The History of the Symposium: The Evolution of Private Drinking in a Social Setting

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The secret drinking club or sexy house party is also known as a symposium, a time-honored tradition still in use today. This tradition was first popularised by Greeks such as Socrates and Plato and is predominately European in origin- back when the rest of the world only had public taverns- ha!- how crude.

The Greek Symposium or drinking party was a way for Greek citizens to get together, drink wine and discuss philosophy. Slaves and woman were not allowed to participate in the symposium discussions except Hetaira, who brought entertainment along with intellectual and sexual stimulation. Click here to read more.

However, the drinking party might have origins elsewhere like Egypt where beer became a substitute for water. The Festival of Drunkenness was held on the first month of the Egyptian calendar. Read Here for More.

The Greeks had a similar festival to Dionysus, the God of Wine, Food, Entertainment and sexual mania. Today, we still celebrate these party hard festivals with Mardi Gras, and living up to the Greek passion of turning every holiday towards alcoholism, celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day, Super Bowl Sunday, Halloween, Your Cats Death, whatever.

But let’s put it this way- the Greeks, which should just leave out the r because like geeks, those freaks took that shit to the next level. Let’s just say the Egyptians were like Rich White Conservatives and the Greeks were the Fuck crazy party lovers found in a college near you. A Greek joke says it best:

Two men lay down after a night of heavy drinking. One of them begins to fondle the other one who rejects his advances- at first. “You do that again and I’m getting my dad” he shouts. The other man tries again but this time the other man takes charge. Round after round he entices the man for more sex. But after the third round, exhausted, the man looks at him and says “If you try that again, I’m calling your dad”.

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Egyptian Secret Drinking clubs could have existed an thekeep.org article shines some light on the fact that Egyptian masons were given five pints of beer a day; and it doesn’t seem unreasonable to think that Egyptian Masons got together in secret, during times when religion and literary studies were illegal activities for the working class and discussed things they picked up from the High Priests. This could very well be the origins of Freemasonry which will later have a profound impact on the evolution of drinking privately in a social setting- you know for social reason, like not getting your cut chopped for forming your own opinion. Which is probably the reason why the next entry came about:

The Calves Head Club began sometime after the death of Charles the First of England around 1694. The club met in secret every year where they held a festival consisting of animal heads which represented the beheading of the king and his entourage where they sang songs in commemoration of the death of a tyrant. Click here to read more.

The Calves Head I must agree is a weird transition from the assumption that Free Masonic Drinking Clubs have their origins in Egypt. But it shows how entrenched politics are in any drinking club. Plus it’s quirky. And no since were on the theme of politics, lets look a little deeper down this tap beer hole.

According to the blog Lord of the Drinks, when Peter the Great was a young man, he ran around the countryside with an entourage of heavy drinkers who called themselves the Jolly Company. This is similar to the Greek tradition of komastai where symposium attendees would roam the streets in drunken groups.

This Jolly Company of Peter’s would go on to become the elite secret society All Joking, All-Drunken Synod of Jesters and Fools where members were given titles like Pope, Cardinal and Bishop as a parody on the Catholic church.  Read this article here.

It seems that Peter the Great didn’t just like to party but understood the importance of alcoholism in political affairs. Nothing more manly for public affairs than out drinking the Prime Minister as he stumbles to the bucket for relief.

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Image of the famous Green Dragon Tavern in Boston.

The American Revolution was invoked by a Symposium located on Bostons Northside called the Green Dragon. The Secret Society Sons of Liberty is believed to have met here along with the Committee of Correspondence both led by Samuel Adams.  Warontherock.com has an article titled Colonial Tavern: Crucible of the American Revolution that mentions another important tavern, like The Tun Tavern of Philidelphia which is the birthplace of The first American Grand Free Masonic Lodge and also of the Marine Corps. Click here to read.

