Perspectives on Initiation

Perspectives on Initiation presents initiation as essentially the transmission, by the appropriate rites of a given tradition, of a ‘spiritual influence’ which represents the ‘beginning’ (initium) of the spiritual journey. It is unique in giving a comprehensive account both of the conditions of initiation and of the characteristics of organizations qualified to transmit it. While most of its 48 chapters deal with specific aspects of initiation, others cover an astonishing range of related subjects, among them: Magic and Mysticism, Ceremonial Magic, Psychic ‘Powers’, The Symbolism of the Theater, The Gift of Tongues, Greater and Lesser Mysteries, Rose-Cross and Rosicrucians, Some Reflections on Hermeticism, and The Birth of the Avatara. Related articles are collected in GuĂ©non’s Initiation and Spiritual Realization.

CONTENTS

1. Initiatic and Mystical Path
2. Magic & Mysticism
3. Various Errors Concerning Initiation
4. Conditions for Initiation
5. Initiatic Regularity
6. Synthesis & Syncretism
7. Against Mixing Traditional Forms
8. Initiatic Transmission
9. Tradition & Transmission
10. Initiatic Centers
11. Initiatic Organizations & Religious Sects
12. Initiatic Organizations & Secret Societies
13. The Initiatic Secret
14. Initiatic Qualifications
15. Initiatic Rites
16. Rite & Symbol
17. Myths, Mysteries & Symbols
18. Symbolism & Philosophy
19. Rites & Ceremonies
20. Ceremonial Magic
21. Psychic ‘Powers’
22. The Rejection of ‘Powers’
23. Sacraments & Initiatic Rites
24. Prayer & Incantation
25. Initiatic Trials
26. Initiatic Death
27. Profane & Initiatic Names
28. The Symbolism of the Theatre
29. ‘Operative’ and ‘Speculative’
30. Effective and Virtual Initiation
31. Initiatic Teaching
32. The Limits of the Mental
33. Initiatic Knowledge & Profane ‘Culture’
34. Academic Mentality and Pseudo-Initiation
35. Initiation & ‘Passivity’
36. Initiation & ‘Service’
37. The Gift of Tongues
38. Rose-Cross & Rosicrucians
39. Greater & Lesser Mysteries
40. Sacerdotal & Royal Initiation
41. Some Reflections on Hermeticism
42. Transmutation and Transformation
43. The Notion of an Elite
44. Initiatic Hierarchy
45. Traditional Infallibility
46. Two Initiatic Devices
47. Verbum, Lux & Vita
48. The Birth of the Avatara

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