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By Gary Lachman

The occult used to be a vital effect at the Renaissance, and it obsessed the preferred thinkers of the day. yet with the Age of cause, occultism was once sidelined; purely charlatans stumbled on any use for it. Occult rules didn't disappear, notwithstanding, yet quite went underground. It built right into a fruitful resource of thought for lots of vital artists. Works of brilliance, occasionally even of genius, have been produced below its effect. In a gloomy Muse, Lachman discusses the Enlightenment obsession with occult politics, the Romantic explosion, the futuristic occultism of the fin de siècle, and the deep occult roots of the modernist circulate. many of the writers and thinkers featured during this hidden heritage of western idea and sensibility are Emanuel Swedenborg, Charles Baudelaire, J. ok. Huysmans, August Strindberg, William Blake, Goethe, Madame Blavatsky, H. G. Wells, Edgar Allan Poe, and Malcolm Lowry.

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Nun muß man sich vergegenwärtigen, daß man es am Ende der atlantischen Zeit mit drei Gruppen menschenartiger Wesenheiten zu tun hat. 1. Mit den genannten «Götterboten», die der großen Volksmasse weit voraus in der Entwickelung waren, die göttliche Weisheit lehrten und göttliche Taten verrichteten. 2. Die große Masse selbst, bei welcher die Denkkraft in einem dumpfen Zustande war, trotzdem sie Fähigkeiten naturwüchsiger Art besaß, welche der heutigen Menschheit verlorengegangen sind. 3. Eine kleinere Schar von solchen, welche die Denkkraft entwickelten.

Nur hat man sich darunter nicht den heutigen Instinkt der Tiere, sondern einen solchen anderer Art vorzustellen. In theosophischen Schriften wird die erste Unterrasse der Atlantier Rmoahals genannt. Das Gedächtnis dieser Rasse war vorzüglich auf lebhafte Sinneseindrücke gerichtet. Farben, die das Auge gesehen hatte, Töne, die das Ohr gehört hatte, wirkten lange in der Seele nach. Das drückte sich darin aus, daß die Rmoahals Gefühle entwickelten, die ihre lemurischen Vorfahren noch nicht kannten.

Diente später dem Atlantier die Herrschaft über die Lebenskraft, so diente dem Lemurier die Bemeisterung des Willens. Er war — der Ausdruck soll nicht mißverstanden werden — auf allen Gebieten niederer menschlicher Verrichtungen der geborene Magier. Auf die Ausbildung des Willens, der vorstellenden Kraft war es bei den Lemuriern abgesehen. Die Kindererziehung war ganz darauf angelegt. Die Knaben wurden in der kräftigsten Art abgehärtet. Sie mußten lernen, Gefahren bestehen, Schmerzen überwinden, kühne Handlungen vollziehen.

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