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It is not so much the Tarot and medieval illuminations than the ignored Thought enclosed in their features and colors which is worthy of the greatest interest... But we are so little prepared to discover it, the ways which it borrows appears so strange at first sight that it disconcerts, even disturbs and irritates, so much our usual modes of reflection, our ways of appreciating and measuring the world, our cut and dried conceptions of life, the human being or the societies is radically different... So, before as well approaching the study of these sibylline pictures besides, as of any Work of Art known as "traditional" and taking advantage of it, it is important to have some knowledge of this Immémorial Thought, sometimes called "perennial Philosophy", in its fundamental principles and under its multiple facets...
The task is not easy.
In addition to the common opinion, "vulgar" or "erudite", which is very often the more or less explicit negation of it, it is also necessary to take into account the one which, though recognizing its existence, limits it in some manner and restricts the range of it, deforms it, to such a point that it makes it inintelligible and finally completes to discredit it near those which are however laid out to discover and appreciate its deep kindness.
That is not new :

"Our practice [Alchemy, in the first and "spiritual" meaning of the word ] is a way in sands where one must steered by North Star, rather than by the relics that one sees printed there. The confusion of the traces that an infinite number of people left there is so large and one finds there so many various paths which almost get into dreadful deserts, that it is quite impossible not to wander from the straight and narrow way that only the wise men blessed with Talent have fortunately disentangled & recognized". (Limojon de St Didier).

In order to help you to unravle the threads and surely walk troughout this psychic and mental jungle, obscure and deep forest which frightens so much Dante at the beginning of his "Comedy", here below is a list of some english spoken or translated authors and titles of some of their works. Most enlightening of them but also more depreciated (and funny thing, plagiarized by loads of literary hacks so discrete on their unavowable source !), Rene Guénon, left behind him a heritage without equivalent which deserves the greatest attention. For sure, once one gives his approval, not with the guénonien system, which exists only in the head of our clerks, but with the Thought he has so authoritatively explained and restored in its primary integrity... One is not completely the same anymore... And when I say "completely"... !
It is well-known that "calumny, opposition, do not miss to who speaks and acts ; From all sides, those whom it disturbs in their ambitious projects, their idleness, their illusion, shout, resist, persecute if they can, want to extinguish this obtrusive light at all costs"... (Pentacle known as by"Khunrat")
... And that is undoubtedly in the nature of things.

In any case, my Friend, go ahead to see, I ensure you will be bewildered !

René Guénon
René Guénon René Guénon

Bibliography of René Guénon :

Introduction générale à l'étude des doctrines hindoues. Paris : M. Rivière, 1921
Introduction to the Study of the Hindu. Doctrines London : Luzac, 1945
Introducción general al estudio de las doctrinas hindúes. Buenos Aires : Losada, 1945
Introduzzione generale allo studio delle dottrine indù. Turin : NP, 1964
Mexico : Kali-Ma, 1985
Paris : Ed. de la Maisnie, 1987 5. éd.
Milan : Adelphi, 1989
Buenos Aires : CS, 1991
New Delhi : Munshiram Manoharlal, 1993
Le théosophisme, histoire d'une pseudo-religion. Paris: Nouvelle Librairie Nationale, 1921, 1925, 1928, 1930
El Teosofismo : Historia de una pseudo-religión. Buenos Aires: Leviatán, 1954
Paris : Ed. traditionnelles, 1965
Teosofismo : Storia di una pseudo-religione. Carmagnola : Arktos, 1987
Barcelona : Obelisco, 1989

L'erreur spirite. Paris : Marcel Rivière, 1923, 1930
Paris : Ed. traditionnelles, 1972, 1981, 1991
Errore dello spiritismo. Milan : Rusconi, 1974, 1988
Istanbu l : Iz Yayincilik., ND Ruhçu Yanilgi

Orient et Occident. Paris : Payot, 1924, 1930
East and West. London : Luzac, 1941
Oriente e Occidente. Turin : Luni, 1965, 1974
Paris : Ed. de la Maisnie, 1987
Oriente y Occidente. Buenos Aires : CS, 1993
Paris : Trédaniel, 1993

