Secret Societies

If you’ve read any of the Theodosia books, you know how central a role secret societies play. What you may not know is that the secret societies in the books are based on societies that actually existed.

In Victorian England, there were a number of brotherhoods and societies dedicated to all sorts of intellectual pursuits, horticulture, zoological studies, philosophy, archaeology, classical studies. You name it, there was probably some sort of society or club to study it.

Including subjects of the occult and ancient mysteries.

In fact, the Victorian age saw a huge boom in interest in these subjects. Some scholars think it was because of the advances of the industrial revolution and scientific progress. With science and technology taking on a much larger role in society—and answering a lot of questions that had been unanswerable before then—people hungered for the mystical and magical. Some of these secret societies focused on gaining magical knowledge and others focused more on gaining the wisdom behind these practices. They felt magic was a way to gain a more highly developed spiritual nature.

Here are some pictures of actual secret society members dressed for their ceremonies. I used these pictures as the basis for some of the ceremonies of the Arcane Order of the Black Sun in Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris.

Black Sunner

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Secret Society

As they say, truth IS stranger than fiction! And yes, secret societies continue to play a huge part in Theodosia and the Eyes of Horus!

7 Responses to “Secret Societies”

  1. Paige Says:

    wow. the thing is, some of these socities probably exist today! Who knows what these people may know!

  2. Paige Says:

    where is everyone??

  3. Kara Says:

    Are the Arcane Order Of the Black sun kemets? They are people that worship the anchent
    egypian gods. thats knid of insulting to them isent it? not that i don’t love the books any less, but still

  4. R.L. Says:

    Kara, I would never, ever insult anyone’s religion. If you notice, the “good guys” in the books, Theodosia, Wigmere, The Brotherhood of the Chosen Keepers, they all take Egyptian gods and religious practices VERY seriously.

    The Arcane Order of the Black Sun were not kemets. For one thing, the kemetic religion didn’t begin until around 1970, and the Black Sunners were WELL before then, 1907.

    Also, the Black Sunners weren’t practicing a religion with sincere worship, but looking for a source of power they could use to advance themselves.

  5. Kara Says:

    Okay, just making shure, i wasent shure but the Arcane Order of the black sun seemed to power thursty for kemets. my sister was the one who pointed it out and i thought i’d ask, still love the books!!!

  6. R.L. Says:

    So glad that didn’t ruin the books for you, Kara!

  7. charlotte Says:

    have you ever heard of the rosicrucians? they’re an ancient, formerly secret, yet stillsomewhat secretive society. they believe in ancient egyptian gods and i went to their museum in san diego (which is AWESOME by the way and you should go see it if you have the time!). there’s also lot’s of little traces of secret societies in new york too. if you look with a sharp eye, you can see lots of little hints (an eye of wisdom here, a greenman or a pentacle there) of secret societies. if you look at the nooks and crannies of the statues in front of the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, you can even see carved in the stone, the wings and head of wadjyt the cobra! so take a look around!