The Limits of Tradition — And Going Beyond

Though drawing from older spiritual traditions and movements, “Traditionalism” — the doctrine first articulated by French metaphysician Rene Guenon — has come to be adopted by a number of groups and individuals in modernity, and has influenced, among others, Prince Charles to Russian geopolitical theorist and neo-Eurasianist Aleksandr Dugin.

I should say, up front, that I do not consider myself a Traditionalist — though some others might. I believe — though perhaps not in quite the same way as he Traditionalists — in a primordial tradition. And I also believe that there is such a thing as counter-initiation (initiations that appear ancient but that draw the “initiate” ever further into modernity, and away from authentic spiritual life), which is another belief of the Traditionalist school. Like them — though this is certainly found in initiatic schools throughout history — I also believe that knowledge has to be passed down by degrees, and through esotericism and exoteric doctrine. Continue reading “The Limits of Tradition — And Going Beyond”

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:

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.

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