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Ibis Press Authors   Adams, W. Marsham Agrippa, Cornelius Anthony, Maggy Atkins, Charles Bane, Rosanne Bartlett, Robert Allen Bedi, Ashok, M.D. Bell, Lynn Birch, Una Bloch, Douglas Bogart, Greg Bolen, Jean Shinoda Borstein, Agneta Bosman, Leonard Brahm, Laurence J. Brennan,

Pythagoras: His Life and Teachings

Pythagoras: His Life and Teachings

His Life and Teachings

By Thomas Stanley
Preface by Manly P. Hall
Introduction by Henry L. Drake
Edited by James Wasserman
With a Study of Greek Sources by J. Daniel Gunther

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An invaluable compendium of ancient sources on the life and teachings of Pythagoras—the Father of Philosophy and Founder of the Western Esoteric Tradition.

• This is the most complete compendium on Pythagoras from ancient, classical sources
• The 1687 edition by Stanley edition has been updated and rendered into readable English with modern spelling and a dictionary of technical terms
• Full scholarly apparatus of all Greek references. with all Greek passages corrected and sourced
• Preface by Manly Palmer Hall places the importance of Stanley and Pythagoras in context
• Dr. Henry L. Drake’s Introduction provides a coherent overview of Pythagorean philosophy

The timeless brilliance of this exhaustive survey of the best classical writers of antiquity on Pythagoras was first published in 1687 in Thomas Stanley’s massive tome, The History of Philosophy. It remains as contemporary today as it was over three hundred years ago.

The text of the 1687 book has been reset and modernized to make it more accessible to the modern reader. Spelling has been regularized, obsolete words not found in a modern dictionary have been replaced, and contemporary conventions of punctuation have been used.

Biographical sketches of Thomas Stanley and Pythagoras by Manly Palmer Hall, founder of the Philosophical Research Society, have been included, along with a profound overview of Pythagorean philosophy by Platonic scholar Dr. Henry L. Drake.

The extensive Greek language references throughout the text have been corrected and contextualized, and reset in a modern Greek font. Each quotation has been verified with the source document in Greek. An extensive annotated appendix of these classical sources is included. A complete bibliography details all the reference works utilized, and a small Glossary defines a number of terms, especially those from musical theory, which may be unfamiliar to the non-technical reader.

Thomas Stanley (1625–1678) was the first English historian of philosophy. He gained distinction during his own lifetime as a poet and a translator.

Manly P. Hall (1901–1990) founded the Philosophical Research Society in 1934. He was a prolific author and lecturer, and remains a primary exponent of the Western Mystery Tradition.

Dr. Henry L. Drake (1906–1978), a close and loyal friend of Mr. Hall, served as vice-president of the Society for nearly three decades, in addition to editing a collection of Plato’s complete works.

James Wasserman is the author of several books on esotericism, and is the editor of Secret Societies: Illuminati, Freemasons, and the French Revolution.

J. Daniel Gunther is the author of Initiation in the Aeon of the Child: The Inward Journey.

Paperback • ISBN: 978-089254-160-7
416 pp. • 6 x 9
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Secret Societies: Illuminati, Freemasons, and the French Revolution

Secret Societies: Illuminati, Freemasons, and the French Revolution

Secret Societies: Illuminati, Freemasons, and the French Revolution
by Una Birch
Edited, Introduced and Expanded by James Wasserman

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The greatest success of the Bavarian Illuminati conspiracy was the French Revolution of 1789. The profound impact of that Revolution is felt to this day in the political destinies of billions of people worldwide. The Illuminati had declared war against Church and State a decade earlier and worked feverishly to spread their new gospel of Liberty and Reason. Although the Order was officially suppressed on the eve of the Revolution, its efforts do not appear to have been in vain.

The recruiting program of Illuminati founder Adam Weishaupt was focused on attracting the powerful and influential government ministers, educators, the press, authors and philosophers, booksellers and publishers, even religious leaders open to agnostic or atheist views. Many such men belonged to the masonic lodges of Germany, Austria, and France. The wider masonic network offered Weishaupt a respectable vehicle by which he was able to propagate his clandestine doctrines.

What message does the triumph of these secret societies carry for the modern world? English historian Una Birch attempts to answer this question from the point of view of the early twentieth century. Writing just a hundred years after the event, her closeness in time, and sympathy for the Revolution, offer a unique perspective to the modern reader. Editor James Wasserman adds a contemporary perspective that takes into account the events of the twentieth century that occurred after Ms. Birch wrote. He has also added a guide to the history and personalities of the French Revolution to help clarify the text.

* Reveals the secret activities of the Bavarian Illuminati and the Freemasons in organizing the French Revolution

* Traces the influence of the mysterious Illuminati agent, the Comte de Saint Germain, as he traveled through the courts and cities of Europe

* Offers a unique perspective on the Revolution by an author who supported the Illuminati war against tyranny and superstition, yet does not shrink from examining the darker side of that event.

ISBN: 0-89254-132-6
288 Pages, 6″ x 9″. Paperback.
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In the Center of the Fire: A Memoir of the Occult

In the Center of the Fire: A Memoir of the Occult

In the Center of the Fire: A Memoir of the Occult, 1966-1989
James Wasserman

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In this daring exposé by a survivor of a unique era in the New York occult scene, James Wasserman—a longtime proponent of the teachings of Aleister Crowley—brings the reader into a world of candlelit temples, burning incense and sonorous invocations. The author also shares an intimate look at the New York Underground of the 1970s and 1980s, and such avant-garde luminaries as Alejandro Jodorowsky, Harry Smith, Kenneth Anger and Angus MacLise.
A stone’s throw away from the Velvet Underground and Andy Warhol’s Factory, William Burroughs’ “bunker,” and the legendary Chelsea Hotel was a scene far more esoteric than perhaps even they could have imagined.

The author founded New York City’s TAHUTI Lodge in 1979. He chronicles its early history and provides a window into the heyday of the Manhattan esoteric community. He also breaks his decades of silence concerning one of the most seminal events in the development of the modern Thelemic movement—detailing his role in the 1976 magical battle between Marcelo Motta and Grady McMurtry. Long slandered for his efforts to heal the temporary breach between the Orders of A∴A∴ and O.T.O., James Wasserman sets the record straight. He meticulously describes the first decade of the copyright contest over the Crowley literary estate—of which he was an important participant.

This is a saga with a very human tableau, filled with romance, friendship, an abiding spiritual hunger, danger, passion, and ecstasy. It explores several hidden magical byways including the rituals of Voodoo, Tibetan Buddhism, and Sufism. Finally we are given a bird’s eye view of the 1960s hippie culture and its excesses of sex and drugs, and rock ‘n roll—along with an account of some of the personal transformations and penalties such a lifestyle brought forth.

When the author joined Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.) in 1976, there were fewer than a dozen members. Today the Order numbers over 4,000 members in 50 countries.

Reconstructed from personal memories, magical diaries, multiple interviews, court transcripts, witness depositions, trial evidence, and extensive correspondence, this book elucidates a hitherto misreported and ill-understood nexus of modern magical history. It also shares tales of a mythical moment in American life as seen through the eyes of an enthusiastic participant in the hip culture of the day.

James Wasserman is a passionate advocate of individual liberty. He has been described as a “founding father” of the modern O.T.O. and has played a key role in numerous publications of Aleister Crowley’s literary corpus. He is responsible for the widely celebrated Chronicle edition of The Book of Going Forth by Day, The Egyptian Book of the Dead.

ISBN: 0-89254-201-7
334 Pages including 24 pages of photos on coated paper
6″ x 9″. Hardcover.
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