Occult of Personality http://occultofpersonality.net Peering Behind the Veil Tue, 09 Feb 2016 03:34:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.2 Occult of Personality podcast provides recorded audio interviews with serious esoteric teachers and scholars from all over the world. Greg Kaminsky no Greg Kaminsky rochester92@yahoo.com rochester92@yahoo.com (Greg Kaminsky) © 2006 -2016 Peering behind the Veil Occult of Personality http://occultofpersonality.net/hotlink-ok/OoP.jpg http://occultofpersonality.net TV-PG Salem, Massachusetts Monthly Donate via Patreon The Way of the Templar with Timothy Hogan http://occultofpersonality.net/the-way-of-the-templar-with-timothy-hogan/ Tue, 09 Feb 2016 00:29:08 +0000 http://occultofpersonality.net/?p=2157 http://occultofpersonality.net/the-way-of-the-templar-with-timothy-hogan/#respond Greg Kaminsky Author Timothy Hogan is our guest in podcast episode 161 to discuss his most recent book The Way of the Templar: A Manual for the Modern Knight Templar. Timothy Hogan is an author and lecturer on the mysteries of the Western esoteric tradition. He has been received, knighted, and initiated within several Templar lineages around the world. He is the current Grand Master of the Knights Templar (Ordre Souverain du Temple Initiatique) and is President of CIRCES International. He regularly speaks around the world in both public and private venues. He has appeared previously in Occult of Personality podcast episode 91 to discuss his books The Alchemical Keys to Masonic Ritual and The 32 Secret Paths of Solomon, and episode 124 talking about Entering the Chain of Union, his acclaimed book on comparative Western esotericism. "This is not a standard book on the Knights Templar. This book is a manual for the modern day Knight Templar. This book includes the secret history of the Templar Order, much of which has never been published in one place like this before. The book also contains an exploration of the Templar philosophy and challenges for the future. Rather than just exploring profane Templar history, this book provides the story behind the story. Regardless of what Templar lineage you may or may not belong to, the information provided in these pages are sure to resonate with anyone who has the heart of a Templar. It is a book written to prepare the Way for the Gnosis of the Grail, and to provide a sense of mission and direction to those brave chevalier preparing to do the Great Work in the Aquarian House we are collectively entering. Non nobis Domine, non nobis. Sed nomine Tuo da gloriam!" "The Knight Templar ... the warrior monk ... the Grail guardian. Such images conjure thoughts in the imagination that have inspired some to the greatest acts of nobility on the one hand, and have led others into escapism or worse - into zealous fanaticism with ideas of crusading against the others in the One human family... [R]egardless of what tradition or lineages a would be Templar comes from, it should be stressed, that the heart of a true Templar is found in one who desires with all of their being to protect the sacred - regardless of its source... By its very nature then, the foundation of Templarism rests on a gnosis, or a direct personal experiential knowledge of God and the divine - regardless of what cultural names are used for this Source. To keep this principle in mind is to drink from the Holy Grail." - Timothy Hogan, Introduction, p.9-10 Timothy Hogan is a listener favorite for a number of reasons and it’s always a pleasure to hear the revelations he shares! The Way of the Templar reveals a good amount of information that I’ve never seen anywhere before which does fill in a lot of gaps. Whether you find it convincing or too convenient, I think it’s worth reading. I also appreciated the less fundamentalist and more tolerant perspective promoted by Hogan in this book. Additionally, the advice included at the conclusion to the book, “Templar Ideas to Remember” is worth it in and of itself. I highly recommend The Way of the Templar for all those interested in the saga of the Knights Templar, as well as guidance in applying the Templar philosophy in your life. In the Occult of Personality Membership Section, author Timothy Hogan talks more about the secret history of the Knights Templar, including the connections with gnosticism, the Larmenius Charter and survival of the original Templar Grand Master lineage, and much, much more. Don’t miss that revealing conversation. Just go to occultofpersonality.net/membership and sign up if you haven’t already. It’s the best way to support the podcast while receiving access to a tremendous amount of additional exclusive content. The Way of the Templar: A Manual for the Modern Knight Templar by Timothy Hogan CIRCES International http://occultofpersonality.net/the-way-of-the-templar-with-timothy-hogan/feed/ 0 Author Timothy Hogan is our guest in podcast episode 161 to discuss his most recent book The Way of the Templar: A Manual for the Modern Knight Templar. - Timothy Hogan is an author and lecturer on the mysteries of the Western esoteric tradition. The Way of the Templar: A Manual for the Modern Knight Templar. Timothy Hogan is an author and lecturer on the mysteries of the Western esoteric tradition. He has been received, knighted, and initiated within several Templar lineages around the world. He is the current Grand Master of the Knights Templar (Ordre Souverain du Temple Initiatique) and is President of CIRCES International. He regularly speaks around the world in both public and private venues. He has appeared previously in Occult of Personality podcast episode 91 to discuss his books The Alchemical Keys to Masonic Ritual and The 32 Secret Paths of Solomon, and episode 124 talking about Entering the Chain of Union, his acclaimed book on comparative Western esotericism. "This is not a standard book on the Knights Templar. This book is a manual for the modern day Knight Templar. This book includes the secret history of the Templar Order, much of which has never been published in one place like this before. The book also contains an exploration of the Templar philosophy and challenges for the future. Rather than just exploring profane Templar history, this book provides the story behind the story. Regardless of what Templar lineage you may or may not belong to, the information provided in these pages are sure to resonate with anyone who has the heart of a Templar. It is a book written to prepare the Way for the Gnosis of the Grail, and to provide a sense of mission and direction to those brave chevalier preparing to do the Great Work in the Aquarian House we are collectively entering. Non nobis Domine, non nobis. Sed nomine Tuo da gloriam!" "The Knight Templar ... the warrior monk ... the Grail guardian. Such images conjure thoughts in the imagination that have inspired some to the greatest acts of nobility on the one hand, and have led others into escapism or worse - into zealous fanaticism with ideas of crusading against the others in the One human family... [R]egardless of what tradition or lineages a would be Templar comes from, it should be stressed, that the heart of a true Templar is found in one who desires with all of their being to protect the sacred - regardless of its source... By its very nature then, the foundation of Templarism rests on a gnosis, or a direct personal experiential knowledge of God and the divine - regardless of what cultural names are used for this Source. To keep this principle in mind is to drink from the Holy Grail." - Timothy Hogan, Introduction, p.9-10 Timothy Hogan is a listener favorite for a number of reasons and it’s always a pleasure to hear the revelations he shares! The Way of the Templar reveals a good amount of information that I’ve never seen anywhere before which does fill in a lot of gaps. Whether you find it convincing or too convenient, I think it’s worth reading. I also appreciated the less fundamentalist and more tolerant perspective promoted by Hogan in this book. Additionally, the advice included at the conclusion to the book, “Templar Ideas to Remember” is worth it in and of itself. I highly recommend The Way of the Templar for all tho...]]> Greg Kaminsky no 1:10:19 Natan Alexander and the Magickal Art of Tattoo http://occultofpersonality.net/natan-alexander-and-the-magickal-art-of-tattoo/ Sun, 03 Jan 2016 01:47:00 +0000 http://occultofpersonality.net/?p=2146 http://occultofpersonality.net/natan-alexander-and-the-magickal-art-of-tattoo/#respond Greg Kaminsky Artist Natan Alexander is our guest in podcast episode 160 to discuss the magickal art of tattoo and more. “Natan Alexander is an award winning tattoo artist, an officer of the Ordo Templi Orientis at Knights Templar Oasis in Salem, Massachusetts, and an occult artist working in various mediums in addition to tattooing. He owns and works out of Witch City Ink, Salem’s finest tattoo studio, and Lightwave Tattoos, in Saugus, Massachusetts. Once a year, Natan also organizes the Boston Tattoo Convention, the largest international tattoo event in the New England area and now in its fifteenth year.” “Thelema and magick have been a huge shaping force in Natan’s development, both as an individual and as an artist. As a Master Mason for over a decade and a member of the A.'. A.'