Two Articles:
•Aryel Sanat, The Secret Doctrine, Krishnamurti, and Transformation. Excellent.
•David Reigle, The Book of Dzyan Research Reports. Very interesting.

Two Books:
•Daniel H. Caldwell, The Occult World of Madame Blavatsky. Tucson, Impossible Dream Publications, 1991. Excellent. Online shorter version.
•Sylvia Cranston, HPB: The Extraordinary Life and Influence of Helena Blavatsky, Founder of the Modern Theosophical Movement. J. P. Tarcher, 1994. An excellent biography.

Two Links:
Blavatsky Archives Plenty of information and images, and many useful links
Theosophical University Press Online Online Theosophical texts


katinkahesselink.net Katinka Hesselink's site on K. Very good.
jiddukrishnamurti.info Many quotes and photos. Excellent.
K-and-C Discussion group.

The second wave happened through a friend and collaborator of Krishnamurti, the Alexandrian painter and writer Carlo Suarès.

The Qabala is radically, essentially subversive, aloof and contrary to the religious agenda of any group or authority whatsoever, it is up to you to revive it to yourself, beyond any herd spirit... Freedom was always available to Man, but in truth very few desire it.

•Carlo Suarès, The Second Coming of Reb Yhshwh. Samuel Weiser, 1994.
•Carlo Suarès, The Cipher of Genesis. Samuel Weiser, 1992.
•Carlo Suarès, The Sepher Yetsira. Shambhala, 1976.
•Carlo Suarès, The Song of Songs. Shambhala, 1972.
•J. Ralston Skinner, Key to the Hebrew-Egyptian Mystery in the Source of Measures (1875-6). Minneapolis, Wizards Bookshelf, 1975.
•Isaac Myer, Qabbalah: the philosophical writings of Avicebron (1888). New York, Weiser, 1974.
•Nurho de Manhar (trans.), The Zohar: Bereshith - Genesis (1900-1914). San Diego, Wizards Bookshelf, 1978.


Psyche.com An excellent site on QBL and Carlo Suarès, plus original research


100th Monkey Books



Alexandria 1: The Journal of the Western Cosmological Traditions
Edited by David R. Fideler (1991) 378pages US$25 C$40

In Ancient Egypt, the city of Alexandria was the meeting place where countless religions, philosophical, and cosmological teachings flowed together to create powerful new syntheses. Today, ALEXANDRIA provides a meeting place for everyone who is vitally interested in ancient and modern cosmological speculation. The first issue of ALEXANDRIA features:

  • Revisioning the Sacred for Our Time by Kathleen Raine
  • The Orphic Mystery: Harmony and Mediation by Lee Irwin
  • Hymns of Orpheus: Mutations by R.C.hogart
  • Michael Maier's Alchemical Quadrature of the Circle by John Michell
  • The Eternal Feminine: Vladimir Solov'ev's Visions of Sophia by Kristi A. Groberg
  • Embodying the Stars:Iamblichus & the Transformation of Platonic Paideia by George Shaw
  • Galaies and Photons by Dana Wilde
  • Esotericism Today: The Example of Henry Corbin by Christopher Bamford
  • The Waters of Vision and the Gods of Skill by John Carey
  • The Path Toward the Grail: The Hermetic Sources and Structure of Wolfram von Eschenbach's Parzival by David R. Fideler
  • The Creation of a Universal System: Saint-Yves d'Alveydre and his Archeometer by Joscelyn Godwin
  • Aspects of Ancient Greek Music by Flora R. Levin
  • A Plotinian Solution to a Vedantic Problem by Michael Hornum
  • "Gnosticism." Ancient and Modern by Arthur Versluis
  • Hekate's Iynx: An Ancient Theurgical Tool by Stephen Ronan (Phanes Press)


Alexandria 2: The Journal of the Western Cosmological Traditions
Edited by David R. Fideler (199 ) pages US$25 C$40


Alexandria 3: The Journal of the Western Cosmological Traditions
Edited by David R. Fideler (199 ) pages US$25 C$40


Alexandria 4: The Order and Beauty of Nature
Edited by David R. Fideler (1997) 435pages US$25 C$40

This fourth volume of ALEXANDRIA features:

