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Besant Lodge: 2560 N. Beachwood Drive, Hollywood CA 90068
Established in America in 1928, The Gnostic Society is dedicated to
advancing the study, understanding, and individual experience of Gnosis.
"He who has ears, let him hear!"
Coming to visit us? In July 2015, activities of The Gnostic Society and Ecclesia Gnostica returned to the historic Besant Lodge in Hollywood, California. The Besant Lodge is located on North Beachwood Drive, just below the famous Hollywood sign. Parking is on the street around the facility, and it is advised that you come a bit early to find street parking, which improves as you go north past our address. (Map and Directions) This is a location we have used on various occasions for many decades, and we are very pleased to now permanently return our activities to this beautiful and historic location. Come and join us!
Lectures listed here are given at The Gnostic Society of Los Angeles, California. These programs are held every Friday evening at 8:00 PM. Unless otherwise noted, all lectures are presented by Dr. Stephan Hoeller. Lectures are free and open to the public (donations are appreciated). Refreshments are offered following the lecture. Further information is available by calling 323-467-2685.
Many of the lectures given at the Gnostic Society of Los Angeles are available for immediate online download in MP3 format at the BC Recordings website (www.bcrecordings.net), along with a growing catalog on many topics. Take a look -- visit the online catalog!
Free Online Lectures: Many titles are available for free download at the BC Recordings website.
This page lists the current lecture series, with a view back through 2009. (An archival list of lectures through 1996 is also provided.) For information about purchase and download of past lectures presented at the Gnostic Society, go to BC Recordings, an audio publishing effort advancing the work of Dr. Hoeller since 1979.
2016 Lecture Schedule
October 2016: Magical and Mystical October Country
Special Event Notice I.
October 6: A Class in Esoteric Philosophy in Theosophy: First Thursday Evenings of the Month at 8PM (through December and possibly longer) on the teachings of H.P. Blavatsky, especially based on her two volumes "The Secret Doctrine Commentaries" and "Esoteric Instruction". A brief Q&A session follows.
Special Event Notice II.
October 9: St. Francis of Assisi Blessing of the Animals: In front of Besant Lodge prior to the Sunday Morning Eucharist.
And now back to our regularly scheduled programming: In anticipation of Hallowe'en and the mysterious and intriguing season that began with the Autumnal Equinox, we present three programs pertaining to these subjects and preparing us for Autumn's mysterious revel, held by us on the final Friday of the month of October..
October 7: Hallowe'en and the Archaic Spirituality of Old: Conclusions drawn from Alvin Boyd Kuhn's splendid treatise on Hallowe'en; the; the Cosmic Religion of Celtic Time (the Myth of the Eternal Return). What is the relation of ancient Paganism to the Gnosis?
October 14: The Magic and Mystery of the Western Tradition: A tribute on the approaching 100th Anniversary of his death to Papus, (Dr. Gerard Encouse) and the magical and mystical revival, begun in the 19th Century. The Romance of the French Esoteric Tradition, then and now.
October 21: Wicca and Ceremonial Magic in Our Day: Dr. Hoeller will share his early contacts with the wiccan revival and he will dialogue with ms. Sandra Wells about her experiences with Wicca and magic in recent times.
September 2016: Sophia, the Feminine Divine
A comprehensive treatment of the various accounts of the Divine Sophia, her origins, tradition and aspects, based on Gnostic scriptures and insightful experiences of seers and wise men throughout history. These lectures will prove that Sophia is neither a Pagan goddess, nor a product of fancy, but a perennial Archetype and person.
September 2: The Origins of the Sophia Tradition: The Hebrew Trinity as experienced in The Great Angel by Barker; her suppression and re-appearance in the Old Testament Wisdom Books, including Kabbalistic insights.
September 9: The Reappearance of Sophia in Pistis Sophia: The Book Pistis Sophia, told possibly by Valentinus. The greatest drama of the Spiritual Feminine in all of history.
September 16: The Feminine Myth of Gnosis: The perennial reality of the Divine Sophia,in the ongoing Esoteric Tradition. Sophia's unique character as distinguished from the Madonna or Pagan goddesses.
September 23: Sophia and her Enemy, the Demiurge: Our Lady of Wisdom, as the conqueror of Evil and oppression.
September 30: Modern Apostles of Sophia: The Russian Sophiologists: Vladimir Solovyev and his school, Carl Jung's intimations of Sophia in his Red Book, and Answer to Job. The future role of the Sophia Tradition in the culture.
August 2016: Seers, Angels and Spirits
Dr. Hoeller draws upon his experiences with persons of clairvoyant powers, who perceived the angelic beings and their kith and kin. In amplification of such accounts he deals with Angel Magic as well as the advantages and hazards of dealing with beings of the inner worlds.
August 5: People who Saw the "Invisible": The speaker recounts his experiences with clairvoyants of the past, mostly of the Theosophical Society, who spoke at Besant Lodge. Dora van Gelder Kunz, Geoffrey Hodson (whose visions of Angels are depicted on our stained glass windows), Marie Hotchener and others.
August 12: Angels and Magic: An introduction to Angel-Magic. Ancient Gods and Goddesses turning into Angels. Do we have an Angel with us or within us?
August 19: Angels; Holy and Unholy Are all Angels good? How we may distinguish between entities of light and darkness? The need for, and nature of such discernment.
August 26: A Time for Magic and Magicians: C.G. Jung predicted in the "Red Book" that after the "Time for War", the "Time for Magic" would come. How may we prepare ourselves for this? How my past experiences instruct us?
July 2016: Esoteric America and its Message
Dr. Hoeller expands on certain themes of his last lecture of June on Enlightenment era Hermeticism and show its accomplishments in the U.S.A.
July 1: America's Secret Destiny: The Esoteric Spirit of The United States, presented in the light of the insights of Manly P. Hall.
July 8: Albert Pike and America's Heritage of Freemasonry: Can the Masonic Spirit redeem today's United States?
July 22: C.G. Jung on America: On his various visits to the U.S., the late Dr. Jung made insightful pronouncements about the national psyche of the U.S.A. and its future. We shall look at these.
July 29: Joseph Campbell; American Apostle of Myth: The greatest figure of the "New View of Mythology" and his contribution to the Myth of America.
June 2016: The Great Tradition of Liberating Gnosis
Dr. Hoeller reviews the essential features and message of the tradition of Alternative Spirituality of the West, which is experiencing a rebirth in the dawning new Aion, predicted in Jung's "Red Book" and other sources. This is not a recounting of history, but an entry into ideas and mysteries.
June 3: Sources of the Great Tradition: Hermes Trismegistus and his successors and relatives: Simon Magus, Valentinus, Proclus, Iamblichus. The birth of Magic, Alchemy and Ecstatic Gnosis.
June 10: The Great Tradition Continues: Kabbalah and The Great Angel; The Mysterious Tarot; The Martyred Cathars; the Rhineland Mystics; Giordano Bruno; Jacob Boehme.
June 17: The Great Tradition in the Era of the Enlightenment: The Rosy Cross; the Hiramic Mystery of Freemasonry, the Initiatic Glory of Martinism; the esoteric foundations of the United States.
June 24: The Great Tradition Revives: Blavatsky, the Russian Sphinx; the Magicians of the Golden Dawn; the minor Theosophers of the 20th Century; C.G. Jung and the Gnostic Revival. Is the "New Age "Old Hat"?
May 2016: The New Spirituality
The often predicted New Aion (Age) is the herald of a New-Spirituality. From Blavatsky to Jung and his Red Book, we find pronouncements about the New Religion and its New God Image. Secular Atheism and the existing religions are all failing humanity at this time. This failure points to a remedy: A World-View with ancient roots and new countenance.
May 6: From Shaman to Prophet: Spirituality originates in non-ordinary experience. The recovery of experiential religion, as a necessity for the liberation of human consciousness.
May 12: Special Thursday Program: Scott Smith on his book "God Reconsidered: Searching for Truth in the Battle between Atheism and Religion". Scott speaks about the strength of the philosophical arguments for Christian Gnosticism and answers questions. Free MP3 Audio.
May 13: The Failure of Monotheism: Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam have failed to redeem humanity, because they could not answer some of the most urgent questions of life. Indications of answers are present in an ancient Gnosis.
May 20: The Inadequacy of Hinduism and Buddhism: The Polytheistic and Non-Theistic failure of faith. Indications for the remedy for these problems.
May 27: Rebirth of the Path of Inspired Insight: C.G. Jung advised us to "give birth to the Old in a New Way". This "old" is the Gnosis as expressed today, which contains the meaning untouched by the present religions.
March and April 2016: How to Understand Human Character
In this series of talks, Dr. Hoeller will review the numerous ways of classifying human character and indicate ways of utilizing them. All the presentations will be with a view to transcendence and the mystic vision of Gnosis.
March 4: What are Human Character Types? Answers given by ancient Gnostics; Reflection on the issues of Types.
March 11: Early Psychological Types: Poetry and Types; Schiller; Nietzsche; Origin of Types in the Red Book.
April 1: Jung's Typology, Pt. I: Introverted and Extraverted, Thinking and Feeling Types. Alchemy and Human Character.
April 8: Jung's Typology, Pt. II: Sensate and Intuitive Types. Thoughts on the Transcendent Function.
April 15: The Feminine Types: The Four Structural Forms of the Feminine Soul by Toni Wolff.
April 22: The Seven Rays: The major Occult Typology, first revealed by Ernest Wood, elaborated by A. Bailey.
April 29: How to Understand Human Character? Human relations as grounded in Gnostic Mystical Vision.
January and February 2016: Dreams and Visions
Exploring the Active Imagination by Various Means:
In these discussions, the speaker will explore the nature and uses of such modalities of altered consciousness as found throughout history in spontaneous and induced forms of what is now often called "Active Imagination".
January 22: SPECIAL PROGRAM: Annual Tarot Prognostication for the U.S.A. for the year 2016. Image of the Cards and free Audio Recording.
January 29: The Magic of Active Imagination: Using the word in a general sense, we will examine the nature and importance of visionary reality and its access by altered consciousness.
February 5: The Dream, the Vision of the Night: An overview of the field of dreams, including the various types of dreams as classified by the Greek sage, Artemidorus.
February 12: Dreams and Soul-Transformation: Archetypal images, Transcendence and Individuation in Dreams.
February 19: Visionary Literature and its Meaning: Examples of Visionary writing from the ancient Gnostics to Blavatsky, Tolkien, Jung and Philip K. Dick and its meaning to us.
