Occult of Personality http://occultofpersonality.net Peering Behind the Veil Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:51:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Occult of Personality peers behind the veil to provide recorded interviews with serious esoteric researchers and teachers from all over the world. Occult of Personality no Occult of Personality rochester92@yahoo.com rochester92@yahoo.com (Occult of Personality) © 2006 - 2013 Peering behind the Veil occult, esotericism, spirituality, mysticism, philosophy, Alchemy, Tarot, Magick, consciousness, religion, metaphysics, Thelema Occult of Personality http://occultofpersonality.net/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/OoP.jpg http://occultofpersonality.net Boston, Massachusetts Austin Coppock http://occultofpersonality.net/austin-coppock/ http://occultofpersonality.net/austin-coppock/#comments Thu, 04 Sep 2014 21:32:40 +0000 http://occultofpersonality.net/?p=1978 http://occultofpersonality.net/austin-coppock/feed/ 0 ancient civilizations,astrology,astrotheology,divination,Gnosticism,Hermeticism,Hermetism,history,Magick,mysticism,occult,occultism Astrologer Austin Coppock, author of 36 Faces: The History, Astrology, and Magic of the Decans, is our guest in podcast episode 148. Austin Coppock is a writer, astrologer and student of esoteric lore based in Los Angeles. Astrologer Austin Coppock, author of 36 Faces: The History, Astrology, and Magic of the Decans, is our guest in podcast episode 148. Austin Coppock is a writer, astrologer and student of esoteric lore based in Los Angeles. He works as an astrological consultant, teacher, writer and speaker and is the current president of the Association for Young Astrologers. His approach to astrology is rooted in history and tradition, yet open to contemporary developments and concerns. Austin’s work also encompasses the critical and often ignored overlap between astrology and magical traditions, such as Hermeticism. He has written extensively on astrology, including hundreds of weekly columns, dozens of articles, and Astrological Almanacs for 2011 - 2014. His writing has been featured by The Mountain Astrologer, and his work on the decans, 36 Faces, was recently published by Three Hands Press. Austin has also lectured publicly, including at the Esoteric Book Conference. "Austin Coppock's Almanac is an indispensable tool for watching the astrological year. Not only does it provide insightful information about the celestial events of the moment but it also allows one to account for those moments when planning events, decisions, or other activities. All this, plus it's written in an entertaining and illuminating style." - William Kiesel, Director at Ouroboros Press and the Esoteric Book Conference "There is a thread that runs through over four millennia of astrological and magical history, a cord that binds ancient Egypt with the Hellenistic world, the Arabian empire, India, the European Renaissance and even touches the present. That thread is the Decans, a division of the earth’s sky into 36 sections. These 36 ‘Faces of Heaven’ are more than just a curious footnote in the history of archaeo-astronomy. First emerging in ancient Egypt, they have moved with the corpus of Hermetic material, reincarnating in the starry wisdom of culture after culture. Ostensibly a gear in astrology’s encompassing clockworks, the Decans have also long been a key to accessing legions of spirits. For several millennia and in multiple cultures, magicians have looked at these 36 faces and seen gods, choirs of angels, hordes of demons, and a host of daimones staring back at them, each with its own unique powers. Far from going undocumented, this gallery of faces has been painted and drawn by a host of astrologers, sorcerers and artists, and they can be found on walls of Italian villas as well as in the pages of grimoires. Weaving together astrology and magic, divination and sorcery, time and sky, this thread of esoteric history deserves more than the footnotes it has so far received. In this work, Austin Coppock follows the Decans through history, charting their trajectory through time and culture. Using the ring of keys which history provides, the 36 doors are flung open, revealing their mysteries to magician and astrologer alike. Each decan, its image, and its specific powers are examined in detail, as well as its permutations in the planetary aspects. Featuring original images specially created for each Decan by Bob Eames, 36 Faces is an invaluable resource for magicians, astrologers, and historians of magical semiotics." I appreciate Austin’s