Romanticism & Esoteric Tradition

Studies in Imagination

Author: Paul Davies

Publisher: SteinerBooks

ISBN: 9780940262881

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

View: 6444

Spiritual quest is at the very heart of poetry, but in our materialistic climate as we begin the twenty-first century, this has been largely forgotten, even by those who claim to be experts in interpreting literature.How does the worldview common to the main esoteric traditions of East and West correspond to the aims of Romantic poets such as Shelley, Keats, Blake, Coleridge, and Wordsworth? In Romanticism and Esoteric Tradition, Paul Davies maintains that the intended meaning of the poetry and thinking of the Romantics can be understood only in the light of the spiritual teachings of those traditions.This is one of the few books that connects the creative nature of poetry to the core teachings of the esoteric tradition. It reveals the true meaning of several Romantic writers whose works have been trivialized by a culture that has marginalized the spiritual and bound itself only to material, historical, and social concerns.The author also shows that the Romantics were the first Western poets to imagine the relationship of the self to the environment as personal encounter. In this sense the Romantics recalled a long-held secret of the esoteric "human sciences" rather than inventing a new one.This book brings the deepest interests of the Romantics directly into contact with issues closest to present-day students of the spiritual traditions and holistic perspectives.

Esoteric Studies in Masonry - Volume 1: France, Freemasonry, Hermeticism, Kabalah and Alchemical Symbolism (Bilingual)

Author: Daath Gnosis,Jean ƒtienne Marconis de N�gre,Fleury Piot,Fran�ois Henri Stanislas de L'Aulnaye,Jean Marie Ragon,Louis Travenol,M. Basset,J. Bardin,P. Gosse,M. Pinet,Baron de Tschuody

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1312442646

Category: Religion

Page: 412

View: 751

This Text presents an introduction to the Alchemical Philosophy of the Ancient Mysteries, it contains extracts from many different books and is organized into 2 main sections: 1) An explanation of the Alchemical Symbolism which has 3 parts that are mostly extracts from 3 of Jean Marie Ragon's books published together in 1853: Masonic Orthodoxy, Philosophical Masonry and Occult Masonry. Taken together, these extracts are a wonderful synthesis of how Masonry is a continuation of the Ancient Mysteries. 2) Contains the Instructions and/or Catechisms from 3 different French Masonic orders: FRENCH RITE (early to mid 1700s), ADONHIRAMITE RITE (late 1700s), and MEMPHIS RITE (mid 1800s). These show the Ancient Philosophical, Hermetic, and Alchemical symbolism which was explained in the first section. Finally, in the Editor's Appendix, there is an explanation of the "Masonic Tablet," followed by an article about the "Generation of Beings" and then a list of the "Shem Hamphorash" or the '72 Names of God'.

Western Esotericism

A Concise History

Author: Antoine Faivre

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 1438433794

Category: Occultism

Page: 136

View: 8379

An overview of Western esoteric currents since late antiquity, with an emphasis on the last six centuries. Widely received in France, this brief, comprehensive introduction to Western esotericism by the founder of the field is at last available in English. A historical and pedagogical guide, the book is written primarily for students and novices. In clear, precise language, author Antoine Faivre provides an overview of Western esoteric currents since late antiquity. The bulk of the book is laid out chronologically, from ancient and medieval sources (Alexandrian Hermetism, Gnosticism, Neoplatonism), through the Renaissance up to the present time. Its coverage includes spiritual alchemy, Jewish and Christian Kabbalah, Christian theosophy, Rosicrucianism, Illuminism, “mystical” Freemasonry, the “occultist” current, Theosophical and Anthroposophical Societies, the Traditionalist School, and “esotericism” in contemporary initiatic societies and in New Religious Movements. Faivre explores how these currents are connected, and refers to where they appear in art and literature. The book concludes with an annotated bibliography, which makes it an essential resource for beginners and scholars alike. “A characteristically erudite, sweeping brief survey of the field of Western esotericism, at once accessible and bristling with details. This is a valuable overview, from the inimitable perspective of the field’s founder, for those who wish to delve into this fascinating and thriving area of contemporary scholarship.” — Arthur Versluis, author of Restoring Paradise, Wisdom’s Children, and Magic and Mysticism “The classic survey of Western esotericism by the most knowledgeable and influential scholar of his generation is now finally accessible to English readers, in an updated edition that takes account of current developments. This small but precious volume will be indispensable for anybody who wishes to be well informed about the historical backgrounds and development of esoteric currents from antiquity to the present.” — Wouter J. Hanegraaff, University of Amsterdam

