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The Golden Thread: The Ageless Wisdom of the Western Mystery Traditions
The Golden Thread traces the interconnectedness of esoteric wisdom in the Western world, from classical antiquity to contemporary Europe and America. Joscelyn Godwin lends personal perspective to an arrangement of text that is historical and wisdom that is timeless, creating a source of inspiration that calls us to action in our everyday spiritual practice. Every chapter, ...more
Paperback, Sewn Binding, 214 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Quest Books
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The Golden Thread is a comprehensive, yet easy to read overview of the perennial wisdom of the Western Mystery Tradition by a great scholar and writer. Godwin, with clarity and precision, guides the reader down through the ages, covering the major points of progression of this prisca theologia. Nowadays, some people speak of New Age as if something unprecedented is occurring. In fact, there have always been those who have sought the wisdom beneath the surface of life, and engaged in esoteric spi ...more
This book was more of an overview of Western Mystery Tradition. If you have already read or are in the least familiar with The Republic, Hermes Trigestus, and the like then you can skip this book. If you are not familiar, then this will list the books and characters you will need to read. For Christianity, just skip this altogether and read Inner Christianity by Richard Smoley.
In The Golden Thread, Godwin presents a scholarly, but eminently emic overview of Western Esotericism's history. He begins by defining the study in terms of the Renaissance idea of the differing strains of thought which comprise Western Esotericism being manifestations of the prisca theologia, or primordial theology—a view which treats individual religious traditions as particular instances of a universal truth. In distinct contrast with Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke's The Western Esoteric Tradition ...more
Jan 20, 2011 Katelis Viglas rated it it was amazing
It isn't the first book by Joscelyn Godwin I read. It is very thoughtful, a lot of insights are included, without the bibliographical references to be neglected. In each chapter, althought a different subject is developed, one can find the same culmination of thought. The final sentence of the book, - I don't know if it is written by the author - but of course it is excellent. I think this book is one of his best, and one of the best in this field.
Composer, musicologist and translator, known for his work on ancient music, paganism and music in the occult.More about Joscelyn Godwin...