approach to astrology because he is so grounded in history, tradition, and connections to other esoteric arts while demonstrating its efficacy in modern times. I recommend his almanac and look forward to his book! In the Occult of Personality Membership Section, astrologer Austin Coppock explains the success of astrology, dispels a misconception about its validity, he provides a forecast based on astrological trends, discusses the astrological ages and the intersection of magick and astrology. Join us for that excellent dialogue! Membership provides access to a tremendous archive of additional interviews and teachings for a low monthly fee while helping to support the production and distribution of the show. Occult of Personality no Dr. David Shoemaker – Living Thelema http://occultofpersonality.net/dr-david-shoemaker-living-thelema/ http://occultofpersonality.net/dr-david-shoemaker-living-thelema/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 03:54:08 +0000 http://occultofpersonality.net/?p=1959 http://occultofpersonality.net/dr-david-shoemaker-living-thelema/feed/ 2 156,418,666,777,93,Aleister Crowley,Gnosis,Gnosticism,Hermeticism,history,Magick,metaphysics Dr. David Shoemaker, author of Living Thelema: A Practical Guide to Attainment in Aleister Crowley's System of Magick, is our guest in podcast episode 147. Dr. David Shoemaker is a clinical psychologist in private practice, Dr. David Shoemaker, author of Living Thelema: A Practical Guide to Attainment in Aleister Crowley's System of Magick, is our guest in podcast episode 147. Dr. David Shoemaker is a clinical psychologist in private practice, specializing in Jungian and cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy. David is the Chancellor of the International College of Thelema, and the Prolocutor of its initiatory Order, the Temple of the Silver Star. He has been a member of O.T.O. and a student of A∴A∴ since 1993, and he has more than fifteen years of experience supervising students in these traditions. He is Past Master of 418 Lodge, O.T.O. in Sacramento, having succeeded Soror Meral (Phyllis Seckler), his friend and teacher. He also serves as the M.W.S. of Alpha Chapter, and as a Sovereign Grand Inspector General of the Order. David is the founding President of the O.T.O. Psychology Guild, and a frequent speaker at NOTOCON. He is also a member of the U.S.G.L. Initiation Training, E.G.C. Clergy Training, and Planning committees, and he serves as an Advanced Initiator Trainer. A consecrated Bishop of Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica, David led the team that developed the Pastoral Counseling Workshops, and he enjoys bringing the workshops to O.T.O. members around the U.S. David is a co-editor of the journals Neshamah (Psychology Guild) and Cheth (418 Lodge). In addition to his essays in these publications, his writings have been published in the journals Mezlim and Black Pearl, and his chapter on Kabbalistic Psychology was included in the Instructor’s Manual of Fadiman and Frager’s Personality and Personal Growth, an undergraduate psychology textbook. He was the compiler of the ICOT publication, Jane Wolfe: The Cefalu Diaries 1920-1923, and a co-editor of the ICOT/Teitan Press collections of the writings of Phyllis Seckler (Soror Meral), The Thoth Tarot, Astrology, & Other Selected Writings and The Kabbalah, Magick, and Thelema. Selected Writings Volume II. His most recent publication is Living Thelema:  A Practical Guide to Attainment in Aleister Crowley’s System of Magick. "The system of spiritual attainment developed by Aleister Crowley is notoriously challenging in its scope. Adapted from the popular podcast segment of the same name, Living Thelema brings a welcome approachability to Crowley’s material, without diminishing the depth of the system. The author focuses on the practical and experiential aspects of the path of Thelema, allowing the reader to grasp the true transformative power of the system. Beginners and advanced practitioners alike will find much useful advice here, as Shoemaker brings his characteristic down-to-earth style to bear on topics such as ritual and meditation practices, sex magick, astral projection, psychotherapy for magicians, the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel, and that pinnacle of attainment known as the crossing of the Abyss. The author’s background as a practicing psychotherapist allows an entirely unique fusion of esoteric wisdom and cognitive science. Living Thelema is an invaluable handbook for every modern magician." Not only is the book recommended by luminaries of the Thelemic tradition (e.g. Lon DuQuette and Richard Kaczynski), but is an important, and many would argue necessary, text that will aid multitudes of Thelemites as they pursue the Great Work. Eminently practical, but also inspiring – Living Thelema deserves your attention and I highly recommend all of Dr. Shoemaker’s work. In the Occult of Personality Membership Section, Dr. David Shoemaker talks about A∴A∴, his mentor Phyllis Seckler and her legacy, the importance of perseverance on the magickal path and much more! Join us for that important interview. Living Thelema: A Practical Guide to Attainment in Aleister Crowley's System of Magick by David Shoemaker Living Thelema web site Living Thelema YouTube channel Speech in the Silence podcast intro music by HipGnosis and Paul Avgerinos Occult of Personality no Robert Sullivan and The Royal Arch of Enoch http://occultofpersonality.net/robert-sullivan-and-the-royal-arch-of-enoch/ http://occultofpersonality.net/robert-sullivan-and-the-royal-arch-of-enoch/#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:45:23 +0000 http://occultofpersonality.net/?p=1940 http://occultofpersonality.net/robert-sullivan-and-the-royal-arch-of-enoch/feed/ 2 Christianity,conspiracy,Counter-Reformation,Freemasonry,Hermeticism,history,Holy Royal Arch,Illuminati,Illuminism,Jesuits,Judaism,Knights Templar Robert W. Sullivan IV, author of The Royal Arch of Enoch: The Impact of Masonic Ritual, Philosophy, and Symbolism, is our guest in podcast episode 146. Robert W. Sullivan IV is a philosopher, historian, antiquarian, jurist, theologian, writer, Robert W. Sullivan IV, author of The Royal Arch of Enoch: The Impact of Masonic Ritual, Philosophy, and Symbolism, is our guest in podcast episode 146. Robert W. Sullivan IV is a philosopher, historian, antiquarian, jurist, theologian, writer, and lawyer. Mr. Sullivan is a Master Mason and 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason. The Royal Arch of Enoch: The Impact of Masonic Ritual, Philosophy, and Symbolism, published in 2012, was his first book being the product of twenty years of research. In 2014 Sullivan published his second book, Cinema Symbolism: A Guide to Esoteric Imagery in Popular Movies. Sullivan’s book, The Royal Arch of Enoch, argues that a high degree Masonic Ritual, developed in France in the eighteenth century, included elements of the Book of Enoch (AKA 1 Enoch) which was considered lost until Freemason and traveler James Bruce returned to Europe with copies from Ethiopia in 1773. These copies were supposedly not translated into English until 1821. Sullivan also documents the symbolic restoration of the Sun as the premier icon in all of Freemasonry and as the supreme emblem of imperial administration and religiosity lifted from the Ancient Mysteries, incorporated in the Abrahamic faiths, and carried on in both Blue Lodge and High Degree Masonry. Sullivan begins the interview describing how his esoteric interests, especially Freemasonry, were stimulated by studying Frances Yates' writings while studying at Oxford University as a young man. Then he describes his journey to compose The Royal Arch of Enoch, a voluminous tome that clocks in at about 700 pages. His central thesis about the Holy Royal Arch Masonic degree(s) being derived from 1 Enoch associates the origins of Freemasonry with the Watchers, or fallen angels, and is therefore somewhat controversial. In addition to the origins of the Royal Arch degree ritual, Sullivan also concentrates on the disparate philosophical streams that influenced Freemasonry, especially those of the Roman Catholic Counter-Reformation. "... [B]oth systems (Craft Masonry and the High Degrees) were able to posit a view of mechanistic oneness as the end point of society which identified de-facto heresy with the solar drive to eliminate imperfection through Tridentine Counter Reformation militancy and high degree Masonic rituality. The Counter Reformation was begun at the Council of Trent between 1545 an 1563 at the close of the Thirty Years War. Its purpose consisted of four major elements: 1) Religious Orders, 2) Ecclesiastical Reconfiguration, 3) Spiritual Movements, and 4) Political Dimensions. It was, essentially, a reactionary movement based on the Protestant Reformation of Martin Luther seeking to discourage, infiltrate, and thwart Protestantism at both outward (Baroque art and architecture) and secret levels. It is this thread or nexus between the Masonic High Degrees and the Catholic Revival that has fed so many wrong and confused theories of Illuminati-Masonic rooted conspiracies over the years. The more sober reality however is not