Shakespeare's "Tempest" needs little introduction as being one of his greatest and yet one of his most mysterious plays. In this stimulating book, the author delves into this mystery, introducing the reader to the real meaning of Prospero’s magic, the nature of Ariel his spirit, the roles of the other characters as aspects of the human psyche, and the alchemical and cosmological rhythms of the play. "The Tempest" is shown as being a ‘book’ of wisdom and initiation, with many levels of profound meaning, written by a Master who knows the nature and possibilities of the human mind, and who appears to have been deeply involved in the underground Rosicrucian movement of his time.
This is the fourth of Peter Dawkins’ books on the Wisdom of Shakespeare. The series is devoted to showing the depth of wisdom and the extraordinary knowledge of the Mystery traditions contained in the Shakespeare plays. The books are written for all Shakespeare lovers, students of the Western wisdom traditions, and for actors and audience alike.
"With meticulous research and astonishingly diverse knowledge Peter Dawkins creates a provocative and compelling case for seeing 'The Tempest' as an initiatory text and a true mystery play. This valuable series will change the way you think about Shakespeare." [Richard Olivier, Director of Mythodrama, Creative management courses, Globe Theatre.]
"We know Shakespeare is entertaining, and his work a phenomenon amongst mankind’s achievements, but what is he actually saying to us? There are many interpretations. I find Peter’s one of the most beautiful and one that is beneficial to my life, enriching my ability to live intimately with myself, others, and the world around me, seen and unseen." [Mark Rylance, Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Globe Theatre 1995-2005.]
"Whether you are a student of Renaissance Neoplatonism or someone who is just plain curious about the extraordinary magic that the Shakespeare plays still exert over our lives, globally, then you will find, as I have, that Peter Dawkins will lead you through a maze of wonder in his exploration of 'The Tempest'. There is a beauty and harmony to Peter’s work that embraces all cultures and beliefs in an extraordinary voyage of discovery." [Claire Van Kampen, Associate Artistic Director and Founding Director of Theatre Music, Shakespeare Globe Theatre, 1995-2005.]