Adrien Peladan junior 1844 – 1885

*Adrien Peladan senior (1815-1890), father of Adrien Peladan junior (1844-1885) and **Josephin Aime Peladan (?-?). Adrien Peladan junior was one of the first French homeopaths who worked at the Hahnemann Hospital in Paris.

Adrien Peladan senior was a Rosicrucian in Toulouse, and a student of Samuel Hahnemann. Adrien Peladan [junior] was known in his time as a homeopath… He published several books on medicine and homeopathy, and founded the magazine L ‘Homeopathy des familles et des médecins. At the age of 41, Peladan died by poisoning from a fatal error by a pharmacist from Leipzig in the dilution of a homeopathic medicine made from strychnine. The pharmacist made the plea that Peladan had ordered a remedy for a patient in the third decimal dilution which was delivered in concentrate. When his patient put the drug on her fingertip, she cried out that it tasted bitter. To be sure, Peladan tasted it himself. He died of the dose. Adrien Peladan was also an erudite on esoteric field and left to his brother **Josephin Aime Peladan a huge collection of esoteric books… 1844 Born in Nîmes, Gard, Fr June 18 1869  (25 years) Studies at the Faculty of Medicine of Montpellier. 1869  (25 years) thesis in Lyon Homeopathic treatment of spermatorrhée of prostatorhée, the hypersecretion of vulvo-vaginal glands and various forms of these diseases. Paris, In 8, 98 pages. 1875 (31 years) founded a magazine: The Homeopathy families and doctors. 1878 (34 years) Published by Baillière: Heroic treatment of gravel using drugs (Baillière, 1878). 1885 (41 years) died. I quote my friend, Dr. Olivier Rabane: “His death is a tragic episode in the distribution of homeopathic medicines by a doctor: Peladan swallowed a trituration strychnine, 1 in decimal to try for a patient. He died immediately. “A controversy ensued with the manufacturer: pharmacy Willmar Schwabe. It may not have taken enough precautions before delivering a powerful and toxic that obviously should have been diluted before use.” 1886 Posthumous publication of his book: The triple duality of the human body and the polarity of the bodies splanchniques (Baillière, 1886).

*Adrien Peladan senior 1815 – 1890, father of Adrien Peladan junior and Josephin Aime Peladan.

It is not possible in a few lines to summarize the extensive work of the “knight” Peladan Adrien (1815 – 1890) which is one of the most important movement that has called whites and Midi, the most famous in the mid nineteenth century, between 1857 and 1890. We review the correspondence of Pierre Sébastien Laurentia, Director of the Union, and the master of all the French legitimist between 1830 and 1876. As such, we present briefly the main aspects of his work… As Albert Caillet quotes in his famous bibliography, Adrien Peladan is not an occult or a cabbaliste in the ordinary sense of those terms. His works are more weapons of “fundamentalism catholique”…. Adrien Peladan is primarily a journalist who published a literary journal in Lyon from 1857 to 1870…. and he was prepared to support the moral order at the beginning of the Third Republic, a system of government which wanted to restore a Christian society. From 1866, Bishop Plantier, one of the defenders of the social and political order of Catholicism said “Modern society, but also the civilization of France, is Jesus Christ to all she has légitimiste wise in its institutions and pure in its glories. The views of Adrian Peladan are those of a legitimate Classical view, in that he was in favor of the Count of Chambord, and he published letters in 1873 discussing when a restoration was possible, and he favored a decentralization policy and an intellectual centre in Lyon or Nîmes that runs most of its activity. Some of his books are published at the Place Bellecour. At the same time in Paris (Librairie de Bauchu (31 rue Cassuts) and Lyon (Place Bellecour). Adrien Peladan participated with his friends sitting to publish a brochure on intellectual decentralization. In 1879 he published, again in Nimes, un Almanach des Blancs. an almanac of whites.  It is obvious that his books were greeted enthusiastically by his political friends. Born on 21 January 1793 and regarded as the doyen of the press in which he practiced as a monarchist for fifty years, and as the patriarch of the religious writers of France who wrote to him: “Dear Mr. and. Your book is admirable ! admirable!… What lights you have gathered! And you are happy to have such entertainment! I shake hands with gratitude and affection.” On 30 January 1866, there appeared in The Union an article portraying Peladan as the continuation and the illustrator of Joseph de Maistre.  Laurentia said: “No book was no longer appropriate at a time when exerted to pull out of the Christian society on the fundamental belief… Another journalist legitimist, Aubry Foucault said on15 February 1866, in La Gazette de France, Peladan has been a collaborator of the sheet and “The recent attacks against the divinity of Jesus Christ will at least have that excellent result they have led on this fundamental point of Christianity studies of writers and the work of scientists.” The monarchy Peladan broke when reviewing the prophecies of the nineteenth century… it provides tens of visions that all announce the return of the king of France… Thus, a visionary in June 1879, has seen Jesus told him: “The friends of the faith are working to save France ready to succumb, but the lily white, true symbol of good will be received with happiness. Many want the trampling, but the stem will be protected. The Beloved will be recalled and it will restore order and will bloom piety. “

**Josephin Aime Peladan 1858 – 1918 Josephin Aime Peladan 1858 – 1918brother of Adrien Peladan junior (1844-1885), was a French novelist and Martinist. Josephin Aime Peladan was awarded the Order of Saint Sylvester by Pope Pius IXHis father and his brother Dr. Adrien Peladan were both into alchemism and magnetism.