Lux in Tenebris

The Visual and the Symbolic in Western Esotericism

Author: N.A

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004334955

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 516

View: 2722

The eighteen original interdisciplinary essays in Lux in Tenebris explore the alchemical, magical, kabbalistic, rosicrucian and theosophical verbal and visual symbolism in the history of Western Esotericism, from the middle ages to the present day.

Theosophy, Imagination, Tradition

Studies in Western Esotericism

Author: Antoine Faivre

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791444351

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 269

View: 6889

A historical and interpretive study of three aspects of Western esotericism from the Renaissance to the twentieth century.

Esoteric Development

Selected Lectures and Writings

Author: Rudolf Steiner

Publisher: SteinerBooks

ISBN: 9780880105248

Category: Religion

Page: 170

View: 5918

This edition brings together an ordered sequence of statements by Steiner on the development of higher, suprasensory knowing -- imagination, inspiration, and intuition. Ten chapters take the reader from the idea of inner development, through the cultural and evolutioary need for higher knowing, to examples of the practices and inner gestures this work requires. Steiner unfolds the necessary steps and stages, always insisting on the free, individual, and cognitive character of anthroposophic spiritual research.

Igniting Creativity in Gifted Learners, K-6

Strategies for Every Teacher

Author: Joan Franklin Smutny,S.E. von Fremd

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 1452237220

Category: Education

Page: 344

View: 1984

Provide exciting, enriching learning experiences for gifted students through proven strategies from master teachers! With contributions from experienced educators, this book helps elementary school teachers use creative methods to enhance gifted students’ learning and stimulate higher-level thinking, discovery, and invention. Linked to curriculum standards, the numerous ready-to-use strategies, activities, and examples help teachers: Inspire students in reading, writing, social studies, mathematics, science, and the arts Tie creative processes to learning outcomes Incorporate technology into instruction where appropriate Encourage students to explore new avenues for thinking and learning

Esotericism and the Academy

Rejected Knowledge in Western Culture

Author: Wouter J. Hanegraaff

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521196213

Category: Religion

Page: 468

View: 4365

The neglected history of how intellectuals since the Renaissance have approached ideas of the occult which challenged biblical religion.

Karmic Relationships

Esoteric Studies

Author: Rudolf Steiner

Publisher: Rudolf Steiner Press

ISBN: 9780854403134

Category: Social Science

Page: 184

View: 4096

During 1924, before his last address in September, Rudolf Steiner gave over eighty lectures on the subject of karma to members of the Anthroposophical Society. These deeply esoteric lectures examine the underlying laws inherent in reincarnation and karma, and explore in detail the incarnations of specific historical figures. For Steiner, this study is of the utmost importance. In this volume, Steiner discusses the karmic relationships within the anthroposophical movement, including the predispositions which lead souls to anthroposophy, the two streams within the movement, plus Rosicrucianism, Arabism, Aristotelianism, the Platonists and the School of Michael.

Hidden Intercourse

Eros and Sexuality in the History of Western Esotericism

Author: Wouter J. Hanegraaff,Jeffrey J. Kripal

Publisher: Fordham Univ Press

ISBN: 0823233413

Category: Religion

Page: 544

View: 7401

Annotation. This volume is the first to analyse the eroticism of the esoteric on the basis of expert scholarship and attention to textual and historical detail. While there are few domains in which the imagination can so easily run wild, the various contributions seek to distinguish fact from fiction.

