A.E. Waite: Magician of Many Parts by R.A. Gilbert

By R.A. Gilbert

This is often the 1st biography of A. E. Waite, the occultist who rose to prominence and based the airtight Order of the Golden sunrise after it were destroyed.

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Succeedingverses involvefurther distortions and blasphemies-not, however, to. be taken seriously. He sums up the Rite in this way: The rite puts asunder what God has joined together. It then unites them in a bond of defiance to the command that they should fill the Earth. It takes the male from the female and the female from the male and then promises a spiritual union between the female parts with the suggestion or the inference that there is a more fruitful union still possible between their male parts.

6 Bored with the Pen and PencilClub hejoined Machen in creating 'The Sodality of the Shadows', which Stjohn Adcock described as 'another unorthodox little club-a club of a dozen or so young writers who met periodically in a wine cellar in Queen Street, Cheapside, the vintner himself being a poet of no mean quality; an exclusive little club to which a new member was only admitted after he had subscribed to an elaborate, grotesquely solemn ritual which was prepared by Arthur Edward Waite' (The Glory that was, Grub Street, p.

Perhaps he gamed somebelatedsatisfaction from a note in Light (16 February 1889) which recorded that in fifteenmonths only 720copiesof the RealHistory had been sold. Other books followed. In 1888 Redway issued Waite's expanded edition of the Lives ofAlchemysticalPhilosophers (it hadfirst appeared in 1815), and hiscollection of The Magical Writings of Thomas Vaughan, following these in 1889 with the pseudonymous(and worthless) Handbook ofCartomancy by 'Grand Orient'. This was a reworking of an American fortune-telling manual of 1865-Future Fate ftretold by the Stars-supplemented by material from other popular books on divination that Waite found among Redway's secondhand stock.

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