Articles on the Order of the Magi & its history (Astro-Cards reprint series)

 
9781885500168: Articles on the Order of the Magi & its history (Astro-Cards reprint series)
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Autobiographical material and Arline L. Richmond's reminiscences on Olney H. Richmond taken from "Yenlo and the Mystic Brotherhood." Also includes a reproduction of the Temple Odes (1909). Plus various newspaper and magazine articles from the 1920's on Arline and others regarding the Order of the Magi and its successors. Also various articles from the late 1920's written by surviving members of the Temple. Closing with an extensive section of material from Richmond's Military Pension File and Genealogical information regarding his family plus the Astrological Birth charts, with brief delineations for each of the four major persons involved with the original Order. 8 1/2" x 11", comb-bound.

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Introduction - These articles on the Order of the Magi and Olney H. Richmond's successors have been located by various friends and I have decided to publish them to share this information with other students and researchers of this long-hidden group of people. I have included photocopies, if suitable or available, of the articles, inserted within the text, so you can see the originals for yourselves.

I have left the articles stand without comment but I have added some explanatory footnotes within the text to explain some of the details involved. This group, like so many others of its type, seems to have splintered into various sub-groups after their founder's death. There seems to have been three branches of the Order that evolved after Richmond's demise. That of Brother B. C. Peterson, et al, see "American Astrological Student-Adept" articles; the branch formed by Arline and the one set up by his widow and the Doane family, see newspaper articles of 1920. Splinter groups are probably inevitable but unfortunately, they do tend to dilute or misrepresent the original teachings, as each sub- group will focus only on that part of the work that they understand and usually omit the rest of the material as incomprehensible. This creates many problems for the modern researcher of these old systems, who then has to sort out and remove the mutilated and distorted teachings from the "original" material. And even then, once one has the core material, it is necessary to next weed out the fabrications within the so-called "original" work. This has been the case with much of Richmond's published works, although there is a lot of valuable information and techniques found within, most of it is supported by some very dubious facts and history. Even though he gives his work and Order an extended pedigree, there are so many discrepancies and fabrications in the stories, that I am inclined to feel that beyond the core information, Richmond probably invented a large amount of his material and his background. This is not surprising as he was definitely a part of the late 19th Century with its many weird, wonderful people and groups, ranging from the truly genuine to total charlatans, who created, invented, and/or updated many "ancient" systems and techniques, which today we follow as the given "truth," totally unaware of the lack of authenticity in many of these works and the people involved.

The occult, metaphysical and religious fields have always had the problem of the power-seeker, one who invents a fabulous history or pedigree for themselves, merely to gain power, fame and control over others. The true workers in these fields tend to be withdrawn, quietly working away out of the public view with very little need for mass recognition, thus making them poor candidates for popular acclaim or the leadership of Orders, Temples or religions.

Most of the published history on the Order of the Magi and Olney H. Richmond can be found in his "Religion of the Stars or the Temple Lectures" (1892) and repeated in "Yenlo and the Mystic Brotherhood" (1946) by Arline L. Richmond. In my Centennial Edition of the first title, I included the four newspaper articles as published in Richmond's original book, yet, when they were re-printed by Arline, you will note some specific changes. However, more information and extra biographical details have surfaced since that time and I feel it is important for you to have access to the latest discoveries. If you compare the various published articles with these latest materials, you will note some major discrepancies that have crept in over time.

Within the text I have added various poems, articles and publications written by other members of the Order. These have been inserted in as best a chronological order as possible so you can follow the development of this work over time. To further your understanding of the people involved and their interactions, I have concluded this study with an examination of the Astrological Charts and Cards for the four main actors in this history.

There must be other hidden articles and other biographical details somewhere and I would appreciate any information that can help further research on this subject. Also, if you have any questions about this material, I will gladly answer them, you can contact me at the address given on the title page.

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This work is a compilation of various articles from 1890 to 1930, from a multiple of sources, covering the Order of the Magi, and the work initiated by Olney H. Richmond. Some are reprints of interviews given by Richmond himself, others are second-hand biographical studies on the founder. There are also newspaper and magazine articles about some of the other people involved in the Order and commentaries as to the meaning and true history of what transpired. Also I have included every piece of work relating to the Order's teachings, written by others, that I have been able to locate, everything from poems, lecture-articles, letters, commentaries, advertisements and a transcription of the original "Temple Odes" of 1909. Where possible or appropriate, copies of the original source material are included with the text to authenticate the information, or to prove the facts.

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