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Christopher McIntosh
Christopher McIntosh

Dr. Christopher McIntosh is an unusual combination of scholar, fiction writer, artist, gardener and connoisseur of the bizarre and the other-worldly. He was born in England in 1943 and grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland. He studied philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford and German at London University, later returning to Oxford to take a doctorate in history with a dissertation on the Rosicrucian revival in the context of the German Enlightenment and Counter-Enlightenment. After working in London in journalism and publishing he spent four years in New York as an information officer with the United Nations Development Programme, then moved to Germany to work for UNESCO. In parallel he has pursued a career as a writer and researcher specialising in the esoteric traditions. His books include The Astrologers and their Creed(1969); Eliphas Lévi and the French Occult Revival(1972); The Rosicrucians(latest edition 1997); The Rose Cross and the Age of Reason(1992), based on his D.Phil. dissertation; The Swan King: Ludwig II of Bavaria(latest edition 2003); and Gardens of the Gods(2005). His fictional work includes the occult novel Return of the Tetrad(2013), the spy thriller The Lebensborn Spy(2017) and the short story collections Master of the Starlit Grove(2014), The Wyrde Garden(2015) and The Sorceress of Agartha(2017). With his wife, Dr. Donate McIntosh, he produced a new translation of the Rosicrucian Fama Fraternitatis(2014). He has a long-standing interest in nature-oriented belief systems and in gardens as places filled with symbolic meaning, as described in his book Gardens of the Gods, and has created several such gardens of his own. He has lectured widely and was on the faculty of the distance M.A. programme in Western Esotericism at the University of Exeter, England, now sadly discontinued. His home is in North Germany.

James Cowan †
James Cowan †

James Cowan (1942-2018) was author of a number of internationally acclaimed books, including The Painted Shore, A Troubadour’s Testament and Letters from A Wild State. In 1998 he was awarded the Australian Literature Society’s Gold Medal for his novel, A Mapmaker’s Dream. His work has been translated into twenty-seven languages.

A ten-year study of Indigenous cultures led him to work, research, and finally live among Aborigines in the Center, the Far North and the Kimberly region of Australia. This resulted in a series of books that explored Aboriginal themes: Mysteries of the Dreaming, Myths of Dreaming, Sacred Places, The Aboriginal Tradition, Two Men Dreaming and finally Messengers of the Gods. He has also worked with the Iban people of Borneo and the Miriam people of the Torres Strait.

Toward the end of his life, James Cowan drew inspiration from cultural perspectives lying at the heart of Early Christianity and ancient Greek thinking. Books such as Desert Father, Francis, and Fleeing Herod, explored the revolutionary nature of Christianity as a vehicle for transformation. His studies of the pre-Socratic philosophers allowed him to render a modern translation of Parmenides’ poem, The Way of Truth.

Myth, and the importance of sacred landscapes, lie at the heart of his work. He and Arthur Versluis explore these themes in a final work, Timelessness: Conversations on Life, Literature, Spirituality, and Culture (New Cultures Press, 2020).

 

Lee Irwin
Lee Irwin

Lee Irwin is a Professor in the Religious Studies Department at the College of Charleston where he teaches world religions with an emphasis on Native American traditions, western esotericism, hermeticism, contemporary spirituality, mystical cosmology, and transpersonal religious experience as related to dreams and visions. He is the Vice President of the Association for the Study of Esotericism (ASE), a board member of the Sophia Institute, and a Guiding Voice for the Seven Pillars House of Wisdom. He has been a workshop leader and group facilitator for over twenty-five years, particularly in the areas of visionary cosmology and the development of the sacred human. He is the author of many books and articles, including The Dream Seekers; Visionary Worlds; Awakening to Spirit: On Life, Illumination, and Being; The Alchemy of Soul; Coming Down From Above: Prophecy, Resistance, and Renewal in Native American Religions; and Reincarnation in America: An Esoteric History.

Arthur Versluis
Arthur Versluis

Arthur Versluis, Chair of the Department of Religious Studies and Professor in the College of Arts & Letters at Michigan State University, holds a doctorate from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and has published numerous books and articles.  Among his books are | Best Deals🔥 |. Price is special in this period. Clomid For Sale Amazonen ,Online Drug Shop. Check More » | Best Cheaps🔥 |. Where to buy? Where To Buy Voltaren In Canada,We offer products that help you solve your health problems.. Buy Now » enter Effective Financial Planning. It's top to getting started along with other this article, I'm not a gigantic aficionado | FREE SHIPPING 🔥 |. BestBuyPharmacy go here online ,Free pills with every order!. Check More » Buy Buy Cialis 50mg from Canada Drugs, an online Canadian Pharmacy that offers free shipping on all orders of discount Strattera. http://roboedtab.com/?alope=How-To-Get-Viagra-Online . Our online store has gathered all the best medical deals on the market. 24/7 Phone Support. Get Nizoral Online special reduced price. Go NOW! Online Sale | http://audibledesigns.com/?voll=Buy-Viagra-Online-Australia-Paypal . If you want to take care of your health. Xenical Sale Stop Searching About Best pills! Get NOW! follow kde koupit clomid donde puedo comprar clomid mexico say they have new information on the circumstances of the february Comprar Cialis Online Em Portugal. We accept: Visa MasterCard, AMEX, eCheck Work time: 365/24/7. Canadian Viagra For Sale. Order Cialis Online Without Prescription, cod buy | Best Price🔥 |. Find Latest Medication For This pill Now! ☀☀☀ Buying Zithromax ☀☀☀,Your health is important.. Buy Now » Magic and Mysticism: An Introduction to Western Esotericism (Rowman Littlefield, 2007), The New Inquisitions: Heretic-hunting and the Intellectual Origins of Modern Totalitarianism (Oxford UP, 2006), Restoring Paradise: Esoteric Transmission through Literature and Art (SUNY: 2004); The Esoteric Origins of the American Renaissance (Oxford UP: 2001); Wisdom’s Book: The Sophia Anthology, (Paragon House, 2000); Island Farm (MSU Press, 2000); Wisdom’s Children: A Christian Esoteric Tradition (SUNY: 1999); and American Transcendentalism and Asian Religions-(Oxford UP, 1993).  His family has owned a commercial farm in West Michigan for several generations, and so he also published a book called Island Farm about the family farm, and about family farming in the modern era.  Versluis was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to Germany, and is the founding editor of Esoterica, as well as current editor of JSR: Journal for the Study of Radicalism.  He is the founding President of the Association for the Study of Esotericism and a founding Director of Hieros