Public Lecture: Masonic Tracing Boards and The Ancient Mysteries

I will be speaking at The Chancellor Robert R Livingston Library and Museum, NYC, on February 23. The talk will start at 6:30 pm, and, with questions and perhaps a bit of hanging out after, it should go on until around 8 pm.

I will be discussing Masonic symbolism, and showing a few of my painting (which will be used to illustrate the talk).

If you’re interested to attend, you can find out more details, and RSVP, here.

Freemasonry and Traditionalism in the East and West

I recently gave a talk titled “Freemasonry and Traditionalism in the East and West” at The Chancellor Robert R Livingston Masonic Library in New York City. I discuss a range of subjects from Freemasonry to Traditionalism and from Islam to Gnosis, as well as such thinkers as Rene Guenon, Julius Evola, and Aleksandr Dugin. You can watch it below:

A Few Articles by Me on Islam Published in Latest New Dawn Mag

new-dawn-magThe latest special issue of New Dawn magazine includes three articles by me. Special issues differ from regular issues in that they are based around a theme, and are published less frequently. The theme of this issue is, loosely, “end of days” myths and conspiracy theories.

The magazine asked me to write about Islam’s “end of days” myth, but you’ll also find an article by me on Wahhabism and a short one on Islam in popular culture — e.g., the Islamic-Punk movement called Taqwacore which emerged in the US, and was inspired by Michael Muhammad Knight’s novel The Taqwacores.

The issue also includes Gwendolyn Taunton on the Kali Yuga (the Hindu concept of the “Iron Age” — the aeon, in contrast to the “Golden Age” or Satya Yuga, in which mankind has lost his consciousness of Nature and his connection to the gods, and consequently materialism and spiritual degradation reign), and the “Twisted History of the Swastika” by historian and editor of the excellent Quest magazine Richard Smoley.

New Dawn is a curious magazine, full of neglected and arcane subjects. I don’t agree with all of the writers — in fact, I disagree with some — but I’m happy to contribute to a magazine that makes people think.

New Dawn is published in Australia, so  it’s difficult to get in the US, though you can download a copy or subscribe online here.

Quest Magazine Publishes My Writing on Prince Charles and Traditionalism

questThe much-respected Quest magazine has published my chapter on Prince Charles, Islam and Traditionalism, from my book The Crescent and The Compass.

It appears as an article in the Spring issue, edited by Richard Smoley. The issue is out now (or will be arriving in Quest bookstores and at the homes of those who subscribe in a day or two).

The chapter/article explores the influence of Rene Guenon and Traditionalism on Prince Charles, who has long associated himself with the spiritual movement.

I also examine Charles’s sincere interest in Islamic spirituality, especially Sufism, and how he sees the heart of the faith.

 

Academic Journal Correspondences Reviews The Crescent and The Compass

Justine Bakker, of Rice University, has reviewed my book The Crescent and The Compass for the online academic journal Correspondences. Since the book was written for a broader audience — not for academia per se — I was surprised to learn that the site was interested in reviewing it at all.

The journal describes itself as an “an international, peer-reviewed online journal dedicated to the academic study of ‘Western Esotericism’.” It’s interests range from Gnosticism to Traditionalism. Bakker herself has focused on the Nation of Islam and African-American religious experience — subjects that appear in the my book. Here is a snippet (if I can use such a non-academic term) of the review: Continue reading “Academic Journal Correspondences Reviews The Crescent and The Compass”