L'homme et son devenir selon le Vedanta. Paris : Bossard, 1925
L'uomo e il suo devenire secondo il Vêdânta. Bari 1937, 1964
Paris : Denoël et Seele, 1934
Paris : Ed. traditionnelles, 1941, 1947 3. éd., 1952 4. ed., 1974 5. éd., 1981
Man & his Becoming, according to the Vêdânta. London : Rider and Co., 1928
London : Luzac, 1946
New Delhi : Oriental Reprint/Munshiram Manoharlal, 1981
El hombre y su devenir según el Vedanta. Buenos Aires : CS, 1990
Milan : Adelphi, 1992
L'ésoterisme de Dante. Charles Bosse, 1925
Paris : Didier & Richard, 1930
Paris : Gallimard, 1957, 1974, 1991, 1997
L'esoterismo de Dante. Rome : Atanòr, 1951, 1971, 1976
El esoterismo de Dante. Buenos Aires : Dédalo, 1985

Le roi du monde. Paris : Librairie Charles Bosse, 1927, 1939
Re del mondo Milan : NP, 1927, 1952
Paris: Ed. traditionnelles, 1950
Der König der Welt. NP: Munich, 1956
Paris: Gallimard, 1957
Minerva Rei do Mundo. Lisbon
Milan : Adelphi, 1987
Paris : Gallimard, 1988
The Lord of the World. Ellingstring : Springs Press, 1983
El Rey del Mundo Buenos Aires : Fidelidad, 1985
Madrid : Cárcamo, 1987
La crise du monde moderne. Paris: Bossard, 1927
Paris : Denoël et Steele, 1934
Paris : Gallimard, 1946, 1956, 1969, 1989, 1994
La crisi del mondo moderno. Milan : Hoepli, 1937
The Crisis of the Modern World London : Luzac, 1942, 1962
A crise do mundo moderno Sao Paulo, Livraria Martins, 1948
Die Krisis der Neuzeit. Cologne, 1950, 1963
Milan : NP, 1953, 1971, 1981
La Crisis del mundo moderno. Buenos Aires : Huemul, 1966
London, 1976
Barcelona : Obelisco, 1982, 1988
Lisbon: Vega, 1990
Rome : Mediterranee, 1991

Autorité spirituelle et pouvoir temporel. Paris: J. Vrin, 1929
Paris : G. Tredaniel / Ed. Vega, 1964, 1984, 1994
Autorità spirituale e potere temporale. Milan, 1972
Maddi Iktidar Manevi Otorite. Istanbul : Iz Yayincilik, ND
Saint-Bernard. Marseilles : Publiroc, 1929
Paris : Ed. traditionnelles, 1951, 1959, 1973, 1981, 1984, 1998
Il Cinabro San Bernardo. Catania

Le symbolisme de la croix. Paris : Ed. Vega, 1931
Paris : Gallimard 1950, 1957, 1970
Il simbolismo della croce. Turin : NP, 1963, 1973
Paris : Union générale d'éditions, 1970
Symbolism of the Cross London : Luzac, 1958
London, 1976
El Simbolismo de la cruz. Barcelona : Obelisco, 1987
Die Symbolik des kreuzes. Andechs : Ambra Dingfelder, 1987
Milan : Rusconi, 1989
Paris : Trédaniel, 1996

Les états multiples de l'être. Paris: Ed. Vega, 1932
Gli Stati molteplici dell'Essere. Turin, 1965
The Multiple States of Being. Burdett, NY : Larson, 1984
Los Estados múltiples del ser. Barcelona : Obelisco, 1987

La métaphysique orientale. Paris : Chacornac, 1939
Paris: Ed. traditionnelles, 1945, 1951, 1970,1973, 1976, 1979, 1993
La metafisica orientale Naples: NP, 1950
La Metafísica oriental. Palma de Mallorca : Olañeta, 1984
Parma : All'Insegna del Veltro, 1986
Madras : Hanuman Books, 1989 Oriental Metaphysics
Barcelona : Obelisco, 1995
Dogu Düsüncesi. Istanbul : Iz Yayincilik, ND

Le règne de la quantité et les signes des temps. Paris : Gallimard, 1945, 1950, 1972, 1989, 1994
The Reign of Quantity and the Signs of the Times. London : Luzac, 1953
Il Regno della Quantità e i Segni dei Tempi. Turin : NP, 1969
London : Penguin Books, 1972
El reino de la cantidad y los signos de los tiempos. Madrid: Ayuso, 1976
Milan : Adelphi, 1982
Reino da Quantidade e os Sinais do Tempo. Lisbon: Dom Quixote, 1989
Buenos Aires : CS, 1995
Niceligin Egemenligi ve Çagin Alametleri. Istanbul: Iz Yayincilik, ND