dark conspiracy but a profound and subterranean alliance between Catholic magisterium and apologetics and the "cooler, rational mystique of ancient texts" to provide mythic legitimacy for the principle agenda of modernity - to recreate society along heliocentric lines at a metaphysical and therefore confessional levels through the shift from Pythagoras, Archimedes, and Ptolemy to Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, and Newton. Since Masonic Law through the conceptual endpoint of initiation, the Royal Arch restoration of the lost name of God came ultimately to serve a numinous mission of managing access to the ineffable name of God, naming through the symbolism and metaphors of mechanism became a primary method of the Fraternity cultural dynamic. In the United States, through the teaching of military and civil engineering at West Point and Union College, both deeply steeped in Masonic culture ... Occult of Personality no Vincent Bridges http://occultofpersonality.net/vincent-bridges/ http://occultofpersonality.net/vincent-bridges/#comments Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:34:27 +0000 http://occultofpersonality.net/?p=1922 http://occultofpersonality.net/vincent-bridges/feed/ 1 Alchemy,apocalypse,chialism,conspiracy,Edward Kelley,Enochian,Enochian Magick,eschatology,esoteric,esotericism,Hermeticism,history Vincent Bridges (1952 - 2014), expert on Sir Edward Kelley and co-author of The Ophanic Revelation: Angelic Science and the End of Time - a unique book about Enochian Magick, is our guest in podcast episode 145. Author, esoteric historian, Vincent Bridges (1952 - 2014), expert on Sir Edward Kelley and co-author of The Ophanic Revelation: Angelic Science and the End of Time - a unique book about Enochian Magick, is our guest in podcast episode 145. Author, esoteric historian, and researcher Vincent Bridges is the co-author of six books, and has been involved with several television documentaries on subjects ranging from Atlantis to the Holy Grail but primarily focused on Nostradamus. A self-proclaimed “anthropologist of the strange,” Bridges is an initiate of five major traditions: Buddhism, Islam, Gnostic Christianity, Wicca and Western Ceremonial Magick. He is also a pioneer in the field of psycho-acoustic therapy for early childhood trauma, was the first geomancer listed in Who’s Who in Service to the Earth, and was instrumental in the creation of three schools or educational organizations, The Fifth Way Mystery School, The Newport Earth Institute in Newport, New Hampshire and Pendragon College. Bridges also organizes and leads tours to sacred sites in Southern France and the Czech Republic, and has led tours in the past to India, Tibet and Egypt. He currently lives in Prague, where he is also a consultant to an alchemical museum. We begin the interview by reviewing the life and times of Sir Edward Kelley, including his alchemical activities. Bridges is endeavoring to write Kelley's biography and resides in Kelley's last known residence in Prague. Through his efforts, he just might rehabilitate Kelley's reputation in the eyes of those who view him in only a negative light. Of course, we delve into Kelley's work with John Dee and his visionary experiences. Bridges discusses The Ophanic Revelation, which may be the most unique book on the subject of Enochian that I've ever encountered. "Four hundred years ago, higher intelligence in the form of angels communicated a geometrical, symmetry-based, DNA-coded language pattern capable of producing a rapid expansion of consciousness and an increase in symbolic cognition. This shift in awareness - from a local primate-based consciousness to a much larger, universal, non-local reality - is based on what we now call plasma physics. The angels gifted us with this most unusual language system as a kind of life raft/survival radio set as they knew mankind would need a shift in consciousness to survive the precessionally timed apocalyptic season that now threatens to close in upon us. This book represents the first serious attempt to examine the angelic, or Ophanic, system given to Dr. John Dee from multiple viewpoints, using history, physics, biology, mathematics as well as art and sacred geometry to explore the unexpected depths of meaning and interconnection in this unique communication." Although Bridges' perspective is multidisciplinary and may be somewhat speculative, he has led a working group through the entire Enochian system over the course of two years with rather remarkable results. While certainly not a traditional viewpoint, Bridges' conclusions seem to provide modern