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From Ritual to Romance

From Ritual to Romance by Jessie L Weston, part of the Mythos / Bollingen series, a 1993 paperback from Princeton University Press, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.

Jessie L Weston From Ritual to Romance from Princeton University Press

“Acknowledged by T.S. Eliot as crucial to understanding ‘The Waste Land,’ Jessie Weston’s book has continued to attract readers interested in ancient religion, myth, and especially Arthurian legend. Here she reinterprets the saga of the Grail by exploring the legend’s Gnostic roots.

Drawing from J.G. Frazer, who studied ancient nature cults that associated the physical condition of the king with the productivity of the land, Weston considers how the legend of the Grail related to fertility rites—with the lance and the cup serving as a sexual symbols. She traces its origins to a Gnostic text that served as a link between ancient vegetation cults and the Celts and Christians who elaborated on the story. Conceiving of the grail saga as a literary outgrowth of ancient ritual, she seeks a Gnostic Christian interpretation that unites the quest for fertility with the striving for mystical oneness with God.” — back cover


Living Gnosticism

Living Gnosticism: An Ancient Way of Knowing by Jordan Stratford, the 2007 paperback from Apocryphile Press, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.

Jordan Stratford Living Gnosticism from Apocryphile

“Twenty two centuries ago in Alexandria, a sect of philosopher-poets fashioned a myth the strands of which weave through Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Greek philosophy, and inspired the legends of the Holy Grail. Long banished to the realm of notorious heresy, the myths of the Gnostics (‘knowers‘) took root in the fertile imagination of the nineteenth century’s artistic movements and esoteric circles, bearing fruit in the daily spiritual practice of thousands today. In 1945, a library of Gnostic writings surfaced from the Egyptian desert, allowing the movement—after 1500 years of propaganda and slander—to speak with its own voice. Rich in imagery, nostalgic in tone, Gnosticism quietly restores Wisdom to her place as Goddess in Western religion, reveres Eve as the first saint, and acknowledges Mary Magdalene as foremost of the Apostles.” — back cover


Rosslyn

Rosslyn: Guardian of the Secret of the Holy Grail by Tim Wallace-Murphy and Marilyn Hopkins, the 2000 paperback from Thorsons, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.

Tim Wallace-Murphy Marilyn Hopkins Rosslyn from Thorsons

“This is the first book to explore the existence of a configuration of seven pre-Christian sites which formed the route of a pilgrimage of initiation used by Druids, Knights Templar and Christian mystics in their search for true knowledge and enlightenment. Beginning at Compostela in Spain, the voyage of discovery proceeds to Toulouse, Orleans, Chartres, Paris and Amiens, taking us deep into a mysterious world where hidden streams of spirituality flow beneath the surface of European history, profoundly influencing the evolution of Western thought. The journey ends at Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland, where the history of its founders, the Sinclair family, illuminates the revelations of Rosslyn and their significance for us today.” — back cover

The Ruby Tablet Vol 1 No 4

The fourth number of The Ruby Tablet is now available. The Ruby Tablet is a periodical compiled and edited by Darcy Kuntz, under the auspices of the Golden Dawn Research Trust, which may be of some interest. So, check it out and consider helping with a donation to keep new issues of this periodical coming.

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Contents:

Time and Space by W. Wynn Westcott
Letter of Louis Claude de Saint-Martin
Ultra-Neptunian Planets
Golden Dawn Research Trust
History & Development of Magical Weapons: Wands by John Kelly
Skylight Press
From Khartoum to the Source of the Nile: An Interview of Dr. Robert W. Felkin
The Ten Categores of Existence
Kerubim Press
The Holy Grail by A.E. Waite
Spiritual Quotes No. I
Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn Books
Shem Hamphoresh; or the Divine Name I.H.V.H. by Nurho de Manhar
Rosicrucian Order of the Golden Dawn
An Outline of a Preliminary Ceremony Connected with the Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram by Ithell Colquhoun
The Society of the Rosicrucians: A Rough Sketch of their Fundamental Doctrines” [via]

 

 

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In Nomine Babalon, CLIII

CLIII

A lone fool I wander, as Percivale,

To discover the secret of Your holy grail.

By the rod and the chalice I Thee call upon,

I raise up the cup and adore Babalon!

In Nomine Babalon: 156 Adorations to the Scarlet Goddess

 

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