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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Théon, Max

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Author(s): Chanel, Christian
Théon, Max (ps. of Louis Maximilian Bimstein; also known as Aia Aziz), * ca. 1848 (Warsaw), † 4 Mar 1927 (Tlemcen (Algeria)) Théon was Grand Master of the Exterior Circle of the → Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor (H.B. of L.) around 1884, and later (about 1900) founded the Mouvement Cosmique mainly under another pseudonym (Aia Aziz). Furthermore he is known as a practitioner of occult [→ occult / occultism] medicine and adept in practical occultism, and as the author of an initiatic work of over 10.000 pages written in collaboration with his wife, their teachings being known as the Philosophie C…

Theosophical Society

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Author(s): Santucci, James A.
1. Overview The organizations identified with the dissemination of teachings collectively known as Theosophy and derived primarily from the writings of → Helena P. Blavatsky (1831-1891) and her associates and followers may be referred to as Theosophical societies. The one society that has a direct or administrative link back to the first president and co-founder of the original Theosophical Society, → Henry Steel Olcott (1832-1907), is currently the largest and most international of all the surviv…

Theosophy, Christian

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→ Christian Theosophy