Chthonic Gnosis — Teachings of a Forgotten Metaphysician: Book Review

Chthonic Gnosis: Ludwig Klages and his Quest for the Pandaemonic All (Theion Publishing) is the first overview and in-depth study of the life and metaphysical work of Ludwig Klages — one of the most intriguing and controversial thinkers of the 20th century — available to the English-speaking public. A radical critic of monotheism and Christianity in particular, Klages identified as a pagan and devoted his life’s work to the exposition of a pagan metaphysics of Life. Influencing many of his contemporaries from Hermann Hesse to Carl Gustav Jung, from Walter Benjamin to Karl Jaspers his name was quickly forgotten post WWII when irrationality and life philosophy were considered dangerous territory.

In the past decade Klages has been introduced to a wider international esoteric audience mainly through the unique work of David Beth and his circle of initiates. Beth’s counter current presents a radical alternative to most of today’s paths to spiritual freedom and while infused with various initiatic lineages, the work of Klages and the Cosmic circle plays an important role in the manifestation of their work. Continue reading “Chthonic Gnosis — Teachings of a Forgotten Metaphysician: Book Review”