. , he brings an initiate’s understanding of the symbolism and inner meanings behind the art he creates. Natan is a regular and devoted world traveler, researching the origins and energies of the cultures and ideas that inspire his art.” I’ve known Natan personally for a several years now and consider him a friend and brother. His artwork is truly magickal and has the power to transform. Creative, talented, well-spoken, well-traveled, and with years of magickal practice under his belt, Natan’s success is built upon a solid foundation. I think you’ll enjoy this interview as much as I did, and don’t miss the second half of the interview in the membership section! In the Occult of Personality Membership Section, artist Natan Alexander discusses his near lifelong interest in Thelema and magick, the Star & Snake artist residency and retreat space, altered states of consciousness, advice on achieving success in magick and in life, and much, much more. Don’t miss that fascinating conversation. Just go to occultofpersonality.net/membership and join now. It’s the best way to support the podcast while receiving access to a tremendous amount of additional exclusive content. Natan Alexander Witch City Ink Lightwave Tattoos Star & Snake Boston Tattoo Convention Knights Templar Oasis of Ordo Templi Orientis intro music by Paul Avgerinos outro music – "Image Within You" by Wicked Boy http://occultofpersonality.net/natan-alexander-and-the-magickal-art-of-tattoo/feed/ 0 Artist Natan Alexander is our guest in podcast episode 160 to discuss the magickal art of tattoo and more. “Natan Alexander is an award winning tattoo artist, an officer of the Ordo Templi Orientis at Knights Templar Oasis in Salem, Natan Alexander is our guest in podcast episode 160 to discuss the magickal art of tattoo and more. “Natan Alexander is an award winning tattoo artist, an officer of the Ordo Templi Orientis at Knights Templar Oasis in Salem, Massachusetts, and an occult artist working in various mediums in addition to tattooing. He owns and works out of Witch City Ink, Salem’s finest tattoo studio, and Lightwave Tattoos, in Saugus, Massachusetts. Once a year, Natan also organizes the Boston Tattoo Convention, the largest international tattoo event in the New England area and now in its fifteenth year.” “Thelema and magick have been a huge shaping force in Natan’s development, both as an individual and as an artist. As a Master Mason for over a decade and a member of the A.'. A.'. , he brings an initiate’s understanding of the symbolism and inner meanings behind the art he creates. Natan is a regular and devoted world traveler, researching the origins and energies of the cultures and ideas that inspire his art.” I’ve known Natan personally for a several years now and consider him a friend and brother. His artwork is truly magickal and has the power to transform. Creative, talented, well-spoken, well-traveled, and with years of magickal practice under his belt, Natan’s success is built upon a solid foundation. I think you’ll enjoy this interview as much as I did, and don’t miss the second half of the interview in the membership section! In the Occult of Personality Membership Section, artist Natan Alexander discusses his near lifelong interest in Thelema and magick, the Star & Snake artist residency and retreat space, altered states of consciousness, advice on achieving success in magick and in life, and much, much more. Don’t miss that fascinating conversation. Just go to occultofpersonality.net/membership and join now. It’s the best way to support the podcast while receiving access to a tremendous amount of additional exclusive content. Natan Alexander Witch City Ink Lightwave Tattoos Star & Snake Boston Tattoo Convention Knights Templar Oasis of Ordo Templi Orientis intro music by Paul Avgerinos outro music – "Image Within You" by Wicked Boy]]> Greg Kaminsky no 57:37 Guido Mina di Sospiro http://occultofpersonality.net/guido-mina-di-sospiro/ Wed, 09 Dec 2015 23:50:54 +0000 http://occultofpersonality.net/?p=2128 http://occultofpersonality.net/guido-mina-di-sospiro/#respond Greg Kaminsky Guido Mina di Sospiro, the award-winning, internationally acclaimed author of The Metaphysics of Ping-Pong: Table Tennis as a Journey of Self-Discovery, is our guest in podcast episode 159. Listeners may recall that Mina di Sospiro co-authored The Forbidden Book: A Novel with scholar of esotericism Joscelyn Godwin, featured in podcast episode 121. To spin or not to spin? – that is the metaphysical question. When a mortifying defeat to his teenage son rekindles his lifelong passion for table tennis, keen philosopher Guido Mina di Sospiro sets out to learn the game properly. Guido’s love for spinning a feather-weight ball takes him from his local ping-pong club, populated by idiosyncratic players with extraordinary stories to tell, to training drills with a world-class coach. This seemingly harmless game also leads him into sticky situations in the CIA headquarters and the ganglands of Washington, D.C. Woven throughout his ping-pong epiphany are philosophical ruminations on Plato and Aristotle, metaphysicians and empiricists, Jung’s dark shadow, Sun Tzu’s war tactics, the I Ching, and much more. As Guido’s journey takes him from Big Sur to a nail-biting showdown in China against a string of elite players, he finds ping-pong can teach us a surprising amount about life. "Erudite, experimental and engaging, Mina di Sospiro has given us a work that breaks new ground. Whether or not you ever pick up a paddle, The Metaphysics of Ping-Pong provides an initiation into a visionary life, igniting the fires of inspiration through an intriguing intimacy with the mysteries of daily life that is available nowhere else." - David Metcalfe, The Daily Grail "Down the centuries Taoism, Zen, and Sufism have created a large repertoire of short and seemingly mundane stories whose goal is that of violating logic and challenging our assumptions. Twentieth-century traditionalists have done much of the same by turning received notions upside down. Ping-pong, as i will show, has so many baffling and refreshingly illogical qualities about it that, whenever I happened to play an occasional game, somehow it echoed inside me in a new and increasingly more resonant way. And as a result, I marveled all the more at how magical it was to spin that little ball and make it fly and bounce on the table and off the opponent's racket in mysterious ways." - Guido Mina di Sospiro, Prelude to The Metaphysics of Ping-Pong, p. 7 The Metaphysics of Ping Pong is another wonderful work from Mina di Sospiro. Examining the cosmos through the lens of table tennis provides an unexpected tour de force of that cannot be pigeonholed. The Metaphysics of Ping Pong is one of the most accessible books ever featured on this program, all while maintaining the loftiest of conversations with the reader. This tale of initiation and Perennial Philosophy is rather refreshing. Guido Mina di Sospiro has been fascinated by table tennis since childhood and regularly plays competitively. An award-winning, internationally acclaimed author, he has written four books published worldwide; among them is The Forbidden Book: A Novel, coauthored with the scholar of Western esotericism Joscelyn Godwin. Mina di Sospiro also maintains a blog on the New York-based web-magazine RealitySandwich.com and the alternative views website Disinfo.com. In the Occult of Personality Membership Section, Guido Mina di Sospiro shares a Sufi tale with an elusive meaning as the launching point for the second half of our interview. Joins us! Your subscription to the Occult of Personality Membership Section supports the free public podcast as well as providing access to more than a hundred exclusive recordings, presentations, lectures, meditations, essays, articles, and more. The Metaphysics of Ping-Pong: Table Tennis as a Journey of Self-Discovery by Guido Mina di Sospiro "Prelude to The Metaphysics of Ping-Pong" by Guido Mina di Sospiro http://occultofpersonality.net/guido-mina-di-sospiro/feed/ 0 Guido Mina di Sospiro, the award-winning, internationally acclaimed author of The Metaphysics of Ping-Pong: Table Tennis as a Journey of Self-Discovery, is our guest in podcast episode 159. Listeners may recall that Mina di Sospiro co-authored The Forb... Guido Mina di Sospiro, the award-winning, internationally acclaimed author of The Metaphysics of Ping-Pong: Table Tennis as a Journey of Self-Discovery, is our guest in podcast episode 159. Listeners may recall that Mina di Sospiro co-authored The Forbidden Book: A Novel with scholar of esotericism Joscelyn Godwin, featured in podcast episode 121. To spin or not to spin? – that is the metaphysical question. When a mortifying defeat to his teenage son rekindles his lifelong passion for table tennis, keen philosopher Guido Mina di Sospiro sets out to learn the game properly. Guido’s love for spinning a feather-weight ball takes him from his local ping-pong club, populated by idiosyncratic players with extraordinary stories to tell, to training drills with a world-class coach. This seemingly harmless game also leads him into sticky situations in the CIA headquarters and the ganglands of Washington, D.C. Woven throughout his ping-pong epiphany are philosophical ruminations on Plato and Aristotle, metaphysicians and empiricists, Jung’s dark shadow, Sun Tzu’s war tactics, the I Ching, and much more. As Guido’s journey takes him from Big Sur to a nail-biting showdown in China against a string of elite players, he finds ping-pong can teach us a surprising amount about life. "Erudite, experimental and engaging, Mina di Sospiro has given us a work that breaks new ground. Whether or not you ever pick up a paddle, The Metaphysics of Ping-Pong provides an initiation into a visionary life, igniting the fires of inspiration through an intriguing intimacy with the mysteries of daily life that is available nowhere else." - David Metcalfe, The Daily Grail "Down the centuries Taoism, Zen, and Sufism have created a large repertoire of short and seemingly mundane stories whose goal is that of violating logic and challenging our assumptions. Twentieth-century traditionalists have done much of the same by turning received notions upside down. Ping-pong, as i will show, has so many baffling and refreshingly illogical qualities about it that, whenever I happened to play an occasional game, somehow it echoed inside me in a new and increasingly more resonant way. And as a result, I marveled all the more at how magical it was to spin that little ball and make it fly and bounce on the table and off the opponent's racket in mysterious ways." - Guido Mina di Sospiro, Prelude to The Metaphysics of Ping-Pong, p. 7 The Metaphysics of Ping Pong is another wonderful work from Mina di Sospiro. Examining the cosmos through the lens of table tennis provides an unexpected tour de force of that cannot be pigeonholed. The Metaphysics of Ping Pong is one of the most accessible books ever featured on this program, all while maintaining the loftiest of conversations with the reader. This tale of initiation and Perennial Philosophy is rather refreshing. Guido Mina di Sospiro has been fascinated by table tennis since childhood and regularly plays competitively. An award-winning, internationally acclaimed author, he has written four books published worldwide; among them is The Forbidden Book: A Novel, coauthored with the scholar of Western esotericism Joscelyn Godwin. Mina di Sospiro also maintains a blog on the New York-based web-magazine RealitySandwich.com and the alternative views website Disinf...]]