Category Archives: Freemasonry

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…

Esoteric and Masonic symbolism in Hip Hop.

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

“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…

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…

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…

Masonic Youth.

Freemasons Desperately Seeking Attention

Freemasons in Britain are “advertising for an 18-25 year old to appeal to a ‘younger generation’,” according to The Telegraph. “The successful applicant for the UK post,” the newspaper reports, “does…

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…

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…

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…

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…