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 […]

Sulfur, Salt, and Mercury: An Initiatic Guide to The Lesser Mysteries

The Initiate to Freemasonry is left alone to contemplate the subject of reality, death, life and truth. There is only a small glimmering light barely illuminating his surrounding. The initiate looks around. There is no one. He is alone in the bosom of mother earth. He is like a child in the womb, like a […]

Descent of The Gods: The Underworld Journey In Initiation

In the year 33 A.D. at approximately 3pm on a Friday in the city of Jerusalem, after being crucified, Jesus of Nazareth gave up his spirit and ended his earthly life. Soon after his death Jesus’ body was taken to a nearby sepulcher and laid to rest. From Friday evening until Sunday morning Christ laid […]

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 […]

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 — […]

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 agree upon what the ultimate goal is to be discovered. Today, it seems as if the mystical voice of the ancient traditions is being drowned […]

Esotericism, Freemasonry, And Confusion In The Lodge

Esoteric spirituality and religion

“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 subjects previously taboo within academia acceptable subjects of research for books and PhD theses. While we will undoubtedly learn more and more about once obscure […]