Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism

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Edited by: Wouter J. Hanegraaff, in collaboration with Antoine Faivre, Roelof van den Broek and Jean-Pierre Brach

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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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“I AM” Activity

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Author(s): Mayer, Jean-François
The “I AM” movement was launched by an American couple, Guy Warren Ballard (1878-1939) and Edna Anne Wheeler Ballard (1886-1971). They had both shown a long-time interest toward occult literature. Guy Ballard had become a medium himself even before his marriage in 1916 and apparently ‘practiced spiritualism in Chicago for a number of years’ (Braden). According to some sources, the Ballards were familiar not only with Theosophical literature, but also with Christian Science, Unity, the Rosicrucia…


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Author(s): Zanier, G.
The term Iatromathematica was derived from the title of a Greek Hermetic treatise, well known in medieval latin translations; in a broader sense it refers to “astrological medicine” (i.e. the medical science which subordinates clinic observation and therapeutic praxis to the scrutiny of the stars). The theory of Iatromathematica is founded on several philosophical assumptions. The most obvious one is the so-called “material causalistic” assumption, which is already apparent from the opening words of the Iatromathematica: ‘The rays of the seven stars are interwoven in t…