Originally published on January 20, 2009
I highly recommend Voudon Gnosis by David Beth, as it is a fascinating interpretation of various aspects of this complex syncretic system by an adept and learned practitioner. By providing his perspective, David builds upon esoteric Voudon philosophies and practices that were initially introduced to the greater public by Michael Bertiaux in the Voudon Gnostic Workbook. We then discuss the practice of esoteric Voudon, as well as Fraternitas Borealis, described as a “Hyperborean” Mystery school focusing on magickal experimentation, and Ecclesia Gnostic Aeterna, a Gnostic church with Apostolic succession.
Our conversation covers the concepts of the “merciless path,” esoteric love, and the Soror Mystica. David provides advice for those interested in the practice of esoteric Voudon and describes potential pitfalls. We review the usefulness of archetypes and myths and note that they provide deep lessons and then discuss the combination of mage and priest.
David also explains how occult practices inform one’s worldview. Finally, he discusses the importance of spiritual work and philosophy, practical aspects of esoteric information, and hopes for the future.
“The Voudon Gnostic Workbook: Expanded Edition” by Michael Bertiaux
“Hyperborea” Wikipedia entry
“René Guénon” Wikipedia entry
“Julius Evola” Wikipedia entry
“Ludwig Klages” Wikipedia entry
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