The Wonderful Story of Ravalette


Author: Paschal Beverly Randolph

Publisher: Library of Alexandria

ISBN: 1465611444


Page: N.A

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And he sat him down wearily by the side of the road. Wearily, for he had journeyed far that day. He was footsore, and his bodily powers were nearly exhausted by reason of the want and privation he had undergone. His looks were haggard, and a pathetic pall, gloomy and tearful, hung and floated around him, invisible to, but sensibly felt by, all who lingered near, or gazed upon him. A sorrowful man was he. And as he sat there by the roadside, he leaned his head upon the staff which he held in his hand; and as he bowed him down, the great salt tears gushed from between his fingers, and watered the ground at his feet. In other days the cypress, plant of sorrow, sprung up there, and throve in sad and mournful beauty, as if to mark and guard the spot whereon the strong man had lifted up his voice and wept aloud—once upon a time. This was many years ago; and this was the occasion on which I became acquainted with the personage who figures so remarkably in this volume. At that time the writer practically accepted, but mentally disbelieved, all the religious and psychologic faiths of Christendom; and, had any man even hinted at certain mysterious possibilities that have since then been verified and demonstrated, I should most certainly have laughed in his face, and have reckoned him up as a first-class fool or idiot. Things have changed since then. He was a man of middle height, was neither stout nor slender, but, when in full flesh, was a happy medium between the two. His head and brain were large, and, from certain peculiarities of form, really much more massive than they appeared. The skull was long and narrow at the base, especially about the ears; but above that line the brain was deep, broad and high, indicating great powers ofendurance, with but moderate physical force, it being clearly apparent that the mental structure sustained itself to a great degree at the expense of the muscles, his nervous system, as in all such organizations, being morbidly acute and sensitive. There was, naturally or organically, nothing about him either coarse, brutal, low or vulgar, and if, in the race of life, he exhibited any of those bad qualities, it was attributable to the rough circumstances attendant upon him, and the treatment he received from the world. By nature he was open, frank, benevolent and generous to a fault, and of these traits men availed themselves to his sorrow. With abundant capacity to successfully grapple with the most profound and abstruse questions of philosophy or metaphysics, yet this man was totally incompetent to conduct matters of the least business, requiring even a very moderate financial ability. Such are nature’s contradictions, such her law of compensation.

The Wonderful Story of Ravalette

Also, Tom Clark and His Wife, Their Double Dreams and the Curious Things that Befell Them Therein, Being The Rosicrucian's Story


Author: Paschal Beverly Randolph

Publisher: N.A


Category: Rosicrucians

Page: 395

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Paschal Beverly Randolph

A Nineteenth-Century Black American Spiritualist, Rosicrucian, and Sex Magician


Author: John Patrick Deveney

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 1438401043

Category: Religion

Page: 607

View: 4754

This is the fascinating story of Paschal Beverly Randolph, an African American who carved his own eccentric path in the mid-nineteenth century from the slums of New York’s Five Points to the courts of Europe, where he performed as a spiritualist trance medium. Although self-educated, he became one of the first Black American novelists and took a leading part in raising Black soldiers for the Union army and in educating Freedmen in Louisiana during the Civil War. His enduring claim to fame, however, is the crucial role he played in the transformation of spiritualism, a medium’s passive reception of messages from the spirits of the dead, into occultism, the active search for personal spiritual realization and inner vision. From his experiences in his solitary travels in England, France, Egypt and the Turkish Empire in the 1850s and 1860s, he brought back to America a system of occult beliefs and practices (the magic mirror, hashish use and sexual magic) that worked a revolution. The systems of magic he taught left their traces on many subsequent occultists, including Madame Blavatsky and her Theosophical Society, and are still practiced today by several occult organizations in Europe and American that carry on his work. This is the fist scholarly work on Randolph and includes the full text of his two most important manuscript works on sexual magic.

