Hermes Issue II - Dance & Initiation

 «White Lotus Day» 08.05.2020 an OPEN SCHOOL of THEOSOPHY was held for the day of memory

In the Autumn of 2015, my family decided to head to the Himalayan Kingdom of

Any concrete experience of suffering tends to invite an argument over the abstract question of

As I write this article the world is gripped in lockdown where normal life has

A minority of people think that 5G is the true cause behind the pandemic of

Today is the White Lotus Day, the anniversary of the death of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky

"La Taranta," means "The Tarantula," a healing ritualistic dance practised in the province of Taranto,

The Buddhists call someone who has awakened to their true nature a “True Man” or

It was in 1656 that a plague hit Naples. A pandemic was spreading across Italy.

In recent times, a new sinister phrase has crept into the English language – the

“And now it is your province to decide which will you have: the highest philosophy

‘Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.’ – Oscar Wilde,

Much of Gurdjieff’s life, his ways and his methods are still a mystery but Joseph

So, we are spreading hope and staying safe and putting rainbows everywhere. I actually like

Curiously, one thing unites totalitarianism and traditional spirituality, especially when dished up as religion. This

Many of the Dance traditions that have emerged across the world have been associated with

Fear is everywhere, it seems to be in the air, in everybody’s eyes and it

“Men seek retreats for themselves, houses in the country, sea-shores, and mountains; and thou too

“May you live in interesting times,” we sometimes say. The ordinary use of this phrase

Most cultures down the long and twisted corridors of history have believed in some form

In the teachings of Gurdjieff and the Fourth Way, it is expressed that significant collective

“The calm mind means courage, so that you may face without fear the trials and

Had my grandmother still been alive she would have probably sourly observed, ‘The world’s going

The whole universe is indeed a chaos to the senses, but a cosmos to the

As you stroll down the French Bridge, located in the Tourist District of South Mumbai,

The Dancing Ganesha comes in many forms and can be seen in pictures, scriptures and

In the Socratic philosophy, memento mori is emphasised in Phaedo, a dialogue between Socrates (470 – 399 BC)

The part of our intelligence that manifests through movement is much higher than we usually

Gurdjieff is quoted as mentioning that one could recognize a particular nationality by the way

The world is far more mysterious than most of us imagine. And so are we.

The term `egregore’ is derived from a Greek word meaning `to be aware of’ or

The  Zār Cult, a sort of healing ritual mostly practised in Islamic countries like northern

Few notions are more shrouded in mystery than that of initiation. In fact, such a

The sacred dance is to be found in every tradition, every religion and every culture

Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi was a 13th century Persian poet, an Islamic dervish and a Sufi

Message of the International President of the Theosophical Society, Tim Boyd, on Covid-19
Blavatsky’s favourite song ” Nochenka”
COVID-19, Cycles & Karma – Tim Wyatt
Isaac Newton and Srinivasa Ramanujan: Mathematical Souls in Spiritual Resonance – Dr Edi Bilimoria
Dancing with Birds
Radha Burnier Dances in the film The River
Sacred Dances & Initiation – Sufis
Sacred Dances & Initiation – The Zar
Sacred Dances & Initiation – Pyrrhic Dance
Meditation des Tanzes – Sacred Dance
Gurdjieff Sacred Dance – Great Prayer
Hermes' Team
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Theosophy & Art – Competition
Anthony BlakeAnthony Blake (AnthonyB)
Arni NarendranArni Narendran (ArniN)
The Visual Arts of ‘Trans Atlantic Modernism’ – the impact and influence of Theosophy
Bernadette JonesBernadette Jones (BernadetteJ)
‘Standing Together’ and ‘The Source’
Colyn BoyceColyn Boyce (ColynB)
Debbie ElliottDebbie Elliott (DebbieE)
Winter Solstice 2020
Erica GeorgiadesErica Georgiades (Erica)
The Way of the Heart
Graham PembertonGraham Pemberton (GrahamP)
The Spirit of Guidance
Ifigeneia KastamonitiIfigeneia Kastamoniti (Ifigeneia)
Janet HoultJanet Hoult (Janet Hoult)
Greek Hero Myths: Symbols of Transformation by Gary Kidgell
Joshua DennyJoshua Denny (JoshD)
The Sacred Image and Art of the Fourth Way.
Ken ReesKen Rees (KenR)
A little note on the concept of the `egregore’
Kent Leopold SabataKent Leopold Sabata (KentS)
Anima Mundi or World Soul Part 1
Kristina TurnerKristina Turner (KristinaT)
Sacred Dance and Movements
Luke IronsideLuke Ironside (LukeI)
The Path is One; the Ways Thereto Must Vary – The Mystic Symbolism of Reginald Machell’s ‘The Path’
Mark AndrewMark Andrew (MarkA)
Out of destruction comes life
Max LeyfMax Leyf (Max)
The Treachery of Images and the Value of Art in the Soul’s Evolution.
Mike HallMike Hall (Mike Hall)
Nathaniel AltmanNathaniel Altman (NathanielA)
Nicholas Roerich: Messenger of Light
Nicholas CopeNicholas Cope (NickC)
Evaluating the Primal Mentality
Paul BarkerPaul Barker (Dr Paul Barker)
Coronavirus & Cycles of Fear, Death and Change: A Vedic Astrological Perspective
Srimathi VenkatachariSrimathi Venkatachari (SrimathiV)
A Home called Grayshott
Terry EdwardsTerry Edwards (TerryE)
The Centre of the Universe
Tim WyattTim Wyatt (TimWyatt)
HERMES brings a message for the future.
Wayne GatfieldWayne Gatfield (Anodos)
The Tibetan Wheel of Life