See also Sasha Chaitlow’s PHd web page about her studies into this fascinating man… and

Josephin Aime Peladan was one of the co-founders of the OKRC, but received an older lineage from his elder brother Adrien Peladan (homeopath and associate of Samuel Hahnemann), who in return received it in Toulouse, 1858 (possibly the same lineage as H. S. Lewis got in 1909)…. Josephin Aime Peladan socialized and co-operated with many famous musicians and artists of the time, like Gustav Moreau, Igor Stravinsky, Claude Debussy, Felicien Rops, Georges Rouault and Eric Alfred Leslie Satie….

NB: Treadwells 33 Store Street 15.9.14: ‘… French occult author Joséphin Péladan (1858-1918) moved in occult circles but was forgotten after death, leaving a vast opus of over a hundred novels and esoteric handbooks, proposing art as an esoteric path. Sphinxes, fallen angels, androgynes and ancient gods refract through his philosophy, a synthesis of Platonism, Luciferianism and Rosicrucianism.  Be astonished! Sasha Chaitow is a painter, writer and scholar holding MAs in Literature and Western Esotericism. She has just completed her PhD thesis, has published on Péladan, and her artwork has been exhibited in Greece and Spain…’ He claimed that a Babylonian King left the title of “Sâr” to his family. Peladan wrote a novel, Le vice suprème (1884), that was interwoven with Rosicrucian and occult themes. After reading Peladan’s novel, the French poet Stanislas de Guaita became interested in occultism. In Paris, Stanislas de Guaita and Peladan became acquainted, and in 1884, the two decided to try to rebuild the Rosicrucian Brotherhood. Stanislas de Guaita and Peladan recruited Gerard Anaclet Vincent Encausse to help rebuild the brotherhood. Gerard Anaclet Vincent Encausse, who went by the pseudonym “Papus”, was a Spanish born French physician and occultist who had written books on magic, Kabbalah and the Tarot. In 1888, Stanislas de Guaita founded the Cabalistic Order of the Rosicrucian. The Rosicrucian Order is a legendary and secretive Order that was first publicly documented in the early 1600s. Stanislas de Guaita‘s Rosicrucian Order provided training in the Kabbalah, 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 Kabbalah topics. Stanislas de 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 contemporaries for his broad learning on Rosicrucian issues. By the 1890, Stanislas de Guaita, Gerard Anaclet Vincent Encausse, and Peladan’s collaboration became increasingly strained by disagreements over strategy and doctrines. Stanislas de Guaita and Gerard Anaclet Vincent Encausse lost the support of Peladan, who left to start a competing order. In June 1890, Peladan left the Martinist Order and created a Catholic Order of the Rose and the Cross. Peladan was the leader of the new order, and he took the titles of “Imperator” and “Super Magician”. Josephin Aime Peladan was born in 1858, in Lyon. His father, Louis Adrien, and his brother, were impassioned by alchemy, magnetism, arts, sciences, literature and Christian mysticism. Joséphin’s brother Adrien (1815-1890), was one of the first French homeopaths, and had become a Rosicrucian of the order of Firmin Boissin (1835-1893), who was Commander of the Rosicrucian Temple of Toulouse, Prieur of Toulouse and senior of the Council of Fourteen. Another member of the Toulouse Command had Viscount Louis Charles Edouard de Lapasse (1792-1867), a pupil of Prince Balbiani of Palermo, who had been a pupil of Cagliostro. In 1884, Peladan published a novel with strong Rosicrucian and occult themes, probably in the same vein as Edward Bulwer Lytton’s Zanoni.  It was a success and he became a celebrity, involved in many art reviews.  He also did studies of painters such as Rembrandt, Durer, Herbert, Frans Hals.  He became a member of l’Académie Française. In Paris, Peladan became acquainted with Stanislas de Guaita, who had become interested in Occultism after reading Peladan’s novel.  The two determined to rebuild the Command of the Rosicrucian Brotherhood.  To this end they recruited Gerard Anaclet Vincent Encausse, “Papus.” Within a short time there were problems. Gerard Anaclet Vincent Encausse wanted to dramatically extend the membership of the organization, which Peladan was against. Peladan felt that Gerard Anaclet Vincent Encausse was too interested in occultism and magic, and they also disagreed with his doctrines, clearly modeled on the Theosophical teachings of Mme. Blavatsky, which suggested that Christianity was on a par with the other great religions. In November of 1890, Peladan split with Stanislas de Guaita and Gerard Anaclet Vincent Encausse. Peladan created the “Rose+Croix Catholique,” which almost immediately changed it’s name to  “Ordre of Rose+Croix of the Temple and Graal.”  Stanislas de Guaita and Gerard Anaclet Vincent Encausse published invectives against Peladan, and the whole fiasco was known as the “War of the Roses.” Peladan’s Rose+Croix organized its first Salons (art shows) March 10  through April 10, 1892, and were quite popular with the public, drawing heavily on the Pre-Raphaelite and Symbolist schools, and heavily opposing realist art. The first show opened at the gallery During Ruel, on the Rue de Lepelletier, in Paris. Sixty artists presented 250 works. The Salon good good notices in the La Mercuire de France.  The lines were so long that the prefecture of police had to post men to keep the street from being blocked, as the gallery could only hold about 200 people at a time.  By some counts, the final total of visitors was over 22,600.  The show involved presentations of music and Rosicrucian ritual as well as art. There would be six Salons between then and 1897, all of them quite successful. The last show in 1897 at the luxurious gallery Georges Petite, one of the most prestigious in Paris, had 15,000 visitors the first day.  Stanislas de Guaita died from a drug overdose in 1897, and after the last show, Peladan announced that he was putting his order into abeyance. There are strong rumors that the authorities did everything they could to prevent further Rosicrucian shows, because their success was a strain on the Prefecture of Police, and they incurred the opposition of the Director of Public Buildings.  In 1898 the Symbolist movement began to decline, with the death of several of its leading artists.  Though some of the most prestigious artists never displayed at the Rosicrucian Salons, it is notable that the decline of the movement followed the end of the Salons. Following the Collapse of the “Ordre of Rose+Croix of the Temple and Graal,” Gerard Anaclet Vincent Encausse tried to reunify Peladan’s order with his own, but was largely unsuccessful.  An offshoot order operated in Belgium for some time, under the leadership of one of Peladan’s disciples. Gerard Anaclet Vincent Encausse claimed as his “spiritual master” the mysterious magician and healer known as “le Maitre Philippe” (Philippe Nizier). In 1888, Gerard Anaclet Vincent Encausse and Stanislas de Guaita joined with Josephin Aimee Peladan and Oswald Wirth to found the Kabbalistic Order of the Rose+Croix.

