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, […]

The Devil is a Lie: Hip Hop, Esoteric Symbolism, and Illuminati-Phobia

Esoteric and Masonic symbolism in Hip Hop.

“Get Rich or Die Tryin’.” This was the title of 50 Cent’s 2003 album, and it summed up the Hip Hop attitude of a generation. It was about money, drugs and drug deals, and “booty.” Sure, these are still, to a greater or lesser extent, important elements of the genre. Though it’s been around since […]

Masonic Mystery Novel ‘Harmony of Isis’ Published

The roots of Freemasonry, the world’s oldest fraternity, is the theme of The Harmony of Isis by anthropologist Catherine M. Walter. The book unfolds as Maggie, as The Harmony of Isis‘s heroine, discovers long-hidden secrets about a region of the USA originally settled by Freemasons, consequently becoming entwined in a battle between good and evil played out through […]

Esoteric Civilization: Spirituality, Transcendence, Rebellion and Culture in the Modern Era

Is Western civilization esoteric? If so, is this because or despite the influence of Christianity? We explore esoteric spirituality and its relation to law and ordinary culture; Freemasonry, Christianity, and ancient Greek culture; the nature of esoteric spirituality, and more. Music by Lino Rise ( www.linorise.de) Lino Rise – “Initiate Frame I”.

Profane Sacredness: Spirituality, Sexuality and Violence in Art

Can sacred art be ugly? Can it seem even to be against the sacred? There are a couple of contemporary manifestation of religion and imagery that might cause us to ask these questions. In India, today, poster images of Hindu goddesses Saraswati, Durga and Lakshmi have begun being displayed in public as part of the “Save […]

Esotericism, Censorship, and Politics Left and Right

In light of revelations that the British government has asked internet service providers to block “esoteric material”, we discuss what esotericism is, how it has become a part of radical Left- and Right-wing politics, and esoteric interpretation and religion. Some of the themes we touch on are esotericism versus religious literalism, Freemasonry, the radical Right, […]

My Path to Sanatana Dharma: Angel Millar

“All men dream,” said T. E. Lawrence, “but not equally.” Artistic, introspective and questioning, even as a child it was clear to those around me that I was, in Lawrence’s terminology, a “dreamer of the day.” I disliked what I regarded as the shallow materialism and trivial ways people interacted in the West. But above […]

Aleister Crowley and the Thelemic State: Frater Enatheleme in interview

In the first of People of Shambhala’s podcasts we speak to Frater Enatheleme, the man behind AC2012, about Aleister Crowley, Thelema, Freemasonry, the “Illuminati,” the esoteric, and politics — with particular focus on Thelema as a political ideology. We also discuss recent revelations that the British Government has asked internet service providers to censor “esoteric […]