> Greg Kaminsky no 1:21:26 Wicca – The Ancient Way http://occultofpersonality.net/wicca-the-ancient-way/ Thu, 22 Oct 2015 05:15:59 +0000 http://occultofpersonality.net/?p=2118 http://occultofpersonality.net/wicca-the-ancient-way/#comments Greg Kaminsky Wicca: The Ancient Way, recently re-published by the Hermetic Arts Learning Center, is the subject of podcast episode 158. We're joined by Apollonius Mithras who is part of the Isis-Urania lineage of Traditional Witchcraft, the same that produced this text. “The now passing Aeon or Age of Pisces has seen western man almost completely lose his working knowledge and direct experience of the Mysteries and replace it with faith and superstition. As the Sun moves into the sign of the water-bearer, Aquarius, the awakener, mankind finds faith alone to be insufficient. Thus he begins again the search for the Old Gods, for the “knowledge of the spirit eternal, and certainty, not faith.” In his innocence, man has always looked outward to the external world and his own projections for truth. All religions, sciences, and technologies arise from this tendency. But the more answers we find, the more questions we ask. Unsatisfied and unfulfilled with our answers, we have become more and more fascinated by our own projections and further from our goal. But the rhythm of the New Age now grows to a louder, more distinct beat, and as understanding grows, man turns away from his invented gods and looks deeper into himself to find reality and the meaning of life. And so it is: the Old Gods move upon the face of the Earth once again in power and presence, as mankind prepares for his journey unto the kingdom of Our Lady, Queen of Infinite Space, whose name is also Understanding.” “The purpose of this book is to acquaint the reader with the existence of a living, initiated, and Traditional Mystery religion. It was written … partly as a reaction to misconceptions and misrepresentations outside and inside the Craft, but mainly to convey clearly the tenets and teachings of the Wicca, what it means to be a “Witch,” and what our goals are. Hopefully this little book will give the reader a glimpse of Traditional Witchcraft from the inside, as the initiates themselves see it. In this way, we sincerely hope to banish some of the common misconceptions and general ignorance on the subject of Wicca.” “Wicca the Ancient Way is a small book of non-fictional and inspirational pieces of value for students and practitioners of all types of Wicca and Witchcraft. It presents the existence of an ancient tradition of Witchcraft of European origin, now practiced by some English speaking Witches." “Not a spell book, nor a book of rituals, it contains 9 pieces of thought provoking and defining works of Traditional Wicca, including: • the Attitudes and Qualities of a True Witch, calling upon witches to aspire to the loftiest goals • the Gods of the Wicca, explaining how so many gods can be respected, yet treated by witches as just two and even One • the Mighty Ones, explaining the children of the God and Goddess of witches, constant companions and aid to the Traditional Wicca • the Training of a Witch, giving an overview of the kind of training that is undergone in Traditional Wicca • the Three Degrees, providing insight into the stages of training, spiritual growth and spiritual development that is at the core of Traditional Wicca • the Protectors of the Craft, talks about different manifestations of Wicca and Witchcraft, and how they all have their place in protecting the tradition • The Grand Sabbath: All-Hallows Eve, is an inspirational piece about the most hallowed night of the year for Traditional Witches: Hallowe’en. It explains why this night is the way it is, and why this night is so important to Witches • where to Find the God and the Goddess, not in the original hand-crafted printing, is a table of attributes for contemplation and meditation • a further defining and thought-provoking Afterword, also not appearing in the original hand-crafted printing, explains why true Traditional Wicca is so rare “Since 1981 when the book was first written and crafted by the hands of the founder of the Isis Urania Tradition of Wicca, http://occultofpersonality.net/wicca-the-ancient-way/feed/ 2 Wicca: The Ancient Way, recently re-published by the Hermetic Arts Learning Center, is the subject of podcast episode 158. We're joined by Apollonius Mithras who is part of the Isis-Urania lineage of Traditional Witchcraft, Wicca: The Ancient Way, recently re-published by the Hermetic Arts Learning Center, is the subject of podcast episode 158. We're joined by Apollonius Mithras who is part of the Isis-Urania lineage of Traditional Witchcraft, the same that produced this text. “The now passing Aeon or Age of Pisces has seen western man almost completely lose his working knowledge and direct experience of the Mysteries and replace it with faith and superstition. As the Sun moves into the sign of the water-bearer, Aquarius, the awakener, mankind finds faith alone to be insufficient. Thus he begins again the search for the Old Gods, for the “knowledge of the spirit eternal, and certainty, not faith.” In his innocence, man has always looked outward to the external world and his own projections for truth. All religions, sciences, and technologies arise from this tendency. But the more answers we find, the more questions we ask. Unsatisfied and unfulfilled with our answers, we have become more and more fascinated by our own projections and further from our goal. But the rhythm of the New Age now grows to a louder, more distinct beat, and as understanding grows, man turns away from his invented gods and looks deeper into himself to find reality and the meaning of life. And so it is: the Old Gods move upon the face of the Earth once again in power and presence, as mankind prepares for his journey unto the kingdom of Our Lady, Queen of Infinite Space, whose name is also Understanding.” “The purpose of this book is to acquaint the reader with the existence of a living, initiated, and Traditional Mystery religion. It was written … partly as a reaction to misconceptions and misrepresentations outside and inside the Craft, but mainly to convey clearly the tenets and teachings of the Wicca, what it means to be a “Witch,” and what our goals are. Hopefully this little book will give the reader a glimpse of Traditional Witchcraft from the inside, as the initiates themselves see it. In this way, we sincerely hope to banish some of the common misconceptions and general ignorance on the subject of Wicca.” “Wicca the Ancient Way is a small book of non-fictional and inspirational pieces of value for students and practitioners of all types of Wicca and Witchcraft. It presents the existence of an ancient tradition of Witchcraft of European origin, now practiced by some English speaking Witches." “Not a spell book, nor a book of rituals, it contains 9 pieces of thought provoking and defining works of Traditional Wicca, including: • the Attitudes and Qualities of a True Witch, calling upon witches to aspire to the loftiest goals • the Gods of the Wicca, explaining how so many gods can be respected, yet treated by witches as just two and even One • the Mighty Ones, explaining the children of the God and Goddess of witches, constant companions and aid to the Traditional Wicca • the Training of a Witch, giving an overview of the kind of training that is undergone in Traditional Wicca • the Three Degrees, providing insight into the stages of training, spiritual growth and spiritual development that is at the core of Traditional Wicca • the Protectors of the Craft, talks about different manifestations of Wicca and Witchcraft, and how they all have their place in protecting the tradition • The Grand Sabbath: All-Hallows Eve, is an inspirational piece about the most hallowed night of the year for Traditional Witches: Hallowe’en. It explains why this night is the way it is, and why this night is so important to Witches • where to Find the God and the Goddess, not in the original hand-crafted printing, is a table of attributes for contemplation and meditation • a further defining and thought-provoking Afterword, also not appearing in the original hand-crafted printing,]]> Greg Kaminsky no C.M. Mayo – Metaphysical Odyssey into the Mexican Revolution http://occultofpersonality.net/c-m-mayo-metaphysical-odyssey-into-the-mexican-revolution/ Wed, 30 Sep 2015 20:54:18 +0000 http://occultofpersonality.net/?p=2107 http://occultofpersonality.net/c-m-mayo-metaphysical-odyssey-into-the-mexican-revolution/#respond Greg Kaminsky Literary journalist and novelist C.M. Mayo, author of Metaphysical Odyssey into the Mexican Revolution: Francisco I. Madero and his secret book, Spiritist Manual, is our guest in podcast episode 157. An El Paso, Texas native, raised in Northern California, educated at the University of Chicago, C.M. Mayo is an award-winning