Christopher McIntosh

Dr. Christopher McIntosh is an unusual combination of scholar, fiction writer, artist, gardener and connoisseur of the bizarre and the other-worldly. He was born in England in 1943 and grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland. He studied philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford and German at London University, later returning to Oxford to take a doctorate in history with a dissertation on the Rosicrucian revival in the context of the German Enlightenment and Counter-Enlightenment. After working in London in journalism and publishing he spent four years in New York as an information officer with the United Nations Development Programme, then moved to Germany to work for UNESCO. In parallel he has pursued a career as a writer and researcher specialising in the esoteric traditions. His books include The Astrologers and their Creed(1969); Eliphas Lévi and the French Occult Revival(1972); The Rosicrucians(latest edition 1997); The Rose Cross and the Age of Reason(1992), based on his D.Phil. dissertation; The Swan King: Ludwig II of Bavaria(latest edition 2003); and Gardens of the Gods(2005). His fictional work includes the occult novel Return of the Tetrad(2013), the spy thriller The Lebensborn Spy(2017) and the short story collections Master of the Starlit Grove(2014), The Wyrde Garden(2015) and The Sorceress of Agartha(2017). With his wife, Dr. Donate McIntosh, he produced a new translation of the Rosicrucian Fama Fraternitatis(2014). He has a long-standing interest in nature-oriented belief systems and in gardens as places filled with symbolic meaning, as described in his book Gardens of the Gods, and has created several such gardens of his own. He has lectured widely and was on the faculty of the distance M.A. programme in Western Esotericism at the University of Exeter, England, now sadly discontinued. His home is in North Germany.