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Gnosis 43: Love, Sacred and Profane. A Journal of the Western Inner Traditions

Gnosis 43: Love, Sacred and Profane. A Journal of the Western Inner Traditions (New)

by Gnosis

Publisher: Gnosis

Binding: Magazine

Book ID: GNO43, GNO43

Price: $9.00


Love, said Dante in a famous line from The Divine Comedy, "moves the sun and the other stars." Elsewhere, in a less famous line, he calls it the force "that turns the world to chaos."

Contents -- Spring 1997


by Jay Kinney

Up Front


News & Notes

A new light on Gregorian chant; Gurdjieffians convene; James Joyce & the Goddess.

Introduction: More Than a Feeling

by Richard Smoley
Why love is more than just an emotion.

The Poet of Body and Soul

by Mark Richard Barna
Walt Whitman's poems show a man struggling with the same issues of sexual freedom vs. puritanism that face us today.

A Mystery of Sex

by John Michael Greer and Carl Hood, Jr.
Did the Golden Dawn practice sex magic? The rumor persists - and has been steadily denied. A glimpse into what they may have been up to.

Love and Awakening: An Interview with John Welwood

by Paul Shippee
Why is it so hard to have a conscious relationship? Possibly because it's never been tried before.

Letting God Be the Matchmaker

by Eileen Flanagan
How the Quaker practice of listening to the voice within can help you decide whether to marry.

Why Do We Quarrel?

by Jacob Needleman
Maybe the experts are wrong. Maybe we need to take our emotions less seriously.

The War Against Love

by David Fideler
Why sex has innate value apart from the purposes of reproduction.

Pain, Desire, and Transcendence

by Jay Kinney
What are the spiritual dimensions of bondage, domination, and sadomasochism?

From Russia with Love

by Gary Lachman
The last days of tsarist Russia bred a feverish preoccupation with sex, love, and spirituality.

Contemporary Kabbalah: An Interview with Z'ev ben Shimon Halevi

by Frank Donnola
The distinguished British Kabbalist discusses the state of the tradition today.

Book Reviews

  • Total Freedom: The Essential Krishnamurti by Mary Cadogan, Alan Kishbaugh, Mark Lee, and Ray McCoy
  • Paschal Beverly Randolph: A Nineteenth-Century Black American Spiritualist, Rosicrucian, and Sex Magician by John Patrick Deveney
  • Breaking Through: A Narrative of the Great Work by Andre VandenBroeck
  • The Intelligent Enneagram by A.G.E. Blake
  • The Tao of Natural Breathing by Dennis Lewis
  • The Multi-Orgasmic Man by Mantak Chia and Douglas Abrams Arava
  • The Soul's Code: In Search of Character and Calling by James Hillman
  • Bloodlines of the Holy Grail: The Hidden Lineage of Jesus Revealed by Laurence Gardner
  • Twilight of the Celtic Gods: An Exploration of Britain's Hidden Pagan Traditions by David Clarke with Andy Roberts
  • Feet of Clay: A Study of Gurus by Anthony Storr
  • Omens of Millennium: The Gnosis of Angels, Dreams, and Resurrection by Harold Bloom
  • A Mapmaker's Dream: The Meditations of Fra Mauro, Cartographer to the Court of Venice by James Cowan
  • Sacred Origins of Profound Things: The Stories Behind the Rites and Rituals of the World's Religions by Charles Panati
  • American Druidism: A Guide to American Druid Groups by Daniel Hansen

About our covers:
Cover photographs by Susan Slotter. Front: Canyon Trilogy No. 3, (c)1992; back: Honoring Child, (c)1994.

Tarot Sola Busca: Ferrara XV Century Tarot Sola Busca: Ferrara XV Century
Lo Scarabeo
Lo Scarabeo

One of the oldest tarot decks ever created, the Tarot Sola Busca is known for its alchemical symbolism and for having inspired many of the minor arcana of the Rider Waite Smith deck. The first entry in Lo Scarabeo's new Anima Antiqua series (Ancient Soul), this deck has been lovingly printed with great care from originals found in the greatest collections of rare tarot decks. This is a limited-edition, numbered deck printed on the highest quality stock.

The companion booklets f...

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The Book of Magic: From Antiquity to the Enlightenment (Penguin Classics) The Book of Magic: From Antiquity to the Enlightenment (Penguin Classics)
Copenhaver, Brian

A rich, wondrous anthology of the Western magical tradition, from the Old Testament to Doctor Faustus and Paradise Lost, now in a Penguin Classics black spine edition

." . . as when iron is drawn to a magnet, camphor is sucked into hot air, crystal lights up in the Sun, sulfur and a volatile liquid are kindled by flame, an empty eggshell filled with dew is raised towards the Sun . . ."

The Bible is full of stories featuring forms of magic and possession--from Moses battling with Pharao...

Price: $17.00

East Anglian Witches and Wizards  ( Witchcraft of the British Isles ) East Anglian Witches and Wizards ( Witchcraft of the British Isles )
Howard, Michael
Three Hands Press

In his fourth book in the Witchcraft of the British Isles series, Michael Howard examines the Craft of East Anglia, one of the richest areas of historical witchcraft and folk magic in England. From the private witch of William the Conqueror to the cunning men and women of the marshes and fens, to the Toad-witches and the appalling deeds of the witch-finders, the book is a trove of historical information on the actual folk magical practices of East Anglia. Also examined are the spirits of localit...

Price: $19.95

Hitler's Monsters: A Supernatural History of the Third Reich Hitler's Monsters: A Supernatural History of the Third Reich
Kurlander, Eric
Yale University Press

he definitive history of the supernatural in Nazi Germany, exploring the occult ideas, esoteric sciences, and pagan religions touted by the Third Reich in the service of power

The Nazi fascination with the occult is legendary, yet today it is often dismissed as Himmler's personal obsession or wildly overstated for its novelty. Preposterous though it was, however, supernatural thinking was inextricable from the Nazi project. The regime enlisted astrology and the paranormal, paganism, Indo-Ar...

Price: $35.00

The Voynich Manuscript The Voynich Manuscript
Clemens, Raymond
Yale University Press

Many call the fifteenth-century codex, commonly known as the Voynich Manuscript, the world s most mysterious book. Written in an unknown script by an unknown author, the manuscript has no clearer purpose now than when it was rediscovered in 1912 by rare books dealer Wilfrid Voynich. The manuscript appears and disappears throughout history, from the library of the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II to a secret sale of books in 1903 by the Society of Jesus in Rome. The book s language has eluded deciphe...

Price: $50.00