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Visionary Worlds
Visionary Worlds (March 1996)
The Making and Unmaking of Reality
Lee Irwin - Author

Considers the role and significance of imagination and the myth-making processes that engage human beings in constructing a viable, living world of meaningful relations, beliefs and social interactions.

Visionary Worlds examines the role and significance of imagination and the myth-making processes that engage human beings in constructing a viable, living world of meaningful relations, beliefs, and social interact...(Read More)
 
 
Yeats and Alchemy
Yeats and Alchemy (January 1996)
William T. Gorski - Author

This book traces the development of alchemical discourse in the work of W. B. Yeats. His early essays and Golden Dawn transcripts demonstrate that for the poet, the alchemist was both artist and initiate. Gorski considers the themes of transformation, apocalypse, and futurity in relation to Yeats' alchemical representations of the 1890s. He uncovers Yeats' postmodern trajectory--to reconstitute the body, history, and material contingency which Yeats...(Read More)
 
 
Initiates of Theosophical Masters
Initiates of Theosophical Masters (August 1995)
K. Paul Johnson - Author

Examines the careers of the most distinguishes disciples of the Theosophical Masters profiled in The Masters Revealed, including George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff, Alexandra David-Neel, Anagarika Dharmapala, and Isabelle Eberhardt.

"Johnson is always interesting to read and the topic is central to the spiritual history of the twentieth century." --Jocelyn Godwin

The author examines the careers of t...(Read More)
 
 
A Different Christianity
A Different Christianity (July 1995)
Early Christian Esotericism and Modern Thought
Robin Amis - Author

Presents the esoteric, original core of Christianity.

This book presents the esoteric original core of Christianity with its concern for illuminating and healing the inner life of the individual. It is a bridge to the often difficult doctrines of the early church fathers, explaining the spiritual psychology of the fathers that underlies the current renewal of spirituality in the Greek church. This renewal, like this boo...(Read More)
 
 
Along the Path
Along the Path (July 1995)
Studies in Kabbalistic Myth, Symbolism, and Hermeneutics
Elliot R. Wolfson - Author

This book explores the fundamental issues in Jewish mysticism and provides a taxonomy of the deep structures of thought that emerge from the texts.
"This book demonstrates the complexity of Jewish mysticism in the history of religions. The author provides a morphology of the deep structures of thought that emerge from the basic texts of Jewish mysticism. Combining the most sophisticated philological and phenomenological methods, he expl...(Read More)
 
 
Circle in the Square
Circle in the Square (July 1995)
Studies in the Use of Gender in Kabbalistic Symbolism
Elliot R. Wolfson - Author

This book deals with the issue of gender in Jewish mysticism showing the thematic correlation of eroticism and esotericism that is central to the kabbalah.
"A tour de force in terms of historical range, analytic boldness, textual sources, and interpretive constructions. An important contribution in every sense to Jewish thought and interpretation." -- Michael Fishbane, University of Chicago
"Wolfson has a knack for selecting particul...(Read More)
 
 
The Brotherhood of the Common Life and Its Influence
The Brotherhood of the Common Life and Its Influence (March 1995)
Ross Fuller - Author

"This book uncovers a missing link in the historical transition from Catholic spirituality to Protestantism and, in so doing, portrays a form of Christian interiority that has strong implications for today's spiritual seeker. A magisterial work--bold, sensitive, and yet, modest." -- Jacob Needleman

This book presents a lost tradition of inner work, the way of the householder, which was believed by the Brotherhood of Common Li...(Read More)
 
 
Access to Western Esotericism
Access to Western Esotericism (December 1994)
Antoine Faivre - Author

This is the first systematic treatment of esotericism to appear in English. Here is also a historical survey, beginning with the Alexandrean Period, of the various esoteric currents such as Christian Kabbalah, Theosophy, Alchemy, Rosicrucianism, and Hermeticism. Common characteristics of these currents are the notion of universal interdependency and the experience of spiritual transformation. The author establishes a rigorous methodology; provide...(Read More)
 
 
Sacred Geography of the Ancient Greeks
Sacred Geography of the Ancient Greeks (December 1994)
Astrological Symbolism in Art, Architecture, and Landscape
Jean Richer - Author
Christine Rhone - Translator

This book provides proof of the existence and explains the significance of planned alignments between classical temples and oracle sites over a wide range of territory, pointing to an astrological system of planning in the ancient world. This system of symbolism may be used predictively and is supported by all relevant artifacts. Here is a unifying approach to the study of geomancy in the ancient world as a whole.

Richer has found a network o...(Read More)
 
 
Theosophical Enlightenment
Theosophical Enlightenment (November 1994)
Joscelyn Godwin - Author

This is an intellectual history of occult and esoteric currents in the English-speaking world from the early Romantic period to the early twentieth century. The Theosophical Society, founded in 1875 by Helena P. Blavatsky, holds a crucial position as the place where all these currents temporarily united, before again diverging. The book's ambiguous title points to the author's thesis that Theosophy owed as much to the skeptical Enlightenment of th...(Read More)
 
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