Phalanx: A Webzine of Spirituality, Initiation, and Masculinity

Photo by Wout Marlier.

Some readers may not know, but around a year ago I founded Phalanx, a webzine of “guts, determination, and spirituality,” as I’ve described it. My original idea was that it would be a blog where I would explore issues of masculinity and spirituality. It evolved quite quickly, and its focus was soon spirituality and self-development.

Since, so far, all of the writers have been male initiates of the Mysteries, the site has quite a masculine tone, and one or two articles (such as those which concern men’s attitude toward women (especially in regard to the female image in initiation), or on male initiation and violence) were written with men in mind, though the vast majority of articles and the vast majority of advice and information is as relevant to women as it is to men — and, in fact, one or two of the site’s biggest supporters are women. (I believe both men and women should learn self-defense, practice meditation, should learn to cook and understand food, and cultivate mind, body, and spirit.)

Although one or two other writers contribute to Phalanx (such as Jeff Wolfe, who writes about magic, spirituality, and self-development; and Tony Crisos, who’s written about ancient Greek music and initiation, and Sufism and music), I contribute to the site on a weekly basis, and plan to be adding new sections and more podcasts soon.  Continue reading “Phalanx: A Webzine of Spirituality, Initiation, and Masculinity”

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:

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.


Gnostic Warrior Interviews Me About Freemasonry, Initiation, and More

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”

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