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Babalon In The Flesh: Jack Parsons, Marjorie Cameron, And Thelema

I remember the day the book arrived because I had been walking across reddish, chalky sand at the foot of small, yet majestic hills. It was a stunningly clear, temperate…

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Mytho-phobia: Radical Conformity, Spirituality, And Daring

“Security is mostly a superstition,” said Helen Keller, “Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” Today, however,…

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Going It Alone: Ayurveda, Initiation, and Self-Responsibility

The ancient Indian system of medicine Ayurveda has much to offer the modern world. Ayurvedic texts such as the Ashtanga Hridaya and the Charaka Samhita are filled with extensive commentary…

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Heathen: David Bowie’s Second Religiosity

“I’m closer to the Golden Dawn,” sang David Bowie, “Immersed in Crowley’s uniform.” Bowie’s enigmatic and ambiguous stage personalities — the “thin white Duke”, Aladdin Sane, the man who fell…

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William Burroughs: Loving The Alien

Few individuals as the Black Pope, William Burroughs, have expressed with feral honesty and brutal clarity the hidden forces that seek to control and manipulate humanity. “It is precisely by…

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After Death, And Beyond The Rational: Man, Divinity, And Reincarnation

Assumptions are inevitable and unavoidable. One assumes that other drivers are not going to run stop signs and red lights. One assumes that the floor one was standing on yesterday…

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A Global Shift in Consciousness? The Myth of Progress in Modern Spirituality

Journalist Chris Hedges has observed the “myth of progress” in the moral and political sphere. His bitterness is come by honestly; he has been embedded with military units in multiple…

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Gnosis And The Modern World

One of the most uncomfortable and overlooked ideas in the modern occult and noveau spiritual environment is the subject of illusion. Everyone seems to be searching yet no one can…

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Esotericism, Freemasonry, And Confusion In The Lodge

“Esotericism” has come to be a kind of “catch all” phrase for alternative and non-Western spirituality, Freemasonry, the occult, and so on, not least of all as a way of making…