Ancient Mystic Rites

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Quest Books, Oct 1, 1986 - Social Science - 241 pages
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Combining seership with science, Leadbeater presents this absorbing, in-depth, study of the mystery schools of Egypt, Greece, Judea, the Knights Templar of the Middle Ages, and the emergence of Co-Masonry in the twentieth century.
 

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Contents

The Origins of Masonry The Authentic School The Anthro
13
Black Masonry in the Mysteries White Masonry in
15
Plates
22
THE CRETAN MYSTERIES
50
Ritual Attitudes
50
CHAPTER IV
53
THE JEWISH MYSTERIES
63
THE GREEK MYSTERIES
78
THE TRANSITION FROM OPERATIVE TO SPECULATIVE
140
OTHER LINES OF MASONIC TRADITION
160
The Stream of Secret Societies The Knights Templars
172
THE SCOTTISH RITE
178
The V Ills Bro Annie Besant 33
178
Pioneer CoMasons of England 178
178
CHAPTER XII
183
THE COMASONIC ORDER
191

THE MITHRAIC MYSTERIES
103
CHAPTER VII
111
CHAPTER VIII
124
Degrees of the Rite of Perfection
197
INDEX
221
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Charles Webster Leadbeater (1847-1934) was a Church of England clergyman until he joined the Theosophical Society in 1883. He spent some years in Sri Lanka working for the revival of Buddhism, and later became the Presiding Bishop of the Liberal Catholic Church, which seeks to combine the preservation of the Catholic sacraments with the widest measure of freedom of thought and interpretation of the scriptures. He was a highly developed clairvoyant and the author of over thirty books on the spiritual life and on the psychic nature of man. He unfolded and perfected his own psychic faculties under the guidance of his Adept teacher and in 1893 began his clairvoyant investigations, on occasion collaborating with Annie Besant, the second President of the Theosophical Society. His worldwide lectures presented a new viewpoint to thousands of people.

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