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Gnosis 50: Good and Evil. A Journal of the Western Inner Traditions

Gnosis 50: Good and Evil. A Journal of the Western Inner Traditions (New)

by Gnosis

Publisher: Gnosis

Binding: Magazine

Book ID: GNO50, GNO50

Price: $9.00


"Don't get too concerned about fighting evil. You lose your own center that way."
--Robert Anton Wilson, from the interview

Contents -- Winter 1999


by Richard Smoley

Up Front


News & Notes

Grail conference report; Victor Sanchez reflects on Castaneda's legacy; a Burning Times quiz; Frithjof Schuon reexamined; Elizabeth Clare Prophet restructures her church.

Introduction: Two A.M. in the Garden of Good and Evil

by Jay Kinney
On taking the Golden Rule a step further.

The Mystery of Iniquity

by Stephan A. Hoeller
For Gnostics, evil exists because the universe was made by a flawed creator.

Has the Church of Satan Gone to Hell?

by Jack Boulware
A peek into the rise and fall of one of the world's most feared -- and most entertaining -- religions.

How to Do Good: A Satanic Perspective

by Don Webb
Why Evil is different from evil and what you can do about it.

Doubt! The GNOSIS Interview with Robert Anton Wilson

by Richard Smoley and Jay Kinney
The master of unconventional wisdom talks about conspiracy, Catholicism, psychedelics, and the unutterable perplexity of the world.

The Evil Fomorians

by Tom Cowan
For the ancient Irish, evil was a mysterious yet necessary part of the cosmos.

Sex, Spirit, and Abuse

by Arthur Waskow
A modern rabbi grapples with the issues of nonmarital sex and abuse by spiritual teachers.

Book Reviews

  • Raising Children in Love, Justice, and Truth by Barry Long
  • Conscious Parenting by Lee Lozowick Two books by spiritual teachers offer contrasting approaches to childrearing.
  • Finding Enlightenment: Ramtha's School of Ancient Wisdom by J. Gordon Melton Respected scholar of New Religious Movements offers sympathetic look at the Ramtha School of Enlightenment - perhaps too sympathetic?
  • Collectanea Hermetica by William Wynn Westcott 780-page collectiion of Hermetic texts, originally issued as study resources for Golden Dawn members and related students of the occult.
  • Isis Unveiled: A New Abridgement by H.P. Blavatsky. Edited by Michael Gomes An intelligent abridgment of Madame Blavatsky's seminal work that removes the dross and retains her central message. Buy it
  • Christ the Yogi: A Hindu Reflection on the Gospel of John by Ravi Ravindra
  • Sophia-Maria: A Holistic Vision of Creation by Thomas Schipflinger. Two valuable re-evaluations: one an insightful Hindu analysis of the Gospel of John, the other a new lokk at the Virgin Mary as an incarnation of Sophia. Buy it
  • The Books in My Life by Colin Wilson. In one of his better works, Colin Wilson discusses the key books he's read in each stage of his life, illuminating both those volumes and his own major ideas. Buy it
  • Techgnosis by Erik Davis Pithy, amusing, and surprising examination of the push-pull relationship between information technology and mystical awareness. Buy it
  • Shadows of Heaven: Gurdjieff and Toomer by Paul Beekman Taylor Buy it
  • Opening: Collected Writings, 1985-97 by William Segal Gurdjieff and his work are seen through the eyes of two authors, providing a "fly on the wall" perspective on esoteric luminaries.
  • Edgar Cayce in Context: The Readings, Truth and Fiction by K. Paul Johnson Balanced and thorough overview of Cayce, the "sleeping prophet."
  • The Navajo Skinwalker, Witchcraft, and Related Phenomena: Spiritual Clues: Orientation to the Evolution of the Circle by Joanne Teller and Norman Blackwater Authentic and ground breaking inside account of rarely discussed Navajo "witchcraft" and shapeshifting.

About our covers:
Front: "Demons to Tea" by Susan

Back: "Guardian" by Gage Taylor and Uriel Dana. See also their collaborative work.

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Lecouteux, Claude
Inner Traditions / Bear & Company

Our pagan ancestors knew that every forest has brownies and fairies, every spring its lady, and every river malevolent beings in its depths. They told tales of giants in the hills, dragons in the lakes, marshes swarming with will-o'-the-wisps, and demons and wild folk in the mountains who enjoyed causing landslides, avalanches, and floods. They both feared and respected these entities, knowing the importance of appeasing them for safe travel and a prosperous homestead.

Exploring medieval st...

Price: $18.95

Dictionary of Ancient Magic Words and Spells: From Abraxas to Zoar Dictionary of Ancient Magic Words and Spells: From Abraxas to Zoar
Lecouteux, Claude
Inner Traditions / Bear & Company

From Abracadabra to the now famous spells of the Harry Potter series, magic words are no longer confined to the practices of pagans, alchemists, witches, and occultists. They have become part of the popular imagination of the Western world. Passed down from ancient Babylon, Egypt, and Greece, these words and the rituals surrounding them have survived through the millennia because they work. And as scholar Claude Lecouteux reveals, often the more impenetrable they seem, the more effective they ar...

Price: $35.00

Witches of America Witches of America
Mar, Alex
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Although a self-proclaimed skeptic, Alex Mar has secretly longed for revelation, envying people with unshakable beliefs. And so when she set out to direct the documentary American Mystic, she was drawn deep into the world of present-day witchcraft. Most people hear "witches" and think of horror films and Halloween, but to the one million Americans who practice Paganism, it's a nature-worshipping, polytheistic, and very real religion.

Witches of America follows Mar on her trip into Pag...

Price: $26.00

Llewellyn's 2016 Astrological Pocket Planner: Daily Ephemeris & Aspectarian 2015-2017 Llewellyn's 2016 Astrological Pocket Planner: Daily Ephemeris & Aspectarian 2015-2017
Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.

Empower your future--plan important events, set goals, and organize your life--with Llewellyn's Astrological Pocket Planner. Both beginners and advanced astrologers can use this award-winning datebook, the only one to offer three years of ephemeris and aspectarian data.

Choose optimal dates for job interviews, weddings, business meetings, and other important occasions. Pinpoint ideal times to plant a garden, begin new projects, conduct self-reflection, go fishing, and more. Avoid plan...

Price: $8.99

Techniques of Solomonic Magic Techniques of Solomonic Magic
Skinner, Stephen
Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.

The most detailed analysis of the techniques of Solomonic magic from the seventh to the nineteenth century ever published. This volume explores the methods of Solomonic magic in Alexandria, tracing how the tradition passed through Byzantium (the Hygromanteia) to the Latin Clavicula Salomonis and its English incarnation as the Key of Solomon.

Discover specific magical techniques such as the invocation of the gods, the binding of demons, the use of the four demon Kings, and the construction of...

Price: $72.00