The Three Stages of Initiatic Spirituality Craftsman, Warrior, Magician — Forthcoming Book

Cover art for ‘The Three Stages of Initiatic Spirituality Craftsman, Warrior, Magician’, Inner Traditions, February 2020.

My forthcoming book, The Three Stages of Initiatic Spirituality Craftsman, Warrior, Magician, will be released in February 2020.

The book, which will be published by Inner Traditions, explores the myths, symbolism, and history of the craftsman, warrior, and magician. And it is, in a sense, structured as a kind of literary initiation, with each of the three sections exploring myth, philosophy, etc. of one of the archetypes, and concluding with a chapter exploring specific techniques of meditation and self-development appropriate to that archetype (although techniques are mentioned throughout the book). Continue reading → The Three Stages of Initiatic Spirituality Craftsman, Warrior, Magician — Forthcoming Book

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

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

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.