HP (Hahn) Blavatsky

Helena Petrovna (Hahn) Blavatsky (1831 - 1891)

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Helena Petrovna (HP) "Radha-Bai, Sedmitchka, Lolo" Blavatsky formerly Hahn aka von Hahn, de Hahn
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Died in Woking Crematorium, Surrey, Englandmap
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Helena Petrovna von Hahn[1] (b. night of 30/31 Jul 1831 Ekaterinaslow, Russia[2][3] - d.1891 London)[4]

bp. Russian Orthodox[5]
nick. Radha-Bai;[6]Sedmitchka; [5][7] Lolo[8]


Madame H.P. Blavatsky

As a world-famous occultist, Mme. Blavatsky needs no introduction.[5] Even in death, her influence continues to play a role in modern beliefs, and can be seen across the Internet.

That said, Blavatsky has an interesting background, and channeled her family's genealogy at the request of her father, Col. Peter Hahn.[9]

Hahn was of noble stock, and related to the Mecklenburgs, while Blavatsky's mother -- a descendant of Grand Duke Rurik -- was the daughter of Princess Helene Dolgorouky.[10] Her name was also Helena, and she gave birth to HPB on a late night between the 30th and the 31st of July. Although this date correlates with the Julian calendar, it's steeped in folklore and was of special significance to the locals. So special, that according to her family, Blavatsky was dubbed "Sedmitchka" by local serfs.[7]

The date in question offered the future New Ager protection from a normally benign "Domovoy" (house goblin), that became a trickster every March 30th. Only those who share Blavatsky's birthday are offered protection.[7]

Ironically, family history states that things didn't work out so well at HPB's Russian Orthodox baptism. Her aunt, just a toddler at the time, accidentally set the priest's robes on fire and the poor guy suffered severe burns. The town thought it was a bad omen, but as things turned out... Blavatsky became a legend.[5]


  • Father: Col. Peter Alexeyevich von Hahn, son of Countess Elizabeth Maksimovna von Probsen and Gen. Alexis Hahn von Rottenstern Hahn[11][12][13]
  • Mother: Helene Fadeef, dau. of Privy Counselor Andrew Fadeef and Princess Helene Dolgorouky [10] or Helena Andreyevna Fadeyev (11/23 Jan 1814 Kiev - 1842)[13]


m.1 Nicephore Blavatsky[14] 07 July 1848.[15] Separated.

m.2 (03 Apr 1875 - 25 May 1878 divorced) Michael C. Betanelly .[16][17]


  • Societe Spirite: Co-founder[16]
  • Theosophical Society: Founder[18]



  • Occultist


  • 1888: "The Secret Doctrine"[20]


  1. Russian: Hahn; DE: Von Hahn; FR: de Hahn
  2. Sinnett, 1886, p. 13.
  3. Gregorian date: 12 Aug 1831. Julian: 30/31 1831; Zirkoff: 11 Aug 1831 11:22PM GMT, (Wikipedia); Current geography: Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine
  4. Blavatsky was cremated and scattered in London, NY and Adyar, (Wikipedia).
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Sinnett, P.A. (1886). Incidents in the Life of Madame Blavatsky. NY: JW Bouton. Google Books.
  6. Zhelihovsky, V.P. (1894-5). Helena Petrovna Blavatsky. London: Lucifer. www.blavatskyarchives.com
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Sinnett, 1886, p.20-21; In youth, serfs called Blavatsky "Sedmitchka" (one connected with the number seven) because of the particular night on which she was born.
  8. called "Lolo" by her mom. See Wikipedia: Peter Hahn
  9. Sinnett, 1886, p.97.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Princess Helene Dolgorouky (descendant of Grand Duke Rurik ( Sinnett, 1886, p. 13, 15)
  11. Gen. Hahn was from the Mecklenburg family, and a cousin of Ida, Countess von Hahn Hahn; ( Sinnett, 1886, p. 13-14).
    m.1 Mlle. H. Fadeew aka first Russian novelist, Zenaida R.
    m.2 Baroness von Lange. Issue: Mme. "Little Lisa" Jelihovsky
  12. Wikipedia: Peter Hahn
  13. 13.0 13.1 Boris Zirkoff on Blavatzk's background and early life. www.philaletheians.co.uk PDF
  14. Counselor of State; Vice Gov. Province of Erivan, Caucasus ( Sinnett, 1886, p. 13).
  15. www.astro.com
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 NYC, USA (www.helenablavatsky.com.br)
  17. First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia. Rev. William H. Furness conducted service. (www.tswiki.net).
  18. 18.0 18.1 Moon, G.W. (1891). Men and Women of the Time: A Dictionary of Contemporaries. (pp.97-98). Google Books
  19. Route: Odessa - Paris - NY
  20. Wikipedia: The Secret Doctrine

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