Gnostic Academy Wisdom from modern minds Wed, 20 Jun 2018 17:21:56 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Lecture 1 Sun, 22 Apr 2018 21:07:09 +0000 ]]> Smith, Karen – Divination – Binding Spirit and Matter Tue, 14 Nov 2017 23:57:18 +0000 Divination as Taboo
The Red Death – Menstruation as a Symbol of Renewal Tue, 14 Nov 2017 22:07:33 +0000

The Red Death – Menstruation as a Symbol of Renewal

Karen Smith


How are we to view menstruation in our modern world? With advancements in science, women can, for the first time in history, choose to stop menstruating. While many women are making the decision to free themselves from the “curse”, many others are forming in groups all over the Western world, to honour and celebrate what they consider a potent symbol of female power. What is the future of menstruation and does it matter?

In the main, this essay is an enquiry into the recent trend towards menstrual suppression that is occurring over the Western world. It is three distinctive parts: Chapter one briefly charts some of the cultural, religious and medical attitudes towards menstruation past and present. Included in this section is a brief cross-cultural account of traditional and indigenous attitudes towards menstruation. In chapter two I assess the contemporary trend towards menstrual suppression and offer a critique of Western science in relation to women’s bodies and reproduction. In this section I also offer a positive analysis of scientific findings that could facilitate a menstrual positive perspective. Chapter three is an analysis of the reasons why many women reject menstruation; here I present arguments for and against a female ‘essentialist’ position – that is the belief that women, on account of their biology, have an inherent and unique connection with nature.


Karen Smith holds an MA in Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred from Canterbury Christ Church.

Are we nearly there yet?’ – The soul’s longing as human/divine, and as evolutionary impulse Fri, 26 May 2017 11:03:38 +0000

Are we nearly there yet? – The soul’s longing as human/divine, and as evolutionary impulse

Katherine Pierpoint


This dissertation considers the human experience of the longing which comes from the soul, and its potency.

It finds that soul-longing has a unique function, entirely apart from everyday emotional longings for this or that. This function is to have experience of ourselves in relation to divine intelligence.

The dissertation takes three steps in its argument, as follows:

a) Soul-longing is an active impulse for known unity with divine intelligence and love.

b) Then the soul longs in conscious choice to know, this deliberate impulse is met in return by that divine intelligence and love.

c) This meeting directly transforms the one who longs, by indelibly transcending previous knowing. The work is to continue in this knowing and not occlude it.


Laura Shannon – Hildegard von Bingen – Analysis of a Sacred Image Thu, 25 May 2017 18:06:32 +0000 HvB Essay FINAL
Learning Journal Write-up Katherine Pierpoint Tue, 09 May 2017 14:33:09 +0000 Learning Journal KP
“Are we nearly there yet?” Dissertation by Katherine Pierpoint Tue, 09 May 2017 14:14:04 +0000 Are We Nearly There Yet Katherine Pierpoint
Wilson, S. “The Grail Utopia in Southern Germany Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:39:33 +0000 Abstract: In the article, originally published in the Temenos Academy Review 14, I look at the mysterious links between the Grail Chapel of the romances and a church in Bavaria. What happens when esoteric symbols from literature are given concrete physical form?

Citation: Wilson, S. “The Grail Utopia in Southern Germany,” Temenos Academy Review 14 (2011): 138-158.


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Wilson, S. “A Religion of Black and White Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:31:04 +0000

Abstract: In this article, originally published in the Temenos Academy Review (2012), I explore different levels of the sacred symbolism of black and white. I trace them to their highest meaning, beyond all form, beyond all colour, and even beyond the reach of the imagination, where black is white and white is black and everything dazzles and nothing dazzles.

Citation: Wilson, S. “A Religion of Black and White,” Temenos Academy Review 25 (2012) 38-60.


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Wilson, S. ‘René Guénon and the Heart of the Grail’ Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:22:03 +0000

Abstract: In this paper, originally published in the Temenos Academy Review 18, I explore the central role played by the symbolism of the Grail in the thought of the great Perennialist René Guénon, and suggest a new way of understanding both the Grail and the Perennial Philosophy.

Citation: Wilson, S. René Guénon and the Heart of the Grail, Temenos Academy Review 18 (2015) 146-167


Guenon Grail published