G.R.S. Mead and the Gnostic Quest (Western Esoteric Masters Series)

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George Robert Stowe Mead (1863-1933) was a major translator, editor, and commentator on Gnostic and hermetic literature and thus a pivotal figure linking the late 19th-century esoteric revival to 20th-century art, literature, and psychology. As a young convert to the new movement of theosophy, he served as private secretary to its co-founder, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, and after founding the European section of the Theosophical Society edited its London journal, Lucifer, for many years. Mead's initial interest in...

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Overview

George Robert Stowe Mead (1863-1933) was a major translator, editor, and commentator on Gnostic and hermetic literature and thus a pivotal figure linking the late 19th-century esoteric revival to 20th-century art, literature, and psychology. As a young convert to the new movement of theosophy, he served as private secretary to its co-founder, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, and after founding the European section of the Theosophical Society edited its London journal, Lucifer, for many years. Mead's initial interest in theosophy and Hinduism soon blossomed into a lifelong and wide-ranging engagement with the texts of Gnosticism, neo-Platonism, and hermeticism. His editions and commentaries on previously inaccessible sources became standard works before the First World War and an important source of inspiration to such figures as Jung, Ezra Pound, Yeats, and Robert Duncan. A new entry in the Western Masters Series of concise biographies noting key figures in the Western esoteric tradition, G.R.S. Mead and the Gnostic Quest introduces Mead's life, works, and influences, combining a substantial biography with a collection of his most important writings.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556435720
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
  • Publication date: 8/9/2005
  • Series: Western Esoteric Masters Series
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Claire Goodrick-Clarke, a homeopathic practitioner in Devon, England has a long-standing interest in Gnosticism and Western Esotericism. She has published articles on Comenius, Justinus Kerner and the Seeress of Prevost, and G.R.S. Mead, and she is currently working on Samuel Hahnemann and the history and practice of alchemy.

Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke, General Editor of the Western Esoteric Masters Series is Professor of Western Esotericism at the University of Exeter and director of its Centre for the Study of Esotericism. He has published studies on Paracelsus, John Dee, Cornelius Agrippa, Emanuel Swedenborg, and Helena Blavatsky. His pioneering work The Occult Roots of Nazism has been translated into nine languages.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : G. R. S. Mead : his life, works, and influence 1
1 Universal theosophy : east and west 33
The unity of the universe 33
The world soul 43
The task of theosophical scholars in the west 56
A measure of what theosophy means to me 62
2 Gnosticism 67
The Philosophumena 69
Valentinian AEonology 86
Mystic cosmogony 95
The theosophy of Simon Magus 103
Helen of Tyre 109
Abraxas 114
3 Hermeticism 117
The shepherd of men 119
Concerning "the shepherd" of Hermes 127
The mystic cup 135
The gnosis of the mind 140
4 Esoteric Christianity 143
The first book of the Pistis Sophia 145
The sacred dance of Jesus 150
Stray notes on the Christ-mystery 157
The secret of Jesus 161
5 Initiation 175
Initiation 176
On the way of the path 184
The heroic life 192
On the nature of the quest 200
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