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 […]

Etheric body: Fashion and the image of God

A revolution was spreading across Europe during the 16th century. In what would become known as the Protestant Reformation the rebels were not just acting against the power of the Papcy, or trying to grab power and land for themselves. For the ordinary zealot, one of the bigger issues was the power of images, or […]