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Periodical: Shrine of Wisdom

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Shrine of Wisdom, The.
A Quarterly Devoted to Synthetic Philosophy, Religion & Mysticism.
1919--1947 Quarterly, semiannual
Altrincham, Cheshire, and then London, England. Publisher: Hermetic Truth Society.
1/1, October-December 1919-summer 1947. 5 s/- a year. 32 pp., free to contributors to the Shrine Manual Fund.

This was a learned, high-toned (and rather High-Church) effort, more mystical and philosophical than occult, that was devoted initially to the search for universal truth and the path to the divine that lay hidden beneath western classical and Christian traditions. It was written and edited anonymously and remains largely a mystery. It is said that it originated in the work of William S. Bowers-Tayler, a Christian Theosophist, who founded the School of Grecian Wisdom in Manchester, England, in 1911. This became in time the Order of Ancient Wisdom under the leadership of Frederick C. Heaton. Its stated purpose was "the continuance of the sublime work and teaching of our predecessors, namely, Orpheus, Pythagoras, Plato, Plotinus, and Proclus." In 1923 this was merged with the more occult Universal Brotherhood to form what became the Universal Order, or the Integral Fellowship. The Universal Brotherhood is a mystery in its own right. It is said to have originated with the work of Merwin-Marie Shell (1863-1921). He was an American, a scion of the various intertwined elites of New England, who had helped organize the World’s Parliament of Religions in 1893. He was a convert to Catholicism and an adherent of Thomistic philosophy which he sought to use to elucidate contemporary philosophy, publishing "New Thought from the Catholic Point of View" in Mind (March 1894). There were many "Universal Brotherhoods" in the era, notably groups founded by Bruce Calvert, editor of Open Road, and by R.S. Clymer, none of which can be connected with Snell. The relevant Universal Brotherhood is that which Charles Stansfeld Jones ("Frater Achad") joined in 1921 and led from the 1930s until his death in 1950, and which, it is said, led Jones into the Catholic Church. Several members of A.E. Waite’s Order R.R. et A.C. were also said to have joined the brotherhood. The group had a ritual structure featuring candles, surplices, gowns, and incense and other ritual paraphernalia, and seems to continue today. Its teachings have been characterized as "a baroquely intellectualized form of sentimental monotheism" by an O.T.O. opponent. The group three degrees rising to "Self-abandonment to the Divine Will," communicated in secret written lessons.

The journal initially followed in the footsteps of Thomas Taylor and other Christian Neoplatonists and Platonists of the period, like Thomas M. Johnson, who was said to have been patron of the School of Grecian Wisdom in 1912. It published translations of Dionysius the Areopagite, Proclus, Pythagoras, Plotinus, et al., interspersing with them material on Laotse and others. BL; Bodleian; Columbia University; McGill University; NYPL.

