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The Quest For Hermes Trismegistus

The Quest For Hermes Trismegistus

  • Author: Gary Lachman
  • Publisher: Floris Books
  • ISBN: 0863158498
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 248
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From the sands of Alexandria via the Renaissance palaces of the Medicis, to our own times, this spiritual adventure story traces the profound influence of Hermes Trismegistus -- the 'thrice-great one', as he was often called -- on the western mind. For centuries his name ranked among the most illustrious of the ancient world. Considered by some a contemporary of Moses and a forerunner of Christ, this almost mythical figure arose in fourth century BC Alexandria, from a fusion of the Egyptian god Thoth and the Greek god Hermes. Master of magic, writing, science, and philosophy, Hermes was thought to have walked with gods and be the source of the divine wisdom granted to man at the dawn of time. Gary Lachman has written many books exploring ancient traditions for the modern mind. In The Quest for Hermes Trismegistus, he brings to life the mysterious character of this great spiritual guide, exposing the many theories and stories surrounding him, and revitalizing his teachings for the modern world. Through centuries of wars, conquests and religious persecutions, the fragile pages of the teachings of Hermes Trismegistus have still survived. This is a book for all thinkers and enquirers who want to recover that lost knowledge and awaken a shift in human consciousness.

The Quest for the Phoenix

The Quest for the Phoenix

Spiritual Alchemy and Rosicrucianism in the Work of Count Michael Maier (1569-1622)

  • Author: Hereward Tilton
  • Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
  • ISBN: 3110896575
  • Category: History
  • Page: 330
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Mit der geistesgeschichtlichen Biographie des lutherischen Alchemisten und Hofpfalzgrafen Michael Maier legt der Autor eine Studie über die westliche Esoterik im allgemeinen und über die Alchemie und die Rosenkreutzer im besonderen vor.

Egyptian Magic

Egyptian Magic

The Quest for Thoth's Book of Secrets

  • Author: Maarten J. Raven
  • Publisher: Amer Univ in Cairo Press
  • ISBN: 9774165322
  • Category: History
  • Page: 208
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The ancient Egyptians were firmly convinced of the importance of magic, which was both a source of supernatural wisdom and a means of affecting one's own fate. The gods themselves used it for creating the world, granting mankind magical powers as an aid to the struggle for existence. Magic formed a link between human beings, gods, and the dead. Magicians were the indispensable guardians of the god-given cosmic order, learned scholars who were always searching for the Magic Book of Thoth,which could explain the wonders of nature. Egyptian Magic, illustrated with wonderful and mysterious objects from European and Egyptian museum collections, describes how Egyptian sorcerers used their craft to protect the weakest members of society, to support the gods in their fight against evil, and to imbue the dead with immortality, and explores the arcane systems and traditions of the occult that governed this well-organized universe of ancient Egypt.

The quest for the Celtic key

The quest for the Celtic key

  • Author: Karen MacLeod-Ralls,Ian Robertson
  • Publisher: Luath Press Limited
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: History
  • Page: 411
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The authors argue strongly that the evidence they have uncovered within folklore, legends, the guilds, and the oral traditions of secret societies in Scotland, link together with striking similarities. They further suggest that these links are not coincidence but the last visible threads of belief systems that have been at the center of the Scottish psyche for centuries. The Celtic Key makes sense of the underlying beliefs that have contributed to, motivated, and shaped a nation through the ages.

The End That Does

The End That Does

Art, Science and Millennial Accomplishment

  • Author: Cathy Gutierrez,Hillel Schwartz
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317488806
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 256
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Millennial movements have had a significant impact on history and lie behind many artistic and scientific views of the world. 'The End that Does' tracks the interplay of the arts, sciences, and millennial imagination across 3000 years. The volume presents essays ranging across the study of ancient ritualistic sacrifice, utopian technology and the American millennial dream, science fiction, and the apocalypse of the tabloids. The End that Does will be invaluable to any student or scholar interested in the history of millennialism.

