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5.0 out of 5 stars The Wisdom of the Ages, 1 May 2010
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Ruth Clydesdale's Secret Wisdom is a clear and comprehensive review of the nature of what has come to be known as the Perennial Wisdom. The book begins with the Orphic and Eleusinian Rites and ends with the Golden Dawn and the involvement of the poet W.B. Yeats at the beginning of the 20th Century.

Ruth Clydesdale writes with clarity. She is familiar with the scholarly sources for each topic. In particular, her knowledge Renaissance magic and of the work of Marsilio Ficino shines through. The intriguing illustrations are an added bonus.

This book is a must for anyone who wants to contextualise their existing knowledge of one area of the Perennial Wisdom, or who would like a clear introduction to Esoteric thought.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Aletheia, 1 Jan 2011
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Essential reading as `the lights go out all over Europe'.

This is like drinking pure water from a crystal stream. The Wisdom of the Ancients is closer to the source, and as this book explains in a wonderfully concise 200 pages, in those periods of our history where the Secret Wisdom (which is in fact Common, if elevated, Sense about the rules for the harmonious arrangement of a beneficent civilisation) was collectively acknowledged and revived, eras came into being that, for all their imperfections, stand out to us now as comparative Golden Ages (the Renaissance in Europe, the first Elizabethan Age etc)

The book acknowledges the individuals who kept the links in the Golden Chain through dark times, concluding perfectly reasonably with W.B. Yeats, who nevertheless at the end of his life believed he fell short of the mark in comparison to the Greats of Centuries past.

However, perhaps any FUTURE edition of the book should end by marking the 2009 departure from our material plane of the late, great John Michell who I am sure the author would agree is ultimately (inevitably) the most under looked 'link in the chain' of our time.

All that besides, the revelatory interpretation of Shakespeare's `The Tempest' is worth the price of admission alone.

[`Aletheia' is my new Favourite Word - see page 41 for an excellent summary of the concept]
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