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Etymology[edit] Gnosis is a feminine Greek noun, which means "knowledge".[2] It is often used for personal knowledge compared with intellectual knowledge (eidein), as with the French connaitre compared with savoir, or the German kennen rather than wissen.[3] Related adjective gnostikos[edit] A related term is the adjective gnostikos, "cognitive,"[4] a reasonably common adjective in Classical Greek.[5] Plato uses the plural adjective γνωστικοί – gnostikoi and the singular feminine adjective γνωστικὴ ἐπιστήμη – gnostike episteme in his Politikos where Gnostike episteme was also used to indicate one's aptitude. Plato The Statesman 258e— Stranger: In this way, then, divide all science into two arts, calling the one practical (praktikos), and the other purely intellectual (gnostikos). In the Hellenistic era the term became associated with the mystery cults. Hellenic philosophy[edit] Judeo-Christian usage[edit] Hellenistic Jewish literature[edit] New Testament[edit] The "Gnostic" sects[edit] Related:  Religous Studyesoteric Christianity

Gnostic initiation Initiation is a ceremony, usually a group action, in which secret knowledge is transmitted to an aspirant which will produce great changes in him. Once initiated, the aspirant will never be the same again. When an initiation is real, is true, it is a turning point in the aspirant's life. There is a before and after as regards the initiation, because something has occurred in this ceremony which has changed his life in a spectacular way, something he will never be able to forget. I have known people who received initiations in different places, but on no occasion did they notice anything special. Every man, sooner or later will have to choose one of the only two paths, opposing and irreconcilable, open to him: fulfilment of his soul or fulfilment of his Spirit. It is important to know the main characteristics of both kinds of initiations, in order to differentiate accurately between one and the other. In Gnostic initiations, the person receives certain secret knowledge.

Category:Occult Paranormal influences, agencies, or phenomena available only to the initiated while hidden from others. Articles on items commonly used by occultists such as tarot cards and runes may also be in this category. For related topics, see Occult, Category:Spirituality, Category:New Age, Category:New religious movements. Subcategories This category has the following 16 subcategories, out of 16 total. Pages in category "Occult" The following 61 pages are in this category, out of 61 total. Theurgy Definitions[edit] Neoplatonism[edit] Although the Neoplatonists are considered polytheists, they embraced a form of monism. Iamblichus' analysis was that the transcendent cannot be grasped with mental contemplation because the transcendent is supra-rational. Emperor Julian[edit] The Emperor Julian the Apostate (332-363), embraced Neoplatonic philosophy and worked to replace Christianity with a version of Neoplatonic paganism. Julian favored ritual theurgy, with an emphasis on sacrifice and prayer. Esoteric Christian theurgy[edit] Esoteric Christianity accepts theurgy as a tradition that could greatly benefit a person. Jewish theurgy[edit] For the Kabbalist, God is a single oneness, not separate "gods". See also[edit] References[edit] External links[edit]

Chaos magic The chaosphere is a popular symbol of chaos magic. Many variants exist. For more, see Symbol of Chaos. General principles[edit] Chaos magicians are often seen by other occultists as dangerous or worrisome revolutionaries.[2] History[edit] Origins and creation[edit] This magical discipline was first formulated in West Yorkshire, England in the 1970s.[4] A meeting between Peter J. Influences[edit] Following Spare's death, magicians continued to experiment outside of traditional magical orders. Early days[edit] The first edition of Liber Null does not include the term "chaos magic", but only refers to magic or "the magic art" in general.[6] Texts from this period consistently claim to state principles universal to magic, as opposed to a new specific style or tradition of magic, and describe their innovations as efforts to rid magic of superstitious and religious ideas. Chaos came to be part of this movement defined as "the 'thing' responsible for the origin and continued action of events[...].

