Western Esotericism: A Guide for the Perplexed (Guides for the Perplexed)

Western Esotericism: A Guide for the Perplexed (Guides for the Perplexed)

Wouter J. Hanegraaff


Western esotericism has been a pervasive presence in Western tradition from overdue antiquity to the current day, yet until eventually lately it used to be mostly overlooked through students and surrounded via misconceptions and prejudice. This obtainable consultant presents readers with the fundamental wisdom and instruments that might let them locate their method during this bewildering yet attention-grabbing box.

What is it that unites phenomena as diversified as historical gnosticism and hermetism, the "occult sciences" of astrology, alchemy, and magic, rosicrucianism, in addition to Christian theosophy, occultism, spiritualism, and the modern New Age spiritualities? What can the learn of them train us approximately our universal cultural and highbrow history, and what's it that makes them proper to modern issues? How will we distinguish trustworthy ancient wisdom from legends and fictions approximately esoteric traditions? those and lots of different questions are replied in actual fact and succinctly, in order that the reader can locate his means into the labyrinth of Western esotericism and out of it again.

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