William James’s influential papers on ‘The Varieties of Religious Experience’

William James (1842–1910) was an American philosopher and psychologist. James was a leading thinker of the late nineteenth century, one of the most influential U.S. philosophers; his groundbreaking papers and discussions known as "The Varieties of Religious Experience" would influence both Carl Jung and Aldous Huxley.   Along with Charles Sanders Peirce, James established the … Continue reading William James’s influential papers on ‘The Varieties of Religious Experience’

Titus Burckhardt: Alchemy – Science of the Cosmos, Science of the Soul

I thought I'd share a link where you can download pdf files of 7 works by Titus Burckhardt. (or you can read them online, as above) Titus Burckhardt at Archive.org edit: This is currently offline but you can read his Introduction To Sufi Doctrine here: https://newbooksinpolitics.com/political/introduction-to-sufi-doctrine/   As an example, here's the Table of Contents … Continue reading Titus Burckhardt: Alchemy – Science of the Cosmos, Science of the Soul

The Hermetic Papers of A. E. Waite and his idea for The Hermetic Text Society

  ‘The Hermetic Text Society was a pipe-dream of Waite’s that never proceeded further than the issuing of this breathtaking prospectus’, A.E. Waite’s bio-bibliographer R.A. Gilbert intriguingly observed with reference to a 14-page pamphlet issued by Waite in 1907.  Searching the Internet for ‘The Hermetic Text Society’ only yields a few references, all to the … Continue reading The Hermetic Papers of A. E. Waite and his idea for The Hermetic Text Society

Benjamin Betts – Geometrical Psychology

"Benjamin Betts’ Geometrical Psychology from 1887 contains a sequence of delicately toned geometric figures intended to represent no less than ‘the evolution of human consciousness from the animal, zero, or starting point, through to the culmination of human possibilities – the transcendental’. Originally educated as an architect, Betts resolved to end his career determined to … Continue reading Benjamin Betts – Geometrical Psychology

W.B. Yeats, Magus

"Yeats may have been carrying around in his head a kind of vastly complicated zodiac, a system for explaining the whole of human life and its history, but as he writes to her [his wife, Georgie] of calming down a hysterical devotee of the Golden Dawn, or discussing with the Indian mystic, Shri Purohit Swami, … Continue reading W.B. Yeats, Magus