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Asia Mysteriosa: The oracle of astral force as a means of communication with 'the Little Lights of t (New)
by Bhotiva, Zam
Book ID: 9781905398270, 1905398271
Famous esoteric work of the 1930s describing the workings of the Oracle of Astral Force, the secret divinatory system of the group known as The Polaires and giving clues to their origin, way of working and sources of inspiration. Alongside it is printed the first edition of the Polaire Bulletin, dated 9 May 1930 and effectively the manifesto of the Polaires themselves, and a historical preface by Colum Hayward, outlining the history of the Polaires and of the two publications.
In 1929 there burst onto the esoteric scene in Paris a group that had been waiting for a decade to manifest publicly, the Polaires. Furnished with a mathematical oracle that gave them direct communication with the Masters in the Himalayas and a six-pointed Star symbol that offered a direction of true spiritual development, they attracted journalists, poets and intellectuals into their group and sought to resurrect a long-lost Rosicrucian brotherhood. Among those who came were the gentle Maurice Magre, novelist and poet, and the founder of the Traditionalist movement in mythology and anthropology, Rene Guenon -- who split from them, rejecting Theosophy and Spiritualism too. Magre wrote a book called The Return of the Magi, still popular today, and was a close friend of Otto Rahn, German author of The Crusade Against the Grail and one of the most controversial figures in the 1930s because of his flirtation with the shadowy ideals of Heinrich Himmler.
The founder of the Polaires, known only as Mario Fille, kept himself hidden throughout but the public face was Zam Bhotiva, born Cesare Accomani. Fille was the person to whom knowledge of the working of the Oracle had been granted and it was not to be divulged to any other living soul without the instruction of the Masters. Asia Mysteriosa was Zam Bhotiva's attempt to explain the working of the Oracle while still preserving its secret. Published in Paris in 1929, it is now translated into English for the first time alongside the first issue of the monthly Polaire Bulletin, which explains the mission of the Polaires and was used as their manifesto. This, too, has never been translated in full and of the ten thousand copies said to have circulated, very few indeed remain.
The present publication in English brings before a new public a fascinating and neglected piece of the intellectual scene of the 1930s.
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