Gawain and the Grail Quest: Healing the Waste Land in Our Time

Gawain and the Grail Quest: Healing the Waste Land in Our Time

by Jeffrey Dixon

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780863158742
Publisher: Floris Books
Publication date: 07/28/2012
Pages: 213
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Mysterious Borderland of Gnosis 9

The mythic and the imaginal 11

Prologue: Into the Waste Land 15

Thus spake Nietszche 20

The philosophy of illumination 23

The Angels of the Imaginal World 25

The great disjunction 28

Things fall apart, the centre cannot hold… 30

Part 1 The Secret of the Grail 35

1 The Return of the Angels 37

A beautiful conjunction 37

The Round Table 40

To the Grail Castle 43

2 The Mystery of the Cross of Light 47

The Grail procession 48

A supernatural light 50

The Grail question 53

The summons of the hideous maiden 55

The Good Friday sermon 57

3 Such a Holy Thing 59

The secret names 60

The vision of Christ 63

Transfigured vision 64

The imaginal body 66

A vision of light 70

4 The Secret Tradition of Joseph of Arimathea 72

The body and blood of Jesus 72

Dogma and heresy 74

Blood and water 77

The Epistle of Peter to the Avalonians 79

5 The Knight of the Broken Sword 81

To the island of the Grail 81

The Dolorous Stroke 85

6 How Does the Lance Bleed? 89

Holy blood, second nature 89

Incarnation and history 90

The imaginal world of the Grail 95

The verdant one 99

Part 2 Gawain the Healer 105

7 The Knight of Maidens 107

First among knights 107

The wedding of Sir Gawain 110

The lord of two worlds 113

The sun god and his steed 115

8 Decline and Fall 117

Fays and demons 118

A made-to-order hero 120

Sir Gawain in the Grail Castle 122

9 From Mystery to Miracle 127

The true knight 128

An official answer to the Grail question 130

The mass of the Grail 133

The end of questioning 135

Journey to the east 136

The shadow of the Lateran 138

10 The Night of the Living Dead 141

The questioner 142

The blood is the life 143

Heinrich's variations 147

The letter kills 149

11 A Jewel for the Jeopardy 151

Phantom and fairy 151

Through countries strange… 152

The chapel of mischance 155

The green angel 157

'If you are the Verdant One… 159

The Knight of the green sword 163

12 The Grail in the Green 165

Holy barrows 165

An astounding motif 169

A bridge to paganism 172

The knight of the balance 174

Epilogue: Leaving the Waste Land 180

Appendix: Gnosis and Gnosticism 183

Endnotes 191

Chronology and Sources 200

Bibliography 206

Index 210

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