SUNY series in Western Esoteric Traditions

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Theosophy across Boundaries

Offers a new approach to Theosophy that takes into account its global dimensions and its interaction with highly diverse cultural contexts.

Keys to the Beyond

Studies the original vocabulary of Frithjof Schuon, its relevance to comparative religion, and the status of metaphysical and theological terms in religion.

Personal Religion and Spiritual Healing

A unique historical study of the personal nature of religion, spirituality, and healing in the twentieth century based on the letters of ordinary people from around the world.

Socratic Ignorance and Platonic Knowledge in the Dialogues of Plato

Argues that Socrates’ fundamental role in the dialogues is to guide us toward self-inquiry and self-knowledge.

Platonic Mysticism

Restores the Platonic history and context of mysticism and shows how mysticism helps us understand more deeply the humanities as a whole, from philosophy and literature to art.

The Problem of Disenchantment

Challenges the conventional view of a “disenchanted” and secular modernity, and recovers the complex relation that exists between science, religion, and esotericism in the modern world.

Talking to the Gods

Explores occultism in the writings of four authors who were members of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.

Upstate Cauldron

A guide to the phenomenal crop of prophets, cults, and utopian communities that arose in Upstate New York from 1776 to 1914.

From Modernity to Cosmodernity

Offers a new paradigm of reality, based on the interaction between science, culture, spirituality, religion, and society.

Suckling at My Mother's Breasts

A fascinating discussion of the kabbalistic image of a nursing god, its historical context, and its theological implications.

Splendor of the True

A new anthology of the work of Frithjof Schuon that includes philosophical writings along with a selection of his poems, artworks, and unpublished writings from his personal papers.

Arguing with Angels

An exploration of John Dee’s Enochian magic of angel contact, its reinterpretation over the years, and its endurance to the present day.

Reason Unbound

A critique of the modern receptions of Islamic Peripatetic philosophy and a validation of the importance of Islamic philosophy for modern philosophy

The Rose Cross and the Age of Reason

Examines the relationship between diverse iterations of Rosicrucianism and the philosophy of the Enlightenment.

Eliphas Lévi and the French Occult Revival

A searching study of Eliphas Lévi and the French occult revival.

Western Esotericism

A survey of Western esoteric currents since late antiquity, with an emphasis on the last six centuries.

John Dee's Occultism

A comprehensive look at the life and work of one of the towering figures of Renaissance mysticism.

Meditations of Global First Philosophy

Traces the roots of logos in different cultural milieux.

Frithjof Schuon

A comprehensive introduction to the life and work of the preeminent expositor of perennial philosophy.

Green Man, Earth Angel

Argues for a renewed vision of the cosmos based on the centrality of the human encounter with the sacred.

Restoring Paradise

Explores European and American esoteric traditions as reflected in literature and in art.

Alchemist of the Avant-Garde

A fascinating book demonstrating the influence of alchemy and esoteric traditions on the mature art of Marcel Duchamp.

The Secret of the Christian Way

A selection of key writings from the French religious philosopher, Jean Borella.

Have You Been to Delphi?

A fascinating collection of tales and lore from the ancient Oracle at Delphi, this book provides both a collection of good stories and finds spiritual enlightenment weaved throughout these diverse offerings.

Theosophy, Imagination, Tradition

A historical and interpretive study of three aspects of Western esotericism from the Renaissance to the twentieth century.

Wisdom's Children

Provides an in-depth introduction to the Christian theosophic tradition that began with Jacob Bo¬hme, bringing us into a startling new world of Christian experiential spirituality that is the Christian equivalent of Sufism and Kabbalism.

The Transcendental Philosophy of Franklin Merrell-Wolff

Provides a critical exposition of the philosophy of Franklin Merrell-Wolff, a contemporary Western mystic.

Rene Daumal

Demonstrates how Rene Daumal, author of Mount Analogue, (a study of Hindu philosophy and poetics) and the teaching of G. I. Gurdjieff combined with Daumal's early surrealist tendencies in determining the quality of his writing.

Trithemius and Magical Theology

An examination of Trithemius's "magical theology," which argued for the compatibility of magic and Christian doctrines, and its influence during the Renaissance and Reformation.

Edgar Cayce in Context

Places the work of Edgar Cayce in historical context and assesses the validity of his “readings.”

Alchemy of the Word

Explores the literary, philosophical, and cultural implications of Cabala during the Renaissance.

Women Mystics Confront the Modern World

Situates the female mystical tradition within the context of the epistemological shift which occurred at the dawn of the modern world.