  • Introduction: Philosophy Embracing the World by David Fideler
  • The Cosmic Religious Feeling by Albert Einstein
  • Science and Religion by Albert Einstein
  • Science and the Beautiful by Werner Heisenberg
  • Soul and the World: A Conversation with Thomas Moore
  • Retrieving an Ancient Ecology by Christopher Castle
  • Deep Form in Art and Nature by Betty and Theodore Roszak
  • Ecomorphology by Gordon Onslow Ford
  • Two Poems by Betty Roszak
  • Cosmology, Ethics, and the Practice of Relatedness: A Conversation on Philosophy, the Patterns of Nature, and the Ways of Knowing by David Fideler
  • Cultivating Ecological Design Intelligence by Stuart Cowan
  • Neoplatonism and the Cosmological Revolution: Holism, Fractal Geometry, and Mind in Nature by David Fideler
  • Egos, Angels, and the Colors of Nature by Robert D. Romanyshyn
  • The Contemporary Christian Platonism of A.H.Armstrong by Jay Bregman
  • The Theology of the Invisible by Bruce Nelson
  • The World Religions and Ecology by Joseph Milne
  • The Information War by Hakim Bey
  • Philosophical Counselling by Kathleen Damiani
  • Novelty, the Stop, and the Advent of Conscience by David Appelbaum
  • Life, Lindisfarne, and Everything: William Irwin Thompson Speaks Out
  • Jung and the Myth of the Primordial Tradition by Andrew Burniston
  • The Lost Spirit of Hellenic Philosophy by Christos Evangeloiou
  • Drinking with the Muses by Thomas Willard
  • Claiming a Liberal Education by Stephen Rowe
  • How To Host a Philosophical Banquet by Plutarch
  • Words of the God: Ancient Oracle Traditions of the Mediterranean World by Lee Irwin
  • Hermeticism and the Utopian Imagination by John Michael Greer (Phanes Press)


Al-Kemi: A Memoir - Hermetic, Occult, Political, and Private Aspect of R.A. Schwaller de Lubicz
Andre VandenBroeck (1987) 286pages US$14.95 C$24

Al-Kemi recounts the story of the eighteen months that Andre VandenBroeck, a painter and writer, spent in daily contact with the remarkable French philosopher, hermetist, and Egyptologist, R.A. Schwaller de Lubicz (1887-1961). Structured like a mystery, and distilled in the crucible of memory for fifteen years, Al-Kemi provides a passionately felt, personal, and dramatic introduction to the startling world of this contemporary alchemist. (Lindisfarne Press)

The Eternal Hermes: From Greek God to Alchemical Magus
Antoine Faivre (1995). Translated by Joscelyn Godwin. 210pages US$18.95 C$30

Hermes - the fascinating, mercurial messenger of the gods, eloquent revealer of hidden wisdom, and guardian of occult knowledge - has played a central role in the development of esotericism in the West. Drawing upon may rare books and manuscripts, this collection of six essays with thirty-nine plates, explores the question of where Hermes Trismegistus came from, how he came to be a patron of the esoteric traditions, and how the figure of Hermes has remained lively and inspiring to our own day. ( Phanes Press)

Hermes the Thief: The Evolution of a Myth
Norman O. Brown (1947) 164pages US$10.95 C$17.50

Hermes - trickster and culture hero, divine child and patron of stealthy action, master of magic words, seducer and whisper- is a vital and complex figure in Greek mythology. Shepherd, craftsman, herald, musician, athlete, merchant - who is this tricky shapechanger confronting man at every turn? On this classic work, Norman O. Brown asks, "Is Hermes the Thief the prototype, from which, by extension and analogy, the Trickster was derived? Or is the notion of trickery the fundamental one, and theft merely a specific manifestation of it?" Brown deals with myth and cult, art and ritual, gods and goddesses as he traces the evolution of Hermes from sacred stoneheap and phallus to theHomeric Hymn to Hermes and the Hesiodic poems.