relevance that may have been previously unrecognized. Whatever you may think of Bridges' conclusions, which I perceive as being controversial, there is no doubt that a great deal of research went into his book. I found The Ophanic Revelation intriguing, and the sense of mystery and immediacy that it conveyed to be remarkable. I'd encourage those interested in learning more about this work to read some of the articles linked below from the Journal of the Western Mystery Tradition. Vincent Bridges passed unexpectedly less than a month after this interview was posted online. We extend our deepest sympathies to Vincent's family and friends all over the world. He will be sorely missed, but not forgotten. His work and legacy lives on... Vincent Bridges In Memoriam: Vincent Bridges The Ophanic Revelation: Angelic Science and the End of Time by Vincent Bridges and DARLENE "Edward Kelley" Wikipedia entry Occult of Personality no Andrieh Vitimus http://occultofpersonality.net/andrieh-vitimus/ http://occultofpersonality.net/andrieh-vitimus/#comments Wed, 28 May 2014 19:06:28 +0000 http://occultofpersonality.net/?p=1911 http://occultofpersonality.net/andrieh-vitimus/feed/ 0 chaos magick,esoteric,esotericism,Magick,metaphysics,mysticism,New Age,occult,occultism,philosophy,religion,spirituality Andrieh Vitimus returns to the show in podcast episode 144. He appeared previously in podcast 64. Andrieh Vitimus is the author of the acclaimed book Hands on Chaos Magic: Reality Manipulation Through the Ovayki Current and is also published in se... Andrieh Vitimus returns to the show in podcast episode 144. He appeared previously in podcast 64. Andrieh Vitimus is the author of the acclaimed book Hands on Chaos Magic: Reality Manipulation Through the Ovayki Current and is also published in several anthologies. Vitimus holds the highest initiatory rank in Haitian Vodou, is a Reiki Master, an NLP practitioner, and a hypnotherapist. Andrieh Vitimus is a faculty member at Peter Carroll’s Arcanorium College and has taught at conventions throughout the mid-west United States. He’s also the co-host of the Deeper down the Rabbit Hole radio show. In the interview, Andrieh talks about his magickal activities since publishing Hands-On Chaos Magic, including the Quantum Life Science Institute, and his radio show, Deeper Down the Rabbit Hole. We spend considerable time discussing chaos magick and its characteristics. We also delve into Vitimus' personal history and experience to better understand his perspectives on esoteric theory and practice, including the practical applications of magick. Vitimus' reputation is that of a very well-known and hard-working occultist who is perhaps one of the most accessible public practitioners around. Although he's outspoken, Vitimus' work speaks for itself. In the Occult of Personality Membership Section, Andrieh Vitimus shares his unbiased opinions about hosting the Deeper Down the Rabbit Hole radio show in a conversation that explicitly confronts issues within esotericism. Join us for that stimulating discussion! Andrieh Vitimus Hands-On Chaos Magic: Reality Manipulation Through the Ovayki Current by Andrieh Vitimus Occult of Personality Podcast 64 - "Hands-On Chaos Magic" with Andrieh Vitimus (audio is available in the OoP Membership Section) Quantum Life Science Institute Deeper Down the Rabbit Hole radio show intro music by HipGnosis and Paul Avgerinos outro music - "Oh Well" by Kettleblack Occult of Personality no Robert Podgurski – The Sacred Alignments & Dark Side of Sigils http://occultofpersonality.net/robert-podgurski-the-sacred-alignments-dark-side-of-sigils/ http://occultofpersonality.net/robert-podgurski-the-sacred-alignments-dark-side-of-sigils/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:27:55 +0000 http://occultofpersonality.net/?p=1901 http://occultofpersonality.net/robert-podgurski-the-sacred-alignments-dark-side-of-sigils/feed/ 6 Alchemy,Aleister Crowley,Austin Osman Spare,Edward Kelley,Enochian,Enochian Magick,Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa,history,John Dee,language,ley lines,Magick Robert Podgurski, author of The Sacred Alignments & Dark Side of Sigils - a truly excellent book, published by Mandrake Ltd., is our guest in podcast episode 143. - Robert Podgurski has been researching and working with the Enochian system, Robert Podgurski, author of The Sacred Alignments & Dark Side of Sigils - a truly excellent book, published by Mandrake Ltd., is our guest in podcast episode 143. Robert Podgurski has been researching and working with the Enochian system, the techni... Occult of Personality no Lee