Initiation, Islam and globalism: an interview with Charles Upton

Charles Upton is a Traditionalist and Sufi Muslim, and the author of 17 books on spirituality. His most recent book is Vectors of the Counter-Initiation: The Course and Destiny of Inverted Spirituality. He recently spoke to People of Shambhala about authentic spirituality, initiation, counter-initiation, Sufism, Islam, and globalism. PoS: Your latest book is Vectors of […]

Forefather: Metal against the modern world

Founded in England in 1997 by brothers Athelstan and Wulfstan, Forefather has released six albums, winning acclaim from critics and fans for its distinctive brand of Metal. In contrast to Norwegian Pagan Metal bands, which often draw on Norse imagery and history, throughout Forefather’s musical career — including on its latest album, Last of the […]

AC2012: A dead British occultist runs for US President

“Change we can be skeptical about” is one slogan of a campaign to promote the deceased British occultist Aleister Crowley for US President. AC2012, the campaign behind the infamous Magus, is encouraging voters to write in Crowley’s name, rather than vote for President Obama or challenger Mitt Romney. Crowley (1875-1947) courted notoriety, describing himself as […]

Beautiful, Dirty, Politics

Republican Congresswomen are more “feminine” than their counterparts in the Democratic Party. But Republican Congressmen are “less masculine” than Democrat Congressmen. This is the slightly surprising conclusion of a recent University of California study. The study was conducted by Kerri Johnson — an assistant professor of communication studies and psychology at UCLA and the senior […]

Etheric body: Fashion and the image of God

A revolution was spreading across Europe during the 16th century. In what would become known as the Protestant Reformation the rebels were not just acting against the power of the Papcy, or trying to grab power and land for themselves. For the ordinary zealot, one of the bigger issues was the power of images, or […]

Mishima: the aesthetics of action

It has been more than four decades since Yukio Mishima — Japanese playwright, modern samurai, nationalist, bodybuilder, and all round enigma — sent a shock wave through Japan by committing seppuku, the ritual suicide of the samurai. Yet, today, he is back in public view. July saw the launch of Koji Wakamatsu’s movie 11.25 The […]