western esoteric tradition

In more recent years, however, sociologists and historians of religion have begun to see the occult as a significant manifestations OF modernity. Predictions about the imminent demise of religion have turned out to be premature, to say the least; and it has become ever more evident that esoteric or occult currents are a permanent feature of modern culture. They have been around since the birth of modernity, and whether we like it or not, it seems that they are here to stay. In current scholarship, the occult is therefore no longer perceived as a marginal and irritating anomaly - something that ‘should not be there’- but, on the contrary, as a highly important manifestation of how religion is continuously being reinvented under new historical and social conditions.
—  Western Esotericism. A guide for the perplexed. W. J. Hanegraaff
Do you not know, Asclepius, that Egypt is the image of the heavens? Our land is the temple of the world.
—  From “The Prophecy of Hermes Trismegistos”. Hermes Trismegistus is the purported author of the Hermetic Corpus, a series of sacred texts that are the basis of Hermeticism - a religious, philosophical, and esoteric tradition. These writings have greatly influenced the Western esoteric tradition and were considered to be of great importance during both the Renaissance and the Reformation. The tradition claims descent from a prisca theologia, a doctrine that affirms the existence of a single, true theology present in all religions that was given by God to man in antiquity.

cartoongoblin  asked:

Are there any particular books on the symbolism of the Tarot that you recommend?

By now I’m sure you’ve seen through the paper thin divinational disguise the Tarot parades as to fool the normals and are wishing to gaze deeper into serious business occultism. 

Thusly you understand that the Tarot is in fact a decryption key that can unlock all the secrets hidden deep within the Western Esoteric Mystery Tradition if only one has the eye to see. 

Enter Rachel Pollack’s “Seventy Eight Degrees Of Wisdom” and Amy M. Wall’s “The Tarot Of The Awakening”. While brilliant on their own I greatly suggest picking up both as they tend to fill each other’s gaps.

Clever maps to a challenging labyrinth, they’ll lay bare the locations of treasures within without spoiling the contents thereof. These are underappreciated classics that will, with time, become staples of western enlightenment. Obtain them by any means necessary.

envisioned-board  asked:

Hi, I am interested in Hermetism. How do you recommend someone, who only has read the Wiki page, starts? (Literature, meditation, etc.). Thank you.

Hermetism is based around the writing of Hermes Trismegistus so that would be the place to start if you haven’t.  I myself, am not terribly into the whole   Western esoteric tradition so I am not a good person to ask about this. 

As Always 

MAGIC CIRCLES IN THE GRIMOIRE TRADITION by William Kiesel (Limited Edition Hardcover)

With the center of the circle as a starting point, orientation can take on precise meaning in the context of its ritual, which was designed to secure spiritual knowledge and material dominion in the world through the agency of spirits, stars and cabalistic arcana.

Magic Circles have been depicted in popular expressions of magic and witchcraft as well as detailed with full rubrics in traditional manuals of magic such as the Clavicula Solomonis or Liber Juratus. Using narrative, visual and textual material available from European grimoires and manuscripts, the author discusses the various forms and functions of this important piece of apparatus employed by magicians in the Western Esoteric Tradition, including their role in providing authority and protection to the operator, as well as examples of their use in divination and treasure finding. Additionally, contemporary examples of the magic circle at work in modern esoteric praxis are provided and discussed in light of the traditional approaches they exhibit. This monograph serves to explicate this important tool of ceremonial magic and is valuable to practitioners of the art magical with its technical data, while also providing context in historical settings for the merely curious reader of occult subjects. Illustrated throughout.


Kamea, Sigil, and Sign of the Moon

The Moon is the mirror and final imaginer of reality in ceremonial magic.  She is the lens that brings the light of the One into reality, and the mirror that reflects the image of the world back to the Soul of the World, and the opening eye that perceives the true nature of reality and the illusion that conceals that true nature. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been posting the Kamea, or magic squares, associated with the planets. These magic squares are part of the esoteric tradition of the Western world; Already, I’ve published the Kameas of MercuryJupiterVenusSaturn, and the Sun, with the Kamea of Mars yet to come. Along with each image is a brief summary or essay about the nature of that planetary force, and its meaning in the western esoteric tradition.

