Occultism in a Global Perspective, 7



Savitri Devi & Miguel Serrano

Arthur Versluis


p. 121 Lovecraft & his Necronomicon

"H. P. Lovecraft (1890-1937) ... created ... the "Cthulu mythos", which includes a mythical book -- the dreaded Necronomicon of Abdul Al[-]hazred -- and a mythos of terrifying "ancient ones", entities from beyond the depths of time and space that ... generate horror and even insanity in those who come into contact with them ... . ...

There is a copious body of primary literature available celebrating the Cthulu mythos, which has been incorporated into some magical practices and orders" (Woodman 2004).

Woodman 2004 = J. Woodman : "Alien Selves : ... the Demonic in 'Lovecraftian Magick'". J FOR THE STUDY OF MAGIC 2:13-47.

pp. 122-4 Maximiani Portas as Savitri Devi

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"a ... woman named Maximiani Portas (1904-82), born in Lyons, France. By 1928, she had an MA in philosophy, and ... In 1936, she received her PhD in the philosophy of science, but by ... her pilgrimage

p. 123

to India, ... she ... took the name "Savitri Devi" ... . As Savitri Devi, she lived in India ..., where she developed a strong faith in ... Hinduism, which she compared to ancient Greece. ... From this basis -- her conviction of the essential interconnection between European and Indian paganism -- she developed a concurrent unshakeable belief in the rightness of ... inaugurating a restoration of Indo-European Aryan paganism over monotheist errors. ... She expanded her philosophy ... during a later ... stay in Europe, where she wrote The Lightning and the Sun (1958). In The Lightning and the Sun, she outlines ... the Hindu doctrine of yugas, or time-cycles, ... golden, silver, bronze and iron ages ... . She then asserts that ... there are

"Men in Time" (those who belong to ... the iron age or Kali Yuga),

"Men Above Time", whose inner lives belong to the golden age, and

"Men Against Time", meaning those who, as heroes, work against the destructive forces of the Kali Yuga to bring about a new golden age. ...

{Those who work to bring about a forthcoming Kr.ta Yuga would be those residing in the sandhya-ams`a betwixt the end of the Kali and the beginning of the Kr.ta. Because in the Puran.a-s, the 4 yuga-s are assigned to the 4 varn.a-s (from Brahmin to S`udra), therefore the sandhya-ams`a may be assigned to the non-varn.a Hamsa category of humanity (said to be devoted to a universal sharing by all peoples).} {The Epokhe Khruse (Golden Age) is that of Kronos, wherein there prevailed a system of universal sharing (i.e., of communism) : thus these "heroes" are communists and advocates of communism. Thus, Savitri Devi may likely have been a secret communist, intent on inaugurating universal communism via subversion.}

p. 124

It is as startling and brash a reversal of convention as one could imagine.

{Actually, it is, in Bharata, quite conventional and traditional, especially in Kerala of the Malayalam, where the political party of communism, installed by Bali (who is, according to the Puran.a-s, awarded dominion of a Tala-netherworld [something like a Limbo, as described by Dante et al.] by Vamana [who is similar to god Bes in Kemetic mythology]) hath for thenceforward remained praedominant.}

Savitri Devi died in England in 1982, but her work remains available ... in ... a strong and continuing presence online.

The most important subsequent figure in this outre' religious tradition ..., though, is her successor, Miguel Serrano."

The Lightning and the Sun http://savitridevi.org/PDF/lightning.pdf [This is a book of covert communist propaganda intended to convert members of, or sympathizers with, the National Socialist Party to the doctrines, and the practices, of communism. The Hochdeutch name /HiT-LER/ (/HUD-LER/ in its Plattdeutsch original) may be employed merely allusively, so as to suggest /robin HooD/ and /king LEaR/.]

pp. 124-9 Miguel Serrano

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"Miguel Serrano (1917-2009) ... is best known in the Anglophone world ... for his reminiscences concerning Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) and Herman[n] Hesse (1877-1962) (Serrano 1966). Serrano was a Chilean diplomat for decades {1953-1970} -- ambassador to Austria, to India and elsewhere. ... Works like

The Ultimate Flower (1983), an initiatory novel featuring a spiritual Master and his circle in the tradition of Novalis (1772-1801) ...; or

his reminiscences of his spiritual quest in Asia, entitled The Serpent of Paradise : The Story of an Indian Pilgrimage (1974); or

his later works in English, like El/Ella : Book of Magic Love (1972) and Nos : Book of the Resurrection (1984) --

these books were published by Routledge Kegan Paul in London and Harper & Row in New York ... . ...

Nos begins with a peculiar ... diagram of a human being, showing chakras, or energy centres in the body; at the top is north, at the bottom south. North is associated with the head, and with Thule, and the centre directly above the head is labelled

"black ... void". Above this is

{cf. Jaina cosmic black-voids?}

"Elella" , and

{>lil 'thing of nought' (Strong's 457)?}

"Elael", and

{a Gnostic deity-name}

"Nos", "ultimate resurrection". ...

