Masterclass – The Winding Waterway


I am so happy that I can share with you this news:
We have found a new temple location in Dordrecht!
Our address there is:

Spuiboulevard 100

It is on a 2 minutes walking distance from the Central Station, and you only need to cross one road to arrive in the old centre of Dordrecht.

This venue is only 15 minutes away from Rotterdam. Pictures and other news about this location follow shortly.


This semester we will work at the advanced levels of meditation techniques and ritual. These are the higher techniques for the Walker Between The Worlds. They will help you to raise your energy to the First Degree level and beyond. We will achieve this by using the principles of the Creation Myths. We will explore the Hermetic Theories, their applications and implications on an even deeper level. Thus everything you have learned so far, will open its secret wisdom to the next level.

Do you want to learn how to do that? Do you want to experience the richness of the Inner Planes? Do you want to feel how to work with high levels of energy, to heal, to send energy in such a way that the wanted results actually manifest in your life?

Through the Temple Training „Walking between the Worlds“ you will learn to experience the reality of the magical dimensions of consciousness and will you learn the skills to work with them in a balanced way.

What will you learn?

  • Advanced techniques of Mantra and Tattwa,
  • Working with the Temple of the Heart,
  • Advanced Godform techniques,
  • Advanced work with Thoughtforms,
  • Advanced energies in the Magical Circle,
  • and of course you will learn to apply all these techniques in your daily life.

Everything you will learn will be solidly grounded in the Hermetic Kabbala.

What level has this training?

These intensive Temple Training days are meant for people who participate in our training program for 5+ years and/or have completed the full cycle of the Hermetic Kabbala Training.



Price: € 375,00
Dates: September 9, October 7, November 11, December 9 2017 and January 13 2018, plus a personal coaching meeting through skype.
Time: Door open 9.00, start 9.30 a.m. to + 6.30 p.m.
Enrolling through email possible or read more here.


Ina Custers van Bergen
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A few days ago I wrote about my vision on the role of the teacher/trainer in the Western Mystery School. But what do the trainers train? How does the trainer use the ancient legacy of Mythology, Astrology, Magic and Alchemy? And what are the results?

Dion Fortune was one of the great teachers of the 20th century. She was a counsellor in a psychotherapy clinic and besides that she worked as a magician and a medium heading her own temple of the mysteries. Dion Fortune saw the Western Mystery Tradition as a way to bring about ‚changes in consciousness‘.

When you study the ancient magical techniques closely, it becomes clear that it is an ancient system of psychology. In the work of Carl Gustav Jung, you can clearly see that he was deeply involved in the Western Mystery Tradition. Also the writer of the famous book The Golden Dawn, Israel Regardie, was a psychiatrist. What is the cause that so many influential psychotherapists were and are extraordinary interested in the techniques of the Western Mystery Tradition? It is because of its extremely powerful methods to balance the psyche and to transform blockages and old wounds.


The ancient gods and angels were called ‚archetypes‘ by Jung; deep and influential psychological structures in the make-up of every human being. Myths and legends tell stories about these parts of the human psyche, and how they behave, connect, get wounded and are transformed to a higher level of wisdom in a neutral, transpersonal way.

The Western Mystery Tradition developed a system of transpersonal psychology that works on the individual level and on the group level, to transcend blocking patterns and unfold talents in people. It is an extremely effective method of self-development that raises the level of happiness in individuals, increases their abilities to deal with the hard facts of life, and unfolds meaning and mission in the psyche.


The work in the Western Mystery Tradition is done through individual counselling, meditation and group ritual. Practicing the exercises, the trainees step by step build a psychological structure in the mind, an ‚Interior Castle‘ that activates awareness of all the psychological parts and brings them to awareness. In that process people transcend their personal blockages and thus get access to all their abilities and grow as a person. The aim of the work of the Western Mystery Tradition is to become the ‚King of your Inner Kingdom‘.

