Into the Mystery: an Essay by Joscelyn Godwin Revisiting the deepest moments of 25 years of the Quest
Today we delve into Western Esotericism from multiple perspectives, from the imagistic and experiential to the academic. We start the day with a performance of music from Occitania, or Languedoc, in the South of France, that dates back to the time of the Troubadours and Cathars. We then explore the tremendous legacy of the historian Frances Yates, in whose honor the first esoteric conference was held, and we continue by entering the extraordinary world of the Art of Memory, mnemonic systems from Antiquity that developed into spiritual practice in the Renaissance. The academics among us will have a chance to discuss what it is to bring esoteric wisdom into university curricula. There will also be the first day of a two-part hands-on workshop in which participants will be guided to create their own oracle from their experiences of prior Quests, or from their feeling for places of sacred power and magic.