Actor Turned Psychic; Setting Out on The Path of Magic

Only your own deep need to salvage something from the void—to act or to write or to create— can keep you from the commonplace and from dying out…. Be careful what happens to your talent. – Stella Adler. Let’s start out with a juicy magical story. During my woebegone days as an actor, I tried to […]

Polydimensional Spirituality From Antiquity to Modernity

For the past 20 years, various statistical agencies, social scientists and concerned clergy have reported the increasing trend of Americans identifying themselves as “Spiritual but Not Religious”. The term itself is attributed to author, Sven Erlandson (Erlandson, 2000) and usually describes a person that does not adhere to any particular religious dogma but still believes […]

Descent of The Gods: The Underworld Journey In Initiation

In the year 33 A.D. at approximately 3pm on a Friday in the city of Jerusalem, after being crucified, Jesus of Nazareth gave up his spirit and ended his earthly life. Soon after his death Jesus’ body was taken to a nearby sepulcher and laid to rest. From Friday evening until Sunday morning Christ laid […]

Monarchy, Metaphysics, and The Divinization of the Body

Hierarchs, Hellenes, Hebrews (and Hindus) The following is an exploratory venture into the depth-dimension of kingly investiture. Support is drawn from Egyptian, Greek and Hebrew rites (without hazarding a genealogy). Additionally, an Indian addendum, so to speak, runs through the analysis, appearing wherever reference to the subcontinent’s traditions (usually those of Tantric Shaivism) provides elucidating […]

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 respect of its past, emphasizing its ever-renewed, up-to-date, and often cloyingly topical relevance as its chief sales point. This state of affairs means that the […]

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 of themes ranging from the guiding light of inspiration to the metabolic function of digestion. The medical system of Ayurveda cherishes and worships the sacred […]

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

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[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 […]