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 […]

Excerpt from Shiva and the Primordial Tradition   Monastic or Hermetic Tradition “In the four castes, initiation refers to the social person’s participation in the cosmological rite, in the work of the Creator, in maintaining society, and improving human conditions as a whole on the spiritual level. Monastic initiation is quite another kind and is […]

Book Review The Mirror of Magic: A History of Magic in the Western World by Kurt Seligmann (1900-1962) Collector’s Edition Inner Traditions 2018   I am somewhat at a loss here as I cannot say enough about this book. In part it is because of the memories I have from when I came across an […]

The Magic of Philosophy, Part One By John R. White, Ph.D. The Hermetic tradition, insofar as it became a Hellenic tradition, was carried forward through the centuries, both immediately before and immediately after the Common Era, by a group of people who became known as “philosophers.” The term “philosophy” was coined by Pythagoras – perhaps […]

Three Years Later – September 19, 2018 Again, all true. “It has been three years since you went full whore, things are looking up?” my cretin friend said across the phone line. “Yes, and all courtesy of a handful of people. Alfred has one the lion’s share of the work with editing and typesetting all […]

“All I want for Christmas…” (Part 1) Originally published, November 18 & 22, 2015. Republished here for your consideration and illumination, with more to follow.   A conversation I recently had with a fellow author. “How are you doing?” came the voice through the telephone. “Fine” I replied, “Just a little sore.” “What? Breaking in […]

Author’s note: I originally composed this as a general article. It is not aimed or directed at any particular situation, but touches on practical methods that work in my experience. Please feel free to contact me with questions, comments or corrections. – James Brown, Board of Directors of the Institute for Hermetic Studies   EIGHTBALL (to […]