Sprengel, Anna (ca. 1888)
The mythical Rosicrucian adept and member of the German
occult society Die Goldene Dämmerung who is supposed to
have given permission to Rosicrucian William Westcott to
found the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Westcott
claimed to have found Sprengel’s name and address on a sheet
of paper inserted in the pages of a mysterious cipher manuscript
bought from a bookstall on Farringdon Road, London,
in 1887.
Correspondence exists between Westcott and Sprengel relating
to the Golden Dawn, but its authenticity has been questioned,
and the cipher manuscript is believed to be a forgery
that nevertheless launched an occult society.
Sources
Howe, Ellic. The Magicians of the Golden Dawn. London
Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1972.
King, Francis. The Rites of Modern Occult Magic. New York
Macmillan, 1970.

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