Gerrard-Barlow http://occultofpersonality.net/lee-gerrard-barlow/ http://occultofpersonality.net/lee-gerrard-barlow/#comments Thu, 20 Mar 2014 15:47:39 +0000 http://occultofpersonality.net/?p=1884 http://occultofpersonality.net/lee-gerrard-barlow/feed/ 2 Alchemy,alternative healing,Freemasonry,healing,history,hypnosis,hypnotherapy,Magick,magnetism,Mesmerism,metaphysics,mysticism Lee Gerrard-Barlow, a Mesmerist, hypnotherapist, N.L.P. practitioner, and teacher is our guest in podcast episode 142. Lee Gerrard-Barlow has been working therapeutically with trance states, meditation, Lee Gerrard-Barlow, a Mesmerist, hypnotherapist, N.L.P. practitioner, and teacher is our guest in podcast episode 142. Lee Gerrard-Barlow has been working therapeutically with trance states, meditation, and yoga based practices for the past 20 yea... Occult of Personality no James Robert French http://occultofpersonality.net/james-robert-french/ http://occultofpersonality.net/james-robert-french/#comments Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:54:54 +0000 http://occultofpersonality.net/?p=1876 http://occultofpersonality.net/james-robert-french/feed/ 0 conspiracy,esoteric,esotericism,fiction,ideology,Magick,mysticism,occult,occult fiction,occultism,politics,religion James Robert French, author of Lady Midnight, an occult fiction thriller, is our guest in podcast episode 141. James Robert French has been studying and practicing Magick and Paganism for eighteen years. He is an initiate and leader of the Open Source... James Robert French, author of Lady Midnight, an occult fiction thriller, is our guest in podcast episode 141. James Robert French has been studying and practicing Magick and Paganism for eighteen years. He is an initiate and leader of the Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn and an initiate of Ordo Templi Orientis, as well as a Novice Priest in the Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica. His first novel, Lady Midnight, is published by Concrescent Letters. You can find his blog, Strange Onion Peelings, at jamesrfrench.wordpress.com. Lady Midnight is not your typical occult fiction. It's a page-turner that hooked me from the start with an intriguing mixture of radical politics and esotericism. If you’re looking for a dose of modern occult fiction - check it out. As James says, Lady Midnight is, “A different take on the occult fiction genre. Darker, edgier, more character oriented. Moral ambiguity abounds. There is no “Dr. Taverner” here.” "Fifteen years ago, they murdered her lover and pinned the crime on her. Now, Andrea Styx uses her psychic abilities and occult training in the service of an organization dedicated to the downfall of a corrupt system. But the arrival of a new protege brings her past screaming to her own back door, and awakens doubts about the purpose to which she has dedicated her life. She has a plan. The Cosmos has other ideas…" We also spend considerable time during the interview discussing James' involvement with the Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn, as well as Ordo Templi Orientis, his writing experience, and his thoughts on occult fiction in general. Lady Midnight by James Robert French Read the first chapter of Lady Midnight Strange Onion Peelings - James Robert French's blog "The Problem with Dr. Taverner" by James Robert French "Clark and Forbes' The Dark Brotherhood" - Occult of Personality podcast episode 108 intro music by HipGnosis and Paul Avgerinos outro music - "Midnight Dub" by macabro Occult of Personality no Mitch Horowitz and One Simple Idea http://occultofpersonality.net/mitch-horowitz-and-one-simple-idea/ http://occultofpersonality.net/mitch-horowitz-and-one-simple-idea/#comments Wed, 26 Feb 2014 21:03:47 +0000 http://occultofpersonality.net/?p=1855 http://occultofpersonality.net/mitch-horowitz-and-one-simple-idea/feed/ 1 consciousness,history,metaphysics,New Age,New Thought,parapsychology,philosophy,positive thinking,psychology,religion,spirituality Author, lecturer, publisher, and friend of the show, Mitch Horowitz returns to discuss his most recent book, One Simple Idea: How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life. Mitch has been our guest numerous times in the past, Author, lecturer, publisher, and friend of the show, Mitch Horowitz returns to discuss his most recent book, One Simple Idea: How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life. Mitch has been our guest numerous times in the past, including episodes 70 and 71 to talk about his previous book, Occult America. A nationally known writer, speaker, and publisher in alternative