Author Archives: Mark Stavish

Krampus, Christmas, and the Reason for the Season on WVIA Radio

Listen to a wonderful interview with Erika Funke for the WVIA Radio program ArtScene.  In this interview we talk about Krampus, paganism in European Christmas traditions, their survival in Pennsylvania German folk traditions, and the current revival movements.   For more information on Pennsylvania German folklore and magic see: Our previous interview on ArtScene (Oct. 31, 2017) a link […]

The Magic of Philosophy, Part Two

The Magic of Philosophy, Part Two By John R. White, Ph.D. In my previous post (The Magic of Philosophy, Part One) I described the ancient conception of the philosopher and also suggested that, once we understand what it means to be a “philosopher” in the ancient sense, we see why the philosophers were the natural […]

Grant Us Thy Peace

Grant Us Thy Peace The following essay was originally prepared as a commentary for the “Second Sunday After Epiphany” (January 2016).   The theme for the Second Sunday after the Epiphany is “Grant us Thy Peace” where in Mystical Meditations on the Collects Dion Fortune inquires, “To whom are we directing this request?”  The answer […]

Suggestion and Creating False Memories

The following excerpt from the book Hypnotism (1945) is being shared as to demonstrate the importance of suggestion in day to day communications, but also its amazing impact when directed towards specific outcomes. Nearly all spiritual practices are some form of suggestion, as is all forms of advertising, marketing, and nearly all media exposure.  “Guard […]

Some Insights on Monotheism, Collectivism, and Good Intentions

In his works Revolt Against the Modern and Man Among the Ruins, Julius Evola states that Communism is the ultimate destination of monotheism, and with it, materialism, moralism, and a soul crushing, totalitarian anti-spiritual conformity that is the hallmark of the Kali Yuga. We see within Communism, like any destructive cult such as the philosophy […]

An Excerpt from The Power and Secret of the Jesuits

“What Ignatius strove to achieve was simply to expose to the bright light of consciousness the laws of the soul which determine the ‘voluntary’ actions of man. The basic law of all human activity seemed to him connected with the observation that every act is preceded by a decision. … So he tried to trace […]

The Heart Unafraid and the Spiritual Path

The Heart Unafraid and the Spiritual Path The following essay was originally written as a commentary on the First Sunday after Epiphany (January 2016).             The Heart Unafraid is an oil painting by Leopold de Postels (1910-?) that was for many decades included in the Ninth Degree monographs of the Rosicrucian Order (AMORC). It is […]