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The Ideological War for the Occult Scene

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Introduction

It would be utter foolishness to underestimate the influence of spiritual and religious currents usually described as “occult”. While these concepts are not being displayed in mainstream society and most of the public is unaware of what they actually consist of, they have and always had the power to lure and change the worldview of those few individuals who dared to take the occult seriously. Read more …

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 208
John Morgan on Colin Wilson

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Greg Johnson and John Morgan convene another episode of Counter-Currents Weekly. Read more …

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 170
Greg Johnson & John Morgan
The Films of David Lynch, Part 1

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Part 1 of 2

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Greg Johnson and John Morgan discuss the films of David Lynch. Read more …

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Jason Jorjani’s Prometheus & Atlas

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Jason Reza Jorjani
Prometheus and Atlas
London: Arktos, 2016

“A man is, whatever room he is in.”[1]

Christy Mattling: Tellin’ them innocent kids stories about the dead and their hauntings! That’s the work of the devil. You’ll pay for it. The Devil! That man is the Devil Himself!

Renee Coliveil: Oh shut up, you potentate of righteousness![2]  Read more …

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Albion’s Hidden Numina
Joy Division

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Joy Division left us with the most relentlessly depressing body of songs since Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder. In some ways, though, this singularity of approach, this lack of light touches to add color to the palate, is responsible for making them enduringly fascinating. Read more …

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Battle of the Magicians:
Baron Evola between the Dancer & the Druid

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A Constant Reader has called my attention (keep those cards and letters coming in, folks!) to some critical commentary on the magical writings of Baron Evola[1] by none other than John Michael Greer, who is Past Grand Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America and current head of the Druidical Order of the Golden Dawn. Read more …

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Albion’s Hidden Numina
Folk Horror Revival

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Katherine Beem and Andy Paciorek, eds.
Folk Horror Revival: Field Studies
Wyrd Harvest Press, 2015

The term “folk horror” is a relatively recent invention that can be applied to a wide range of artistic creations, not all of them belonging to the horror genre. It was popularized by the 2010 BBC TV documentary A History of Horror where the term was used to describe three horror films: Witchfinder General, The Blood on Satan’s Claw, and The Wicker Man. Read more …

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Breaking Rules:
Paul Waggener’s On Magic

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Paul Waggener
On Magic: A No-Bullshit Primer on Working the Will
Lynchburg,Virginia: Operation Werewolf: 2015 (e book)

There are very few writings that deal with genuine magic in a straightforward way. Hocus-pocus, if you will, permeates every aspect of magical instruction—from the mainstream Law of Attraction books to Esoteric Runology tomes based upon initiatory occultism. Read more …

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“The Name is Crowley . . . Aleister Crowley”:
Reflections on Enlightenment & Espionage

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Richard B. Spence
Secret Agent 666: Aleister Crowley, British Intelligence and the Occult
Port Townsend, Wash.: Feral House, 2008

“The great scientists, the artists, the philosophers, the religious leaders — all maniacs. What else but a blind singleness of purpose could have given focus to their purpose? Mania, my dear Mister Bond, is as priceless as genius. Read more …

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Albion’s Hidden Numina
The Falling

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TheFallingWatching Carol Morley’s new film, The Falling, I found myself wondering, slightly obsessively, exactly which year it was set in. I settled on 1970 because the visual cues in the home of the main character, Lydia, suggested that strange point in time where hallucinatory sixties psychedelia ossified into lurid home furnishings. Subsequent googling revealed that it was set in 1969. Read more …

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Put Down That Rifle & Read This Instead

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The Weiser Book of Horror and the Occult: Hidden Magic, Occult Truths, and the Stories That Started It All
Edited and Introduced by Lon Milo DuQuette
San Francisco: Weiser Books, 2014

“What would your feelings be, seriously, if your cat or your dog began to talk to you, and to dispute with you in human accents? You would be overwhelmed with horror. I am sure of it. And if the roses in your garden sang a weird song, you would go mad.” — Arthur Machen, “The White People”  Read more …

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Curses, Cut-Ups, & Contraptions:
The “Disastrous Success” of William Burroughs’ Magick

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BurroughsMagicMatthew Levi Stevens
The Magical Universe of William S. Burroughs
Oxford: Mandrake of Oxford, 2014[1]

My very first question to him, a living, breathing, Beatnik legend in the flesh was . . . “Tell me about magick?” William was not in the least surprised by my question. “Care for a drink?” he asked. Putting on the TV to watch The Man from U.N.C.L.E., he explained “Reality is not really all it’s cracked up to be, you know . . .”—Genesis P-Orridge  Read more …

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Ever Sacred, Ever Vexed:
Getting Down with the Lord of the Codes

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Nomad Codes: Adventures in Modern Esoterica
Portland, Or.: Yeti Publishing, 2010

“I find the internet-driven pressure to make pieces short, data-dense, and crisply opinionated — as opposed to thoughtful, multi-perspectival, and lyrical — rather oppressive, leading to a certain kind of superficial smugness as well as general submission to the forces of reference over reflection.” — Erik Davis[1]

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Kenya Obama & the Temple of Dumb:
Election Day Reflections on Ignatius Reilly, Heinrich Himmler, & the Need for Roots