It’s fun to imagine the Fore Father’s grabbing skirts, maybe each other? as Benjamin Franklin tells another long winded story that ends with a witty retort- drunk on Sam Adams bootlegged whisky.

However, the American tradition of the Symposium doesn’t end in colonial times with the American Revolution but continues into the twenty-first century. The Secret Society Bohemian Grove with its 2,700-acre headquarters (why so big?), and according to the Washington Post is where the world’s rich and elite go to play”- and piss outside. Read that article Here.

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The Bohemian Grove is just an elite drinking club and not a new age power cult.

College fraternities also play a pivotal role in the Symposium tradition. The most famous being the highly secretive Skull And Bones Society of Yale University (not to be mistaken for the Bones and Skulls Society of Laye Technical School for the Homoerotic and Hearing Impaired) whose origins seem to stem from ancient Death cults, mystery schools like the Free Masons and college drinking fraternities. The Kappa Beta Pi is a secret society of elite bankers according to this article, who feel that the current financial crisis is a joke”- where every punchline is stupid poor people.

The oldest surviving pornographic film according to filmsite.org, click here to read more on the early history of sex in cinema, was a French film produced in 1908. The significance of this is that these films were shown in brothels before finding their way in the backrooms of parlors and drinking clubs back when such explicit material was still illegal. The prohibition era a decade later would lead to even more corruption of the drinking club and the rise of the mafia in America. This infiltration of the criminal underground into the political sphere of powerful drinking clubs affect are still relevant leading to the rise of the Kennedy’s among other rum runners.

Finally, the last entry into this tradition is a private sect of Free Masons and Shiners called the Royal Order of Jesters who ran into legal troubles back in 2009 when several members were caught in Brazil trying to hook up with underage girls. The non-profit organisation has also run into other financial issues. Read this article to learn more.

My Thoughts on the Secret Drinking Club.

I’m not much of a drinker, so my opinion on the subject is quite biased although I do enjoy an IPA with my meal from time to time. From the article I read about the Greek Symposium, their tradition is the most inspired with individuals like Socrates leading conversations on the great mysteries of life.

This is far different than the corruption of these institutions found in the scandals of many of these organizations such as The Royal Order of Jesters and Skull and Bones. Many elite college clubs only offer membership built on certain economic and social standards that create an organization, similar to a barbaric horde; out to rob, cheat and loot anyone not part of their inner circle, leading to conspiracies on a massive scale like The Bohemian Club, whose members wealth accumulate to that of entire governments.

I also don’t understand why alcohol serves as the common recreational drug among such secret societies when they could just as well make hash readily available for their get together’s, or reserve a private resort in the Amazon for an Ayahuasca experience. The drinking club as the dominate secret society demonstrates a public consciousness dominated by materialism and building stronger bonds between those on the top of the social manure pile over spiritual revitalization and social enlightenment has led, in part, to the social erosion of our infrastructure and widespread corruption in our institutions.

Alcohol itself is a dangerous drug that can lead to long-term dependence and health effects. It also leads to an escapist mentality where bad habits turn to serious issues like greed and lack of empathy that’s only elevated in a social environment where such behaviour is promoted and often elevated. This is a dangerous reality when in the hands of men with the power to influence entire nations, institutions, .corporations, governments and economies.

I understand that these people need to build strong connections for political purposes that affect all of us and their’s been many enlightened and admirable players through the history of drinking clubs like that of the American Founding Fathers who made compromises where everyone, even the little guy, came out ahead. And many of these gatherings probably stay away from politics altogether, and members simply use these events to bring powerful people together.

Whatever the reason, rich snobs standing around drinking in private is far scarier than a bunch of broke jokes sitting around arguing about whose wife has the smallest boobs. So lets drop a few down the ole gullet and hash this out once and for all.

The Brief History of Famous Couples who took that Until Death part Seriously

Throughout history, we find those rare couples who actually like each other (most of the time). Sometimes, their crazy in love and other times, just plain crazy. These couples took their love straight to the grave, or others along with them. Here’s the rundown.

