Native American chief with psychedelic pattern

Mind, Meditation, And The Limits Of Consciousness

The authors of Irreducible Mind claim that psychology when it was invented as a separate discipline, splitting off from philosophy in the nineteenth century, could have gone in two directions….

Author Yukio Mishima, photographed by Eikoh Hosoe.

Are Muscles Useless?

The “Meterosexual” has been replaced by the “Spornosexual”. You’ve seen him. He is the male that inhabits gyms, pumps his body up, and tans and grooms himself purely for show. A cynic…

Wiccan high priestess Maxine Sanders Invoking the goddess nude, or skyclad

Shakti, Goddess Worship and Wicca

If you live in the English speaking world and are drawn to the Old Religion of our Ancestors, chances are you have checked out Wicca. It is the most popular…

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…

"Isle of the Dead" by Arnold Böcklin.

Ur-Civilization, Cosmology, And The Invention Of History

The “Lost Civilization” theme has cropped up in kindred literary genres, both fiction and non-fiction, since the authorships of H. Rider Haggard (1856 – 1925), C.  J. Cutcliffe Hyne (1866…

female Thor

Who Killed Valkyrie? Why Marvel’s Thor Is A Betrayal Of Women

The recent news out of Marvel, that the company is about to relaunch Thor as a female character, has caused quite a stir. Graphic novel aficionados have denounced it a…

Cave of the Numinous by Craig Williams.

Real Left-Hand Tantra: A Review of Cave of The Numinous

More than a book, the Cave of the Numinous by Craig Williams (Yogacharya Dharma Rakshaka) is a companion for the journey of initiation into esoteric Hinduism. At 159 pages, it is a concise…

Tibetan Mysticism, Russian Monarchy, Holy War: von Ungern Sternberg — an Interview With Andrei Znamenski

In People of Shambhala’s latest podcast, Andrei Znamenski speaks about Roman von-Ungern-Sternberg, alittle-known but important character in late revolutionary and early-Bolshevik Russia. A fanatical monarchist, von-Ungern-Sternberg wanted to save Russia —…

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…