Freemasonry, Occultism, And Their Influence On Contemporary Culture

From Rocawear to Goth, Masonic and occult imagery has influenced contemporary design and music. We look at the roots of Masonic symbolism, and how contemporary culture is reflecting ancient symbolism and ideas. Links: An online collection of Masonic tracing boards Rocawear Black Scale Fields of the Nephilim Hedwig and the Angry Inch at Rotten Tomatoes […]

A Vision In A Dream: S. T. Coleridge on Imagination and Politics

The Sufis by Jean-Leon Jerome.

[Editor’s note: Below is the first part of Prof. Thomas F. Bertonneau’s essay on Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s theory of the imagination. The argument of part two — which will be published next week — is dependent on that of part one, since the two constitute a complete essay. There are, however, insightful and thought-provoking comments throughout, perhaps […]

Visions of China: The Nationalist Spirit in Chinese Political Cinema

What follows is an introduction, with examples, of a particular sub-set of Chinese cinema, namely film as overt political propaganda.  Here, the distinction is one between China and Chinese considered as an organic national unit, opposed to two enemies: first, their historical and overtly hostile enemy, Japan; and second, a covert foreign cultural and economic […]

Traditionalism, le Wagnerisme, and Vincent d’Indy

Vincent d'Indy, Composer.

Vincent d’Indy (1851 – 1931), an almost exact contemporary of Sir Edward Elgar (1857 – 1934), studied under César Franck (1822 – 1890) at the Paris Conservatory and, on Franck’s death, became the acknowledged guardian and continuator of his teacher’s achievement.  Like Elgar although less conspicuously in his national context, d’Indy upheld the fervent Catholic […]

Adversity, and its Importance

Ferdinand Hodler, The Day (detail).

Friederich Nietzsche tells us that “whatever does not kill us makes us stronger.” It’s a bold statement. Yet, though today the culture often seems to reward those who wallow in self-pity (not least of all through litigation for emotional upsets and “offense”), adversity has played a crucial part in the spiritual, intellectual, and creative development […]

Merkabah: the esoteric photography of Antonella Arismendi

The work of photographer Antonella Arismendi has appeared in Rolling Stone, British FHM, Vnfold, and DMag, among others. She’s also photographed for a range of clients, including Loreal France, Nike, and Docomo Japan. But, with pentagrams, the Cabalistic Tree of Life, pyramids and other symbols appearing in her photo shoots, Antonella’s work is infused with the spiritual and the […]