literary journalist, novelist, poet, and translator, who has been living in and writing about Mexico for over 25 years. She is also host of the long-standing lit-blog, Madam Mayo, and the Marfa Mondays Podcasting Project. Her most recent book, a paradigm-exploding and profoundly researched examination of the esoteric philosophy of the leader of Mexico's 1910 Revolution, is Metaphysical Odyssey Into the Mexican Revolution: Francisco I. Madero and his Secret Book, Spiritist Manual. In 2015 it won the National Indie Excellence Award for History. In a blend of biography, personal essay, and a rendition of deeply researched metaphysical and Mexican history that reads like a novel, award-winning writer and noted literary translator C.M. Mayo provides a rich introduction and the first translation of the secret book by Francisco I. Madero, leader of Mexico's 1910 Revolution and President of Mexico from 1911 to 1913. "Mayo... provides not only an English translation of Madero's Spiritist Manual, but also a lively intoduction... The author argues effectively that Madero's manual is essential to understanding his revolutionary zeal." - Kirkus Reviews "In this delightfully engaging book, C.M. Mayo brings to vivid light an aspect of Mexican history astonishingly neglected by most historians: the Spiritist beliefs and practices of Francisco Madero, instigator and first leader of the world-historical event that was the Mexican Revolution of 1910. Fruit of considerable research, this volume includes the first translation into English of Madero's Spiritist Manual, itself an invaluable contribution to the historical record." - José Skinner, University of Texas-Pan American "Mayo does brilliant job combining the known facts of the Mexican Revolution and Madero's role within it, and creates an intellectual bridge to the president's spiritist belief structure...With her translation of the Spiritist Manual, C.M. Mayo opened this incredible window into the metaphysical side of the Mexican Revolution" - Heribert von Feilitzsch, author of In Plain Sight: Felix Sommerfeld, Spymaster in Mexico I found C.M. Mayo’s book to be very engaging and well-written. This is not your typical history, or even esoteric history book. Mayo is a profoundly creative and insightful artist who is able to bring her own perspective into the frame while enhancing our understanding of her subjects. This is a masterful introduction to a topic that hasn’t been explored in this accessible way before, and may never be again. If you enjoy esotericism, history, politics, and the way that they sometimes intersect, I highly recommend you read C.M. Mayo’s Metaphysical Odyssey into the Mexican Revolution. In addition to discussing Francisco I. Madero, Spiritism, and the Mexican Revolution, we also spend time talking about Madero's close association with his physician, Dr. Heinrich Arnold Krumm-Heller, well-known for his connections to Papus, Theodor Reuss, Aleister Crowley, and other leaders of European esoteric and Masonic circles. "...What we call history is but a nano-slice of an intricate complexity ... that all of us, however tenuously, are connected to everyone else, every humble person, every famous and rich and powerful person, every criminal, every saint. And each incident in each life enfolds layer upon layer of meaning and mystery, each diffusing through the realms of time itself." - C.M. Mayo, Metaphysical Odyssey, p.64 In the Occult of Personality Membership Section, C.M. Mayo and I continue the conversation about her book Metaphysical Odyssey into the Mexican Revolution, http://occultofpersonality.net/c-m-mayo-metaphysical-odyssey-into-the-mexican-revolution/feed/ 0 Literary journalist and novelist C.M. Mayo, author of Metaphysical Odyssey into the Mexican Revolution: Francisco I. Madero and his secret book, Spiritist Manual, is our guest in podcast episode 157. - An El Paso, Texas native, C.M. Mayo, author of Metaphysical Odyssey into the Mexican Revolution: Francisco I. Madero and his secret book, Spiritist Manual, is our guest in podcast episode 157. An El Paso, Texas native, raised in Northern California, educated at the University of Chicago, C.M. Mayo is an award-winning literary journalist, novelist, poet, and translator, who has been living in and writing about Mexico for over 25 years. She is also host of the long-standing lit-blog, Madam Mayo, and the Marfa Mondays Podcasting Project. Her most recent book, a paradigm-exploding and profoundly researched examination of the esoteric philosophy of the leader of Mexico's 1910 Revolution, is Metaphysical Odyssey Into the Mexican Revolution: Francisco I. Madero and his Secret Book, Spiritist Manual. In 2015 it won the National Indie Excellence Award for History. In a blend of biography, personal essay, and a rendition of deeply researched metaphysical and Mexican history that reads like a novel, award-winning writer and noted literary translator C.M. Mayo provides a rich introduction and the first translation of the secret book by Francisco I. Madero, leader of Mexico's 1910 Revolution and President of Mexico from 1911 to 1913. "Mayo... provides not only an English translation of Madero's Spiritist Manual, but also a lively intoduction... The author argues effectively that Madero's manual is essential to understanding his revolutionary zeal." - Kirkus Reviews "In this delightfully engaging book, C.M. Mayo brings to vivid light an aspect of Mexican history astonishingly neglected by most historians: the Spiritist beliefs and practices of Francisco Madero, instigator and first leader of the world-historical event that was the Mexican Revolution of 1910. Fruit of considerable research, this volume includes the first translation into English of Madero's Spiritist Manual, itself an invaluable contribution to the historical record." - José Skinner, University of Texas-Pan American "Mayo does brilliant job combining the known facts of the Mexican Revolution and Madero's role within it, and creates an intellectual bridge to the president's spiritist belief structure...With her translation of the Spiritist Manual, C.M. Mayo opened this incredible window into the metaphysical side of the Mexican Revolution" - Heribert von Feilitzsch, author of In Plain Sight: Felix Sommerfeld, Spymaster in Mexico I found C.M. Mayo’s book to be very engaging and well-written. This is not your typical history, or even esoteric history book. Mayo is a profoundly creative and insightful artist who is able to bring her own perspective into the frame while enhancing our understanding of her subjects. This is a masterful introduction to a topic that hasn’t been explored in this accessible way before, and may never be again. If you enjoy esotericism, history, politics, and the way that they sometimes intersect, I highly recommend you read C.M. Mayo’s Metaphysical Odyssey into the Mexican Revolution. In addition to discussing Francisco I. Madero, Spiritism, and the Mexican Revolution, we also spend time talking about Madero's close association with his physician, Dr. Heinrich Arnold Krumm-Heller, well-known for his connections to Papus, Theodor Reuss, Aleister Crowley, and other leaders of European esoteric and Masonic circles. "...What we call history is but a nano-slice of an intricate complexity ...]]> Greg Kaminsky no Carl Abrahamsson http://occultofpersonality.net/carl-abrahamsson/ Wed, 29 Jul 2015 18:18:05 +0000 http://occultofpersonality.net/?p=2088 http://occultofpersonality.net/carl-abrahamsson/#respond Greg Kaminsky Carl Abrahamsson, author of the anthology Reasonances, published by Scarlet Imprint, is our guest in podcast episode 156. In addition to his writings, Abrahamsson is known for his work in music, film, art, culture, and occulture. Reasonances is ​an anthology of selected essays, lectures and interviews by​ occultural pioneer Carl Abrahamsson. A subversive, creative, psychedelic collection of 23 essays spanning thirteen years at the forefront of occulture and magic​, and an interview with the author by Sylvie Walder​. The unifying question of this diverse and stimulating collection can perhaps be stated thus: how does magic hack culture? Or perhaps even: what is the role and magic of the artist? Abrahamsson proposes strategies of engagement that ​draw from TOPY, Thelema and Satanism, with which he is intimately acquainted. His magic is that of the interzone, the hinterland, of the unseen forces that drive culture forward. Reasonances is therefore a nexus of heretical possibilities investigated with ​a ​calm reflection that goes beyond his native Scandinavian cool. It is with great generosity of spirit, a candour and lack of dogma that he outlines his understanding of magic as art. For Abrahamsson, boundless creativity is a necessary expression of Will. He suggests that we should be actively producing culture, artifacts, music, artworks, happenings. And that these ‘​facts on the ground’ could be understood as a Gesamtkunstwerk, the Mega Golem, that will leak into popular and unpopular consciousness. He wants us to reason, to act, to live with meaning. To do our Will. With an understanding of Magician as Artist, in a process of moving from what is hidden to what becomes seen, he employs a methodology that has become apparent in the thirteen years of work that this collection represents. Essays on the history of occult art, the formula of Babalon ​as supra-sexual transformation​, the mechanics of magic, and more, provide a complete vision of a magician who is engaged with ​counterculture, ​occulture​​ and incursions into the wider culture. Furthermore, he provides a constellation of ​Stars by which to navigate these evolving realms. Japanese masochist and master writer Yukio Mishima and German novelist Ernst Jü​nger are considered, as are Bulwer Lytton of Vril fame and Australian artist Rosaleen Norton. He ​twice ​interviews artist of light Kenneth Anger, and is found in conversation with Beat avant-garde