• On the Ghosts and Technology of Western Civilization
    By Moonosity. It seems likely that this Postmodern age is really the next level in the development of Western civilization. In this particular level we find ourselves expectantly learning what to do next; cynically aware that we live in a society of stagnation and degradation. But perhaps this present stage is a necessary part of…
  • Eccentricity
    By Brendan Heard. There was a time when the varieties of human condition were not obsessively categorized. A time when you might encounter freely eccentric people (each perhaps rife with what we would label today as a psychological ailment) who were merely taken at face value. Their foibles and bizarre attributes accepted as immutable articles…
  • Neo Kitsch
    By Aaronart. Imagine walking into a modern art gallery, past the loud platitude-exchanges of hipsters whose attire matches the geometric paint-smears on the walls, past the trendy-cause tip jar, and suddenly finding oneself confronted by a painting which seems out of place. There hangs a beautifully rendered oil painting of a forest village illuminated by…
  • Virgo Full Moon 27th February 2021 08:17 am G.M.T 
    By Holly Hazeltree. This full moon, the dwarf planet Eris is conjunct the ascendant. In ancient Rome, Eris was also known as Discordia, for her ability to stir up trouble and strife in the world. She was famous in Greek myth for throwing her golden apple addressed “To the fairest” at the feet of Hera,…
  • La Folia de España
    By Lucca Zimerer. “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything” – Plato. With its origins in the Iberian Peninsula as a fertility dance, the Folia — known in French as Folie — became popular…
  • On World Domination
    Part 1 By Moonosity “. . . a prince ought to take care that he never lets anything slip from his lips that is not replete with the above-named five qualities, that he may appear to him who sees and hears him altogether merciful, faithful, humane, upright, and religious. There is nothing more necessary to…
  • An Empire of Temples
    By Brendan Heard and Iásonas Lupus. Where once we had real temples we have now constructed an empire of corporations and office buildings. And that being now established, we are in the process of making our homes into office-style corporate boxes. Always in the name of safety and cleanliness (drab white and greys, sterile straight lines,…
  • Circasians: The Most Beautiful Women in the World
    By Victória Dedini Schmidt. Hailing from the North Caucasus and the northeastern Black Sea coast, Circassians are an ethnic group historically famous for their alluring females. Many writers and travelers through the ages have described Circassians as the most beautiful women in the world. In the Russo-Circassian War (1763–1864) the Circassians were expelled from their…
  • The Conscious and Subconscious War
    By Brendan Heard The only way to distract ourselves from the futureless trap we have routined ourselves into, is to catch ourselves in another trap. To plan and lay for ourselves a stealthy ambush, a dragnet laid by our subconscious (our true-seeing dreaming-selves) to ensnare our wayward daylight waking-selves. The plan must be enacted on…
  • Urban Mechanics vs. Rural Time Release
    By Aaronart. In his book One Dimensional Man, Herbert Marcuse speculated that for society to have “progress” (by which he meant egalitarian views) civilization had to rid itself of historical backwardness, or the bonds of the people themselves to their national product (via tradition and heritage). This would lead to the process of desublimation, or…
  • Saturn and Uranus: Order out of Chaos
    By Holly Hazeltree. There are many ways to interpret this infamous refrain, with its connotations of freemasonry and authoritarianism. It is not my intention to downplay the peril in those intentions but I wish to explore the true meaning behind why this powerful saying has been hijacked, what it means astrologically, and how, in understanding…
  • Aquarius New Moon 11th February 2021 7:50PM G.M.T
    By Holly Hazeltree. This new moon there are six planets in Aquarius. This energy, by definition, can be wild and unpredictable, so expecting the unexpected (Uranus rules sudden shocks) will be wise this month. This new moon also sees an intense couple of squares between Uranus and Saturn, as well as a more fleeting one…
