A seer is defined as a person who professes supernatural powers — clairvoyance for example — or someone who discovers hidden knowledge with the aid of these powers. Knowledge of the afterlife can only be acquired through visiting the region or communicating with those who live there. This communicating is done by mediums who acquire knowledge through exercising their psychic abilities, particularly clairvoyance. Its authenticity depended greatly upon the spirituality of the medium — his or her moral standing etc. The Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor.
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The Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor was an initiatic occult organisation that first became public in late , although according to an official document of the order  it began its work in According to this document, authored by Peter Davidson, the order was established by Max Theon , who when in England was initiated as a Neophyte by "an adept of the serene, ever-existing and ancient Order of the original H.
The Order's relation, if any, with the mysterious "Brotherhood of Luxor" that Helena Blavatsky spoke of is not clear. However, apart from his initiatory role, he seems to have little to do with the day to day running of the order, or of its teachings. The order's teachings drew heavily from the magico-sexual theories of Paschal Beverly Randolph , who influenced groups such as the Ordo Templi Orientis O.
Among its members were a number of occultists, spiritualists , and Theosophists. Initial relations between the Order and the Theosophical Society were cordial, with most members of the order also prominent members of the T. Later there was a falling out, as the Order was opposed to the eastern-based teachings of the later Blavatsky Davidson considered that Blavatsky had fallen under the influence of "a greatly inferior Order, belonging to the Buddhist [sic] Cult".
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Joscelyn Godwin. The Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor, active in the last decades of the 19th century, was the only order of its time that taught practical occultism in the Western Mystery Tradition. This is the first complete and undistorted account, tracing the origins, founders, and practices of this very secretive order, which counted among its members many of the well-known figures of late 19th-century occultism, spiritualism, and Theosophy, including Max Theon, Peter Davidson, Thomas Henry Burgoyne and Paschal Beverly Randolph. This scholarly work provides all the materials for revisioning the history, assigning the Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor its rightful place as one of the most influential esoteric orders of its time. Thomas H Burgoyne. The Secret Documents. Influence of the H B of L.
Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor
Burgoyne and Peter Davidson Burgoyne, born Thomas Dalton, was a grocer in Leeds who as a student of the occult came into contact with Max Theon , a Polish immigrant working in London as a psychic healer. Theon was also an occult teacher specializing in teaching his students the means of contacting various preternatural beings, higher adepts similar to the theosophical mahatmas. Burgoyne began to channel material from these beings, known as the Interior Circle.
Mysteries of the Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor
Sexuality defines spirituality and visa versa, from the celibacy of Catholic priests and the strict rules of evangelical Christian marriages to transgressive tantric intercourse deliberately breaking taboos, human beings have struggled in vain to find a dependable universal formula for balancing sex and religion. The men and women of the Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor, a not-so-secret secret society, believed they had found that universal formula. But there was much more to their program of education than instructions for lovers. In the Hermetic Brotherhood Luxor we glimpse how these secret societies occurred, assisting and undermining each other, sometimes simultaneously. We also see how the roots of American Metaphysical Religion directly impacted our culture.