Theosophical Egypt: Study as the Mirror of Initiation – 2 PARTS
Ancient Egypt looms large in the Theosophical imagination. I labour here to recapture the spirit of the original Theosophical engagement with Egypt. While the Theosophical Society’s general perspective has remained relatively unchanged, broader trends in philosophy and the study of religion have evolved. This necessitates a reframing of the Theosophical engagement with Ancient
Egypt in response to these challenging contemporary positions. Drawing on a pragmatist foundation, I will look to provide a rationale for the Theosophical view. Why do Theosophists study Ancient Egypt? What is the aim and motivation of such study? How does Theosophy engage Egyptian texts? What are the interpretive manoeuvres that Theosophy deploys? What is being done by the
Theosophical interpretive thrust? What is happening through the study process? Through this intervention I will provide a re-reading of Theosophical Egypt that presents the Theosophical engagement as a mirror of, and preparation for, the Initiation process.