Aperçus sur l'initiation. Paris : Chacornac, 1946.
Paris : Ed. traditionnelles, 1973, 1985, 1986, 1992
Considerazioni sulla via iniziatica. Génova : Il Basilisco
Problemas sobre Iniciaçao. Adriâo : Victor Manuel, 1990
Apreciaciones sobre la iniciación. Buenos Aires : CS, 1993
Les principes du calcul infinitésimal. Paris : Gallimard, 1946, 1988
La Metafisica del Numero : Principi dei calcolo infinitesimale. Carmagnola : Arktos, 1990
Metaphysical Principles of Infinitesimal Calculus. Chicago : Kazi, 2001
La grande triade. Nancy : Revue de la Table Ronde, 1946, 1957
Rome : NP, 1951, 1980.
Paris : Gallimard, 1980, 1989 8. éd., 1997
La gran triada. Barcelona, Obelisco, 1986
La grande Triade. Milan : Adelphi, 1988
The Great Triad. Cambridge : Quinta Essentia, 1991

Posthumous collections
Initiation et réalisation spirituelle. Ed. "Jean Reyor" Marcelle Clavelle. Paris : Ed. traditionnelles, 1952, 1964, 1990
Iniziazione e realizzazione spirituale. Turin, 1966/67
Aperçus sur l'ésoterisme chrétien. Ed. "Jean Reyor" Marcelle Clavelle. Paris : Ed. traditionnelles, 1954, 1973, 1980, 1983, 1988
Sobre el esoterismo cristiano. Barcelona : Obelisco, 1986
Considerazioni sull'esoterismo cristiano.Torino : Arktos, 1989
Symboles fondamentaux de la science sacrée. Ed. Michel Vâlsan. Paris : Gallimard, 1962
Símbolos fundamentales de la Ciencia Sagrada. Buenos Aires : Eudeba, 1969
Symboles de la science sacrée. Paris, 1986
Simboli della scienza sacra. Milan : Adelphi, 1978, 1990
Fundamental Symbols : The Unviersal Language of Sacred Science. Cambridge : Quinta Essentia, 1994
Etudes sur la franc-maçonnérie et le compagnonnage. Paris : Ed. traditionnelles, 1964, 1980-1981, 1984, 1985, 1991
Studi sulla masoneriaRome : Basaia, 1983
Etudes sur l'hindouisme. Paris : Ed. traditionnelles, 1966, 1989
Studi sull'induismo. Rome : Basaia, 1983
Studies in Hinduism. New Delhi, 1985
Columbo : South Asia Books, 1986
La Tradición hindú. Barcelona : Obelisco, 1988
Formes traditionnelles et cycles cosmiques. Paris : Gallimard, 1970, 1989
Formas tradicionales y ciclos cósmicos. Barcelona : Obelisco, 1984
Forme tradizionale e cicli cosmici. Rome : NP, 1974
Rome : Mediterranne, 1988
Ed. Roger Maridort. Aperçus sur l'ésoterisme islamique et le taoisme. Paris: Gallimard 1973, 1992
Considerazioni sull'esoterismo islamico e il taoismo. Rome : NP, 1979
Turin : Arktos, 1990
Sobre el esoterismo islámico y taoísmo. Barcelona : Obelisco, 1992
Comptes rendus. Paris : Ed. traditionnelles, 1973, 1986.
Mélanges. Ed. Roger Maridort. Paris : Gallimard, 1976, 1990
I tjänst hos det enda : ur René Guénon Verk. Stockholm : NP, 1977

Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy

Son of a lawyer of Indian origin and an Englishwoman, Ananda K. Coomaraswamy was born in Colombo, August 22, 1877. He made his studies in England and turned initially to sciences : In 1903, he was nominated director for mineralogical research of the Island of Ceylon. Soon however he devoted his efforts to create a movement for the constitution in India of a national teaching ; Disappointed on this side, he specialized finally in the questions of art. In 1911, he directed the artistic section of the "United Provinces Exhibits" in Allahabad ; during the First World War, he was called to the Museum of Fine Arts of Boston to belong to the scientific staff ; and he remained until the end of his life in this institution, where he was especially in charge of the department of arts of Islam and the Middle East. He projected to go back to India and started to get ready for it, when he suddenly died in September 9, 1947.
His capacity for work and assimilation was extraordinary. He knew about ten languages, perhaps more ; and it is a fact rather curious to note that one of the first work of this Singhalese was an english translation of the "Völuspa", done according to the Icelandic text of the oldest version of the "Edda".
His work is substantial and is distributed in about forty pieces and several hundreds of articles, those having been published in many reviews in America, India and Europe. The art of India holds the first place. His main work in the field of art is represented by his "Elements of Buddhist Iconography" (1935), where symbolic interpretation of the Buddhist art holds a much greater place than the external questions relating to it.
One cannot, indeed, be interested in Eastern art without wondering about the meaning of its features ; and, to answer that, it is necessary to know the "myths" and the Writings. The direct interpretation of the vedic and bouddhic texts became one of the subjects of study of Coomaraswamy and took, starting from his book"A New Approach to the Vedas" (1933), an increasing place in his works. He had heard of the books of Rene Guénon and accepted the idea of a single traditional truth all the more readily as his research did not stop confirming it to him.
Although he treated a very great number of subjects, perhaps his work will be more kept in mind particularly owing to the topic of Angels and Titans, of the inverted Tree, to which he devoted a splendid study, finally to that of "Self" and transmigration ; this last subject provided him, as it is known, the occasion to restore the true significance of original Buddhism, which had been denatured by the orientalists. The principal conclusions of his research were joined together in "Hinduism and Buddhism" (1943) [...] which will remain as his intellectual will.
A complete bibliography of the works of A. K. Coomaraswamy can be found in the book entitled "Art and Thought" (1948), prepared for his seventieth anniversary by his colleagues and his many friends from all over the world. This work, published after his death, gathers forty original contributions of men versed, for different reasons, in the study of the traditional questions of the East and Occident.
(Short biography adapted from René Allar and Pierre Ponsoye. Translation : Pierrick Pinot).

Bibliography of A. K. COOMARASWAMY :

Mediaeval Sinhalese Art. Broad Campden: Essex House Press (Printed by AKC), 1908
The Arts and Crafts of India and Ceylon. London & Edinburgh: T.N.Foulis, 1913
Rajput Paintings, being an account of Rajasthan and the Punjab Himalayas from the XVIth to the XIXth century, 2 vols. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1916
Introduction to Indian Art. Madras : Theosophical Publishing Hse., 1923
Christian and Oriental Philosophy of Art (Why Exhibit Works of Art?). New York : Dover Publications, 1956
The Transformation of Nature in Art. NY : Dover Pub., 1956 Harvard Univ. Press, 1934
History of Indian and Indonesian Art. NY : Dover pub., 1965 Karl W. Hiersemann, 1927
The Dance of Siva : Essays on Indian Art and Culture.NY : Dover Pub., 1985 London : 1924
What is Civilization and Other Essays. Great Barrington, MA : Lindisfarne Press, 1989
Myths of the Hindus and Buddhists (with Sister Nivedita aka Margaret E. Noble). NY : Dover Pub., 1967 George Harrap, 1913

For those who read french...

Gérard de Sorval

Le Langage secret du Blason, collection "Bibliothèque de l’Hermétisme", Paris, 1981 (Albin Michel)
La Marelle ou les sept marches du Paradis, Collection "Histoire et Tradition", Paris, 1985 (Dervy-Livres)
Le Lac du Signe, Rochetaillée sur Saône, 1988 (Éditions du Chêne-Voyelle)
La Voie chevaleresque et l'Initiation royale dans la Tradition chrétienne, 1993 (Dervy-Livres)

Dominique Viseux

L’Initiation chevaleresque dans la légende arthurienne, 1980 (Dervy-Livres)
L’Apocalypse, son symbolisme et son image du Monde, 1985 (Archè)
Le Mythe du retour dans l’Odyssée, Cahiers de l’Unicorne, 1988 (Archè)
Siegfried ou les mystères du Sacrifice, Cahiers de l’Unicorne, 1988 (Archè)
La Pistis Sophia et la Gnose,1988 (Archè)

Bruno Hapel

Métaphysique de la Communication - le silence du silence - 1990 (Guy Trédaniel Éditeur)

Louis Lallement

Dante Maître spirituel - Initiation au sens symbolique de la Divine Comédie -

I - Enfer, 1984 (Guy Trédaniel, Éditions de la Maisnie)
II - Purgatoire, 1988 (Guy Trédaniel, Éditions de la Maisnie)
III - Paradis, ? (Guy Trédaniel, Éditions de la Maisnie)


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