Monday, July 19, 2004

The Inner West is published

The Inner West: An Introduction to the Hidden Wisdom of the West is just out under Penguin's Jeremy Tarcher imprint, with the publisher's web page here.

The collection of 20 articles is drawn mostly from the back issues of Gnosis: A Journal of the Western Inner Traditions, whose founding editor, Jay Kinney, has edited this new collection. I look at it as a sort of "best of Gnosis," with a focus on Neoplatonism, Hermeticism, and Gnosticism. Richard Smoley, the second editor of Gnosis and a fine writer on Western esoteric traditions, has several pieces in the collection.

A piece that I wrote about 1991 called "The Unexamined Tarot" is part of the collection; I think that it holds up pretty well after all these years. The collection also includes Judy Harrow's "Explaining Wicca."


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