Ancient Philosophy, Mystery, and Magic

Empedocles and Pythagorean Tradition
Author: Peter Kingsley
Publisher: Clarendon Press
Category: Social Science
Page: 422
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Empedocles played a crucial role in the development of western culture; yet little is known or understood about this man, who lived in Sicily in the fifth century BC. That is mainly because his teaching has been reconstructed by modern scholars first and foremost on the basis of Aristotle's hostile reports producing a picture which is disconnected and lacking in depth. Using material never exploited before, this is the first full-scale study of Empedocles to situate his fragmentary writings in their original context of philosophy as a way of life, of mystery religion and magic, and of the struggle to realize one's own divinity. Apart from providing a firm basis for understanding Empedocles' own teaching, the book presents fresh evidence which proves he was not an isolated figure and reveals new links between his work and ancient Pythagoreanism. The process of establishing these links now makes it possible to demonstrate, in detail, the Pythagorean origin of Plato's myths: a point of major importance for our appreciation not just of Plato himself, but also of the subsequent history of Neoplatonism. The second half of the book re-examines problems regarding the connections between ancient magic, science, and religion. More specifically, it traces for the first time a line of transmission from Empedocles and the early Pythagoreans down to southern Egypt, and from there into the world of Islam. This neglected process of transmission is of profound significance for our understanding not only of Presocratic philosophy but also of key themes in Greco-Egyptian magic and alchemy, and of the background to Sufism and medieval mysticism.


Author: Peter Kingsley
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783861910305
Page: 526
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Lords of the Left-Hand Path

Verbotene Praktiken und spirituelle Ketzereien Von den Seth-Kulten bis zur Church of Satan
Author: Stephen Flowers
Publisher: Edition Roter Drache
ISBN: 3944180208
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 456
View: 1899

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Von Schwarzer Magie und Satanismus bis hin zu gnostischen Sekten und Gurdjieffs „Viertem Weg“ war der linkshändige Pfad Jahrhunderte hindurch mit vielerlei Praktiken, Kulten und Persönlichkeiten verbunden. Stephen E. Flowers untersucht die Methoden, Lehren und historischen Wirkungen des linkshändigen Pfades, angefangen von seinen Ursprüngen in der tantrischen Philosophie Indiens bis zu seinem erheblichen Einfluss auf die heutige Weltpolitik, und legt dar, welche Philosophen, Magier und okkulte Gestalten der Geschichte wahrhaft als „Herren des linkshändigen Pfades“ anzusehen sind.Flowers zeigt, dass der linkshändige Pfad im Gegensatz zum rechtshändigen, der eine Vereinigung mit Gott erstrebt und dafür die Abhängigkeit von diesem in Kauf nimmt, auf der Suche nach einem „höheren Gesetz“ ist, das auf Wissen und Macht beruht. Es ist der Weg der Selbstvergöttlichung und der wahren Freiheit. Beginnend mit hinduistischen und buddhistischen Sekten des Altertums, richtet Flowers den Blick sodann nach Westen und behandelt viele mutmaßliche Gruppierungen des linkshändigen Pfades: die Verehrer des Seth und die jesidischen „Teufelsanbeter“, die Assassinen und Neuplatoniker, den Hellfire Club, Bolschewiken und nationalsozialistische Okkultisten sowie verschiedene sufistische und andere muslimische, zoroastrische und christliche Häretiker. Anhand einer sorgfältigen Definition der beiden grundlegenden Prinzipien – Selbstvergöttlichung und Zurückweisung der konventionellen Auffassungen von „gut“ und böse“ – verdeutlicht der Autor, wer wirklich als Anhänger des linkshändigen Pfades anzusehen ist, folgt den Spuren berühmter und berüchtigter Persönlichkeiten wie H. P. Blavatsky, Faust, dem Marquis de Sade, Austin Osman Spare, Aleister Crowley, Gerald Gardner, Anton LaVey und Michael Aquino und belegt, welche okkultistischen Meister tatsächlich Herren des linkshändigen Pfades waren.Flowers betont, dass der linkshändige Pfad durchaus nicht seinem Wesen nach „böse“ ist, sondern sowohl ein Teil unseres kulturellen Erbes darstellt als auch unserem tiefverwurzelten Wunsch entspricht, frei und unabhängig zu sein und über unser Schicksal zu verfügen.

Temple Mysticism

An Introduction
Author: Margaret Barker
Publisher: SPCK
ISBN: 0281067023
Category: Religion
Page: 192
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According to Margaret Barker's groundbreaking theory, temple mysticism underpins much of the Bible. Rooted in the cult of the first temple in ancient Judaism, it helps us to understand the origins of Christianity. Temple mysticism was received and taught as oral tradition, and many texts were changed or suppressed or kept from public access. Barker first examines biblical texts: Isaiah, the prophet whom Jesus quoted more than any other in Scripture, and John. Then she proposes a more detailed picture, drawing on a wide variety of non-biblical texts. The resulting book presents some remarkable results.

