Books by W.E. Butler (Author of How to Read the Aura and Practice Psychometry, Telepathy, and Clairvoyance)
How to Read the Aura
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Hidden Mutualities: Faustian Themes from Gnostic Origins to the Postcolonial Hidden mutualities link the work of major postcolonial writers with Christopher Marlowe's drama of the Faustian pact - the manipulation of the material world in exchange for the soul - written as the scientific world-view was emerging which accompanied the imperial expansion of Europe and has determined the economic and social structures of the colonial and postcolonial world. Rediscovered in the Renaissance, and combined with occult arts such as alchemy and magic, this living tradition informs the work of Magus figures such as Pico della Mirandola, Marcilio Ficino, Trithemius, Johannes Reuchlin, Agrippa of Nettesheim, Paracelsus and John Dee, who are reflected in the Faust tradition and in Prospero in Shakespeare s 'The Tempest'. The second part investigates the dual legacy of the Magus. A counterpoint between a law-governed objective material world and an occult visionary pursuit of the divine potential of the human imagination is traced through the examples of Johan Kepler, Robert Fludd, Isaac Newton, William Blake, Rudyard Kipling, Aleister Crowley, W. Yeats, Wolfgang Pauli and C. In the third part, textual analysis reveals how attention to these Faustian themes opens new and exciting critical perspectives in appreciating the works of postcolonial writers, in particular 'Dimetos' by Athol Fugard, 'Disappearance' by David Dabydeen, 'Omeros' by Derek Walcott, and the novels of Wilson Harris.
His first training in the mysteries was with Robert King , a bishop in the Liberal Catholic Church , who trained him as a medium. Butler later became a priest in the Liberal Catholic Church. While in India , he studied with Indian mystics and also came into contact with Theosophist mystic Annie Besant , who politely rejected his requests to study with her. By , the Helios Course in the Practical Qabalah had gained popularity and was spun off to form the Servants of the Light , for which Ernest was the first Director of Studies. He remained director of studies until shortly before his death, when he passed that responsibility to Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki. Butler worked many years as an engineer. Later on he was a member of the technical staff at University of Southampton , England.