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A white Cleopatra holding a dying Mark Anthony. Makes sense, I guess.

Marc Anthony and Cleopatra: So, Julius Caesar is dead; and Octavian, now the Emperor Augustus, is telling the citizens of Rome that Marc is sleeping with the enemy. And instead of riding back into Rome to defend his honor, Marc stays with Cleopatra to raise an army against the Roman legions. Well, Augustus has raised a successful enough campaign against Marc Anthony to waltz into Egypt and take it over. In retaliation, Marc Anthony and Cleopatra commit suicide.

Years later, another famous couple will also commit suicide, Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun except you know, the fact that Marky Mark, Hitler was a psychopath.

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I wonder how many wives it took before they started to realize this wasn’t going to end well?

King Henry VIII and his 100 Wives: Henry had his six wives, few of which reached old age, thanks to Henry’s inability to produce a strong male heir to succeed him. His obsession with finding a woman fertile enough to produce a male heir, you know, because the sperm has nothing to do with it, lead to some dark freaky places in English History. But it was Henry’s baby Mama Drama that lead to such events as the Protestant Reformation and the rise of one of England’s most popular rulers, Bloody Mary.

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Peter and Catherine the Great (in the Bedroom): Peter along with his forth wife, the waitress Catherine, were both notorious for extra material affairs. But both were pretty open about it even after Catherine produced a son with another dude. And Catherine severed the Empire of Russia well for the next four years after Peter’s death until her death in bed after a stroke. But rumor spread that she died after….after…the reigns broke on her horse.Read more here,  http://www.history.com/news/8-things-you-didnt-know-about-catherine-the-great

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In 1993, according to http://www.planetdolan.com/8-horrifying-sex-deaths/2/, a suicide note left by Animal Trainer Hannibal Cantori, reveals that the reason for the murder suicide of him and is wife was triggered by Cantori finding his wife in their stable going all Animal Channel with one of the horses. It shows a horse long tradition with the fascination of stable related deaths.

Rosanna McCoy and Johnson Hatfield: part of the infamous Hatfield and McCoy feud between two rival families who lived on adjacent sides of a big ass river. The young couple decided that screwing each other was a nice change a pace. But, in 1881, Johnson decided to ditch the pregnant Rosanna and married his cousin instead; but not before some good old fashioned killing each other took place due to humping.

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One could see this as a modern day Romeo and Juliet love story, but less romantic.

Marie and Pierre Curie: Famous lab rats who revolutionized the way we study and understand radioactivity that won them both the Nobel Peace prize. But, at the price of years of unregulated exposure to both of their demises.

And so first fell Pierre, and some years later Marie, but only before winning another Nobel Prize for Chemistry. But before Pierre’s Death, they would produce a daughter that would become the wife of another famous Science dual who will also win the Nobel Prize.

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In contrast, Mary Wollstonecraft, a famous writer and advocate of woman’s right would fall in love with the radical Political philosopher William Godwin; and die after giving birth to a daughter who would later become Marry Shelly, famous writer of Frankenstein and woman’s advocate who married the radical poet, Percy Shelly.

Will and Ariel Durant: Famous Historians who wrote the ridiculously thick collection of Western Civilization titled: The Story of Civilization that runs in 11 volumes. Will was also super into Philosophy, writing and teaching that crap as well. But a month after Ariel’s Death, Will died as well.

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It is said that a red fern grows between lovers who died due to separation from their beloved partner.

And yet nothing beats the mathematically precise death of Math Gods, George Szekeres and Esther Klein who died only an hour apart on August 28, 2005.

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Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow: Famous bank robbers and criminals everyone knows about from the Great Depression or something. They died riddled in bullets. Watch the 1967 classic or the History Channel if you wanna know dates.

