The Inner West

An Introduction to the Hidden Wisdom of the West
Edited and Introduced by Jay Kinney


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See also a companion volume
Hidden Wisdom:  A Guide to the Western Inner Traditions
by Richard Smoley and Jay Kinney


"Rosicrucianism, Freemasonry, Gnosticism, The Knights Templar . . . Even before the success of The Da Vinci Code, many readers knew of these and other aspects of Western esoterica. But few understand their true meaning.

In The Inner West, more than twenty essays by seventeen leading authors shine a light on some of the most mysterious and closely held aspects of the Western tradition. Its authors bring to life the symbolist and occult philosophies that populate the history and beliefs of the Western way. These same philosophies-which include variants of Christian and Jewish mysticism, and the teachings of figures like Rudolf Steiner and G. I. Gurdjieff-can present a deep and different spiritual path for today's seekers.

Spiritual seekers have often looked to the East for inspiration and guidance. Yet increasing numbers of people are discovering that many helpful wisdom traditions have existed right here in the West. With the Kabbalah and Tarot cards more popular than ever, and alternative spirituality from Wicca to Sufism gaining a new audience, The Inner West is a timely book for this expanding audience
."  From Publisher


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1 (18)
Jay Kinney
THE ESOTERIC ROOTS OF THE WEST
Hermes and Alchemy: The Winged God and the Golden Word
19 (12)
Richard Smoley
The Star-Gods of Neoplatonism
31 (11)
Kenneth Stein
The Quest for Spiritual Freedom: The Gnostic Worldview
42 (17)
Stephan A. Hoeller
THE INNER SIDE OF THE RELIGIONS OF THE WEST
Kabbalah and Jewish Mysticism: An Overview
59 (9)
Pinchas Giller
The Mysticism of Christian Teaching
68 (13)
Theodore J. Nottingham
Sufism: a Path to Human Wholeness
81 (16)
Kabir Helminski
THE SECRET TEACHINGS
The Quest of the Magus: A Summary of the Western Magical Tradition
97 (14)
Thomas D. Worrel
The Unexamined Tarot
111 (13)
Chas S. Clifton
Ladder to Labyrinth: The Spiritual and Psychological Dimensions of Astrology
124 (16)
Priscilla Costello
Sophia: Goddess of Wisdom
140 (16)
Caitlin Matthews
Explaining Wicca
156 (17)
Judy Harrow
ESOTERIC BROTHERHOODS
The Hidden Sages and the Knights Templar
173 (21)
Robert Richardson
The Rosicrucian Dream
194 (12)
Christopher McIntosh
Masonic Civilization
206 (15)
Richard Smoley
MYSTICS AND TEACHERS
Heavens and Hells: The Inner Worlds of Emanuel Swedenborg
221 (14)
Gary Lachman
Blavatsky and Her Masters
235 (20)
K. Paul Johnson
The Apocalyptic Steiner
255 (9)
Anastasy Tousomou
Rene Schwaller De Lubicz and the Intelligence of the Heart
264 (14)
Gary Lachman
G. I. Gurdjieff: Meetings with a Remarkable Paradox
278 (14)
Richard Smoley
Facing the Traditionalists: An Approach to Rene Guenon and his Successors
292 (13)
Joscelyn Godwin
Contributors 305 (4)
Notes 309 (14)
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