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 Western mystery tradition - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The appearance of Jesus and the introduction of Christianity influenced the tradition deeply, but during the dark ages the ancient Western mystery tradition was heavily opposed by the Christian Church and many figures associated with it were victims of the Inquisition, especially the witches and members of secret mystical societies.
However, the true Tradition, seems to focus on individual spiritual progress through initiation into some sort of brotherhood, group rituals, study of philosophy and the cosmic laws and their practical application with the aims of alchemy, meditation, divination and ritual magic.
The tradition of initiation and secrecy is well-preserved today, although it is criticised by many people, mainly those related to the New Age phenomenon, which has the view that knowledge should be as open as possible.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Western_mystery_tradition   (1140 words)

 Western culture - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Western world is a group of countries and cultures of which the composition depends on the definition used.
In this definition, Western culture is the set of literary, musical, philosophical and other traditions from Western Europe and countries whose history is strongly marked by Western European immigration or settlement.
The origins of Western Culture are often cited as ancient Greece, the Roman Empire, and Catholic and Protestant Christianity, and as such, some describe it the "Judeo-Christian culture".
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Western_culture   (717 words)

 Western culture -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Western Culture refers to the (A particular society at a particular time and place) culture that has developed in the (Click link for more info and facts about Western world) Western world.
The second formative influence on Western Culture were the (A New Testament book containing an exposition of the doctrines of Saint Paul; written in AD 58) Romans.
Thus, they rediscovered their own heritage, and the (The period of European history at the close of the Middle Ages and the rise of the modern world; a cultural rebirth from the 14th through the middle of the 17th centuries) Renaissance was born.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/w/we/western_culture.htm   (1991 words)

 Encyclopedia: Western mystery tradition   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Leonardo da Vincis Vitruvian Man, for many a symbol of Western culture The Western world or the West is a group of countries and cultures of which the composition depends on the definition used.
A tradition is a story or a custom that is memorized and passed down from generation to generation, originally without the need for a writing system.
Western Europe is distinguished from Eastern Europe by differences of history and culture rather than by geography.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Western-mystery-tradition   (6004 words)

 Action, Contemplation and the Western Tradition
Such civilisation, in fact, systematically destroyed the premise of any tradition, whatever type it may be, and, thus, the contact with the metaphysical reality and the hierarchical coordination of the activities and the ways of living based on the principles which are related to this reality.
Moreover, Christianity cannot claim, with respect to the West, the character of a native tradition, congenital to its races, as is the case for, for instance, Brahmanism for Hindus, Islam for the Arabs, or the whole Far-Eastern tradition.
Others can be given by oriental traditions, for instance by the Hindu one, when it speaks of Rajarshi, those who used to be simultaneously clairvoyants and keepers of the tradition of 'solar' knowledge, or when, in the Upanishads, we see figures of Kshatriya (warriors) competing in sacred knowledge with the representatives of the Brahmanic caste.
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 Resource: The Western Tradition
From Constantinople, the Byzantine Empire carried on the traditions of Greece and Rome.
Barbarian kingdoms took possession of the fragments of the Roman Empire.
Amid invasion and civil disorder, a military aristocracy dominated the kingdoms of Europe.
www.learner.org /resources/series58.html   (827 words)

 Terror of History: Mystics, Heretics, and Witches in the Western Tradition (Detailed Description)
Western civilization is closely associated with reason and science and with exceptional accomplishment in art and architecture, music, and literature.
In addition, Western culture has been the setting for repeated acts of barbarism: persecutions of certain groups such as Jews, or accused heretics and witches.
Professor Ruiz suggests that Western culture can be seen as a pendulum swinging between periods of rational thinking and periods of superstition and irrationality.
www.teach12.com /ttc/assets/coursedescriptions/893.asp   (868 words)

 A History of the Western Mystery Tradition - J.S. Kupperman
It is, in reality, a conglomeration of religious, mystical, and magical traditions which gave, and continues to give, shape to the cultures of the Western world.
The WMT is informed by traditions from countless cultures and countries; from the deserts of ancient Egypt to the snow capped mountains of Scotland and Norway.
These traditions have been used by dark age magicians and Edwardian antiquarians, medieval knights and renaissance mathematicians to create and enrich their spiritual and magical lives.
www.jwmt.org /v1n0/history.html   (719 words)

 Vesica: Western Spiritual Tradition > FAQ
The Western Spiritual Tradition teaches the essential knowledge and practices of Spiritual Initiation through concepts which can be clearly understood by modern Western students.
The VESICA trainings in the Western Spiritual Tradition are devoted to offering a clear, coherent, and grounded context (and the missing pieces of practices and information) which is so hard to find today.
Our students come from many different traditions and backgrounds, but share one thing in common: they have not been satisfied by the fragments of information available elsewhere and seek an independent understanding of “how all the pieces fit together.” In reality, there are two important aspects to our classes.
www.vesica.org /wst-faq.html   (984 words)

