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Evola, Giulio Cesare

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Author(s): Hakl, Hans Thomas
Evola, Giulio Cesare (Julius or Jules), * 19 May 1898 (Rome), † 11 Jun 1974 (Rome) Writer on philosophy, cultural and religious history, esoteric traditions and politics. Many details concerning the circumstances of Evola's life remain uncertain, since he neither discussed his private life nor kept correspondence. Evola had probably sprung from Sicilian landed gentry, was educated as a Roman Catholic, but soon fell under the intellectual sway of Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891), Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), Carlo…

Heindel, Max

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Author(s): Hakl, Hans Thomas
Heindel, Max (ps. of Carl Louis Fredrik Grasshof), * 23 Jul 1865 (Aarhus (Denmark)), † 6 Jan 1919 (Oceanside (California)) According to the biography written by his second wife Frau Augusta Foss, née Voß (1865-1949) which has been taken over by almost all later authors, Heindel was a member of the aristocracy. However, according to the church register and the baptismal certificate issued at Aarhus on 15.10.1865, Heindel was the son of an immigrant baker from Germany, Frantz Ludvig Grasshof and his Danish wife, Anne…

Fraternitas Saturni

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Author(s): Hakl, Hans Thomas
The most important magical secret lodge of the 20th century in the German-speaking world. Unlike most secret occult groups, the Fraternitas Saturni has no legendary tradition. A Brotherhood of Saturn is said to have existed in Scandinavia at the turn of the 19th century and there may have been a group with a similar name in Warsaw under the leadership of → Jean-Marie Hoené-Wronski (1776-1853). The Fraternitas Saturni was founded de facto in Berlin on May 8, 1926, by Eugen Grosche (order name Gregor A. Gregorius; 1888-1964) and four fratres, but the official date of…

Dürckheim, Karlfried

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Author(s): Hakl, Hans Thomas
Dürckheim, Karlfried Graf von Dürckheim-Montmartin * 24 Jan 1896 (Munich), † 28 Jan 1988 (Todtmoos-Rütte) Dürckheim served in the First World War 1914-1918 and studied Philosophy and Psychology at Munich University from 1919 to 1923. After an educational stay in Italy from 1924 to 1925 he was Assistant of Felix Krüger (1874-1948), founder of “Holistic Psychology”, from 1927 to 1931. He became university teacher in 1930 and was subsequently Professor of Philosophy at Breslau and Kiel Universities. From 1935 on …