This Day in Jewish History 1907: 'Master of Darkness': The Esoteric Life of a Jewish Occultist Called Israel

Regardie published the secret teachings of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn because he anticipated the 'destruction of Western civilization as we know it in the Northern Hemisphere.' Critics said the move was divisive.

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November 17, 1907, is the birthdate of Israel Regardie, practitioner and explainer of the occult, who early in his career served as personal secretary to the charismatic and outrageous British “Master of...