Negative vs. Positive Gnosis – from Gnostica no. 40, 1976

On Thursday, June 6th, 2014 The Hermetic Hour will present a reading by
Poke Runyon (Fra. Thabion) of his 1976 essay “Negative vs. Positive
Gnosis” from Gnostica magazine, no. 40. This is an important instructive
paper dealing with the ancient and modern spiritual differences between
Thelemic (libertine) Gnosticism, Hermetic neo-Platonism and ancient and
modern Paganism (wiccans, druids, etc.) These differences are so deep
and so misunderstood that many New-Agers involved in the Occult do not
know what they profess to believe in. They participate in various groups
simply because they are attracted to the style and glamor of the
organization and because it provides a rebellion against the religion of
the parents. The article explains the fundamental differences between
Gnosticism of the negative world view and Hermetic magick of the
positive world view, comparing them to the Pagan and neo-Pagan “natural”
world view. You will discover how similar Thelemic Gnosticism is to the
Fundamental Christianity it rebels against, and how similar Hermetic
magick is to Tantric Buddhism. This paper will be reprinted in text form
and posted as an instruction on our web site. So tune in and become
transcendentally demystified.