filmmaker Conrad Rooks. He recites his death rune for mentor Anton LaVey, and eulogises his friend Lady Jaye. These ‘stars’​ are carefully observed with his astrolabe, enabling us to see into the past, comprehend where we are ​in the present, and project ourselves forward into a magical future. "Carl Abrahamsson’s book is many things: a prismatic net of reflections on Twentieth-Century occultism, art, and their overlaps; a philosophical engagement with the porous border between the magical and artistic processes; a surprisingly hopeful walking along the knife edge of market nihilism, ecological disaster, political corruption, technological acceleration and the dawning of a new way of life; an extended meditation on death and the fragmentary remains of artists and magicians past; a call for the creation of a new divinity, the Mega Golem. "Reasonances is a book of missed appointments, uncompleted artworks, lost connections. For Abrahamsson there will be no future revels with Anton LaVey in San Francisco, though we are graced with a living sense of LaVey’s life and effect as a master magician. We may never know what the moviemaker, Conrad Rooks, was crafting in his bungalow filled with computers in Thailand. But we learn in these pages about his struggle with drugs and the way this struggle was definitive for his film Chappaqua. Ever wonder what it was like to be friends with William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, Man Ray, Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac? Conrad Rooks tells you by telling Abrahamsson. But his final work, http://occultofpersonality.net/carl-abrahamsson/feed/ 0 Carl Abrahamsson, author of the anthology Reasonances, published by Scarlet Imprint, is our guest in podcast episode 156. In addition to his writings, Abrahamsson is known for his work in music, film, art, culture, and occulture. Carl Abrahamsson, author of the anthology Reasonances, published by Scarlet Imprint, is our guest in podcast episode 156. In addition to his writings, Abrahamsson is known for his work in music, film, art, culture, and occulture. Reasonances is ​an anthology of selected essays, lectures and interviews by​ occultural pioneer Carl Abrahamsson. A subversive, creative, psychedelic collection of 23 essays spanning thirteen years at the forefront of occulture and magic​, and an interview with the author by Sylvie Walder​. The unifying question of this diverse and stimulating collection can perhaps be stated thus: how does magic hack culture? Or perhaps even: what is the role and magic of the artist? Abrahamsson proposes strategies of engagement that ​draw from TOPY, Thelema and Satanism, with which he is intimately acquainted. His magic is that of the interzone, the hinterland, of the unseen forces that drive culture forward. Reasonances is therefore a nexus of heretical possibilities investigated with ​a ​calm reflection that goes beyond his native Scandinavian cool. It is with great generosity of spirit, a candour and lack of dogma that he outlines his understanding of magic as art. For Abrahamsson, boundless creativity is a necessary expression of Will. He suggests that we should be actively producing culture, artifacts, music, artworks, happenings. And that these ‘​facts on the ground’ could be understood as a Gesamtkunstwerk, the Mega Golem, that will leak into popular and unpopular consciousness. He wants us to reason, to act, to live with meaning. To do our Will. With an understanding of Magician as Artist, in a process of moving from what is hidden to what becomes seen, he employs a methodology that has become apparent in the thirteen years of work that this collection represents. Essays on the history of occult art, the formula of Babalon ​as supra-sexual transformation​, the mechanics of magic, and more, provide a complete vision of a magician who is engaged with ​counterculture, ​occulture​​ and incursions into the wider culture. Furthermore, he provides a constellation of ​Stars by which to navigate these evolving realms. Japanese masochist and master writer Yukio Mishima and German novelist Ernst Jü​nger are considered, as are Bulwer Lytton of Vril fame and Australian artist Rosaleen Norton. He ​twice ​interviews artist of light Kenneth Anger, and is found in conversation with Beat avant-garde filmmaker Conrad Rooks. He recites his death rune for mentor Anton LaVey, and eulogises his friend Lady Jaye. These ‘stars’​ are carefully observed with his astrolabe, enabling us to see into the past, comprehend where we are ​in the present, and project ourselves forward into a magical future. "Carl Abrahamsson’s book is many things: a prismatic net of reflections on Twentieth-Century occultism, art, and their overlaps; a philosophical engagement with the porous border between the magical and artistic processes; a surprisingly hopeful walking along the knife edge of market nihilism, ecological disaster, political corruption, technological acceleration and the dawning of a new way of life; an extended meditation on death and the fragmentary remains of artists and magicians past; a call for the creation of a new divinity, the Mega Golem. "Reasonances is a book of missed appointments, uncompleted artworks, lost connections. For Abrahamsson there will be no future revels with Anton LaVey in San Francisco, though we are graced with a living sense of LaVey’s life and effect as a master magician. We may never know what the moviemaker, Conrad Rooks, was crafting in his bungalow filled with computers in Thailand. But we learn in these pages about his struggle with drugs and the way this struggle was definitive for his film Chappaqua.]]> Greg Kaminsky no 54:04 Craig Williams’ Cave of the Numinous http://occultofpersonality.net/craig-williams-cave-of-the-numinous/ Sun, 14 Jun 2015 03:57:02 +0000 http://occultofpersonality.net/?p=2078 http://occultofpersonality.net/craig-williams-cave-of-the-numinous/#respond Greg Kaminsky Craig Williams, author of Cave of the Numinous: Tantric Physics I, from Theion Publishing, returns as our guest in podcast episode 155. “Highly anticipated and the result of over 25 years of initiatic study within authentic Guru lineages, Cave of the Numinous by Craig Williams is one of the very few genuine expositions of the Left Hand Path in general and Left Handed Tantra in particular… Radical in its approach, the Tantric way of the Dark Goddess is a most intense and dangerous pathway towards spiritual liberation and power. Sexual alchemy, Guru Yoga, antinomian ritual and complex interactions of various Vedic sciences form a fascinating universe of spiritual transformation within which the wayfarer may attain to the supreme freedom of Kaivalya or suffer utter destruction. In Cave of the Numinous, Craig Williams expounds on most important roots of Left Hand practice and guides us into the nocturnal inner and outer environments which the practitioner must establish in order to successfully progress along the Vama Marga. Complete with rituals and glossary, this book is an invaluable resource and manual for every serious occultist and esoteric explorer, particularly for those of the Left Handed Gnosis. Cave of the Numinous features the exclusive essay “Supreme Katabasis: Kaivalya and the Kosmic Gnosis” by David Beth as an introduction.” "More than a book, the Cave of the Numinous by Craig Williams (Yogacharya Dharma Rakshaka) is a companion for the journey of initiation into esoteric Hinduism. At 159 pages, it is a concise though challenging work, intended for the dedicated initiate of Left-hand Tantra, as well as other Gnostic and esoteric currents that might articulate the Mysteries through comparable symbols and teachings. It is a work that should be read slowly, methodically, and, undoubtedly, more than once or twice... As Williams makes clear in Cave of the Numinous ... the aim of Left-hand Tantra is not merely to harmonize mind and body, nor to rid the person of undesirable traits, or to dissolve karma. It is the immersion of the initiate in, and their transformation through, the Gnosis of the Dark goddess. Cave of the Numinous is undoubtedly one of the most challenging books on esoteric Hinduism, precisely because it aims to simultaneously penetrate the heart of this Mystery tradition and the heart of spiritual seeker. Its lessons may not be for everyone, but they should at least be carefully considered by anyone on the journey of initiation, or that hope for authentic Gnosis." - Angel Millar, "Real Left-Hand Tantra: A Review of Cave of The Numinous" Craig Williams is one of the most innovative and important contemporary occult Gnostics and is a close personal student of David Beth. He is a Bishop of the Ecclesia Gnostica Aeterna and a highly empowered adept of Esoteric Voudon. Moving beyond a conservative myopic view of Vedic Studies, Williams has evolved a unique system of Esoteric Hinduism and Left Hand Tantra over 25 years of initiatic study in Yoga, Ayurveda, Tantra, Jyotish and Vedanta. With undergraduate degrees in Religious Studies, Philosophy, and English Literature and a Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine, Craig lives in Austin, Texas where he operates a busy private medical practice specializing in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture and Ayurveda. He is a licensed acupuncturist and a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild and National Ayurvedic Medical Association. Williams’ medical and esoteric writings have appeared in various journals and anthologies. More information can be found at his website, http://www.AyurvedaAustin.com/. Craig Williams has appeared three times previously on the podcast, first in “Eastern Thought in the Western Occult World,” the recording of the panel discussion from the 2012 Esoteric Book Conference, then in episode 129 discussing “Beyond the Paths of Frustration: Daath Gnosis,” his article for CLAVIS Journal, http://occultofpersonality.net/craig-williams-cave-of-the-numinous/feed/ 