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The Ashlar In Conflict With the Temple: Reconciling the Needs of the Individual with the Needs of Society

Posted on December 8th, 2015 by Thomas Ryan

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me, and when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there […]

Never Forget: 24 Priorities and Principles on a Day of Remembrance

Posted on September 11th, 2015 by Thomas Ryan

I have written the following 24 declarations, neither as a citizen of any particular country nor a believer in any particular faith, but simply as a human being. Here’s what I’m doing my best to never forget, today and every day:

The End of the Family Line

Posted on June 21st, 2015 by Thomas Ryan

I’ve got a lot of mixed feelings about Fathers Day. It’s hard to say I’m thankful for my father. When I was a kid, the most positive male role model I had was a fictional character in ridiculous blue tights and a red cape. As I wrote once before, my brother and I didn’t need […]

I Went To Your Funeral Today: An Extrospection on Suicide (and a True Story)

Posted on June 9th, 2015 by Emmu Matson

I went to your funeral today. Everyone was there. Your mother, your sister, your brother. Your cousins, and aunts and uncles. Your nieces and nephews, running around in their brightly colored clothing, looking out of place among the black and dim hues, playing on their game systems and making round trips to the refreshment tables. […]

In Memory of Leonard Nimoy

Posted on February 27th, 2015 by Thomas Ryan

Today, the world lost one of its best humans. Over the course of nearly 50 years as Spock on television and film, Leonard Nimoy had more to say about humanity while playing an alien, and said it with more profundity and relevance, than many actors have done playing human characters. And it should be noted that Nimoy did […]

The Sleeper Must Awaken

Posted on August 29th, 2014 by Shauna Aura Knight

Science fiction and fantasy books and movies often delve into the fantastic, the unreal, the magical, the impossible…and yet so often they reflect a deeper truths. Sometimes, what looks like magic is actually just incredibly advanced technology. I’m an admitted nerd for the old 1980’s David Lynch movie Dune. However, I never read the book […]

How Pop Culture Spreads Magic by Taylor Ellwood

Posted on May 14th, 2014 by Thomas Ryan

Taylor Ellwood is a student of various occult philosophies and practices, and is an exploratory developer and practitioner of his own system of ritual magic. He is the author of Pop Culture Magick and the managing non-fiction editor of Megalithica Books, an imprint of Immanion Press. Recently, Taylor published an article on the growing phenomenon of communicating […]

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Your Hate Has Made You Powerful

Posted on April 29th, 2014 by Shauna Aura Knight

There’s a quote from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi that has nagged at me for years. In my 20’s, it was an inspiring quote that brought a lot of energy to me when the chips were down and I was fighting the good fight. After I did a lot of feminist leadership training, I […]

Overcoming the Old Wound: The Hero’s Final Test

Posted on October 1st, 2013 by Shauna Aura Knight

The hero is always wounded. The hero has always sustained some traumatic damage in their past that ultimately leads to their final victory. In fact, the hero ultimately cannot overcome the final test without their wounding. It’s called the Sacred Wound when heroes heal enough to take strength from what he has learned. They succeed in […]

Invisible Lessons

Posted on May 8th, 2013 by Thomas Ryan

When I went to technical college, I lamented to my father about having to take Calculus classes. I knew that in my chosen field (which I had already been working in for several years), calculus was something I would never be called on to use. In responding, my father described having a similar experience while […]