The Many Sacred Veils: Language and Esotericism in Initiation

The significance of a word in translation is often the consequence of a considered and deliberate attempt to either metaphrase or paraphrase a given text. C.D.C Reeve states in his preface to G.M.A Grube’s 1974 translation of Plato’s Republic that ‘one and the same Greek word may have many different meanings and different Greek words […]

Monarchy, Metaphysics, and The Divinization of the Body

Hierarchs, Hellenes, Hebrews (and Hindus) The following is an exploratory venture into the depth-dimension of kingly investiture. Support is drawn from Egyptian, Greek and Hebrew rites (without hazarding a genealogy). Additionally, an Indian addendum, so to speak, runs through the analysis, appearing wherever reference to the subcontinent’s traditions (usually those of Tantric Shaivism) provides elucidating […]

Neo-Vedanta and Modern Distortions

In the modern marketplace of ersatz New Age spirituality perhaps no other area of Eastern teachings have been homogenized and infected with the virus of modernity as have the subtle teachings of the gnostic Indian sage Ramana Maharshi. It is a common occurrence to see Ramana’s esoteric teachings taken vastly and dramatically out of context […]

A Forest Passage Through the Kali Yuga

Perhaps the most dangerous illusion of modern times is the idea of safety. I remember clearly the concerns of safety voiced by individuals on my journey to the sacred Mount Kailas, concerns held by individuals undertaking the arduous excursion with me and concerns held by individuals simply hearing of my journey. “Is this safe?” was […]

Freemasonry, Islam, and Radical Spirituality: A Review of The Crescent And The Compass

Prince Hall Shriners

[Note: The review below is about The Crescent and The Compass by Angel Millar, editor of, and a regular contributor to, People of Shambhala.] The Crescent and The Compass: Islam, Freemasonry, Esotericism, and Revolution in the Modern Age is a brief but engrossing history of the previously-unexplored relationship between Islam, often of a politically radical stripe after Western […]

Heathen: David Bowie’s Second Religiosity

David Bowie and Nietzsche

“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 to earth, and so on — seem, by default, to associate the British singer with the occult. Angie Bowie — his disgruntled former wife — […]