spirituality, Mitch Horowitz is vice-president and editor-in-chief at Tarcher/Penguin, the division of Penguin books dedicated to metaphysical literature. Mitch frequently writes about and discusses alternative spirituality in the national media, including CBS Sunday Morning, Dateline NBC, NPR’s All Things Considered, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, BoingBoing, Time.com, and CNN.com. He appears in recent mini-documentaries on the history of positive thinking, Ouija Boards, and occult New York. In his recent book, Mitch Horowitz has taken a serious look at positive thinking - a philosophy that tends to divide people into either skeptics or adherents. Similar to his earlier book, Occult America, which dealt with New Age philosophy and the development of the U.S.A., Horowitz is able to prudently steer his way through the historical landscape, extracting the gold from these ideas while simultaneously dealing with criticisms, both valid and not. The result is a book which, in my opinion, is the single best history of positive thinking and the movement behind it that I've ever encountered. Refusing to bow to simplistic dichotomies, Horowitz cracks the door, allowing in light that will provide readers with a way to appreciate and evaluate positive thinking in a more balanced manner than previously possible. While I personally appreciated the subject of Occult America more than this one, I believe that One Simple Idea is ultimately a more important and more accessible work. “This work powerfully reviews and recounts the meaningful effect and positive influence that a host of modern thought leaders have made in shaping contemporary life. Their wisdom needs be followed and practiced by all to produce an effective and progressive civilization.” — Edgar Mitchell, Sc.D, Apollo 14 astronaut "A most remarkable history and explanation of that deeply American idea that thought is causative, that thoughts are forces, and that thinking can literally change the world. It can. Mitch Horowitz shows how -- with real heart, with real learning, and with real answers to all of the facile thinking, both pro and con, around this 'one simple idea.' Easily the best book on the subject we have now." — Jeffrey J. Kripal, J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Religious Studies, Rice University In the Occult of Personality Membership Section, Mitch Horowitz has graciously provided an excerpt from One Simple Idea. Mitch Horowitz One Simple Idea: How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life by Mitch Horowitz Occult America: White House Seances, Ouija Circles, Masons, and the Secret Mystic History of Our Nation by Mitch Horowitz Mitch Horowitz and “Occult America” pt.1 Mitch Horowitz and “Occult America” pt.2 Podcast 42 – The Life and Work of Dr. Paul Foster Case Podcast 48 – The Life and Work of Col. Henry Steel Olcott "The Great Work of Manly Hall" intro music by HipGnosis and Paul Avgerinos outro music - "A Very Powerful Idea" by Blush Occult of Personality no IAO131 http://occultofpersonality.net/iao131/ http://occultofpersonality.net/iao131/#comments Fri, 31 Jan 2014 06:31:13 +0000 http://occultofpersonality.net/?p=1818 http://occultofpersonality.net/iao131/feed/ 9 93,Aleister Crowley,Carl Jung,IAO131,Illuminism,Jungian,Magick,mysticism,New Aeon,occult,occultism,philosophy IAO131, author of Naturalistic Occultism: An Introduction to Scientific Illuminism and Thelema Sutras is our guest in podcast episode 139. IAO131 is also the co-producer of Speech in the Silence podcast, the creator and editor of The Journal of Thelemi... IAO131, author of Naturalistic Occultism: An Introduction to Scientific Illuminism and Thelema Sutras is our guest in podcast episode 139. IAO131 is also the co-producer of Speech in the Silence podcast, the creator and editor of The Journal of Thelemic Studies, and author of many other essays on the subjects of Thelema, occultism, psychology, philosophy, mysticism and Magick. "Naturalistic Occultism is the attempt to understand occultism without positing anything supernatural or even found outside of the mainstream social and natural sciences such as psychology and neurology. It is the attempt to cut superstitious beliefs and acts away from the practice of occultism, ceremonial magick in particular, with a critical and pragmatic eye... It is a continuation of Aleister Crowley's motto for the A.'.A.'