The Moon’s number is nine.  Hence, the kamea consists of a grid of 81 squares, nine rows high and nine columns wide.The numbers 1 through 81 fill the grid.  Each row, column and diagonal adds up to 260, and all of the numbers in the square add up to 2080.  These, then, are the numbers of the Moon: 9, 81, 260, and 2080. 

The Moon is generally regarded as feminine in Western magic, owing to the parallels between the speed of her circuit around the Earth; she is night-loving and nocturnal, and associated with the element of Water in part due to her rulership over the tides.  Her colors are white, or silver, or pale blue, and she is associated with the metal silver, the stone selenite, and when making offerings she delights in freshly-picked foods or even under-ripe fruit — particularly melons, gourds, cabbage, endive, mushrooms and onions.  In waxing she is considered beneficent and generous, and in waning she is considered maleficent and conniving. Monday is her day from sunrise to the the sunrise on Tuesday, and she is the secondary ruler of Friday nights from sundown to Saturday sunrise (after Venus, the primary ruler).  Her incense is jasmine, although some sources say frankincense (I use jasmine in part because of the Garden of Gesthemane, which means “jasmine garden” — a fine place for Jesus’s weeping and wailing under the moon surrounded by newly-opened jasmine blossoms). 

The Moon rules over women, and change, and art, and image.  In the Great Chain of Being, it is she who rules over final surfaces and appearances, and who sees the work through to its completion.  She is both the bringer of change, and the one who brings about the return to a new normal.  She rules over psychic powers, and magic, and dream; and many of the plants assigned to her are capable of causing brain changes. 

Today, not only have the origins of civilisation changed beyond all recognition, but even the very word has begun to dissolve under a less Eurocentric analysis. Developments in geology, genetics, astronomy, archaeology and linguistics strain to breaking the underlying premises and assumptions of scientific materialism.

The western esoteric tradition has the opportunity to (finally) do away with the High Victorian assumptions that constitute our understanding of the origins of magical culture and rebuild atop some much better data. The picture that emerges in doing so is stunning in its implications.

This is not history. This is not archaeology. This is not folklore. This is a new skill. But it is also an old one. It is not the skill of organising data points into a sequential historical narrative. It is the skill of context. Of recontextualising the Western magical tradition as it has arrived in our hands here in the twenty first century, rather than seeking to replace it wholesale with each new development, as if it were last year’s smartphone. The magicians of the Renaissance or the Natural Philosophers of Charles II’s Britain gathered observations and findings from the cutting edge research of their day to build a coherent view of their Art and their world. Just as they were, we must be polyhistors.

—  @gordonwhite, Star.Ships

”Daniel A. Schulke’s forthcoming workThe Green Mysteries (Arcana Viridia), due to be released in Autumn 2016, is an occult herbal 25 years in the making. Meticulously illustrated with over 250 original images by renowned artist Benjamin Vierling, its primary rubric is that of an original occult pharmacopeia written from the perspective of a contemporary magical herbalist. As a whole the book emerges principally from the discipline of Occult Herbalism, which encompasses the knowledge and use of the magical, spiritual, and folkloric dimensions of plants.

As a foundational treatise introducing this work, Thirteen Pathways of Occult Herbalism speaks to its interior philosophical concerns. Circumscribing the metaparadigm of herbal magical practice, providing useful examples of its manifestation, as well as demonstrating its time-honored routes of inquiry, it examines the ways in which knoweldge of this type is acquired and put into practice. This perennial wisdom animates many global spiritual traditions, especially those that have maintained their integrity of transmission even in the face of industrial development and cultural destruction.

Often concealed within the deepest strata of the Western Esoteric Traditions, this green strand of wisdom, though obscured, is a potent legacy of all magic, sorcery, and occult science.  In addition to the hard sciences of botany, ethnology, agriculture and ethnopharmacology, a number of pathways can assist the magical herbalist in furthering the depth of understanding and integrity of personal approach.

Thirteen Pathways of Occult Herbalism is 96 pages and features several illustrations by Benjamin Vierling.”

I just placed my order for this beauty. If you haven’t read a Daniel A. Schulke book he well known for herbalism, he wrote Viridarium Umbris. This is a great time to get an amazing quality book both for actual content and the book itself for cheaper than normal price. Being a small book they are offering a paperback edition for 19 bucks and the hardback limited to 1k copies for 35.