A Short History of Modern Occultism in Three Lectures - Lecture 1 of 3 is Madame Blavatsky and the Theosophical Society
A Short History of Modern Occultism in three lectures, each lecture will be sold separately, see below for details of the other lectures in the series (if missed, these will be available on demand)
The single most important and influential figure in modern occultism is Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, the madcap Russian adventuress who founded the Theosophical Society in NYC in 1875. HPB – as she was known – surfaced in Manhattan’s immigrant community after travelling around the world and studying ancient Buddhist mystical teachings in a hidden monastery in Tibet. Her Masters, Koot Hoomi and Morya, charged her with the mission of restoring the lost knowledge of the ancients to the modern world. In the process she influenced art, literature, religion, society, politics and just about everything else. W.B. Yeats, Kandinsky, Mondrian, and Gandhi were only a few of the important players in modern culture who sat at her considerable feet, and practically all the major figures in 20th century occultism were influenced in some way by her major works Isis Unveiled and The Secret Doctrine.
Gary Lachman is the author of many books about consciousness, culture, and the Western esoteric tradition, including The Return of Holy Russia, Dark Star Rising: Magick and Power in the Age of Trump, Lost Knowledge of the Imagination, and Beyond the Robot: The Life and Work of Colin Wilson. He writes for several journals in the US, UK, and Europe, lectures around the world and his work has been translated into more than a dozen languages. In a former life he was a founding member of the pop group Blondie and in 2006 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Before moving to London in 1996 and becoming a full time writer, Lachman studied philosophy, managed a metaphysical book shop, taught English literature, and was Science Writer for UCLA. He is an adjunct professor of Transformative Studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies. He can be reached at www.garylachman.co.uk, www.facebook.com/GVLachman/ and twitter.com/GaryLachman