Samael Aun Weor Samael Aun Weor Samael Aun Weor (March 6, 1917 – December 24, 1977), born Víctor Manuel Gómez Rodríguez, was an author, lecturer and founder of the Universal Christian Gnostic Movement.[1] His teaching of 'The Doctrine of Synthesis' of all religions in both their esoteric and exoteric aspects[2] has been called neo-Gnostic by the historian of esotericism Arthur Versluis[3] and called by the historian Jean-François Mayer "a science of consciousness or knowledge that may be attained through certain techniques."[4] In his over sixty books and hundreds of held conferences, he describes a teaching called "gnosis", the Greek word for "knowledge", from which is derived the name "Gnosticism". Biography[edit] Victor Manuel Gómez Rodriguez was born in Bogotá, Cundinamarca, Republic of Colombia, son of Manuel Gómez Quijano and Francisca Rodríguez de Gómez. He was briefly married to Sara Dueños and they had a son named "Imperator". In 1948 he began teaching a small group of students. Samael Aun Weor.

Angel An angel (from the Greek ἄγγελος - ángelos[1]) is a supernatural being or spirit, often depicted in humanoid form with feathered wings on their backs and halos around their heads, found in various religions and mythologies. The theological study of angels is known as "angelology". In Zoroastrianism and Abrahamic religions they are often depicted as benevolent celestial beings who act as intermediaries between Heaven and Earth, or as guardian spirits or a guiding influence.[2] The term "angel" has also been expanded to various notions of spirits found in many other religious traditions. Other roles of angels include protecting and guiding human beings, and carrying out God's tasks.[3] Etymology[edit] The word angel in English is a fusion of the Old English/Germanic word engel (with a hard g) and the Old French angele. Judaism[edit] The term מלאך (mal'āk̠) is also used in the Tanakh; a similar term, ملائكة (malā'ikah), is used in the Qur'an. "... Jewish angelic hierarchy[edit]

Fraternité blanche universelle Un article de Wikipédia, l'encyclopédie libre. La Fraternité blanche universelle se définit comme une association initiatique, fondée par Peter Deunov en Bulgarie en 1922, dont une nouvelle branche a été initiée en France par un disciple, Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov. Le 24 février 1922, Peter Deunov ouvre une école ésotérique à Sofia en Bulgarie portant le nom de Fraternité Blanche Universelle. À sa demande, un de ses disciples Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov s'établit en France en juillet 1937, où, 10 ans plus tard soit en 1947, il crée la branche française de la Fraternité Blanche Universelle. Peter Deunov définit ainsi la Fraternité Blanche Universelle : L'origine de cette dénomination provient d'une notion développée dans le milieu théosophe par Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, qui déclarait que ses enseignants étaient des Maîtres de Sagesse » ou Mahâtmas résidant au Tibet ou dans le royaume mythique de Shambala et formant une Grande Loge Blanche, une Grande Fraternité Blanche des Mahâtmas[1].

Hermetic Qabalah Teachings[edit] Conception of Divinity[edit] A primary concern of Hermetic Qabalah is the nature of divinity, its conception of which is quite markedly different from that presented in monotheistic religions; in particular there is not the strict separation between divinity and humankind which is seen in monotheisms.[2] Hermetic Qabalah holds to the neoplatonic conception that the manifest universe, of which material creation is a part, arose as a series of emanations from the godhead.[3] The Sephiroth in Hermetic Qabalah[edit] From Ain Suph Aur crystallises Kether, the first sephirah of the Hermetic Qabalistic tree of life. Each sephirah is considered to be an emanation of the divine energy (often described as 'the divine light') which ever flows from the unmanifest, through Kether into manifestation.[7] This flow of light is indicated by the lightning flash shown on diagrams of the sephirotic tree which passes through each sephirah in turn according to their enumerations. History[edit]

