Esotericism, Psychologism, and Spiritual Movements by John R. White, Ph.D. Modern Western esoteric practice is deeply influenced by depth psychology. “Depth psychology” is a generic term covering basically all those psychologies which focus on the psyche’s “subconscious” or “unconscious” dimensions. Among the best-known depth psychologies are Freud’s psychoanalysis, Jung’s analytical psychology, Gestalt psychology, and psychosynthesis, […]

For information on the Institute for Hermetic Studies Third Annual Conference to be held on May 2, 2020 use the following link.   The information below regarding the 2019 Conference is for archival purposes only.   Institute for Hermetic Studies Second Annual Conference Where: Hilton Garden Inn Wilkes-Barre 242 Highland Park Boulevard Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania […]

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 […]