Old and New Mysteries: From Trials to Initiation

Old and New Mysteries: From Trials to Initiation


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There is great contemporary interest in the mystery centers of antiquity, such as prehistoric caves, the pyramids of Egypt, Newgrange in Ireland, and the Externsteine in Germany. The trials and rites that took place there were for the chosen few, and are vividly described in this book -- from the trials of fire and water to the three-day near-death sleep.

The author goes on to argue that modern-day initiation, however, has a substantially different character. Whereas a 'hierophant' -- a guide -- was previously needed to navigate a trial, these days it is life itself which brings us trials, which can sometimes lead to deeper experiences of the spiritual.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781782501268
Publisher: Floris Books
Publication date: 09/15/2014
Edition description: Translatio
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Bastiaan Baan worked as a teacher in the Netherlands before being ordained in 1981. He was a Christian Community priest in the Netherlands and is currently director of the priests' seminary in Spring Valley, NY. He lectures widely, and has written many books. Lord of the Elements is his first book to be published in English.

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

1 The Externsteine 11

2 What is Initiation? 24

3 The Mithras Mysteries and Michael 37

4 The Egyptian Mysteries 51

5 Initiation in the Old Testament 60

6 Initiation in the New Testament 66

7 Christian Initiation: The Raising of Lazarus 76

8 Initiation in Early Christianity 90

9 Celtic Initiation: The Path Through the Elements 100

10 The Trial by Fire 113

11 The Trial by Water 122

12 The Trial by Air 131

13 And the Earth? 140

14 Initiation in the Twentieth Century 144

15 The Encounter with Evil 152

16 The Cross on the Path Toward Initiation 162

17 Patience: the Ultimate Trial 173

18 Anthroposophy and the Christian Community 176

19 And What About Everybody Else? 184

Notes 186

Bibliography 191

Index 194

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