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Available Now!: The Crescent and The Compass

Islam and Freemasonry

The Crescent and The Compass: Islam, Freemasonry, Esotericism, and Revolution in The Modern Age is available now!

My third book, The Crescent and The Compass, focuses on historical connections between Islam and esoteric Freemasonry (and Western esotericism more broadly).

Subjects include radical Muslim activists in the Middle East and how they tried to use Freemasonry to promote their political ideas; Rene Guenon, Islam, and Freemasonry; the fringe Masonic activities of Shaykh Quilliam; Ayatollah Khomeini and Islamic gnosticism; Prince Charles’s Traditionalist and spiritual understanding of Islam; and Islamist anti-Freemasonry and its role in terrorism today.

I hope this book will be as revealing to readers as was my researches and findings to me. I’ll be saying more about the book soon, but if you’re interested in these subjects, please check out my recent interview with Occult of Personality. I discuss The Crescent for about ten minutes, starting at 42:55. The rest of the conversation was about my book Freemasonry: Foundation of the Western Esoteric Tradition, published by Salamander and Sons last year.

I will be doing another interview with OoP solely about The Crescent, and will announce that when it is released.

Purchase a copy of The Crescent and The Compass from Amazon.com.

Freemasonry book available from Salamander and Sons

I received news today that Freemasonry: Foundation of the Western Esoteric Tradition is now available from Salamander and Sons. I believe the publisher is currently sending out pre-orders. Below is a photo of the book, taken by the publisher.

On the left is the strictly limited, leather-bound edition, and on the right is the soft cover.

The image on the cover is a detail of a painting (oil on canvas) that I painted circa 2008 — and, for those who are interested, some of my other, similar, paintings are currently on display in the (Masonic) Henry Wilson Coil Museum and Library in San Diego.

Freemasonry: Foundation of the Western Esoteric Tradition, limited leather-bound edition (left) and soft cover (right).
Freemasonry: Foundation of the Western Esoteric Tradition, limited leather-bound edition (left) and soft cover (right).
Occult Freemasonry book
Inside of the leather-bound edition.

Some of My Paintings on Exhibit

Five of my paintings (oil on canvas) are currently on exhibit at the Henry Wilson Coil Library and Museum in San Francisco, California. 

The works are part of an exhibition of tracing boards both modern and antique. The oldest paintings on display are the “Harris tracing boards” which were painted by John Harris (1791-1873) in 1844. Below are a couple of images of my work on display at the museum. 

Some of my paintings at the Henry Wilson Coil Museum.
Some of my paintings at the Henry Wilson Coil Museum.
At the Henry Wilson Coil Museum.
At the Henry Wilson Coil Museum.

My Writing Cited in Oxford University Press Book on Franz Kafka

franz-kafka-mystical-lifeOkay, so it may not be news as such. But it’s news to me. (And I’m guessing it will be news to you as well.) My writing on spirituality was cited in The Mystical Life of Franz Kafka: Theosophy, Cabala, and the Modern Spiritual Revival by June O. Leavitt.

The book is published by Oxford University Press, so it’s pretty “legit,” to say the least.

I’m cited on pages 15, 127, and 136.

If you’re interested in Kafka, it looks like an interesting book. You can check it out on Amazon, here.