The Masonic Magician: The Life and Death of Count Cagliostro and His Egyptian Rite

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Count Alessandro Cagliostro was a cult figure in European society in the tumultuous years leading to the French Revolution. As an alchemist, healer, and Freemason, he inspired both wild devotion and savage ridicule, becoming the subject of novels by Alexander Dumas, a drama by Goethe, and Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute. But Cagliostro’s sincere belief in the magical powers, even the immortality, of what he called the Egyptian Rite of Freemasonry made him dangerous enemies, too. In 1789, he was arrested by the ...
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Count Alessandro Cagliostro was a cult figure in European society in the tumultuous years leading to the French Revolution. As an alchemist, healer, and Freemason, he inspired both wild devotion and savage ridicule, becoming the subject of novels by Alexander Dumas, a drama by Goethe, and Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute. But Cagliostro’s sincere belief in the magical powers, even the immortality, of what he called the Egyptian Rite of Freemasonry made him dangerous enemies, too. In 1789, he was arrested by the Inquisition and condemned to death for heresy.
Now, the discovery of a mysterious manuscript found in the Archives of the Grand Lodge of Scotland may shine a light on Cagliostro’s secret spiritual teachings, and allow us, finally, a full understanding of his beliefs. The Masonic Magician tells Cagliostro’s extraordinary story, complete with the first English translation of the Egyptian Rite ever published. It presents the case made against him (that he was an impostor as well as a heretic), and finds that the Roman Church, and history itself, have done him a terrible injustice. This scholarly account, drawing on remarkable new documentary evidence, reveals that the man condemned was in fact a remarkable visionary and a true champion of Freemasonry—and that his teachings have much to reveal to us today.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781905857821
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/7/2008
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,032,270
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgements viii List of Illustrations x List of Plates xi Introduction xiii Part 1 The Life and Times of Cagliostro 1
1 The Early Years 2
2 The Masonic Magician 19
3 The Final Years 52
4 The Man, the Myths, the Legend 86 Part 2 The Origins and History of Freemasonry 101
5 The Philosopher's Stonemasons 102
6 The Making of Masonic History 130
7 A Legacy of Persecution 149 Part 3 Cagliostro's Egyptian Freemasonry 173
8 Egyptian Freemasonry 174
9 The Ritual of Egyptian Freemasonry 195
10 A Commentary on Cagliostro's Egyptian Ritual 237 Conclusion 276 Endnotes 282 Appendices 289 Glossary 294 Bibliography 298 Index 306
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  • Posted April 20, 2010

    An interesting read for the Masonic studet

    This book was a very interesting read for the serious Masonic student, as it delves into a lost rite of Freemasonry. I would recommend it to any Freemason, or student of the occult/mysticism.

    While the Chapters do jump around a little, and points gets a little dry it does show, for the 1st time, the entire Egyptian Rite and practised by Count Cagliostro.

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