Author Archives: Mark Stavish

The Crossroads at Midnight: Traditional Spirituality and Psychic Research

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 (, 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

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 […]

Brauche: The Gateway to Medieval, Renaissance, and Classical Magic

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 […]

Watch That Lung! Meditator’s Disease and How to Avoid It.

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 […]

Teacher and the Path in the West

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 […]

What to Do For the Dead, and Ourselves Along the Way

  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 […]

Relics and the Chain of Tradition

I was first introduced to the idea of relics, that is, physical artifacts associated with the personal life of great beings, as a child. However, for the most part they did not make a strong impression on me until years later, after I had matured myself to understand their importance.  Relics connect us to the […]