0 Craig Williams, author of Cave of the Numinous: Tantric Physics I, from Theion Publishing, returns as our guest in podcast episode 155. “Highly anticipated and the result of over 25 years of initiatic study within authentic Guru lineages, Craig Williams, author of Cave of the Numinous: Tantric Physics I, from Theion Publishing, returns as our guest in podcast episode 155. “Highly anticipated and the result of over 25 years of initiatic study within authentic Guru lineages, Cave of the Numinous by Craig Williams is one of the very few genuine expositions of the Left Hand Path in general and Left Handed Tantra in particular… Radical in its approach, the Tantric way of the Dark Goddess is a most intense and dangerous pathway towards spiritual liberation and power. Sexual alchemy, Guru Yoga, antinomian ritual and complex interactions of various Vedic sciences form a fascinating universe of spiritual transformation within which the wayfarer may attain to the supreme freedom of Kaivalya or suffer utter destruction. In Cave of the Numinous, Craig Williams expounds on most important roots of Left Hand practice and guides us into the nocturnal inner and outer environments which the practitioner must establish in order to successfully progress along the Vama Marga. Complete with rituals and glossary, this book is an invaluable resource and manual for every serious occultist and esoteric explorer, particularly for those of the Left Handed Gnosis. Cave of the Numinous features the exclusive essay “Supreme Katabasis: Kaivalya and the Kosmic Gnosis” by David Beth as an introduction.” "More than a book, the Cave of the Numinous by Craig Williams (Yogacharya Dharma Rakshaka) is a companion for the journey of initiation into esoteric Hinduism. At 159 pages, it is a concise though challenging work, intended for the dedicated initiate of Left-hand Tantra, as well as other Gnostic and esoteric currents that might articulate the Mysteries through comparable symbols and teachings. It is a work that should be read slowly, methodically, and, undoubtedly, more than once or twice... As Williams makes clear in Cave of the Numinous ... the aim of Left-hand Tantra is not merely to harmonize mind and body, nor to rid the person of undesirable traits, or to dissolve karma. It is the immersion of the initiate in, and their transformation through, the Gnosis of the Dark goddess. Cave of the Numinous is undoubtedly one of the most challenging books on esoteric Hinduism, precisely because it aims to simultaneously penetrate the heart of this Mystery tradition and the heart of spiritual seeker. Its lessons may not be for everyone, but they should at least be carefully considered by anyone on the journey of initiation, or that hope for authentic Gnosis." - Angel Millar, "Real Left-Hand Tantra: A Review of Cave of The Numinous" Craig Williams is one of the most innovative and important contemporary occult Gnostics and is a close personal student of David Beth. He is a Bishop of the Ecclesia Gnostica Aeterna and a highly empowered adept of Esoteric Voudon. Moving beyond a conservative myopic view of Vedic Studies, Williams has evolved a unique system of Esoteric Hinduism and Left Hand Tantra over 25 years of initiatic study in Yoga, Ayurveda, Tantra, Jyotish and Vedanta. With undergraduate degrees in Religious Studies, Philosophy, and English Literature and a Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine, Craig lives in Austin, Texas where he operates a busy private medical practice specializing in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture and Ayurveda. He is a licensed acupuncturist and a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild and National Ayurvedic Medical Association. Williams’ medical and esoteric writings have appeared in various journals and anthologi...]]> Greg Kaminsky no 1:03:16 The Crescent and the Compass with Angel Millar http://occultofpersonality.net/the-crescent-and-the-compass-with-angel-millar/ Fri, 01 May 2015 05:26:54 +0000 http://occultofpersonality.net/?p=2067 http://occultofpersonality.net/the-crescent-and-the-compass-with-angel-millar/#respond Greg Kaminsky Angel Millar, author of the groundbreaking new book The Crescent and the Compass: Islam, Freemasonry, Esotericism, and Revolution in the Modern Age, published by Numen Books, is our guest in podcast episode 154. "From the middle of the 19th century, Islam and Freemasonry came to be connected in strange but significant ways that, ultimately, helped shape the world we are living in today. Prominent Muslims that were Freemasons, at least for a period include: Shaykh Quilliam, founder of the first mosque in Britain. Abd al-Qādir ibn Muḥyī al-Dīn, leader of the Algerian resistance against the French. Sayyid Jamal ad-Din al-Afghani, founder of anti-colonial politics in the Middle East. Muhammad Abduh, Grand Mufti and theologian. Moreover, although Freemasonry is often seen, today, as an “old boys’ club,” that was not how Muslims of the 9th century viewed it, or why they joined. Although he quickly became disillusioned, ʿAbd al-Qādir viewed Freemasonry as a brotherhood of man that held out the possibility of transcending religious and ethnic divisions, though (unlike communism or socialism) still believing in God, while al-Afghani attempted to use his membership of Freemasonry to promote his radical, political, anti-Western, message in the Middle East.In Britain, Quilliam — a prolific defender of the rights of Muslims — was involved with several of the more secretive spiritual, esoteric, and initiatic forms of Freemasonry (many Freemasons would have been unaware that such societies existed). Islam and Freemasonry also captured the imagination of some of the most important spiritual adventurers in the West. Freemason and occultist Aleister Crowley, for example, authored the little known Scented Garden of Abdullah. According to Crowley, the book — which is based on Sufi poetry, and contained Arabic script as well as English in the original edition — transcended both the Hindu Bhagavad Gita and the Tao Te Ching. Likewise, having grown up Catholic, before becoming a Freemason, French spiritual thinker René Guénon later adopted Islam, and spent his final years in Cairo. Guénon is best known for founding the Traditionalist school of metaphysics, which — though embracing all of the world’s major religions — produced many notable scholars of Islam. Some Masonic and “fringe Masonic” organizations were also founded, drawing on Islamic tradition. Most notably, the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (the “Shriners”) claimed, originally, to have descended from Sufism, and to be a Western equivalent of the Islamic mystical school." The Crescent and The Compass is the first book to explore the many connections between Muslim activists, Islamic spirituality, Freemasonry, and the Western spiritual underground, of the modern era. “Shedding new light on the ideas of Islamic mysticism, ‘Traditionalism’ and the seeds of eastern gnosis hidden deep within western history, The Crescent And The Compass will hopefully spark a resurgence of exploration and dialogue between eastern and western fields of esoteric scholarship, allowing new ideas to emerge that can hopefully provide much-needed guidance out of the dark haze of fundamentalist thought… This is a vital work on the influence of Islamic gnosis on western streams of esoteric spirituality… It should be closely examined by all individuals interested in Islam and the West.” — Craig Williams, author of Cave of the Numinous: Tantric Physics, vol. I. “… a brilliant exposition on a neglected topic. The history and connections Millar elucidates [in The Crescent and The Compass] are not only crucial for an accurate understanding of Islam and Freemasonry today but … [also] the darker side of the story: anti-Masonry, conspiracies, and violent reactionaries. …extremely interesting, and filled with new insights. We should all take notice” — Greg Kaminsky, Occult of Personality podcast. "The Crescent and the Compass is a highly significant work... http://occultofpersonality.net/the-crescent-and-the-compass-with-angel-millar/feed/ 0 Angel Millar, author of the groundbreaking new book The Crescent and the Compass: Islam, Freemasonry, Esotericism, and Revolution in the Modern Age, published by Numen Books, is our guest in podcast episode 154. Angel Millar, author of the groundbreaking new book The Crescent and the Compass: Islam, Freemasonry, Esotericism, and Revolution in the Modern Age, published by Numen Books, is our guest in podcast episode 154. "From the middle of the 19th century, Islam and Freemasonry came to be connected in strange but significant ways that, ultimately, helped shape the world we are living in today. Prominent Muslims that were Freemasons, at least for a period include: * Shaykh Quilliam, founder of the first mosque in Britain. * Abd al-Qādir ibn Muḥyī al-Dīn, leader of the Algerian resistance against the French. * Sayyid Jamal ad-Din al-Afghani, founder of anti-colonial politics in the Middle East. * Muhammad Abduh, Grand Mufti and theologian. Moreover, although Freemasonry is often seen, today, as an “old boys’ club,” that was not how Muslims of the 9th century viewed it, or why they joined. Although he quickly became disillusioned, ʿAbd al-Qādir viewed Freemasonry as a brotherhood of man that held out the possibility of transcending religious and ethnic divisions, though (unlike communism or socialism) still believing in God, while al-Afghani attempted to use his membership of Freemasonry to promote his radical, political, anti-Western, message in the Middle East.In Britain, Quilliam — a prolific defender of the rights of Muslims — was involved with several of the more secretive spiritual, esoteric, and initiatic forms of Freemasonry (many Freemasons would have been unaware that such societies existed). Islam and Freemasonry also