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1. 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
2. Jack Parsons (rocket engineer) – John Whiteside Jack Parsons was an American rocket engineer and rocket propulsion researcher, chemist, and Thelemite occultist. Associated with the California Institute of Technology, Parsons was one of the founders of both the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Aerojet Engineering Corporation. He invented the first rocket engine to use a castable, composite rocket propellant, born in Los Angeles, Parsons was raised by a wealthy family on Orange Grove Avenue in Pasadena. Inspired by science fiction literature, he developed an interest in rocketry in his childhood, in 1939 the GALCIT Group gained funding from the National Academy of Sciences to work on Jet-Assisted Take Off for the U. S. military. Following American entry into World War II, in 1942 they founded Aerojet to develop and sell their JATO technology, after a brief involvement with Marxism in 1939, Parsons converted to Thelema, the English occultist Aleister Crowleys new religious movement. In 1941, alongside his first wife Helen Northrup, Parsons joined the Agape Lodge, at Crowleys bidding, he replaced Wilfred Talbot Smith as its leader in 1942 and ran the Lodge from his mansion on Orange Grove Avenue. Parsons was expelled from JPL and Aerojet in 1944 due to the Lodges infamy and allegedly illicit activities and he and Hubbard continued the procedure with Marjorie Cameron, whom Parsons married in 1946. After Hubbard and Sara defrauded him of his savings, Parsons resigned from the O. T. O. Amid the climate of McCarthyism, he was accused of espionage, in 1952, Parsons died at the age of 37 in a home laboratory explosion that attracted national media attention, the police ruled it an accident, but many associates suspected suicide or assassination. Although academic interest in his career was originally negligible, in subsequent decades historians came to recognize Parsons contributions to rocket engineering. S. He has been the subject of biographies and fictionalized portrayals. Marvel Whiteside Parsons was born on October 2,1914, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles. His parents, Ruth Virginia Whiteside and Marvel H. Parsons, had moved to California from Massachusetts the previous year and their son was his fathers namesake, but was known in the household as Jack. The marriage broke down soon after Jacks birth, when Ruth discovered that his father had numerous visits to a prostitute. Parsons father returned to Massachusetts after being exposed as an adulterer. Parsons father later joined the forces, reaching the rank of major, and married a woman with whom he had a son named Charles. Although she retained her ex-husbands surname, Ruth started calling her son John, Jack was surrounded by domestic servants. Having few friends, he lived a childhood and spent much time reading, he took a particular interest in works of mythology, Arthurian legend
3. 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
4. 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
5. Anton LaVey – Anton Szandor LaVey was an American author, musician and occultist. He was the founder of the Church of Satan and the religion of LaVeyan Satanism and he authored several books including The Satanic Bible, The Satanic Rituals, The Satanic Witch, The Devils Notebook, and Satan Speaks. In addition, he released three albums, including The Satanic Mass, Satan Takes a Holiday, and Strange Music. He played a minor role and served as technical advisor for the 1975 film, The Devils Rain. LaVey was the subject of articles in the news media throughout the world, including popular magazines such as Look, McCalls, Newsweek, and TIME. Two official biographies have been written on LaVey, including The Devils Avenger by Burton H. Wolfe, published in 1974 and The Secret Life of a Satanist by Blanche Barton, published in 1990. Historian of Satanism Gareth J. Medway described LaVey as A born showman, academic scholars of Satanism Per Faxneld and Jesper Aa. Petersen described LaVey as the most iconic figure in the satanic milieu. LaVey was labeled many things by journalists, religious detractors and Satanists alike, including The Father of Satanism, the St. Paul of Satanism, The Black Pope, LaVey was born as Howard Stanton Levey in Chicago, Illinois. LaVeys family moved to California, where he spent his life in the San Francisco Bay Area. His parents supported his musical interests, as he tried a number of instruments, his favorites were keyboards such as the pipe organ and he did covers of instrumentals like Harlem Nocturne by Earle Hagen. He attended Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley, California, until the age of 16. LaVey claimed he left school to join a circus and later carnivals, first as a roustabout and cage boy in an act