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Episode 159 - Germany’s Esoteric Soul

Today we have an exploration of the essence of German occultism and esoteric traditions with historian and writer Christopher McIntosh. The discussion spans from Germany's disrupted esoteric continuity to the revival of pagan beliefs, touching on the Rosicrucian movement, the impacts of Nazi Germany, and the modern German engagement with its occult heritage. We also delve into the concept of energy medicine, the backlash against homeopathy in Germany, and the ability of the German people to straddle the spiritual and material realms.

Christopher McIntosh

Christopher McIntosh is a British-born writer and historian who has lived in Germany for more than 30 years. He has a doctorate in history from Oxford University, a degree in German from London University, and a diploma in Russian from the United Nations Language School. Christopher is the author of many books, including Occult Russia and Occult Germany.

In this exploration of Germany's rich occult and esoteric traditions, the author delves into the survival and revival of pre-Christian gods, ancient shamanic practices, Rosicrucianism, astrology, alchemy, and the Kabbalah. The book also highlights the influence of German poets, philosophers, and mystics like Dr. Johann Faust, Wolfram von Eschenbach, Meister Eckhart, Hildegard of Bingen, and Jakob Boehme, as well as lesser-known esoteric aspects of the Third Reich and modern German esotericism. Scheduled for publication in April 2024, this book promises a fascinating journey through Germany's mystical history.



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