Rosicrucian MENTAL POISONING ad from 1939

No one does kooky magazine ads like the fine folks at your local Rosicrucian temple. For example, see this fine MENTAL POISONING ad that ran in the July, 1939 ish of Mechanix Illustrated -- pure illuminatus! Link


  1. Wow! This sure sounds like Scientology to me. We know that LRH lifted lots of his stuff from lots of sources, so this could very well be part of, or inspiration for TomKat’s couch jumping ideology. Invisible Darts = Thetans?

  2. inviable darts and mental projection? sounds like shamanism and jungian theory rolled into one. but, thats just where i’d expect the rosicrucian’s to be.

    im not too surprised by this ad. just another practitioner of the rosicrucian order who took the teachings literally and forgot it was meant to remain an abstraction. sounds a lot like the problem most christians have, eh? and they still hand out their kooky ad’s… :|

  3. “Sealed Book” eh? Must be to keep out the “other” mental poisoning.

    Yes, I initially read this as metal poisoning…

  4. “Mental Poisoning” = psychic vampires, as described on the Left Hand Path. Agree w/ Co$ comparison.

    Shit, I just want the hoodie guy’s cat eyes.

  5. Dang- that hooded guy looks like the Emperor from Star Wars.

    The later AMORC ads were more benign- ‘Do Thoughts Have Wings?’ and suchlike.

    Like poster #4, I went through the ‘literal’ (read: zealot) stage of practice, but fortunately outgrew it.

  6. I bet the artist was all hunched over the picture, sketching like mad and making little “pew pew pew!” noises.

  7. Fighting the good fight against evil memes oldskool stylee… *pours out a glass-gem-encrusted goblet of Kool-Aid for his homies*

  8. Now I finally get Woody Allen’s comment in “Annie Hall” about not being able “to get behind religions that advertise in the back of Popular Mechanics” — I thought he was just being surreal, not describing real ads.

  9. What a great ad, very sinister. I have a copy of the book that I picked up at a thrift store years ago. Its been a long time since I looked at it, but as I recall the book was mostly about ‘mental hygiene’ and positive thinking. Have to dig it out when I get home tonight!

  10. WWEBoing, this is a slightly cleverer bit of trollery than your usual. However, I remember you from other threads, so I know how utterly useless it is to attempt to engage you.

  11. You know, Takuan-sensei, you’re allowed to use the link to dress text so that we have some idea what you’re linking to. Obviously there are fish involved in this one, but I’m not clicking on it at work.

  12. Shocked, I’m shocked that you might suggest I ever publish a link that may be prurient in some way – well, some unfunny way, anyway. Click in good confidence, Omaculartus is a mere handle pun on WWEBoing – whose habits are similar

  13. Tak, as in a bottom-feeder?

    I always thought “bottom-feeder” sounded scat-related (not the jazz kind)

  14. I grew up with this ad. It was in every pulp SF mag I bought (or so it seems) throughout the 1940s, many of which contained stories by L. Ron (or so it seems). Especially ‘Amazing,’ which also introduced Shaver’s ‘I Remember Lemuria.’ When ‘Dianetics’ first appeared I was a little too old for adolescent-appealing mumbo-jumbo metaphysics; and I therefore conflated Shaver, Gernsback, Hubbard, and The Rosicrucians. It became, to me, one big bowl of nuts—and remains so to this day. There is little doubt that Hubbard was one of the great synthesising mindfuckers of the 1960s, ranking with Werner Earhardt, Jim Jones, Chuck Diedrich, Mel Lyman, and Charles Manson. It is my conceit that they all started with this little ad.

    Or so it seems.

  15. I will pay a full dollar for this book. Cash money. Right now. But only if it is still sealed. I don’t want to mind-enslaving goodness all dried up.

  16. To hell with this! I want a book that will teach me to shoot invisible darts and eye-rays that shred other’ self confidence and peace of mind.

  17. #27: Yeah! Bravo! Me, I’m waiting for that ludicrous “continental drift” thing to blow over.

  18. #27 I’m waiting for this Hubble Space Expansion nonsense to blow over so we finally start that short trip to the Galaxy of Andromeda……

  19. #32: Exactly. What’s all this space warping stuff the scientific establishment is trying to sell us? They’re just trying to get grants and scare us into giving them money. Things fall because the Earth sucks them down.

  20. I’ve long been advocating that all the funding that’s squandered fighting “Global Warming” would be put to better use in a campaign to end gravity.

  21. Fellows, if you played pencil-and-paper D&D, you aren’t missing that much. At least initially, it’s all a big game about playing with your perceptions to make believe you are availing yourself of psychic energy. It’s not Scientology (Hubbard was into Satanism, not Rosicrucianism), but some of the exercises seem to be similar in their “look and visualize” way. I have no clue what was in the artist’s mind when they illustrated this… it’s not unlikely the magazine itself hired a hack to “draw some weird magician crap.”

  22. The eye-beams are cool. 1939? What’s the earliest example of the use of eye-beams in art? Superman?
    Do they pre-date I-beams in architecture?
    How about high-beams on the hiway?

  23. This and christian revival meeting were what gave L Ron Hoover the idea to experiment with the gullibility of people with Scientology.
    I have read that there was a much older order of Rosicrucian. This group has nothing to do with it though.

  24. The Rosicrucian Order is nothing like Scientology, religion, or any other control group. Check your facts.

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