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He urged them not to carry their hidalgo traditions too far by refusing to work at menial jobs.
The Western Sephardic communities were characterized by a strong sense of pride, intellectualism, aesthetics, and dignity.
Sephardim has re-established themselves in their new locales, bringing with them many of the cultural characteristics and traditions which they had developed in Spain and Portugal.
www.shearith-israel.org /folder/history_sephardic.html   (545 words)

 Eastern Christian Mysticism
But there is much magic and wisdom to be found in Western traditions, claim Smoley and Kinney, who have embarked on an ambitious mission: breaking down the fundamental differences between Eastern and Western traditions and then extracting the best of the West for today's seekers.
Non-sectarian, often suppressed, this lay mystical tradition is the Christian equivalent of Sufism in Islam, and of Kabbalah in Judaism.
SUNY Western Esoteric Traditions Series: The State University of New York is producing some of most valuable series of very scholarly studies in Western Esotericism and Spirituality.
members.aol.com /theloego/books/eastern.html   (4592 words)

 Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition (Detailed Description)
The Western tradition is a blend of two outlooks that are characteristic of the ancient cities that generated them: Athens and Jerusalem.
Western monotheism and its philosophical entailments—faith as an alternative to reason, mystic ecstasy, dogmatic scripturalism, and the assumed equality of all souls in the sight of God—ultimately derive from Jerusalem.
The rationalism of Western culture, with its unprecedented control over nature, is a perennial element in Western philosophy, and it originates in Greece.
www.teach12.com /ttc/assets/coursedescriptions/470.asp   (1688 words)

 The Barefoot Path in the Western Contemplative Tradition
Bare feet are prominent in the Judaeo-Christian tradition, often appearing in contrast to shod feet as a mark that distinguishes humility from pride, spirit from flesh, or sacred from profane.
Bare feet in the western religious tradition never appear, so far as I have seen, as a symbol of yearning for a simpler time, though this is a common pastoral motif in secular writings such as Quaker poet John Greenleaf Whittier's "The Barefoot Boy" or in paintings such as Bouguereau's Two Girls.
Bare feet also never appear in the religious tradition as a token of aesthetic or erotic union with a benign, Arcadian nature, though this a characteristic romantic motif in hundreds of works such as Dante Gabriel Rosetti's The Bower Meadow.
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 WGBH About: Learn: The Western Tradition
The Western Tradition, 52 half-hour television programs is a two-semester television course, built around the classroom lectures of Eugene Weber, internationally renowned author, historian, and professor at the University of California, Los Angeles.
By weaving together history, art, literature, religion, geography, government and economics, THE WESTERN TRADITION helps students recognize the pendulum swings of history, identify parallels in the modern world, and gain a sense of their own place in the evolution of human institutions.
Western Civilizations by Lerner, Meacham, and McNall Burns.
main.wgbh.org /wgbh/learn/instructional/western.html   (246 words)

 P. Utgaard: Review of The Western Tradition, Video Series
The Western Tradition is a fifty-two part videotape series designed as a televised course in Western Civilization.
Particularly impressive is the use of artwork and photographs to demonstrate the profound changes in daily and material life brought by the industrial age.
Overall, The Western Tradition is a well organized, effectively conceived, and visually appealing series, yet for teachers of Western Civilization, libraries looking to improve their video holdings, and students interested in televised course, it is by no means indispensable.
rmmla.wsu.edu /ereview/54.1/reviews/utgaard.asp   (749 words)

 Mahendranathi (Western) Tradition   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Although I was not seeking initiation, and already having some spiritual experience of my own, particularly in the Shri Vidya tradition, Mahendranath initiated me into the Nath tradition and asked that I bring these ancient, yogic, teachings to the West, where he felt they might prosper better than in India.
In India, he said, the yoga had largely been forgotten and the essential message of the sampradaya, which was to do with being "awake", with conquering conditioning, and realising oneself, was in danger of disappearing.
There is nothing in the Nath tradition expressed in Sanskrit or Hindi that cannot be as easily expressed in the English language, for one who has experienced its essence.
www.shivashakti.com /mahend.htm   (1419 words)

 Western Tradition, Eastern Innovation: Contemporary Japanese Quilts - Crow Collection of Asian Art - Absolutearts.com
Western Tradition, Eastern Innovation: Contemporary Japanese Quilts features a dozen Japanese quilts made in the last 25 years during the explosion of quilting in Japan.
Inspired by traditional American patterns yet infused with the Japanese eastern aesthetic, these quilts take the art of quilting to a new level.
Western Tradition, Eastern Innovation is part of Quilt Mania, a collaborative exhibition of a wide variety of quilts September 2003-March 2004 at 11 Dallas-area cultural institutions.
www.absolutearts.com /artsnews/2003/09/24/31391.html   (670 words)

