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Tagged With: Norman Astley

Norman Astley Handwriting

Five years ago, I gave a presentation to the biennial Church of Light convention in which I suggested that Norman Astley, who married Genevieve Stebbins in 1892 and with her was a major influence on Elbert Benjamine until her death in 1933, had been born as Thomas Henry D’Alton and then known as Thomas Henry … Continue reading »

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The Astleys Move to England, 1907

There is momentous news to report soon, but in the meantime I will share a small bit of information that has become available on the Web.  It is known that Genevieve Stebbins retired in 1907 from the New York School of Expression. She and her husband Norman Astley had previously owned property in the North … Continue reading »

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Hiking the Glen Burney Trail with Norman and Genevieve

A hiking trip I took a week ago inspired some reflections on what constitutes a “sacred place.”  One aspect of the Church of Light which distinguishes it from most spiritual groups is the lack of any specific sacred places that are associated with its history.  The Coral Street headquarters in Los Angeles was the CofL’s … Continue reading »

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Carolina Connections, Esoteric Historians

  The State of Things is heard on North Carolina Public Radio on weekdays, and one of the most interesting interviews I’ve heard lately featured Sally Rhine Feather. The Brotherhood of Light lessons focus on validation of ESP via psychical research, aka parapsychology.  Neither Spiritualism nor occult tradition are cited with nearly the same confidence. Yet, … Continue reading »

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Norman Astley death record

  UK death record index for April-June 1943 Ancestry.com includes this document which indexes a death record for Norman Astley during the months of April–June 1943.  We cannot be sure this is the Astley who was married to Genevieve Stebbins, but the age and place seem to point to him.

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