By John Oliphant
“As Mercury dwelleth close to the sunlight, so I abide within the center of my Lord. My toes run upon His errands and by means of my mouth are His phrases spoken.” hence wrote Brother XII within the preface to The 3 Truths, describing his position because the divinely-ordained agent of an old mystical Brotherhood referred to as the good White resort. because the agent of this mysterious fraternity, Edward Arthur Wilson, aka Brother XII, a moderate, soft-spoken former English sea-captain, launched into a dramatic and sensational profession that proven him as probably the most interesting figures within the heritage of recent religion.
Brother XII: The unusual Odyssey of a 20th-century Prophet chronicles the existence and exploits of the enigmatic determine who demonstrated a utopian group in southern British Columbia within the overdue Twenties and early Nineteen Thirties. The stories of gold, intercourse and black magic linked to Brother XII and his flamboyant mistress, a whip-wielding devotee of formality magic with the pulp-fiction identify of Madame Z, have gripped people’s imaginations for years, and the tale has been defined as a Gone with The Wind of the occult, an evocative mix of the sacred and profane. notwithstanding different non secular figures will be higher identified, for natural drama, not anything competitors the tale of Brother XII.
Though Brother XII principally fell throughout the cracks of historical past, his extraordinary chronicle is being rediscovered, for it earrings with modern relevance; not just used to be he a prototypical cult chief, he was once a real mystic and seer, whereas additionally writing on political concerns in a manner that eerily foreshadows the realm at the present time. Brother XII used to be either a forerunner of the hot Age and one of many few non secular academics of his time to provide expression to the geopolitical and conspiratorial matters that dominate the cultural debate this present day. either mystic and mountebank, seer and charlatan, he was once a fancy, contradictory person, the last word “man of mystery.”
The tale of Brother XII positive aspects an interesting forged of characters who locate themselves irresistibly interested in the ability of this vintage rogue messiah, a religious anti-hero possessed of a Nietzschean will to energy. After the destruction of his colony, Brother XII and Madame Z fled with approximately half-a-million funds in gold, outwitting the experts and escaping justice. Brother XII’s destiny is doubtful, for his dying in Switzerland is still an issue of hypothesis. For all that's identified approximately him, he is nonetheless an elusive determine, leaving his metaphysical teachings and the provocative legend that has grown up round him as his legacy.
Praise for Brother XII: The unusual Odyssey of a 20th-century Prophet
“I discovered myself absolutely absorbed…a publication that might turn into a vintage of its sort. i do know of not more attention-grabbing or higher researched examine of a ‘false messiah.’” From the Foreword through Colin Wilson
“Sex, sadism, black magic and secret upon secret. It feels like the recipe for a Stephen King potboiler, and writer John Oliphant has made the main of it. the variation is that Oliphant’s Brother XII is a real story…a very good internet of suspense and intrigue…riveting stuff.” The Vancouver Sun
“Brother XII is an interesting read!” William Gibson
“A greatly fascinating tale of the spiritual mania in severe shape. Brother XII is a kind who recurs all through human heritage, and Oliphant offers not just a very good horror story, yet a caution as to how we will be able to realize such kinds and be armed opposed to them. I heartily suggest this book.” Robert Anton Wilson
“Sharing the brilliance of an L. Ron Hubbard, the destructiveness of a Jim Jones, and the hypnotic carry of a Rasputin, E. A. Wilson ranks as the most fascinating, mysterious, and infamously charismatic and prophetic cult leaders to grace the annals of North American history…a well-documented…thoroughly attention-grabbing book.” Theosophical background
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