Category Archives: The Higher Ideal

Aleister Crowley's Tarot

Mytho-phobia: Radical Conformity, Spirituality, And Daring

“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,…

Yukio Mishima, bodybuilder and author

The Body As Spirit: Yukio Mishima, Author, Intellectual, And Warrior

“It is… possible for people to use the body as a metaphor for ideas,” Japanese author Yukio Mishima says in Sun and Steel. Mishima had been a weak and sickly…

Initiation into Freemasonry and Western Esotericism

The Lesser Mysteries We Forgot: Freemasonry, Masculinity, And Initiation

Less than a century ago, fraternities played a major role in the life of men in the USA. The Knights of Pythias, the Odd Fellows, and, of course, the Freemasons…

male beauty, ethics, and transcendence

Male Beauty: Fantasy, Ethics, and Transcendence

“Women like ‘bad boys’.” One hears this statement fairly frequently as an explanation of why some or other relationship didn’t work out — and you hear it from women, probably…

The Zurkheaneh, an Iranian martial ants and athletic club that dates back to Zoroastrian Persia.

Mysticism And Martial Arts: Three Forgotten Schools

In contrast to our modern belief, since time immemorial spirituality and mysticism have coexisted with, and have been an intimate part of, the arts of war. Mithraism, the cult of…

The Poet As Rebel: Inside Coleridge’s Pleasure Dome

[Editor’s note: Below is the second part of Prof. Thomas F. Bertonneau’s essay on Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s theory of the imagination. Though insightful and thought-provoking in itself, we would encourage you to read the…

The Sufis by Jean-Leon Jerome.

A Vision In A Dream: S. T. Coleridge on Imagination and Politics

[Editor’s note: Below is the first part of Prof. Thomas F. Bertonneau’s essay on Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s theory of the imagination. The argument of part two — which will be published next…

The Higher Ideal Versus Gang Punditry

Every once in a while, some figure will be dragged on television to tell us about the future, or why we should be especially worried about some obscure issue. Almost…

From Romanticism to Traditionalism

The movement called Romanticism belongs chronologically to the last two decades of the Eighteenth and the first five decades of the Nineteenth Centuries although it has antecedents going back to…