captured the imagination of some of the most important spiritual adventurers in the West. Freemason and occultist Aleister Crowley, for example, authored the little known Scented Garden of Abdullah. According to Crowley, the book — which is based on Sufi poetry, and contained Arabic script as well as English in the original edition — transcended both the Hindu Bhagavad Gita and the Tao Te Ching. Likewise, having grown up Catholic, before becoming a Freemason, French spiritual thinker René Guénon later adopted Islam, and spent his final years in Cairo. Guénon is best known for founding the Traditionalist school of metaphysics, which — though embracing all of the world’s major religions — produced many notable scholars of Islam. Some Masonic and “fringe Masonic” organizations were also founded, drawing on Islamic tradition. Most notably, the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (the “Shriners”) claimed, originally, to have descended from Sufism, and to be a Western equivalent of the Islamic mystical school." The Crescent and The Compass is the first book to explore the many connections between Muslim activists, Islamic spirituality, Freemasonry, and the Western spiritual underground, of the modern era. “Shedding new light on the ideas of Islamic mysticism, ‘Traditionalism’ and the seeds of eastern gnosis hidden deep within western history, The Crescent And The Compass will hopefully spark a resurgence of exploration and dialogue between eastern and western fields of esoteric scholarship, allowing new ideas to emerge that can hopefully provide much-needed guidance out of the dark haze of fundamentalist thought… This is a vital work on the influence of Islamic gnosis on western streams of esoteric spirituality… It should be closely examined by all individuals interested in Islam and the West.” — Craig Williams, author of Cave of the Numinous: Tantric Physics, vol. I. “… a brilliant exposition on a neglected topic. The history and connections Millar elucidates [in The Crescent and The Compass] are not...]]> Greg Kaminsky no 1:11:30 Voices of Modern Gnosticism http://occultofpersonality.net/voices-of-modern-gnosticism/ Sat, 28 Mar 2015 16:16:55 +0000 http://occultofpersonality.net/?p=2044 http://occultofpersonality.net/voices-of-modern-gnosticism/#respond Greg Kaminsky Podcast episode 153, a very special edition of Occult of Personality podcast, features the recording of the Voices of Modern Gnosticism panel discussion recorded on November 8, 2014 in Arlington, Massachusetts. This historic event showcased four clergy from gnostic churches in open discussion and was inspired and partially organized by panelist and former guest of the show, Craig Williams. Special thanks is also extended to Father Donald Donato and St. Sarah the Egyptian Parish of the Apostolic Johannite Church for graciously hosting the event. The Panelists: Craig Williams is one of the few westerners to receive the “Veda Kovid” and “Yogacharya” titles from David Frawley and the American Institute of Vedic Studies recognizing initiatic study in Yoga, Ayurveda, Tantra, Jyotish and Vedanta. He is also an ordained bishop within the Ecclesia Gnostica Aeterna. With undergraduate degrees in Religious Studies, Philosophy and English Literature and a Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine, Craig lives in Austin, Texas where he has a private medical practice specializing in Ayurveda, Yoga, Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. He is a licensed acupuncturist and a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild and National Ayurvedic Medical Association. More information can be found at his website, http://www.AyurvedaAustin.com/. Cave of the Numinous, Craig’s highly acclaimed book on left-hand path tantra is available from Theion Publishing at http://www.theionpublishing.com/. Mike Estell took his Ordo Templi Orientis Minerval initiation on the Ides of March, 1998 e.v. He is a member of the Committee of Four of Tahuti Chapter R+C, a founding member of Abrahadabra Oasis, a chartered initiator, and an ordained Priest of the Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica (Gnostic Catholic Church). He was trained as a classical scholar at Berkeley and Yale, ultimately receiving a Ph.D. in Classics from Yale in 2000 e.v. He holds a second-degree black belt in traditional Japanese Shotokan karate, but has subsequently shifted his focus to Chinese internal martial arts. He was seated on the O.T.O. Electoral College in 2014 e.v. Father Tony Silvia is a priest in the Apostolic Johannite Church, an esoteric Gnostic Christian church, a founder of GnosticNYC and the GnosticNYC Network. He authored Sanctuary of the Sacred Flame: A Guide to Johannite Spiritual Practice. Fr. Tony is also a Freemason and a Martinist. You can find his web site at http://anthonysilvia.com/. Father Donald Donato is a priest and Rector for St. Sarah’s Parish of the Apostolic Johannite Church, Boston. He divides his time as Rector and as Director of Planning & Community Relations for a Massachusetts social services agency. Since 2006, Fr. Donald has written on the Johannite Tradition as the author of the blog In puris naturalibus, and he is the translator of The Lévitikon: The Gospels According to the Primitive Church, a controversial version of the Gospel of John discovered in 1804 by the founder of the modern Johannite Church, Dr. Bernard Raymond Fabré-Palaprat. In addition to these responsibilities, Fr. Donald is a mentor with St. Raphael the Archangel Theological Seminary and he is serving a second term as Chairman of the Advisory Council of the North American College of Gnostic Bishops. Greg Kaminsky is the host and producer of the Occult of Personality podcast, an illuminist, a Freemason, and a scholar of Western esoteric traditions. His desire to create the Occult of Personality podcast in 2006 began with a life-long compulsion to learn more about ancient civilizations, world religions, symbolism, and the underlying hidden wisdom which they contain, but only convey to those with eyes to see and ears to hear. With over 150 episodes completed and tens of thousands of listeners every month, the podcast continues to grow in popularity and prestige. In addition to the extensive research required for every episode of the show, http://occultofpersonality.net/voices-of-modern-gnosticism/feed/ 0 Podcast episode 153, a very special edition of Occult of Personality podcast, features the recording of the Voices of Modern Gnosticism panel discussion recorded on November 8, 2014 in Arlington, Massachusetts. Occult of Personality podcast, features the recording of the Voices of Modern Gnosticism panel discussion recorded on November 8, 2014 in Arlington, Massachusetts. This historic event showcased four clergy from gnostic churches in open discussion and was inspired and partially organized by panelist and former guest of the show, Craig Williams. Special thanks is also extended to Father Donald Donato and St. Sarah the Egyptian Parish of the Apostolic Johannite Church for graciously hosting the event. The Panelists: Craig Williams is one of the few westerners to receive the “Veda Kovid” and “Yogacharya” titles from David Frawley and the American Institute of Vedic Studies recognizing initiatic study in Yoga, Ayurveda, Tantra, Jyotish and Vedanta. He is also an ordained bishop within the Ecclesia Gnostica Aeterna. With undergraduate degrees in Religious Studies, Philosophy and English Literature and a Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine, Craig lives in Austin, Texas where he has a private medical practice specializing in Ayurveda, Yoga, Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. He is a licensed acupuncturist and a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild and National Ayurvedic Medical Association. More information can be found at his website, http://www.AyurvedaAustin.com/. Cave of the Numinous, Craig’s highly acclaimed book on left-hand path tantra is available from Theion Publishing at http://www.theionpublishing.com/. Mike Estell took his Ordo Templi Orientis Minerval initiation on the Ides of March, 1998 e.v. He is a member of the Committee of Four of Tahuti Chapter R+C, a founding member of Abrahadabra Oasis, a chartered initiator, and an ordained Priest of the Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica (Gnostic Catholic Church). He was trained as a classical scholar at Berkeley and Yale, ultimately receiving a Ph.D. in Classics from Yale in 2000 e.v. He holds a second-degree black belt in traditional Japanese Shotokan karate, but has subsequently shifted his focus to Chinese internal martial arts. He was seated on the O.T.O. Electoral College in 2014 e.v. Father Tony Silvia is a priest in the Apostolic Johannite Church, an esoteric Gnostic Christian church, a founder of GnosticNYC and the GnosticNYC Network. He authored Sanctuary of the Sacred Flame: A Guide to Johannite Spiritual Practice. Fr. Tony is also a Freemason and a Martinist. You can find his web site at http://anthonysilvia.com/. Father Donald Donato is a priest and Rector for St. Sarah’s Parish of the Apostolic Johannite Church, Boston. He divides his time as Rector and as Director of Planning & Community Relations for a Massachusetts social services agency. Since 2006, Fr. Donald has written on the Johannite Tradition as the author of the blog In puris naturalibus, and he is the translator of The Lévitikon: The Gospels According to the Primitive Church, a controversial version of the Gospel of John discovered in 1804 by the founder of the modern Johannite Church, Dr. Bernard Raymond Fabré-Palaprat. In addition to these responsibilities, Fr. Donald is a mentor with St.]]