  • A City Need Not be a Hell-hole
    By Brendan Heard and Jason Lupus. One of our great modern tragedies (among an absurdly long list) is the lack of vision and wonder within modern cities. Not merely a concern of architecture or practical planning or aesthetics, but the absolute banality and oppressive sterilizing of the cultural space to an atheistic cement flat with…
  • Economics
    By Brendan Heard and Iásonas Lupus.  “I like beautiful things that are well made. I even believe aesthetics are equivalent to ethics. Something that is beautiful is ethical, and unethical things aren’t beautiful.” -Gianni Agnelli The future of economics should be seen as a piece of poetic artwork, a toy or bauble to an over-arching cultural…
  • Contra Utopia, A Politics of Heroism
    By Heliotroph There is a simple and non-explicit assumption held in common by people who seek to create a utopian human society: That society can be altered in whatever way one wishes so long as its participants consent (or are made to consent) – this assumption rests upon the culture’s dominant conception of what a…
  • Dodekatheon in Proclus’ order of causation part 2
    Part Two, by Alexander Iulianus. The Gods and Goddesses The gods and goddesses described in the following sections have been listed by order of their causes. However, it must not be misunderstood as being an explicit hierarchy of rulership. The order is according to the order of their act’s fulfilment and not by their authority…
  • Making weapons sacred again
    By Brendan Heard and Iásonas Lupus. “The one without a sword gets humiliated.” Arab proverb Civilizational breakdown is a great opportunity to bring back a necessary tribal formalities, those both time-tested and sprouting. And among those various eternal oddities we might happily revive the ultimate cabinet-of-curios valuable: the heroic sacralized weapon. Perfectly symbolic as a token…
  • The Ancient Custom
    By Brendan Heard. A manner is a custom and a custom is a tradition. Traditions are inexplicable things, and a custom follows an order possibly beyond our comprehension, as so many things are. That doesn’t mean customs don’t obey their own natural laws, in a pattern we can at least appreciate, if never grasp. You…
  • A Trip to the Modern “Art” Museum.
    By Aaron Art. In better times when we used to find captivation and optimism in our abilities, people would go to the public space in the hopes of finding illumination. At the museum one would find the work of those that spent their lives in the academy of art, where the artist would learn complex…
  • The Crisis of Today’s Youth
    Brendan Heard and Iásonas Lupus. “Great affairs should be done at once so that thoughts about danger do not weaken your courage and speed” – Julius Caesar The youth of today have lost a respect for authority, and do not understand what a sense of duty is. This failing is due to no authority or…
  • The Imperium of Wildness
    By Brendan Heard and Iásonas Lupus. It is crucial for an empire or kingdom to preserve its wild hinterlands as wild, and to encourage a wildness within its civilized districts, precisely for the purpose of limiting the ‘safety’ pandering of bourgeois bureaucrats. Routine and accounts-keepers who do not possess of the austere virtues of the…
  • Empire of the Tropics Part 4
    Minerva. By Brendan Heard and Iásonas Lupus. Vasco awoke with a start. A bright light was pouring into the vault, and he could hear running water. The walls were moving and his head swimming, but like a sleeper awakening from a dream, he felt an awareness that the drugs he’d been subjected to were wearing…
  • Dodekatheon in Proclus’ order of causation
    Part One, by Alexander Iulianus. The below graphic is a digitised version of a graphic designed by Thomas Taylor in his translation of Elements of Theology by Proclus. The assignment of gods and goddesses to each of Proclus’ spheres is my own addition. A hyparxis is a Neoplatonic term for a hierarch or leader of a particular hierarchy, in…
  • Saturnalia: The Mystery Of Death & Rebirth
    Brendan Heard and Iásonas Lupus. Saturnalia represents the cyclical nature of time, the imperishable spirit of mankind, and the elder lord of the black sun who imposes mortal limitations upon his kin. Thus is granted the gift of mortality, from the one who devours his children, and thus does he manifest the sacred dimension of…
