Salon of the Western Mysteries Presentation, on Iamblichus and Theurgy with Steven Critchley.

Sunday 13th August

Iamblichus of Chalcis (c. 245 – c.325 CE) was a Neoplatonic philosopher who was also an initiate of Egyptian temple and mystery school teachings of the Graeco-Roman world in the third-fourth centuries of the Common Era. 
Theurgy literally means “God-work” or Divine-work and Iamblichus teachings about harmonising and working with Divine presence and power in pagan priestly mysteries had a huge impact on the western understanding of mysticism and magic. 
In the salon talk and discussion we will be exploring aspects of Iamblichus’ teachings on theurgy that have influenced modern magical ideas and associated ritual or ceremonial practices. We will also consider theurgy in the wider context of Neoplatonism and Orphic mystery school teachings, referring to other philosophers, priests and mages such as Pythagoras, Plato, Aristotle, Plotinus, Porphyry and Proclus and key texts used by the Neoplatonists such as the Chaldean Oracles. 
Iamblichus presented beautiful and powerful teachings about the soul and mystical prayer which will be considered in some depth.
Steven will discuss Theurgy in terms of practical personal experience as well as in ancient philosophical or religious contexts. 

All Salons are Hosted by RJ Stewart & Anastacia
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Price for Salon: $39.00 via PayPal to  

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