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 […]

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 […]

Islamic Spirituality, Freemasonry and Anti-Masonry Explored

Numerous significant connections were made between Freemasonry and Muslim activists during the 19th and 20th centuries, claims Angel Millar, author of The Crescent and The Compass: Islam, Freemasonry, Esotericism, and Revolution in the Modern Age (Numen Books, March 2015). The Crescent and The Compass is the first and only book to demonstrate that prominent Muslim activists […]

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 […]

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 […]

Is Neo-Paganism Masonic? Is Freemasonry Pagan?

Freemasonry and modern witchcraft.

A few years ago I came across the founders of several Germanic-type neo-pagan and esoteric Orders. While I’m not prepared to name them publicly (since they would not want their spiritual activities to be widely known), I can say that all three were Freemasons, though only one of these had been a member of the Masonic […]

Unknown Superiors: Templarism, The Rose Croix, And Freemasonry

When we look at the mystery of Rennes-le-Chateau we see a recurring theme of initiates within the rites of Freemasonry, Martinism, Rose Croix, and Templarism. The highest grade is said to have only admitted Priests, and another is said to come from the East as far as India. What are these ultimate connections with the realm […]

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 […]

The Changing Architecture of Ideas: From Memory Theater to the Internet

From the priest-poets — who initiated young men and women into the Mysteries, and that gave the tribe meaning with stories passed down from their forerunners — to the craftsmen that taught new apprentices, ancient peoples passed down their cultures by word of mouth. These were, to use a more familiar phrase, oral traditions. Writing, […]