Join scholar Hereward Tilton for a presentation of his latest book “THE PATH OF THE SERPENT” (Rubedo Press), which explores the esoteric history of the snake as a symbol of enlightenment in Western and Eastern spiritual traditions, via the author’s mystical experiences involving the use of mind-altering substances.
“The Path of the Serpent is a two-volume examination of this enigmatic imagery and the gnostic lineages that have nurtured it through the millennia. Stemming from the heretical serpent sects of the ancient Near East, these lineages branched westwards via the Kabbalah in its Jewish, Christian, and post-Christian occultist forms. They cultivated a variety of consciousness-altering techniques to scale the serpent’s path, an itinerary of ecstatic ascent leading through the celestial spheres and their microcosmic counterparts along the initiate’s neuraxis.”
Hereward Tilton has taught on the history of Rosicrucianism, Christian Cabala, and alchemy at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, the department for the History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents at the University of Amsterdam, and the Exeter Centre for the Study of Esotericism at the University of Exeter. As a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation he conducted research on the Christian Cabalist Heinrich Khunrath, and his doctoral thesis – a biography of the Rosicrucian and alchemist Michael Maier – was published by de Gruyter. With Merlin Cox, he is the editor and translator of Touch Me Not: A Most Rare Compendium of the Whole Magical Art, an Austrian manuscript compendium of the black magical arts published by Fulgur. He has also written on the origins and magical practices of the Gold- und Rosenkreuz, the employment of entheogens in early modern alchemical and magical contexts, and the influence of G. R. S. Mead on Carl Gustav Jung and his Red Book. Hereward lives with his wife in Japan and is currently translating the works of the Austrian magus Emil Stejnar into English.