February 19, 2020 –
Iamblichus of Chalsis (circa 245 – 325 CE), known as the “Divine Iamblichus” to future generations of Neoplatonists, united cultic practice to philosophical contemplation, setting the tone for Western esoteric spirituality from that time forwards. We will focus on his roles as the original theoretician of theurgy, the great visionary of Greco-Egyptian mysteries, and the source of the first clear exposition of inner work with the personal daimon.
Recommended reading: Iamblichus – On the Mysteries, particularly Book I.1-3 and Book IX. Gregory Shaw – Theurgy and the Soul, particularly the Introduction and Chapter 11.