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The Three Stages of Initiatic Spirituality


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Introduction: The Three Stages of Initiation

The First Archetype
The Craftsman

1 The Craftsman
Tools as Symbols

2 Mnemonic Initiation

3 Emanation and Descent
Descent from the Golden Age

4 Primordial Man
The Reversal of Time
Cardinal Directions and the Higher Self

5 The Craft Ritual

6 The Alchemical Process
The Alchemical Transformation
The Elements and the Beginning of Initiation

The Second Archetype
The Warrior

7 The Warrior
Early Warfare
The Mysticism of War

8 Somatic Initiation
Subtle Energy

9 The Seed and the Journey
The Seed
The Golden Fleece
Masculine and Feminine Energies

10 The Dragon Slayer
The Inner Struggle

11 The Warrior Ritual

12 Meditation on the Body and Mortality
Meditation on Death

The Third Archetype
The Magician

13 The Magician
Microcosm and Macrocosm
The Two Selves

14 Gnostic Initiation
Descent and Ascent of the Ages
The Ascent of Consciousness
Man as Consciousness of God

15 The Exoteric and Esoteric
Inner Experience

16 Union of Opposites
Taboo Breaking
As Above, So Below

17 Theurgic Ritual
The Sacred Space
The Elements, Spiritualization, and Transformation
Death and Rebirth

18 Shaping Reality
Magic and the Physical World
The True Self and the Purpose of One's

Conclusion: Balancing the Archetypes




About the Author

Angel Millar is a well-known lecturer on Freemasonry, initiation, and esotericism as well as an artist and student of the martial arts. The author of several books, including Freemasonry: Foundation of the Western Esoteric Tradition, he lives in New York City.


"Angel Millar is among a golden handful of writers who authentically and practically bridge the gap between primeval wisdom and modern spirituality. Within the triad of ancient and mythical archetypes of The Three Stages of Initiatic Spirituality, you will discover your true self. Angel's book will make you stronger, sturdier, and more learned." * Mitch Horowitz, PEN Award-winning historian and author of Occult America and The Miracle Club *
"This book is the result of stunningly broad in-depth research both on the theoretical and on the practical level--a researcher-practitioner at his very best. While Angel Millar has quite obviously done his homework in terms of sifting through the vast bibliography of anthropology, comparative religious studies, and magic, he also adopts a deeply informed and eminently experiential approach--because, as the famous quote goes, 'tradition is not to adore the ashes, but to pass on the fire.' This makes the entire treasure trove of academic and phenomenological wisdom come palpably alive on an unprecedented scale, guiding the reader through the respective iterations of the craftsman, the warrior, and the magician archetype in a both comprehensible and reproducible manner. Highly recommended!" * Frater U?D?, author of Secrets of Western Sex Magic: Magical Energy and Gnostic Trance *
"Angel Millar provides the reader with an extremely valuable exploration of initiation and transformation. His astute scholarship ranges across many cultures and ages to identify how human beings have repeatedly found self-renewal and self-transcendence in three fundamental and universal aspects of life--the craftsman, warrior, and magician archetypes. He weaves together ancient traditional threads with the contemporary language and practices of psycho-spiritual alchemy and depth psychology, thus revealing a tapestry of timeless vision with immediate relevance and applicability. Anyone concerned with a comprehensive context in which to contemplate and facilitate their own initiatic and transformative journey will find this book worthy of repeated consultation." * C. R. Dunning Jr., author of Contemplative Masonry *
"Diving deep into the wisdom of the ancients, Angel Millar offers a refreshing answer to the existential crisis experienced by modern man. The Three Stages of Initiatic Spirituality presents holistic connections with divinity, achievable by the integration of body, mind, and soul through the three timeless archetypes of craftsman, warrior, and magician." * Angelo Nasios, author of Tarot: Unlocking the Arcana and Tarot Tracker: A Year-Long Journey *
"The Three Stages of Initiatic Spirituality is a comprehensive tour of the essentials of initiation and their importance in daily life. Taking the reader through the three traditional and crucial stages and exploring multiple spiritual traditions, Millar provides the reader with the background, purpose, and methods whereby these archetypal stages can be activated in the life of the individual. This is a book with an important message and will be valuable to anyone regardless of their particular path." * Mark Stavish, author of Egregores: The Occult Entities That Watch Over Human Destiny *
"Angel Millar reminds us that initiation is involved with memory-we need not so much to learn new things as to remember old ones, buried deep within us. We explore with him the adjuncts of Kabbalah and the relevance of Neoplatonism, of death and rebirth and of our enlightened Self. An absorbing read, well worth it and one of the most important works to be published in recent times." * The Freemason (British Federation) *

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