  • Winter Solstice Reading – Monday 21st December 10.02 am GMT
    Holly Hazeltree This winter solstice and for the next three months to come the emphasis is on how to use the mind. Saturn is the traditional ruler of Aquarius and is probably at its most free as well as being content here. There is a great emphasis on how we think and how we manifest.…
  • The Cult of Action & Intensity
    Brendan Heard and Iásonas Lupus. I am not afraid of the darkness. Real death is preferable to a life without living.– Vasco da Gama You can not fabricate an order upon the fey utopian notions of global safety and peace, and all such efforts are nothing more than an orchestrated mass delusion. Typical of a…
  • The Mystery-cult becomes the State-cult
    By Brendan Heard and Iásonas Lupus. “Without change, something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.”– Frank Herbert Egypt, Babylon, Athens, and Rome, all began as archaic mystery cults, dedicated to the hidden world. Their initial impetus was not material, but the cultivation of a reciprocal energy-swap with the unseen forces of…
  • Notes on Godly Perfection
    Alexander Iulianus. 1. Perfection is exterior to The One, The One is not “perfect” because to be perfect implies the opposite state of imperfection, as though The One is in a state of self-perfection in prevention of its deterioration into imperfection. This does not exist in The One. 2. Perfection then, being exterior to The One, is…
  • Art & Religion
    By Brendan Heard and Iásonas Lupus. Artistic creativity is integral to religious tradition, and vise versa. To explore the hidden we require intricate forms of symbolism — and the hidden world affects us in return through the same medium: material creativity, ideas, and an encompassing world-view. The disciplines of music, dance, fashion, poetry, painting, architecture,…
  • Towards An Aristocratic Culture
    By Brendan Heard and Iásonas Lupus. It is not necessary to live, But to carve our names beyond that point. This is necessary. – Gabriele D’Annunzio An aristocratic culture is something we require by necessity. It is not a superfluous artifact of defunct ‘political’ ideas, or an easily discarded construct to be disseminated by envy.…
  • Altered States & Creativity
    By Brendan Heard and Iásonas Lupus. “The stakes are high – and so am I” – Ted Nugent The exploration of altered states of consciousness is the creative origin of civilization. Harking back through history to the days of Sumer, Egypt, and beyond; religious rituals have formed about these soma experiences and the altered psychological…
  • The Esoteric Architect
    By Brendan Heard and Iásonas Lupus. Part of the problem with our dismal modern architecture, apart from the intentionally-ugly values of (Post)Modernism, is that architects do not build with any sense of the sacred. The only thing they hold sacred is the economy, or Mammon, because the style of modern cancer-tecture is the language of…
  • Against Escapism
    By Peteseph of TOTHO. Aristotle rightly said that we work in order to enjoy leisure. That is, we work to live; we don’t live to work. The Greek word for leisure is skole, from which we get the word school: Our leisure is meant to be directed toward higher things like study and being a…
  • The Inevitable Return of The Polis
    By Brendan Heard and Iásonas Lupus. “It is more or less incontestable that the artistic production of medieval and renaissance Florence, with a population seventh that of contemporary Akron, Ohio, or a quarter of that of Croydon, was of greater value than that of the whole western world, with a population 7000 greater at least,…
  • Empire of the Tropics Part 3
    Leonor. By Brendan Heard and Iásonas Lupus. Dom Miguel was drunk. He stumbled into the guarded inner sanctum of the party, warily past the giant anaconda draping the golden shoulders and bow of a statue to Teucros, and into Madame Nova’s famous Hohenzollern dancing room. All within were masked and costumed in a variety of…
  • The Hero as a Dangerous Dreamer
    By Iásonas Lupus & Brendan Heard. We employ the mind to rule, the body to serve.– Sallust A man who cannot dream should not rule over other men. A man with no imagination, though practical, is crippled. He will homogenize those beneath him with utilitarianism, he will pave over the flourishing garden of his state…
  • Medusa is not the victim
