(Originally published in June 2010) In a recent post it was mentioned that in both the Hermetic and Tibetan literature it is stated that the teachings of spirituality in general, and these unique forms in particular, would eventually all but disappear, save for special locals.  However, the process whereby this loss of traditional and proven […]

The Crossroads at Midnight: Traditional Spirituality and Psychic Research By Mark Stavish, M.A. Copyright 2019   The following presentation was delivered on October 4th at PSICon 2019, sponsored by the Academy for Spiritual and Consciousness Studies (https://ascsi.org/), and held from October 2-5, in Durham, North Carolina. This is an uncorrected copy and is slightly longer […]

Teacher Student Relationships and What They Mean With some of our recent posts questions arose regarding the relationship that exists between a teacher and student, or to use the classical terminology, the Master and the Disciple.  Herein, the following was most recently said to me, so I though it would be good to pass it […]

Something New for the New Year!  This introductory offer expires tonight. Brauche: The Gateway to Medieval, Renaissance, and Classical Magic Please keep reading as this is a once in a lifetime opportunity! This six week class will examine Pennsylvania folk magic as an example of the survival of Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance magical practices into […]

I was recently asked my thoughts about a well-known magical system, one I have never participated in and know only from literature and its members. My reply was simple:  heroic systems attract those who want to be supermen but in the end often end up broken at the bottom of the mountain they tried to […]

It has become popular to talk about the notion of self initiation in many Western schools, books, and teachings on esotericism. This notion has led many to believe that such a path is not only open to all, but also a preferred path for awakening.  I have been told many times, as an advocate myself […]

  In several previous posts we have examined the role of death and dying in general as it appears in several schools of Western esotericism, and have noted that while death and various notions of the afterlife, reincarnation, and cosmic planes exists within esotericism, little practical advice is given regarding them and how to prepare […]