Tuesday, 1 March 2011

From Elias Ashmole to Arthur Edward Waite: The Search for Lost Knowledge within Freemasonry - Part 4

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Freemason Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was an avid researcher into the occult; he was interested in spiritualism and investigated the supernatural, an example being his work on the Cottingley Fairies. More famous now for his Sherlock Holmes Adventure - in which he frequently referred to Freemasonry and gentlemen's clubs (such as the enigmatic fictional Diogenes Club), his writings often reflected Masonic themes in a similar way to fellow Freemasons Rudyad Kipling and Henry Rider-Haggard. Haggard was also reputedly a member of The Golden Dawn - an Order founded by Freemasons. These Masonic Occultists are discussed in my second book The Transformation of Freemasonry, along with other prominent Freemasons from the period such as Arthur Edward Waite, searched for hidden knowledge in a similar ways to some of their predecessors like Elias Ashmole; they delved into more esoteric aspects of nature, Waite for example co-designing a Tarot Deck, some of the cards mirroring Masonic themes. Part 5 of the series will be published shortly and conclude the articles.

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