Popular during his own time he was a prolific writer of books, papers and articles covering such subjects as the Sciences, fine Art, Drama, Politics, Religion and History, though over time many of these have been forgotten. He is perhaps best known in esoteric circles for his writings about Magic, Alchemy and the properties of Numbers, of which his most influential book was "The Cloud upon the Sanctuary". This was the book that influenced such people as Arthur Edward Waite indeed it was Waite who wrote the introduction to its current printing and other members of the "Order of the Golden Dawn", most particularly the infamous Aleister Crowley. Eckartshausen was born in a Bavarian castle called Haimbhausen on the 28th June He was the illegitimate son of Count Carl of Haimbhausen and his union with the daughter of his estate overseer, Marie Anne Eckhart. Because of this, his father used all his power and prestige to help and support his son, and took great pains to ensure he received the best of educations.
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Eckartshausen, by nature and education an intensely religious man, began his writing career with several small books of devotion that had great vogue in France and Germany. He later turned his attention to larger works of a more profound character. His consideration of the interior church proceeds at two levels, beginning with an elucidation of his doctrine and moving to a series of assertions derived therefrom.
It was later issued in book form. The English version was soon adopted not only by spiritual seekers but also by many occultists. It had some influence on the development of the modern occult revival, finding some favor among the leadership of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.
The book also impressed magician Aleister Crowley, who was attracted to its idea of the mystical interior church. Crowley was eventually consecrated into an independent Gnostic tradition, and he wrote a Gnostic mass for the church he founded as an auxiliary organization to the magical order he led. Eckartshausen, Karl von. The Cloud upon the Sanctuary. Translated by Isabel de Steiger. Introduction by Arthur E. London Philip Wellby,
Eckartshausen, Karl von (1752–1803)
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