Gnosis Magazine

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Gnosis was an American-based magazine examining spiritual and esoteric traditions and often regarded as an important reference in the world of modern Gnosticism.

Publisher Information

Gnosis was founded by Jay Kinney and published its first issue in the spring of 1985. The publication was based in San Francisco, California, and continued until its 51st issue in 1999.

Editorial Focus

The primary focus of Gnosis was to explore different spiritual and esoteric traditions from a viewpoint that combined critical thought with open-minded inquiry. It widely covered topics like Gnosticism, Hermeticism, Sufism, Kabbalah, Alchemy, Paganism, and the Western Esoteric Tradition, among others.

Content Structure

The magazine featured articles from a broad spectrum of authors, scholars, artists, and practitioners. Each issue typically contained feature articles, interviews, book reviews, opinion and commentary essays, and an editorial section. The eclectic approach taken by the magazine offered readers a deep insight into the various spiritual traditions and esoteric thoughts.

Influence and Legacy

Despite being a small-quarterly magazine, Gnosis had a significant influence in the field of esoteric studies. It gained respect and recognition for its thought-provoking content and in-depth exploration of spiritual practices and traditions, often overlooked by mainstream media. Its articles continue to be referenced by scholars and practitioners in the field of esotericism.

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