Black Magic, Murder, and the Tibetan Book of the Dead “I mentioned briefly in the preceding chapter that the arrangement of the texts of the Great Liberation Upon Hearing in the Bardo, in the form that is most accessible to us today, was the work of a controversial treasure revealer from Kham named Rikzin Nyima […]

Israel Regardie and the Theory and Practice of the Middle Pillar Exercise by Mark Stavish, M.A. 19 June 2014 Presented at the Fifth Annual Conference for the Association for the Study of Esotericism, Colgate University (Hamilton, New York)   Introduction If we look at today’s self-help marketplace, we can come to several conclusions, one of […]

Censoring Phantasy and ‘The Greatness of Saturn’: Reconciliation with the Inner World   Previously we published excerpts from Ion Couliano’s groundbreaking work, Eros and Magic in the Renaissance, entitled, “Censoring Phantasy: Abolition of the Phantasmic” wherein we placed the movement from the imaginative to the hyper-rational in a historical and religious context.  This section had […]

Many of the unseen forces and beings manipulating the minds of humanity are a direct product of our own creation. Mark Stavish calls these beings egregores and explains that they are a type of thought-form that is created by our collective social beliefs and norms. Once it reaches a certain stage of power, it influences […]

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 […]

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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, […]