February 26: The Visionary World of the Psychedelic Age: Have the discoveries of Albert Hofmann and his fellows opened up a new, valid way of Visionary experience?
2015 Lecture Schedule
November and December 2015: Synchronicity and Divination
While all peoples and cultures used oracles, the Gnostic approaches them as aids to insight to transcendence. In the 20th Century C.G. Jung indicated an oracular principle of depth psychological character and named it Synchronicity. With this series the speaker will draw on the material in his classic book "The Fool's Pilgrimage" and prepare us for the annual Tarot Forecast in January.
November 6: C.G. Jung and Synchronicity: The discovery, theory and application of the mysterious Synchronicity principle as expounded by Jung. (Available free online - click to listen or download.)
November 13: Synchronicity, Parapsychology and Divination: May we derive meaning for our lives from occult and magical phenomena, as well as from the mantic (predictive) arts?
November 20: From the Occult to Mystery and Gnosis: The revelation of meaning by way of our deepening of inner perception.
December 4: The I Ching; Oracle of the East: The philosophy and mystical content of the oracle brought to our culture by Richard Wilhelm and C.G. Jung.
December 11: Astrology: The Starry Wisdom as an Aid to Gnosis How Gnostic insight may convey the glory of the heavenly symbols.
December 18: Tarot; the Royal Road of Divination: The historical oracle of the West, as a guide and Gnostic helper.
October 2015: The Gnostic Journey of the Soul
The Universal Process of the Soul based on "The Hymn of the Pearl"
The historic alternative scripture, The Acts of Thomas, contains this hymn of which the scholar Hans Jonas wrote: "Perhaps nowhere else is the basic gnostic experience expressed in terms more moving and more simple 'In our days when so many are journeying and migrating, we ought to contemplate this archetypal tale that is both timeless and timely!'"
October 2: Origin of the Soul and the Quest for the Pearl: Our mystical origins and the mission upon which we came to earth.
October 9: Descent of the Soul and Perils of the Quest for the Pearl: How Consciousness is captured and may be freed.
October 16: Awakening in an Alien Reality and receiving the Treasure: Receiving the Wake-Up Call from Above and obeying its voice.
October 23: Return bearing the Treasure to the Homeland: Progress to and within the Spiritual Kingdom.
September 2015: America's Inner Wisdom
In these talks Dr. Hoeller will follow through on some of his talks in July on the Esoteric Tradition in the U.S.A. H.P. Blavatsky wrote: "The Universe is governed from within outwards". The universe of the human is similarly governed by consciousness. What kind of consciousness inspired esoteric spirituality in our country? Discover this and related inner mysteries with our speaker and his talks!
September 11: Altered Consciousness in America: Journeying to the "Inner Frontier". Mesmeric and Shamanic foundations of our visionary reality. Visionary foundations of the American Republic.
September 18: Movements of Alternative Spirituality in America: From Shakers and Mormons to Theosophy, heterodox mysticism and its American origins.
September 25: From New Age to New Aeon: The Esoteric Future. Is the "New Age" of the 20th Century "old hat"? Gnostic Renaissance and the Aeon of Aquarius.
August 2015: The Mysteries Revisited
Dr. Hoeller takes a new look at the Ancient Mysteries (at times called "Mystery Schools") in terms of their relevance to contemporary spirituality and the future in the New Aeon. The mystic psychology of the myths and practices of the Mysteries of the ancient world as the foundations of the Esoteric Tradition.
August 7: The Mysteries; Their Nature and Function: An overall evaluation of the mystery tradition in ancient times, throughout history and in contemporary times.
August 14: Eleusis; the Mystery of Soul Transformation: The best known of the Mysteries, including the contemporary discoveries of what became known as The Secret of Eleusis.
August 21: Orphic, Dionysian and Isiac Mysteries: The major mystery systems of the Mediterranean spiritual matrix and their applicable features today.
August 28: Mithra, and his Mystic Heritage: The mystery-religion of the late Roman Empire and its great influence on Christianity, Freemasonry and Chivalry.
SUNDAY, August 30th at 6PM: A Special Event: Commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the passing of Manly P. Hall, author, mystic teacher and esoteric scholar: Dr. Stephan Hoeller presented an evening of reminiscences of the founder of the Philosophical Research Society.
July 2015: The Esoteric Tradition in the West
Past, Present and Future of the Inner Tradition in the United States and its West Coast.
July 10: Mystical, Magical, Occult California: Have you wondered about the secret side of West Coast Culture, including of the Motion Picture Industry? Here are the answers.
July 17: The Spirit of Freemasonry in America: Founding Fathers, Albert Pike, Wise Men of the U.S.A. and their heritage.
July 24: Rev. John Goelz: The Kabbalistic Magical Tradition in the West:   Our Tuesday evening class leader substituting for Dr. Hoeller.
July 31: New Thought, "Metaphysics", Positive Thinking in the U.S.A.: The roots and flower of the Neo Hermetic Enlightenment.
May and June 2015: The Gnostic Gospels
Revisited thirty eight years after their publication: In 1977 the English translation of the Nag Hammadi Library was published, to be followed one year later by the best selling book "The Gnostic Gospels", by Elaine Pagels. The effect of these works on the culture has been remarkable. In these lectures Dr. Hoeller will summarize and evaluate the message of the scriptures of Nag Hammadi called "Gospels".
May 1: The Gospel of Thomas, part I: Explaining the first part of the Gospel of Thomas and its sayings.
May 8: The Gospel of Thomas, part II: The crucial and revelatory sayings in the second half of the Gospel, including about Mary Magdalen.
May 15: The Gospel of Philip: The principal source of the Mystery of the Bridal Chamber and other redemptive sacraments.
May 22: The Gospel of Truth: Mystical insights into the Gnostic World View; dissolving the illusory perception of life.
May 29: The Gospel of the Egyptians and other highlights of Nag Hammadi : Singular insights and visionary disclosures regarding creation, moral maxims and initiations in the Nag Hammadi Library.
June 5: The Secret Book of John: Also known as the Apocryphon of John, this scripture is the most complete depiction of the Gnostic cosmology and World View available. If you always wanted to know what the Gnostic Tradition is all about, this is your lecture to attend.
June 12: The Exegesis of the Soul: The Gnostic narrative about the nature and journey of the human soul. This history of the psyche is essential for Gnostic self-knowledge.
March and April 2015: The Images of Jung's Red Book
Some time ago Dr. Hoeller presented explanations of the artwork executed by C.G. Jung in his Red Book (Liber Novus). By popular demand he presents an expanded version of these commentaries, again with projection of the Red Book images. We need to affirm that this presentation was an educational program for the benefit of our members and their friends and not a commercial venture.
March 6: Images of the Red Book, Part One: Images from "Liber Primus" (Book One) and general introduction to the study of Jung's artwork.
March 27: Images of the Red Book, Part Two: Mandalas and other images from the latter part of Book One and some of Book Two.
April 10: Images of the Red Book, Part Three: Further Images from Book Two.
April 17: Images of the Red Book, Part Four: Book Two: Mandalas and Symbols.
April 24: Images of the Red Book, Part Five: "Scrutinies" (Book Three) and advice for the personal use of these images.
February 2015: Pistis Sophia; Faithful Sophia
In recent years the name of Sophia is increasingly mentioned as a generic name for the Divine Feminine. In reality Sophia is a specifically Gnostic figure whose universal story is told by the resurrected Jesus in the scripture Pistis Sophia (Askew Codex) discovered in the 19th Century and expertly translated by G.R.S. Mead. Dr. Hoeller will use original quotations and his commentaries regarding this most important story of Sophia (Divine Wisdom).
February 6: Sophia leaves Heaven (the Fullness): The Gnostic Jesus tells of her original condition, her descent. The Ten Calls to the Light, (uttered by Sophia) and their implications.
February 13: The Last Calls of Sophia and her Struggle with the Demiurge: Her rise on high and the power of the Darkness below.
February 20: Sophia; her Angelic Helpers and her Alchemy: Redemption and Alchemical transformation in the Sophia narrative.
February 27: The Gnostic Conclusions to be drawn from Sophia's Story: Mary Magdalene questions Jesus about how to rescue Souls. Chaos and other enemies of the Gnosis.
January 2015: Tolkien and the Great 20th Century Myth
The Gnosis of "The Lord of the Rings" and its author.
January 23: J.R.R. Tolkien, the preeminent Mythmaker of the 20th and 21st Centuries: Where did he receive his inspiration? Was he a visionary as well as a literary giant?
January 30: Tolkien's Myth; Archetypes and Gnosis in Tolkien's work: (These two lectures are made timely in view of the film Hobbit III.)
2014 Lecture Schedule
December 2014: The Latest Furor About Mary Magdalene
A recently published and highly controversial book, "The Lost Gospel", claims to be the coded message in an ancient Syriac expansion on the Genesis account of the marriage of Joseph and Aseneth.
December 5: "The Lost Gospel"; New Information or Fraud? Is the Magdalen a "co-Messiah", a sexpot or (and) the mother of two sons by Jesus? What is the nature of the text underlying these assertions?
December 12: Earlier Magdalenic Hysterias: The Da Vinci Code; The Jesus' Wife; An Apocryphal Cathar Fragment; Holy Blood-Holy Grail; Holy Moley! Is the Deific Feminine stirring?
December 19: The Gnostic Mary Magdalene: Sources, such as Pistis Sophia, the Gospel of Philip and the Gospel of Mary. Will the real Mary Magdalene stand up amidst the literary chaos? Is the deific feminine involved in all this?
November 2014: Heroes and their Journeys
The events in the world and in the culture indicate the need for the cultivation of the hero archetype both individually and collectively. In ancient Greece the "Hero" was the first step on the path of joining the gods (Apotheosis). In these three lectures we will explore three archetypal heroes from the Arthurian cycle in terms of their message for our lives and society. Dr. Hoeller has lectures about these figures in the past, but plans to use a new and different emphasis here.
November 7: King Arthur; the Royal Self: The "Once and Future King": Is he within us or in the outer world? The psychology and mysticism of the image of the hero-monarch in a Gnostic perspective.
November 14: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: This less known figure of the Arthurian cycle reveals a profound secret about one of the most terrifying battles of life. Who is the Green Knight and how may we defeat him?
November 21: The Magician as Hero: The Mysterious Archetype of Merlin Not all heroes wield the sword; some prevail through the magic wand. Jung identified with the figure of Merlin; can we do the same?
October 2014: Dreams and Altered States
Can various forms of Gnosis be experienced in everyday consciousness, or does consciousness need to be altered for such a purpose? Ancient mysteries will be combined with the nightly experience of dreams in this excursion into the light that shines in the darkness of the dream of the night and the vision of the day.
