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

Initiation into Freemasonry and Western Esotericism

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 (or “Free and Accepted Masons”), among hundreds of other, smaller fraternities, existed in every state. And male initiatic societies – from the Cult of Mithrais […]

Ur-Civilization, Cosmology, And The Invention Of History

"Isle of the Dead" by Arnold Böcklin.

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 – 1944), Pierre Benoît (1886 – 1962), and Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875 – 1950), to name but a few prominent fiction writers.  The theory of […]

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

Cave of the Numinous by Craig Williams.

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 though challenging work, intended for the dedicated initiate of Left-hand Tantra, as well as other Gnostic and esoteric currents that might articulate the Mysteries through […]

Mysticism And Martial Arts: Three Forgotten Schools

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

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 Roman centurion (adopted and adapted from the ancient Persian religion, Zoroastrianism) appears to have had both strong militaristic and Gnostic elements. The Hindu Bhagavad […]

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 in the modern age. It does not constitute medical advice.] While thinking about writing this article on what I’m calling “the radical, traditional diet,” I happened […]

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 whole essay, beginning with part one, “A Vision In A Dream: S. T. Coleridge on Imagination and Politics,” which we published previously.] Part II: Metascience, Scientism, […]