Gnosis and Hermeticism from Antiquity to Modern Times

Traces the historical development of Western Esotericism--religious traditions which emphasize the importance of inner enlightenment or gnosis.

New Age Religion and Western Culture

Presents the first systematic analysis of the structure and beliefs of the New Age movement, and the historical emergence of "New Age" as a secularized version of Western esoteric traditions.

Advice to the Serious Seeker

This is an introduction to the perennialist school of comparative religious philosophy and a guidebook for the general reader seeking intellectually serious but accessible answers to questions about the spiritual life.

Blake's Nostos

Establishes Blake’s controversial, unfinished epic, The Four Zoas, as the culmination of his mythos.

The Only Tradition

Examines the first principles of the perennial philosophy or ancient wisdom tradition as expressed in the writings of its great exponents, Rene Guenon and Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, and offers a critique of the West from the standpoint of traditional principles.

Florence Nightingale in Egypt and Greece

A remarkable spiritual testimony, this complete transcription of Florence Nightingale's hitherto-unpublished diary (recorded during visits to Egypt and Greece in 1850) reveals the troubled period during which she finally realized that the answer to her call from God lay in service to humanity.

Paschal Beverly Randolph

This first scholarly work on Randolph includes the full text of his two most important manuscripts on sexual magic.

Paracelsus

Paracelsus is commonly regarded as one of the great figures of sixteenth-century Europe and of German intellectual history. This book examines the content of his writings in order to clarify it and its historical context.

Visionary Worlds

Considers the role and significance of imagination and the myth-making processes that engage human beings in constructing a viable, living world of meaningful relations, beliefs and social interactions.

Yeats and Alchemy

This book traces the development of alchemical discourse in the work of W. B. Yeats. His early essays and Golden Dawn transcripts demonstrate that for the poet, the alchemist was both artist and initiate. ...

Initiates of Theosophical Masters

Examines the careers of the most distinguishes disciples of the Theosophical Masters profiled in The Masters Revealed, including George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff, Alexandra David-Neel, Anagarika Dharmapala, and Isabelle Eberhardt.

The Spiritual Writings of Amir 'Abd al-Kader

A selection of writings by a great nineteenth-century Sufi Shaikh in the direct lineage of Ibn 'Arabi.

What Number Is God?

This book uses modern mathematical metaphors to better understand religion and philosophy.

The Stop

This book is about the turn toward consciousness by which we pass from ignorance to knowledge. The stop is the spark of initiation that arouses our habitual inattentiveness, motivating us toward a higherunderstanding.

The Brotherhood of the Common Life and Its Influence

This book presents a lost tradition of inner work, the way of the householder, which was believed by the Brotherhood of Common Life to have been the teaching of the Apostles. It focuses on the emergence, ...

Access to Western Esotericism

This is the first systematic treatment of esotericism to appear in English. Here is also a historical survey, beginning with the Alexandrean Period, of the various esoteric currents such as Christian ...

Sacred Geography of the Ancient Greeks

This book provides proof of the existence and explains the significance of planned alignments between classical temples and oracle sites over a wide range of territory, pointing to an astrological system ...

Theosophical Enlightenment

This is an intellectual history of occult and esoteric currents in the English-speaking world from the early Romantic period to the early twentieth century. The Theosophical Society, founded in 1875 by ...

Mysticism, Death and Dying

This book charts the borderline between the nocturnal side of mysticism and the luminous side of death and it illuminates their paradoxical affinities. Within a culture of both denial and despair, it ...

Gnosis

Traces the use of powerful gnostic visionary techniques from Hellenistic Gnosticism and Jewish merkabah mysticism, through Muhammad, the Ismaeilis, and theosophical Sufism to medieval neoplatonism, and renaissance alchemy.

Paranormal Experience and Survival of Death

Paranormal Experience and Survival of Death amasses data and surveys from a century of research on the paranormal on four continents: Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Studying the tensions between religious ...

Mysticism Examined

Mysticism presents a challenge to anyone who is interested in fundamental questions about the nature of reality, knowledge, and how we should live. In this book the author examines questions posed by ...

German Mysticism From Hildegard of Bingen to Ludwig Wittgenstein

This book offers the reader an introduction to the writings of Hildegard of Bingen, Meister Eckhart, Tauler, Nicholas of Cusa, Paracelsus, Jacob Boehme, Angelus Silesius, Novalis and includes the more ...

The Golden Fleece and Alchemy

This book traces the Golden Fleece myth from late paganism through medieval and Renaissance alchemical and masonic interpretations. We follow the changing fashions in the history of initiation as well ...