October 3: What are Altered States? From Eleusis to the dream interpretation of Artemidorus and the dream symbolism of the Pyramid Texts.
October 10: Dreams and Modern Psychology: From Freud's notion of disguise of meaning, to Jung's individuation and archetypes, Ego Symbols, the Shadow complexes and others.
October 17: Dreams and Transcendence: Intimations of superhuman and supernatural realities in dreams. The Jungian "Big Dream" and its relation to Vision and Active Imagination.
October 24: Vision and its Facilitators: Magical and Sacramental ritual. The Mystery of the imagination. Better visions through chemistry: The effects and future of the Psychedelic Revolution.
September 2014: Gnosis and the Middle East
The Gnostic Tradition originated in what is now known as the Middle East. In spite of two millennia of warfare and persecution, remnants of the Ancient Gnosis continued to survive precariously in this region. At the present time war and persecution threaten to obliterate these Gnostic-related religious groups forever. In these talks, Dr. Hoeller will describe the nature and teachings of several of these endangered offspring of the Gnosis.
September 5: The Mandaeans, Carriers of the Pure Gnosis: Exterminated and exiled during the Iraqi war, these Gnostics possess the most poetic scriptures and sacred practices.
September 12: The Yezidis and their Knowledge of Sacred Fire and Demiurge: Recently greatly endangered, this ancient religion carries important Gnostic teachings.
September 19: The Druze, the Samaritans, the Kalasha and esoteric Islamic sects, such as the Ismailia and the Alawi: Secret religions, many believing in Reincarnation and sometimes showing Manichaean influences.
September 26: The Sufis and their Enigmatic Mysticism: Though assumed to be Moslems, most Sufis are mainly Gnostic. Could their mystic Gnosis become the reconciling solution of the current conflicts in the Middle East and beyond?
August 2014: Three Mystical Teachers of the 20th Century
A Tribute and a Memoir
The last century brought not only darkness (Two world wars; many dictators; the Atom Bomb etc.) but also some outstanding teachers of the Inner Wisdom. Three of these found their home in California and were known personally to some of us, including the speaker. We shall invoke their wisdom and message.
August 1: Gerald Heard, the Modern Unknown Philosopher: Philosopher, Psychopomp, Pioneer of Altered Consciousness; a remarkable man.
August 8: Commemoration of our 10th Anniversary at our present quarters: Remanescenses; tributes; Fun and Celebration. An address by Dr. Hoeller on Gnosis in Los Angeles; Past, Present and Future.
August 15: Alan Watts: Pilgrim of Eternity Pilgrim between Continents and Worlds; Mediator between Eastern and Western Spirituality.
August 22: Manly P. Hall; the Sage of Los Angeles: Esotericist; Wise Instructor; Kind and Insightful American Patriot.
July 2014: Gnosis and Soul
The word "Soul" is being used extensively. But do we know what soul is? How it is distinguished from the psychologist's "Psyche"? How it relates to "Spirit" and "Nous", as used in classical times? How does this concept and reality of the soul manifest in the psycho-cosmology of Gnosticism? These and related questions will be answered by Dr. Hoeller in these three lectures.
July 11: The Many Faces of the Soul: The Soul as seen in Ancient Egypt; in the Hebrew Bible; in Ancient Greece; in Christian belief and Allegory; in India and China; and in Gnosticism.
July 18: The Soul as the oppressed Feminine: The Nag Hammadi Library contains a singularly moving account of the soul as an abused and suffering feminine being. The translated text with Dr. Hoeller's commentary will be presented.
July 25: The Soul as Exile and Traveller between Worlds: The Gnostic monomyth as contained in the "Acts of Thomas", known usually as "The Hymn of the Pearl", recounted and explained from the point of view of today's Gnosis.
June 2014: Esoteric America
In an age of confusion and uncertainty regarding the values and ideals of the United States of America, these talks will stimulate insight into the often unrecognized element in the American Spirit. Utilizing the teachings of Manly P. Hall (for whose Philosophical Research Society Dr. Hoeller lectured for nearly 50 years) and of recent research by historian Mitch Horovitz ("Occult America" and "One Simple Idea") the ideal foundation and renewals of the Esoteric Spirit of this land will be discussed. Recommended reading: Dr. Hoeller's book "Freedom".
June 6: From Shamanic to Masonic America: Thomas Jefferson's Iroquois model for the U.S. Constitution. American Indian ideals and their continuing influence. The coming of Enlightenment Hermeticism through Freemasonry. The strange role of Slavery in U.S. history.
June 13: Hermetic versus Puritan America: The ongoing conflict between the esoteric spirit of the Founders and the Colonist mentality of a portion of American Religion. A glimpse into the conflict in the statements of C.G. Jung.
June 20: American Optimism and Gnosis: The Neo Hermeticism of the New Thought Metaphysical tradition and its relation to Classical Esotericism.
June 27: America and the New Myth of Consciousness: What holds the future for America? Following in the footsteps of Albert Pike and traditional Freemasonry. The U.S.A. and the Revival of Gnosticism.
April and May 2014: The Great Tradition Today
Dr. Hoeller will discuss the rebirth of the Tradition of Gnosis in the 20th and 21st Centuries. This will conclude the series given early this year. The talks deal not merely with history but with teachings and practices.
April 4: Light from the 19th Century: The French Occult revival: Eliphas Levi and the rebirth of Magic; Papus, Master Philippe and the New Gnostic Church.
April 11: Light from the Early 20th Century: Rudolph Steiner and the Neo-Rosicrucian Current; Vril; Thule Society; Neo-Grail and Spear of Destiny.
May 9: Tarot and the Rebirth of Divination: Divination and Gnosis; Structure of the Tarot Deck; Kabbalistic Tarot. Dr. Hoeller will display his collection of Tarot Decks.
May 16: The Return of Ceremonial Magic: The Golden Dawn; Ecclesiastical Magic of C.W. Leadbeater; Aleister Crowley and Israel Regardie, the "Neo-Golden Dawners".
May 23: The Nag Hammadi Gnostic Renaissance: 69 years after the discovery; from Scholarship to Gnosis in the culture. Gnostic themes in 21st Century humanity.
May 30: Gnostic Revolution in Depth-Psychology: Jung revealed as Gnostic in his Red Book; the reaction: Esoteric Delight and Secular Discomfort.
March 2014: Gnosis and Drama
An exploration of the relationship of Art and Gnosis, with a Gnostic and Jungian review of three great dramatic works originating in three different historical epochs and three different nations.
March 7: Homer's "Odyssey": The greatest adventure story ever told, which has been the favorite of Western Culture for three thousand years; and -- among other things -- depicts the journey of the soul.
March 21: Goethe's "Faust": The Magic of Individuation The Magical and Alchemical drama from the 18th Century. The paramount dramatic work of the German language had a great influence on C.G. Jung.
March 28: "The Tragedy of Man": Often called "the Hungarian 'Faust'", this drama by the 19th Century Hungarian poet Imre Madach is a profound philosophical play. Dr. Hoeller will interpret this chief literary work of his native Hungarian language.
January and February 2014: The Great Tradition
The Esoteric Current of the West in Past, Present and Future: Dr. Hoeller will explore the various phases of the Tradition with a primary focus on its message of ideas, with a minor emphasis on historical detail.
January 10: Annual Tarot Prognostication for the U.S.A.: Dr. Hoeller¹s annual reading of the cards, this for the year 2014.
January 24: Sources of the Tradition: Source Experiences and Teachings in Gnosticism; Manicheanism; Hermeticism; Alchemy and Neo-Platonism.
January 31: Medieval Currents: The Cathars; the Theosophy of Jacob Boehme; the Rosicrucian Enigma.
February 7: Enlightenment Mysticism: Emergent Freemasonry, the Early Adepts: The Conte de St Germain, Martines de Pasqualy and Louis Claude de St Martin.
February 14: The Tradition in the 19th Century: Eliphas Levi and the Magical Current; Blavatsky and the great Occult Revival.
February 21: C.G. Jung and the Dawning of the New Gnosis: Jung's Convergence with the Nag Hammadi discovery and its impact.
February 28: Signs of the Future: "To give birth to the ancient in a new time". War, Magic and Religion in the New Aeon.
2013 Lecture Schedule
December 2013: Three Myths to Live By
The great mythologist Joseph Campbell in his two books "Myths to Live By" and "The Inner Reaches of Outer Space" has pointed the way to new creative mythologies for our time. These three lectures will explore some of these motifs.
December 6: Myths of War and Peace: In the present world of radical conflict, it may be useful to observe the mythological aspects of war and peace, based in part on Joseph Campbell's essay on the subject.
December 13: Myths of Creation and Destruction: Today we see much preoccupation with end-time scenarios. The Gnostic Christ says in the Gospel of Thomas: "Know ye then the beginning that you inquire about the end?" The connection of end and beginning in Mythic Reality will be explained.
December 20: The Myth of Reality: The nascent new myth, envisioned by Campbell and Eliade bears a remarkable similarity to the monomyth of the Gnosis.
November 2013: The Mystical Spirit of Classical Antiquity
"The Child is Father to the Man" says scripture. In the same manner Gnosticism and Hermeticism had their roots in Greco-Roman antiquity. The mysticisms of later centuries originated in the mysteries of the so-called Pagan world. A view at the essence of these mysteries will be presented.
November 8: Mysteries; Means of Ultimate Transformation: The prevalence of Mysteries in Egypt, Greece and Judea, and their role in collective individuation.
November 15: The Enigmatic Secret of Eleusis: The most renowned of all mysteries and the ecstatic transformation they brought. What were the means of this?
November 22: The Mysteries of Dionysius: Transformation through ecstasy. Theolepsy, the art of communing with a God. What is the role of ecstatic states today?
October 2013: Zosimos and the Gnostic Origins of Alchemy
The Greek alchemist Zosimos was the earliest teacher of what may be called Gnostic Alchemy, which emphasizes the feminine factor in a unique manner. Jung held Zosimos in very high esteem. The rare images of Zosimos and his work will be projected for our viewing in the last evening..
October 4: Jung and Zosimos: C.G. Jung's discovery of the Gnostic/Hermetic roots of Alchemy. Indications of the special emphasis of the Alchemy of Zosimos.
October 11: Special Lecture by Dr. Lance Owens: Dr. Ribi's new book and its Important Message. While lecturing in Zurich early this year, our speaker befriended Dr. Alfred Ribi, long time teacher at the Jung Institute. Dr. Owens came to edit and introduce Dr. Ribi's work "The Search for Roots, (C.G. Jung and the Tradition of Gnosis)", about which he will lecture to us.
