Category Archives: Culture

Wiccan high priestess Maxine Sanders Invoking the goddess nude, or skyclad

Shakti, Goddess Worship and Wicca

If you live in the English speaking world and are drawn to the Old Religion of our Ancestors, chances are you have checked out Wicca. It is the most popular…

Initiation into Freemasonry and Western Esotericism

The Lesser Mysteries We Forgot: Freemasonry, Masculinity, And Initiation

Less than a century ago, fraternities played a major role in the life of men in the USA. The Knights of Pythias, the Odd Fellows, and, of course, the Freemasons…

"Isle of the Dead" by Arnold Böcklin.

Ur-Civilization, Cosmology, And The Invention Of History

The “Lost Civilization” theme has cropped up in kindred literary genres, both fiction and non-fiction, since the authorships of H. Rider Haggard (1856 – 1925), C.  J. Cutcliffe Hyne (1866…

Cave of the Numinous by Craig Williams.

Real Left-Hand Tantra: A Review of Cave of The Numinous

More than a book, the Cave of the Numinous by Craig Williams (Yogacharya Dharma Rakshaka) is a companion for the journey of initiation into esoteric Hinduism. At 159 pages, it is a concise…

male beauty, ethics, and transcendence

Male Beauty: Fantasy, Ethics, and Transcendence

“Women like ‘bad boys’.” One hears this statement fairly frequently as an explanation of why some or other relationship didn’t work out — and you hear it from women, probably…

Nina Hagen in bondage

The Forgotten Women of Punk

Think of Punk, and if you get past bands such as The Clash and The Sex Pistols then you might think of Sid Vicious’s girlfriend Nancy Spugen, or of singer Siouxsie…

The Zurkheaneh, an Iranian martial ants and athletic club that dates back to Zoroastrian Persia.

Mysticism And Martial Arts: Three Forgotten Schools

In contrast to our modern belief, since time immemorial spirituality and mysticism have coexisted with, and have been an intimate part of, the arts of war. Mithraism, the cult of…

the-radical-traditional-diet

The Radical, Traditional Diet: Food For The Body, Soul, And Higher Ideal

[Editor's note: You should consult your doctor and qualified nutritionist prior to making any changes to your diet. The article below is a personal account of, and reflection on, diet...

Andrea Mantegna. Roundel with Putti and Ladies Looking Down, (1465-74)

The Poet As Rebel: Inside Coleridge’s Pleasure Dome

[Editor's note: Below is the second part of Prof. Thomas F. Bertonneau's essay on Samuel Taylor Coleridge's theory of the imagination. Though insightful and thought-provoking in itself, we would encourage you to read the...