It seems that Theosophy has some roots in the Hermetic Tradition. Some of you may know this, but perhaps many are unaware of just how deep they go. Here are two Hermetic groups that tie in when Theosophy started.
The "Hermetic Brotherhood Of Luxor"(HBL) was started in 1870 in Britain, and went public in 1884. It's teachings were based on that of the Rosecrucian Freemasonry tradition, along with those of P. D. Randolph and Hargrove Jennings. As the Theosophical Society was founded in 1875, the two organizations had harmonious relations in the beginning. In fact, many prominent Occultists, Spiritualists and Theosophists were members of the HBL, including evidence of Blavatsky herself. But, by 1886 they were rivals, the reasons being several and too lengthy to go into here.
The other groups is the better known "Hermetic Order Of The Golden Dawn," founded in 1888. It had some indirect influence from the HBL and included numerous Theosophical Society members, two better known are W. B. Yeats and Dion Fortune. In fact, the noted British Occultist, Kenneth Grant, states in "Magick Revival"
"The Golden Dawn was the inner mystery school of the Order that formulated itself in the outer world as the Theosophical Society."
My questions are: Does anyone here have further knowledge and comments on these two Hermetic connections? What Theosophists were involved with Hermeticism and what splinter groups came about that are not commonly known? Why did Blavatsky go to the East and India and not stick more with the Western Mystery Schools? Plus, any comments along these lines.
Also, are there any out there who have fashioned a Theosophical-Hermetic approach of their own they'd like to share?