Russia’s Mystical Quest

Since the fall of communism Russia has undergone a remarkable spiritual reawakening. Many are flocking or returning to the Orthodox Church, while others are turning to New Age movements, oriental religions or various forms of Paganism. Bookshops are full of works on the Tarot, magic, astrology and the like. In this talk Christopher McIntosh will give a preview of his forthcoming book on Occult Russia, which explores this many-faceted phenomenon and its antecedents.


Dr. Christopher McIntosh is that rara avis, a scholar who is also a fiction writer, an artist, a romantic dreamer and a connoisseur of the bizarre and the other-worldly. He was born in England and grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland. He studied philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford and German at London University, later returning to Oxford to take a doctorate in history with a dissertation on the 18th-century Rosicrucian revival. He also has a diploma in Russian from the United Nations Language School from his time in New York as an Information Officer with the UN Development Programme. As a writer he has specialised in the esoteric traditions. His books include The Astrologers and their Creed (1969); Eliphas Lévi and the French Occult Revival (1972); The Rosicrucians (latest edition 1997); The Rose Cross and the Age of Reason (1992), based on his D.Phil. dissertation; The Swan King: Ludwig II of Bavaria (latest edition 2003); and Gardens of the Gods (2005). His fictional work includes the occult novel Return of the Tetrad (2013), the spy thriller The Lebensborn Spy (2017) and the short story collections Master of the Starlit Grove (2014), The Wyrde Garden (2015) and The Sorceress of Agartha (2017). With his wife, Dr. Donate McIntosh, he produced a new translation of the Rosicrucian Fama Fraternitatis (2014). He also has a long-standing interest in nature-oriented belief systems. Since 1994 he has lived in north Germany.

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