Sorcerers And Warriors: The Initiatic Journey In Chinese Mythology

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Chinese mythology, folk tales and fables are mostly unknown to the West. However this indigenous folklore combines not only unique philosophical and artistic traditions, but informs much modern Chinese popular art, from movies to video games. Here we present two tales, well-known throughout the greater Orient, both having multiple variants yet all holding to a […]

Spirituality, Marxism, And The Future Of Religion

In one of the more surprising remarks of the year so far, “as far as social-economic theory is concerned,”said the Dalai Lama in January, “I am still a Marxist.” Religion, spirituality, and socialism and capitalism have, perhaps, crisscrossed for well over a century in the West, with the resulting movements expressing themselves in notions of […]

Are Friends Electric?: Machines, Emotions, And The Importance of Rule Breaking

A robot is a machine. One definition of a machine, used by people like Alan Turing who invented the concept of a modern computer, is a rule-following device. A computer, and by extension, a robot satisfies this definition. Computers are rule-following devices. They do what we program them to do; no more, no less. Clearly, […]

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 and crystalline day in Las Vegas. Close by gleamed a military or scientific installation with its ghostly white circular buildings and battered No Trespassing signs. […]

Mytho-phobia: Radical Conformity, Spirituality, And Daring

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“Security is mostly a superstition,” said Helen Keller, “Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” Today, however, society seems in the final stage of making itself so safe that it has become a danger to the human spirit. Indeed, we live at […]

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

Self-reliance in initiation and spirituality

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 on human suffering, pathology and disease and are a veritable treasure house of healing wisdom that can assist in the transformation of outdated western allopathic […]

Heathen: David Bowie’s Second Religiosity

David Bowie and Nietzsche

“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 to earth, and so on — seem, by default, to associate the British singer with the occult. Angie Bowie — his disgruntled former wife — […]

William Burroughs: Loving The Alien

Few individuals as the Black Pope, William Burroughs, have expressed with feral honesty and brutal clarity the hidden forces that seek to control and manipulate humanity. “It is precisely by breaking down the whole concept of privacy,” said Burroughs, that the monopoly the Nixon Administration wishes to set up will be broken down. When nobody […]

After Death, And Beyond The Rational: Man, Divinity, And Reincarnation

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Assumptions are inevitable and unavoidable. One assumes that other drivers are not going to run stop signs and red lights. One assumes that the floor one was standing on yesterday will not give way today. The food that sustained us yesterday will not poison us today. We make innumerable assumptions on faith without evidence, or […]