Matter, Magic, and Spirit

Representing Indian and African American Belief


Author: David Murray

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 0812202872

Category: Religion

Page: 224

View: 9250

The spiritual and religious beliefs and practices of Native Americans and African Americans have long been sources of fascination and curiosity, owing to their marked difference from the religious traditions of white writers and researchers. Matter, Magic, and Spirit explores the ways religious and magical beliefs of Native Americans and African Americans have been represented in a range of discourses including anthropology, comparative religion, and literature. Though these beliefs were widely dismissed as primitive superstition and inferior to "higher" religions like Christianity, distinctions were still made between the supposed spiritual capacities of the different groups. David Murray's analysis is unique in bringing together Indian and African beliefs and their representations. First tracing the development of European ideas about both African fetishism and Native American "primitive belief," he goes on to explore the ways in which the hierarchies of race created by white Europeans coincided with hierarchies of religion as expressed in the developing study of comparative religion and folklore through the nineteenth century. Crucially this comparative approach to practices that were dismissed as conjure or black magic or Indian "medicine" points as well to the importance of their cultural and political roles in their own communities at times of destructive change. Murray also explores the ways in which Indian and African writers later reformulated the models developed by white observers, as demonstrated through the work of Charles Chesnutt and Simon Pokagon and then in the later conjunctions of modernism and ethnography in the 1920s and 1930s, through the work of Zora Neale Hurston, Zitkala Sa, and others. Later sections demonstrate how contemporary writers including Ishmael Reed and Leslie Silko deal with the revaluation of traditional beliefs as spiritual resources against a background of New Age spirituality and postmodern conceptions of racial and ethnic identity.

Esotericism in African American Religious Experience

"There Is a Mystery"...


Author: N.A

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004283420

Category: Religion

Page: 428

View: 8173

Esotericism in African American Religious Experience: “There is a Mystery”..., brings together groundbreaking essays that inaugurate Africana Esoteric Studies (AES): a new trans-disciplinary enterprise that investigates esoteric lore and practices in Africa and the African Diaspora.

Determined Spirits


Author: Christine Ferguson

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748650687

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

View: 4292

Examines the Spiritualist movement's role in disseminating eugenic and hard hereditarian thought

The Angel & The Abyss

The Inward Journey, Books II & III


Author: J. Daniel Gunther

Publisher: Nicolas-Hays, Inc.

ISBN: 0892546255

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 320

View: 5114

In this companion to Initiation in the Aeon of the Child, now available in paperback, author J. Daniel Gunther provides detailed and cohesive analysis of the two major spiritual crises in the career of the aspirant in the Aeon of the Child—the Knowledge & Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel and the Crossing the Abyss between the divine realms and the human. Expounding on the sublime Formulas of Initiation confronting those who would aspire to these Mysteries, the author draws deeply from Jungian psychology, world mythology and religion, and the doctrines of the classic Mystery traditions, explaining how the revelations of Thelema apply to the individual. The Angel & The Abyss is written in clear, precise language that will aid those students who seek to navigate the difficult terrain of this advanced stage of the Spiritual quest. More knowledgeable students will find tantalizing clues to serve as guideposts and eventual confirmations of their direct experience. The book offers copious illustrations including some in full color and numerous diagrams. It features detailed references that encompass ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic texts, the Old and New Testaments, the Apocrypha, Greek philosophy, alchemy, hermetic qabalah, and tarot, as well as the writings of Carl Jung, Eric Neumann and Aleister Crowley.

Licht und Finsternis

Gnostisch-theosophische und freimauerisch-okkulte Geheimgesellschaften bis an die Wende zum 20. Jahrhundert. Geschichte ihrer Lehren, Rituale und Organisationen


Author: Karl R. H. Frick

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783201010627

Category: Gnosticism

Page: 582

View: 6800

Merlin Peregrinus

vom Untergrund des Abendlandes


Author: Helmut Möller,Ellic Howe

Publisher: Königshausen & Neumann


Category: Occultism

Page: 340

View: 9559

Damn Rare

The Memoirs of an African-American Bibliophile


Author: Charles L. Blockson

Publisher: Temple Univ Charles L Blockson afro


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 334

View: 7895

Bibliotheca lipsiensis

Die reichhaltige bibliothek eines sammlers betreffend Leipzigs stellung in der geschichte, litteratur, kunst, wissenschaft, etc


Author: Karl W. Hiersemann (Firm)

Publisher: N.A



Page: 62

View: 5671

Company of Prophets

African American Psychics, Healers & Visionaries


Author: Joyce Elaine Noll

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd


Category: Fiction

Page: 270

View: 8000

A unique and significant collection of supernatural and ethnic materials never before arranged in one volume! Describes African Americans born in the United States who have extrasensory perception, psychic abilities and spiritual gifts, in a time-frame from the 17th century to the present. They share their experiences with astral projection, soul travel, levitation, healing, and more.

Catalogue of Printed Books

Supplement 1900-1905


Author: British Museum. Department of Printed Books

Publisher: N.A


Category: English literature

Page: N.A

View: 4051