October 18: The First Sources of Alchemy: Grecian and Syriac sources of Alchemy, and their culmination in the Work, in the Arabic work of Zosimos (The Mushaf as-suwar).
September 2013: Dreams: The Night Language of the Soul
Dreams represent a perennial interest of humanity All people dream, although some fail to remember their dreams. Frequent misunderstandings arise about the content of dreams, because dreams communicate in Symbols. This series of talks will deal with the basic understanding and interpretation of dreams. When time permits, individual dreams from the audience may be interpreted at the conclusion of the lecture. (Please see our titles on Dreams at the BC Recordings website.)
September 6: The Nature of Dreams; Attempts at Dream-Understanding: Dream interpretation from pre-historic times until our age. Insightful classifications of dreams in Antiquity and now.
September 13: Dreams and the Individuation Process: Freud had pinpointed the dream as the highway to the Unconscious. Jung had experienced individuation and used dreams to this end. The nature of dreams and of individuation will be discussed.
September 20: The Dream in Sickness and Health: Illnesses of body and/or mind announce themselves in dreams. Ancient dream practices were designed for healing. Can such insights be utilized by us today?
September 27: Ego Images and Transcendence in Dreams: Ego Image shifts; complexes; archetypal manifestations, such as the Shadow and the Persona as well as Anima and Animus will be discussed.
August 2013: Mani, the Prophet and his Liberating Gnosis
Chronologically the last, but spiritually one of the pre-eminent Gnostic teachers was Mani of Persia. (His portrait-icon by J.V. Saether hangs in our sanctuary.) Mani's Gnosis remained influential in Europe and Asia for over a thousand years. Regrettably his literary heritage is still neglected by much of scholarship. In these talks Dr. Hoeller will review Mani's teachings, and share many singularly poetic and ecstatic prayers and hymns of this tradition. We shall also clear up some hostile propaganda about what is "Manichaean"! (Available at the BC Recordings website.)
August 2: The Perennial Message of the Prophet Mani: The life and teachings of the Prophet Mani; his way of liberation, and the applicability of his message today.
August 9: Light and Dark: Mani's Myth of the Primal Battle How the world and humanity came to their present state? What is it that we need to be liberated from? What are the means of liberation?
August 16: Mani's Psychology and the Five Stages of Spiritual Progress: The Soul's Five Qualities and the progression from Hearer to Master. Who was Mani in reality and who may be his analogue today?
August 23: Verbal Gems from the Light: A Sampling of Manichaean Scriptures. Vision of the Saviour; the promise of the joyous life; departure for the Fullness; the Lord of Light; the prayer that shows the face of God.
August 30: The Heirs of Mani; their Deeds and Message: Initiatory Gnosis: Did Freemasonry have Manichaean roots? Priscillian of Avila; were the Cathars disciples of Mani?
July 2013: The Teachings of Paracelsus
The Scientific and Esoteric heritage of the greatest of the Alchemists: In our June series the limitations of time did not permit a sufficient treatment of the alchemical physician of the 16th Century, Paracelsus. In these three lectures this omission is rectified through an elucidation of the medical, alchemical and occult teachings of the man who was called "The Swiss Hermes". (These titles were also delivered previously and are available at the BC Recordings website.)
July 12: The Five Causes of Disease and the Five Classes of Healers: The core-principles of Paracelsian medicine. Are they applicable today? Paracelsus' effort was the first one combining physical, psychic and spiritual factors in medicine.
July 19: The Theory of Paracelsus about Magnetic Force and Healing: The Paracelsian theory of Magnetism and its unacknowledged influence on Medicine, occultism, "Metaphysics" and psychology. Mesmer, Spiritualism, New-Thought, Charcot and Freud.
July 26: Spirit, Health and Disease in the Tradition of Paracelsus: Jung and Paracelsus; Heterodox healing methods of Psyche and Soma. Alchemy and Entheogens.
June 2013: Alchemy and Individuation
After concluding the experiences and the writing of the Red Book, C.G. Jung chose the archaic and abandoned art of Alchemy as the symbolic paradigm of individuation and he devoted several of his most profound works to this subject.  Dr. Hoeller intends to give a series in the Fall on the text and images of the Alchemical codex of "Zosimos of Panopolis", the Hermetic-Gnostic Alchemist who chiefly inspired C.G. Jung.  These talks in June are to serve as a background for the further Alchemical talks. Two of these titles appear to be complimentary to our comprehensive collection on Alchemy at the BC Recordings website, and this message will be updated subsequently.
June 7: Jung's Entry into Alchemy: "The Secret of the Golden Flower" The Chinese Alchemical treatise, presented to Jung by Richard Wilhelm and its mysterious connection with the Red Book.
June 14: Principles of Alchemy; An Overview of the Great Art: The process of transformation and its phases. The elements and forces. The objective of Alchemy. "Be ye living Philosopher's Stones".
June 21: Great Alchemists and Their Work: Paracelsus the mystic physician and his Alchemical Medicine. Gerhardus Dorn and other great Alchemical Masters.
June 28: Alchemy and Religion: Transformation and the Eucharist; Mercury and Christ; St. Thomas Aquinas and the "Aurora Consurgens".
April and May 2013: Creativity, Imagination and Gnosis
Conventional religiosity has maintained that spiritual experiences were a gift of Divine Grace and Revelation. The ancient Gnosis, as fortified by the New Gnosis of C.G. Jung holds that the deific spirit indwelling the human psyche is creative and can draw on transcendental intelligence for its purposes. Dr. Hoeller explores the workings of such creativity. (April lectures are available at the BC Recordings website, and May lectures are now merged with 20 others in the "Wisdom Literature through the Ages" set.)
April 5: Creative Imagination; its Nature and Function: Anciently seen as the source of Magic; later as the fountain of Art (Virgil was called a Poet and a Magician) and by Jung as the chief agent of individuation. Available free at bcrecordings.net
April 12: The Artist as Gnostic Magician: Writers of prose and poetry, painters and sculptors; composers and musicians in their relation to creative Magic.
April 19: Creative Imagination and Ancient Gnostic and Hermetic Gnosis: Evidence of Creative Imagination in the Nag Hammadi Scriptures and in Hermetic writings. "The Treatise of the Eighth and the Ninth"; Hermetic Hymns and the Poimandres.
April 26: Mystic Imagination and its Disclosures: Christian Mystics; Ibn Arabi's Sufi Mysticism; William Blake and "secular" mystic visions.
May 3: W.B. Yeats: The Poetry of Magic and Vision: Magus of the Golden Dawn; protegé of H.P. Blavatsky; prophet of the Celtic Revival.
May 10: Louis Claude de St. Martin; Mystic Poet; Unknown Philosopher: The Life, Message and Adeptic Role of the Father of the French Martinist tradition.
May 17: J.W. von Goethe and the Archetype of Faust: The "prince of poets and poet of princes" admired by Freud, Jung, Rudolf Steiner; co-creator of the modern German language and Esoteric Sage.
May 24: J.R.R. Tolkien; his Myth and Vision: Creator of the greatest Myth of the 20th Century; traveler in an Alternative Reality.
May 31: Robert Graves, the Poet of Myth: Greatest living poet of the English tongue of his time. Imaginative myth-maker extraordinaire.
February and March 2013: Types and Functions of the Feminine Soul
In these talks Dr. Hoeller discusses the Four Functional Forms of the feminine psyche as given by Toni Wolff, a pioneering associate of C.G. Jung. These lectures include esoteric elements and "Red Book glimpses" not included in Dr. Hoeller's lectures on this subject in previous years. (These recordings are available at the BC Recordings website.)
February 1: Feminine Psyche: Feminine World Soul: The trans-cosmic Feminine Principle and its psychological implications. Available free at bcrecordings.net
February 8: The Mother: First of Toni Wolff's Structural (and functional) Forms of the Feminine Psyche. The Maternal Woman and her perennial significance.
February 22: The Amazon: The form most favored by modern and post-modern Feminists. Woman as fighter, activist and executive.
March 1: The Medial Woman: Woman as Oracle, and Intuitive.
March 22: The Heteira: The Woman Companion, Inspirer and guide.
January 2013: The Psychology of the Beyond
Two lectures on Jung's Transcendental Psychology
In these lectures Dr. Hoeller interprets a little-known treatise by Barbara Hannah, an important disciple of C.G. Jung. It was delivered in lecture form in 1968 on the occasion of the 80th Birthday of the foundress of jungian Psychology in the U.S., Dr. M. Esther Harding and was never published. The content of this piece is highly unusual and unique. (These recordings are available at the BC Recordings website.)
January 11: The Immortal Body and Its Psychology: The insights Jung received from Richard Wilhelm; the Nature of the "Beyond".
January 25: Assembling the Psyche around its Deific Center: Chinese and Western Alchemy, After-Death States, Symbolism of Kundalini Yoga. Detachment from the finite; entry into the infinite.
2012 Lecture Schedule
December 2012: The World; Beginning, End and Transcendence
The 21st day of this month was widely heralded as a time of the ending of the World, of the Age, or at least of the Mayan Calendar, if even that. We awaited the end of the World with some relevant talks leading up to it. (Dec. 7th, 14th and 28th recordings are available at the BC Recordings website.)
December 7: Origins and End of Mundane Reality: Where does the World come from and where might it be going? The Gospel of Thomas says: "Know ye then the Beginning so that you inquire about the End? For where the Beginning is there shall be the End also!"
December 14: Jung, Aquarian Age and the Prophecy of "Liber Novus": Where do we find ourselves in the sequence of "War, Magic and Religion"?
December 21: Mayan End of the World Party and Program: After some introductory remarks and appearance of the spirit of the Prophet Criswell, some unrestrained revelry celebrating the end of the world obtained.
December 28: Annual Tarot Prognostication for the U.S.A.: Dr. Hoeller¹s annual reading of the cards, this for the year 2013.
November 2012: Expansion of Consciousness; the Gnostic Process in Our Lives
In this series, Dr. Hoeller sheds light on the Expansion of Consciousness as it is facilitated by various modalities available in our changing culture. (These recordings are available at the BC Recordings website.)
November 2: Death and Its Meaning in Gnosis and Consciousness: This lecture is being delivered on All Soul's Day, known in many places as the "Day of the Dead". An ancient saying declares: "Memento Mori (Remember Death)". We shall contemplate mystical and Gnostic aspects of the mystery of transition. Available free at bcrecordings.net.
