Introduction to Western Esotericism — Nov 16, 2022–Oct 11, 2023, Online

Introduction to the Academic Study of Western Esotericism with Dr Sasha Chaitow, from Treadwell’s; starting November 16, 2022 through October 11, 2023. 12 online seminars. Full course & standalone options available.

“This year-long course, meeting monthly online, explores esoteric traditions to give a well-rounded sense of their content; their historical developments and key ideas and are placed within the broader context of the history of their day. Dr Sasha Chaitow starts in the Hellenistic period with neoplatonism, hermeticism, and gnosticism, which were reconstituted during the Renaissance, when these older currents merged with elements of kabbalah , alchemy and magic. This marked the birth of “the Western Esoteric Traditions” whose aim was raise human consciousness towards a reintegration with the divine. The course then examines these, then the esoteric movements of the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries, concluding with occulture today.

1. 16th Nov The Academic Study of Western Esotericism: Terminology, Methods, Issues

2. 14th Dec Historical review of Western Esoteric Thought from antiquity to modern times

3. 18th Jan The Hellenistic Period: Hermeticism and Neoplatonism

4. 15th Feb Gnosticism in Antiquity and its absorption into later traditions

5. 15th Mar The Renaissance and the birth of the “Western Esoteric Traditions”

6. 12th Apr Alchemy: The Art of the Philosophers

7. 17th May Kabbalah: Healing the World

8. 14th Jun Pansophia, Theosophia, and the Philosophia Sacra

9. 12th Jul The Scientific Revolution and the Counter-Enlightenment

10. 9th Aug Initiation and Esoteric Fraternities

11. 13th Sep The Occult Revival and Modernism

12. 11th Oct 21st Century Occulture


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