But Bonnie and Clyde, like the 1967 classic film, are tame compared to the English couple Fred and Rosemary West who turned their 1970’s swingers palace into both a whore house and a house of horrors; that included prostitution, incest and the murder of several woman. Read the article, http://www.allday.com/deadly-duos-10-of-the-worst-serial-killer-couples-in-modern-history-2180808330.html, for more.

Marylin Monroe and Pretty much Everyone Famous from that Time Period with a Penis: Legendary sex icon from the fifties and sixties, Monroe is famous off cameras for fooling around with such figures as JFK, the initials for President John “F*ck everything that Moves” Kennedy, Arthur Miller and famous ball tosser, Joe DiMaggio. But it was during the marriage with Stick Swinger DiMaggio, that lead to her mysterious and untimely death.

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Kennedy was once the pillar of the community…and Monroe was one of the many women who touched it.

But Monroe is the only lover of the Horny president found dead. Another example, is the Socialite Mary Meyer. Read, http://list25.com/25-celebrity-deaths-that-are-still-unsolved/, to learn more.

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Katia and Maurice Krafft: French Volcanologists famous for recording and photographing lava flows decided to get a closer look at a Japanese Volcano in 1991. They were never seen again. Speaking of Japan, the couple Sachi and Tomio Hidaka died from heart attacks after waiting many years before finally consummating the marriage. This is considered the most popular death on the show, 1001 Ways to Die according to http://1000waystodie.wikia.com/wiki/Ichiboned.

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Go back to sleep America.

Bill and Hilary Clinton: We are all familiar with this dynamic couples penis and cellphone scandals of Hil-Bill-ary. What we are not familiar with the long list of people who’ve crossed paths with the Clinton’s and either show up missing or dead. The Web Article http://www.wnd.com/2016/08/clinton-death-list-33-most-intriguing-cases/, gives a list of 33 connections of strange deaths associated with the political dynasty.

The Occult 101

The Word Occult means, that which is hidden, kept secret or behind a veil. It deals with the unknown, what you’re not suppose to know and how to know yourself. It lets you see the invisible mechanics behind life. It lifts all veils from your minds eye to alternative perspectives.

It’s Special Interests continue to spark humanities curiosity including: Alchemy, Atlantis, the I Ching, Meditation, Utopian Societies, Christian Mysticism, Yoga, Wicca, Secret Societies, Ancient Egypt, the Supernatural and UFO’s.

But what does Yoga have to do UFO’s? Why are UFO’s Occult anyways? We see them, don’t we?

It seems that the Occult becomes Occult, not necessarily because of its unseen nature, but because of its conflict with certain levels of authority: The Scientific Community, The Intellectual Community, The Mass Media, The Political Authority and the power structures of the high priests sitting on their golden thrones, all seem to oppress certain information that becomes lost, destroyed or left hidden from the public conscious because of its radical nature. And any work that becomes part of this hidden collection, is a part of the Occult.

When looked at from this perspective, the Occult seems to run into one of these five categorizes:

1.Religion, Magic and Spirituality: Think alternative religions, cults, spiritual movements, consciousness systems, etc. that aren’t normally practiced or discussed by your Average Religious Authority. A lot of Special Interest Topics deals with Religion: Alchemy, Wicca, Buddhism, Mysticism, Hermeticism and Gnostic, which have begun a revival.

2.Science, Medicine and Technology: Think scientific studies  and technology that is kept hidden, or dismissed by the Scientific community as absurd.

3.The Liberal Arts: Think alternative historical theories, Philosophy and other material (Intellectual Material that isn’t Scientific in Nature) that is not discussed by the Intellectual Community.

4.The Arts, Entertainment & Media: Think books, famous artworks, individuals, Movies, new stories, etc not discussed by the Mass Media.

5.Political and Social Activism: Think  Elite Secret Societies, Socialism, Anarchy, Technoarchy and many famous Social Rights Activists kept hidden. This is where the majority of the Modern Day OCCULT focuses on today (New World Order, Big Brother, Illuminati, Freemasons, etc).