{nus 'lift up a standard' (Strong's 5127) -- referring to revival of the black flag of anarchism}

Nos , and

{Spanish for 'us', likely referring to how "the US Organization, founded in the late 1960s ... represented "us" ..., symbolizing unity among black people" ("IA", p. 59; citing FFU, p. 38).}


{Spanish for 'he/she', perhaps referring to the separate governments for men and for women in some traditional West African tribes}

resemble is some respects the fiction of Herman[n] Hesse, or perhaps to a lesser extent that of Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) ... . ... There are admittedly hints of Serrano's full system in his literary works, as when he

p. 125

writes that the Master teaches ... "... of Atlantis" ... . ... A more complete sense of Serrano's counter-narrative became visible in his trilogy ... that commenced with the publication of his book El Cordo`n Dorado, or

The Golden Thread. This book has as its preliminary illustration a ... extended hand, ...

{This golden thread would be the golden-color bussoi "which are formed between the valves of certain bivalve mollusks" ("HSBC"), including by the Conus textile (coneshell), which is able to defend itself against attacks by ("CShH") octopodes -- and octopodes are similar in shape to the so-called "Buddha's Hand" fruit.}

a "cosmic transmitter" of power, ... the means of ... beginning the millennial Golden Age. Serrano tells us that the Master ... "... is an initiate, able to communicate on the astral" ... . ...

Serrano knew Julius Evola (1898-1974), and one can see Evola's influence, and

{Evola most likely was who induced Serrano to fake sympathy for capitalism; and to feign conversion from international socialism to so-called "national socialism".}

with him that of traditionalism, in particular Rene' Gue'non (1886-1951) ... . For Serrano drew together virtually the full gamut of esoteric traditions, synthesizing them into a single narrative. ... Virtually every ... esoteric symbol or reference of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries is roped in somewhere ... -- it is virtually exhaustive. ... He asserts, for instance, early in The Golden Thread (1978), that ... he realized that the "telluric vibration" ... connected the Alps with the Himalayas of Tibet, and that furthermore ... the "Lhasa of the Dalai {b}Lama ... with Shambhala {Ferghana}/Kambala {Kabul}" (Serrano 1978:24) ... also linked with the Cathar mountain of Monsegur, and with Gralsberg, or the Grail Castle. ...

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The starting point ... is ... the primordial couple Adam and Eve ... said to continue to exist in an "interior land", "Agartha" or "Shambhala" (Serrano 1978:26-8) ... "rejuvenated" ... can be contacted astrally -- to do so is to link with the Hyperborean realm ..., which is in turn allied with ... Thule, ... the Black Sun, and ... the Green Ray (Serrano 1978:62). ... Nor does Serrano shirk at dedicating his work to the Morning Star, Venus, identified also with Lucifer. ...

p. 127

Serrano's earlier works, El/Ella and Nos, introduced his ideas concerning

the integration of male and female within oneself through what Serrano termed "magic love", which entrails the realization of an androgynous inner union ... . ...

{This is a regular theme of Platonism, of Qabbalah, of alchemy, &. &c.}

In any case, the metahistorical scope of the integration of Serrano's ... becomes clearest in the third volume of his series, Manu`, "Por El Hombre Que Vendra`" (Manu` : For {By} the Man To Come, 1991), the most explicitly cosmological of the ... Trilogy because of its focus on Greek and Hindu traditions concerning time-cycles. ... Manu`, Serrano writes, is a divinity-man and primordial legislator that initiates a "new cycle of manifestation" (Serrano 1991:194). ... Manu` means the restoration of the man of the god Wotan, the holder {thus identified with Arthur} of the sword Excalibur ... (ibid., 195). ... And at the centre of this set of temporal mysteries is

"the lost continent of Mu, a part of Lemuria, submerged in the Pacific Ocean" (ibid., 197).

{Whereas "Mu" is the name in Hawai>ian mythology of an autochthonous race of people formerly in occupation of the Sandwich Islands, Lemuria is a name applied by zoologists to the former linked pair (in the Indian Ocean, not in the Pacific) of Madagascar with India (both of which contain lemur-primates).}

Mu is linked to Serrano's native Chile ... .

{James Churchward assigned "Mu" to Burma (where there is a river of that name).}

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... Serrano's esoteric ... synthetic construction ...is assembled out of ... Hinduism and Norse religion ... . ...

In addition, we should note the illustrations in Serrano's trilogy. ... the second book introduces a few hand-drawn stylized images of, for instance, of "Wotan-Lucifer"; but the third book in the series, Manu`, includes a host of esoterically interpreted Runic hand-gestures that Serrano also terms mudras {mudra-s}. ...

p. 129

In it, we see ... apocalyptic Islam.

Indeed, Serrano dedicates El Condo`n Dorado to Rudolph Hess (1894-1897), whom he terms an Imam" {in the Yarsani tradition}.

