In the 1690s, a Transylvania-born mystic, occultist, musician, and writer named Johannes Kelpius led a group of 40 Rosicrucian monks to colonial Philadelphia to wait for the end of the world.
Though Kelpius and his group of highly-educated mystics were disappointed when the day of revelation didn’t come, they made the best of their new home, building an observatory, a botanical garden, and an orchard. They also wrote poetry, composed music, and studied alchemy, divination, and conjuring.
Records show that they experienced a number of paranormal events, including the sighting or a ghostly figure at the edge of the woods during a celebration around a bonfire, blue flames emerging from a fresh grave, and more. There are also stories of Kelpius’ followers performing astral projection, and Kelpius himself possessed a magical stone that he guarded fiercely, but which has since vanished.
• A ghost who appeared at a bonfire-lit celebration
• Blue flames emerging from a fresh grave
• A cave full of serpents
• Astral projection into a London coffeehouse
• The philosopher’s stone?
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Sources consulted RE: Johannes Kelpius
“Prophesies and Revelations”: German Cabbalists in Early Pennsylvania
Author(s): Elizabeth W. Fisher Source: The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography , Jul., 1985, Vol. 109, No. 3 (Jul., 1985), pp. 299-333 Published by: University of Pennsylvania Press Stable URL: https://www.jstor.org/stable/20091938
- DC evening star article: https://kelpiusblog.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/19090814_dc_evening_star_kelpius_stone.pdf
- Southern Cross Review article: https://southerncrossreview.org/25/tyson.htm
- Map: http://www.phillyh2o.org/backpages/Maps/FairmountPk_1871_FHS.jpg
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