The Poet as Phenomenologist

Rilke and the New Poems

Author: Luke Fischer

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1628925442

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 320

View: 8356

The Poet as Phenomenologist: Rilke and the New Poems opens up new perspectives on the relation between Rilke's poetry and phenomenological philosophy, illustrating the ways in which poetry can offer an exceptional response to the philosophical problem of dualism. Drawing on the work of Husserl, Heidegger and Merleau-Ponty, Luke Fischer makes a new contribution to the tradition of phenomenological poetics and expands the debate among Germanists concerning the phenomenological status of Rilke's poetry, which has been severely limited to comparisons of Rilke and Husserl. Fischer explicates an implicit phenomenology of perception in Rilke's writings from his middle period (1902-1910). He argues that Rilke cultivated an artistic perception that, in a philosophically significant manner, overcomes the opposition between the sensuous and the intelligible while simultaneously transcending the boundaries of philosophy. Fischer offers novel interpretations of central poems from Rilke's Neue Gedichte (1907) and Der neuen Gedichte anderer Teil (1908) and frames them as the ultimate articulation of Rilke's non-dualistic vision. He thus demonstrates the continuity between Rilke and phenomenology while arguing that poetry, in this case, provides the most adequate response to a philosophical problem.

Aufklärung und Esoterik: Wege in die Moderne

Author: Monika Neugebauer-Wölk,Renko Geffarth,Markus Meumann

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3110297833

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 837

View: 5051

The more than 30 essays in this volume examine the engagement of the Enlightenment with esoteric traditions of the Early Modern Era and the transformative pathways by which Hermeticism, magic, alchemy, and Kabbalah influenced Spiritualism, Occultism, and Theosophy. The contributors explore intersections between the Enlightenment and Esotericism and identify the concerns and preoccupations that made possible the transition to modern esotericism.

A History of Western Astrology Volume II

The Medieval and Modern Worlds

Author: Nicholas Campion

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 392

View: 4732

Astrology is a major feature of contemporary popular culture. Recent research indicates that 99% of adults in the modern west know their birth sign. In the modern west astrology thrives as part of our culture despite being a pre-Christian, pre-scientific world-view. Medieval and Renaissance Europe marked the high water mark for astrology. It was a subject of high theological speculation, was used to advise kings and popes, and to arrange any activity from the beginning of battles to the most auspicious time to have one's hair cut. Nicholas Campion examines the foundation of modern astrology in the medieval and Renaissance worlds. Spanning the period between the collapse of classical astrology in the fifth century and the rise of popular astrology on the web in the twentieth, Campion challenges the historical convention that astrology flourished only between the twelfth and seventeenth centuries. Concluding with a discussion of astrology's popularity and appeal in the twenty-first century, Campion asks whether it should be seen as an integral part of modernity or as an element of the post-modern world.

Daimonic Imagination

Uncanny Intelligence

Author: Angela Voss,William Rowlandson

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443850128

Category: History

Page: 455

View: 7860

From the artistic genius to the tarot reader, a sense of communication with another order of reality is commonly affirmed; this ‘other’ may be termed god, angel, spirit, muse, daimon or alien, or it may be seen as an aspect of the human imagination or the ‘unconscious’ in a psychological sense. This volume of essays celebrates the daimonic presence in a diversity of manifestations, presenting new insights into inspired creativity and human beings’ relationship with mysterious and numinous dimensions of reality. In art and literature, many visual and poetic forms have been given to the daimonic intelligence, and in the realm of new age practices, encounters with spirit beings are facilitated through an increasing variety of methods including shamanism, hypnotherapy, mediumship and psychedelics. The contributors to this book are not concerned with ‘proving’ or ‘disproving’ the existence of such beings. Rather, they paint a broad canvas with many colours, evoking the daimon through the perspectives of history, literature, encounter and performance, and showing how it informs, and has always informed, human experience.

Martial Arts as Embodied Knowledge

Asian Traditions in a Transnational World

Author: D. S. Farrer

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 1438439687

Category: Art

Page: 261

View: 578

A wide-ranging scholarly consideration of the martial arts.

