Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism

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Edited by: Wouter J. Hanegraaff, in collaboration with Antoine Faivre, Roelof van den Broek and Jean-Pierre Brach

Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism Online is the comprehensive reference work to cover the entire domain of “Gnosis and Western Esotericism” from the period of Late Antiquity to the present. Containing around 400 articles by over 180 international specialists, Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism Online provides critical overviews discussing the nature and historical development of all its important currents and manifestations, from Gnosticism and Hermetism to Astrology, Alchemy and Magic, from the Hermetic Tradition of the Renaissance to Rosicrucianism and Christian Theosophy, and from Freemasonry and Illuminism to 19thcentury Occultism and the contemporary New Age movement. Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism Online also contains articles about the life and work of all the major personalities in the history of Gnosis and Western Esotericism, discussing their ideas, significance, and historical influence.

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List, Guido Karl Anton (von)

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Author(s): Goodrick-Clarke, Nicholas
List, Guido Karl Anton (von), * 5 Jan 1848 (Vienna), † 17 May 1919 (Berlin) Journalist, novelist, dramatist and folklorist with emphasis on Germanic mythology, religion and prehistory. List was associated with the Austrian Pan-German movement and völkisch nationalism at Vienna from 1890. In 1878 he married Helene Förster-Peters († 1890), and in 1899 Anna Wittek. While temporarily blind in 1902, List had an illumination concerning the secret meaning of the runes, which led him to assimilate esoteric ideas from 1903 on. List was the …

Llull, Ramon

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Author(s): Bonner, Anthony
Llull, Ramon (Raymundus Lullus), * ca. 1232/3 (Palma de Mallorca), † ca. 1316 (Tunis or Palma) Only two or three years before Llull's birth, his father, a member of the urban patriciate of Barcelona, had come to Mallorca as part of the army with which James I of Aragon conquered the island from the Muslims. Llull thus grew up in a multicultural society, with a large Muslim population (comprising perhaps a third of the entire population) and an important Jewish minority. At the age of thirty a repeated vision of…