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Announcing a new peer-reviewed sourcebook on the Western Esoteric Tradition:


Pathways in Modern Western Magic Edited by Nevill Drury

This authoritative multi-authored volume – with contributions by specialist scholars as well as leading magical practitioners – provides a fascinating overview of the many different pathways that help define esoteric belief and practice in modern Western magic. Included here are chapters on the late 19th century Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, the influential Thelemic doctrines of Aleister Crowley, and the different faces of the Universal Goddess in Wicca and the pagan traditions. Also included are chapters on Neo-shamanism in Europe and the United States – and an account of how these traditions have in turn influenced the rise of technoshamanism in the West. Also featured here are insider perspectives on Seidr oracles, hybridised Tantra, contemporary black magic, the Scandinavian Dragon Rouge and Chaos magic in Britain – as well as profiles of the magical artists Ithell Colquhoun, Austin Osman Spare and Rosaleen Norton.

Nikki Bado * Jenny Blain * Nevill Drury * Dave Evans * Amy Hale * Phil Hine * Lynne Hume * Marguerite Johnson * Thomas Karlsson * James R. Lewis * Libuše Martínková * Robert J. Wallis * Don Webb * Dominique Beth Wilson * Andrei A. Znamenski


Lifting the veil: an emic approach to magical practice LYNNE HUME

The visual and the numinous: material expressions of the sacred in contemporary paganism DOMINIQUE BETH WILSON

Encountering the Universal Triple Goddess in Wicca NIKKI BADO

Away from the light – dark aspects of the Goddess MARGUERITE JOHNSON

Neo-shamanism in the United States ANDREI A. ZNAMENSKI

Neo-shamanism in Europe ROBERT J. WALLIS

Seidr oracles JENNY BLAIN

Magical practices in the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn NEVILL DRURY

The Thelemic sex magick of Aleister Crowley NEVILL DRURY

The Draconian Tradition: Dragon Rouge and the Left-Hand Path THOMAS KARLSSON

Claiming hellish hegemony: Anton LaVey, The Church of Satan and the Satanic Bible JAMES R. LEWIS

Modern black magic: initiation, sorcery and the Temple of Set DON WEBB

The magical life of Ithell Colquhoun AMY HALE

Two chthonic magical artists: Austin Osman Spare and Rosaleen Norton NEVILL DRURY

Nothing is true, everything is permitted: Chaos magics in Britain DAVE EVANS

The computer mediated religious life of technoshamans and cybershamans Libuše Martínková

The magic wonderland of the senses: reflections on a hybridised Tantra practice PHIL HINE

Published by Concrescent Scholars

Contact publisher directly for quantity and book-trade discounts:

Individual copies also available on Amazon: 6×9 in., Paperback, 484 pp. ISBN: 978-0-9843729-9-7 *


Rudolph Steiner: Anthroposophy

William Butler Yeats: Golden Dawn Lodges

Jeanne de Salzmann: G. I. Gurdjieff – Fourth Way

The Widening Gyre: Western Esotericism in the Mid-Twentieth Century

Susan Johnston Graf and Amy Hale, eds. are seeking articles of 4,000 to 7,000 words for a volume that will explore developments within Western occultism and esotericism during the mid-twentieth century. The volume, when completed, will be under consideration for inclusion in the State University of New York Press (SUNY) series on Western Esotericism.

Interested authors should send a copy of their current curriculum vitae and a 300-500-word scholarly abstract summarizing the proposed contribution to both:

Amy Hale ( and

Susan Johnston Graf (sjg9

by October 1, 2011


Rationale and Topics

Historical analysis of Western esoteric movements over the past two

centuries has put great emphasis on cycles of popularity and the

public evolution of esoteric ideas. Two areas of scholarly focus have

been the occult revival of the fin de siècle through the 1920s and the

expansion of Neopaganism as a religious movement in conjunction with

other liberating social movements of the late 1960s and 1970s.