From Notes on certain popular predictions current in this latter age or The War and The Prophets by Herbert Henry Charles Thurston 1915. Herbert Henry Charles Thurston 1856 – 1939 was a Jesuit, liturgical scholar, and spiritualist investigator: … the present work concerns itself with those prognostics which have attracted attention in recent times, and are expected to find their fulfilment in our own generation…. Naturally it is not the aim of the following pages to show that credibility is to be denied on principle to every attempt to foretell future events…. To anyone who pays attention to the sequence and the wording of these communications, it became abundantly plain that the brother believed (what so many other Frenchmen believed, while Prussian garrisons still remained on French soil and the payments of the war indemnity were still being made), that the five milliards of French gold once delivered over would only whet the Prussian appetite for more. The opportunity would soon come (ce ne sera pas long), a pretext would be found for fresh demands, the Prussians would again invade France, Paris would be burned, but God in the end would intervene and the enemy would have to disgorge all they had taken…. In fact, the whole setting of the document proclaims its suspicious character. It appeared in many English and foreign newspapers, but I quote it here exactly as it stands in the Occult Review for October, 1914… “In 1913 or 1914 a great European War will break out. Germany will be torn completely to pieces, but not before the Germans have penetrated into the heart of France, whence they will be forced back to the further banks of the Rhine. An arrogant man will see his family tree cut in splinters and trampled upon by all the world. Great battles will take place on August i5th and September i5th. At that time the Pope will die and live again, and become stronger than ever. Poland will get back her rights.”….

Herbert Henry Charles Thurston then continues to describe many such Occult prophecies regarding the coming of the antiChrist and future wars and power struggles, and he continues:

… We have nothing more than M. Peladan’s assurance that he found it among his father’s papers after the death of the latter, which took place in 1890. It is further stated that the prophecy was given to M. Adrien Peladan, pere, by a Premonstratensian monk of S. Michel de Trigolet, near Tarascon (ominous name), who in his turn had received it from an Abbe” Donat, a learned priest, who died at an advanced age at Beaucaire. For all this, however, we have no evidence except the declaration of M. Josephin Aime Peladan…. Moreover, the gravest suspicion is thrown upon the document under discussion, owing to the fact that at its first appearance in print, which occurred, as already stated, in the Figaro of September l0th and 17th,1914, it was introduced to the world by that extraordinary genius, M. Josephin Aime Peladan, whose talent is undeniable, but who may be described as a medley of Richard Wilhelm Richard Wagner, Cagliostro, and Mme. Blavatsky rolled into one…. we are told that M. Peladan founded the Order of the Rosy Cross, Cross of the Temple, of which he appointed himself Grand-Master…. On the other hand, it is quite true that M. Peladan ‘s father was, as stated, a collector of prophecies, particularly in the Catholic and Legitimist interest, and that he published in 1871 a book entitled Le nouveau… In taking leave of M. Peladan, the exploiter of this ” Brother Johannes ” prophecy, it is worth while to notice that he stands charged amongst others by the late Joris Karl Huysmans, the author of En Route with engaging in the practice of black magic in a serious and malignant form….

It appears that Herbert Henry Charles Thurston was not a happy Jesuit!

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