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Westcott and Blavatsky

To: alt.magick,alt.magick.tyagi
From: (Gnome d Plume)
Subject: Re: Westcott and Blavatsky (was Alexandrian vs. Gardnerian)
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2000 18:12:57 GMT

On Tue, 12 Sep 2000 04:30:39 GMT, catherine yronwode

>Gnome d Plume wrote:
>> On Tue, 12 Sep 2000 02:04:23 GMT, catherine yronwode
>>  wrote:
>> >Gnome d Plume wrote:
>> >>
>> >> Westcott tried for a bare minimum founder's myth when he
>> >> glossed Alexandrina Mackenzie as Fraulein Sprengle in the G.D.
>> >> "founder's myth."
>> >
>> > ...but made a laughingstock of himself thereby, at least to later
>> > generations.
>> ... don't be too hard on poor old Wynn Westcott. H. P. 
>> Blavatsky ("Blivitsky") virtually forced the G.D. into this
>> position. The original G.D. founders were all members of her inner
>> circle. She  coerced them into signing a joint affirmation that they
>> (the G.D.) and the Theosophical Society were both following
>> supernatural extra mundane leadership. She had incredible power and
>> influence over occultism which still obtains to this day
>> (she coined the term, btw) -- and yet she was exposed as a fraud
>> several times.
>This is a story i have never before run across. Can you tell me where it
>comes from? 
>I don't doubt HPB's power among her peers at that time (we previously
>mentioned it in regard to how her animosity against P.B. Randolph
>posthumously turned him into a occultist "non-person" for almost a
>century). I also understand what seems to have been her desire to force
>her fellow occultists into a secret alliance that would bolster public
>acceptance of her own otherwordly "secret masters." 
>In other words, i can see that she had both the motive and the
>opportunity -- but i would still like a source for this story. 
>cat yronwode 

Source is *The Golden Dawn and the Esoteric Section*, a pamphlet by
Robert A. Gilbert, Theosophical History Center, London 1987 -- but
you'll find this reviewed in our book  *Secrets of the Golden Dawn
Cypher Manuscript* which will be re-printed in the next few weeks.
(Please, no orders until we announce the release.)****

Good Magick!

Gnome d Plume

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