The Hermetic: The Lost Wisdom of the Pharoahs
Timothgy Freke & Peter Gandy (1997) 158pages US$ C$

The Hermetica is a collection of writings attributed to Thoth- a mythical ancient Egyptian sage whose wisdom is said to have transformed him into a god...The Greeks, who were in awe of the knowledge and spirituality of the Egyptians, identified Thoth with their own god Hermes, the messenger of the gods and the guide of souls in the realm of the dead. To distinguish the Egyptian Hermes from their own, they gave him the title 'Trismegistus', meaning 'Thrice-Great', to honour his sublime wisdom. The books attributed to him became collectively known as the 'Hermetica'...The main surviving philosophical Hermetic texts are the eighteen books known as the Corpus Hermeticum (seventeen survive, Book XV is missing}, the Asclepius, the Stobaeus and various fragments. These works are dense and somewhat impenetrable. In this new version, therefore, we have selected key extracts and combined them to bring out the essential wisdom and inherent poetry that they contain. In this endeavour we feel we are following in the footsteps of the scholars of Alexandria who collated these books from the ancient material that was then available, making them accessible to a contemporary readership. - from the authors' Introduction (Piatkus)

The Hermetic Tradition: Symbols & Teachings of the Royal Art
Julius Evola (1971 / 1995) 220pages US$ 15.95 C$ 23.95

Julius Evola (1898-1974) draws from a host of sources in the Western esoteric tradition - works on alchemy, theurgy, magic, and mythology from Neoplatonic, Arab, Gnostic, and medieval sources - to demonstrate the singularity of subject matter that lies behind the words of all adepts in all ages. He shows how alchemy - often misunderstood as primitive chemistry or a mere template for the Jungian process of "individuation" - is nothing less than a universal secret science of human and natural transformation. The first part of The Hermetic tradition outlines the symbols and teachings of the Art, while the second part is concerned with the techniques and effects of the practice. Throughout the exposition of this sacred tradition the reader is encouraged to listen with the "ear of the heart"; a leap of consciousness is required to leave our time-bound and analytic world and enter the timeless realm of nature's continuous creation. (Inner Traditions)

The Hymns of Hermes
translated by G.R.S. Mead (1863-1933) 83pages US$7 C$ 11

These writings are attributed to Hermes Trismegistus, an Egyptian sage, the founder of all arts and sciences, both mundane and spiritual. Rather than being an actual person, Hermes is, in reality, the Egyptian personification of the "Gnostic Revealer." In addition to providing translations of the beautiful Greek hymns from the ancient hermetic writings, G.R.S.Mead offers an interpretation which is sympathetic, personal, and full of insight. This little volume, which might well be called initiatory, is an excellent introduction to the Hermetic Gnosis, and closes " with the hope that some may be found to sing inresponse to the Hymns of Heathen Hermes even in this twentieth century of Christian grace; for perhaps, after all, Hermes and Christ are not in reality such strangers as traditional theological prejudice would have us believe." (Phanes)

Hypatia of Alexandria
Maria Dzielska (1995) Translated by F.Lyra 157pages US$12.95 C$20.75

Hypatia - briliiant mathematician, eloquent Neoplatonist, and a woman renowned for her beauty - was brutally murdered by a mob of Christians in Alexandria in 415. She has been a legend ever since. In this engrossing book, Maria Dzielska searches behind the legend to bring us the real story of Hypatia's life and death, and new insight into her colorful world. Historians and poets, Victorian novelists and contemporary feminists have seen Hypatia as a symbol - of the waning of classical culture and freedom of inquiry, of the rise of fanatical Christianity, or of sexual freedom, Dzielska takes us back to the Alexandria of Hypatia's day, constructing a compelling picture of the young philosopher's disciples and teachings, and clarifying what Hypatia's murder tells us about the tensions of the tumultuous era. (Harvard University Press)

Meditations on the Soul: Selected Letters of Marsilio Ficino
Translated from the Latin by Language Dept / School of Economic Science, London (1996) 275pages US$16.95 C$23.95

This collection of letters of Marsilio Ficino (1433-99), the leader of the Platonic Academy in Florence, covers a wide range of topics written from 1457 to 1481, mixing philosophy and humor, compassion and advice. The letters are topically arranged: Truth and Virtue; Human Nature; The Soul; Music, harmony, and Divine Frenzy; Knowledge and Philosophy; Fortune, Fate, and Happiness; Divine Providence and the Good; The Planets and Astrology; Love, Friendship, and Marriage; Worldly Things and Civic Duty. In many of these letters Ficino urges us either directly or indirectly to cultivate our soul. (Inner Traditions)


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