Keep in touch for Occult 101, Part 2: The Schools of Occult Thought. It deals with the approach certain Occult writers take to certain material pertaining to the Occult Categorizes mentioned above.

Also, feel free to ask questions. Vox Bless.

 

13 Illuminated 19th Century Figures History Kept Secret

INTRODUCTION:

The Letter 13 was not by coincidence. The Thirteenth Letter of the Alphabet is M for Mason….

The late 1700’s saw the death of Benjamin Franklin, himself being a Free masonic Grand Master among other Enlightened Free masonic figures like Samuel Adams and George Washington. And even though Thomas Jefferson became president in 1801, the Founding Fathers influence let alone position within Freemasonry and other secret societies, like the Illuminati, is uncertain.

And while Freemasonry had spread in Europe under the influence of the late Enlightenment in the Early eighteen hundreds, by the end of the first quarter of the century, American Freemasonry would become nearly abolished, almost replaced by a new church, and finally reborn by the second half of the century.

By the end of the 19th Century, Freemasonry had not only grown to new heights, but had fused with so many other occult societies, many of them new, that by the early 20th century, these Secret Societies became tightly interwoven. Here’s a brief look at some of the individuals who helped shaped it.

 

    1. Prince Hall: 1735/38-1807African American abolitionist and social rights activist for education and free rights. Prince Hall also founded the first African Free Masonic Lodge, now known as Prince Hall Freemasonry and served as Grand Master of the Lodge until his death [1].
    2. Johann Adam Weishaupt: 1748-1830. Philosopher and occultist. Weishaupt is most famous as the Founder of the Secret Society known as the Illuminati established in 1776. Its imagery along with Freemasonry would come to dominate American Occultism into the present day[2].
    3. Johannes Von Goethe:gothe-illumanti-elightened-occult-19th-century-figure
      1749-1832
      . Goethe along with other Enlightened bad asses like Thomas Jefferson was lucky enough to put their imprint on the first quarter of this uncanny century. An Original member of the Bohemian Illuminati ; and all around Renaissance Man, Goethe spent a good chunk of his free time in the 19th Century on the Faust legend [3]. He was also the founder of Goetheian Science that will become a major influence later in the 19th Century.

    4. John Quincy Adams: 1767-1848. The son of John and Abigail Adams, John Quincy became the 6th President of the United States. Later, he was also a strong supporter of the Anti Freemasonry Party and wrote the book Letters on Freemasonry[4]. He later joined the Anti slave, Whig Party. However, it’s his work as a senator and not as President that had a lasting impact, and has become overshadowed by other more prominent presidents of that century like Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln.
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    5. Napoleon Bonaparte: 1769-1821. We know all about the legendary French emperor. But what history has kept too itself is that Napoleon established Freemasonic Temples all over his kingdom[5]; and spent a considerable amount of resources in Egypt and other esoteric sites. It led to world wide growth and exposure of Freemasonry.
    6. William Morgan: 1777-1826? Captain William Morgan was a Royal Arch degree Freemason. In 1826 he wrote a book that exposed all the current secrets of the society. And before it was published, William Morgan had disappeared from civilization. It was this event that sparked the Anti Masonic Movement [6].

