The Temple of High Magic
Hermetic Initiations in the Western Mystery Tradition
By (author) Ina Cüsters-van Bergen
Foreword by Gareth Knight
Quality Paperback — 15-2-10
Page Count: 352; 6.00 (width) x 9.00 (height)
28 b&w illustrations
Imprint: Destiny Books
About The Temple of High Magic
A practical guide to pathworking and other spiritual techniques from the ancient mystery schools predating Christianity
- Explains the dynamics of both group ritual and solo practice
- Shows that temples of high magic are not mere physical structures but inner edifices created by sustained meditative practice
- Explains why this practice is sometimes called the Yoga of the West
Before the advent of Christianity, early civilizations had, at the heart of their spiritual traditions, mystery schools that offered a corpus of training methods in what is now called magic. The persecution of heresies that followed the establishment of Christianity as Rome’s state religion, a persecution that reached its high point during the Middle Ages, forced the degradation and disappearance of this training system. While the knowledge of these mystery traditions--jealously guarded by secret societies--has begun to emerge, the actual techniques and practices of spiritual magic have remained hidden.
The Temple of High Magic provides the practical knowledge of these techniques for modern spiritual seekers who wish to incorporate the proven spiritual techniques of the magi into their lives. This book explains the dynamics of group ritual and solo practice as well as the critical role played by the kabbalistic tree of life--the key to inner knowledge. Ina Cüsters-van Bergen shows that temples of high magic are not mere physical structures but are the inner edifices willed into being by a sustained meditative practice and pathworking, using key symbols from ancient Hebraic and Egyptian traditions. Sometimes called the Yoga of the West, this spiritual magic is a system of spiritual development that seeks to create full union between the magician and the divine.
About the Author of The Temple of High Magic
Ina Cüsters-van Bergen is the head of the Hermetic Order Temple of Starlight and was initiated by Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki. She lives in the Netherlands and gives lectures and workshops throughout Europe.
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FOREWORD for the Dutch version
The world of the Sacred Science ( Magic) is a complex one and although there are many books on various aspects of it most of them are useless simply because the authors have not themselves gone through the rigorous study and discipline that the subject requires.
That is what makes this book different. Here the Ina Cüsters-van Bergen knows exactly what she is talking about. She has been fully trained, and has gone through the discipline. She has worked with others and learned with them how to avoid the pitfalls that lie in wait for the unwary. The Sacred Science is a demanding study, it needs time, effort, patience, and dedication. This book will guide you through such a training and although at some time in the future you will need to work with a personal teacher it will ensure you are well prepared and have a better understanding of what will be asked of you.
Think of it as the prerequisite of a highly specialised university course and you would not be far wrong. It can take up to three years and often more, according to how much time you can give to it, to attain a reasonable grasp of this wide ranging subject that has its beginning in distant past of humanity’s involvement with worship and belief systems. Taken seriously and followed with dedication this book will open your eyes to a whole new way of understanding that much mis-used word MAGIC.
Director of Studies of the Servants of the Light
School of Occult Science.