He also allegedly had links to Rosicrucianism
, a 17th century movement that believed mankind will be saved by a secret science.
To oversimplify the history of these societies--each housing different traditions or "Obediences" and each having some deeper historical roots (with most of them actually claiming to go back to the Egyptian golden dawn)--one could say that the historical legacy framing Newton's epoch runs like this: Alchemy / Hermeticism / Rosicrucianism
/ Freemasonry / Druidism.
Bosch's subjects belong to a visionary and often diabolical and nightmarish reality and have been "interpreted" resorting to different explanations: Rosicrucianism
, alchemy, astrology, Jewish gnosticism, utopianism, avant-lalettre surrealism, the Adamites's system of belief, as the expression of moralizing proverbs or songs, and as visual translations of well-known verbal puns and metaphors circulating at his time (Bosing 2012:7-9).
The novel retraces the history of the Knights Templar, Rosicrucianism
, and other secret societies from the Middle Ages to the 20th century.
Below are a few details about the intriguing situation of this poem, with which Keats's works do show definite affinities (a reason for which many critics saw in it the hand of the British poet), thereby in effect he rightly being associated with Rosicrucianism
and Freemasonry, as brilliantly reported by Jennifer N.
In this new study, based on much previously unpublished material, the author (a lecturer in Rosicrucianism
and Freemasonry at Exeter) gives us a picture of "The Beast" in many of his guises: that of an artist, a spy for British intelligence, a self-proclaimed prophet, a sexual libertine.
Regarding artistic interpretation, Young offers a sensitive reading of Alexander Pope's wide-ranging satires on superstition in general and Catholic superstition in particular, noting that the Rosicrucianism
of The Rape of the Lock provides a flexible imaginative framework for his satire of fashionable Francophile superstition in the upper classes, and also reflects the complex debates within the Church on the role of rationalism and skepticism.
The show downplays odd trends like Rosicrucianism
and Theosophy as factors in the development of Symbolism, and meanwhile provocatively features several topflight artists not ordinarily classified as Symbolists--Claude Monet, for instance, represented by Haystacks, Snow Effect (1891).
This cryptic text acts as the inspiration for Kiefer's own hermetic works, which abound in mysteries of their own, referencing, amongst others, Paracelsus, the seeker of hidden knowledge, the secret mystic order of Rosicrucianism
, the Golem, the notoriously cruel Roman Emperor Heliogabalus who instituted the mystical cult of the sun god, as dramatised by Antonin Artaud, the chariot of Ezekiel, 'The Great Work' otherwise known as the search for the philosopher's stone, the Norse God Thor, the secret language of birds, and of course Tempelhof itself.
3) First, during the Middle Ages, it appeared as heresy; later, when the church had lost much of its power to transform any departure from orthodoxy into heresy, it emerged in its inspiration of other movements such as Rosicrucianism
, freemasonry, theosophy, and ritual magic.
The Rose Cross and the age of reason; eighteenth-century Rosicrucianism
in Central Europe and its relationship to the Enlightenment.
Spiritism or Kardecism--as it is known in Brazil due to its founder Hippolyte Rivail's pen name, Allan Kardec (1804-69)--was a synthesis of many religious practices, such as Catholicism, Protestantism, and occult philosophies that flourished in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Europe, including Swedenborgianism, Mesmerism, Rosicrucianism
, Freemasonry and Theosophy.