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Did You Miss Something? Qabalah Versus Hermeticism
by Jean-Louis de Biasi - August 2011

For many centuries the Western Tradition seems to have become reduced to teaching only one aspect of the tradition: Hebrew Qabalah. In a previous article, I explained that magic rituals, philosophical teachings, etc. existed long prior to the creation and development of the esoteric interpretations of the biblical texts. Of course this is an important aspect of the history of the West, which led to a new point of view of nature of the universe. Even more importantly, different aspects of our understanding of the cosmos were radically modified by this new vision. Your first reaction to this fact might be to accept it as a part of natural, historical evolution. Thus, in the same way that science and technology have evolved, you could infer that the Esoteric Tradition has also evolved. However, it must be understood that the term evolution does not necessarily imply a promise of progress towards something better. Rather, evolution can be seen as a succession of transformations that change things from one state to another state. Therefore, not all evolution brings about good results, but you can learn from each step in the process. For example, surely no one would argue that the dark days of the Middle Ages and the disappearance of nearly all the scientific knowledge that existed up to that point is a good thing. Still, we can learn from this period of darkness and intolerance. This principle is equally true for the evolution of esoteric traditions. These transformations were not always positive for the person who was eager to know the hidden arcana of the universe and the sacred Mysteries of the West. It is also true that, at certain periods in history, obscure minds or those with a specific religious agenda have warped or hidden essential parts of esoteric knowledge for long periods.

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Back to Top - Author Interview - August 2011

An Interview with Author Jean-Louis de Biasi, Author of The Divine Arcana of the Aurum Solis
by Llewellyn

1. Your new book is titled The Divine Arcana of the Aurum Solis. What is the Aurum Solis? Jean-Louis de Biasi

Most of the Western Initiatic Traditions originated with the Qabalistic tradition and the Biblical religions. Aurum Solis is a distinctive initiatic Order, heir to one of the most ancient Western Traditions: Hermeticism. Born in Hermopolis, this tradition developed its specific character at the end of the Egyptian empire, the Ptolemaic period, in Alexandria. At this time the meeting between Greek initiates  and Egyptian Priests gave birth to this lineage that became known as the Ogdoadic Tradition. Such elaboration established a pure receptacle for this inheritance. The main aspects of the Hermetic Tradition were and still remain the practice of Theurgy  that are aimed at ascending to the Divine, the use of philosophy to understand and explain the cosmos and the invisible world, the use of religious rites to worship the Immortal Divinities, and the study of the sacred books, including the Corpus Hermeticum and the Chaldaic Oracles. These aspects of the tradition were freely accessible through the public rites, the books published by Masters, the lessons provided in such places as Alexandria (Egypt), Athens (Greece), and Apamea (Syria). Yet, at the same time, this tradition retained a secret heart, which was hidden from the general populace and only available to the initiated. Thus, most of the Theurgic practices and rituals were restricted to initiates. This was also true regarding any revelation of the interpretation of, and deeper meanings of the sacred books.

Around the fourth century the rise of political and religious fundamentalism of a new religion called Christianity forbade the open practices of the ancient cults, including the study of philosophy, and the initiation of new members. Christianity ultimately closed the sacred Temples. Several Masters and initiates were persecuted, even killed. The Hermetic, Ogdoadic Tradition made the decision to become a secret order, in order to stay alive. Throughout the intervening centuries, our Tradition continued to practice in secrecy, until the time of the Renaissance in Italy. It was at this time that our Tradition was rediscovered and there was a rebirth of Hermeticism. This rebirth occurred because of the work of a reorganized group of initiates who devoted themselves to the study of Pletho, a Greek Master and heir of this lineage. They translated and published various ancient texts that helped to bring about the Enlightenment. The Ogdoadic Tradition continued to be transmitted through neoplatonic and sometimes Pythagorean circles until its final rebirth in 1897 under the name Aurum Solis (Gold of the Sun)

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Back to Top - Llewellyn Journal - August 2011

Awaken the Druid Within!
by Penny Billington

In our daily lives, most of us are aware of a yearning to "Otherness:" an insistent pull to an ephemeral "something," which could make us dissatisfied with the world of the five senses. We feel instinctively that, "There is more than this." And, in our urge for connection to that mysterious "something," we start to look around. Some look up, some look down; many look away from their everyday lives. Druids look around, to the green and natural world around us. So how does one embrace the Druidic life? Penny Billington, author of The Path of Druidry, explains how to awaken the Druid within.

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5 Reasons Your Home May Be Haunted
by Debi Chestnut

As a paranormal investigator, one of the first questions Debi Chestnut is often asked is, “How did the ghost get here?” The answer isn’t as simple as it sounds—it requires asking a lot of questions of the homeowner and conducting hours of research. That said, Chestnut believes there are generally there are five reasons why a ghost takes up residence in a home. Here the Is Your House Haunted? author discusses five main reasons your house may be haunted.

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A Complete Book of Psychic Empowerment
by Carl Llewellyn Weschcke

What is a "complete" book on psychic empowerment? Why is it more necessary than ever? Carl Llewellyn Weschcke, co-author of The Llewellyn Complete Book of Psychic Empowerment, discusses the power of a complete book on psychic empowerment that will become your companion in your journey towards self-empowerment and our journey as a world to meet the challenges of our times.

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