November 9: Consciousness and Literature; Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Modern Myths: Can Tolkien's Hobbits bring us some Gnosis?
November 16: Consciousness and Religion: Is the New Religion foretold in Jung's "Red Book" emerging. Can Martin Buber's "I and Thou" change into "I am Thou"?
November 23: Consciousness and Chemistry: Does the Psychedelic Revolution still have a future? Can Hofmann, Aldous Huxley and Gerald Heard still help us with Consciousness?
November 30: Recognizing your Gnosis: Often we hear the plaintive cry "I follow my spiritual practices but I notice no change!" A graphic and practical way will be presented whereby we may recognize our expansion of Gnostic Consciousness. Based on a personal revelatory experience of the speaker.
October 2012: The Wife of Jesus (?): And the Feminine Gnostic Mystery
Late in September 2012, Prof. Karen King announced a new find; a fourth century Coptic papyrus fragment entitled by some "The Gospel of Jesus' Wife". Dr. Hoeller evaluates this material and amplifies it with cognate information from ancient as well as modern Gnostic sources. (These recordings are available at the BC Recordings website.)
October 5: Jesus said "My Wife": A Gnostic looks at the presumed evidence indicating that Jesus was married. Principal source will be Karen King¹s article in the forthcoming Harvard Theological Review, issue for January 2013. Available free at bcrecordings.net.
October 12: Mary Magdalene; the ongoing Mystery: How does the Gnostic teaching about the Divine Mystery relate to the ever re-appearing lesser mystery surrounding Mary Magdalene, and moreover how may we distinguish the real mystery from mere mystification?
October 19: The Feminine in C.G. Jung¹s "Red Book": The Soul; Salome; Helen-Baucis (the consort of PHILEMON); the Divine Mother in the lofty Height. How these figures relate to the Gnostic Feminine Image.
September 2012: Myth and Humanity
In this brief series Dr. Hoeller reviews the role of Myth in the work of human transformation. He uses the inspirer of the New School of Mythology, C.G. Jung, and two great mythologists, Eliade and Campbell to illustrate the transformative role and value of myth. The material presented here is mostly different from earlier lectures dealing with the topic of Myth. (These recordings are available at the BC Recordings website.)
September 7: C.G. Jung, Master of the Great Myth: C.G. Jung inspired a new view of Mythology, but he also created a new myth, which may be called the Great Myth of the New Aion and its God. Available free at bcrecordings.net.
September 28: Mircea Eliade, Master of the Sacred, and Joseph Campbell, American Master of Myth: Eliade, the Roumanian scholar and long-time professor of the University of Chicago has brought us a new view of the study of Religion in mythological terms. This approach has been characterized as the nostalgia of the sacred. Campbell as the most lucid interpreter of Jung's approach to myth, and as the herald of the Troubadour and Grail era of the Mythic heritage of the West.
August 2012: The Odyssey of Depth Psychology
Throughout the 20th Century, Depth Psychology with its branches; Psychoanalysis, Analytical Psychology, Psychosynthesis and others became the normative discipline of soul and mind. What were the origins of this discipline and what may be its future? (These recordings are available at the BC Recordings website.)
August 3: Occult and Mystical roots of Depth Psychology: The Mesmeric-Hypnotic Revolution: Mesmer, Christian Science, New-Thought, "Metaphysics"; followed by early psychologists William James, Pierre Janet, Theodore Flournoy. Psyche and Psychical Research.
August 10: Jung and Freud: Friends and Foes. The origins of Psychoanalysis; its connection with Hypnosis. The old and young prophet of Depth-Psychology: The convergence of their views and the parting of their ways.
August 17: The Coming of the Wizards: The challenge of Esoteric teachers: Blavatsky, Steiner, Gurdjieff and others to Depth Psychology. Occult Psychology and Psychological Occultism. Where does the Gnostic and Mystical Jung differ from from the occultists?
August 24: The Gnostic, Hermetic, Alchemical and Kabbalistic Jung: C.G. Jung's transvaluation of mystico-magical disciplines, and its effect on the world of Depth Psychology.
August 31: Beyond Psychotherapy: Jung's New Paradigm. With the publication of Liber Novus (Red Book) Jung proclaims a New Aionic Age. Will this create a new paradigm replacing psychotherapy or will the paradigm bring its own therapeutic overtones?
July 2012: America's Secret Heritage
The Tradition of Esoteric and Secret Orders (Lodges, Temples etc) as it relates to the principles, organization and future of the American Republic. A series of talks that is of special interest in this portentous election year. (These recordings are available at the BC Recordings website.)
July 6: Freemasonry, the Spiritual Patron of the U.S.A.: The Masonic foundations of early America. The philosophy of Freemasonry. The Hiramic Legend. Franklin, Washington: Were the founding Fathers really Brothers (of the Craft)? Available free at bcrecordings.net.
July 13: The Esoteric Reform of American Freemasonry: Albert Pike, the Mason who led Freemasonry to the mystical promised land. The occult roots of post-Civil War Scottish Rite Masonry, and their future potential.
July 20: The Distant Roots of the Masonic Tree: Rosicrucianism, Ancient and Modern; and its Cathar origins. Martinism; its founders, revivers; Martinez de Pasqually, St. Martin and Papus. The Knight's Templar; their Masonic connection and their relevance today.
July 27: Conspiracies, Magicians and Tricksters; true and invented: The Illuminati; Middle Eastern Masons; Crowleyanity; the Bilderbergers. Will the future of the U.S.A. still contain its esoteric essence?
June 2012: Four Great Essays of C.G. Jung
From Jung's shorter writings, Dr. Hoeller selected four very significant titles which merit consideration at this time. The material is evaluated in the light of insights from Jung's Red Book and related sources. (These recordings are available at the BC Recordings website in the set "Jung's Hidden Wisdom".)
June 1: The Symbolic Life: Jung's epochal lecture on the religious aspects of the psyche, evaluated in a contemporary context.
June 8: The Psychology of the Spirit: Delivered as a lecture at one of the Eranos Conferences, this essay is a seminal work on the deeper aspects of Jung's Psychology.
June 15: Synchronicity: Entitled originally "Synchronicity, an a-causal Connecting Principle", this essay of Jung points to a mysterious and fascinating principle of psychic reality.
June 22: The Psychology of the Eucharistic Mystery: In an Eranos Conference Jung presented his singularly insightful paper "Transformation-Symbolism in the Mass" which has much bearing on Sacramental spirituality.
May 2012: The Meaning of Dreams and Dreaming
These talks are designed to provide the inquirer with some keys to the interpretation of dreams. Dreams are the relatives of visionary and Gnostic experiences, and thus of great interest to students of the spirit. The principles here are Jungian with Gnostic amplification..
May 4: The Practical Meaning of Dreams: The Dream Experience and the ancient clarification of dreams given by Artemidorus.
May 11: Dreams of Ego and Archetype: The dream content of personal and transpersonal messages.
May 25: A Special Event: New Light on Judas and his Gospel. A brief, funny and thoughtful mystery play "A night with Judas Iscariot" performed by members of the Gnostic Center, written by the great scholar Marvin Meyer, introduced by Dr. Hoeller with an update of the very latest news about the Gospel of Judas.
April 2012: Apocalypse: Prophecy or symbol?
Recently, the publication of the book "Revelations; Visions, Prophecy and Politics in the Book of Revelation" by Elaine Pagels, arguably the best known scholar of matters Gnostic and of early Alternative Christianity attracted some considerable attention. In these talks Dr. Hoeller evaluates some of Prof. Pagel's material, along with some of the contents of the book "Archetype of the Apocalypse; A Jungian Study of the Book of Revelation" by the late Edward F. Edinger.
April 13: What is the "Apocalypse of John"? The most puzzling book of the Bible and its manifold interpretations. Roman politics, foretelling the future, or a metaphor for Kundalini symbolism?
April 20: Gnostic Apocalypses: The proto-Gnostic Ezra, Zostrianos, Thunder the Perfect Mind; Trimorphic Protennoia; The Secret Book of John and other books of the Nag Hammadi collection.
April 27: The Depth Psychological Meaning of the Apocalypse: The Depth Psychological Meaning of the Apocalypse. The Archetype of the Apocalypse as seen by Edward Edinger; which is the "momentous event of the coming of the Self into conscious realization", an earth-shaking event both in the life of the soul and of the culture.
March 2012: The Gnosis of the Light
This nearly forgotten Gnostic scripture, also called "The Untitled Apocalypse", is found in the Bruce Codex discovered in 1769. It has only one translation (1918).
March 9: Introducing The Gnosis of the Light: Commenting on the overall nature and structure of the scripture and the original translator's introduction. The text is a visionary description of inner worlds, not unlike Jung's Red Book.
March 23: The Saving power of Messengership: Seth, the Logos, Jesus and the Powers of Messengership, the Supernal Mother.
March 30: Creation and the Powers of Gnosis: The great conclusion of this scripture and the great concluding prayer of ecstasy.
February 2012: Depth Psychology and the Esoteric Tradition
Was C.G. Jung a link in the Golden Chain of Wisdom? Dr. Hoeller will trace the major features of the tradition of Inner Wisdom in relation to their new articulation in psychological terms by C.G. Jung.
February 3: Jung and the Pansophic Tradition: The tradition of universal Wisdom (Pan Sophia) and Jung's position within it.
February 10: Hermetic Wisdom and the Teachings of C.G. Jung: The winged messenger of the Gods and Jung as his modern interpreter.
February 17: Jung as reviver of the Gnostic Tradition: Gnosis and its great relevance to the prophetic message of Jung.
February 24: Jung and the alternative Mysticism of the West: The Holy Grail; the Rosy Cross; Kabbalah; Magic and Theosophy in Depth Psychological perspective.
January 2012: Autobiographical Glimpses of Dr. Hoeller
Two special lectures by Dr. Hoeller in January 2012
Dr. Hoeller is currently engaged in writing his autobiography. He has been asked by many of you to reveal some portions of this material in lecture form, and he shares some of his personal reminiscences from his long career and speaks of some of his own "Memories, Dreams and Reflections". (These recordings are available at the BC Recordings website.)
December 30, 2011: Dr. Hoeller's Annual Tarot Forecast: Prognostication for the United States of America for the year 2012. (Audio recording with cards layout image are available for download at BC Recordings).
January 13: Finding Gnosis in Post World War II Europe: Glimpses of Gnostic experiences from early childhood and in youth as manifest in dreams, visions and wartime experiences.
