TEC: Chapter 29: Theosopedia

Well, Michael had his chance to read aloud, and now it’s Isis’s turn.  She claims her readings are from “some of these other folders” but she can’t fool me–she’s just been checking Wikipedia on her iPhone.

Seriously, there is nothing Isis says about Helena Blavatsky that you can’t get from Wiki.  Birth and death dates!  Her imaginary friend (basically), an Indian man who would visit her dreams!  The symbol of the Theosophical Society!

Oh, and she wrote The Secret Doctrine.

“I’ve heard of that book,” Murphy said, excited.  “Adolf Hitler kept a well-marked copy of it beside his bed.”

Really, Murph?  Thoughts of Hitler get you excited, do they?

Sorry, my mind goes right to the gutter.  Guess I’m just not as up on Nazi occultism as Murphy.  I don’t have the History Channel, after all.

Actually, I’m not seeing a lot on this claim at all.  Granted, I’m not all that interested, but a did search a bit, and found repetitions of the claim at…well, let’s say questionable websites (like, say, this one).  Don’t get me wrong, I’m as amused by worldwide conspiracy theories as the next atheist, but it does seem like the Theosophists have put up a pretty good defense to this charge.

Anyway, Our Hero is still tickled pink by the whole thing, cracking that:

“[Blavatsky] sounds like Shirley MacLaine,” Murphy grinned.

Man, I feel like that joke must have been old even in 2005.  And seriously, has Murphy forgotten) yanno, again, that a man died so they could have these Wiki articles?  Be serious, Murph!

Isis mentions that Blavatsky “led a wild life of wandering the world for about ten years,” which sounds pretty bad-ass for a 19th-centruy woman, but I suppose is just more damning evidence of how unfeminine a creature she was.

Isis goes on to talk about Blavatsky’s protégées, Annie Besant and Alice Bailey.

“Besant was an activist in the feminist movement; she was especially involved in birth control.”

That BITCH!!!

(It’s also kinda amusing that Isis–formerly single, independent, free-thinking Isis–presents these facts as criticisms against Besant.)

Seems she has well and truly turned to the RTC Dark Side.  Sad.

More Wiki info that you can just get by reading the pages I linked, if you’re interested.  Because so far, it all comes to nothing–Isis hasn’t actually uncovered why this information is important for The Case of the Murder of Dr. Anderson or, for that matter, the Writing on the Wall, which I could have sworn played some kind of role in this book.

No matter, though.  Murphy makes another crack about Lucifer Magazine being the stuff of “Saturday morning cartoon programs” the three women being “triple-threat charmers for sure,” and vaguely mentions the eeeeevil United Nations…

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…but we’re no closer to…well, anything than we were before.

 

 

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Posted on May 28, 2016, in The Europa Conspiracy. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I feel like that joke must have been old even in 2005

    Shirley MacClaine jokes were old when Johnny Carson was still telling them.

    • I don’t even get them. Do you need to be American for that? I did the same exhaustive research as was done for this book, and the Wikipage only says it’s an actress with New Age beliefs. Was that so special?

      • inquisitiveraven

        In the mid-80’s, she wrote a couple of books pushing her New Age beliefs. These sold well enough to become fodder for various comedians.

  2. This sounds like one of those sermons from the 1970s on the evils of Transcendental Meditation. Only even more out of date.

    But I’ll admit it, this book has managed to surprise me. Until now in the series it’s all been pretty routine RTC conspiracy-theory stuff, but all this blast at theosophy is a whole new direction.

    • Basically a lot of the mysticism and mythology of the time in which Theosophy was steeped was the grandfather of modern conspiracy theory. A lot of the Spiritualist movements borrowed back and forth from one another, and combined with a faddish obsession with Eastern mysticism gave new traction to ideas like “secret masters” and ancient occult lore that a lot of Spiritualist leaders used to prop themselves up.

      The early Nazis picked up on some of this much like they pilfered from other sources to satisfy their egomania (see: the Thule Society), which is largely why LaHaye and his typist think they’ve scored some kind of points here with the claim that Hitler liked Blavatsky’s writings. But a lot of this stuff got worked over again and again over the decades until the core concepts popped back up as the basis of modern conspiracy theory.

      Like one of the key connections is this guy Alexandre Saint-Yves d’Alveydre, who was one of Blavatsky’s contemporaries. He went all aboard with the Secret Masters stuff and eventually promulgated a government style he called “Synarchy” which was about a federated global state that was ruled by secret councils of the wise and powerful to manage things under the illusion of democracy. About as pure a first incarnation you can find of LaHaye’s paranoid delusions about the UN and EU as public fronts of the New World Order.

      That said, the fixation on Theosophy specifically out of all this is still stupid bullshit. I suspect that whatshisface the typist here wanted to seem clever and use an unusual source for the conspiracy theory side of the plot, but didn’t actually want to put in the modicum of effort required to choose a group or person that made any kind of sense.

  3. Hitler was not interested in mysticism or spirituality. Heinrich Himmler, the eventual head of the SS, had interests in racial theory that included some pagan related beliefs and rituals but generally he was considered a crackpot by most of the other Nazis.
    There were other elements of the Nazi party such as Walter Darre who had a variety of esoteric beliefs but most Nazis were basically materialists. A lot of mythology has grown up about the Indiana Jones type stories of the Nazis but it has little basis in fact.

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