Ouspensky, Italy, and Symbolon

My latest interview with Jeffrey Mishlove on his excellent Thinking Allowed site is on the life and work of P.D. Ouspensky, one of my heroes. I apologize for the echo effect on my voice; apparently it’s a problem with the acoustics in my living room. I can’t move so I will look for some other remedy. If anyone has any suggestions, please pass them on.

I’m heading off to Italy tomorrow for a brisk three-day book tour, promoting the Italian edition of Dark Star Rising: Magick and Power in the Age of Trump. It looks like quite an active itinerary. I suspect I’ll see as much of Rome as I can in the cab from the airport to the hotel and then to the interviews. Then there’s the train to Milan, and then one to Turin, where Nietzsche’s mind finally snapped and he was taken off to the caring but not particularly understanding ministrations of his sister. Poor Nietzsche.

At the end of the month I’ll be speaking about the lost knowledge of the imagination at Symbolon, a conference on symbols and symbolic thinking held in Gilching, Germany. I’ll be there with my friends and colleagues Rudiger Sunner, a filmmaker from Berlin, and the artist Martin Weyers, as well as many other people I look forward to meeting. It promises to be a good gathering – dare I say an Eranos for a new generation?

15 thoughts on “Ouspensky, Italy, and Symbolon

  1. Hi Gary ~
    Just wanted to comment that though I have devoured 3 or 4 of your books already, I am currently mind-blown into the middle of reading The Knowledge Of The Imagination…what a pregnant masterpiece!

    I by habit underline a lot when I read a book but this book barely has a line without a pen mark under it!

    I would love to know more about Corbin…could you possibly recommend where to go for further stuff by or about him?

    Again thank you for such massive illumination in your work. My Lachman book collection is growing by leaps and bounds!

    Ron L.

    1. Many thanks for your message and I’m happy to hear my books have found a congenial reader. As for Corbin, you might take a look at The Voyage and the Messenger and Swedenborg and Esoteric Islam. These contain different essays that will give you an idea of Corbin’s terrian. Swedenborg and Esoteric Islam has his important essay on the Mundus Imaginalis. Enjoy the journey! Gary

      1. Thanks very much again, Gary. It seems one question spawns a thousand others as far as your chapters go! Could you possibly point me towards where to start with Kathleen Raine’s writings?

      2. Hi Gary. Have you read?:

        Bernice Glatzer Rosenthal
        The Occult in Russian and Soviet Culture

        If so do you recommend it or are there alternatives you might recommend?


      3. Thanks, Gary. I am looking forward to reading Holy Russia soon, especially after recently confirming that I am 100% Russian on my father’s side (Romanian / Hungarian on my mother’s).

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      4. Hi Gary,

        Hope all is well. I am currently chomping down on Mystic Russia like a ravenous wolf and loving it so far. I was wondering if you might be able to recommend some juicy books on Slavic paganism? Thanks.

        Best, Ron

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      5. embarrassed correction: Holy Russia

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  2. I just listened to your talk with Jeffrey Mishlove about Ouspensky and wow, you said so much so fast I kept stopping the video to go back and listen again to segments. I am like you in being drawn to the connections among many things, and I am just profoundly appreciative of what you’ve contributed by delving into and clarifying so many of these people and teachings. The latest interview on New Thinking Allowed made me feel a lot of empathy for Ouspensky at the end of his life, or I felt it from you. That seems very valuable, that deep recognition of someone else’s journey.

    1. Thank you for sharing this Susan. I’m glad you felt some connection with PDO. I’m not embarrassed to say he is one of my heroes, and that his last days were difficult has always saddened me.

  3. Hi Gary,

    In Colin Wilson’s Religion and The Rebel, I run across his reference to Nicholai Berdyaev. Have you read his works? If so could you possibly recommend where to start in this regard?

    Ron L.

    1. The best place to start with Berdyaev is The Meaning of the Creative Act, which will give you an idea of his philosophy. His autobiography Dream and Reality presents a wonderful evocation of the Silver Age.

  4. Gary, an interesting connection cropped up browsing the comments of that conversation. From Ouspensky to Warhol and Blondie. Private email?

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