The Cloud Upon the Sanctuary: Magical Antiquarian, A Weiser Books Collection

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Weiser Books, Apr 1, 2012 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 70 pages

Master of modern occultism, Lon Milo DuQuette, (author of Enochian Vision Magick and The Magick of Aleister Crowley) introduces the newest Weiser Books Collection – The Magical Antiquarian Curiosity Shoppe. Culled from material long unavailable to the general public, DuQuette curates this essential new digital library with the eye of a scholar and the insight of an initiate.

Translated by Isabel de Steige, Introduction by A.E. Waite

What if all the great religious, philosophical, social, and economic movements were part of a master plan facilitated by secret chiefs for the benefit of evolution toward godhead?

The Cloud Upon the Sanctuary by Karl von Eckartshausen is the document that introduced this concept to the 19th century occult communities. It is the work that inspired Aleister Crowley to pursue the Golden Dawn and magick.


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Karl von Eckartshausen (28 June 1752 – 12 May 1803) was a German Catholic mystic, author, and philosopher. Born in Haimhausen, Bavaria, Eckartshausen studied philosophy and Bavarian civil law in Munich and Ingolstadt. He was the author of The Cloud upon the Sanctuary (de: Die Wolke über dem Heiligtum), a work of Christian mysticism which was later taken up by occultists. The book was given a high status in the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, particularly by Arthur Edward Waite. It is known to have attracted English author and the founder of Thelema, Aleister Crowley, to the Order. Later he joined the order of the Illuminati founded by Adam Weishaupt, but "withdrew his membership soon after discovering that this order only recognized enlightenment through human reason."

Karl von Eckartshausen was acquainted with Johann Georg Schröpfer, an early pioneer of phantasmagoria, and himself experimented with the use of magic lanterns to create "ghost projections" in front of an audience of four or five people.

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