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      Photo of Joseph Smith

    7. Joseph Smith: 1805-1844. The founder of the Religious Movement known as Mormonism. Smith wrote the influential book of Mormon. His church of Latter Day Saints is also said to be influenced by Freemasonry as both have a similar system of rituals [7].
    8. Albert Pike: 1809-1891albert-pike-illuminated-19th-century-occult-figure-rules-and-dogma. Famous for the Masonic Revival in America after its decline in the early 19th Century thanks to the Anti Freemason Party, the first Third Party in American Politics. He brought the Scottish Rites of Freemasonry to the USA, where we get the 33 Degrees of Freemasonry. He was also a Confederate General, Native American Activist, Southern Lawyer and author of the Free masonic classic, Rules and Dogma[8].
    9. Eliphas Levi: 1810-1875. The Pseudonym of French Occult Writer and Ceremonial Magician Alphonse Louis Constant, Levi is famous for his books, The History of Magic and Transcendental Magic. His works would come to influence occult groups like The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and the Thelma Society[9].eliphas_levi_1862-19th-century-occult-illuminated-figure
    10. Paschal Beverly Randolph: 1825-1875. African American Spiritualist, Occultist, Medical Doctor and writer who introduced Sex Magic to the United States and is believed to establish the first Order of the Rose Cross in the United States[10].
    11. Albert Karl Theodor Reuss: 1855-1923A Singer, Journalist and possible Spy. Reuss is best known in Occult Circle for starting a power organization known as the Ordos Templi Orientis, or OTO [11].ae-waite-19th-century-occult-illuminated-figure
    12. A.E. Waite: 1857-1942. Famous Occult writer influenced by Levi’s magical work. Waite wrote multiple books including a translation of the Kabblah and translated many of Levi’s texts into English. He also introduced a popular set of Tarot Cards and was a member of Golden Dawn[12].aleister-crowley-illuminated-19th-century-occult-figure-freemason
    13. Aliester Crowley: 1875-1947. Author, Magician, Occultist and creator of such occult societies as Thelma. He gained notoriety after writing a book that tarnished the Hermetic Order of Golden Dawn’s reputation into extinction[13].

Works Cited:

  • [1] http://www.blackpast.org/aaw/prince-hall-masons-1784
  • [2] & [3] History Magazine Summer Special Edition Secret Societies article The Illuminati pages 52-55.
  • [4] Penguin Classics Faust, Part II Chronology, page xxiii, states that Faust Part, I was released in 1908 and Faust, Part II in 1832.
  • [5] http://www.theforbiddenknowledge.com/hardtruth/lettersonthemasonicinstitutionjohnqadams.htm
  • [6] http://www.napoleon-empire.com/freemason.php
  • [7] https://www.britannica.com/event/Anti-Masonic-Movement
  • [8] http://gnosis.org/jskabb3.htm
  • [9] http://www.controverscial.com/Eliphas%20Levi.htm
  • [10]https://hermetic.com/sabazius/randolph
  • [11]http://freemasonry.bcy.ca/biography/esoterica/reuss_t/reuss_t.html
  • [12]http://www.goldendawnpedia.com/HistoryPages/Bios/AEWaite.htm
  • [13] History Magazine, TIME INC, Special Summer Edition Secret Societies articles The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn page 40 & Ordo Templi Orientis Page 44.

