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The founder of the influential Gnosis magazine collects essays by some of today's finest spiritual writers to explore the West's magical and esoteric traditions.

Rosicrucianism, Freemasonry, Gnosticism, The Knights Templar . . . Even before the success of The Da Vinci Code, many readers knew of these and other aspects of Western esoterica. But few understand their true meaning.

In The Inner West, more than twenty essays by seventeen leading ...

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Overview


The founder of the influential Gnosis magazine collects essays by some of today's finest spiritual writers to explore the West's magical and esoteric traditions.

Rosicrucianism, Freemasonry, Gnosticism, The Knights Templar . . . Even before the success of The Da Vinci Code, many readers knew of these and other aspects of Western esoterica. But few understand their true meaning.

In The Inner West, more than twenty essays by seventeen leading authors shine a light on some of the most mysterious and closely held aspects of the Western tradition. Its authors bring to life the symbolist and occult philosophies that populate the history and beliefs of the Western way. These same philosophies-which include variants of Christian and Jewish mysticism, and the teachings of figures like Rudolf Steiner and G. I. Gurdjieff-can present a deep and different spiritual path for today's seekers.

Spiritual seekers have often looked to the East for inspiration and guidance. Yet increasing numbers of people are discovering that many helpful wisdom traditions have existed right here in the West. With the Kabbalah and Tarot cards more popular than ever, and alternative spirituality from Wicca to Sufism gaining a new audience, The Inner West is a timely book for this expanding audience

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585423392
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/17/2004
  • Series: New Consciousness Reader Series
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author


Jay Kinney is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Gnosis: A Journal of the Western Inner Traditions.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
The esoteric roots of the west
1 Hermes and alchemy : the winged God and the golden word 19
2 The star-Gods of neoplatonism 31
3 The quest for spiritual freedom : the gnostic worldview 42
The inner side of the religions of the west
4 Kabbalah and Jewish mysticism : an overview 59
5 The mysticism of Christian teaching 68
6 Sufism : a path to human wholeness 81
The secret teachings
7 The quest of the Magus : a summary of the Western magical tradition 97
8 The unexamined tarot 111
9 Ladder to labyrinth : the spiritual and psychological dimensions of astrology 124
10 Sophia : goddess of wisdom 140
11 Explaining Wicca 156
Esotheric brotherhoods
12 The hidden sages and the Knights Templar 173
13 The Rosicrucian dream 194
14 Masonic civilization 206
Mystics and teachers
15 Heavens and hells : the inner worlds of Emanuel Swedenborg 221
16 Blavatsky and her masters 235
17 The apocalyptic Steiner 255
18 Rene Schwaller de Lubicz and the intelligence of the heart 264
19 G. I. Gurdjieff : meetings with a remarkable paradox 278
20 Facing the traditionalists : an approach to Rene Guenon and his successors 292
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2004

    The Rebirth of Gnosticism

    Highly recommended introduction to the Western Mystery Schools. Comprehensive, intelligent, and well-editied. Contains a particularly useful introduction to modern Gnosticism by Dr. Stephan A. Hoeller. Basic text for students of comparative religion.

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