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Kabbalah in Western Esotericism - Seminar
Kabbalah in Western Esotericism - Seminar

Wed, 17 May


Kabbalah in Western Esotericism - Seminar

Dr Sasha Chaitow explores how the Jewish tradition of Kabbalah entered into the (Christian) Esoteric traditions

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Time & Location

17 May 2023, 19:00 – 21:30

About The Event

This exciting lecture/seminar explores Jewish Kabbalah and how it came to be a core feature, in variant form, of Western esotericism. In Renaissance, Christian thinkers co-opted it and fused it with other esoteric currents, the result of which was Christian Cabala, and from that point onward, it had an enormous impact on emerging esoteric movements down the following centuries.  Dr Sasha Chaitow outlines key philosophical and theological concepts in early Kabbalistic thought, highlights key figures in the Jewish Kabbalistic tradition, then traces its development into Christian Cabala. She traces the alterations,  twists and turns of its journey through to the French Occult Revival, and  -- from there --  metamorphosis into Qabalah in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. 

How it works. Before the seminar date (17 May) you will listen to Dr Sasha Chaitow's pre-recorded lecture and read through some source texts, both of which will be emailed to you in the preceding week. When  you join the online 2.5-hour seminar, you will be discussing in small groups in Zoom 'breakout rooms' and also sharing with the whole group. The discussions are based off the lecture and readings, so please allow time to look at these in the preceding week. Sasha hosts Q&A the start and end.

About the Instructor Dr Sasha Chaitow earned her PhD in Cultural History/Western Esotericism at the University of Essex. She holds an MA in the History of Western Esotericism (University of Exeter, 2008), and an MA in Literature (University of Indianapolis, 2004). She has published two books based on her research, is working on two more, and has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and magazines. She is a frequent guest lecturer at universities and has 20 years experience in adult education. She frequently presents her research at conferences and has organised numerous academic symposia. In her parallel career as a visual artist, she has produced 13 solo art exhibitions in the UK, Greece, and Sweden and  participates in curated group exhibitions. Current (2022) research interests include the history of science and its intersection with wider culture between the 18th-21st centuries, and interdisciplinary approaches in the health sciences. Full CV:

Forthcoming Seminars in Western Esotericism

8. · 14th Jun Pansophia, Theosophia, and the Philosophia Sacra

9 · 12th Jul The Scientific Revolution and the Counter-Enlightenment

10 · 9th Aug Initiation and Esoteric Fraternities

11 · 13th Sep The Occult Revival and Modernism

12. · 11th Oct 21st Century Occulture


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    Gain access to the recordings of all past lectures and seminars, and all upcoming dates.

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  • Seminar 7 Digital Ticket

    This ticket grants you access to the pre recorded lecture and the live seminar.

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