Measuring Heaven

Pythagoras and His Influence on Thought and Art in Antiquity and the Middle Ages
Author: Christiane L. Joost-Gaugier
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 9780801474095
Category: Architecture
Page: 359
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Surviving fragments of information about Pythagoras (born ca. 570 BCE) gave rise to a growing set of legends about this famous sage and his followers, whose reputations throughout Antiquity and the Middle Ages have never before been studied systematically. This book is the first to examine the unified concepts of harmony, proportion, form, and order that were attributed to Pythagoras in the millennium after his death and the important developments to which they led in art, architecture, mathematics, astronomy, music, medicine, morals, religion, law, alchemy, and the occult sciences. In this profusely illustrated book, Christiane L. Joost-Gaugier sets out the panorama of Pythagoras's influence and that of Christian and Jewish thinkers who followed his ideas in the Greek, Roman, early Christian, and medieval worlds. In illuminating this tradition of thought, Joost-Gaugier shows how the influence of Pythagoreanism was far broader than is usually realized, and that it affected the development of ancient and medieval art and architecture from Greek and Roman temples to Gothic cathedrals.Joost-Gaugier demonstrates that Pythagoreanism—centered on the dim memory of a single person that endured for centuries and grew ever-greater—inspired a new language for artists and architects, enabling them to be "modern."

Thesaurus Cultus Et Rituum Antiquorum (ThesCRA).

Author: J. Paul Getty Museum
Publisher: Getty Publications
ISBN: 9780892367900
Category: History
Page: 434
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Thesaurus Cultus et Rituum Antiquorum (ThesCRA) is a major multi-volume reference on all known aspects of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman cults and rituals. Providing both a sweeping overview and in-depth investigation, ThesCRA covers the period from Homeric times (1000 B.C.) to late Roman times (A.D. 400). A definitive work on the topic, ThesCRA is the culmination of many years of research by scholars from across the United States and Europe and throughout the Mediterranean world. Each of their texts - either in English, French, German, or Italian - is followed by a catalogue entry listing the epigraphical and literary sources cited and referencing ancient iconographical documents related to the topic. Many of these iconographical items are depicted either in line drawings in the texts or in the plate sections of each volume. On completion, ThesCRA will comprise five volumes, a book of abbreviations, and an index volume. The volumes are arranged thematically. The first three deal with dynamic elements of ancient cults, such as cultic ritual and practice, while the last two are devoted to static elements, such as cult places and their personnel. sacrifices, libations, fumigations, and dedications (Volume I): and purification, consecration, initiation, heroization, apotheosis, banquets, dance, music, and rites and activities related to cult images (Volume II). Volume III, slated for August of 2005, will deal with divination; prayers and gestures of prayer; gestures and acts of veneration; supplication; asylum; oaths; magic; curses; and descration. Volumes IV and V, along with the Index, are scheduled for publication in February 2006. ThesCRA was developed by the eminent group of scholars who published the eight double-volumes of LIMC (Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae). Among the many contributors to the ThesCRA volumes are Jean Ch. Balty, Sir John Boardman, Walter Burkert, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Tonio Holscher, Anneliese Kossatz, Vassilis Lambrinoudakis, Francois Lissarrague, John H. Oakley, Ricardo Olmos, H. A. Shapiro, Erika Simon, and Marion True.

Light Against Darkness

Dualism in Ancient Mediterranean Religion and the Contemporary World
Author: Armin Lange,Eric M. Meyers,Randall Styers
Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
ISBN: 3647550167
Category: Religion
Page: 368
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Light Against Darkness is comprised of articles that put on display the power and pervasiveness of dualistic thought. Dualism has proved a potent cultural tool for clarifying and ordering reality. Particularly in times of social stress and psychological insecurity, it can offer a valuable conceptual grid that provides orientation to the world and a clear sense of identity. At the same time, though, there are important questions to be asked about the social effects of binary thinking. As history amply illustrates, dualistic notions can readily be deployed to legitimate cultural demonization and to rationalize violence. At a deeper level, a dualist worldview can also obscure the possibilities to be found in multiplicity.The articles in this volume treat Dualism across a wide historical spectrum and from multiple methodological perspectives. The studies are organized around the religious and cultural contexts of Ancient Judaism and they include contributions from leading voices on ancient Persia, Israel, Greece, and Egypt.Experts on modern religious and philosophical thought not only lend context to concepts applied to the ancient world, but engage recent European and American experiments in binary thought. All of the studies contribute to a richer and more complete portrait of dualism in ancient Judaism.

