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Thomas Moore Johnson Centennial Symposium

(L-R) Vadim Putzu, Thomas Moore Johnson II, K. Paul Johnson, Natalie Whitaker, Patrick D. Bowen, Jay Bregman, under the portraits of Thomas Moore Johnson and Alice Barr Johnson in the Johnson family home built in 1900 in Osceola, Missouri. Thanks … Continue reading

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Norman Astley Naturalization, 1897

As History of the Adepts enters its tenth year, the ongoing investigations that generated most of the posts for nine years have come to a conclusion. The literary partnerships between Thomas Henry Burgoyne and Sarah Stanley Grimke, and between Norman … Continue reading

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“A Pilgrim of the Way”: Norman Astley

When Quest of the Spirit was published in 1913, Norman Astley and Genevieve Stebbins had reached the midpoint of their forty-year marriage and of their ten year stay in England which ended in 1917 with a return to the US … Continue reading

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International Theosophical History Conference, Athens 2019

The program has now been made public for the forthcoming conference in Greece to which I have submitted (and had accepted) a presentation In Search of Zanoni, using the same slides as those presented at The Church of Light conference … Continue reading

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Letters to the Sage editor Patrick D. Bowen in a new Oxford University Press anthology

Imagining the East: the Early Theosophical Society has been announced by Oxford University Press as forthcoming in late 2019. The coeditors Tim Rudbog and Erik Sand are affiliated with the University of Copenhagen, and contributors are from major universities in … Continue reading

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Letters to the Sage Volume Two available on academia.edu as pdf

Although my research and writings have been focused overwhelmingly on American history for more than twenty years, scholarly interest has been almost entirely directed at my Asian and European research of the early 1990s.  But that may be about to … Continue reading

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April 14, 1855

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Natal Charts in the Brotherhood of Light Lessons

The names mentioned in the 21 volumes of Brotherhood of Light lessons have been indexed by Dennis Sutton with hyperlinks on this page of the church website.  As I prepare for a conference presentation on Thomas H. Burgoyne, it is … Continue reading

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Norman Astley in Burke County

  Since last summer’s talk by Carrie Streeter in Blowing Rock about Genevieve Stebbins, I have been intending to follow up in Burke County on Genevieve’s husband Norman Astley, who built a modest cabin near Paddy Creek from which he … Continue reading

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Recycled Lives

Oxford University Press inaugurated its Western Esotericism series in 2016, and its newest entry is sixth in the series, and first to focus on the Theosophical Society and Helena Petrovna Blavatsky.  This makes Recycled Lives by Julie Chajes an important … Continue reading

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A Tour Through the Zodiac

A Tour Through the Zodiac: The Collaborator (conclusion of Esoteric Lessons of Sarah Stanley Grimke, Appendix A, Letters to the Sage, Volume Two) Some of the most influential authors in 19th century occultist circles were women writing about male adept … Continue reading

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Alexander Wilder, the Platonist at academia.edu

I have added a paper on Volume Two of Letters to the Sage to academia.edu, following up on co-editor Patrick D. Bowen’s paper on Volume One in 2016.  It contains the chronological introduction to the first five years of correspondence … Continue reading

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Controversies

Part 4 of 5, Esoteric Lessons of Sarah Stanley Grimke Controversies James Henry Wiggin always gave frank advice to Eddy in his role as editor, after giving up the Unitarian ministry which he had long practiced in the Boston area.  … Continue reading

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First Lessons in Reality

This is the third consecutive excerpt from Letters to the Sage, Volume Two, from the appendix on the literary career and family history of Sarah Stanley Grimké Personified Unthinkables, published in Detroit in 1884, reflects the influence of Cyrus Bartol … Continue reading

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Personified Unthinkables

Personified Unthinkables: The Pupil (excerpted from Letters to the Sage, Volume Two.) Bronson Alcott’s acquaintance with Mary Baker Glover (who would become Mrs. Eddy in 1878) began when he read Science and Health in January 1876 and wrote to her … Continue reading

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