January 27: Serving the Gnosis in America: In So. California from the 1950s into 2012. Los Angeles, the New Alexandria. Contacts with philosophers, Theosophists to Gurus and the like. Gnostic Church and Gnostic Society. Glimpses of the possible future.
2011 Lecture Schedule
November and December: Who was C.G. Jung?
Gnostic Psycho-biographical Glimpses of Dr. Jung
Since the latter part of 2009 Dr. Hoeller elucidated the content of Jung's mysterious work, the Red Book. This time he reviews incidents of Jung's life and work, in part in the light of the long-secret revelations of Liber Novus (Red Book).
November 11: Jung's Early Background: Family background, childhood and student years, including glimpses of his Zofingia lectures.
November 18: Spirits, Seership and the Youthful Dr. Jung: Parapsychology, Occultism and his cousin Helene Preiswerk.
November 25: NO LECTURE: Thanksgiving Holiday weekend.
December 2: Freud and Jung; Friends and Foes: Psychoanalysis, Psychological Types, Synchronicities. The controversial Sabina Spielrein.
December 9: The Call of the Mystery: Visions and Writing of the Red Book. Confrontation with the mystery; the Source Experience of all later writings and actions.
December 16: Memories, Dreams & Reflections: What was concealed and Revealed. The autobiographical fragments and their about to be published missing portions. The mystic end of a mystic life.
December 23: NO LECTURE: Christmas Holiday weekend.
December 30: Dr. Hoeller's Annual Tarot Forecast: Prognostication for the United States of America for the year 2012. (Audio recording with cards layout image are available for download at BC Recordings).
October 2011: Feminine Archetypes; Symbolic and Real
Since the Nineteen Sixties much attention came to focus on the feminine archetypes of the psyche and on their manifestations in goddess figures, even in a quasi-monotheistic form as "The Goddess". Dr. Hoeller evaluates these phenomena in terms of their psycho-spiritual relevance, sifting the spiritual wheat from the politicized chaff, on the basis of Gnosis and C.G. Jung's teachings by tracing the archetypes from their cosmic beginnings to their presence in today's culture.
October 7: Feminine Archetypes in the Sky: The Three Women in the Moon The concept of the Anima and its perceived vision in the symbolism of the Moon. Lunar magic and feminine archetypes.
October 14: The Archetype of the Mother; Zodiacal and Human : The Piscean, watery Mother Archetype and its complementary image in Virgo. The transformation of these images in depth-psychology. Freud's and Jung's views of these psychic forms.
October 21: The Deific Feminine in Jung's Red Book: The feminine soul ("Meine Seele"); The Romantic Salome, Sophia Returning, as in Jung's great painting (p. 155 of the Red Book) and the "Mother, who dwells in the highest circle".
October 28: Sophia Past, Present and Future: The Divine Sophia as present in Gnostic, in Biblical and in Eastern Orthodox sources as well as her manifestation today and prophecies for the future.
September 2011: Death, the Last Enemy
Death is a universal human experience. In these talks Dr. Hoeller returns to this always timely topic with a treatment of the subject connected with such subjects as altered states, visionary journeys and out-of-body experiences..
September 9: Removing the Sting of Death: The Gnostic tradition offers means whereby the Gnostic can state with St. Paul: "Death, where is thy sting; Grave, where is thy victory?"
September 16: Visions and Sacraments related to Death: Rites of Passage from life to afterlife may assist us and our friends to meet the Grim Reaper, who might be rendered less grim as the result.
September 23: Death and After: Esoteric Insights into After Death States Heavenworlds; purgatorial states; reincarnation; liberation from the wheel of birth and death and related after-death possibilities.
September 30: Meaninglessness and the Fear of Death against the Good Death: Death when approached with liberating insight. Insights of various traditions, including the "Divine Mercy" movement in present-day Catholicism, which is removing fear of eternal damnation.
August 2011: The Battle about God
The Monotheistic culture of the West is struggling today with its central Archetype. The New Atheists: Do Ehrmann, Hitchens and others think they are fighting God, while they struggle with Jehovah? What have Gnostics to say on this matter and what can experiential spirituality, including that of Jung contribute to the battle?.
August 5: Gnosis and the New Atheists: Was Nietzsche right that God is dead? Are contemporary critics right that he never existed? What can past and present Gnostics contribute to the debate?
August 12: God as Experiment; Huxley, Heard and Huston Smith: The discovery of the religious significance of entheogenic plants and chemicals. Can consciousness-magnifying substances help people reach God? Exploring the mysterious relation of entheogens, consciousness and mystical religion.
August 19: Psyche and God: Jung's statements about God in his psychological writings His psychological discourses of the religious depths of the Psyche. His statements on such topics as the Existence, Essence, Personality and Acts of God.
August 26: The God of the New Aion: The predictions about the New Religion of the inner God as found in the Red Book. Phanes, Izdubar and "Christ, our Indwelling Lord". Is the New God Image related to the God of the esoteric tradition?
July 2011: Kabbalah, Gnosis and Jung's Teachings
How Kabbalah and Gnosticism influenced Depth Psychology, especially in the teachings of C.G. Jung. What is Kabbalah and how does it appear in Jung's experience and teachings and what is its relationship to Gnosticism? (Madonna does not appear in this series! Ha, ha.)
July 8: Kabbalah, its Nature, Structure and Origins: The importance of emanationism, the Tree of Life; Gods and Demiurge in Kabbalah. How Kabbalah deconstructed Monotheism.
July 15: The principal Literature of Kabbalah: The Zohar and the Sefer Yetzirah. The virtues and defects of literary Kabbalism.
July 22: The "Prophetic" or Mystical Kabbalah: Abraham Abulafia and his mystical Kabbalah. The meditations of Abulafia; a Yoga for the West. The compatibility of Abulafia's Kabbalah with Christian mysticism.
July 29: The Lurianic Kabbalah and its Gnostic Features: Luria, the Holy Lion of Wisdom. Tsimtzum and Tikhun; their relationship to Gnostic Pleroma and Manichaen gathering of sparks. The influence of Lurianic Kabbalah on Hassidism. Understanding and misunderstanding Luria.
May and June 2011: Myth, the Soul's Narrative
An Evaluation of Jungian Influenced Mythological Study
From Homer to the Holy Grail, and from Faust to Tolkien, Humanity was ever inspired and informed by the myths of cultures and individuals. C.G. Jung has exerted a great influence on the new school of mythology that developed in the 20th century.
The Red Book has informed us about Jung's own central myth and its source. Dr. Hoeller evaluates the work of Jungian influenced mythologists and their approach to the realities of the soul.
May 6: Psyche and Myth: The nature and message of the mythology Jung inspired and its future role in the culture.
May 13: The Enchanted Life: The uses of Enchantment and ecstasy. Myth and altered states of consciousness from Eleusis to the Nineteen Sixties.
May 20: Erich Neumann and the Story of Amor and Psyche: Jung's great disciple and his interpretation of a great myth.
May 27: Mircea Eliade and the Nostalgia of the Sacred: How to revive the Sacred and return it to the life of the culture.
June 3: Synchronicity and its Myth of Interconnectedness: Do inexplicable events have a startling explanation we have not recognized?
June 10: Myth and Sacrament and Jung's Future Aion: Jung's essay "Transformation Symbolism in the Mass" and the future of religion.
June 17: Merlin the Mage: Was Jung his Mythic Heir? Jung stated that Merlin's was his personal Myth. How may we apply this myth to his work?
June 24: The Undiscovered Self: The Myth of Future Humanity Jung's also noted work and his "Modern Man in Search of a Soul". Their Message.
March and April 2011: Jung's Great Mandala of the All
In Appendix A of the printed Red Book we find a large circular design slightly resembling a labyrinth or maze. It is entitled SYSTEMA MUNDITOTIUS (System of all the World) and acts as a diagram illustrating the Septem Sermones ad Mortuos (Seven Sermons to the Dead). Dr. Hoeller, who wrote the first ever book of commentaries on the Sermons (The Gnostic Jung and the Seven Sermons to the Dead, 1982) reviews the Sermons, along with their Red Book amendments by Philemon in the light of the system diagram. This is a unique addition to his 2009-2010 lectures on the Red Book. Note from the Scribe: The March titles will have to be revised to reflect the actual content presented, since the material, as thought likely, required more time to complete, thus extending this series into April - - BC
March 4: Microcosm and Macrocosm: The First and Second Sermons. The outer and inner circlesof the diagram. Inner and outer Pleroma. (Helios) God and Devil in the Cosmic system.
March 11: The Third and Fourth Sermons: The Paradox of Abraxas and the Tree of Life and Celestial Fire. Did Jung correctly identify Abraxas with the Demiurge?
March 25: The Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Sermons: Heavenly Mother and Phallos; Community and Solitude. The mystery of the Serpent and the Dove; The human Spirit and the Ultimate God.
April 1: Gods and the Forces in Human Community: The Fourth and Fifth Sermons including Philemon's commentaries with images of the Mandala.
April 8: The Sixth and Seventh Sermons and the total overview of the Mandala: Finishing the Sermons and Commentaries and the detailed investigation of the Systema. The image and close-up views will be projected on our screen.
April 15: Jung's last great Initiation and his resulting Message: In 1944, after a severe illness Jung had a triple vision of great import. His experience resulted in three books: "Mysterium Conjunctionis", "Aion" and "Answer to Job". Their esoteric message as well as some deep insights from his correspondence with Fr. Victor White will be explained.
April 29: SPECIAL LECTURE by Rev. John Goelz: Kabbalistic Magic: It's Value and Nature. Introducing his forthcoming classes on the subject on various Tuesday evenings, 22 evenings of one path each evening.
January and February 2011: Prophets and Prophecies
The approach of the year 2012, with its Mayan Prophecies brings prophets and prophecies into new focus. It has been said that prophecy is not prediction, even though it purports to be so. Prophecy may be understood as a contact with eternity, and a thread in the total fabric of meaning.
January 14: Dr. Hoeller's Annual Tarot Forecast: Prognostication for the United States of America for the year 2011. (Audio recording with cards layout image are available for download at BC Recordings).
January 21: From Shaman to Prophet: Archaic Shamanism developing into prophetic religion. Prophets from the Old Testament to Mormonism. What may be today's prophecy? Are we the lost tribe of humanity (Israel)?
January 28: Prophets of a New Age: From Joaquin of Flora to Edgar Cayce and beyond. Andrew Jackson Davis, the American prophet, Swedenborg, Nostradamus.
February 11: Prophecies of the Divine Feminine: Lourdes, La Sallette, Fatima and others. Is there a deific feminine presence in history?