Madame Blavatsky

Madame Blavatsky

The Mother of Modern Spirituality

  • Author: Gary Lachman
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 1101601388
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 352
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A thoughtful biography of one of the most polarizing pioneers of alternative spirituality, the occult-mystic Helena Petrovna Blavatsky. Pioneer. Visionary. Provocateur. Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky—mystic, occult writer, child of Russian aristocrats, spiritual seeker who traveled five continents, and founder (with Henry Steel Olcott) of the Theosophical Society—is still being hailed as an icon and scorned as a fraud more than 120 years after her death. But despite perennial interest in her life, writings, and philosophy, no single biography has examined the controversy and legacy of this influential thinker who helped define modern alternative spirituality—until now. Gary Lachman, the acclaimed spiritual biographer behind volumes such as Rudolf Steiner and Jung the Mystic, brings us an in-depth look at Blavatsky, objectively exploring her unique and singular contributions toward introducing Eastern and esoteric spiritual ideas to the West during the nineteenth century, as well as the controversies that continue to color the discussions of her life and work.

Swedenborg

Swedenborg

An Introduction to His Life and Ideas

  • Author: Gary Lachman
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 1101580348
  • Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Page: 208
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A clear and concise overview of the life and work of the immensely influential but little understood eighteenth-century mystic-scientist Emanuel Swedenborg. “Lachman identifies all the roles Swedenborg inhabited (spiritual thinker, psychic, scientist, inventor, statesman, traveler, and possibly even spy) and does an exceptionally good job of suggesting why this little-known polymath deserves more substantial critical attention.” – The Independent on Sunday (UK) It is difficult to imagine modern Western alternative spirituality without the influence of Swedish scientist and mystic Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772). Every movement in alternative spirituality – from mental-healing and Spiritualism to New Age mysticism and the twelve-step recovery movement – owes an immeasurable debt to the ideas he exploded upon the Western world. Yet Swedenborg’s work can be challenging for modern readers. His influence, everywhere at once, is difficult to get a handle on. Now, however, Gary Lachman provides an accessible, lively, and masterful introduction to the life and ideas of this spiritual giant. Lachman takes us to Swedenborg’s roots as brilliant rationalist and scientist who, well into mid-life, began to experience visions of other realms. From this point Swedenborg produced an extraordinary range of writings based on his out-of-body experiences, in which he related encounters with angels, other-planetary beings, and “the world of spirits.” As Lachman explores, Swedenborg’s work opened up a radically liberal and refreshing ideal of religion. The great mystic saw humanity, and all of nature, as phenomena emerging from the “spiritual world,” and man as a vessel for divine influences. This vision inspired Western seekers to see man as a product of spiritual phenomena, and thus a being intimately connected with the cosmos. From this perspective grew bold new ideas about channeling, spiritual healing, mystical experience, mediumship – a litany of concepts that prefigured the revolutions in alternative and therapeutic spirituality.

Mysticism and Alchemy through the Ages

Mysticism and Alchemy through the Ages

The Quest for Transformation

  • Author: Gary Edson
  • Publisher: McFarland
  • ISBN: 0786490888
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 308
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An in-depth look into the foundations of mysticism and alchemy, this book describes both physical and spiritual aspects of the various theories and practices of transformation, with attention to the beliefs of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Sufism, Tantrism, Taoism and Yoga. The connection between early mystical pursuits and the development of alchemy from ancient China, India, and Egypt through Moorish Spain and into Latin Europe are illuminated, along with the activities of early alchemists. The book, which is heavily illustrated, describes the beliefs, experiments, and secret messages that drew the believers and dreamers of the world together in search of wealth and immortality.

Cosmology and Fate in Gnosticism and Graeco-Roman Antiquity

Cosmology and Fate in Gnosticism and Graeco-Roman Antiquity

Under Pitiless Skies

  • Author: Nicola F. Denzey
  • Publisher: BRILL
  • ISBN: 9004245766
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 220
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In Cosmology and Fate in Gnosticism and Graeco-Roman Antiquity, Denzey Lewis explores the rhetoric of "enslavement to fate" in the intellectual history of the 2nd century C.E., which she argues is differently articulated by ancient authors but to similar rhetorical ends.

Mendeleyev's Dream

Mendeleyev's Dream

The Quest for the Elements

  • Author: Paul Strathern
  • Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
  • ISBN: 9780425184677
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 308
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The author unravels the history of chemistry, from the ancient Greek philosophers to the Age of Englightenment and beyond, introducing the colorful cast of characters who fashioned the study of elements into a science. Reprint.