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Years ago I was trained in a spiritual organization by a teacher that was loved intensely by the students. I found that a privilege, and I learned very much. Then the time came to continue my journey. With all the spiritual fruits I had harvested, I raised the Temple of Starlight as an independent training institute. It is PARTLY based on the teachings of my previous school, but also on my work as coach and therapist in the past.

Because of this background I implemented some fundamental changes, which are often misunderstood by the community. I want to explain my vision in a series of short articles. The first important difference in vision is:


There is no winner holding the cup and being applauded. There is no end goal, only personal improvement. That means that the route through the temple is not a race for the top, it is not a competition. The degrees are no diplomas but a recognition of a specific INNER STATE of development, that can be achieved by every individual by inner WORK.

A spiritual trainer helps you to find that inner state of grace, by offering feedback and exercises you need to get to the next level, and helps you preventing losing time by making you aware where you walk astray. When you start, you begin at that point in your live where you are NOW.

Spiritual training aims to improve the quality of that NOW by transpersonal methods, that have been passed on since ancient Egypt, and were always adapted to the Spirit of the Time when the ages passed by.

That means that a teacher cannot be a guru. A healthy institute is built around the needs of students. That is why I don’t call myself a teacher, but a trainer. This also implies that there is practical work involved. Practical work that needs to be done by the trainee, and that needs to be overseen by those who reached the inner states of richness you want to achieve. The more you put into it, the more you will benefit and harvest the fruits.


Spiritual training is about YOU, how you improve your life with the help of ancient methods. It is about how you use the experiences life offers you to grow. Worshipping others, or blaming others are parts of the same coin; they are loser’s scripts!!! The Mysteries are about training yourself to a state of inner richness, that enables you to surpass your own needs and help others to achieve the same.

By worshipping or blaming others you give away your power, in the hope someone else rescues you; you get stuck in the victim role. The Mysteries are about KNOW YOURSELF. Spiritual work is most of all WORK.


In our modern days we can buy everything instant and ready. Seekers for spiritual enlightenment start their journey for the Milk of the Goddess with a consumerism attitude. They look for teachers who personify Her warm embrace, hope that it brings that spiritual state of inner richness, completeness and safety. They will end up disappointed and bitter. Why? I will reveal Her biggest secret; the Goddess does not spoon-feed, she helps you to raise your inner child to provide for yourself.

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Ina Custers van Bergen
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The Enchanted Land

The Mage speaks to the Fairy Queen: “Take your tears and throw them into the velvet blueness.” Thus she does … and in the wild lands, where there is no light, on the dark waves, where seamen travel without hope; clusters of splendid stars start to radiate and illuminate the night with White Peace.

Ancient cultures lived close to nature. They left behind a legacy of beautiful myths, that have been preserved in the magical stories of farmers, fishermen, fairy tales and in literature. Their worldview contains great wonders, their tales hold immense beauty, their spells cause big miracles. We have inherited an awesome wisdom teaching concerning the Tides of the Magic of Life.

This worldview educates us about the magical laws of nature; laws that are still valid! This legacy offers us a helicopter view on present-day events and provides us with unexpected answers to contemporary issues. Mythical stories comment on the questions of life and hide precious magical techniques, that we can learn to apply ourselves; and they work!

Learn to see natural objects as living entities and become enchanted by a magical landscape filled with beauty, wonder and mystery, experience awe and fascination about our precious Enchanted Land.

During this weekend retreat you will learn to apply these lessons in your own life. You will become more conscious of the powers of nature at work within society. You will learn the skills of the Twelve Weavers, the Songs of Trance, the Magical Armor and much, much more. This retreat will be even more special, since it is planned on the Samhain weekend and includes an outdoor ritual wherein we will be taught directly by the forces involved.

Date: October 28/October 29 2017
Time: Saturday: door open from 9.00 a.m. Start 9.30 to 10.00 p.m., Sunday: door open at 9.00 a.m. Start 9.30 to 5.00 p.m.
(For members of the Hermetic Order there is a pre-retreat at Friday evening, October 27).
Price: € 250,00 Coffee, tea and workshop book included.
Venue: Western Mystery School Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Tel: (0031) (0) 610599875
Application via Email
More information at the website.