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“So check it out, and next time you go cruising down the street, take a look around. We are Franklin Franklin.” — Jeff Frankas

After reading Jeff Frankas’ excellent review of Small Apartments[1] I did what I usually do in such circumstances–head over to Amazon to see if there are any used copies in the $0.25 range (my current book budget). Once there, I discovered that it has already been made into a movie, a veritable “underground hit” with big stars like . . . Billy Crystal.  Read more …

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Mircea Eliade, Carl Schmitt, & René Guénon

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Mircea Eliade’s The Portugal Journal, trans. Mac Linscott Ricketts (Albany, N.Y.: SUNY Press, 2010) covers the years 1941 to 1945 when Eliade was a Romanian diplomat in Portugal. It is thus a prequel to Eliade’s four-volume Journal (Vol. 1: 1945–1955, Vol. 2: 1957–1969, Vol. 3: 1970–1978, and Vol. 4: 1979–1985), which begins with his arrival in Paris in September of 1945 and continues for the rest of his life.

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The Tools of the Occult War

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Translated by Cologero Salvo

The occult war is when the forces of worldwide subversion lead from behind the scenes, adopting means that almost always elude ordinary methods of investigation. Read more …

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The Concept of Initiation

Great Eleusis Frieze, Eleusis Museum, Greece, late 5th c. BCE

Great Eleusis Frieze, Eleusis Museum, Greece, late 5th c. BCE

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Translated by Bruno Cariou

It is not easy, today, to give an exact idea of what is meant by Initiation and to define the figure of the ‘Initiate’. The main difficulty lies in the necessity of referring to a vision of the world and man, and to structures, which belong essentially to traditional civilisations, distant from the present one, not only from the modern mentality and culture, but also, to a large extent, from the religion which has come to predominate in the West.

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Giacinto Scelsi:
A Soundtrack for Radical Traditionalism

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“Rome is the boundary between East and West. South of Rome, the East starts, and north of Rome, the West starts. This border-line now, runs exactly over the Forum Romanum. There’s my house, this explains my life and my music.” — Giacinto Scelsi

The music of Giacinto Scelsi is still relatively obscure, which is in keeping with the reclusive and esoteric character of the composer himself. Read more …

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The Empire of the End:
A Brief Introduction to Jean Parvulesco

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Jean Parvulesco is not exactly a household name in the West.  All of his books remain untranslated from French, in no small part due to the complex, idiosyncratic prose style they contain. Parvulesco is a living mystery of European literature. Read more …

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Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke, R.I.P.

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On Wednesday, August 29, 2012, the British scholar of esotericism, Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke, passed away from cancer at the age of 59. Professor Goodrick-Clarke must have dealt with his illness quite well, as he was at work until only a few hours before his death, according to the testimony of some of his students. Read more …

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The Influence of H. P. Lovecraft on Occultism

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Lovecraft’s horror stories have become not just a literary cult like many others, but a tangible cult of the occult. The Cthulhu Mythos of the Old Gods with Unspeakable names are evoked and worshiped, and respected practitioners of the esoteric use the symbolism and mythos as the basis of a magical system. Read more …

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The Path of Cinnabar:
An Intellectual Autobiography

Translated by Sergio Knipe
Artkos Media, 2009
284 pages

paperback: $25

Julius Evola (1898–1974) was a renowned Dadaist artist, Idealist philosopher, mystic, anti-modernist, anti-liberal, and scholar of world religions and the occult. The Path of Cinnabar is Evola’s intellectual autobiography. Read more …

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A Band Apart:
Wulf Grimsson’s Loki’s Way

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Wulf Grimsson
Loki’s Way: The Path of the Sorcerer in the Age of Iron
Second Edition
Lulu.com, 2011

A few weeks ago I was privileged to receive this unsolicited manuscript, “the result of over 30 years of research, study and practice,” by Wulf Grimsson. Read more …

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H. P. Lovecraft: Árijský mystik

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Publikováno na počest stodvacátého výročí narození H. P. Lovecrafta (20. srpna 2010).

English original here

“Homo homini lupus: Člověk člověku vlkem.” – Plautus

Howard Phillips Lovecraft se narodil v Providence na Rhode Island v roce 1890. Read more …

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H. P. Lovecraft: Aryan Mystic

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Czech translation here.

Published in honor of H. P. Lovecraft’s 120th birthday, August 20, 2010.

Homo Homini Lupus; Man is a wolf to his kindred.”
–Plautus

Howard Phillips Lovecraft was born in Providence on Rhode Island in 1890. Read more …

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Hellboy

Hellboy

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Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy (2004) is grounded in a highly entertaining fusion of occult history and lore—including elements of Traditionalism, Esoteric Hitlerism, and even H. P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos—although cut and pasted and juggled around without any regard for truth.

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The Spanish Films of Guillermo del Toro

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Guillermo del Toro is a Mexican director whose films I have been watching since I learned he was directing The Hobbit, which is being produced by Peter Jackson, the director of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. As a LOTR fanatic, I wanted to get a sense of how Del Toro might handle The Hobbit. This is the first of three reviews I hope to write on his work so far.

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