Adventures On The Magical Path

What a magical neighborhood I grew up in! There was magic everywhere – but don’t all children create magic out of their surroundings? The fireflies at dusk were secretly fairies; the nuns in white were secretly ghosts; and the woods behind us were definitely enchanted. And all the while the large Star of David from […]

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 […]

Against Transcendence: Where Progressive Education Goes Wrong

Modern education, taking it as an exemplary modern institution, fails, as we have seen, because it rudely repudiates the past and arrogantly proposes only to think forwards without first mastering the prerequisite skill of thinking, and therefore also of understanding, backwards.  The essential fact about thinking backwards is that, before the subject begins his movement […]

Spiritual Evolution; Waiting for the Higher Meme

In their book Spiral Dynamics, Beck and Cowan color code and thus simplify the categories of psychologist Clare Graves. Graves posited a theory of development based on people’s responses when asked to describe their idea of a successful person. The colors are Beige, Purple, Red, Blue, Orange, Green, Yellow and beyond. They apply both phylogenetically […]

Traditionalism, Freemasonry and Anti-Freemasonry

Freemasonry and Traditionalism

Although small, “Traditionalism” is a broad and influential movement — or, rather, various overlapping movements, to different degrees political and spiritual. It’s founder, French esotericist Rene Guenon (1886-1951), was involved, as a young man, in Theosophy, Freemasonry, and conservative Catholicism, but later found these too liberal and too modern, though he retained a respect for […]

2014 Swedish Dharma And Zoroastrian Festival Announced

2014 Stockholm Dharma and Zoroastrian festival

A free, family-friendly Dharma festival will be held in Kungsträdgården, Stockholm, Sweden on Saturday 30 August. According to the main organization hosting the event, Sveriges Unga Dharmis och Ashavaner (Young Dharmic and Ashavan [Zoroastrian] youths of Sweden),there will be exhibition tents on the different Dharmic religions, and their beliefs about women rights, animal rights, human […]

Technology, Terror, And Transcendence: An Interview With Greg Kaminsky

Occult of Personality has become well known for its high quality podcast interviews with authors, historians, and practitioners of spirituality, ranging from Western esotericism to Voudon. Here we turn the tables on Greg Kaminsky, publisher of Occult of Personality, and interview him about his thoughts on technology, terror, and the possibility of transcendence in the internet era. Among […]