About us

The Academy for Hermetic Arts and Sciences is a modern Western Mystery School. We are a Dutch foundation raised by Ina Custers-van Bergen. Our mission is to translate the Hermetic Arts and Sciences and their life-changing mind altering techniques to the 21st century. The Hermetic Arts and Sciences contain a rich, structured and interconnected system for personal development and for achieving and training higher states of consciousness.

Our aim is to bridge the gap between modern therapeutic techniques such as NLP, Hypnotherapy and Family Constellations at one hand; and the powerful wisdom teachings of the Hermetic Tradition at the other hand. Our training courses are based on the rich philosophy and magical praxis of Hermeticism and the Western Mystery Tradition.

We do that by means of online training courses, events, lectures, group training and weekend retreats in Hermetic Arts and Sciences.

Our Lineage

The Hermetic Arts and Sciences offer a rich, structured and cohesive system of personal empowerment. Hermetiscism has a colorful historical and an initiatory mouth-to-ear lineage: a lineage of initiates coming forth from from scientific, monastic and aristocratic circles.

The Hermetic Arts and Sciences combine the Wisdom Teachings of antique temples from Greece, Egypt, Mesopotamia and merge them with Gnostic Christianity, Judaism, Freemasonry, Rosicrucianism, Anthroposophy and Theosophy.

The practical applications of the Tarot, of Astrology, Kabbala, High Magic and Alchemy are optimised with Hypnotherapy, NLP and systemic work. A synergy wherein Angelology and the mythology of Egypt, Babylon, Greece and Avalon play a role.

The Hermetic Arts and Sciences offer the entire three-level initiation system that has been passed on throughout history through a continuous lineage of initiates, consisting of (proto-) scientists, magicians, nobility, alchemists and priests.

Our lineage consists of many famous names: Samuel MacGregor Mathers, Theodore Moriarty, Dion Fortune, Bishop Robert King, Ernest W. Butler and Dolores Ashcroft Nowicki. A lineage continued by Ina Custers-van Bergen, the Director of Studies of the Stichting Temple of Starlight and founder of the Western Mystery School, ensuring the Hermetic Arts and Sciences can be translated and applied in our modern society.

We are connected to  CAT, Collectief Alternatieve Therapeuten in the Netherlands.