Eine Mithrasliturgie

Author: Albrecht Dieterich
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
ISBN: 992507908X
Category: History
Page: 244
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Nachdruck des Originals von 1903.

The Heavenly Writing

Divination, Horoscopy, and Astronomy in Mesopotamian Culture
Author: Francesca Rochberg
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781139455855
Category: History
Page: N.A
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In antiquity, the expertise of the Babylonians in matters of the heavens was legendary and the roots of both western astronomy and astrology are traceable in cuneiform tablets going back to the second and first millennia BC. The Heavenly Writing, first publsiehd in 2004, discusses the place of Babylonian celestial divination, horoscopy, and astronomy in Mesopotamian intellectual culture. Focusing chiefly on celestial divination and horoscopes, it traces the emergence of personal astrology from the tradition of celestial divination and the use of astronomical methods in horoscopes. It further takes up the historiographical and philosophical issue of the nature of these Mesopotamian 'celestial sciences' by examining elements traditionally of concern to the philosophy of science, without sacrificing the ancient methods, goals, and interests to a modern image of science. This book will be of particular interest to those concerned with the early history of science.

The Revival of Antique Philosophy in the Renaissance

Author: John L. Lepage
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137316667
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 281
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This book examines the revival of antique philosophy in the Renaissance as a literary preoccupation informed by wit. Humanists were more inspired by the fictionalized characters of certain wise fools, including Diogenes the Cynic, Socrates, Aesop, Democritus, and Heraclitus, than by codified systems of thought. Rich in detail, this study offers a systematic treatment of wide-ranging Renaissance imagery and metaphors and presents a detailed iconography of certain classical philosophers. Ultimately, the problems of Renaissance humanism are revealed to reflect the concerns of humanists in the twenty-first century.

Metaphysik und Religion

Zur Signatur des spätantiken Denkens / Akten des Internationalen Kongresses vom 13.-17. März 2001 in Würzburg
Author: Theo Kobusch,Michael Erler
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
ISBN: 3110975521
Category: Philosophy
Page: 747
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ספר רזיאל

Author: Giovanni Grippo
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783981062243
Category: Cabala
Page: 88
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The Western Herbal Tradition E-Book

2000 years of medicinal plant knowledge
Author: Graeme Tobyn,Alison Denham,Margaret Whitelegg
Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
ISBN: 0702048453
Category: Medical
Page: 392
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The Western Herbal Tradition provides a comprehensive and critical exploration of the use of plant medicines through 2000 years of history from Dioscorides to the present day. It follows each of the 27 herbs through a wide range of key sources from European, Arabic and American traditions including Greek, Roman and Renaissance texts. A rich discussion of the historical texts is balanced with current application and research. The herbs have been selected on the basis of common use by practising herbalists. Each illustrated monograph contains: Species, identification and botanical description A study of the characterisation and medicinal use of the plants consistently drawn from featured herbals which includes the authors’ own translations from the Latin Assessment of past and current texts in the transmission of herbal knowledge Consideration of traditional therapeutics, including humoral and physiomedical approaches Suggestions towards a modern experiential approach through Goethean methodology Current evidence on pharmacological constituents Review of evidence on safety Recommendations for internal and external uses, prescribing and dosage Excellent illustrations accompany each monograph to aid learning First book to cover broader historical perspective and discussions of issues surrounding each herb Written by leading experts who are well known in the field Includes some monographs of which there is little material already available The bibliographic evidence provided could support applications for registration of Herbal Medicinal Products under the provisions of the Traditional Herbal Medicinal Product Directive An excellent valuable resource for everyone interested in herbal medicine

Die Spur der Götter

Author: Graham Hancock
Publisher: Bastei Lübbe GmbH & CompanyKG (Bastei Verlag)
ISBN: 9783404641499
Category: History
Page: 608
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Lange vor unserer Zeitrechnung gab es bereits eine andere, technisch fortschrittliche Kultur. Zu diesem Schluß kommt Graham Hancock nach dem eingehenden Studium von Karten aus dem 16. Jahrhundert, die zum Teil vermutlich auf noch älterenExemplaren basieren und auf denen der Küstenverlauf der seit Jahrtausenden mit einer dicken Eisschicht bedeckten Antarktis genau eingezeichnet ist.Wie kamen die damaligen Kartographen zu ihren Kenntnissen über eine Landmasse, die sich erstheutzutage mit den modernsten Geräten erforschen läßt? Ist es möglich, daß durch eine Verschiebung der Erdkruste Landmassen unter Wasser gesetzt wurden und damit eine hochentwickelte Zivilisation vernichtet wurde?Graham Hancock machte sichauf den Weg, diesen Fragen und ungeklärten Rätseln nachzuspüren, um überall auf der Welt Beweise zu finden, die seine Theorie stützen.