Thomas Karlsson - Esoterism And The Left Hand Path

Thomas Karlsson - Esoterism And The Left Hand Path

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Dragon Rouge often describes itself as an esoteric order exploring esoteric knowledge.What then is esoterism and how is it connected to the left hand path? Antoine Faivre, one of the leading scholars on occult research and esoterism, writes in his book Esoterism that esoterism is not an area like art, philosophy or chemistry, but rather a way of
thinking. Faivre explains: ”The diffuse etymological derivation of the word indicates that one can only find the keys to the symbols, myths and reality by individual progression where one reaches illumination step by step, in a hermeneutic way. There is no outmost secret if one believes that all is basically secret”.
Esoterism denotes something inner and mysterious, unlike the exoteric which is the outer form. Christianity with its outer dogmas and ceremonies could be called exoteric, while gnosticism could be viewed as esoteric. In the same way Satanism could be described as exoteric, and the left hand path as esoteric. Faivre presents his explanation
for the work esoterism: ”The word esoterism is derived from eso which means ”inside” and ter which leads one to the word opposition. The diffuse etymology of the word have made it elastic and
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