The Inner West

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Penguin, Jun 17, 2004 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 336 pages
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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
 

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User Review  - Ryan - Goodreads

This is a great addition to any beginner esoteric library. Kinney acts as editor bringing together some of the most prominent authors on the origins, religious counterparts, thinkers and practices of ... Read full review

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Very good introduction into all things mystical. Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
THE ESOTERIC ROOTS OF THE WEST
17
HERMES AND ALCHEMY THE WINGED GOD AND THE GOLDEN WORD
19
THE STARGODS OF NEOPLATONISM
31
THE QUEST FOR SPIRITUAL FREEDOM THE GNOSTIC WORLDVIEW
42
THE INNER SIDE OF THE RELIGIONS OF THE WEST
57
KABBALAH AND JEWISH MYSTICISM AN OVERVIEW
59
THE MYSTICISM OF CHRISTIAN TEACHING
68
ESOTERIC BROTHERHOODS
171
THE HIDDEN SAGES AND THE KNIGHTS TEMPLAR
173
THE ROSICRUCIAN DREAM
194
MASONIC CIVILIZATION
206
MYSTICS AND TEACHERS
219
HEAVENS AND HELLS THE INNER WORLDS OF EMANUEL SWEDENBORG
221
BLAVATSKY AND HER MASTERS
235
THE APOCALYPTIC STEINER
255

SUFISM A PATH TO HUMAN WHOLENESS
81
THE SECRET TEACHINGS
95
THE QUEST OF THE MAGUS A SUMMARY OF THE WESTERN MAGICAL TRADITION
97
THE UNEXAMINED TAROT
111
LADDER TO LABYRINTH THE SPIRITUAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL DIMENSIONS OF ASTROLOGY
124
SOPHIA GODDESS OF WISDOM
140
EXPLAINING WICCA
156
RENÉ SCHWALLER DE LUBICZ AND THE INTELLIGENCE OF THE HEART
264
G I GURDJIEFF MEETINGS WITH A REMARKABLE PARADOX
278
FACING THE TRADITIONALISTS AN APPROACH TO RENÉ GUÉNON AND HIS SUCCESSORS
292
CONTRIBUTORS
305
NOTES
309
RIGHTS AND PERMISSIONS
323
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Jay Kinney is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Gnosis: A Journal of the Western Inner Traditions.

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