Mark Stavish

is creating Institute for Hermetic Studies Library and Research Center

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About

What Is the Institute for Hermetic Studies?
Since 1998 the Institute for Hermetic Studies has been providing instruction on the theories and practices of traditional Western esotericism. These teachings have been disseminated through electronic newsletters, live instruction, publications, and both video and audio recordings.  

What Have We Accomplished?
As a result of two successful crowdsource fundraising campaigns in 2015 and 2016, the Institute for Hermetic Studies raised over $9,000 (or 138% of its goal of $6,500) to finance the publishing of three of the five volumes in the IHS Study Guides Series.  These volumes include Light on the Path - A Study Guide for Alchemy, Qabala, and Astrology (Vol. 1) the complete four year curriculum for use by groups and individuals; Child of the Sun - Psychic and Physical Rejuvenation in Alchemy and Qabala (Vol. 3); and Words of my Teacher - A Study Guide to the IHS Audio Programs Series (Vol. 4).

Our Model of Success
Starting in 2016 the Institute for Hermetic Studies began publishing its highly successful "IHS Monograph Series".  These monographs are between 10,000 and 20,000 words in length and focus on a specialized area of esoteric study or practice. By producing teachings in this manner, the Institute is able to create a cohesive body of teachings without having to write numerous volumes with redundant material.  Each book stands alone and is a thorough overview of the topic presented along with extensive summaries and suggested reading lists for those interested in obtaining additional information.  In addition, when taken numerically as a series, they interrelate to and support each other, providing a step-by-step course of instruction.  Through the IHS Monograph Series, the Institute is able to address specialized topics as well as introduce the writings and ideas of other authorities to the student. 

By contributing to the Institute for Hermetic Studies you will be supporting not only the continuation of these projects, but also the establishment of the Institute for Hermetic Studies Library and Research Center, a center that will serve generations to come. The establishment of local and regional facilities is essential to the continuity of various traditions, as well as in providing a place to meet people of similar philosophies that strengthen, encourage, and sustain our individual and personal practices.

Rewards and Premiums for Supporting Us
To encourage your support of our projects we will be offering a very unique set of incentives. While you may find yourself getting a logo emblazoned coffee mug or leather journal on occasion, we will be focusing on hard to find, if not nearly impossible without the time and connections, gifts that will add value to your beauty to your life and value to your practice. 

For Example:
Your name listed in publications as their sponsor.
One-to-one tutorials to help you with your Path.
Discounts at IHS events.
Spagyric tinctures from Red Lion Labs.
Specialty astrological readings.
Handmade floor and altar cloths, and ritual objects.
Specialty and rare books, and even limited edition publications created just for supporters like you will be included in our selection of rewards for our patrons.

Now, a note to those of you new to fundraising.  Our financial goals are established based on experience. We know how much time and costs are involved in producing instructional material (particularly material that is being made at low or no cost to the end user), facility management, and fundraising. While sites like this one allow us to reach more people than our normal means of communication would, they come with real price tags attached.  For this reason, keep in mind that typical fundraising costs are 1:4, or one dollar for every four raised.  Where does this 25% go?  In our case, platform fees, money transfer costs (such as PayPal), and Rewards.  We hope to keep those costs closer to the 15-20% level, but there are fixed costs to using any medium of money transfer that we cannot change.  These costs are factored into our overall goals.  Thank you, and we look forward to your support!

Goals
$601 of $1,700 per month
To publish an 80 to 100 page detailed monograph four times per year as part of the Institute for Hermetic Studies Monograph Series using CreateSpace.com (and available through Amazon.com). Current monographs in the series include: Introduction to Hermeticism - Its Theory and Practice (Vol.1), The Theory and Practice of Enochian Magic (Vol. 2), Drawing Down the Life of Heaven - Magic in the Renaissance (Vol. 3), How to Develop Your Psychic Abilities (Vol. 4),  and Mercury's Children - Shamanic and Hermetic Practices.  Forthcoming titles would include an extensive series on Pietism and Rosicrucianism from the Colonial Period to the present, Psychosynthesis and Modern Esotericism, and various works on specialized esoteric practices.
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