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 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.
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 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.
How does my personal spirituality and esoteric practice align with Dion Fortune’s conception of the Threefold Way of the Western Mystery Tradition?
The first time I left my Golden Dawn temple to take the train back to New York City, I had just been initiated into the …
The Light Invisible is a blog that will touch on diverse traditions of Christian Esotericism — traditional Rosicrucianism, Christian mysticism, Christian Hermeticism and Cabala, European …
Originally posted as a part of my column, The Blooming Staff, on the Agora, the group blog of the Patheos Pagan Channel. — 1. In …