Esoteric Hinduism And The Numinous: An Interview With Craig Williams

Ganesha image from Cave of the Numinous by Craig Williams

A long-time practitioner of Hinduism, Vedic Astrology, esotericism, Tantra, and Ayurvedic medicine, Craig Williams has been warded title of “Veda Kovid” and “Yogacharya” by David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri) and the American Institute of Vedic Studies. He also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Studies with a focus on Eastern Religions, and a Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine. […]

Pagan Love Songs: Goth Subculture, Religiosity, and Occultism

Raven Digitalis, author of Goth Craft: The Magickal Side of Dark Culture, argues that “The Craft [of Wicca] very well may be the path that vibes best with Goth culture, not only because of its mystical allure, but also because of its emphasis on nature, magick, and the self all being interlinked, as well as the […]

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 […]

Spiritual Crisis in the Modern World: Greg Kaminsky in interview

In our second podcast on spirituality, we talk to Greg Kaminsky of Occult of Personality, a long-running podcast dedicated to Western esotericism, Gnosticism, the occult, and related subjects. Some of the subjects we tackle in this conversation include the organic nature of civilizations, spirituality and power, “storming heaven,” contact with the spiritual entities, the real nature of […]

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 […]

Podcast of spirituality, politics, and self-overcoming: launch announcement

People of Shambhala is proud to announce its new podcast of spirituality, politics, and self-overcoming. We’ll be speaking with authors, thinkers and spiritual practitioners from a range of traditions, from Western esotericism and alternative religion to Buddhism and Hinduism as well as those who are blazing new intellectual and political trails. Radio Free Shambhala — […]

Merkabah: the esoteric photography of Antonella Arismendi

The work of photographer Antonella Arismendi has appeared in Rolling Stone, British FHM, Vnfold, and DMag, among others. She’s also photographed for a range of clients, including Loreal France, Nike, and Docomo Japan. But, with pentagrams, the Cabalistic Tree of Life, pyramids and other symbols appearing in her photo shoots, Antonella’s work is infused with the spiritual and the […]

Buddhists, Occultists and Secret Societies in Early Bolshevik Russia: an interview with Andrei Znamenski

Mongol commissars with Lenin sacred scroll.

Andrei Znamenski is the author of Red Shambhala: Magic, Prophecy, and Geopolitics in the Heart of Asia, published by Quest Books. Shambhala, a mythical, heaven-type land in Tibetan Buddhism, was created during a period of conflict between Buddhists and Muslims in Asia, and appears to have been partly modeled on Islamic doctrine. As Znamenski himself […]

AC2012: A dead British occultist runs for US President

“Change we can be skeptical about” is one slogan of a campaign to promote the deceased British occultist Aleister Crowley for US President. AC2012, the campaign behind the infamous Magus, is encouraging voters to write in Crowley’s name, rather than vote for President Obama or challenger Mitt Romney. Crowley (1875-1947) courted notoriety, describing himself as […]