The Standard Spiritualist and Occult Corpus

In August, Marc Demarest announced the availability online of the SSOC, the Standard Spiritualist and Occult Corpus, consisting of “2300+ primary texts, in English, covering Spiritualism, the occult and allied parasciences, between 1790 and 1940.” The collection represents the various traditions and knowledge bases that were included among the precursors of the Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor and thus the Church of Light. The rare works of Paschal Beverly Randolph, whose meeting with Peter Davidson in England seems to have helped inspire the Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor, are included. Eulis was of special interest to the HBofL. Hurrychund Chintamon’s Commentary on the Bhagavad-Gita, subject of a previous post, is likewise of interest as a work by a founding HBofL figure. Of all the works of Emma Hardinge Britten, the one that most approximates the teachings later adopted by the HBofL is her 1879 Faiths, Facts,and Frauds of Religious History (first page shown above) These few selected highlights are just a small sample of the historical treasures collected together in the SSOC, a monumental collaborative effort involving a great deal of effort from Mr. Demarest and colleagues.