Agnostizismus Als Agnostizismus (gebildet von dem altgriechischen Verb ἀγνοεῖν a-gnoein „nicht wissen“) bezeichnet man die philosophische Ansicht, dass bestimmte Annahmen – insbesondere solche theologischer Art, welche die Existenz oder Nichtexistenz einer höheren Instanz, beispielsweise eines Gottes, betreffen – entweder ungeklärt oder grundsätzlich nicht zu klären sind.[1] Übersicht[Bearbeiten] Agnostizismus ist eine Weltanschauung, die insbesondere die prinzipielle Begrenztheit menschlichen Wissens betont. Geschichte[Bearbeiten] Der Begriff des Agnostizismus wurde maßgeblich von Thomas Henry Huxley (1825–1895) geprägt. Bereits im 5. „Über die Götter allerdings habe ich keine Möglichkeit zu wissen, weder, dass sie sind, noch, dass sie nicht sind, noch, wie sie etwa an Gestalt sind; denn vieles gibt es, was das Wissen hindert: die Nichtwahrnehmbarkeit und dass das Leben des Menschen kurz ist Im 18. und 19. Im 20. Varianten des Agnostizismus[Bearbeiten] Agnostischer Atheismus Agnostischer Theismus

Humiliati The Humiliati were an Italian religious order of men formed probably in the 12th century. It was suppressed by a Papal bull in 1571 though an associated order of women continued into the 20th century. Origin[edit] Coat of Arms of the Humiliati Order Its origin is obscure. It is said that at this time they were often called Berettini, from the shape of their head-dress. Returning to their own country, the Humiliati had contact with St Bernard. At that time there were certain citizens of Lombard towns who lived at home with their families, chose a distinctive form of religious life, refrained from lies, oaths and law suits, were satisfied with plain clothing, and argued for the Catholic faith. The fraternity spread rapidly and gave rise to two new branches, a "second order" composed of women, and a "third order" composed of priests. Consolidation[edit] Some years later, on the advice of St John of Meda (d. 1159), they embraced the Rule of St Benedict, adapted by him to their needs.

Daemon (classical mythology) The words "dæmon" and "daimôn" are Latinized versions of the Greek "δαίμων", a reference to the daemons of ancient Greek religion and mythology, as well as later Hellenistic religion and philosophy.[1] Characterizations of the daemon as a dangerous, if not evil, lesser spirit were developed by Plato and his pupil Xenocrates,[2][dubious ] and later absorbed in Christian patristic writings along with Neo-Platonic elements. In the Old Testament, evil spirits appear in the book of Judges and in Kings. Satanists have used the word demon to define a knowledge that has been banned by the Church. Carnelian gem imprint representing Socrates, Rome, 1st century BC - 1st century AD. Burkert suggests that, for Plato, theology rests on two Forms: the Good and the Simple; which “Xenocrates unequivocally called the unity god” in sharp contrast to the poet's gods of epic and tragedy.[2] Although much like the gods, these figures were not always depicted without considerable moral ambiguity:

Esoteric cosmology Overview[edit] Examples of esoteric cosmologies can be found in Gnosticism, Neoplatonism, Nagualism (Carlos Castaneda), Tantra (especially Kashmir Shaivism), Kabbalah, Sufism, the teachings of Jacob Boehme, The Urantia Book, the Sant Mat/Surat Shabda Yoga tradition, Theosophy, Anthroposophy, The Cosmic Tradition of Max Theon and his wife, Max Heindel (The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception), elements of the teachings of Sri Aurobindo, Meher Baba, the Fourth Way propounded by Gurdjieff and Ouspensky, PaGaian Cosmology and many current New Age teachings, to give only a few examples.[2] Gnosticism[edit] Gnostic teachings were contemporary with those of Neoplatonism. Kabbalah[edit] Kabbalah combines orthodox Judaic, Neoplatonic, Gnostic, and philosophical (e.g. Neoplatonism[edit] Neoplatonic ideas were later taken up by Gnosticism, Kabbalah, Christianity (Pseudo-Dionysius), and, in the 19th century, Theosophy. Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception[edit] Theosophy & Anthroposophy[edit] See also[edit] Jump up ^ S.

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