Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism

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Edited by: Wouter J. Hanegraaff, in collaboration with Antoine Faivre, Roelof van den Broek and Jean-Pierre Brach

Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism Online is the comprehensive reference work to cover the entire domain of “Gnosis and Western Esotericism” from the period of Late Antiquity to the present. Containing around 400 articles by over 180 international specialists, Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism Online provides critical overviews discussing the nature and historical development of all its important currents and manifestations, from Gnosticism and Hermetism to Astrology, Alchemy and Magic, from the Hermetic Tradition of the Renaissance to Rosicrucianism and Christian Theosophy, and from Freemasonry and Illuminism to 19thcentury Occultism and the contemporary New Age movement. Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism Online also contains articles about the life and work of all the major personalities in the history of Gnosis and Western Esotericism, discussing their ideas, significance, and historical influence.

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Faber Stapulensis, Jacobus

(9 words)

→ Lefèvre d' Étaples, Jacques

Fabre d'Olivet, Antoine

(3,338 words)

Author(s): McCalla, Arthur
Fabre d'Olivet, Antoine, * 8 Jan 1767 (Ganges), † 27 Mar 1825 (Paris) The immensely curious and massively erudite self-proclaimed Neo-Pythagorean Fabre d'Olivet was born to a wealthy Protestant family. As a young man, he came under the influence of Delisle de Sales, an Enlightenment rationalist with a penchant for historical speculation. Under Delisle's influence, Fabre d'Olivet wrote Lettres à Sophie sur l'histoire (1801), a resume of ancient and modern cosmogonic systems together with a history of civilizations. Fabre d'Olivet's other notable pre-theosophical work is Le Trouba…

Fabré-Palaprat, Bernard-Raymond

(1,005 words)

Author(s): Introvigne, Massimo
Fabré-Palaprat, Bernard-Raymond, * 1773 (Cordes (Tarn)), † 18 Feb 1838 (Pau (Southern France)) Bernard-Raymond Fabré-Palaprat was the founder of modern neo-Templarism [→ Neo-Templar Traditions]. Although he styled himself a “medical doctor”, he was actually educated in a Catholic seminary but was unable to complete his training there because of the French Revolution. He later worked as a pedicure performing small surgical operations (an activity not requiring a formal medical education at that time). After the Revolution, Fabré-Palaprat joined Paris → Freemasonry in …

Falk, Samuel Jacob

(1,406 words)

Author(s): Schuchard, Marsha Keith
Falk, Samuel Jacob, * ca. 1710 (Podhayce (Poland)), † 17 Apr 1782 (London) Jewish Kabbalist known as the “Baal Shem of London” (master of the divine names). Scorned by rabbinic opponents as an ignoramus and charlatan, he was revered by mystical Jews as a healer and visionary. Through his association with occultist Freemasons [→ Freemasonry], his fame spread from England to the Continent, Scandinavia, Russia, and North Africa. Some Masons believed that he was the “Old Man of the Mountain”, an “Unknown Superio…

Faucheux, Albert

(6 words)

→ Barlet, François-Charles

Fedeli d'Amore

(2,111 words)

Author(s): Guimbard, Catherine
We owe the expression “Fedeli d'Amore” (faithful of love, Love's lieges) to → Dante Alighieri. In his Vita Nuova, the work in which he crystallizes his experience of human love, he records how after a dream-vision of his lady he decided to write a sonnet in which, he says, ‘I would greet all the Faithful of Love’ ( Vita Nuova, III, 9), asking them to judge his vision. He may have meant by this expression a group of poets gifted with a higher intellective faculty, because in the same work he writes that some of his words whose meaning is uncertain should…