10 More Creative and Enlightened Leaders History Forgot

  1. Aristides: https://www.ancient.eu/Aristides/. Aristides wasn’t a creative leader but he served as the Military Commander during the Persian War; and was the known as “The Just” for his selfless service while in office. He managed the Dorian League that organized the taxes on the different regions in the Greek Empire. It is said that when he died, he was so poor, that he didn’t even have enough for the funeral; quite a feat when the Dorian League lead too a long period of Athenian Imperial Corruption.
  2. Leon Batista Alberti: leon-battista-albert-enlightened-creative-leader-quote http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Leon_Battista_Alberti Living between 1404 –1472, Alberti was an Architect, Priest, Poet, Philosopher, etc; and was born fifty years before da Vinci. He studied Cannon Law early in life before making his greatest contributions in Art, mathematics and Architecture.
  3. Mirabai: http://www.womeninworldhistory.com/heroine12.html She lived between 1498?-1546 C.E., and dedicated her life to singing, music and praise of Sri Krishna and was a dedicated priestess of Sri Krishna. Born a Princess, Mirabai dedicated her life too spiritual worship instead of a life built on vanity.
  4. St. Teresa of Avila: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=208 gives us an interesting view of the Christian Mystic, Nun Reformer and Author whose life reflects that of a modern day woman fused with a deep interest in Inner Prayer. She lived between 1515 and 1582.
  5. Minamoto Musashi: http://www.musashi-miyamoto.com/ Born in 1584. Legendary Samurai who traveled Japan fighting the Prodigies of the Sword Fighting Dynasties, is said too be undefeated. He later founded a sword school in Japan and became a Buddhist Monk where he wrote the Book of Five Rings.
  6. William Blake: http://www.blakearchive.org/ Blake was a Spiritual Philosopher, Occultist, Writer, Poet and Illustrator. He’s most famous for his Epic Poem Milton and his watercolor paintings known as the Red Dragon Series. He lived between  1757-1827.william-blake-creative-enlightened-leader-red-dragon-artwork
  7. Albert Pike: http://www.masonicinfo.com/pike.htm says that he was a man who live between 1809-1891 is the man that re popularized American Freemasonry by introducing the Scottish Rites too the United States. He wrote the famous Free Masonic work, Rules and Dogma. He was also a Newspaper editor, Confederate General, Southern Attorney and Native American Advocate.
  8. Marry Eddy Baker: http://www.marybakereddylibrary.org/mary-baker-eddy/the-life-of-mary-baker-eddy/ Baker lived from 1821-1910 and was an important spiritual leader for work in Medicine and Theology she called Christian Science. Besides a Spiritual Leader, Mary was also a teacher and writer.
  9. Allan Watts: http://www.alanwatts.org/ A prolific Lecturer, British Writer and Theologian of the Philosophy of Zen Buddhism, he was once the Leading Scholar on Eastern Religious Studies in the Western World. He lived from 1915 until 1973.allan-watts-creative-enlightened-leader
  10. Terrance McKenna: https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/cross-check/was-psychedelic-guru-terence-mckenna-goofing-about-2012-prophecy/ A Horticulturalist, Philosopher, Lecturer and Writer world famous for taking every psychedelic drug know to man. McKenna discussed what he learned about his experiences, the modern world and about the human experience.

10 Enlightened and Creative Leaders History has Forgotten

Great leadership is not written in stone. It is often a silent code within. Take these ten forgotten leaders, who helped to shape our present world beyond recognition. And for those who seek the powers of true leadership, seek no further then within yourself, like the souls listed below. A good start indeed for anyone interested in becoming the best leader they can possibly be. So here it is. The Ten Most Enlightened and Creative Leaders History has Forgotten.

