Alan Watts on American Spiritual Settler Movements: ‘Why America is a Republic and not a Monarchy’

“So, the point is that the ruach is the divine, in the creature, by virtue of which you are sons of, (or of) the nature of God (manifestations of the divine). This discovery is the Gospel, is the good news; but this has been perpetually repressed throughout the history of Western religion; because all Western Continue reading Alan Watts on American Spiritual Settler Movements: ‘Why America is a Republic and not a Monarchy’

The Illuminati of the Perfected: What is an ‘Adept’ and ‘Initiate’?

The term Adept defined in the Theosopedia. “Adeptus. Derived from the Latin word Adeptus — “he who has obtained.” The term refers to one who is an Initiate, and has become a master of the secret sciences, “men who have developed and perfected their physical, mental, psychic, and spiritual organisations to the utmost possible degree” Continue reading The Illuminati of the Perfected: What is an ‘Adept’ and ‘Initiate’?

George I. Gurdjieff speaks to Peter Ouspensky on the Slavery of the Masses

Peter D. Ouspensky, a Russian student of early twentieth-century teacher from Armenia c. 1870, George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff, in his “In Search of the Miraculous” (1949) is in conversation. A play of the dialogue is below, including a video from the film about his life, “Meetings With Remarkable Men.“ G.I. Gurdjieff identified as a Christian, and Continue reading George I. Gurdjieff speaks to Peter Ouspensky on the Slavery of the Masses

Limitations Of Kabbalah And Bible Challenge Authority Of Western Esotericism

Does the limitations of Kabbalah and the Christian Bible in the Studies of Esotericism blind Western Philosophers? Helena P. Blavatsky challenged the esotericists of her time, who saw in the Bible, the final authority, even in the area of esoteric study. “And now it has come to this: The student interested in the Secret Sciences Continue reading Limitations Of Kabbalah And Bible Challenge Authority Of Western Esotericism

Goetia and Witchcraft: Origin of the “Witch” and Magic

Long, Long ago, when people still believed in witches….. The term “Witch” in old Anglo-Saxon glossaries is tied to wicce, meaning “pythoness, divinatricem.” As in this, and in early forms, it referred to specific kinds of magical craft. In the Laws of Ælfred (c.890), wicce is seen as the craft of women — “wise (skilled) women in the Continue reading Goetia and Witchcraft: Origin of the “Witch” and Magic

Alexander Wilder on Pagans and the Value of the Classical Religions

Pagan, a reinterpreted term limiting knowledge of antiquity. The term Pagan, or paganus originally meant, an inhabitant of the village, i.e., a peasant), but now refers to everything considered not only perverted to the sacerdotal theology of the Church of Rome, but heretical and heterodox. Therefore, what is considered perverted must come from the devil, Continue reading Alexander Wilder on Pagans and the Value of the Classical Religions

Gottfried De Purucker defines Religion in “Occult Glossary”

What does it mean, when we use the broad term religion? Gottfried de Purucker† (1874-1942), who was head of the Pasadena Theosophical Society from 1929-1942, had a good definition in his Occult Glossary (1933). It follows on pages 148-9: “Religion. An operation of the human spiritual mind in its endeavor to understand not only the how Continue reading Gottfried De Purucker defines Religion in “Occult Glossary”

Analysis of the ‘Würzburg Manuscript’ of The Secret Doctrine (1888)

Officially published in 1888, The Secret Doctrine was a project began by HPB. From as early as 1885-86, we find a partial or portion of the manuscript when she stayed in Germany and Belgium this time, called the “Würzburg Manuscript.” In studying how The Secret Doctrine was written, we see the modern example of a work, Continue reading Analysis of the ‘Würzburg Manuscript’ of The Secret Doctrine (1888)

These Seven Kinds of Love and the Metaphysics of Eros will Change your Attitude to Life

(Updated Title and Post. September 4, 2018) LOVE (EROS), like the god PAN, is a principle (a god), as in the old philosophies and cosmogony of the Greeks, Phoenicians, and Indians. Eros therefore does not merely apply to an intense Erotic Love, but is an exulted Divine Ideal, that can be a frightening and dangerous Continue reading These Seven Kinds of Love and the Metaphysics of Eros will Change your Attitude to Life