Occult Germany: Old Gods, Mystics, and Magicians

Occult Germany: Old Gods, Mystics, and Magicians

by Christopher McIntosh
Occult Germany: Old Gods, Mystics, and Magicians

Occult Germany: Old Gods, Mystics, and Magicians

by Christopher McIntosh

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Overview

An exploration of German esoteric history from prehistory to the present

• Examines the survival and revival of the old pre-Christian gods, investigates prehistoric sacred sites, and reveals ancient shamanic traditions

• Looks at Rosicrucianism and the distinctive Germanic forms of astrology, alchemy, and the Kabbalah

• Discusses German poets, philosophers, and mystics, such as Dr. Johann Faust, Wolfram von Eschenbach, Meister Eckhart, Hildegard of Bingen, and Jakob Boehme

Recounting the longstanding magical tradition of Germany, Christopher McIntosh investigates the numerous prehistoric sacred sites that point to a nearly forgotten ancient shamanic civilization. He examines the survival and revival of the old pre- Christian gods in folklore, customs, and practices as well as witchcraft. He looks at Germany’s rich and many-faceted spiritual heritage and explores Christian mysticism and theosophy as exemplified by Meister Eckhart, Hildegard of Bingen, and Jakob Boehme.

Examining Rosicrucianism, which originated in Germany, the author also looks at other secret societies that flourished in Germany, such as speculative Freemasonry, the Fraternitas Saturni, and the Golden and Rosy Cross. He explores how the Church sought to stamp out the old gods and pagan beliefs as well as how periods of the Church’s heaviest oppression produced immortal poets, philosophers, theologians, artists, and mystics.

Exploring more recent centuries, the author looks at the Nordic revival in the 19th century and the influence of Theosophy and the movements that grew out of it, such as Steiner’s Anthroposophy. Examining the esoteric traditions of the 20th century, he looks at the work of neo-Nordic occultists and esoteric writers like Meyrink and Hesse. He explores certain occult aspects of the Third Reich, which resulted in a backlash against the occult.

Revealing both the enlightened and the dark sides of occult Germany, the author shows how this country has long been a cauldron in which esoteric ideas have flourished, spread, and been lauded as well as condemned, leaving an enduring mark.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781644117347
Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Publication date: 04/09/2024
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 266,483
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Christopher McIntosh is a British-born writer and historian, specializing in the esoteric traditions of the West. He has a doctorate in history from Oxford University, a degree in German from London University, and a diploma in Russian from the United Nations Language School. The author of many books, most recently Beyond the North Wind, he lives in Lower Saxony, North Germany.

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

INTRODUCTION
Sky-God Land

1 Heidelberg: An Enchanted Gateway

2 Places of Power

3 Following Ancient Footprints

4 Fall and Rise of the Old Gods

5 Mystics, Magicians, and Witches

6 Rosicrucians, Freemasons, and Alchemists

7 Symbol-Strewn Spaces

8 Seers and Somnambulists

9 Seekers of the Light

10 Journey to the Self

11 Interbellum and Armageddon

12 Postwar Perspectives

13 Pagan Pathways

14 Spirit and Matter

15 Soul of the Landscape

16 Occult Germany Today

Notes

Bibliography

Index
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