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Stanislas de Guaita - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Stanislas de Guaita
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Stanislas de Guaita (6 April 1861, Tarquimpol, Moselle 19 December 1897, Tarquimpol) was a French poet based in Paris, an expert on esotericism and European mysticism, and an active member of the Rosicrucian Order. He was very celebrated and successful in his time. He was an expert on magic and occultism. He had many disputes with other people who were involved with occultism and magic. Occultism and magic were part of his novels.

Early life
De Guaita came from a noble Italian family who had relocated to France, and as such his title was 'Marquis', or Marquess. He was born in the castle of Alteville in the commune of Tarquimpol, Moselle, and went to school at the lyceum in Nancy, where he studied chemistry, metaphysics and Cabala. As a young man, he moved to Paris, and his luxurious apartment became a meeting place for poets, artists, and writers who were interested in esotericism and mysticism. In the 1880s, Guaita published two collections of poetry The Dark Muse (1883) and The Mystic Rose (1885), which became popular.

Rosicrucian activities
De Guaita became interested in occultism after reading a novel by Josphin Pladan which was interwoven with Rosicrucian and occult themes. In Paris, de Guaita and Pladan became acquainted, and in 1884, the two decided to try to rebuild the Rosicrucian Brotherhood. They recruited Grard Encausse to help rebuild the brotherhood. Encausse, who went by the pseudonym Papus, was a Spanish-born French physician and occultist who had written books on magic, Cabalah and the Tarot. In 1888, de Guaita founded the Cabalistic Order of the Rosicrucian. The Rosicrucian Order is a legendary and secretive Order that was rst publicly documented in the early 17th century. Guaita's Rosicrucian Order provided training in the Cabala, an esoteric form of Jewish mysticism, which attempts to reveal hidden mystical insights in the Hebrew Bible and divine nature. The order also conducted examinations and provided university degrees on Cabala topics. Guaita had a large private library of books on metaphysical issues, magic, and the "hidden sciences." He was nicknamed the "Prince of the Rosicrucian" by his
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Stanislas de Guaita - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

contemporaries for his broad learning on Rosicrucian issues. In the late 1880s, the Abb Boullan, a defrocked Catholic Priest and the head of a schismatic branch called the Church of the Carmel led a magical war against de Guaita. French novelist Joris K. Huysmans, a supporter of Boullan, portrayed de Guaita as a Satanic sorcerer in the novel La Bas. Another of Boullans supporters, the writer Jules Bois, challenged de Guaita to a pistol duel. De Guaita agreed and took part in the duel, but as both men missed, no one was hurt. By the 1890, de Guaita, Papus, and Pladans collaboration became increasingly strained by disagreements over strategy and doctrines. Guaita and Papus lost the support of Pladan, who left to start a competing order. De Guaita died in 1897 at the age of 36.

See also
Laurent Tailhade, a French poet and contemporary of Guaita's Joseph-Antoine Boullan Henri Antoine Jules-Bois Joris K. Huysmans Josphin Pladan Retrieved from " oldid=603551097" Categories: 1861 births 1897 deaths People from Moselle French poets This page was last modied on 10 April 2014 at 04:48. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Wikipedia is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., a non-prot organization.

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