Category Archives: Symbolism

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…

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…

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…

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…

Freemasonry and modern witchcraft.

Is Neo-Paganism Masonic? Is Freemasonry Pagan?

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…

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…

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

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

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…

Esoteric and Masonic symbolism in Hip Hop.

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

“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…

Duran Duran: The Chauffeur.

Authoritarian Personality: Power and Subversion in Popular Culture

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,…