Welcome to the second issue of Hermes, an electronic magazine focusing on esotericism, Theosophy and philosophy. For the next three months, the theme of Hermes will be the Sacred Dance & Initiation. Debbie Elliott and Janet Hoult write interesting editorials introducing the aims of this new issue. Kristina Turner writes on Sacred Dance and Movements, focusing on the importance of rhythmic movements to balance emotional states and also prevent psychological problems.

Dancing with a Devil is the subject Joshua Denny focuses. He discusses the ways dance links people with the world, triggering creative processes by way of bodily posture and motions. Tim Wyatt writes on Hidden Forces, Esoteric Powers & Occult Energies. He explores how the power of the mind can improve human potential by discussing yoga techniques of relaxation, more specifically linked to the work of Dr Lozanov.

Ken Rees, writes on A little note on the concept of the `egregore.’ He suggests that the egregore is “an emergent phenomenon in its own right, informed by a specific intention, consistency of attendance and the quality of the ensuing performance” of a group of people, for instance.  Max Leyf writes on Initiation and the Christ Impulse, where he discusses, among other things, the concept of initiation and Steiner’s “Eurythmy.”

Wayne Garfield focuses on Rumi on Mystical Dance, discussing the symbolic and poetical meaning of the dance movements of the dervishes. Ifigeneia Kastamoniti, explores “The Sacred Dance and its Ritual,” focusing on how some sacred dances are linked to spiral processes elevating the dancer to divine heights. Erica Georgiades writes on the r Cult, a healing ritual mostly practised in Islamic countries like northern Sudan, Ethiopia, Egypt and Iran. The Zār, is a spirit, a demon and the zār dance is used to tame and exorcise this creature. All in all, the new issue of Hermes is a work in progress and more interesting material will be added over the next three months.

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Erica Georgiades MRes Religious Experience (Candidate) UWTSD; PgD (Merit) Ancient Mediterranean Religions UWTSD; BA (Honours) in Philosophy and Psychological Studies (Open). Erica is the Editor of the FOTA Newsletter, a researcher on Theosophical History; secretary of the International Theosophical History Conference since 2018. She is the Director of the European School of Theosophy since 2016; and a member of the Theosophical Society since 1991. Recently she started practising archery where she lives, in Athens, Greece. She is also a deep ecologist, animal-rights activist, pro-non-human animals personhood.

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