Thelema

During the last week of May 2013 magickians Jenny and Donald Tyson attempted to contact the spirit of the Elizabethan occultist and alchemist Dr. John Dee (1527 – 1609) using a homemade spirit communication board. Their hope was that by making a connection to these legends of occultism they would glean a deeper understanding of Dee”s life, work and inContinue Reading

Modern Tantra by Donald Michael Kraig

Tantra is generally understood in today”s more open and better informed climate, to refer to a spiritual tradition of personal enlightenment and self-initiation. This was not always the case for, as the late Donald Michael Kraig, author of Modern Tantra, points out in the introduction to his book ‘Modern Tantra’ the subject has has so often been thought of as a ratherContinue Reading

You won’t find the history of La Santa Muerte in any textbook. Being a predominantly clandestine mystery school, the devotees of La Santa Muerte have preferred to keep this particular avatar of Death a secret known only to them and other initiates. With that that enticingly fascinating comment regarding the worship of one of the great mysteries of human existence,Continue Reading

H. P. Lovecraft (1890 – 1937) remains one of Americas most popular novelists with the only possible contender for most influential horror writer of all time being that master of the genre Edgar Allan Poe (1809 – 1849). For several decades, researchers have charted Lovecraft’s occult leanings within a number of different magickal and esoteric traditions but particularly throughout hisContinue Reading

The roots of the various Illuminati factions and groups are to be found in the initial secret society that was founded on May 1776 by Adam Weishaupt (1748–1830). Little is known about this essentially anarchistic and disparate group of Freemasons who were deemed to be spiritual in their aspirations and whose name is derived from the Latin word for ‘enlightenment’.Continue Reading

Whilst the term ‘tantra’ has become linked to the practise of sacred sexuality and kundalini work in its original form the word holds a much deeper spiritual meaning. In his book, Tantra for the West: A Direct Path to Living the Life of Your Dreams, New World Library founder Marc Allen defines the term tantra to mean …the awareness thatContinue Reading

When Aleister Crowley’s personal secretary, Israel Regardie, died in 1985, his passing marked the end of an important era in English occultism. The impact that Regardie had when he rather contentiously brought the secret teachings of the Golden Dawn Society to a wider audience has ensured the survival of the tradition, even up to today. However, Regardie was born intoContinue Reading

Aleister-Crowley-The-Beast-In-Berlin-by-Tobias-Churton

The city of Berlin in the 1930s was fertile ground for advante-garde philosophers, artists, musicians and freethinkers—but it did not remain that way for long. By the end of the decade, it had turned very dark and the city that had once personified the very essence of social freedom was transformed into the epitome of political insanity. In those few,Continue Reading

Who Killed Mister Moonlight? by David J Haskins

On January 3, 1979, a relatively unknown post-punk rock group performed their latest composition at the Romany pub in Kingsthorpe, UK for the first time. The band was called Bauhaus 1919 and was named after the Staatliches Bauhaus—a school of architecture based in Weimar, Germany. The composition that got its initial airing that night was the song ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead’Continue Reading

Interest in the Tree of Life—an esoteric glyph, drawn from the Jewish Kabbalistic philosophy—has grown significantly over recent decades. As a universal map of spiritual consciousness, it can be found in connection with a large number of differing spiritual traditions. However, most of them describe the Tree of Life in fairly traditional esoteric terms. Unknown to many, and in juxtapositionContinue Reading

Practical Prosperity Magick by Ellen Dugan

In today’s commercial society, having enough money to live a quality life is vital. So much so that, from a magickal perspective, money could well be classed as that all elusive ‘fifth’ element. Money is, of course, a very externalized energy. It is a commodity that extroverts are more inherently in tune with and dispensed toward creating. The problem forContinue Reading

In 1971, whilst in the studio to record their third LP, ‘Altogether Now’, the British rock band Argent worked on perfecting their version of a song by the songwriter Russ Ballad. Although not officially released as a single until 1973, at which point it became a worldwide hit, ‘God Gave Rock and Roll to You’ remains today an anthemic pieceContinue Reading

As a society, we no longer really mark the transition points in life with due respect to our psycho-spiritual selves. Initiation, in the sense of marking a transition point in our lives, has, today, mainly become a byword for getting very drunk on the occasion of a birthday or being super-glued to a streetlamp in the nude on your stagContinue Reading

The Magickal Union of East and West by Gregory Peters

When Aleister Crowley established the Aeon of Horus in 1904 with his channelled Book of the Law, he set in motion a magickal current that literally changed the world. Whilst the Aeon of Horus has most certainly conformed to the early expectations that Crowley had of it over one hundred years ago the Thelemic community has singularly failed to manifestContinue Reading

The Tao of Intimacy and Ecstasy by Solala Towler

Tao or Dao (meaning ‘way’ or ‘path’) is a Chinese metaphysical concept that originated with Laozi. Its popularity grew such that it became a religion which is more commonly known as Taoism. In Taoism, as well as Chinese Buddhism and Confucianism, the focal point of all spiritual practice is to become one with the Tao through effortless action. While at itsContinue Reading