Legendary Myths

Myths as an Alternative Form of History

Myths are a Type of History             The systematic study of myths provides a method for studying the past. However, though myths contain some legendary and historical qualities, it is important to remember that they are not accurate historical accounts. If a myth describes a historical event, person, or place it has been exaggerated by... Continue Reading →

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A Short History of the Occult in California

California is unique because people were reluctant to accept traditional forms of religion. There is a historical link to Protestant Anglo-Americans and utilizing alternative sources of spirituality. Historically, conventional forms of religion were sparse in the 1850s - ninety percent of the population was male between twenty and forty. It was not until the 1870s... Continue Reading →

Rosicrucian: Harvey Spencer Lewis

Harvey Spencer Lewis, 33° 66° 95°  Harvey Spencer Lewis (aka Wishar S. Cervé) Rosicrucian, Harvey Spencer Lewis, who wrote under the pseudonym Wishar S. Cervé, composed Lemuria: The Lost Continent of the Pacific (1931). He concluded that the Lemurians at Mt. Shasta were the same as Mu, the island referred to in ancient Mayan writings.... Continue Reading →

Rosicrucian: Col. James Churchward

Col. James Churchward             Rosicrucian, Col. James Churchward is significant in that he placed Mu in the Pacific Ocean, differentiating Mu from the Lemuria, which existed in the Indian Ocean. In The Children of Mu Churchward claimed Mu was between Asia and America and measures six-thousand miles from east to west, and three-thousand miles from... Continue Reading →

Rosicrucian: Augustus LePlongeon

Mr. Augustus LePlongeon, Archaeologist and Historian Augustus LePlongeon             Rosicrucian and anthropologist Augustus LePlongeon (1825-1908) was one of the first to write about Lemuria and argued Mu was the ancient Mayan name for Plato's Atlantis. LePlongeon notes that "many will, no doubt, object that this may all be pure coincidence – the two people lived... Continue Reading →

The Rosicrucians and Hollow Earth Theory

Col. James Churchward, Raymond W. Bernard, and Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd             Col. James Churchward, Raymond W. Bernard, and Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd support Hollow Earth Theory. Churchward argues that heat does not come from the sun, but from an earthly force. A result of the light rays from the sun, which carries... Continue Reading →

Rosicrucians and Theosophy

"The Messenger" Painting by Nicholas Roerich George Dorcheff and Max Heindel             Rosicrucian groups have relationships with the Theosophical Society. George Dorcheff in The Evolution of Earth mirrors the Theosophists writings of Atlantis and Lemuria. He notes there were five epochs that produced five continents, with a sixth race emerging in the future. The first epoch... Continue Reading →

Rosicrucian: Lewis Spence

Lewis Spence (1874-1955)           Occult scholar Lewis Spence (1874-1955) wrote in The Problem of Lemuria (1933) that Easter Island, Melanesia, and Polynesia all have similar oral traditions of a vanished continent whose survivors relocated to these areas. In the Oceania area, there are many myths about a devastating flood, volcanic destruction, or other catastrophic events that are... Continue Reading →

Interpreting Myths in the 21st Century

Chinese Traditional Pattern-Phoenix and Peony Modern Investigations of Mythology and Mircea Eliade The study of mythology in the current century differs dramatically from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. To begin with, the study of mythologies underwent a process of demythologization. By creating a secular world through scientific innovations, the world has been de-deified and consequently,... Continue Reading →

The Lemurian Fellowship

Phylos the Tibetan The Lemurian Fellowship - Located in Romana, California          For adherents of the Lemurian Fellowship, Lemuria is a place that will re-emerge as a final utopia or as a flourishing continent. The Lemurian Fellowship does not distinguish between Lemuria and Mu. The Fellowship notes, “The culture of Mu, or Lemuria, was far-flung."... Continue Reading →

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