> Greg Kaminsky no 2:01:09 Gabriel Roberts http://occultofpersonality.net/gabriel-roberts/ Sun, 15 Mar 2015 02:44:59 +0000 http://occultofpersonality.net/?p=2035 http://occultofpersonality.net/gabriel-roberts/#respond Greg Kaminsky Gabriel D. Roberts, author of The Quest for Gnosis: Spirituality Beyond Dogma, is our guest in podcast episode 152. “Gabriel Roberts is a theological scholar, researcher and public speaker whose specialization is discussing the nature of perception and belief. After 27 years of passionate searching and study, Roberts stepped away from his long held Christian faith into a more expansive and fluid worldview. The details and reasons are cataloged in his book, Born Again To Rebirth. His latest book, The Quest For Gnosis explores the roots of belief, the power of the ecstatic state in one’s spiritual life and the means by which a deeply satisfying spiritual life may be achieved outside of the bonds of dogma. The book contains Roberts' transcribed interviews with many luminaries including Dr. Rupert Sheldrake, Graham Hancock, Daniele Bolelli, Peter J. Carroll, Hamilton Morris, Dr. Aaron Cheak, David Metcalfe, Randall Carlson, and Dr. Rick Strassman. Gabriel is continuing his research at the University of Washington in Tacoma as well as writing for VICE Magazine, Disinfo and Reality Sandwich.” "The Quest For Gnosis is a primer for the conscientious mystic, a new Gnostic tome that honors the old gods, but makes way for a new balance of techno-mystic reason. This is for the practical magician in the making, the pioneer of the golden age that we can still bring to fruition. We are the Shamans of the wasteland, the war zone, the ghetto; wherever our tribe has us, we are the focal points that heal the minds and hearts of the wounded all around us. Every single person who I’ve spoken with for this book is good people. We may not agree with each other on everything, but in each of them I see a thread of color found nowhere else. Theirs is the thread that must be intertwined into the tapestry of our new-found Gnosis; they are the fibers of our unbreakable chord. And in this work, we can find a common ground, a fragile yet beautiful unity, a powerful psychonautical compound created to confound and shock the hellish system we find ourselves a part of. The illumination we carry together has the potential to keep the flickering hope of a golden age alive." - Gabriel D. Roberts Gabriel Roberts The Quest for Gnosis: Spirituality Beyond Dogma by Gabriel D. Roberts Born Again to Rebirth by Gabriel D. Roberts Riding the Fine Line: The Essays of Gabriel D. Roberts by Gabriel D. Roberts Gabriel D. Roberts at Disinfo.com Randall Carlson of Sacred Geometry International - Occult of Personality podcast 131 David Metcalfe - Occult of Personality podcast episode 132 intro music by Paul Avgerinos outro music - "Quest" by Sasha Merkulov http://occultofpersonality.net/gabriel-roberts/feed/ 0 Gabriel D. Roberts, author of The Quest for Gnosis: Spirituality Beyond Dogma, is our guest in podcast episode 152. “Gabriel Roberts is a theological scholar, researcher and public speaker whose specialization is discussing the nature of perceptio... Gabriel D. Roberts, author of The Quest for Gnosis: Spirituality Beyond Dogma, is our guest in podcast episode 152. “Gabriel Roberts is a theological scholar, researcher and public speaker whose specialization is discussing the nature of perception and belief. After 27 years of passionate searching and study, Roberts stepped away from his long held Christian faith into a more expansive and fluid worldview. The details and reasons are cataloged in his book, Born Again To Rebirth. His latest book, The Quest For Gnosis explores the roots of belief, the power of the ecstatic state in one’s spiritual life and the means by which a deeply satisfying spiritual life may be achieved outside of the bonds of dogma. The book contains Roberts' transcribed interviews with many luminaries including Dr. Rupert Sheldrake, Graham Hancock, Daniele Bolelli, Peter J. Carroll, Hamilton Morris, Dr. Aaron Cheak, David Metcalfe, Randall Carlson, and Dr. Rick Strassman. Gabriel is continuing his research at the University of Washington in Tacoma as well as writing for VICE Magazine, Disinfo and Reality Sandwich.” "The Quest For Gnosis is a primer for the conscientious mystic, a new Gnostic tome that honors the old gods, but makes way for a new balance of techno-mystic reason. This is for the practical magician in the making, the pioneer of the golden age that we can still bring to fruition. We are the Shamans of the wasteland, the war zone, the ghetto; wherever our tribe has us, we are the focal points that heal the minds and hearts of the wounded all around us. Every single person who I’ve spoken with for this book is good people. We may not agree with each other on everything, but in each of them I see a thread of color found nowhere else. Theirs is the thread that must be intertwined into the tapestry of our new-found Gnosis; they are the fibers of our unbreakable chord. And in this work, we can find a common ground, a fragile yet beautiful unity, a powerful psychonautical compound created to confound and shock the hellish system we find ourselves a part of. The illumination we carry together has the potential to keep the flickering hope of a golden age alive." - Gabriel D. Roberts Gabriel Roberts The Quest for Gnosis: Spirituality Beyond Dogma by Gabriel D. Roberts Born Again to Rebirth by Gabriel D. Roberts Riding the Fine Line: The Essays of Gabriel D. Roberts by Gabriel D. Roberts Gabriel D. Roberts at Disinfo.com Randall Carlson of Sacred Geometry International - Occult of Personality podcast 131 David Metcalfe - Occult of Personality podcast episode 132 intro music by Paul Avgerinos outro music - "Quest" by Sasha Merkulov]]> Greg Kaminsky no Angel Millar http://occultofpersonality.net/angel-millar/ Sun, 08 Feb 2015 05:30:35 +0000 http://occultofpersonality.net/?p=2024 Historian of Freemasonry and author Angel Millar returns to the show in podcast episode 151 to discuss his recently published book Freemasonry: Foundation of the Western Esoteric Tradition, available from Salamander and Sons. Millar was our guest previously in podcast episode 50 and he's also the man behind People of Shambhala, a webzine dedicated to understanding the body and spirit in modernity, from meditation to martial arts, lifestyle to subcultures, philosophy to spirituality, and more. Angel Millar is the author of Freemasonry: A History (Thunder Bay / Greenwich Editions, 2005). His articles on Freemasonry and the esoteric, and related subjects, have also been published in the Journal of Indo-European Studies, Philalethes, The Transactions of the American Lodge of Research, The Empire State Mason, and The Compleat Master (Grand Lodge of New York’s textbook for Masters of Lodges), among others. Millar has also presented lectures to Masonic Lodges, the Philosophy Department of Mensa NY, and The Chancellor Robert R Livingston Masonic Library of Grand Lodge, NY. He was initiated into Freemasonry in late 2001, and raised to the sublime Degree of Master Mason in 2002. Millar later joined two invitational Masonic bodies, and took the Royal Arch and Knights Templar Degrees. He is also currently a full member of the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism. In the early 18th century the Masonic fraternity emerged to change the shape of the Western esoteric tradition forever. Within a few decades the fraternity had spawned numerous esoteric societies that claimed to communicate with spirits, teach the secrets of alchemy, and to perform rituals of healing. During the next century the still-surviving Masonic Rosicrucian society was established, attracting the founders of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn – William Wynn Westcott and S.L. MacGregor Mathers – and Theodor Reuss, co-founder of the Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.), among others. Freemasonry: Foundation of the Western Esoteric Tradition explores the history of Western esotericism, beginning with the early Masonic Ritual, and its symbolism of natural law and death, essential to understanding the Craft, high-Degree Freemasonry, and the contemporary Western esoteric tradition. Other subjects explored include: Mystical Masonic societies, practicing séances, alchemy, healing, etc.; The Masonic influence on the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and the O.T.O.; Masonic Lodges practicing Roman Catholic mysticism; The contemporary Masonic-Rosicrucian society; Aleister Crowley’s adventures in Freemasonry; The Rose Croix Degree; Freemasonry and alchemy; Wicca and Masonic symbolism. Freemasonry: Foundation of the Western Esoteric Tradition includes a series of 12 rare etchings by Hejonagogerus Nugir, originally published in Freymäurerische Versammlungsreden der Gold- und Rosenkreutzer des alten Systems (Amsterdam, 1779), presented here as plates. Millar also has a new book coming out soon that deals with the intersections between Islam and Freemasonry. Entitled The Crescent and the Compass, this work is remarkably revealing, timely, and important. We spend the last portion of the interview discussing this soon to be released book. In the Occult of Personality Membership Section, Angel Millar continues discussing his work contained in Freemasonry: Foundation of the Western Esoteric Tradition including his observations about the reversal of what is esoteric and what is exoteric in modern times, the influence of traditionalist philosophy, more about Aleister Crowley’s Masonic adventures, and even Freemasonry as a conduit for the Mysteries of the Runes. Don’t miss that fascinating conversation. Just go to occultofpersonality.net/membership and sign up if you haven’t already. It’s the best way to support the podcast while receiving access to a tremendous amount of additional exclusive content. Angel Millar Historian of Freemasonry and author Angel Millar returns to the show in podcast episode 151 to discuss his recently published book Freemasonry: Foundation of the Western Esoteric Tradition, available from Salamander and Sons. no 1:01:21