Category:American occult writers
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The following 91 pages are in this category, out of 91 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
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