February 18: The Kabbalah and Prophecy: Abulafia and the Prophetic Kabbalah. Luria and his Gnostic view of past and future. Impact of recent scholarship ("The Great Angel" by Margaret Barker) on Kabbalah and Gnosis.
February 25: C.G. Jung's Prophecy of the New Aeon: New Aeon prophecy in The Red Book and its sequel in "Aion" and "Answer to Job". New Aeon against "New Age".
2010 Lecture Schedule
October through December 2010: Jung's Psychological Types in the Light of the Red Book Revelations
"Psychological Types" by C.G. Jung was the first book he wrote after finishing the Red Book material. Jung wrote to a friend that the entire book "Psychological Types" was written by him on the basis of 30 pages in the Red Book. (Find out the types of all of your friends as well as perhaps your own type!).
October 1: Introducing the Types: Revealing Human Character. What are Introvert and Extrovert?
October 8: Man of Earth: The Sensate Type and the world of the senses.
October 15: The Fire of Emotion: The Feeling Type and its potential.
October 22: The Human as Thinker: The wisdom and folly of the Thinking Type.
November 5: The Nature of Insight: The Intuitive Type and the power of foresight.
November 12: Toni Wolff's Four Forms of the Feminine Psyche Pt. 1: Mother and Heteira; traditional housewife and inspiring lover-companion.
December 3: Toni Wolff's Four Forms of the Feminine Psyche Pt. 2: Amazon and Medial woman; woman executive and psychic-prophetess.
December 10: Creative Fantasy, Gnosis and the Types: The visionary way.
December 17: Poetic Vision and the Types: Prometheus and Psychology.
September 2010: Visionary Writing; Myth and Prophecy
With the publication of the Red Book, C.G. Jung has officially entered the ranks of visionary writers. Visionary, or mystical literature has been here for a long time before Jung; in fact Jung has identified some such writings as originating in the experience of original images, notably in the case of the Nag Hammadi library. In these three lectures Dr. Hoeller draws parallels between Jung and other visionary writers and give other helpful hints, as to how we may develop talents by way of the Active Imagination.
September 3: Ancient and Modern Visionary Writing: Examples from the Secret Book of John, the Gospel of Mary Magdalene, the writings of the Prophet Mani, the Acts of Thomas and others. A modern example: "The Rose of the World", written in Soviet prison will be reviewed.
September 10: Visionary Women and their Writings: Hildegard von Bingen, Mechtild of Magdeburg, Julian of Norwich and Madame H.P. Blavatsky. A modern visionary work, "Talking with Angels" by four Holocaust victims will be explained also.
September 24: Red Book and Middle Earth; Jung and Tolkien as Visionaries: The two magic mythmakers and psychopomps of the last century. Were they both perceiving other realities and how may we do likewise?
August 2010: The Images in Jung's Red Book
In an interview Dr. Sonu Shamdasani said that these "images become active imaginations in their own right" besides being "representations and elaborations of the material and the fantasies". Dr. Hoeller interprets and presents for meditation the images of the Red Book.
August 6: Introduction to the Red Book Pictures: Liber Primus and First Part of Liber Secundus. Initial Image; Soul as White Bird; Serpent; Hell; Seigfried's murder; Elijah and Salome; Scarab; Death; Izdubar and others.
August 13: Second Part of Liber Secundus: Ship at night; 5 cosmic regions, 12 Incantations; Twelvefold Tree of Life; 12 Great Mandalas.
August 20: Third Part of Liber Secundus: East West Mandala; Encircled Cross; Shadow; Dragon & Sun; Diamond Philosopher's Stone; Prophetic Tetramorph; Love Triumphant.
August 27: Latter Part of Liber Secundus and Appendix A: Cosmic Tree, Philemon, Sophia, Jewel, Chinese Castle, Many Faces and Light. The sketches which preceded paint and brush. System of the Entire World, which illustrates the Seven Sermons to the Dead.
July 2010: God and God-Image: A Mystery of Jung's Gnosis
Jung's Red Book as well as other works, particularly Answer to Job and Aion bring into focus the issue of the changing God-image which Jung saw as having evolved in the history of the West, and as undergoing a new development today. Dr. Hoeller draws on the sources and ramifications on this subject as present in the Red Book and more intimately in Jung's letters to such friends as Erich Neumann, Fr. Victor White and others. A creative comparison of Jung's God-Image and of Gnostic God-images will be made.
July 9: God-Image, Self and Transcendent God: An introduction to Jung's concept of the God-image, the individuated Ego, and the deities and singular transcendence of Religions.
July 16: Evolving God-Image and Immutable Divine Reality: How can one know God and God-images? How did they evolve to their present status? What is Jung's position regarding the "God above God"?
July 23: Jung's New Revelation and Philemon, its Prophet: The union of the opposites and the reality above opposites. What is the meaning of the Messianic principle? Who is Philemon, the new teacher of Wisdom?
July 30: The Key to the Dilemma of God and God-Image: Abraxas of the Gnostic and Abraxas of Jung. Philemon's Red Book commentaries on the Seven Sermons and the light they shed on the true God, the Demiurge and the Self.
June 2010: Jung as Prophet of the Future
Insights into the pre-cognitive Aspects of the Red Book. The predictions contained, often in symbolic form, in the Red Book are evaluated and related to some of Jung's writings.
June 4: The Religion of the Future: Jung's essay "The Symbolic Life" as indications of the future religion of the West. Jung's practical advice for contemporary religion as contained in his book on this topic.
June 11: Jung's "Answer to Job": His last visionary work as seen through the eyes of the Red Book. Jung's most frankly visionary work and its relevance to the predictions of the Red Book.
June 18: Jung's book "Aion": War, Magic and Religion. The three stages of the future development of the Psyche and of the World-Soul as manifest in Jung's psycho-historical work "Aion".
June 25: Freedom and Psyche: Jung's advice for Society and History. What are Jung's directives for a psychologically healthy and creative society? (Dr. Hoeller's book "Freedom; Alchemy for a Voluntary Society" may serve as related material.)
March through May 2010: C.G. Jung's Alchemy
In 1959 Jung wrote in his Epilogue to the Red Book: "I worked on this book for 16 years. My acquaintance with alchemy in 1930 took me away from it . . . In 1928 . . . Wilhelm sent me the text of the "Golden Flower", an alchemical treatise. There the contents of this book found their way into actuality . . . "
In a similar vein, he wrote in 1938: "My deceased friend, Richard Wilhelm . . . sent me "The Secret of the Golden Flower" at a time that was crucial to my own work. This was in 1928. I had been investigating the processes of the collective unconscious since the year 1913. The text that Wilhelm sent helped me out of this difficulty" . . . i.e. the way that the revelations of the "Red Book" could be made available to the public.
In this series Dr. Hoeller reviews the entire body of Jung's alchemical work, viewing it - - as Jung declared - - as a continuation of the work begun in the "Red Book".
March 12: The Secret of the Golden Flower: Chinese Alchemy and Richard Wilhelm open the way for Jung to give to the world his insights gained in the visions of the Red Book.
March 26: A Basic Outline of the History and Nature of Alchemy: What was the image of Alchemy that attracted C.G. Jung?
April 9: Psychology and Alchemy: Jung's chief work on Alchemy. The major statement regarding the nature of Alchemy.
April 16: Rosarium Philosophorum: The ten images of the Transformation in the light of Red Book insights.
April 30: Philosopher's Stone and Elixir of Life: The two symbolic objectives of Alchemy and the Red Book disclosures.
May 7: Zosimos; Alchemy, Sacrament and Gnosis: Gnosis into Alchemy; vision and Alchemical Sacrament: Eucharistic Transformation symbolism.
May 14: Mysterium Conjunctionis: Jung's Alchemical statement of the Mystery of the Bride Chamber.
May 21: Red Book approach to Alchemy: How Alchemy may be practiced today on the basis of the Red Book.
October 2009 through February 2010: Introducing C.G. Jung's Red Book
October 2009 marked the publication of Jung's long awaited early visionary work entitled "Liber Novus" (The New Book), popularly known as the Red Book. Now Dr. Hoeller in brief and introductory form elucidates all of the book, chapter by chapter. Since the material in the lectures is quite diverse, the lectures do not have a single title but are identified by chapter numbers and titles as found in the book. This allows those who own a book to identify the lectures by the requisite chapters in the Red Book. (Available in MP3 audio format at the BC Recordings website.)
October 23: Jung's Red Book: Background and Book I; Chapter I: Book I is entitled "The Way of What is to Come", and Book I, Chapter I is introduced by "The Spirit of This Time" and "The Spirit of the Depths", and is entitled "Refinding the Soul".
November 6: Jung's Red Book, Book I; Chapters II, III, IV, V: Soul and God; On the service of the Soul; The Desert; Experiences in the Desert; Descent into Hell in the Future.
November 13: Jung's Red Book, Book I; Chapters VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI: Splitting the Spirit; Murder of the Hero; Conception of the God; Mysterium Encounter; Instruction; Resolution.
November 20: Jung's Red Book, Book II; Chapters I, II, III, IV, V, VI: The Images of the Erring; The Red One; The Castle in the Forest; One of the Lonely; The Anchorite; Days I and II; Death.
December 4: Jung's Red Book, Book II; Chapters VII, VIII, IX, X, XI: Remains of Earlier Temples; First and Second Day; Incantations; The Opening of the Egg.
December 11: Jung's Red Book, Book II; Chapters XII, XIII, XIV, XV, XVI, XVII: Hell; The Sacrificial Murder; Divine Folly; The First, Second, Third and Fourth Nights.
December 18: Jung's Red Book, Book II; Chapters XVIII, XIX, XX, XXI and Preview of "Scrutinies": The Three Prophecies; The Gift of Magic; The Way of the Cross; The Magician
January 15: Dr. Hoeller's Annual Tarot Forecast: Prognostication for the United States of America for the year 2010. Results - - An image of the cards (Audio recording available for download at BC Recordings).
January 22: Jung's Red Book, Conclusion of the final chapter of Book II: The Return of Salome; Encounter with Satan; The Kabiri; The Royal Son.
January 29: Jung's Red Book, Scrutinies Part 1: More teachings of the Soul; Predictions of darkness: Beginning of World War I. Reappearance of Philemon, The Shadowy Woman, Conjuration of the Dead.
February 5: Jung's Red Book, Scrutinies Part 2: The first four of the Seven Sermons to the Dead, with commentaries of Philemon.
February 12: Jung's Red Book, Scrutinies Part 3: The remaining three sermons of the Seven Sermons to the Dead; Philemon's commentaries and discourse.
