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 have only admitted Priests, and another is said to come from the East as far as India. What are these ultimate connections with the realm […]

The Art Of The Esoteric Book: An Interview With William Kiesel

Hermetic and occult book arts

William Kiesel is the publisher of Ourobors Press, the founder or the Seattle’s Esoteric Book Conference (which will be held on September 6 and 7 this year), and co-editor of Clavis: a Journal of Occult Arts, Letters and Experience. Ouroboros Press has become known as one of the major, high-quality publishers of books on Western […]

Mind, Meditation, And The Limits Of Consciousness

Native American chief with psychedelic pattern

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. One was to expand the notion of science to include the phenomenon of consciousness which is not directly observable from a second or third person […]

Are Muscles Useless?

Author Yukio Mishima, photographed by Eikoh Hosoe.

The “Meterosexual” has been replaced by the “Spornosexual”.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 might describe his physical body as essentially “useless.” And “useless” is not the way we want to be described. “The protestant work ethic” — so […]

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

Initiation into Freemasonry and Western Esotericism

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 (or “Free and Accepted Masons”), among hundreds of other, smaller fraternities, existed in every state. And male initiatic societies – from the Cult of Mithrais […]

Ur-Civilization, Cosmology, And The Invention Of History

"Isle of the Dead" by Arnold Böcklin.

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 – 1944), Pierre Benoît (1886 – 1962), and Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875 – 1950), to name but a few prominent fiction writers.  The theory of […]

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

female Thor

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 publicity stunt and political correctness gone mad. One or two bloggers, however, have argued that it gives a voice to the oppressed (women) in a male-dominated […]