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Journal for the Study of Western Esotericism

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Aries is the first academic journal specifically devoted to the study of esotericism. The journal publishes scholarly work, both empirically and theoretically driven, on all aspects of esoteric currents from antiquity to the present day, unrestrained by geographical and cultural location, and from a range of approaches in the humanities and social sciences. Esotericism is understood pragmatically as an umbrella term that covers a variety of historical currents, including but not limited to Gnosticism, Hermetism, theurgy, the Islamic science of letters, the “occult sciences” (magic, alchemy, astrology), kabbalah, Paracelsianism, Rosicrucianism, theosophy, illuminism, spiritualism and occultism, tantra and yoga, psychical research, traditionalism, neopaganism, alternative spiritualities, conspirituality, popular occulture, etc. Aries is a double-blind peer-reviewed journal publishing articles and book reviews in English, French, German, and Italian.

Published under the auspices of the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE).

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John Toland et le parcours historique d’un adjectif français
René Guénon, Sufism and Easternist Anti-Colonialism in Early Twentieth-Century Egypt
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Constructing and Deconstructing the Image of Two European Occultists
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Esotericism, Orientalism, and the Search for Direction in Early Twentieth Century Britain
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Fluid Definitions, Property Clusters and the Cross-Cultural Debate
How to Read the Dockerill Texts in the Orbit of Aleister Crowley and William Seabrook
The First Two Editions of Peter Carroll’s Liber Null
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An Introduction to Maine de Biran’s Freemasonry Speeches (c. 1810)
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Patterns of Initiation and the “Myth of Affinity”
Dennis Wheatley and the Invention of British Satanism
Rudolf Steiner’s Doctrine of Racial Development and Decline
Superstition, Fanaticism, and Deceitful Folly in Catherine II’s Comedy The Siberian Shaman