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The Inner West : An Introduction to the Hidden Wisdom of the West - Jay Kinney

The Inner West

An Introduction to the Hidden Wisdom of the West

By: Jay Kinney (Editor)

Paperback Published: 17th June 2004
ISBN: 9781585423392
Number Of Pages: 352
For Ages: 18+ years old

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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 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

Introductionp. 1
The esoteric roots of the west
Hermes and alchemy : the winged God and the golden wordp. 19
The star-Gods of neoplatonismp. 31
The quest for spiritual freedom : the gnostic worldviewp. 42
The inner side of the religions of the west
Kabbalah and Jewish mysticism : an overviewp. 59
The mysticism of Christian teachingp. 68
Sufism : a path to human wholenessp. 81
The secret teachings
The quest of the Magus : a summary of the Western magical traditionp. 97
The unexamined tarotp. 111
Ladder to labyrinth : the spiritual and psychological dimensions of astrologyp. 124
Sophia : goddess of wisdomp. 140
Explaining Wiccap. 156
Esotheric brotherhoods
The hidden sages and the Knights Templarp. 173
The Rosicrucian dreamp. 194
Masonic civilizationp. 206
Mystics and teachers
Heavens and hells : the inner worlds of Emanuel Swedenborgp. 221
Blavatsky and her mastersp. 235
The apocalyptic Steinerp. 255
Rene Schwaller de Lubicz and the intelligence of the heartp. 264
G. I. Gurdjieff : meetings with a remarkable paradoxp. 278
Facing the traditionalists : an approach to Rene Guenon and his successorsp. 292
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ISBN: 9781585423392
ISBN-10: 1585423394
Series: New Consciousness Reader
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 17th June 2004
Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1