Sex, Movies, and Traditionalism on Mars

Christopher Mihm is a Minnesota-based producer and director of radically inexpensive, independently financed entertainment films whose gimmick is that they disguise the impoverishment of their production values by mimicking the low-budget, black-and-white “B” science-fiction films of the 1950s – and they do so with fairly consistent comedic brilliance. Mihm came on the scene in 2006 […]

Self-Consciousness, Language, and Spiritual Decline — Part II: The Reign of Quantity

Barfield’s “story” in History in English Words is a tale of immense loss of concepts and things in one area disguised by a proliferation of concepts and things in another area, so that an increase of quantity camouflages, as it were, a decrease in quality.  The loss affects a core-vocabulary having to do with spiritual […]

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 […]

Rihanna Revolution: Black Nationalism and Resistance in American Oxygen

Probably the most interesting and provocative music video of the last decade has provoked perhaps predictable tepid moralizing from certain quarters. If you haven’t seen it, do. Interspersed with footage of Rihanna singing (and at times crawling on the ground with an inflated parachute providing resistance) is moving collage of some of the defining and […]

Is Neo-Paganism Masonic? Is Freemasonry Pagan?

Freemasonry and modern witchcraft.

A few years ago I came across the founders of several Germanic-type neo-pagan and esoteric Orders. While I’m not prepared to name them publicly (since they would not want their spiritual activities to be widely known), I can say that all three were Freemasons, though only one of these had been a member of the Masonic […]

The Changing Architecture of Ideas: From Memory Theater to the Internet

From the priest-poets — who initiated young men and women into the Mysteries, and that gave the tribe meaning with stories passed down from their forerunners — to the craftsmen that taught new apprentices, ancient peoples passed down their cultures by word of mouth. These were, to use a more familiar phrase, oral traditions. Writing, […]

Authentic Tantra: An Interview With Craig Williams (Part II)

Cave of the Numinous by Craig Williams. A book about Tantra, Left-hand Tanra, and Esoteric Hinduism.

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. […]

The Devil is a Lie: Hip Hop, Esoteric Symbolism, and Illuminati-Phobia

Esoteric and Masonic symbolism in Hip Hop.

“Get Rich or Die Tryin’.” This was the title of 50 Cent’s 2003 album, and it summed up the Hip Hop attitude of a generation. It was about money, drugs and drug deals, and “booty.” Sure, these are still, to a greater or lesser extent, important elements of the genre. Though it’s been around since […]

Authoritarian Personality: Power and Subversion in Popular Culture

Duran Duran: The Chauffeur.

Moral superiority is the preferred pose of those lacking knowledge and understanding, it seems. And today, in our neo-Victorian era, morality is all the rage. Facts, thin on the ground, are swept under the rug with the suggestion that the speaker — whether pundit, politician, or popular entertainer — is morally offended. Yet, throughout the […]