    An analysis of the myth under the classical molds, by Victória Dedini Schmidt. The dissemination of Greek Mythology and in particular the tale of Medusa has brought about several poor interpretations, in desperate need of a more rigorous study of Mythography. It is necessary to understand how the symbology of a narration works before examining…
  • The Black Mirror & Technology
    Brendan Heard and Iásonas Lupus “Be curious about life, and be cautious with it.” – Vincent Price Since very ancient times it has been common practice that mystics use mirrors and dark pools of water for scrying, or seeking significant messages or visions. In the 17th century the mathematician, astronomer, and alchemist to Queen Elizabeth John Dee…
  • Death & Hades
    Brendan Heard and Iásonas Lupus Death-in-concept and the constant awareness of mortality is an essential prerequisite to living fully, to achieving greatness, and to taking death’s eventual journey with a full heart. Without a constant awareness of death it seems we neglect a gratitude for living, and forget to show reverence for the mysteries, or…
  • The Hidden Virile Era
    Brendan Heard There was a meeting point in the 1970’s of a variety of virile creative ideas and minor ‘pop’ movements which, after a brief period of popularity, were directly-after attacked and ever-since maligned by a familiar combined force of envy, bourgeois superficiality, and materialist commodification. Though they continue to inspire and are never without…
  • The Loss of the Solar Physician
    Brendan Heard and Iásonas Lupus “The Best Doctor is Also a Philosopher”– Galen As we see with studies on the effectiveness of placebos, belief and assurance can be unequivocally proclaimed an aspect of medical treatment. The culture that created the concepts and oaths of our practice of medicine were themselves interwoven with a religious or…
  • Goblins of the Unknown
    Brendan Heard and Iásonas Lupus “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown”― H.P. Lovecraft Due to our obsession with secular materialism we have chosen to largely disregard the lore of the fae, or veneration of the fairy-folk (the spirits of…
  • The Platonic monarch
    Brendan Heard and Iásonas Lupus There is a type of leadership that we might consider ideal. A type of system that is idealistic in the corporeal sense – that is: heroic, traditional, and rational. Unhindered by sweet lies or emotional falsehoods, this idealized hierarchy is Platonic, and its ideal ruler is a Platonic Monarch. For…
  • Season Of The Long Shadow
    Brendan Heard and Iásonas Lupus The shadow dominates this later part of the year. According to ancestral legend the fall and early winter is when the known & unknown worlds overlap with greater frequency, as the light-bringer Sol moves farther away, and the long shadow drapes all in a cold blanket – to survive another…
  • Aesthetic Urbanism
    Brendan Heard and Iásonas Lupus “The soul that beholds beauty becomes beautiful.” — Plotinus Aesthetic urbanism is possible. Urbanism does not have to be shit – it does not have to be plastic hives, at once hideous and boring, or the cookie-cutter prefab conformism of an endless row of identical square domiciles. Which itself encourages…
  • Pax Deorum
    Brendan Heard and Iásonas Lupus “Knowledge of the gods,” says Iamblichus, “is virtue and wisdom and perfect happiness, and makes us like to the gods,” Kingdoms and empires with any fire, relevance, or life, require the cultivation of piety and sacrosanct ritual in order to gain Olympian energy, to connect with a positive current from…
  • Empire of the Tropics Part 2
    InitiationBrendan Heard and Iásonas Lupus The Viscount of Oeiras, Miguel the Reticent, stood before the blazing brazier, his heavy brows furrowed, and the flames reflected warmly in the gold vestments visible beneath his jaguar pelt, and his gold dragoon helm, and the gold sheath of his long-hanging sword. His acolyte Vasco stood beside him, observing…
  • Romance Science
    Brendan Heard and Iásonas Lupus Classical science had a romantic conception of the world, a unifying pursuit of understanding dictated by values we have since lost. Just as art and craft were once the same thing, now lessened by their bifurcation, so too were science, art, and theology formerly entwined. All were elements to a…
  • Empire of the Tropics Part 1
