Author Archives: Mark Stavish

The Use of Myth: The Case of Saturn

On the Use of Myth: The Case of Saturn By Dr. John White Myth is intrinsic to most forms of occult practice. Whether we speak of classical Hermetic theurgic rites, or Christian sacraments, or designing rituals around some particular Sephirah of the Tree of Life (or countless other examples), the foundational stories and grand narratives […]

IHS GuideStar Profile Update

We have updated our profile on GuideStar, the premier registry of non-profit organizations. Please note we qualify for Bronze status.  Donation in support of the Institute for Hermetic Studies and its activities can be made directly through GuideStar. https://www.guidestar.org/profile/81-4208085      

Deliver Us From Evil

The theme for this month’s teaching is “deliver us from evil.” Here we most easily think of evil as something to be feared, as if evil were some great cosmic force that can act upon us without our conscious or unconscious participation. To better grasp this, we need to look at what evil actually is, […]

IHS Facebook Fundraiser for the 2019 Conference

Dear Friends, Below is a link to our Facebook fundraiser to offset the costs of this year’s annual conference. Please support this work in any amount you see fit. $5 or $500, and anything in between brings us one step closer to our goal of $1,500.  As of today, we are slightly over 2/3 of […]

Excerpt from Money Magnetism: How To Get What You Need When You Need It

In the words of Paramahansa Yogananda, “The greater the will, the greater the flow of energy.” …The power of will, in fact, lies less in what a person thinks than in what he wants to make happen. Thus, according to Paramahansa Yogandana’s definition, “Will is desire plus energy, directed towards fulfillment.” Without feeling, what a […]

On Meditative Process

On Meditative Process By John R. White, Ph.D. The following amounts to the description of what begins as an associative-meditative event. Though it is possible that the content of the meditation is of some interest (though nothing terribly dramatic resulted from it), the experience is recorded here more to illustrate and understand the meditative process, […]

The Feast of the Epiphany

The following was originally written for use on The Feast of the Epiphany (January 2016) and is being made available here for a wider audience.   Today is Three Kings’ Day, or the Feast of the Epiphany, which celebrates spiritual discernment or discrimination. Discrimination is the virtue of Malkuth on the Tree of Life and […]