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The Temple of High Magic: Hermetic Initiations in the Western Mystery Tradition



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This is the 1st edition with a publication date of 3/9/2010.

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This book reveals the training techniques of the mystery schools of early civilizations--what is now thought of as magic. Sometimes called the Yoga of the West, these spiritual initiations seek to create full union between the magician and the divine.

Author Biography

Ina Cnsters-van Bergen is the head of the Hermetic Order Temple of Starlight and was initiated by Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki. She lives in the Netherlands and gives lectures and workshops throughout Europe.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
Introductionp. 1
The Western Mystery Traditionp. 6
Spiritual Magic, the Yoga of the Westp. 6
What Are Mysteries?p. 9
Back to the Rootsp. 14
A Lost Traditionp. 14
Pathworkingp. 19
The Gateway to the Universe—Pathworkingp. 20
The History and Evolution of the Mystery Traditionp. 25
The Great Work of the Mysteriesp. 42
Gnothi Seauton—Know Thyselfp. 42
The Definition of Magicp. 50
The Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistusp. 58
The Book of Thoth—Pathworkingp. 69
The Temple of the Cosmosp. 80
Practical Applications of the Laws of Thothp. 80
The Clothing of the Heavenly Man—Pathworkingp. 85
The Symbology of the Templep. 91
The Magical Circle: The Central Mandala of the Western Mysteriesp. 97
The Eastp. 98
The Inner Planes of the Eastp. 102
The Southp. 106
The Inner Planes of the Southp. 108
The Westp. 110
The Inner Planes of the Westp. 113
The Northp. 116
The Inner Planes of the Northp. 119
The Spiritual Quarterp. 122
The Fifth Element of the Magical Circlep. 122
The Cosmic Temple—Pathworkingp. 132
The Basic Exercisesp. 140
Individual Work versus Group Workp. 140
The Kabbalistic Crossp. 147
The Middle Pillar Exercisep. 151
The Invoking Ritual of the Pentagramp. 157
The Division of Powers in a Group Ritualp. 161
A Tower Toward the Gods—Pathworkingp. 170
The Divine Trinityp. 180
The Kabbalistic Tree of Lifep. 180
Adam Kadmonp. 184
Ten Sephiroth Blimahp. 187
Kether, the Crownp. 193
The Blue Lotus—Pathworkingp. 197
Chokmah, Wisdomp. 202
The Book of Secrets—Contemplation Exercisep. 206
Binah, Understandingp. 214
The Descent and the Great Flood—Pathworkingp. 218
The Ethical Trianglep. 222
Da'ath and the Great Abyssp. 222
The Rainbow Bridge over the Abyss—Ritualp. 231
In the Center of an Ocean of Negative Lightp. 233
Chesed, Mercyp. 238
The Interior Castle—Ritualp. 244
The Interior Castlep. 246
Geburah, Severityp. 252
The Hall of Judgment—Ritualp. 256
The Fires of Purificationp. 259
Tiphareth, Beautyp. 263
The Cross of the Elements—Ritualp. 267
The Mystery of the Crucifixionp. 268
The Magical Trianglep. 274
Triangles and the Fall into Matterp. 274
Netzach, Victoryp. 280
The Face of the Goddess of Love—Ritualp. 285
The Mirror of Hathorp. 287
Hod, Splendorp. 296
The Language of Myths—Meditative Training in Hodp. 305
Learning the Language of Symbolsp. 307
Yesod, the Foundationp. 310
The Journey of the Moon God—Ritualp. 316
The Journey of the Moon Godp. 318
Malkuth, The Mysteries of the Earthp. 329
Malkuth, the Kingdomp. 329
The Grain Mysteriesp. 334
A Sun Ray in a Cave—Ritualp. 340
The Fertilization of the Earthp. 341
The Ritual of the Exaltation of the Sun: The Way Backp. 348
Glossaryp. 354
Table of Correspondencesp. 359
Bibliographyp. 366
About the Authorp. 370
Indexp. 372
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