Western Inner Tradition Speaker Series Launches at East Bay Lodge (7/21/16)

Announcing The Pharos Institute - An Independent, Western Inner Tradition Speaker Series
About This Project

WHAT: Rev. Thom Muller on Emanuel Swedenborg
DATE: July 21, 2016
TIME: [6:30 Arrivals] 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
WHERE: 332 N. Harbour Way, Richmond, CA 94801
Theosophical Library on Mezzanine Level,
(Four blocks from Richmond BART; ½ block from main bus route; enter from parking lot behind Harbour Way on 11th St., between Nevin Ave. and MacDonald Ave.)

~ $5 Suggested donation ~ Light Refreshments will be served ~



Photos: (Top) Rev. Thom Muller, Pastor of Hillside Swedenborgian Church 
(Bottom) Western Esoteric Masters Series: Emanual Swedenborg, North Atlantic Books


A NEW SERIES meant to introduce people to various ideas & works of major figures that weave through the Western esoteric tradition will kick off this month at 332 Harbour Way in Richmond CA. The location is home to the Theosophical Society in the East Bay (a.k.a. Oakland Theosophical Society) and St. Raphael’s Liberal Catholic Church in Richmond. Both organizations encourage the utmost liberality in matters of belief and inquiry. The speaker series is influenced by the pages of the Western Esoteric Masters Series and Gnosis Magazine, and will give participants a more tangible taste of the various subjects explored.

REV. THOM MULLER will be the first speaker in the series. Rev. Muller holds a Master of Divinity and Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, where his studies focused on Western Esotericism.

Muller will speak about Swedenborg’s life and teachings, and conclude with a short guided meditation.

Who was Emanuel Swedenborg?
Emanuel Swedenborg was born January 29, 1688 in Stockholm, Sweden. Initially one of the most renowned natural scientists of Europe, he experienced a transcendental awakening that led him on a quest of spiritual exploration, which he recorded in his numerous mystical works. (Source)

Link to free online texts: Swedenborg Foundation

“The Western esoteric tradition has its roots in a religious way of thinking that reaches back to Gnosticism, Hermeticism, and Neo-Platonism in the Hellenistic world during the first centuries A.D.
In the Renaissance, the rediscovery of ancient texts led to the scholarly revival of magic, astrology, alchemy, and Kabbalah. Following the Reformation, this spiritual current later gave rise to theosophy, Rosicrucianism, and Freemasonry, while the modern occult revival extends from nineteenth-century spiritualism, H.P. Blavatsky’s Theosophy, and ceremonial magical orders to Rudolph Steiner, C.G. Jung, and G.I. Gurdjieff.” (Source)

The second in the speaker series is tentatively scheduled for Thursday Aug 15th, 2016.

Additional Pharos Institute topics might include: 

Alchemy and Hermeticism
Esoteric Christianity
The Kabbalah
The Templars
Carl Gustav Jung
Robert Fludd
G.I. Gurdjieff
Tarot & Astrology
Joseph Boeme
Marsilio Ficino
Secret Societies and Hidden Masters
No matter the path, all spiritual seekers are welcome!