London: Twisted Trunk, 2018. Chapbook, 32pp. New.
Wheels within Wheels: Chakras come West is the second in a series of chapbooks from Phil Hine, expanded from his recent series of lectures at Treadwells. This book examines some of the earliest English-language writings on the subject of chakras, which appeared in Theosophical Journals in the late nineteenth century. Hine discusses the historical and cultural background of these writings, as well their influence on later Theosophical conceptions of chakras. He also takes a close look at chakras in the work of Madame Blavatsky, James Morgan Pryse and his attempt to interpret chakras in the Apocalypse of St. John, and chakras in the writings of Aleister Crowley. He also introduces the Indian Yogi Swami Sapapathy, who in 1880 wrote a unique guide to a system of twelve chakras together with yogic exercises, who was influential on both the Theosophical concept of chakras and Aleister Crowley. A valuable guide for anyone interested in the Western History of Chakras.