Category Archives: Occult

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Tantra, Martial Arts, and The Metaphysics of Pain

“Pain is one of the keys to unlock man’s innermost being as well as the world,” wrote Ernst Junger. “Whenever one approaches the points where man proves himself to be…

Detail of the cover of The Land of Kui.

Pulp Fiction, Gnosis, and The Allegory of the Lurid

A peculiarity of popular culture, which is also commercial culture, is that it dislikes competing with its own earlier iterations. It therefore tends to be dismissive or even hostile in…

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Agni: The Sacred Flame of Tantric Physics

Perhaps the most universal concept in all systems of spiritual praxis is the sacred flame. The incendiary imagery of the flame is an apt metaphor for an almost unlimited range…

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Freemasonry, Islam, and Radical Spirituality: A Review of The Crescent And The Compass

[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,…

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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…

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Babalon In The Flesh: Jack Parsons, Marjorie Cameron, And Thelema

I remember the day the book arrived because I had been walking across reddish, chalky sand at the foot of small, yet majestic hills. It was a stunningly clear, temperate…

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Going It Alone: Ayurveda, Initiation, and Self-Responsibility

The ancient Indian system of medicine Ayurveda has much to offer the modern world. Ayurvedic texts such as the Ashtanga Hridaya and the Charaka Samhita are filled with extensive commentary…

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Heathen: David Bowie’s Second Religiosity

“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…

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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…