{When nearly all the original founders of the National Socialist Party began to be imprisoned or put to death (on account of their sympathizing with the liberal outlook of the Sturm Abteilung) at orders of the Thyssen-Krupp family, Rudolph Hess managed to keep his own liberal sympathies secret, and fled to Great Britain at the earliest opportunity. That Miguel Serrano would dedicate a book to Rudolph Hess would likewise indicate secret working-class and labor-union sympathies on his part as well. He may have hoped to have eventual success in weaning away surviving Nazi-Party sympathizers from any residual loyalty to the Thyssen-Krupp family (who had, by treachery, assassinated the entire S.A. leadership).}

Serrano 1966 = Miguel Serrano : C. G. Jung and Hermann Hesse : a Record of Two Friendships. London : Routledge.

"IA" = Fredrik Gregorius : "Inventing Africa". In :- Egil Asprem & Kennet Granholm (edd.): Contemporary Esotericism. Equinox Publ Ltd, Sheffield, 2013. pp. 49-71.

FFU = Scot Brown : Fighting For US : ... The US Organization ... . NY Univ Pr, 2003.

Serrano 1978 = Miguel Serrano : El Cordo`n Dorado. Santiago : Edicioneself.

"HSBC" = "History of Sea Byssus Cloth". http://www.designboom.com/eng/education/byssus_history.html

"CShH" = "Cone Shells of Hawaii Can Be Deadly". http://pamelakinnairdw.hubpages.com/hub/Cone-Shells-of-Hawaii-Highly-Poisonous

{This "golden thread" (cordo`n dorado) may well refer to the golden strand which is extruded from the astral body to connect it which the mental body, when the mental body is projected out from the astral body. Golden are the usual bodies of the Jaina Tirtha-ankara-s; and the usual emblem of the Jaina religion is the hand (hand's palm, as in cheiromancy), in contradistinction to the usual emblem of the Bauddha (i.e., Sthavira-vada) religion being the foot (foot's sole, marked with various auspicious signs, such as a swastika on each toe). [written Aug 31 2014]}

pp. 130 & 132 Dugin

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"But there are also independent parallels to Serrano's ..., the most noteworthy of which is the early-twenty-first-century Russian author and political adviser ... Aleksandr Dugin (b. 1962). ... That Dugin is said to have many connections to Russian ... leaderships only lends credence ... ."

p. 132, n. 8

"Regarding Dugin, see his website, ... arctogaia ... . See also ... Shekhovstov and Umland (2012)."

Shekhovstov & Umland 2012 = A. Shekhovstov & A. Umland : "Is Aleksandr Dugin a Traditionalist? 'Neo-Eurasianism' and Perennial Philosophy". In :- Arthur Versluis (ed.) : Esotericism, Religion, and Politics. Minneapolis : North American Academic Pr. pp. 129-54.


"ORION, or the Heroes' Conspiracy". http://arctogaia.com/public/eng/orion.html

"The traditionalism (Evola, the look “from the left”). http://arctogaia.com/public/eng-teor.htm#6

"Eurasian Review". https://web.archive.org/web/20021124050941/http://elem2000.virtualave.net/ leading to

https://web.archive.org/web/20021016180051/http://elem2000.virtualave.net/elem6.htm leading to "Polar Elbrus". https://web.archive.org/web/20020827120218/http://elem2000.virtualave.net/6elbrus.htm

"Materials in Other Languages -- Eschatology and the Doctrine of Cosmic Cycles" leading to

"Notes On The End Of The Age". https://web.archive.org/web/20091027052453/http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/6824/eschat.htm

leading to

"Tradition -- traditionalists".

https://web.archive.org/web/20091027031142/http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/6824/traditio.htm leading to

"A Prophecy from the Inner Earth?" https://web.archive.org/web/20091027052439/http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/6824/sacrgeo.htm

pp. 131 & 132 neo-esotericism

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"The term "neo-esotericism" has been applied primarily by scholars discussing new religions in Brazil or, more broadly, in South America. ... Neo-esotericism in Brazil is characterized by a pot-pourri of elements, including some aspects of Western esotericism ..., but also ... Asian and indigenous South American traditions, so that, for instance, feng shui might be joined with geomancy and ... acupuncture, but mingled in turn with advice drawn from the works of Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) or from the Golden Dawn".

p. 132, n. 10

"See Dawson (2007, 39), at the beginning of a chapter titled "Neo-esoteric Religiosity". Dawson is drawing from Magnani (1999). See also ... Carpenter (1999)."

Dawson 2007 = A. Dowson : New Era -- New Religions. Aldershot : Ashgate.

Magnani 1999 = J. Magnani : Mystica Urbe : um Estudo Antropolo`gico Sobre O Circuito Neo-Esote`rico na Metro`pole. Sa~o Paulo : Studio Nobel.

Carpenter 1999 = R. Carpenter : "Esoteric Literature as a Microcosmic Mirror of Brazil's". In :- C. Smith & J. Prokopy (edd.) : Latin American Religion in Motion. London : Routledge. pp. 235-60.


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