Shasta, Mount
Mount Shasta is an awe-inspiring volcanic cone in northern
California. Long a sacred site for Native American tribes, it became
a magnet for many occult speculations in the twentieth
century. As early as 1899 Mount Shasta was an element in the
Spiritualist world created in a channeled book, An Earth Dweller
Returns, by Phylos (the pseudonym of Frederick William Oliver),
an early text discussing the lost Pacific continent of Lemuria.
After the publication of this book, California and Mount
Shasta began to be seen as a remnant of Lemuria. The Lemurian
hypothesis was developed by H. Spencer Lewis, who, under
the penname Wishar Spenie Cerve, wrote a text for the Ancient
and Mystical Order of the Rosae Crucis, Lemuria, the Lost Continent
of the Pacific (1931).
Two years before the publication of Lewis’s work, Guy W.
Ballard, walking the slopes of Mount Shasta, had an encounter
with a mysterious person whom he later identified as Saint Germain,
an ascended master of the Great White Brotherhood
(the spiritual hierarchy believed by many occultists to be guiding
the destiny of humankind). Out of this encounter, Ballard
later led in the founding of the I Am Movement. The story of
his encounter appears in Ballard’s 1934 book Unveiled Mysteries,
published under the penname Godfre Ray King. In recent
years, the ‘‘I Am’’ has presented an annual pageant centered
upon their unique interpretation of the life of Jesus.
Over the years since the Rosicrucian and ‘‘I Am’’ publications
on Mount Shasta, numerous authors have described mystical
experiences associated with the mountain and offered
their speculations about its significance. The resort community
of Mount Shasta, California, became a unique gathering place
for metaphysical people, a trend further spurred by the beginning
of the flying saucer era.
Andrews, Richard. The Truth behind the Legends of Mount
Shasta. New York Carlton Press, 1976.
Cerve, W. S. [H. Spencer Lewis]. Lemuria, the Lost Continent
of the Pacific. San Jose, Calif. Supreme Lodge of the AMORC,
Chaney, Earlyne. Secrets from Mount Shasta. Anaheim, Calif.
Stockton Trade Press, 1953.
King, Godfre Ray [Guy W. Ballard]. Unveiled Mysteries. Chicago
Saint Germain Press, 1934.
Walton, Bruce. Mount Shasta, Home of

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