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Gray, William G.

William G.Gray (1913–1995) was an English Ritual magician, occultist, and founder of the Sangreal Sodality. William G. Gray was born in Harrow, Middlesex, England, on March 25, 1913. His grandfather, William Gray, was a rector in a lineage tracing to Archbishop Walter de Gray of York. His father, John McCammon Trew Gray, worked as a theatrical business manager. His mother, …

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Farr, Florence Beatrice

Florence Beatrice Farr (1860–1917) was an English actress, occultist, and an important member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Florence Farr was born on July 7, 1860. Her father was a physician and named her after his friend, the famous nurse Florence Nightingale. According to Farr’s horoscope, her sun was in the 12th house, which presaged psychic abilities …

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David-Neel, Alexandra

David-Neel, Alexandra (1868–1969) French explorer, occultist, and Tibetan scholar. Alexandra David-Neel led an exotic life and was the first Western woman to enter Llasa, the forbidden capital of Tibet. She spent 14 years in Tibet and became one of the first Westerners to learn Tibetan secrets of Magic and mysticism. Her knowledge influenced the magical practices of other Western occultists, …

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Waite, Arthur Edward

Arthur Edward Waite (1857–1942) Author, mystic, magician, alchemist, and occultist/Arthur Edward Waite is probably best remembered as the cocreator of the popular Rider-Waite TAROT card deck. He was a member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and was active in both Rosicrucianism and Freemasonry. Waite was born on October 2, 1857, in Brooklyn, New York, to Captain Charles …

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Westcott, William Wynn

William Wynn Westcott (1848–1925) was an English occultist and founder of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.  William Wynn Westcott was noted for his knowledge of the Kabbalah and for his translation of works by Eliphas Levi. Westcott was born on December 17, 1848, in Leamington, Warwickshire, England. His father was a physician. His parents died when he was …

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Williamson, Cecil Hugh

Williamson, Cecil Hugh (1909–1999) English researcher, occultist, and magical Adept. Cecil Williamson knew Aleister Crowley and Gerald B. Gardner and was involved in British intelligence work during World War II to monitor Nazi activity concerning the occult. Williamson was born on September 18, 1909, in Paignton, South Devon, England. His father was in the Royal Navy and Fleet Air Arm. …

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Mathers, Moina

Moina Mathers (1865–1928) was an occultist, artist, wife of Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers, and influential member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Moina Mathers was an eccentric and flamboyant personality. Mathers was born Mina Bergson on February 28, 1865, in Geneva, Switzerland. She was the fourth of seven children in a gifted but struggling Jewish-Irish family. Her father, …

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Levi, Eliphas

Eliphas Levi (1810–1875) French occultist who was a leader of the occult revival of the 19th century. Eliphas Levi has often been called the last of the magi. He is said to have coined the term occult. He was born Alphonse Louis Constant in Paris in 1810. His father was a poor shoemaker and had no means to provide for …

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Case, Paul Foster

Case, Paul Foster (1884–1954) American occultist and founder of the Builders of the Adytum. Paul Foster Case was a gifted musician and charismatic teacher of the Western mystery tradition. He was an advanced member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and one of the greatest authorities on the TAROT and the Kabbalah. Case was born in Fairport, New …

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Cagliostro, Count Alessandro

Count Alessandro Cagliostro (1743–1795) was an Italian occultist and alchemist, reputed to be one of the most celebrated magicians of his time. A friend and successor of COMTE DE SAINT-GERMAINE, Count Alessandro Cagliostro was a glamorous figure in the royal courts of Europe, where he practiced Magic, psychic healing, Alchemy, Scrying, and other occult arts. He has been called both …

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