Notes: God as my guide, my companion a sword.

samuelmathers2Like many of the early practitioners of the “magical way of life,” Samuel Lidell MacGregor Mathers was very progressive in his views for the times. He was an anti-smoker, multi-lingual, and a fervent believer in women’s rights. His mentor was Dr. Anna Kingsford, founder of the Hermetic Society. Mathers dedicated his translation of the “Kaballah Denudata” to her. Surprisingly, he was obsessed with military procedures. He wrote the book,  Practical Instruction in  Infantry Campaigning Exercise. His personal motto was Deo Duce Comite Ferro, meaning “God as my guide, my companion a sword.”

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