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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (II)

I mentioned that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had a fascination with spiritualism, and that this was connected to the way he was committed to chivalry—he saw himself as a knight in shining armour.

Apart from Sherlock Holmes, he produced many other novels about knights and chivalry—some as or more famous than Holmes in their day.

The connection to spiritualism is that it’s a form of gnosis—direct knowledge of the divine, not a belief like Christianity and Islam (gnosis being preferred by warrior Aryan cultures).

It’s “empirical” and provides evidence (ectoplasm)—so it appealed to Doyle’s scientific mind.

Well, when he was a boy, Doyle’s mother made him copy out and memorise all these chivalric crests and their meanings (especially those that related to his family).

It turns out that the chivalric crests encode the runes—so Doyle actually memorised the runes, albeit in an esoteric and unconscious way.

Hence his interest in an empirical chivalric religion, a form of gnosis, comes as no surprise.


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