Interview With THA Talks: Islam, Freemasonry, and Conspiracy Theories

I was recently interviewed by THA Talks on Islam, Freemasonry, art, and some of the misconceptions about the Masonic fraternity. THA Talks is a British podcast focused on esotericism, spirituality, and more, and has featured such guests as author Lon Milo DuQuette (best known for his writing on Aleister Crowley and related Magick) and Greg Kaminsky, publisher of Occult of Personality.

Personally, I felt this was one of the more intense discussions I have had, with the interviewers (Paul and David — both very nice guys) having an interest in conspiracy theories (though not necessarily buying into them).

I had an enjoyable time, and am looking forward to being back on again in the future.

You can check out the interview here.

 

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Kabbalah And Freemasonry — Greg Kaminsky In Interview

Greg Kaminsky — one of the speakers at the recent Masonic Con event — has been interviewed by Alex Powers of the Historical Light website on the subject of his talk at that event: Kabbalah and Freemasonry. It’s a good introduction to the subject, especially to the history and development of Kabbalah (an originally Jewish metaphysical system that was adopted into Christian apologetics, Christian mysticism, and Western esotericism).  Continue reading “Kabbalah And Freemasonry — Greg Kaminsky In Interview”

Esoteric Orders, Magic, and Persevering to Authenticity

Esotericism — or at least the appearance of esotericism — is now everywhere. New Age and occult stores exist in probably every city in the West, as do countless Yoga studios (many of them selling books on Kundalini), and so on. The rituals of occult Orders can sometimes be found in mainstream bookstores and, of course, on the net. We do not have to go far out of our way to learn — at least superficially — about the alchemical process, the Kabbalah, the meaning of the runes, or anything else once considered the preserve of adepts.

What, then, are esoteric Orders for? Continue reading “Esoteric Orders, Magic, and Persevering to Authenticity”

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:

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”

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