February 19: Conclusion of the Red Book: How to treat Gods? The identity of Philemon. The mysterious Shade in the Garden. Excerpts from Appendix C.
February 26: How to Approach and Understand the Red Book: Dr. Shamdasani advises us to study Jung's essay on the Transcendent Function to approach the Red Book. We will review this important essay in the light of our exploration of the Red Book. A summary of the Red Book's main teachings.
September 2009: The Coming of the Gnostics
In this series, delivered in the month of the Golden (50th) Anniversary of the Ecclesia Gnostica in America, Dr. Hoeller indicates his vision of the past, present and future of the Gnostic Tradition, particularly within the context of the tasks of the contemporary Gnostic movement.
September 4: The Survival of the Gnostic Tradition: From the late Antiquity through such movements as the Priscillianists, Bogomils, Cathars, Mandaeans, Templars, Rosicrucians, Theosophists to the French Gnostic revival at the turn of the 19th to the 20th centuries.
September 11: GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY LECTURE: Gnosis in Los Angeles, an Account of the Last 50 Years of Gnostic Work in Los Angeles. In this historic narrative, Dr. Hoeller will recount his own early contacts with the Gnostic tradition; the coming of the Gnostic Church to L.A. in the person of Richard, Duc de Palatine in 1959 and the subsequent story of our movement and his hopes for the future.
September 18: The Awakening of Gnostic Consciousness in the 20th and 21st centuries: The two sources of the Awakening: The objective; being the discovery and translation of the Nag Hammadi Library; the other subjective, the discovery and proliferation of consciousness altering agencies, sometimes called the Psychedelic Revolution.
September 25: C.G. Jung, the modern Gnostic Prophet: In anticipation of the imminent publication of the "Red Book" we shall review Jung's personal development as Gnostic; his "Seven Sermons to the Dead" and his crucial role in the publication of the Nag Hammadi Library.
August 2009: Mystics; The Practitioners of Sacred Altered States
In spite of orthodox belief systems which dominated their cultures, mystics of every religion, including the Christian, have practiced divine theophanies that were related to the Gnosis of Gnostic and Hermetic provenance. An analysis in Gnostic and contemporary terms is presented of the lives and experiences of several mystics from medieval to post-modern times.
August 7: Angelus Silesius and the school of Rhineland Mystics: Between the 13th and the 16th centuries there flourished in Southern Germany a great mystical movement, replete with visions, prophecies and ecstasies. One of its pioneer representatives was Angelus Silesius, often called "The Cherubic Wanderer". This talk will introduce us to this visionary and to the phenomenon of Rhineland Mysticism.
August 14: Meister Eckhart; a Visionary for all Seasons: A wise man and visionary of considerable Gnostic overtones, Meister Eckhart has much to teach contemporary students of mysticism. His insights and teachings are of considerable relevance to mystical phenomena of all ages and traditions.
August 21: Great Mystic Women: Juliana of Norvich and Hildegard Von Bingen. One English, the other a Rhineland German, these two outstanding female mystics bear testimony to Divine Joy and Wisdom and will inspire us today.
August 28: Huston Smith; modern Scholar and Mystic: Our contemporary and teacher, Huston Smith authored the well-known textbook "The World's Religions" (Earlier title: "The Religions of Man"). He is also a pre-eminent advocate of psychedelics within the context of religious experience.
July 2009: Religion and Spirituality in the 21st Century
Newsweek Magazine claimed in April of this year that Christianity is dead. There appears to be an upsurge of Atheism and Secularism in Western culture. Dr. Hoeller presents an analysis of these trends in the light of Gnostic teachings and insights and he will point to the spirituality of the future.
July 3: The United States, a Spiritual Nation: The Hermetic, Masonic and Rosicrucian spirit of the U.S.A. An esoteric tribute on the eve of Independence Day 2009.
July 10: The Middle Eastern roots of America's Gnosis: Descending from Hermetic, Gnostic and Neo-Platonic sources, culminating in Templar traditions as well as Sufi, Ismailia, Druze mysteries, the U.S.A. became the new home of Alternative Spirituality. NOTE: After the lecture Dr. Hoeller will interview Andy Hill about his new book "No-Where Land". Mr Hill authored a famous story about us 5 years ago in the L.A. Weekly. Book signing follows.
July 17: America: Birthplace of 19th Century Esotericism: Spiritualism, Mormonism, Scottish-Rite Freemasonry, Theosophy and other alternative spiritual movements and their Message for the future.
July 24: Manly P. Hall and California Spirituality: The Plato of Los Angeles; his true story and his present unfair critics. Eclectic spirituality conjoined with Southern California Creativity.
July 31: Jung; his Gnostic Psychology and the Lost Gospels: Jungian and other 3rd Force psychologies in California. The Gnostic scholarship of the Institute for Antiquities and Christianity in Claremont. The possible coming Gnostic Renaissance.
June 2009: Alchemy: Its Stages of Transformation
In the past, Dr. Hoeller has periodically returned in his lecturing schedule to the subject of Alchemy. For several years, the topic of the three stages of Alchemical Transformation has not been used by our speaker. This vital subject is discussed utilizing previously unused material.
June 5: Alchemy, the Great Art: An introduction to Alchemy, utilizing magical, religious and psychological material of past and present. How may one prepare for one's own Alchemical Process.
June 12: The Black Stage (Nigredo): The breaking down of the consensus reality. The forming of the original substance of being (Prima Materia).
June 19: The White Stage (Albedo): The dawning of the light of higher consciousness; the arising of enlightenment. Envisioning the heavenly light (Lumen Dei) and the natural light (Lumen Naturae).
June 26: The Red Stage (Rubedo): The melting of all realities in the red-hot Alchemical fire. The ultimate fusion of the opposites. The unifying of reality (Unus Mundus).
May 2009: The Mysteries; Ways of Entering the Kingdom of the Gods
The ancient Mediterranean World harbored a set of unique institutions devoted to the practice of transcendence and Gnosis. In these talks, Dr. Hoeller speaks of three exemplary mystery systems as well as about the overall nature of the mystery process and its practices.
May 8: The Mysteries: Active Means of Ultimate Transformation. "Ultimate Transformation" is a term popularized by Mircea Eliade. Its nature and role in human life will be elucidated in this talk.
May 15: The Mysteries of Eleusis and their Grand Secret: The most universally esteemed of the mystery institutions; its mythic structure and some of the secrets of its practice (as discerned by Hofmann, Wasson and Ruck) will be explained.
May 22: Dionysus and his Mysteries of total Rapture: The wild and ecstatic god Dionysus; his archetypal significance and the nature of his Mysteries.
May 29: The Gnostic Mysteries, Ancient and Contemporary: Indications of Gnostic mystery practices appearing in Gnostic scriptures and their continuation in Manichaean, Cathar and contemporary Gnostic mystery practices.
April 2009: Three Modern Wise Men
The lives, teachings and contemporary relevance of three sages, whose contribution helped to transform the consciousness of the 20th and 21st Centuries.
April 3: Aldous Huxley; Wisdom through Literature: A giant of modern literature, Aldous Huxley became also a major exponent of the quest for non-ordinary, spiritual consciousness. His novels, such as "Brave New Worlds", historical studies, including "Grey Eminence" and compilations of mystical Gnosis, like "Perennial Philosophy" have helped to focus the attention of our culture on concerns of the spirit. In this lecture Dr. Hoeller will pay tribute to Huxley and analyse his contribution.
April 17: Gerald Heard, Philosopher of the Spirit: Author of works on spiritual philosophy, teacher and lecturer, creative critic of the culture; Heard is an insufficiently appreciated pioneer of the Age of Consciousness. A born mystic, he also became an early and responsible explorer of the potential of psychedelics for the expansion of consciousness.
April 24: Heinrich Zimmer, Prophet of the New Mythology: Advisor of C.G. Jung, principal teacher of Joseph Campbell, Zimmer spent his regrettably short life (1890-1943) giving new and spiritual dimensions to the study of Mythology. His work was continued by Campbell, Eliade and Watts, and endures in the role of myth in the 21st Century.
February through March 2009: Prophecies and Seers; Have They Seen the Future?
A Hollywood Prophet said: "We are all interested in the future, because that is where you and I will spend the rest of our lives." In these talks we cast a glance at the nature of prophecy, its value and pitfalls and our own prophetic potential.
February 27: Nostradamus, Master of Time Travel: The ever popular medieval occult physician and his revelations in "The Centuries". Is Nostradamus relevant to our period of Time?
March 6: Prophecies of the Eternal Feminine: Lourdes, Fatima and other Marianic predictions as well as less well known feminine prophetic sources.
March 13: NO LECTURE: Montségur Day Commemoration.
March 20: The Book of Revelation: Perpetual source of excitement of certain sects, this book may be a psycho-spiritual text with Jungian overtones. Views of the late Edward Edinger on this subject.
March 27: The Future, is it Good or Evil and is it Now? End time scenarios, Armageddon, Rapture and other recurring excitements versus Gnostic insight and liberation.
January and February 2009: Creativity and Gnostic Imagination
Ancient teachers and practitioners of Gnosis, envisioned creativity as a way of invoking transcendental intelligence and beings of the high Aeons. Such theurgic magic reveals true creativity as transcendentally altered consciousness. In this series Dr. Hoeller explores the Gnostic Magic of Creative Imagination.
January 2: Dr. Hoeller's Annual Tarot Forecast: Prognostication for the United States of America for the year 2009. Results - - An image of the cards (Audio recording available for download at BC Recordings).
January 16: Creative Imagination; a Gnostic form of Magic: C.G. Jung rediscovered an ancient Gnostic process and called it "Active Imagination". Such modern developments will be compared and evaluated in the light of ancient Gnostic theurgic insight.
January 23: The Practice of the Creative Presence; an Introduction to Gnostic Theurgy: How one may rise to the Divinities and return to earth with much of their consciousness.
February 6: The Awakening of Gnostic Imagination in Hermetic Sources: The way to Illumined Consciousness according to Hermes Trismegistus. The Poimandres, the Eighth Reveals the Ninth and other sources explored.
February 13: The Imagination of Love; Troubadours, Sufis and other Magi on the Way of Love: An eve of Valentine's Day offering.
February 20: Entheogens and their Creative Imagination: The work of R. Gordon Wasson, Jonathan Ott, Carl A.P. Ruck on the role of entheogenic agencies (plants, fungi etc) in the working of creativity, especially in ancient mysteries and religions.
Lectures from Previous Years
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of the lectures given at The Gnostic Society from 1996 through 2008.