Born in 1951 American writer and researcher Maureen Temple Richmond is a scholar and enthusiast of the Western Esoteric and Initiatory Tradition.
For that purpose, Richmond has studied the Alice Bailey writings with The Arcane School of Lucis Trust, the works of H.P. Blavatsky with the Theosophical Society of America, the works of Manly Palmer Hall with the Philosophical Research Society, Rosicrucianism with The Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis, Pythagorean mysticism with the Order of the Golden Rose, Celtic spirituality with The Avalon Mystery School, astrology with The American Federation of Astrologers and The National Council of Geocosmic Research, and the academic presentation of esotericism through participation in and presentation of papers with The Society for the Study of Metaphysical Religion and The American Academy of Religion.
A versatile writer with publication credits in many venues and genres, Richmond in 1997 published her first book-length treatment, a detailed scholarly study of the role played by the star Sirius in the Western Initiatory Tradition. Titled Sirius, this work tracks the trail of the Western Initiatory Tradition from ancient Egypt through classical Greece, the medieval Templar Order, Renaissance astrology, and into modern Masonry, Rosicrucianism, Theosophy, and Alice Bailey’s New Age esotericism. Reprinted in 2000, Sirius was sold throughout the English-speaking world and achieved acclaim from leading figures in the field of Western Esotericism.
A practicing astrologer for over thirty years, Richmond founded and for seven years managed the School of Esoteric Astrology. In that capacity, Richmond developed the first comprehensive analysis of the esoteric astrology of Alice Bailey, which document was used as the curriculum for the school. Richmond has also written essays and articles on a broad array of topics, including J.K. Rowling’s phenomenally popular Harry Potter series.
An example of Richmond’s scholarship on the Potter septology can be viewed at www.harrypotterforseekers.com and is titled 'Sirius For Seekers: The Star Sirius in Astronomy, Myth, Religion, and History'.
Other published works by Richmond include short fiction in the Arthurian genre, studies of planetary cycles and world events, astrological techniques for locating misplaced objects, the uses of gems and stones in energy balancing, and articles on various holistic and natural healing modalities. Richmond is also known locally in her home state of North Carolina (USA) as a newspaper book reviewer and editorial commentator on culture and local politics.
In 2016, Richmond resides in Burlington, North Carolina, where she is completing an M.A. in English and Creative Writing online through Southern New Hampshire University. Richmond is an active member in the Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis, Mensa (the international high-IQ society), Phi Kappa Phi (an international academic honor society), and Sigma Tau Delta (an international academic honor society for the field of English literature and composition). She holds a B.A. in English and Professional Writing from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Her writer’s portfolio can be viewed at greenwoodchronicles.wordpress.com