A Scholarly Study of the Role the Star Sirius Plays in the Western Initiatory Tradition
Sirius is an esoteric and mythological examination of Sirius, the Dog-Star, and its Influence in the Secret Mystery School Teachings.
A nonfiction scholarly study, Sirius by M. Temple Richmond has become an esoteric classic among students of Alice Bailey, Theosophy, esoteric astrology, fixed stars, and Freemasonry since its first publication in the late 1990s.
Richmond’s Sirius explores the influence of this celebrated star through the lens of the Alice Bailey’s esoteric teachings – a writer who left behind a repository of spiritual teachings that associate Sirius with the process of consciousness expansion through initiation.
In her book Richmond traces the deep imprint of Sirian influence as it has played through the many secret initiatory societies of ancient Egypt through to the mystery schools of classical antiquity, the Knights Templar, Freemasonry and beyond.
Supporting evidence for this work is drawn from numerous esoteric and occult scholars, including H.P. Blavatsky, Albert Pike, Albert G. Mackey, W. Kirk McNulty, Manly Palmer Hall, Robert K.G. Temple, Jean Doresse, Graham Hancock, Robert Bauval, Adrian Gilbert, Peter Tompkins, John J. Robinson, Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and E.A. Wallis Budge.
Praise for Sirius by Maureen Temple Richmond
“You can’t go wrong with Maureen Richmond for a book on esoteric wisdom and astrology, and this book is possibly the only work of this magnitude, characterized by masterful writing, intellectual refinement, and in-depth expertise, on the topic of Sirius. This book is a masterfully written classic; a relevant treatise on Sirius vis à vis esoteric astrology.”
Throughout her many written works Alice Bailey frequently made reference to the spiritual significance of Sirius. Often these accompanied information on the Seven Rays, Great White Lodge and Rods of Initiation. The problem with them all was they were rather scattered and disjointed leaving the reader uncertain and confused as to what was really underpinning the Sirian influence.
Enter M. Temple Richmond who, in his superbly written book called simply ‘Sirius’ has cohesively unified the Bailey material to produce an outstanding and fascinating account of this mighty mystery – and mystery it is too! It is not for no reason that Sirius underpins magickal disciplines as diverse as Crowleys’ Thelema as well as revealing the heart of modern Freemasonry.
If you are even half considering buying this book then I would thoroughly recommend that you do so. If you are an esoteric astrologer then you must have it in your research library and if you want to understand the central function of the same star that the Ancient Egyptians venerated so highly that they set their calendar around it then this is the one for you!
M. Temple Richmond knows .. something.
Five stars. A really good informative and helpful read.