 The roots of Arab Anti-Semitism  - Radical Islam’s favorite Western tradition.  By David Greenberg   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
For example, whatever one thinks of the extent of anti-Semitism still extant within the Catholic Church, most Westerners consider the 1964 decision by the Second Vatican Council to repudiate claims that Jews killed Christ to be a mark of progress, to say the least.
Second, traditional Islamic authority was under challenge from Western liberalism, and the Jews provided a convenient scapegoat.
Whereas traditional Muslim accounts depict the fate of the Jews as tragic, that of a people too benighted to follow Muhammad the Prophet, current Muslim scholarship in the Arab world imaginatively rereads the Quran for evidence of the Jews’ devilish nature.
slate.msn.com /?id=2057949   (1566 words)

 Western Intellectual Tradition Minor
  It focuses on the major accomplishments of the Western intellectual tradition through courses that trace the development of literary expression, philosophical and scientific thought, and historical understanding from their beginnings to the modern world.
  Courses in the minor provide direct experience with significant works of the tradition and expose students to ideas which are of abiding concern and to themes which endure in human affairs.
The prerequisites reflect the centrality of both mathematics and language to the Western intellectual tradition.
www.calpoly.edu /~acadprog/2001depts/cla/wit/wit_mnr.htm   (270 words)

 Amazon.ca: Books: Medieval Foundations of the Western Intellectual Tradition   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Her thesis, that the foundation of the Western intellectual mindset and tradition really began in earnest in the Middle Ages rathern than Greek antiquity is an interesting one, and one for which I beleive she gives good arguments.
Starting with brief discussions of the Apologists and the Latin Church Fathers, the topics raised are discussed in a even-handed manner, although i cannot really judge the treatment of the theological debates.
After all, the subject is complex and deals with theological and philosophical subtleties that now hardly seem to merit the passionate debates and the importance attached to it then.
www.amazon.ca /exec/obidos/ASIN/0300078528   (705 words)

 Secret Societies in the Western Tradition: The History
Links with "operative masonry" (the modern Freemason's term for the working stone-masons tradition) are also traceable through some interesting ornamentation in churches and private chapels associated with aristocratic Scottish families, such as the Sinclairs, where construction dates from a period in the 15th Century which is consistent with the hypothesis.
There is no suggestion that members of this tradition either worshipped Baphomet, indulged in discourse with Talking Heads, or defiled Christian sacred symbols, but their story does, in some particulars, seem to be intertwined with that of the Templars and of organizations deriving from that provenance.
The Scottish lodges were firmly committed by tradition to the Jacobite cause and followed the deposed King James II into exile in France, subsequently favouring the claim of Charles Edward Stuart (Bonny Prince Charlie) to the throne of the United Kingdom.
www.conspiracyarchive.com /NWO/Secret_Societies.htm   (4522 words)

 The Body of Light in the Western Esoteric Tradition
She also goes on to say that few Western magicians have ever been able to master the technique fully, although no reasons are given.
It very well may be one of the few books dedicated to this subject available, and while it is full of scholarly research regarding the theories and beliefs regarding the subtle body, it lacks any description of the techniques used to experience it.
The Western schools are silent about what the implications of the Hermetic axiom, “The subtle rules the dense” and how it might apply here.
www.hermetic.com /stavish/essays/bodylight.html   (4503 words)

 Golden Dawn Research Center - The Four Elements in the Western Tradition
Mars for example, is hot and dry, which, in the traditional system of correlation (see figure 1), would correspond to Fire.
The Western Tradition identifies Earth with the Goddess, Gaia; Demeter, mistress of plant growth and material welfare.
An ancient Greek tradition held the aether, the fiery substance deemed to brighten the sky, in especial reverence and many supposed that souls consist of this divine, heavenly Fire.
www.golden-dawn.org /four_elements.html   (3164 words)

 Aleister Crowley: His Contribution to the Western Mysteries Tradition - Laurette Rockwitz
With an examination of Crowley's contribution to magic in the foreground, a rough sketch is drawn of the man and the environments and influences that surrounded him at various stages of his life, in order to add perspective to the work.
As used in the Western Mysteries Tradition it is a religion based on Liber L vel Legis.
Western culture and mankind is in the age that it is, whatever one chooses to call this age, or wherever one puts to it the boundaries of time.
www.jwmt.org /v1n0/crowleybio.html   (8155 words)

 Lecture 27: The Revolt Against the Western Intellectual Tradition: Nietzsche   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
In the lengthy history of the western intellectual tradition there have been thinkers who stand apart from the rest.
Without question, Friedrich Nietzsche was perhaps one of the best known and most celebrated thinkers of the last quarter of the 19th century.
He is also the least understood and the most frequently misunderstood philosopher to have written in the western intellectual tradition during the past century.
www.historyguide.org /intellect/lecture27a.html   (4522 words)

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