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Symbolist Art and the French Occult Revival: The Esoteric-aesthetic vision of Sâr Péladan

Editor’s Note: Paper presented at the 3rd ESSWE Conference, Lux in Tenebris by Sasha Chaitow, founder of the Phoenix Rising Academy History has not been kind to Joséphin Péladan. Usually consigned to a footnote or a few lines in scholarly overviews of Rosicrucianism or the French occult revival, as a historical figure his defining characteristic … Continue reading

Unequal Springtime

Here we are, its early spring 2014 and a harsh winter is now behind us. A good time for a reality check on how inequality is doing. Yes, just as springtime progresses unequally, growing numbers of people will find themselves choking and short of breath ahead of the monthly bills and payment deadlines while the … Continue reading

For the Burly Q, It’s Back to the Future: The Re-Emergence of Burlesque in L.A.

Note: Only the stage names of the performers and producers are being used for this article, a long tradition in burlesque. Things were chaotic in the graffiti-covered storeroom at the Three Clubs lounge, and Bootsy Sterling, private eye, was drinking in as much as she could. Standing between cases of beer and piles of bar … Continue reading

The Weight of Things

You inhabit a body, you inhabit its politics. We’re all living commodities, someone else’s currency. I’ve always felt I didn’t really own my body, that I was somehow renting a space that was a public possession.  There is a fine line that separates the self from the entity, and it when it comes to sex, … Continue reading

Cinemashrink: Wadjda, 2013

Editor’s Note: Dr. Jane Alexander Stewart is on vacation.  Guest writer True Shields reviews Wadjda, the first film from a woman director shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, for October’s Cinemashrink and Newtopia’s Second Anniversary issue. Wadjda, 2013 Directed and Written by Hafiaa al-Mansour Starring Waad Mohammed, Reem Abdullah, and Abdulrahman al-Guhani It’s not Saudi music … Continue reading

God’s War on Beasts

I heard in Sunday School that the ancient Egyptians “worshiped the beast,” which sounded absolutely evil, even though I loved my dog tons more than I cared about the church. Later on I got to wondering how animals got such a Satanic reputation. Apparently, war on the beasts is a major theme in some versions … Continue reading

Far From Fed: Recent Trends in Inequality

On a late May morning on my way to work, I noticed this huge armored truck through the bus window. It was one of those grey, heavy-duty vehicles that you sometimes spot in front of super-markets, collecting the daily cash. This truck however, was about five feet longer than the normal ones as it had … Continue reading

Sea Sanctuaries to Rival the Moon

In 1977, researcher Bill Ballantine got the New Zealand government to declare a five square kilometer (two sq. mile) patch of sea near his laboratory as a marine reserve, so he could study the effects of excluding fishers. For ten years after that, not much happened. The bare, trawled seabed slowly started to re-grow its … Continue reading

Euro-American Interferences

People first arrived in America from Eurasia a minimum of 12,000 years ago and became what we nowadays call the Native Americans. The first European to land in North America nearly 500 years before Christopher Columbus, was to be the Norse explorer Leif Ericson (970–1020). According to the Sagas of Icelanders, he established a Norse … Continue reading

Eating with Whores in the Bible

In the ancient Middle East, it was shocking and dangerous if a woman left her family and went off traveling with outsider men. That sort of thing could get people killed. But in the gospel accounts, it says that Jesus “went journeying from town to town and village to village … [and] with him were … Continue reading