with the big cats. In the foreword to the German language edition of The Satanic Bible and he explains why church-goers employ double moral standards. Journalist Lawrence Wright investigated LaVeys background and found no evidence LaVey ever worked in a circus either as a musician or a cage boy and his genius on keyboards later garnered him work as an organist in bars, lounges and nightclubs. While playing organ in Los Angeles burlesque houses, he allegedly had an affair with then-unknown Marilyn Monroe. According to his biography, LaVey moved back to San Francisco and he dabbled as a psychic investigator, looking into 800 calls referred to him by SFPD. Later biographers questioned whether LaVey ever worked with the SFPD, as there are no records substantiating the claim, in 1950, LaVey met Carole Lansing and they married the following year. Lansing gave birth to LaVeys first daughter, Karla LaVey, born in 1952 and they divorced in 1960 after LaVey became entranced by Diane Hegarty
6. 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
7. 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
8. 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
9. Harvey Spencer Lewis – S, I, I, 33° 66° 95°, PhD, a noted Rosicrucian author, occultist, and mystic, was the founder in the USA and the first Imperator of the Ancient and Mystical Order Rosae Crucis, from 1915 until 1939. Lewis was born in Frenchtown, New Jersey, to Aaron Rittenhouse Lewis and he worked in advertising as an illustrator, and he used this experience to promote AMORC, through print ads, booklets and magazine illustrations. Lewis first learned of the Rosicrucians through his interest in paranormal phenomena and he later related that he was initiated into a Rosicrucian order during a trip to France. Given the mission to both bring Rosicrucian ideas back to America, and to them in a modern way, Lewis established AMORC. He translated from French and German what became the Orders first canon of lessons in mysticism, today his internationally recognised Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in Naglee Avenue is a popular tourist attraction. They were married at least by 1917, according to his WW1 draft card, in 1926 they sailed on the SS Majestic to Europe and made the first AMORC Grand Tour of Egypt. reported en route in The Mystic Triangle of December 1926. Among Lewiss prodigious talents was a penchant for audio-visual technology, with a confident voice well suited to public speaking and broadcasting, he had inaugurated talk-back radio and directed a popular childrens radio club in Tampa, Florida. In San Jose, one of Lewiss programs, The Pristine Church, was broadcast from Rosicrucian Park on Sundays, with easy-listening sermons on interfaith and his recordings of talks, chants and other items of interest to Rosicrucian students are still in demand by AMORC lodges around the world. Under his nomen mysticum Sar Alden, Lewis was one of the three directors of FUDOSI representing America, Europe and the Orient and this union of the worlds authentic initiatic societies aimed to counter plagiarism of their ancient symbols and rituals by remnant groups and rivals. Lewis held a number of earned and honorary ordinations, titles and degrees and his son, Ralph Maxwell Lewis, an accomplished philosopher and author, succeeded him in 1939 as the second Imperator of AMORC. One of Ralph Lewiss many books is the aptly titled biography of his extraordinary father, according to s Mysterious Inventions of Dr. Lewis page, H. Spencer Lewis built several scientific devices and they included, The Luxatone or Color Organ was a device which converted audio signals into colours, displayed on a triangular screen. Dr. Lewis used it to demonstrate mystical and philosophical ideas, the audio signal was input with the aid of a microphone. A booklet titled The Story of Luxatone – The Master Color Organ was printed and sent to AMORC members and this device was a prototype of a Geiger counter and was built in the 1930s. The Sympathetic Vibration Harp was built by Dr. Lewis to demonstrate the AMORCs principle of sympathetic vibration. In addition to his works, on June 22,1916 Lewis hosted what was announced as a transmutation of zinc into gold – a demonstration of classic alchemical principles. A team of AMORC Grand Masters, members, one scientist and one journalist assembled, a chosen few bringing selected ingredients, the scientist declared the results to have the properties of gold, and an account appeared in the American Rosae Crucis. Rosicrucian Principles for the Home and Business Explains portions of Rosicrucian teachings and philosophy as related to work, the Mystical Life of Jesus A retelling of the life story of Jesus, reportedly influenced by Levi H. Dowlings Aquarian Gospel
10. 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
11. 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