The Light Invisible

"The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light."

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Updates: Liberation, Social Justice, and Esotericism

A couple of updates! First, if you enjoy this blog you should check out this great conversation I had with the folks over at Talk Gnosis about Western esotericism, liberation theology, and social justice, and, if you like what you hear, consider getting a copy of my book, which host Jonathan Stewart calls “probably the most important book on esotericism at least in this decade.”

Thanks to Jonathan and Tony Silvia for having me as a guest, and to Jonathan for the exceptional blurb! Watch below:

Second, for those of you who are especially interested in how occultism might intersect with building a popular movement for social justice in the United States, I’ve started a new Substack newsletter on occultism, esotericism, and alternative religions in the American mental terrain, and what they might mean for movement-building: The Baphometic Left. This newsletter features semi-regular, informal updates on occultism and politics in American culture, reflections on the meaning of the occult revival from the perspective of working daily in contemporary movements for social change, and liberative interpretations of weird religious beliefs and American occulture.

The newsletter differs from this blog in a few respects. Primarily, the newsletter will concentrate entirely on what the meaning and significance of the present-day occult revival might be for building social justice movements in the contemporary United States. This means it engages a lot more with popular culture and popular occultism (in other words, it’s already a lot witchier than this blog). It has to, because the point is to understand what we need to know about these religious and spiritual movements if we want to organize a broad social movement for justice in this country.

This blog will remain the place where I’ll put longer-form writing that doesn’t appear anywhere else, on variously obscure occult topics that don’t necessarily intersect with politics and social justice movements. If the posts on here are increasingly obscure and bizarre, don’t blame me. Subscribe to the newsletter for my clearer and more topical writing.

Fin de siecle London at night.

“Follow the custom of the country…”: Reflections of a Nightwalking Occultist

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 Neophyte Grade of the Order. It was a powerful spiritual experience. Though the details of the ceremony are easily available in this day and age, only a few Google searches away, the thought of writing openly about what happened still fills me with trepidation. I think this speaks highly of the physical effect of the ceremony – not to mention what occurred on planes much more subtle than the physical.

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