Theosophical History Occasional Papers
Vol. XI


Aquarian Evangelist:

The Age of Aquarius as It Dawned in the Mind of Levi Dowling


By John Benedict Buescher

A biography of Levi H. Dowling (1844-1911), author or channel of The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ (1908). At first a Church of Christ evangelist, he later became a New Thought healer, a spiritualist, and a Theosophist. As a spiritualist, he channeled The Aquarian Gospel , a supplement, in his opinion, of the four Gospels. The work described Jesus as an initiate into an esoteric brotherhood in Egypt, and a traveler to India and Tibet. After its publication, he formed an occult society in Los Angeles, "The Aquarian Commonwealth." The Aquarian Gospel influenced the development of esotericism, being extensively quoted by AMORC founder Spencer Lewis in his Mystical Life of Christ, playing a part in the countercultural "Age of Aquarius" in the 1960s, and in the 1964 founding of the Five Percent Nation by Clarence 13X.


PUBLICATION DATE: December 20, 2007