The radical French philosopher Georges Bataille and the English magus Aleister Crowley at first seem to have much in common—both explored the darker sides of eroticism and their links to spiritual experience, both were evocative writers expressing philosophical standpoints considered beyond the pale of polite early twentieth-century society, and both sought a rapturous mystical dissolution of the ego-bound self, a union with what traditional mystics would call the One or the All. But their understandings of the end of the mystic’s quest differ greatly—even to the point that, according to orthodox Thelema’s conception of the magician’s supreme goal of “crossing the Abyss,” Bataille could be labeled a member of the vilified Black Brotherhood, that society of Dark Adepts who ultimately fail in their spiritual task.
“The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone” — through the leadership of the poor and the rejected in this new movement, may we continue to hew the rough ashlar of our broken society, so that it may become the perfect stone fit for its place in God’s Temple, restoring that divine estate in which “all men by nature were created alike.”
The Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center in Chattanooga, TN has had to halt its mission of justice to deal with a cult-like group renting space from them calling themselves the Church of Urth.
Rosicrucianism stands in opposition to ideas like the Benedict Option, instead acting as a leaven for the total reformation of society: a Rosencreuz Option.
What would an esoteric order of the left accelerationism, working secretly toward Universal Reformation in all spheres of modern life, look like?
In a time when articles in the mainstream press highlight Steve Bannon’s occultism, what is the relationship between esotericism and politics? Can esotericism support human rights and social change, or is it inherently conservative — or inherently apolitical? Or does esotericism have the potential to undergird a liberating populist spirituality?
Notes on the Catechism of the Catholic Church’s statements on divination, astrology, and magic, and on how Christian theurgy is a licit form of spiritual practice.
The 1893 Parliament of the World’s Religions was the birth of the modern interfaith movement. It was also a milestone in Western esotericism.
The relationship between monasticism and esotericism has been forgotten, but was an integral part of several historic moments of Western Esotericism.
Though I encourage occultists to #ExorciseTrump, I don’t agree with “binding” him. The reason requires some good theology, and less viral marketing.