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In The Future of the Ancient World Jeremy Naydler examines the evolution of human consciousness over the past five thousand years, revealing how we lost our ability to connect with the invisible world of gods, spirits and ancestors, and how we can find our way back.
Jeremy Naydler, Ph.D., is a philosopher who specializes in the religious life of ancient cultures. He is a Fellow of the Temenos Academy and author of Temple of the Cosmos, Shamanic Wisdom in the Pyramid Texts, and Goethe on Science. He lives in Oxford, England.
Table of Contents
Part One Beyond What the Eyes Can See
1 The Restitution of the Ear In Quest of the Mind’s Ear The Rise of the Eye Visual Totalitarianism Rehabilitating the Ear
2 The Heart of the Lily The Depiction of Plants in the Middle Ages The Scientific Perception of the Lily The Fallacy of Misplaced Concreteness The Lily as Epiphany The Heart of the Lily
3 The Soul of the Weather An Epistemological Prelude The Wind Spirits of Antiquity Esoteric Meteorology of the Renaissance Measuring the Gods The Demise of the Visionary Faculty The Weather Abstracted Return to Experience
4The Reality That Is Not There Locational Space The Kingdom We Do Not See Nonlocational Space Space in Premodern Cosmologies Space in Modern Cosmology Pathways into Nonlocational Space
Part Two Deepening Our Foundations: The Gods and Ancient Egypt
5Ancient Egypt and the Soul of the West The Inward Migration to Ancient Egypt The Drive to Solidify the World A New Alignment
6On the Divinity of the Gods The New Dawn of Polytheism God and the Gods Gods and Humans Soul and Spirit
7 The Artist as Priest Reflections on the Sacred Art and Culture of Ancient Egypt Isfet and Maat The Art of Animating Images Art and Magic Portraying the Imaginal The Artist as Priest The Responsibility of the Artist
8 Ancient Egypt and Modern Esotericism The Fascination with Ancient Egypt The Imaginary versus the Imaginal The Hidden Realm The Three Tasks
Part Three The Path of Consciousness
9 Being Ancient in a Modern Way Divination in the Light of the History of Consciousness The Yearning to Reconnect Extispicy in Ancient Mesopotamia Extispicy in Ancient Greece and Rome The Decline of the Divinatory Consciousness The Rise of the Autonomous Moral Agent Being Ancient in a Modern Way
10 The Future of the Ancient World Meaning in History Gods in the Psyche Gods in Nature Ancient Consciousness of the Gods The Soul Comes of Age Future Return
11 Christ and the Gods Between Polytheism and Monotheism The Gods and the Psyche The Judaic Path to Monotheism The Greek Retreat from the Gods The Logos Incarnate Polytheistic Perspectives on Christ Gods and Angels Return to Source
12 Pathways into the Future from the Deep Past The Cosmological Context: Reflections on an Old Hindu Myth Ancient Star Wisdom: The Path to Cosmic Union Commitment to the Earth: Aristotle, Christ, and Modern Spirituality