The Three Stages Of Initiatic Spirituality

My latest book, The Three Stages of Initiatic Spirituality Craftsman, Warrior, Magician, was released by Inner Traditions publishing in 2020. Divided into three sections (one for the Craftsman, one for the Warrior, and one for the Magician), the book explores the myths, philosophy and worldview, symbolism, ritual, and practices of each of these three archetypes. Each section describes at least one meditational technique or mental exercise.

The Craftsman section looks, for example, at alchemy, Kabbalah, “Craft” Freemasonry, ancient Greek philosophy and thought, and Jungian alchemical meditation. 

The Warrior section explores the martial arts and spirituality, the symbolism of the warrior in religion and mysticism, the significance of mortality, inner energy (or Chi) in Taoist inner alchemy, Kundalini, and the martial arts of Zoorkhana (Persian), Systema (Russian), and Kung Fu (Chinese).

And the Magician section explores the symbolism of Ages or aeons, Tantra and sex magic, Jungian psychology and the Higher Self, magic, and mind metaphysics or “positive thinking.”

Praise For The Book

“Angel Millar is among a golden handful of writers who authentically and practically bridge the gap between primeval wisdom and modern spirituality. Within the triad of ancient and mythical archetypes of The Three Stages of Initiatic Spirituality, you will discover your true self. Angel’s book will make you stronger, sturdier, and more learned.” —Mitch Horowitz, PEN Award–winning historian and author of Occult America and The Miracle Club

“This book is the result of stunningly broad in-depth research both on the theoretical and on the practical level–a researcher-practitioner at his very best. While Angel Millar has quite obviously done his homework in terms of sifting through the vast bibliography of anthropology, comparative religious studies, and magic, he also adopts a deeply informed and eminently experiential approach–because, as the famous quote goes, ‘tradition is not to adore the ashes, but to pass on the fire.’ This makes the entire treasure trove of academic and phenomenological wisdom come palpably alive on an unprecedented scale, guiding the reader through the respective iterations of the craftsman, the warrior, and the magician archetype in a both comprehensible and reproducible manner. Highly recommended!” —Frater U∴D∴, author of Secrets of Western Sex Magic: Magical Energy and Gnostic Trance

“Angel Millar provides the reader with an extremely valuable exploration of initiation and transformation. His astute scholarship ranges across many cultures and ages to identify how human beings have repeatedly found self-renewal and self-transcendence in three fundamental and universal aspects of life–the craftsman, warrior, and magician archetypes. He weaves together ancient traditional threads with the contemporary language and practices of psycho-spiritual alchemy and depth psychology, thus revealing a tapestry of timeless vision with immediate relevance and applicability. Anyone concerned with a comprehensive context in which to contemplate and facilitate their own initiatic and transformative journey will find this book worthy of repeated consultation.” —C. R. Dunning Jr., author of Contemplative Masonry

“Diving deep into the wisdom of the ancients, Angel Millar offers a refreshing answer to the existential crisis experienced by modern man. The Three Stages of Initiatic Spirituality presents holistic connections with divinity, achievable by the integration of body, mind, and soul through the three timeless archetypes of craftsman, warrior, and magician.” —Angelo Nasios, author of Tarot: Unlocking the Arcana and Tarot Tracker: A Year-Long Journey

The Three Stages of Initiatic Spirituality is a comprehensive tour of the essentials of initiation and their importance in daily life. Taking the reader through the three traditional and crucial stages and exploring multiple spiritual traditions, Millar provides the reader with the background, purpose, and methods whereby these archetypal stages can be activated in the life of the individual. This is a book with an important message and will be valuable to anyone regardless of their particular path.” —Mark Stavish, author of Egregores: The Occult Entities That Watch Over Human Destiny