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Jan 10, 1999 10:08 PM
by Chuck Cosimano

In a message dated 99-01-10 19:06:09 EST, you write:

<< It was refugees from HPB's
 Esoteric Section that joined the Golden Dawn, like W.B. Yeats.  The Golden
 Dawn was formed well *after* the Theosophical Society, and I truly suspect
 most of The Dawn's best stuff was "appropriated" from HPB -- without credit
 given, of course. >>

Wrong wrong wrong.

The Golden Dawn was formed approximately the same time as the TS and the two
organizations shared memberships for some time with perfect amity.  The fact
is that HPB was heavily influenced by Eliphas Levi, whom she seems to have
known during her stay in France before coming to America as were the founders
of the Golden Dawn and both Levi and Blavatsky knew Bulwer-Lytton who seems to
have planted his mark on the ideas and writings of the two of them.

The original plan for the shrine room in the London Lodge was a duplicate of
the ritual chamber described by Levi in his writings about his attempt to
conjure the shade of Appolonius of Tyana.

The original program of the ES was in many was intended as a compliment to the
teachings of the GD as it is referred to in early ES writings and some pains
were taken to avoid duplicating material.


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