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Franz Hartmann (1796-1853)

Franz Hartmann (22 November 1838, Donauwörth – 7 August 1912, Kempten im Allgäu) was a German medical doctor, theosophist, occultist, geomancer, astrologer, and author.


Hartmann was an associate of Helena Blavatsky and was Chairman of the Board of Control of the Theosophical Society Adyar. He collaborated with the mystic Carl Kellner. He published the journals Lotusblüthen (1893-1900) and Neue Lotusblüten (1908-1913). He wrote articles on yoga and popularized the subject within Germany.

He has been described as "one of the most important theosophical writers of his time". His works include several books on esoteric studies and biographies of Jakob Böhme and Paracelsus. He translated the Bhagavad Gita into German and was the editor of the journal Lotusblüten. He was at one time a co-worker of Helena Blavatsky at Adyar. In 1896 he founded a German Theosophical Society. He also supported the Guido-von-List-Society (Guido-von-List-Gesellschaft).

According to Theodor Reuss he was one of the original founders of the magical order that would later be known as Ordo Templi Orientis, along with Reuss and Carl Kellner.


  • Magic: White and Black (London, 1886)
  • The Life of Jehoshua, the Prophet of Nazareth
  • The Principles of Astrological Geomancy
  • Correlation of Spiritual Forces
  • With the Adepts: An Adventure Among the Rosicrucians
  • Life and the Doctrines of Philippus Theophrastus Bombast of Hohenheim Known as Paracelsus (1887)
  • In the Pronaos of the Temple of Wisdom Containing the History of the True and the False Rosicrucians
  • Alchemy and Astrology
  • Metafisica Medicina y Sanacion
  • Philosophy and Theosophy
  • The Four Pillars of Occult Medicine
  • An Adventure Among the Rosicrucians: A Student of Occultism
  • Among the Adepts: The Brotherhood of the Golden and Rosy Cross and Their Occult and Mysterious Powers
  • To Will, to Dare and to Be Silent in Magic
  • Occult Science in Medicine (1893)

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