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What is Western Esotericism?

Ralph White Interviews – Leonard George, PhD and Marjorie Roth, PhD, DMA


A Free Afternoon Event
Saturday, October 9, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET

A recent announcement from the Open Center, posing the question above, What is Western Esotericism? was opened by 13,000 people, the highest rate of response we have experienced online. Fortunately, we are very well versed in this topic as we have produced a 25-year series of conferences known as Esoteric Quests that follow the golden thread of spiritual wisdom in the West.

The director of the Quests, Ralph White, will interview two of its most accomplished and articulate speakers – scholar, psychologist and writer, Leonard George, and specialist in music and the esoteric, Marjorie Roth. Leonard writes, “Esoteric refers to the hidden part, the inside story, the depth of things – the quest for what lies ‘beyond, behind, below.’ This way is, in fact, a universal part of the human experience.”

Join us for a meaningful conversation about the multiple streams of Western Esotericism – from ancient Alexandria and antiquity, through Renaissance Florence and its platonic academy, to the alchemical and Rosicrucian era of Bohemia and the mysteries of the North in Iceland. This is profound material with deep resonance for those on the quest for wisdom and love.

Note: This program will be offered online. Sessions of all our online programs will be recorded and shared with registrants after each is completed for 90 days.


  • Prerequisites: N/A
  • Supplies list for the class: N/A
  • Zoom Software Requirements: This is an online course that requires Zoom webinar software. Zoom is easy to use. Click HERE to make sure your computer is set-up correctly

Additional Programs with Leonard George

The Wide World of Esotericism: From Egypt to the Andes
(3 Sessions) Saturdays, October 30 – November 13, 2021, 10:30 am – 1:00 pm ET

What is Western Esotericism?

  • 1 Session(s)
  • Oct 09 2021 12:00 PM ET





Leonard George, PhD, is a Canadian psychologist, writer, educator and broadcaster and a life-long student of esotericism. He served as the Chair of the School of Social Sciences at Capilano University in North Vancouver.

Marjorie Roth, PhD, DMA, is a professor of music at Nazareth College in Upstate New York. A flutist, scholar, researcher and teacher in the expanding field of esoteric music, she is a much-valued presenter at The Open Center’s Esoteric Quest conferences.


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