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Periodical: Le Lotus Bleu Revue Theosophique

Sumary: From Pat Deveney's database:

Lotus Bleu, Le / Revue Theosophique Francaise.
Theosophie, Science Occulte, Monde Astral, Sociologie. Seul Organe en France de la Societe Theosophique.
Other titles: La Revue Theosophique Française, le Lotus Bleu / La Revue Theosophique, le Lotus Bleu
1890 Monthly
Saint Amand/Paris, France. Language: French. Publisher: Societe Theosophique "Hermes," Librairie de l'Art independant; Societe Theosophique de France.
Succeeds: La Revue Theosophique
Corporate author: Seul organe de la theosophie en France, Societe Theosophique
1/1, March 1890-current. 72 pp., 10 francs a year within and 12 outside of France.

The journal was originally the organ of the Hermes branch of the Theosophical Society in France. The director of the journal at its inception was "Jean Mattheus" the pseudonym of Arthur Arnould (1833-1895), a novelist and playwright, translator of Ibsen's poems, and political fugitive and exile after the Commune. He was a Theosophist and friend of H.P. Blavatsky although he was at the same time a S.I. in the Ordre Martiniste and a member of the H.B. of L. Blavatsky contributed part of the funding to start the journal and the name was adopted to distinguish it from Le Lotus, which was called "Le Lotus Rouge" because of the color of its cover. The name was changed to La Revue Theosophique Francaise, le Lotus Bleu (1898-1923) and then to La Revue Theosophique, le Lotus Bleu, and then in 1947 returned to Le Lotus Bleu. This is a Theosophical journal and today is the official organ in France of the Blavatsky-Olcott-Besant (Adyar) branch of the Theosophical Society. In its inception, the journal was the last of a series of conflicts and false starts that led from L'Anti-Materialiste through La Revue des Hautes-Etudes, Le Lotus, and La Revue Theosophique. See the notes under those journals. By the time the journal was begun, a little more than a year before Blavatsky's death, the occult world in France had largely defined itself in a way that made Theosophy irrelevant. Papus, who had been a thorn in the side of the T.S., withdrew from the Hermes Branch of the society (whose organ Le Lotus Bleu was) in May 1890, and a new branch (Le Lotus) was begun in September as the sole recognized representative of the society in France. In its early years the journal, whose subtitle proclaimed an interest in more than Theosophy, contained contributions by and reviews and criticisms of many of the Belle Epoque occultists, such as Louis Dramard, Franz Hartmann, Jules Lermina, Eugène Nus, et al., but it soon confined its work largely to detailing the Byzantine internal disputes of the Theosophical Society and to exegesis of the standard Theosophical works. On the publisher, Librairie de l'Art Independant, the creation of Edmond Bailly, see the note under Le Coeur. On the details of the journal's history, see Daniel Caracostea, “1890-1990: Le Lotus Bleu A Cent Ans,” Lotus Bleu (March 1990): 58-63. ATLA microfilm through 1955; BL. The Campbell Theosophical Research Library has compiled the table of contents to this journal and published it online at National Library of Australia. ZDB: Freiburg Inst Grenzgeb Psychol (1892 only); BNF.

The sequence of important journals involved in the fin-de-siècle French occult revival is:

L'Anti-Materialiste (1882)
L'Aurore (1886)
Revue des Hautes-Etudes (February 15, 1886)
Le Lotus (March 1887)
L'Initiation (October 1888)
L'Etoile (March 1889)
La Revue Theosophique (March 1889)
Le Lotus Bleu (March 1890)
Le Voile d'Isis (November 1890)

Lotus Bleu V1-2 1889-1890
Lotus Bleu V1 N3 1890 Jan
Lotus Bleu V3 N3-n4 1890-1891
Lotus Bleu V3 N11 1891 Jan
Lotus Bleu V5-6 1894-1895
Lotus Bleu V5 1894-1895
Lotus Bleu V7-8 1897
Lotus Bleu V7 1896
Lotus Bleu V7 1896-1897
Lotus Bleu V8 1897-1898
Lotus Bleu V8 N11-12 1898 Jan-feb
Lotus Bleu V9 1898-1899
Lotus Bleu V10 1899-1900
Revue Theosophique Lotus Bleu V12 1901-1902

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