It's fairly well established that the ancient astronaut theory owes more than a little to the wild speculations of the Theosophists, whose texts early ancient astronaut theorists mined shamelessly for nuggets to include in their books. This is no secret; Erich von Daniken among others specifically cites Theosophical claims and concepts by name, such as Madame Blavatsky's fictive Book of Dzyan.
Theosophy's influence was pernicious. I found today this fascinating text from an esoteric Rosicrucian group, the Rosicrucian Brotherhood, that aimed to marry Theosophy's ancient astronauts to the mysteries hinted at within the teachings of Jesus. The group was founded by the German Max Heindel, who wrote its key text, The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception (1909), supposedly translated from a German original dictated by mysterious Elder Brothers in a cave along the German-Bohemian border.
The group's mystical claims about human evolution, spirituality, and the need to prepare for the upcoming Age of Aquarius are not particularly relevant here, but in Heindel's book there appears the following passage, obviously derived from and expanding upon Theosophy, that reads as close as one could imagine to a page from Chariots of the Gods, or even to the conspiratorial sections of Graham Hancock's works that claimed a forgotten brotherhood of adepts. A remarkable coincidence, wouldn't you say?
Are you familiar with Ronald Hutton's Triumph of the Moon? I heard about it back in 2000 but didn't start reading it until I completed a recent class called philosophical borderlands of science and religion at my university. (graduate in Dec of this year with degree in Interdisciplinary Studies) I think it would compliment your Lovecraft assertion.
6/3/2012 09:49:04 am
I am familiar with the argument in Hutton's Triumph of the Moon, though I have not read the book. You're absolutely right that Hutton's research into the modern origins of Wicca and Wiccans' attempt to give their faith meaning by connecting it to an imagined pagan past is a wonderful parallel to the way (a) Lovecraft utilized the same source material in crafting the Mythos and (b) ancient astronaut theorists use the past to construct an alternative belief system.
7/17/2017 05:20:35 am
With all due respect that, I don't know where you got the information that Mr. Heindel was ever in a cave. I am a member of the Rosicrucian Fellowship. Also, the book Cosmo Conception was based by Heindel up on the teachings of the Rosicrucian brotherhood given orally in the German language, but those teachings were never in book form. As their authorized messenger, he later found at the Rosicrucian Fellowship in California, I nonprofit entity of Christian mystic orientation.
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