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This was Britain's most bizarre wartime propaganda exercise - and its architect was former Worcestershire schoolboy Cecil Williamson, a highprofile occultist.
The first group of Lovecraftian occultists focuses on the use of Lovecraft's writings as a focal point, or tool, for meditation and self-exploration exercises.
However, I would like to state that I, like Denis Saurat avers about European philosophical poets in his old but veritable study, cannot affirm that Fernando Pessoa was a practicing occultist.
The occultist believes he or she has uncovered significant truths regarding reality that are hidden for various reasons from most people.
With his new assumptions, he resembles the occultists who, by Owen's reckoning, "claimed reason in its knowledge-producing mode as the necessary counterpart to a spiritual experience" (2004: 248).
But the topic is important because one of the prominent physicians in Conrad's career, Professor Joseph Grasset of the University of Montpellier, was not only a highly respected expert in nervous disorders but was also an occultist, who published on the topic shortly before he treated Borys Conrad in the spring of 1907.
In this sparkling miscellany (Angelo Poliziano's term for this genre) we are introduced into a gallery of humanists, artists, scientists, inventors, printers, critics and hypercritics, antiquarians, archeologists, travelers, encyclopedists, philosophers, occultists, visionaries, pedants, and forgers, all joined in the pursuit of learned "revelation"; and we are brought back in this anxious age of urgent innovation to an awareness of the perennial and productive confrontation between ancients and moderns.
And so it was that in the mid-'80s some occultists in California--not a pagan group, my informant stresses, though there were some pagans among them--attempted to channel the Amazing Spider-Man.
Archaeological expert Dr Kasper Brecht said the occultists alleged that during the rite the Devil himself appeared and left the pitchfork behind.
Two contributors deal with extreme instances of this: Jacques Domenech shows how the Abbe Gerard falsifies Rousseau's texts, making him seem anti-revolutionary to seduce a new flock into acquiescence to Catholic doctrine; Tanguy L'Aminot finds that the occult writers at the birth of this century (except Fabre des Essarts) charge Rousseau with crimes often imputed to him by the reactionary right, but where the right seeks to return to a mythic past, the occultists aspire to a theocratic Utopia.
On one level, the imaginary occultists, recluses, obsessives, and sociopaths who inhabit Nelson's reef are types one would really like to avoid.
And occultists still begin their eerie rituals with the words: "Let the magician, robed and armed as he may deem to be fit, turn his face towards Boleskine.