Technology, Terror, And Transcendence: An Interview With Greg Kaminsky

Occult of Personality has become well known for its high quality podcast interviews with authors, historians, and practitioners of spirituality, ranging from Western esotericism to Voudon. Here we turn the tables on Greg Kaminsky, publisher of Occult of Personality, and interview him about his thoughts on technology, terror, and the possibility of transcendence in the internet era. Among […]

KarmaGoal: Crowdfunding for Personal Achievement

A new website called KarmaGoal is making crowdfunding more personal, and more spiritual. It’s about making “a better you,” and, with a bit of luck, a better world. You probably know about crowdfunding. For creative endeavors and business startups it’s been around for a while: A lesser-known illustrator might be able to crowdfund the production […]

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, […]

Nazi Girls Are Easy: Porn, Cinema, And The Body In Anti-Racist Politics

Porn has a political message. At least at times. Partly because the center-Right claims to stand for “family values,” and to oppose sex out of wedlock and other “sins” (including, often, pornography), political propaganda of the pornographic type has tended to emanate from the Left-wing. More than just an open rejection of the center-Right’s values, certain theories on […]

LZZR Launches New Sustainable Jewelry Collection

Sustainable jewelry by LZZR

Beauty meets sustainability in the work of LA-based jewelry design label LZZR. Worn by musician’s American Authors, fashion bloggers Viviere Bella, Stylists Emily + Merritt, Actress Grace Helbig and others, LZZR jewelry is crafted in repurposed bronze and copper scrap material found in a local metals factory in the Los Angeles area. The LZZR line includes sculptural […]

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. […]

Esoteric Hinduism And The Numinous: An Interview With Craig Williams

Ganesha image from Cave of the Numinous by Craig Williams

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. […]

Visions of China: The Nationalist Spirit in Chinese Political Cinema

What follows is an introduction, with examples, of a particular sub-set of Chinese cinema, namely film as overt political propaganda.  Here, the distinction is one between China and Chinese considered as an organic national unit, opposed to two enemies: first, their historical and overtly hostile enemy, Japan; and second, a covert foreign cultural and economic […]