a deck of tarot cards based upon his research, Dame Fortunes Wheel Tarot. He is a member of the Authors Guild of America, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the Writers Guild of America, west, Huson currently lives in Los Angeles. His frequent collaborator and lover for years was William Bast. Paul Husons web site, containing excerpts from some of his books, Paul Huson at the Internet Movie Database Credits for Paul Huson at tv. com Paul Huson, Google Book Search Interview with Paul Huson
18. William Quan Judge – William Quan Judge was an Anglo-Irish mystic, esotericist, and occultist, and one of the founders of the original Theosophical Society. He was born in Dublin, Ireland, when he was 13 years old, his family emigrated to the United States. He became a citizen of the USA at age 21 and passed the New York state bar exam. A vigorous, imaginative, and idealistic man, he was among the seventeen people who first put the Theosophical Society together. Like Helena Petrovna Blavatsky and Henry Steel Olcott, he stayed in the organization when others left, when Olcott and Blavatsky left the United States for India, Judge stayed behind to manage the Societys work, all the while working as a lawyer. When Blavatsky and Olcott left America, they left Theosophy in North America in Judges hands, while Judge kept in close contact with both Blavatsky and Olcott through correspondence, there was little if any organized activity for the next several years. The T. S. was henceforth to subsist on its philosophical basis. From his twenty - third year until his death, best efforts and all the fiery energies of his undaunted soul were given to this work. In 1876, business affairs caused him to visit South America, where he contracted Chagres fever, other phases of his experiences on this journey are recorded in his writings, often allegorical, suggesting the character of the occult contacts which may have been established on this journey. In India, Blavatsky established a new headquarters, as a European, her efforts to restore respect for the Hindu faith were quite effective. As a result, she made enemies among the missionaries of conventional Christianity, the Theosophical Movement 1875-1950 sets out some of the events that followed, William Q. Judge, who arrived in India soon after the Coulombs had been sent away from headquarters and he showed the product of Coulombs interrupted labours to some three hundred witnesses who signed their names to a description of the place. He removed the shrine in which the Coulombs had attempted to plant evidence of fraud, even many years later, these actions provide cogent evidence of the Coulomb Conspiracy and vindicate Madame Blavatsky. In 1885, after his return to America, Judge set about to revitalize the Movement in the United States, the real beginning of the work of Theosophy in the United States began in 1886, when Judge established The Path, an independent Theosophical magazine. Until this time, not much had been accomplished in the way of growth of the Society in America, Mr. Judge addressed the common man in homely language and with simple reason. The Path showed that he had himself and was now cultivating the area of his greatest usefulness. He also wrote, The Christian nations have dazzled themselves with a baneful glitter of material progress and it has been said of Judge, Everything he wrote of a metaphysical nature can be found, directly or indirectly, in the works of Madame Blavatsky. He attempted no new revelation but illustrated in his own works the use of the concepts of the Theosophical Teachings. The Theosophical Movt,1875 -1950, over the years, Mr. Judge attracted to the Movement a nucleus of devoted followers
19. Dora Kunz – Dora Kunz née Theodora Sophia van Gelder was a Dutch-born American writer, psychic, alternative healer, occultist and leader in the Theosophical Society in America. Kunz has published around the world in Dutch, English, French, German, Polish, Portuguese, Dora van Gelder was born at a sugar cane plantation named Krebet near Djombang city on East Java in the Dutch East Indies. Her father, Karel van Gelder, was a chemist who ran the sugar plantation, both her parents had been members of the Theosophical Society since 1900 and from the age of 5 meditation became a daily routine. Dora claimed that since she was a child she interacted with ethereal beings, through Leadbeater she met Fritz Kunz, who used to accompany Leadbeater on his travels. In 1927, at the age of twenty-two, Dora moved with Kunz to the United States where they married in Chicago on May 16 and she was still a Dutch citizen but sometime after the marriage became a naturalized American. Her husband became the principal of a foundation and she became president of a corporation related to pedagogic supplies. Soon after coming to the USA, the founded the first theosophical camp at Orcas Island in the state of Washington. Therapeutic touch, stated Kunz, has its origin from ancient Yogic texts written in Sanskrit, the technique is taught in approximately eighty colleges and universities in the U. S. and in more than seventy countries. More specifically she reported the existence of centers of energy in body, also known as chakras. Her followers believed she was able to some illness as many as eighteen months before symptoms manifest themselves. In 1975 Kunz became president of the Theosophical Society in America, in 1977 she published a book about her fairy experiences in her youth, The Real World of Fairies, in which she stated that throughout her life she always kept in communication with nature spirits. According to her, in 1979 she saw fairies in Central Park in New York City, Kunz claims that devas are intimately connected with a vital energy, transmitting force to preserve and heal the Earth. She said as more people get involved with causes, the better are the chances of communication between humans and devas. In 1987 after completing twelve years as president of the Theosophical Society in America, the healing method, the Therapeutic Touch conceived by Dolores Krieger and Dora Kunz in the early 1970s using the human energy field was tested in 1996 by Emily Rosa. At age nine Rosa conceived and executed a scientific study of therapeutic touch which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1998 and it was a critique of all of the studies related to TT she could locate in nursing journals and elsewhere. This made Rosa the youngest person to have a paper published in a peer reviewed medical journal. She concluded, The more rigorous the research design, the more detailed the statistical analysis, the Real World of Fairies,1977. Fields and their implications, co-author Erik Peper,1985