Ina Custers van Bergen
For Enchanting Self-development


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The Magical Art of Shapeshifting

Recently a few articles where published about the current situation of occultism. Nick Farrell and Jonathan Woolley published articles(1) that made my eyebrows hit the ceiling. Why?

I must say that I was completely flabbergasted. Not because of the symptoms they describe, because I see those symptoms too. But I was stunned because of the diagnosis; digging the grave of the entire tradition! I completely disagree. My analyses of the symptoms is entirely different. To my opinion we need to update our shapeshifting skills. Let me explain.

Surfacing and hiding
The Western Mystery Temples have been going through rough times in the past. We survived the Fall of Atlantis, the decline of the Egyptian, Babylonian and Greek Temples, the fires that destroyed the Library of Alexandria, the collapse of the Roman Empire, the Mass Migrations, the Christianization of Western Society, the Inquisition and the Second World War. Contrary to what everyone assumes we were always mainstream, apart from very brief periods of time in history where we had to hide. As a result of the Inquisition we went into hiding about 100 years and surfaced about 1900 AD with the expansion of the Golden Dawn. The next hiding was necessary for about 15 years as a result of WWII.

Reclaiming our cultural legacy
What you see when you study historical sources (and then I am not only talking about the Grimoire Tradition, but also about all the arts!!!), is that we have been high culture almost always. Have we forgotten our legacy? Let us reclaim those great works of literature, opera, paintings, ballets, sculptures, architecture, myths etc. that are based on magical principles and are expressions of the legacy of Magic and the Western Mystery Tradition.

The Art of Invisibility
The problem nowadays as I see it, is that today’s teachers are trained by teachers who needed to be invisible and worked from an underground position. They passed those survival skills to us. I clearly remember the warnings in the correspondence course that was part of my training: „Don’t vibrate the Words of Power too loud, because you could attract the attention of your neighbors.“ Or instructions at workshops: „Don’t leave any rituals in the room, because they can be found by muggles“, „If an incident happens, first unrobe, then leave the building“, „The organization cannot find out who we are. If they ask questions, we are a theatre group“, and so on. Of course I will pass those skills on to my students in case these become necessary sometimes in the future.

But to my opinion, nowadays we need an opposite movement to pass on occultism to the next generation. The pagan movement was a fashion hype that is now declining, due to the fact that lineage holders have no strategy and network, to help people who are interested in the tradition, to find the ‚real deal‘.
The examples how to do that are everywhere to be found in the Hindu and Buddhist communities. The Eastern Temple Traditions have been working at integration in Western Society from 1967 on when the Beatles declared that they were into Transcendental Meditation. Slowly yoga and meditation shapeshifted into forms that were not only attractive to the alternative community, but also were beneficial for mainstream society. Today in the Netherlands they are openly discussed and documented on national television.

Hide in plain sight.
What we can learn from the Eastern Traditions is, that it is necessary to translate the Western Mystery Tradition into terms and benefits that mainstream society can at least understand, and to offer beginning practitioners training in such a way, that people feel free to talk about their latest ‚hobby‘ or ‚lifestyle‘ at birthday parties without being made ridiculous.
I have a lot more to say to this subject. But first I want to throw this into the ‚Arena‘ as my ‚two cents‘ to exchange opinions.

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Ina Custers van Bergen
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The Mystery of Good Friday

In the Netherlands there is a discussion going on about the position of Christian feasts. At the same time there are discussions about the values of our Western Culture and how to explain them to newcomers. These two are not separable, the fundamental values of our Western Culture are based on myths and legends,: on Jewish and Christian stories, and on the myths and legends that predate them.

Myths and legends are metaphors that explain important patterns in the lives of individuals and cycles in social communities. Degrading these patterns as the sole property of just one religion or sects is throwing away the baby with the bathwater. But few people understand these fundamental legends; they need to be explained.

