Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism

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Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism Online is the comprehensive reference work to cover the entire domain of “Gnosis and Western Esotericism” from the period of Late Antiquity to the present. Containing around 400 articles by over 180 international specialists, Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism Online provides critical overviews discussing the nature and historical development of all its important currents and manifestations, from Gnosticism and Hermetism to Astrology, Alchemy and Magic, from the Hermetic Tradition of the Renaissance to Rosicrucianism and Christian Theosophy, and from Freemasonry and Illuminism to 19thcentury Occultism and the contemporary New Age movement. Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism Online also contains articles about the life and work of all the major personalities in the history of Gnosis and Western Esotericism, discussing their ideas, significance, and historical influence.

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Abellio, Raymond

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Author(s): Rousse-Lacordaire, Jérôme
Abellio, Raymond (ps. of Georges Soulès), * 11 Jan 1907 (Toulouse), † 26 Aug 1986 (Nice) At the end of World War II and a development that had led him from the left wing of the Socialist Party, through Deloncle and Déat's collaborationist parties, to the Resistance Movement, Georges Soulès, a trained engineer, left politics for esotericism. He did so under the influence of Pierre de Combas, a man well versed in esoteric traditions, whom he met in 8943. Considered one of the great French prose writers of his tim…


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Author(s): Summerfield, Henry
AE (ps. of George William Russell), * 10 Apr 1867 (Lurgan), † 17 Jul 1935 (Bournemouth) Theosophist, poet, prose author, artist, journal editor, officer of the Irish Agricultural Organisation Society, and member of the Irish Convention of 1917. George William Russell is best known by his pen-name AE, which he adopted after a compositor was unable to read more than the first two letters of Æon, the Gnostic word for a higher being with which he signed a letter to the editor of the Theosophical journal Lucifer in 1888. Russell was born into a Protestant family in the north of Irelan…

Agrippa, Heinrich Cornelius

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Author(s): Valente, Michaela
Agrippa, Heinrich Cornelius, * 1486 (Nettesheim), † 1535 or 1536 (Grenoble) German Humanist and theoretician of → magic. Agrippa's family belonged to the middle nobility in Nettesheim, near Cologne. He studied in Cologne from 1499 to 1502, when he received the degree of magister artium, and later in Paris. During his studies in the latter city, Agrippa seems to have taken part in a secret circle or self-help society, the members of which were interested in studying res arcanae, and with whom he tried to remain in contact in later years. In 1508 he traveled to Spain, where…