Religion and the Subtle Body in Asia and the West

Between Mind and Body

Author: Geoffrey Samuel,Jay Johnston

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136766405

Category: Religion

Page: 282

View: 725

Subtle-body practices are found particularly in Indian, Indo-Tibetan and East Asian societies, but have become increasingly familiar in Western societies, especially through the various healing and yogic techniques and exercises associated with them. This book explores subtle-body practices from a variety of perspectives, and includes both studies of these practices in Asian and Western contexts. The book discusses how subtle-body practices assume a quasi-material level of human existence that is intermediate between conventional concepts of body and mind. Often, this level is conceived of in terms of an invisible structure of channels, associated with the human body, through which flows of quasi-material substance take place. Contributors look at how subtle-body concepts form the basic explanatory structure for a wide range of practices. These include forms of healing, modes of exercise and martial arts as well as religious practices aimed at the refinement and transformation of the human mindbody complex. By highlighting how subtle-body practices of many kinds have been introduced into Western societies in recent years, the book explores the possibilities for new models of understanding which these concepts open up. It is a useful contribution to studies on Asian Religion and Philosophy.

Romanticism, Medicine and the Natural Supernatural

Transcendent Vision and Bodily Spectres, 1789-1852

Author: Gavin Budge

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137284315

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 295

View: 7038

This fascinating interdisciplinary study examines the relationship between literary interest in visionary kinds of experience and medical ideas about hallucination and the nerves in the first half of the nineteenth century, focusing on canonical Romantic authors, the work of women writers influenced by Romanticism, and visual culture.

Zen and Material Culture

Author: Pamela Winfield,Steven Heine

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190693738

Category: Religion

Page: 360

View: 9304

The stereotype of Zen Buddhism as a minimalistic or even immaterial meditative tradition persists in the Euro-American cultural imagination. This volume calls attention to the vast range of "stuff" in Zen by highlighting the material abundance and iconic range of the Soto, Rinzai, and Obaku sects in Japan. Chapters on beads, bowls, buildings, staffs, statues, rags, robes, and even retail commodities in America all shed new light on overlooked items of lay and monastic practice in both historical and contemporary perspectives. Nine authors from the cognate fields of art history, religious studies, and the history of material culture analyze these "Zen matters" in all four senses of the phrase: the interdisciplinary study of Zen's matters (objects and images) ultimately speaks to larger Zen matters (ideas, ideals) that matter (in the predicate sense) to both male and female practitioners, often because such matters (economic considerations) help to ensure the cultural and institutional survival of the tradition. Zen and Material Culture expands the study of Japanese Zen Buddhism to include material inquiry as an important complement to mainly textual, institutional, or ritual studies. It also broadens the traditional purview of art history by incorporating the visual culture of everyday Zen objects and images into the canon of recognized masterpieces by elite artists. Finally, the volume extends Japanese material and visual cultural studies into new research territory by taking up Zen's rich trove of materia liturgica and supplementing the largely secular approach to studying Japanese popular culture. This groundbreaking volume will be a resource for anyone whose interests lie at the intersection of Zen art, architecture, history, ritual, tea ceremony, women's studies, and the fine line between Buddhist materiality and materialism.

The Great Secret Or Occultism Unveiled

Author: Eliphas Levi

Publisher: Weiser Books

ISBN: 9780877289388

Category: Fiction

Page: 200

View: 8691

The Great Secret completes a trilogy of books by Eliphas Levi published in his "Studies in Hermetic Tradition" series, the two previous volumes being The Book of Splendours and The Mysteries of the Qabalah. Taken together these writings represent a fitting memorial to one who "has been both the keeper of the hermetic tradition and the absolute renovator of esoteric thinking in Europe in the 19th century". "You will be as gods, knowing good and evil". So concludes what Eliphas Levi considered to be his last testament, his most important and final treatise, and a summation of his esoteric philosophy. This volume is the conclusion of the work he started with Book One, The Hieratic Mystery or the Traditional Documents of High Initiation, published as The Book of Splendours (Weiser, 1984). The Great Secret contains his final two works: Book Two, The Royal Mystery or Art of Subduing the Powers, in which Levi discusses such topics as Evil, the Outer Darkness, the Great Secret, Magical Sacrifice, Evocations, the Arcana of Solomon's Ring, and the Terrible Secret. Book Three, The Sacerdotal Mystery or the Art of Being Served by Spirits, covers Aberrant Forces, the Chaining of the Devil, Sacred and Accursed Rites, Divination, Dark Intelligence, and the Great Arcanum.