sufi-gnosticism

Gnosis And The Modern World

One of the most uncomfortable and overlooked ideas in the modern occult and noveau spiritual environment is the subject of illusion. Everyone seems to be searching yet no one can…

Esoteric spirituality and religion

Esotericism, Freemasonry, And Confusion In The Lodge

“Esotericism” has come to be a kind of “catch all” phrase for alternative and non-Western spirituality, Freemasonry, the occult, and so on, not least of all as a way of making…

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…

Goth style by Alexander McQueen

Anarchists Of Style: A Review Of Maureen Callahan’s Champagne Supernovas

“I hate fashion,” Yohji Yamamoto — famous for his minimalist black clothing — has said. Maureen Callahan’s latest book, Champagne Supernovas, focuses, on two other designers — Alexander McQueen and…

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…

Sexy, sporty Goth girl

Why Fitness Has Gone Goth

The image of fitness has changed. So has “Goth”. If you look back to the ’80s, Goths and punks were portrayed on television as a group of malcontents, curiously propelled by…

Woman's face, Yaffa Cafe

We Are All Prudes Now: Why Outrage Has Replaced Outrageousness

A couple of weeks ago, New York’s Yaffa Cafe closed down after three decades. Grungy and camp, with Buddha statues, Elvis prints, damask wallpaper and leopard skin print tables, the East…

Freemasonry and Traditionalism

Traditionalism, Freemasonry and Anti-Freemasonry

Although small, “Traditionalism” is a broad and influential movement — or, rather, various overlapping movements, to different degrees political and spiritual. It’s founder, French esotericist Rene Guenon (1886-1951), was involved,…

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Unknown Superiors: Templarism, The Rose Croix, And Freemasonry

When we look at the mystery of Rennes-le-Chateau we see a recurring theme of initiates within the rites of Freemasonry, Martinism, Rose Croix, and Templarism. The highest grade is said to…