Issues:Shrine Of Wisdom V4-6 1922-25 Index
Shrine Of Wisdom V4 N13 Autumn 1922
Shrine Of Wisdom V4 N14 Winter 1922
Shrine Of Wisdom V4 N15 Spring 1923
Shrine Of Wisdom V4 N16 Summer 1923
Shrine Of Wisdom V5 N17 Autumn 1923
Shrine Of Wisdom V5 N17 Autumn 1923 B
Shrine Of Wisdom V5 N18 Winter 1923
Shrine Of Wisdom V5 N19 Spring 1924
Shrine Of Wisdom V5 N19 Spring 1924 B
Shrine Of Wisdom V5 N20 Summer 1924
Shrine Of Wisdom V6 N21 Autumn 1924
Shrine Of Wisdom V6 N22 Winter 1924
Shrine Of Wisdom V6 N23 Spring 1925
Shrine Of Wisdom V6 N24 Summer 1925
Shrine Of Wisdom V7-9 1925-28 Index
Shrine Of Wisdom V7 N25 Autumn 1925
Shrine Of Wisdom V7 N26 Winter 1925
Shrine Of Wisdom V7 N27 Spring 1926
Shrine Of Wisdom V7 N28 Summer 1926
Shrine Of Wisdom V8 N29 Autumn 1926
Shrine Of Wisdom V8 N29 Autumn 1926 With Wrappers
Shrine Of Wisdom V8 N30 Winter 1926
Shrine Of Wisdom V8 N31 Spring 1927
Shrine Of Wisdom V8 N32 Summer 1927
Shrine Of Wisdom V9 N32 Winter 1927
Shrine Of Wisdom V9 N33 Autumn 1927
Shrine Of Wisdom V9 N35 Spring 1928
Shrine Of Wisdom V9 N36 Summer 1928
Shrine Of Wisdom V13-15 1931-34 Index
Shrine Of Wisdom V13 N49 Autumn 1931
Shrine Of Wisdom V13 N50 Winter 1931
Shrine Of Wisdom V13 N51 Spring 1932
Shrine Of Wisdom V13 N52 Summer 1932
Shrine Of Wisdom V14 N53 Autumn 1932
Shrine Of Wisdom V14 N54 Winter 1932
Shrine Of Wisdom V14 N55 Spring 1932
Shrine Of Wisdom V14 N56 Summer 1933
Shrine Of Wisdom V15 N57 Autumn 1933
Shrine Of Wisdom V15 N58 Winter 1933
Shrine Of Wisdom V15 N59 Spring 1934
Shrine Of Wisdom V15 N60 Summer 1934
Shrine Of Wisdom V16-18 1934-37 Index
Shrine Of Wisdom V16 N61 Autumn 1934
Shrine Of Wisdom V16 N62 Winter 1934
Shrine Of Wisdom V16 N63 Spring 1935
Shrine Of Wisdom V16 N64 Summer 1935
Shrine Of Wisdom V17 N65 Autumn 1935
Shrine Of Wisdom V17 N66 Winter 1935
Shrine Of Wisdom V17 N67 Spring 1936
Shrine Of Wisdom V17 N68 Summer 1936
Shrine Of Wisdom V18 N69 Autumn 1936
Shrine Of Wisdom V18 N70 Winter 1936
Shrine Of Wisdom V18 N71 Spring 1937
Shrine Of Wisdom V18 N72 Summer 1937
Shrine Of Wisdom V19-21 1938-40 Index
Shrine Of Wisdom V19 N73 Autumn 1937
Shrine Of Wisdom V19 N74 Winter 1937
Shrine Of Wisdom V19 N75 Spring 1938
Shrine Of Wisdom V19 N76 Summer 1938
Shrine Of Wisdom V20 N77 Autumn 1938
Shrine Of Wisdom V20 N78 Winter 1938
Shrine Of Wisdom V20 N79 Spring 1939
Shrine Of Wisdom V20 N80 Summer 1939
Shrine Of Wisdom V21 N81 Autumn 1939
Shrine Of Wisdom V21 N82 Winter 1939
Shrine Of Wisdom V21 N83 Spring 1940
Shrine Of Wisdom V21 N84 Summer 1940
Shrine Of Wisdom V25-28 1943-47 Index
Shrine Of Wisdom V25 N100 Summer 1944
Shrine Of Wisdom V25 N97 Autumn 1943
Shrine Of Wisdom V25 N98 Winter 1943
Shrine Of Wisdom V25 N99 Spring 1944
Shrine Of Wisdom V26 N101 Autumn 1944
Shrine Of Wisdom V26 N102 Winter 1944
Shrine Of Wisdom V26 N103 Spring 1945
Shrine Of Wisdom V26 N104 Summer 1945
Shrine Of Wisdom V27 N105 Autumn 1945
Shrine Of Wisdom V27 N106 Winter 1945
Shrine Of Wisdom V27 N107 Spring 1946
Shrine Of Wisdom V27 N108 Summer 1946
Shrine Of Wisdom V28 N109 Autumn 1946
Shrine Of Wisdom V28 N110 Winter 1946
Shrine Of Wisdom V28 N111 Spring 1947
Shrine Of Wisdom V28 N112 Summer 1947

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