Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly.
St. Frances De Sales
Bishop, author 1567 - 1622
Some of my Tarot/Qabalistic poetry:
Thus Spoke Zarathustra Emotional Pattern Discipline Ode to the Feminine
A Few Words from Marianne Williamson
|Paul Foster Case is the founder of Builders of the Adytum, and the spiritual father of the Fraternity of the Hidden Light. Considered by many as the foremost authority on Tarot, he was a member of the Golden Dawn and was a Mason. For those interested in his work, you can find more here: Resource Page||The Fraternity of the Hidden Light is an Order working in the Hermetic Tradition. They are said to have the feeling of the early days of B.O.T.A.
The threshold course is intended to prepare the aspirant for Initiation. If you are interested in group work and enjoy the works of Paul Foster Case, you will be happy with the FLO. What is Lodge work like? If you have taken the Threshold Course you will know that rituals are given within it like the Cross of Light. Group work uses rituals like this along with other symbolism to have an impact on subconsciousness consistent with Cosmic Principles leading us towards liberation.
For locations of study groups and other events, see the FLO Events page.
|If you are interested in learning about the Tarot, Qabalah, Alchemy and Esoteric Astrology, I highly recommend Builders of the Adytum - Foremost Custodian of the Western Mystery Tradition. I have been a member for a number of years and have found the written materials to be outstanding. The group activities are also very rewarding.|
|I am currently hosting a Cube of Space meditation group in Calgary, AB. If you are interested, contact me and I will let you know where we will be. You can also find people to meet by visiting Meetup which faciliates meetings between people of similar intersts.|
To learn more about the Tarot:
To learn more about the Tree of Life, see any of these:
In the summer of 2003 I attended his Kabbalah Summer School in Gloucestershire, England. It was a week filled with loads of information and lots of exercises. There was lots of time to visit with others, who came from far and wide. The food was great, and locale was beautiful. If you would like to attend Summer School, you can find details here. For other Kabbalah Society events, including study groups around the world, visit the Kabbalah Society site.
Abraham is a group of beings who communicate through Esther Hicks. Their philosophy is most interesting, and quite often entertaining.
The core of their philosophy is:The basis of life is Freedom
The objective of life is Joy
The result of life is Growth
-- Abraham, 1989
I agree with the basic principles given by Abraham, some of which are:
The Abraham-Hicks website has plenty of material to read, as well as their Workshop schedule.
I have recently become interested in Kirtan (chanting) and would highly recommend Krishna Das. I love his album Pilgrim Heart. I also like to attend the Kirtan in Palo Alto at the Ananda Mandir.
AMORC is a modern day Mystery School and the first one I came into contact with. Their study program covers a wide range of topics, but does not tend to specialize in any particular area. As indicated above, my two favourite areas of study are the Tree of Life and the Tarot. AMORC has a brief course on the Kabbalah, and does not mention the Tarot in their home study course (at least that I know of). AMORC was involved in a court case regarding the improper dismissal of the Imperator. After studying the legal documents I chose to end my affiliation with AMORC. In one way it was not an easy decision as I was the Master of the local affiliated body at the time, but my feelings for the Order had changed and I felt it would not serve the local body or myself to continue. The new Imperator is Christian Bernard. He is from France, and in the 1990's all the monographs were translated from the French (surprise?). This is an indication to me that they have strayed far from the original words of H.S. Lewis, the founder. If you would like to learn more about AMORC and meet with those of like mind for group discussion, information on local Open Meetings is on AMORC's web site.
CR+C or the Confraternity of the Rose Cross is the traditional successor to the Lewis line of Roscicrucianism. After learning more details of what happened in 1990, I chose to affiliate with this line of Rosicrucianism so that I could study the original monographs written by H. Spencer Lewis, the founder of AMORC. It is a good grounding in mystical philosophy for those who want to build a working knowledge very slowly.
Do you believe that Christ will return to Earth? I do, but not necessarily in the way many people expect . . Anyway, here are some viewpoints on that subject:
These folks suggest that Christ does not have to return to have an effect upon the world. He is giving mesages to us right now. We just have to listen. We can
banish evil, we only have to choose to do it, and follow through.
The Jeshua Herald - Current Teachings of Jesus
Theosophy helped me to form the Foundation of my personal philosophy. Perhaps it will make some sense to you. If you really want to get into some detailed study, try the Secret Doctrine by Helena Petrona Blavatsky.
Another writer I found to have some really fascinating ideas is Rudolf Steiner. He founded what is known as Anthroposophy.  I found his writing to be an extension of Theosophy, in fact I believe he was a member of the Theosophical Society before strking out on his own. There is also a school that bears his name, Rudolf Steiner College
At the beginning of the 20th Century, a fellow named Aleister Crowley started what has become a large following. While I am not involved in any group
bearing his stamp, I do find the materials good reading. I have found one phrase that always appears:
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law . . .
Ever since taking religious studies at the University of Calgary, I have enjoyed reading about Hinduism and one of its treasures, the Bhagavad Gita. It is a wonderful
story of God incarnate speaking to man, explaining how Arjuna, the young Prince, is to deal the world he finds himself in.
Guidance through Bhagavad Gita
Mahtma Gandhi - A Retrospective
The Buddha has also been one of my favorite historical religious figures. The story of the Buddha is one of the search and attainment of enlightenment. I highly recommend that you read Siddartha by Herman Hesse. He won the Nobel Prize in 1946. To learn more about the Buddha:
My favourite branch of Buddhism - Zen:
This HTML work will help you in your quest to understand religion: From Primitives to Zen An excellent collection of source materials
on some of the most important topics.
This glossary will help you sort out some terms.
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