Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism

Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism

Wouter J. Hanegraaff

Language: English

Pages: 1230

ISBN: 9004152318

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism

Wouter J. Hanegraaff

Language: English

Pages: 1230

ISBN: 9004152318

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Now available in one volume

This is the first comprehensive reference work to cover the entire domain of “Gnosis and Western Esotericism” from the period of Late Antiquity to the present. Containing around 400 articles by over 180 international specialists, it provides critical overviews discussing the nature and historical development of all its important currents and manifestations, from Gnosticism and Hermetism to Astrology, Alchemy and Magic, from the Hermetic Tradition of the Renaissance to Rosicrucianism and Christian Theosophy, and from Freemasonry and Illuminism to 19th-century Occultism and the contemporary New Age movement. Furthermore it contains articles about the life and work of all the major personalities in the history of Gnosis and Western Esotericism, discussing their ideas, significance, and historical influence.

This one volume edition is an unabridged version of the two volume edition published in 2005.

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speak of Jesus Christ from the Baptism in the Jordan onwards, which he sees as the moment in which Christ truly descended into Jesus and became man. Jesus’ corporeal nature was a vessel which had been prepared over thousands of years. In an attempt to square the gospel according to Luke with the gospel according to Matthew, Steiner speaks of two children with the name Jesus and two pairs of parents called Joseph and Mary. He refers to the child of the gospel according to Luke as the Nathanic

underpinned his “Ario-Christian” religion. In the late 1920s he articulated a millenarianism based on cosmic periods of approximately 730 years within the Platonic Year. In the period 4801210 society had been ruled by “spiritual-chivalrous orders” (Benedictines, Cistercians, Templars and Teutonic Knights). In the period 1210-1920 aristocratic rule was eclipsed by the rise of the masses. The Turks and Jews weakened the European polity and the spread of towns, capitalism, and the ideologies of

horoscope of the world. On this point Morin rejected → Campanella’s opinion, which held that the zodiacal signs, representing the stations of the sun’s course, should be assigned reversed meanings for births in the southern hemisphere. In much of learned Europe at the end of the 17th century, natural philosophy was becoming linked more and more closely to the mechanistic image of the physical universe, of which René Descartes’ work provided one of the most influential versions. The new climate

already cited Tabula Smaragdina, which originally stood at the end of “The Book of the Secret of Cre- 27 ation” by Balinas (Pseudo-Apollonios of Tyana), and further authorities like Cleopatra, Mary the Jewess, Ostanes and others. Such pseudepigrapha in Arabic alchemy have still not been adequately researched. From the 8th century onwards, Islamic scholars enter the historical stage. Only several of the great number of Muslim alchemists, who produced original and representative work, can be

Introduction 2. Papyrus (a. Instructions from Formularies b. Actual Papyrus Amulets) 3. Phylacteries [Metal Amulets, Lamellae ] (a. Instructions from Formularies b. Actual Metal Phylacteries) 4. Engraved Gemstones (a. Instructions from Formularies b. Actual Gemstones) 5. Other Inscribed Materials 6. Uninscribed Materials 7. Amuletic Bundles 8. Amulets, Gnosticism and Theurgy 1. Introduction Amulets (Lat. amuletum; Gk. phylaktèrion) are small devices usually worn on or attached to the body for

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