• Gemini full moon Monday 30th November 2020 9:29am G.M.T
    Holly Hazeltree This month’s full moon is a lunar eclipse. Lunar eclipses are traditional portents of upheaval and change, as the energy of the full moon is increased. Full moons represent culmination or a zenith of the particular astrological energy in play for that month. This month, this super-charged energy falls in the sign of…
  • 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…
  • Scorpio New Moon 15th November 2020 5:07am G.M.T
    Holly Hazeltree Scorpio new moon is a time of new seed, not just for the month but the whole 12 months ahead. This is a Supermoon as well, so its effects are powerful. November is a good month to release that which holds you back is no longer useful or burdensome – although death and…
  • 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: LeonorBrendan 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…
  • Thesmophoria
    Holly Hazeltree Hallowe’en was known to the ancient Greeks as Thesmophoria. As with the Harvest celebration, Demetrion, it is centred around Demeter. This time, it commemorates the loss of her daughter, Kore (later known as Persephone) to Hades, Lord of the Underworld. This was a women’s festival and the women would grieve and mourn with…
  • October Hunter’s and Blue Moon in Taurus/Hallowe’en reading – Saturday 31st October 2.49PM G.M.T.
    Holly Hazeltree As the full moon takes place on Hallowe’en, this reading will serve as an interpretation not only for the full moon but for Hallowe’en as the energies of this full moon will be felt for approximately the next six weeks, up until the winter solstice. There is some very amplified energy around this…
  • 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…
  • Libra New Moon Friday 16th October 2020 8:31 pm GMT
    Holly Hazeltree So, the last new moon before the US election and, as you would expect, it is full of some very energetic and intense placements. I am loath to do any kind of predictions but it is worth pointing out that Gemini rising in this chart is conjunct with Trump’s natal sun and north…
  • 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…
  • October Harvest Moon 1st October 2020 22:05 G.M.T
    Holly Hazeltree I have referred to this full moon as the Harvest Moon, not just because that it is an old name for the full moon after the autumn equinox but because this month is a blue moon month and at Hallowe’en we will have another full moon, in Taurus, the Hunter’s Moon. So, this…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • Demetrion
    Holly Hazeltree Autumn Equinox was known to the ancient Greeks as Demetrion, after the grain goddess, Demeter. It is the height of the harvest season, which begins with the grain harvest in early August and ends with the meat harvest at the end of October. Demetrion celebrates the fruits of the land and the fruits…
  • Autumn equinox – Tuesday 22nd September 2020 2:30PM G.M.T
    Holly Hazeltree This reading will take account of the planetary energies for coming season, taking us all the way up to the Winter Solstice. As more regular readers will know, this year we’ve been tracking the progress of a very heavy Capricorn stellium comprising of Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto. From Yuletide, these planets will begin…
  • Empire of the Tropics
    Part 1: Dom MiguelIásonas 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…
  • New Moon Thursday 17th September 2020 11am G.M.T
    Holly Hazeltree This new moon takes place in the healing sign of Virgo and offers healing and restoration for all. As the moon is active three days either side of when it is new or full, I have been pondering if we’ve been seeing this effect in the recent peace treaties in the Middle East.…
  • 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…
  • Pisces & Virgo – A Jungian archetypal perspective
    Naida Muslić (Orphic Inscendence) Astrology is one of the earliest disciplines through which humans attempted to understand the cosmos, not merely through descriptive means, but through interpretative means. Astrology as such is a hermenutical discipline, and not purely empirical – as it does not seek to describe, but rather to interpret. In the time in…
  • 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…
  • New Moon in Leo 19th August 3:42am G.M.T
    Holly Hazeltree This New Moon is a very special, alchemical New Moon. The Sun is in his home sign of Leo, the Moon is new and at Perigree (which means it is close to the Earth, although we will not really see it, as the Moon is new and dark) and they are both conjunct…
  • 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…
  • Lughnasadh/Lion’s Gate reading 8th August 2020 06:27 G.M.T
    Holly Hazeltree The Lion’s Gate refers to the height of what have been known since antiquity as “the dog days”, which refers to the return of the Canis Major constellation to the night skies. The “dog days” take place from July through to September and were associated with times of madness and bad luck. At…
  • 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.…
  • Full Moon in Aquarius 3rd August 2020 16:58 G.M.T
    Holly Hazeltree I will get straight to the point. This full moon is a difficult one, full of challenging aspects with not many opportunities for relief or respite. This is something that will affect all signs, but as with other difficult times, it too will pass away, so just bear that in mind this month.…
  • 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…
  • New Moon in Cancer Monday 20th July 2020 18:32 G.M.T
    Holly Hazeltree The main theme of this new moon is money and finances in general. The Sun and the Moon are in the 8th house, in the sign of Cancer. As well as ruling sex, it also rules other people’s money. Opposing the Sun and the Moon, we have the ongoing Capricorn stellium of Jupiter,…
  • 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…
  • Hinduism and Perennial philosophy