., "The Method of Science, the Aim of Religion." In this sense, Naturalistic Occultism is essentially a form of - or just another name for - Scientific Illuminism. It holds that you need not look farther than psychology and neurology for naturalistic explanations of the various aspects of the occult." - IAO131, Naturalistic Occultism, p.9 One of the major takeaways from Naturalistic Occultism and IAO131's perspective is that the psychologization of mysticism and magickal practice is in no way denigratory, but rather celebrates the power of the human psyche. We also spend time discussing Thelema Sutras, a wonderful book that uses the style of Eastern religious texts to expound the concepts of Thelema. "Thelema Sutras? What kind of nonsense is this? Well, in short, it's the kind of nonsense I enjoy writing. Sutras are Eastern texts, specifically those of Hinduism and Buddhism. They come in many forms and many styles, but they represent the various manifestations of the Light of the Gnosis as they appeared throughout the East. I personally view Thelema as more than simply being in the Western Mystery Tradition or being the next Divine Covenant after Islam. Much of Thelema involves uniting and transcending opposites, and the East-West dichotomy is one of these. It therefore occurred to me to approach the self-same Mysteries but with the style and attitude of someone from the East rather than the typical Western Hermetic-Qabalistic-Occultist approach." - IAO131, excerpt from the Preface to Thelema Sutras In addition, IAO131 has recently released The Parables and Lessons of Liber LXV, which was originally published as a series of essays online (starting here). Perhaps one of the most prolific modern Thelemic writers, IAO131's work is important for his insights, level of engagement with the primary texts, and the affect on his readers. With humility and a sense of humor, IAO131 continues to produce high-quality analysis and spread the word of the Law. In the Occult of Personality Membership Section, IAO131 discusses his psychological commentary on Liber AL vel Legis, the Ordo Templi Orientis, and more. Join us! IAO131 Naturalistic Occultism: An Introduction to Scientific Illuminism by IAO131 Thelema Sutras by IAO131 The Parables and Lessons of Liber LXV by IAO131 IAO131 on Facebook Speech in the Silence podcast intro music by HipGnosis and Paul Avgerinos outro music - "House of the Rising Sun (Instrumental)" by Psycliq Occult of Personality no Frater Ashen Chassan http://occultofpersonality.net/frater-ashen-chassan/ http://occultofpersonality.net/frater-ashen-chassan/#comments Tue, 31 Dec 2013 06:21:02 +0000 http://occultofpersonality.net/?p=1809 http://occultofpersonality.net/frater-ashen-chassan/feed/ 8 Angels,ceremonial magick,esoteric,esotericism,Hermeticism,history,Jupiter,Magick,metaphysics,mysticism,occult,occultism Frater Ashen Chassan F.'. N.'. F.'., author of Gateways Through Stone and Circle, published by Nephilim Press, is our guest for an extended interview in podcast episode 138. - Frater Ashen is a ceremonial magician and a purist in the art who endea... Frater Ashen Chassan F.'. N.'. F.'., author of Gateways Through Stone and Circle, published by Nephilim Press, is our guest for an extended interview in podcast episode 138. Frater Ashen is a ceremonial magician and a purist in the art who endeavours to recreate the workings found in traditional grimoires as closely as possible. His book, Gateways Through Stone and Circle details his reproduction of Trithemius of Spanheim’s The Art of Drawing Spirits into Crystals to great success. His book is a boon to traditional ceremonial magicians, providing a detailed account of Frater Ashen’s work, including the spectacular holy table and an archangelic evocation. Gateways Through Stone and Circle is a fine publication and a treasure as a primary source document that describes the process and result of the modern practice of traditional ceremonial magick. Frater Ashen deserves a lot of credit for being the one who brought this particular method into the light by sharing his experiences. The book goes into meticulous detail about the preparation of the equipment for the ritual and this is its greatest strength in my opinion. Additionally, Frater Ashen’s personal account of the Archangel Cassiel is captivating. For those interested in the subject, Gateways Through Stone and Circle is a required reading and highly recommended. A Magician's Workings - Frater Ashen's blog Gateways Through Stone and Circle by Frater Ashen Chassan F.'. N.'. F.'. (also available in a Fine Edition) The Art of Drawing Spirits into Crystals tr. by Francis Barrett intro music by HipGnosis and Paul Avgerinos intermission music - "Angels Take Me" by Jeffrey Luck Lucas outro music - "Believe in Angels" by Ray Montford Occult of Personality no