His cult, Hermeticism, became the cornerstone of much of the esoteric association with Egypt that was to follow, influencing a range of followers as diverse as Goethe, Mozart, Madame Blavatsky
, and Rudolph Steiner.
Like Wells and Bellamy, Anne Besant, who succeeded Society founder Helena Petrovna Blavatsky
, was attached to the Fabian network.
Wealthy Europe in the Middle Ages bought its way into monasteries; at the beginning of the twentieth century, it sought out Madame Blavatsky
, Gurdjieff, Catholic aestheticism, and the Golden Dawn; and today it follows Deep Ecology and the Sufi mystics.
The same is true with other women in Yeats's works such as Dorothea Hunter, Katharine Tynan, Olivia Shakespear, Lady Gregory, Madame Blavatsky
, Constance Markievicz, Florence Farr, Iseult Gonne, Georgie Hyde-Lees, Dorothy Wellesley, Mabel Beardsley and Elizabeth Radcliffe.
An important element in Jones's life was his close association with theosophy, in particular with the teachings of Helena Blavatsky
and Annie Besant, during the years between the great wars, although, again, he never committed himself to official membership.
prepared me for the sentiment but not the strategy of the abstruse metaphysics of G.
5); the spiritual visionary is Madam Blavatsky
, a well-known founder of theosophy in Europe and America in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries (Duncan 12); the opium addict is Minna Weissenbach combined with a bit of Young's grandmother (Ruas 97, 117-18; Duncan 9-10; Staley 161-62, n.
It began in 1875 with the founding of the Theosophical Society in New York City by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky
Cabezon with regard to Tibetan liberation, King in her treatment of Thich Nhat Hanh), there are astonishing parallels between the emergence of Christian liberation theology (in the late 1960's, but on a basis laid down since Leo XIII's social teaching at the end of the nineteenth century) and the social ferment in Asian Buddhism over the same period, which is highlighted by the self-immolations on the streets of Saigon from 1963 but is arguably traceable to the arrival of Olcott and Blavatsky
in Ceylon in 1880, as Queen shows in his excellent introduction.
Lawrence's understanding of initiation rites is based in part on his study, beginning as early as 1908, of Theosophy (Helen Blavatsky
and Annie Besant, and probably Rudolf Steiner and Edward Carpenter) and cultural anthropology (James Frazier, Jane Harrison).
He was a professorial, though untutored, scientist; he was an alchemist, an intimate of Mme Blavatsky
, and a card-carrying Theosophist; he was a tinkerer, a Yankee mechanic, innocent of theoretical knowledge, like Alexander Graham Bell and Eli Whitney; he was the Wizard of Menlo Park, progressing beyond the normal human range; he was a Horatio Alger hero, a financial success; he was a financier, the cynically manipulative cohort of Jay Gould and J.
Why George Orwell and Shirley MacLaine ("the Madame Blavatsky
of the late twentieth century," p.