Comparatively, the time period between the end of World War I and

1965, which was one of consolidation and generation in the development

of Western esoteric societies and movements, has been given less

attention. Histories of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, the

Theosophical Society, and other late nineteenth- and early

twentieth-century occult movements abound, but, aside from some

notable exceptions, in general there has been less concentration on

mid-century Western esoteric movements.

In this volume, we propose to concentrate tightly on the development

of esoteric groups and societies in the 45-year period between 1920

and 1965. This period saw the early unfolding and extension of Wicca,

important changes in Hermetic groups such as the Golden Dawn and the

O.T.O., and a significant change in the trajectory of Druidry in a way

that affected the entire subsequent direction of the Pagan movement.

Additionally, in the United States we see the earliest occult films of

Kenneth Anger and the first stirrings of the Church of Satan under

Anton LaVey. Likewise, in Germany we find the postwar development of

the Fraternitas Saturni. Our argument is that we should re-evaluate

this era, not only to redress the lack of scholarly attention it has

received, but also because it sets the tone and direction for Western

esotericism for the remainder of the twentieth century and into the


We seek articles which explore Western esoteric societies, movements,

and ideas, and the individuals, expressions, and places involved in

their continued flowering or declining, as the case may be, between

1920 and 1965.  

Potential topics for exploration may include (but are not limited to) the following:

The development of Golden Dawn lodges after 1920

The development or decline of continental magical orders

Post colonial magical groups in Central America, South America and the Caribbean

The fractioning of neo-Druidic orders

The interplay between the esoteric and Science Fiction

Society for Inner Light and mid-century Glastonbury

Mid-century American magical groups

The work of Kenneth Anger

Early or competing (non Gardnerian) varieties of Witchcraft.

Mid-century Freemasonry


The legacy of Rudolph Steiner and Anthroposophy

G. I. Gurdjieff and the Fourth Way


October 4th, 2008 – 2nd Annual Conference
Location: Masonic Hall, 71 West 23rd St., New York, NY 10010

Join us for the 2nd Annual Rose Circle Conference. We will be presenting speakers from all over the world to further your Esoteric education. Current confirmed speakers include:

Christopher McIntosh was born in England in 1943 and grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland. He studied philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford and German at London University, later returning to Oxford to take a doctorate in history with a dissertation on the Rosicrucian revival in the context of the German Enlightenment and Counter-Enlightenment. After working in London in journalism and publishing he spent four years in New York as an information officer with the United Nations Development Programme, then moved to Germany to work for UNESCO. In parallel he has pursued a career as a writer and researcher specialising in the esoteric traditions.

His books include The Astrologers and their Creed (1969); Eliphas Lévi and the French Occult Revival (1972); The Rosicrucians (latest edition 1997); The Rose Cross and the Age of Reason (1992), based on his D.Phil. dissertation; The Swan King: Ludwig II of Bavaria (latest edition 2003); and Gardens of the Gods (2005). His fictional work includes the occult novel Return of the Tetrad published in Czech as Navrat Tetradi (1998).

He also has a long-standing interest in nature-oriented belief systems. He has lectured widely and is on the faculty of the distance M.A. programme in Western Esotericism at the University of Exeter, England. His home is in Bremen, North Germany. Mr McIntosh is a long-standing member of the Pilgrim Lodge No. 238, London. This is a very unusual lodge in that it was founded in 1779 by Germans living in London and still conducts its rituals in German. It also uses an unusual German working different from the regular English Emulation working.

R. A. Gilbert, British author of numerous masonic, historical and rosicrucian books, journals and articles (most recently having co-authored ‘Freemasonry: A Celebration of the Craft” with John Hamill, Director of Communications for the United Grand Lodge of England. Bob Gilbert is England’s foremost book antiquarian. As former Librarian and Archivist to the SRIA, he became well known for his numerous contributions to Rosicrucian Scholarship. R. A. Gilbert is an expert on Freemasonry and the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn & Christian Esoterica in general. He is a Past Prestonian Lecturer (1997) and former editor of Ars Quatuor Coronatorum (AQC) while currently serving as chairman of QCCC Ltd.

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