From rumours about gnostic orgies in antiquity to the explicit erotic symbolism of alchemical texts, from the subtly coded eroticism of medieval kabbalah to the sexual magic practiced by contemporary occultists and countercultural translations of Asian Tantra, the history of Western esotericism is rich in references to the domains of eros and sexuality. This volume, which brings together an impressive array of top-level specialists, is the first to analyze the eroticism of the esoteric without sensationalism or cheap generalizations, but on the basis of expert scholarship and attention to textual and historical detail. While there are few other domains where the imagination may so easily run wild, the various contributions seek to distinguish fact from fiction--only to find that historical realities are sometimes even stranger than the fantasies. In doing so, they reveal the outlines of a largely unknown history spanning more than twenty centuries.
Translated and edited by Sheila A. Spector
As the only English version of Francis Mercury van Helmont’s foundational treatise of Christian Kabbalism, this bilingual edition, with a facsimile of the original Latin facing the translation and author’s footnotes, contains a critical introduction, as well as supplementary endnotes.
by Robert Collis
Drawing on recent scholarship on the history of Western esotericism and religious studies on the importance of millenarian thought in Early Modern Europe, this study provides an innovative re-examination of Peter the Great’s Court in early eighteenth-century Russia.
By Jan A.M. Snoek
Based on primary sources, this book analyses the historical creation, contents and development of the rituals of the Adoption Rite, with which women were initiated into Freemasonry since 1744. It gives a completely new perspective on this chapter of women's history.
by John Edward Fletcher, edited for publication by Elizabeth Fletcher
Athanasius Kircher, a German Jesuit in 17th-century Rome, was an extraordinary polymath. His fascinating correspondence with popes, princes and priests was a key to the mind-set of the period, and the transition from medieval to modern scientific thinking.
Andreas B. Kilcher (ed.)
This volume of conference proceedings investigates the various ways and patterns with which esoteric writings and groups establish their own tradition. This involves concepts of origin and memory, ways of legitimising esoteric tradition as well as techniques and practices of knowledge ...
Edited by Boaz Huss, Marco Pasi, and Kocku von Stuckrad
This volume brings together leading representatives of the recent debate about the persistence of kabbalah in the modern world. It breaks new ground for a better understanding of the role of kabbalah in modern religious, intellectual, and political discourse.
Edited by: Laurence Wuidar
This book analyzes the relationships that exist between esotericism and music from Antiquity to the 20th century, investigating ways in which magic, astrology, alchemy, divination, and cabbala interact with music. Ce livre offre un panorama des relations entre l’ésotérisme et la musique de ...
Edited by Alexandra Heidle and Jan A.M. Snoek
This volume concentrates on two aspects of the participation of women in Freemasonry: Women’s agency (i.e. the power women gained and exercised in this context) and rituals (i.e. the role of man and women in changing and shaping the rituals women work with).
Edited by Olav Hammer and Kocku von Stuckrad
In its historical development from late antiquity to the present, western esotericism has repeatedly been the issue of polemical discourse. This volume engages the polemical structures that underlie esoteric identities and the controversy about esoteric currents in European history.
edited and translated with a Commentary and Introduction by Andrew Weeks
Drawing upon Huser’s 1589 publication of Paracelsus’ works, this dual-language volume combines a critical edition of Essential Theoretical Writings on philosophy, medicine, nature, and the supernatural, with new English translations and extensive commentary on the second largest ...
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