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”
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:
The 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.
Moe at Gnostic Warrior dot com interviewed a couple of days ago, and the podcast is now up.
Over about an hour, we discuss Freemasonry, how the esoteric (inner) and exoteric (outer) relate to each other in spirituality, initiation, martial arts, and even contemporary European culture, and the problems it faces today. Continue reading “Gnostic Warrior Interviews Me About Freemasonry, Initiation, and More”
We know, of course, that there are “keyboard warriors” and hacks. Blogs have become more sensationalist than the newspapers we believed they would replace. (How many blog headlines have you seen lately, promising that if you click to the article it will “shock you,” “move you to tears,” “leave you breathless,” and so on?) Sensationalist articles and headlines are written solely to get websites higher in Google’s search results. Continue reading “Why We Write”