Western mystery school

About us – Western Mystery School

The Western Mystery School is a part of the Stichting Temple of Starlight, a Dutch foundation raised by Ina Custers-van Bergen. Its mission is to translate the Western Mystery Tradition and its mind altering techniques to the 21st century. To this end the Western Mystery School organises training courses in Transpersonal Development to bridge the gap between modern therapeutic techniques such as NLP, Hypnotherapy and Family Constellations at one hand; and the Western Mystery Teachings of our ancestors at the other hand. Our training courses are based on the philosophy and praxis of the Hermetic philosophy and the Western Mystery Tradition.

The Western Mystery Tradition offers a structured and interconnected system of Transpersonal Development and has a historical and initiatory mouth-to-ear lineage of initiates from scientific, monastic and aristocratic circles.

The Western Mystery Tradition combines the Wisdom Teachings of antique temples from Greece, Egypt, Mesopotamia and merges it with Gnostic Christianity, Judaism, Freemasonry, Rosicrucianism, Anthroposophy and Theosophy. The practical applications of Tarot, 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.

Our lineage consists of famous names: Samuel MacGregor Mathers, Theodore Moriarty, Dion Fortune, Bishop Robert King, Ernest W. Butler and Dolores Ashcroft Nowicki. A lineage which Ina Custers-van Bergen, head of the Hermetic Order Temple of Starlight and director of studies of the Western Mystery School, continues and ensures that the Western Mystery Tradition is being translated and passed on to our modern age.

This resulted in the development of Transpersonal Magic Training, the practical implementation and integration of the so called Sacred Sciences and the modern therapeutic methods for personal and professional development. Ancient and modern techniques, integrated into one overall system; the Magical Kabbala as the roadmap. Knowledge surpassing the theory to access a living inner world. Learn to release your creativity, use your inner senses, balance reflection and action. In this way Transpersonal Magic  becomes an undividable part of your professional and personal attitude.


Some schools call them the Secret Chiefs, others call the  Masters, in the Western Mystery Tradition we work with the ‘Inner Plane Contacts’. What are they, and why do we work with them? ‘The ideas of secret chiefs evolved under the British mistress of magic Dion...


When the world is still In the darkness, I lay on my dewy bed My rosy cheeks glister with early morning dew. I feel the blood-dimmed tide is loosed and the ceremony of innocence begins: The darkness drops and birth blood fills the sky. I feel It is moving slowly now,...

The Doors of Wonder

DO YOU RECOGNISE THIS? I experience these moments as true divine gifts: suddenly the world shows its beauty. I have those moments when I am writing, when I am creating art, in ritual, outside in nature. .. Do you recognise this, when the doors of beauty open? I am...

From my mind to yours.

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