The Inner West

The Inner West : An Introduction to the Hidden Wisdom of the West

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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 audienceshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 150 x 226 x 24mm | 281.23g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Jeremy P Tarcher
  • Los Angeles, United States
  • English
  • 1585423394
  • 9781585423392
  • 669,075

About Jay Kinney

Jay Kinney is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Gnosis: A Journal of the Western Inner more

Table of contents

The Inner WestRights and Permissions Acknowledgements Introduction to the Inner West by Jay Kinney The West's Esoteric Roots 1. Hermes & Alchemy: The Winged God and The Golden Word By Richard Smolet 2. The Star-Gods of Neoplatonism by Kenneth Stein 3. The Quest for Spiritual Freedom: the Gnostic Worldview by Stephan A. Hoeller The Inner Side of the West's Religions 4. Kabbalah and Jewish Mysticism: An Overview by Pinchas Giller 5. The Mysticism of Christian Teaching By Theodore J. Nottingham 6. Sufism: A Path to Human Wholeness by Kabir Helminski The Secret Teachings 7. The Quest of the Magus: A Summary of the Western Magical Tradition by Thomas D. Worrel 8. The Unexamined Tarot by Chas S. Clifton 9. Ladder to Labyrinth: The Spiritual and Psychological Dimensions of Astrology by Pricilla Costello 10. Sophia: Goddess of Wisdom by Caitlín Matthews 11. Explaining Wicca by Judy Harrow 12. The Hidden Sages and the Knights Templar by Robert Richardson 13. The Rosicrucian Dream by Christopher McIntosh 14. Masonic Civilization by Richard Smoley Mystics and Teachers 15. Heavens and Hells: The Inner Worlds of Emanuel Swedenborg by Gary Lachman 16. Blavatsky and her Masters by K. Paul Johnson 17. The Apocalyptic Steiner by Anastasy Tousomou 18. Rene Schwaller de Lubicz and The Intelligence of the Heart by Gary Lachman 19. G.I. Gurdjieff: Meetings with a Remarkable Paradox by Richard Smoley 20. Facing the Traditionalists by Joscelyn Godwin Contributors Notesshow more

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