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    Enheduanna: According to Ancient.eu, she was the daughter of Sargon the Great, king of Akkad; and is the first author in history known by name [1]. She wrote hymns and composed the earliest known attempts at musical composition. Ancient.eu also points out the fact that her father entrusted her with the responsibility over the most powerful temple in his kingdom. In fact, seven years ago, when I first came across Enheduanna in historical texts, the only thing known about her was that her name was also probably the first pen name in history; and that she lived around 2285-2250 BCE. Now it seems, shes one of the most important figures in the history of literature and music.
  2. Imhotep: According to brittanica.com, he was a vizier, sage, architect, astrologer and chief minister to Djoser between 2630 and 2611 [2]. Besides being one of histories first Renaissance Men, Imhotep would later rise to the status of Egyptian God of Medicine. And, all of this, from a man who was said to be born without Royal blood. It takes great leadership to be placed on the level of the king, and great wisdom to raise even higher to that of a god.
  3. Pythagoras*: iep.upm.edu, or the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, says that he was a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher who was one part into mathematics and science; and the other half mystic teacher [3]. Little is known about the historical Pythagoras, but the impact of his Universities, the first in mainland Europe, and the invention of Philosophy, a term coined by Pythagoras, and his innovations in the fields of mathematics, had a lasting impact on the direction of Greek Education and leadership for thousands of years.    hildegardofbingen
  4. Hildegarde of Bingen: According to the website, fransicianmedia.org, she was an “Abbess, artist, author, composer, mystic, pharmacist, poet, preacher, theologian”[4]. She lived between 1098 & 1179. The Franciscan Media article also points out how she designed features to the Abby she founded in Bingen which included things like indoor plumbing.  One of the worlds greatest leaders and genius of all time..
  5. Sir. Thomas Moore: Biography.com says that Thomas Moore was a Philosopher, Journalist, Saint and Lawyer who was martyred for his refusal to accept King Henry the VIII as the head of the Church of England [5]. However, he also wrote the travel story Utopia, and was the first to use this now common term. He also fought heavily for human rights and was a key leader in Theo-Humanitarianism, that saw religion as an individual choice.
  6. Sir. Francois Bacon*: Bio.com states that he was an English Scientist and Lawyer who lived between 1561 and 1626 [6]. He was also a high priest of the English sector of Rosicrucianism; and wrote the travel story, New Atlantis.
  7. Johannes von Gothe*: According to online-literature.com, Goethe was a “German poet, playwright, novelist, and natural philosopher” [7] He is best known for his adaptation of the Faust legend. However, he was also an original member of the Illuminati; and the foundation behind Rudolph Steiner’s Goethean Science. What makes him a leader is how he used his celebrity status to advance human knowledge with a lasting impression that rivals that of any of his more recognized peers.
  8. Rudolph Steiner: The Rudolf Steiner Archive at rsarchive.org, gives a brief description of his literary career and achievements [8]. But he was more than just a author of spiritual science, Steiner was also an architect, artist and mastermind behind systems of agriculture, education and more. He also founded Anthropsphy. He lived between 1861 and 1925. His leadership skills come to play throughout his long career as a lecturer, spiritual teacher and as a religious organizer.
  9. Manly P. Hall*: The Manly P. Hall archive at manlyphall.org says that he was a Canadian Born author and mystic who lived between 1901 and 1900 [9]. He was a high ranking member of Free Masons and considered one of the greatest Masonic historians, who wrote his massive Sacred Teaching of All Ages at the age of 28. He also started the Theosophy Organization. His leadership can be seen, like Stiener, as an Ivy league professor, lecturer and high priest of the many secret organizations and mystery schools he belonged too. aug12blatvasky
  10. Madame Blavatsky*: The website Crystalinks.com says that, “Helena Petrovna Blavatsky was a Russian occultist, spirit medium, and author who co-founded the Theosophical Society in 1875”. You could say she, along with Aliester Crowley, began the Spiritualist movement and is the mother of men like Manly P. Hall and Rudolph Steiner. But, this list began with a woman, and I thought it should end with one. Blavatsky lived between 1831 and 1891. Her leadership is also unparalleled, pushing forward a movement that briefly changed the Mid Western United States, the world; and years after her death, the Nazis who saw power in the Thelma Societies racist ideologies.

Honorable Mentions:

Homer, Asoka, Plato, Aristotle, Nostradamus, Leonardo da Vinci, Issac Newton, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson & Orson Welles.

 

Bibliography:

[1] http://www.ancient.eu/Enheduanna/

[2] https://www.britannica.com/biography/Imhotep

[3] http://www.iep.utm.edu/pythagor/

[4] https://www.franciscanmedia.org/saint-hildegard-of-bingen/

[5] http://www.biography.com/people/thomas-more-9414278#synopsis

[6] http://www.biography.com/people/francis-bacon-9194632#synopsis

[7] http://www.online-literature.com/goethe/

[8] http://www.rsarchive.org/RSBio.php

[9] http://www.manlyphall.org/

[0] http://www.crystalinks.com/blavatsky.html

  • * 2016 Summer Special Edition of History Magazine, titled Secret Societies for more about Pythagoras, Bacon, Hall, Blavatsky and Gothe.