Let me give an actual example; today it is Good Friday. Years ago I faced some extremely difficult personal circumstances. In order to sort things out, I talked to one of the wisest people I ever met. After having explained the situation I was in, I asked him what was his opinion about my situation. He answered; ‘You are at Gethsemane my dear!”
‘Ohh, that sounds so not-cool. Does this mean that I am about to be hanged?’
‘Not only that. You will need to answer every question to yourself about how you got yourself in this position. Before they hang you, they will deny you, betray you, and condemn you. People will try to stand up for you, but they will not be courageous enough to pull through.’

From this man and from these events I learned that Gethsemane is a place in your personal life. The stories of the Mysteries are not about Jesus Christ or some other guy from the past. They are about me and you!

Today it is Good Friday. At twelve o’clock at noon the Crucifixion will take place on the mythical levels. In the Otherworld there will be a solar eclipse that will ‘reveal all the Secrets of the Universe’. The Mysteries of the Sun-at-Midnight will become visible for everyone ‘who has ears to hear’. And I will commemorate those events that took place years ago, where my ‘crucifixion’ took place. Where I needed to enter into the deepest realms of the Inner Worlds in order to find the Light that was captured there, and bring it back into the World.

The Legends of the Western World hold an inner wisdom that is not surpassed by any modern psychological explanation. They need to be recognized and explained, to become internalized wisdom. Only then we can explain the values of our culture to newcomers and safeguard the building blocks of our civilization.

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The power of imagination

In occult circles there is an interesting discussion going on, fueled by the need of scientific proof for esoteric assumptions and claims about historical legacy. First of all I want to state that I think scientific evidence for historical claims is very important.

At the same time I want to emphasize to protect a crucial aspect of the spiritual traditions: the power of imagination. Loosing that power would mean: throwing away the baby with the bathwater! The world i-magi-nation contains the word ‚magic‘. The definition of Magic is „The art and science to create changes in consciousness“, causing changes in your life. That very art is endangered when the scientific movement within the occult community would tip the balance at the cost of the power of imagination!

The power of imagination is underestimated in mainstream society. In medicine, doctors talk derogatory about the ‚placebo effect‘. Some of the illnesses that people suffer from, are located ‚between the ears‘. Meaning: you have a psychological problem rather than a physical one. Expressions like ‚this only exists in your imagination‘, or ‚he has an overactive imagination‘ are no compliments.

At the other hand there are complete industries, whose only business it is to charm you by influencing you, using  imagination. First of all, think of all the arts: here the use of the imagination is purest. In its most positive form, arts use the power of the metaphor to create awareness about society and enchant by beauty. Soon it becomes dubious, and degrades in shades of grey.
For example in the fashion industry: from the genuine wish to create beauty the industries degrades into cosmetic operations on healthy people, and is co-responsible in causing eating disorders in insecure adolescents.
Think of companies who constantly try to influence you to buy their products and even pay scientists for a favorable outcome of scientific research.
Think of politicians who try to degrade their opponents by associating them with ’nazis‘ or other fearful archetypes. All these industries use the power of imagination to enchant you, so that you make choices that are beneficial for them. They do that by creating mindscapes.

A mindscape is a landscape in the mind. By a mindscape you define who you are, what you believe in, what motivates you and what stimulates you to action. Propaganda and marketing companies do that by videos consisting of powerful images, combined with melodies and spells. They abuse the powerful techniques that belong to religion, shamanism and magic. We are less and less protected by ‚beliefs‘ embedded in the spiritual traditions, that – with all their failures – at least give us a structure of human values, personal development and stewardship over the planet.

Mindscapes in the imagination can also be are extremely important psychological and magical constructs, to observe the unfolding events around us. Creating powerful mindscapes of our own, makes us more independent and protects us against the ongoing propaganda surrounding us.

For this reason:  I consider it to be the job of modern magicians, to raise awareness in the audience, for this side of  a reality that we  are living in, or captured in. And when necessary: alter that reality and choose a better one!

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Ina Custers van Bergen
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