WELCOME TO THE GNOSTIC ACADEMY
We are dedicated to re-enchanting the academy, through publishing a wide range of academic papers and other resources from the faculty and students of the MA in Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred at Canterbury Christ Church University in the UK.
We aim to broaden understanding of mythopoeic imagination, sacred experience and imaginal cosmology. We explore the polarisation of scientific and religious thinking, and investigate theories and methods for the analysis and understanding of sacred and symbolic texts and practices.
We investigate the nature of imagination and its function as a bridge between sense-perception and spiritual or noetic modes of consciousness. Questions of the revelatory function of the symbolic image are explored using the framework of neoplatonic theurgy and Jungian active imagination.
We explore divination and its relationship to magic and the imaginal, and its place in culture. This involves a range of concerns from theurgy and divinisation (making divine), to inductive divinatory systems, psychism, fortune-telling and cosmological ‘divinatory knowing’ through astrology.
We examine understandings of spirit and soul, introducing the question of transpersonal or spiritual reality via Mysteries ancient and modern: the Hermetic Tradition and the Mysteries of Greece on the one hand; mysteries of earth, sky and holistic, Goethean science on the other.
Students on the MA course all undertake a ‘creative project’ the aim of which is to apply their own cognitive, affective and creative processes to the understanding of the course material, developing an ability to interpret and develop themes imaginatively and symbolically.
Students keep ongoing personal reflections on the course material in a Learning Journal. It provides a space for creative and reflective expressions and can take the form of dream diaries, poems, synchronicities, or other imaginative and symbolic forms.
We have published a selection of the dissertations written by students from the MA course over the last three years. Comprising original qualitative research inspired by the course content, they offer cutting-edge research into new consciousness which cannot necessarily be discovered in bookshops!
…we need a way of entering the animate and animating mode of direct experience….Simply showing the image doesn’t work, because the unaccustomed eye has no more ability to ‘imagine about imagining’ than the untrained mind knows how to ‘think’ about thinking. Marie...read more
The ancient Greeks had two words for time: chronos and kairos. Chronos was personified as the deity, represented similarly by Saturn to the Romans and Kali to Hindu’s. He is the master of sequential clock time, time that can be measured in seconds, minutes, hours,...read more
Recently, in a fascinating workshop, one of our cohort showed us a series of paintings. The exercise was to find out whether our connection with the image changed once we knew the story it was telling. It was a very interesting activity, not least because we silently...read more