    Dom Miguel.Iásonas Lupus and Brendan Heard. The young gaucho, Vasco De Fernandes, passed beneath the great archway, It was magnificent in size, depicting stone angels wielding mighty golden swords. This was the Western entrance arch to Rio De Janeiro, capital of the tropical empire, city of knights and mystics. His noble master, The Viscount of…
  • Art & Order
    Iásonas Lupus and Brendan Heard “Order, not chaos, is the will of the gods” (Excerpt from the documentary: Egypt – Chaos and kings) The arts were given to mankind from the immortal gods in order to create order from chaos. Art is the material output of a culture, and at its summit guides that culture…
  • Punk Rock – a Mainstream Coup
    Iásonas lupus and Brendan Heard Before the advent of the quasi-Modernist movement known as ‘punk rock’, rock music was evolving into a variety of more sophisticated forms. It was drawing inspirations from classical and medieval music, imaginative fantasy and science fiction themes, anti-mainstream (anti-mercantile) values, and a Promethean escalation of intricacy and musicianship. So called…
  • Pisces full moon 2nd September 2020 06:22 G.M.T
    Holly Hazeltree The Sun is rising at this full moon, so our relationships with our own physical health and life force are demanding our attention. Obviously, given the current pandemic situation, this is the most likely arena for such issues to be playing out for most people – how we manage our life force, how…
  • Stone is the Marrow of the World
    Iásonas Lupus and Brendan Heard Stone, the osseous substrate, is the backbone of growth. The ideal for building, the fundamental of construction, reshaping the land into human-realized structures. As a material it is unlike the artificially manufactured substitutes of modernity – its organic longevity and natural imperfections echo the immortal and the divine. Structures crafted…
  • The Importance of the Priestly Class
    Iásonas Lupus and Brendan Heard Everything is overflowing with Gods.– Proclus Civilizations and human culture require curators (disciples, guardians) to keep tradition alive. Those who practice what we must call cultural husbandry, like a gardener caring for a unique plant, watering and providing light specific to its needs, or a librarian who dusts and airs…
  • Religion & Knighthood
    Iásonas Lupus and Brendan Heard Religious traditions must at their core encompass the virtues of knighthood. Virtue and law rest upon a foundation of protective honour codes, mutually agreed systems drawn from combat-law. These values (status-reward for courage and the virtue-based rules of chivalry) are the framework of social hierarchy itself. If discarded for sentimental…
  • The Divine Nature of Gold
    Iásonas Lupus and Brendan Heard Paper money has had the effect in your State that it ever will have, to ruin commerce, oppress the honest, and open a door to every species of fraud and injustice.– George Washington Gold represents the solar aspect of divinity – it is a metal which is hard to acquire.…
  • The Guild System & Spiritual Development
    Iásonas Lupus and Brendan Heard Our economic work should not be separate from our religious life. Everything should be dominated and unified by our attitudes to the hidden world, including and especially our work. It is of no consequence whether or not you are an atheist. Obtaining mastery in a skill or trade is a…
  • Statecraft Must Obey Divine Law
    Iásonas Lupus and Brendan Heard “What, then, will be the right way to live? A man should spend his whole life at ‘play’ – sacrificing, singing, dancing – so that he can win the favor of gods and protect himself from his enemies and conquer them in battle.” – Plato (The Laws) Throughout the kingdoms…
  • Hinduism and Perennial philosophy (Part 2)
    Moxad and Brendan Heard ME: really, so you also have the duality of heaven and hell? MOXAD: yes we do. heaven is Saatvik, earth is Rajassic, hell is Tamsic, and between births you will spend your time at one of these, but the cycle is endless ME: OK, so if one attains Moksha (without trying…
  • Correcting popular misconceptions about Plato (Part Three)
    Aglaophamos In book V of the Republic, Plato famously argues for the inclusion of women in the guardian class1, which has given rise to the belief that he was a ‘proto-feminist’. This, as we shall see, is a gross mischaracterization. That the guardian women should perform the same job and, thus, receive the same education…