    (Part One) Moxad and Brendan Heard This is a transcription of a video chat I had with Moxad (@KJBBrihatT9) which experienced technical difficulties (rather upsettingly, as I accentuated the philosophy with some lovely guitar licks). It is quite long, and this is part 1. ME: Most people know about karma, they’ve heard of it, but…
  • Danger is the way of the gods
    Iásonas Lupus and Brendan Heard “If there’s no danger, pleasure is less pleasant” – Ovid The transcendental thrill of danger is conducive to mankind’s spiritual evolution, because life and death scenarios increase our awareness of the immortal. Awareness that we ourselves are forms, pushed into this plane of existence mysteriously, only to retract to that…
  • Correcting popular misconceptions about Plato (Part Two)
    Aglaophamos Since 1945, when Popper’s Open Society was first published, Plato’s political theory, as presented in the Republic, has been the subject of criticism from both the left and the right. On one hand, liberals denounce Plato as a proto-fascist; conservatives, on the other hand, accuse him of being a forerunner of communism and feminism.…
  • The Province of the Soul
    Alexander Iulianus It is the province of the Soul to gather up unto herself her purposes and her intents, even her manifest shape. The primordial soul in her most infantile stage, having only just relinquished herself from the All after some eternal period, and having first seen herself as both I and not-I, entertained for herself…
  • Correcting popular misconceptions about Plato (Part One)
    Aglaophamos “It has always been correct to praise Plato, but not to understand him” wrote British philosopher Bertrand Russell in his History of Western Philosophy (1945). Today, seventy-five years later, it is no longer ‘correct’ to praise Plato – at least not for his contributions to philosophy – and what is taught about him in…
  • July Full Moon Lunar Eclipse 5th July 05:44 AM GMT
    Holly Hazeltree This month we have another lunar eclipse together with an exact conjunction between Pluto and Jupiter. I have written about this ongoing conjunction before, so for a deeper analysis have a look at my article on Pluto, Jupiter and Saturn. This reading, I’ll be focusing primarily on the last eclipse of this year’s…
  • Ancient Egyptians were the masters of kingdom-craft
    Iásonas Lupus and Brendan Heard The core of tradition lies in the mystery of archaic values, values centered about spiritual considerations, placing the hidden world above the material, in defiance of privation, death, and doubt. This is not possible in our fleeting materialist age, and sounds strange to our feeble modern ears. Nevertheless that is…
  • The Resacralization of the Flesh
    (or: A Body Positive Future) By Iásonas Lupus and Brendan Heard Sadly we are losing the concept of the physical body as vehicle for the soul, and thereby its outward beauty as indication of soulful cultivation. The strange attitudes of negligence and hatred for one’s body and appearance lead further to a desacralization of the…
  • Summer Solstice Solar eclipse in Cancer Sunday 21st June 7:41 am GMT
    Holly Hazeltree This eclipse will be something special, as not only does it occur at the first sunrise just after the summer solstice, but will also take place at the exact point in the heavens where the elliptic crosses the Milky Way – it’s a rare and unique event that will not occur again for…
  • Monarchic Futurism
    Iásonas Lupus and Brendan Heard The conquest of the cosmos can only become a reality for Solar Occidentals if we strictly adopt a system of sacred governance. One which pursues long-term visions and goals with a group-civilizational self-conception. A dominion of Holy Kings, entrusted with passing down a cultural legacy and administrating ambient, centuries-long projects…
  • Modern Music is Poison
    Iásonas Lupus and Brendan Heard There is no longer any appreciation for occidental musical traditions, by any establishment related to music or entertainment, as the thread of ethnicity has been utterly unwound from the foundations of our nonsensical techno-edifice. This has created an aura of disjointed abandonment, of feeling recent, and self-formed, and rootless —…
  • Space Travel is Promethean Heroism
    Brendan Heard Space is the current frontier (the final frontier is likely something else). Without a frontier Promethean man stagnates: inwardly discontent, bored and lacking challenge. At the advent of the limits of growth, a coldness sets in, a banality, the icy breath of death. Risk, exploration, and striving to understand the universe has been…
  • New Moon in Gemini 22nd May 2020 – 17.38 G.M.T
    Holly Hazeltree The new moon is a time when the sun is conjunct the moon. There is harmony and balance. It is a good time to set intentions for the month ahead, as the energy is so focused. If you are a Gemini, this is a good time to set your intentions for the whole…
  • The Importance of Spirituality
    Iásonas Lupus and Brendan Heard Within the academic circles of the Occident, religion and theology has become marginalized, largely due to the rigid perspectives of ideological scientism. This immovable materialist secularization has increased a morbid sense of soullessness and apathy within our communities and systems. Without a coherent theological grasp of the world, which historically…
  • Excerpt from my Book: Conceptualism
    Brendan Heard Conceptualism (1960–present): Concepts take precedence over traditional æsthetic and material. Essentially Abstract Expressionism but with even less need to actually make anything. Abstract Expressionism evolved into a few equally nonsensical children, the most notable being Conceptualism, which suffers from even greater inflated price tags and narcissism. As with all Modernism, it has the…
  • The Imperial Cult
    Temple of the Hermetic One The history of this cult begins with Aeneas, who was a Trojan hero conceived by Venus and a mortal man. Many nobles and heirs to royalty would go on to claim him as their ancestor; most notably, Romulus and Remus, who are the twin-sons of Rhea Silvia and the God…