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Ronnie Pontiac

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Interview With Sasha Chaitow: Artist and Esoteric Scholar

Sasha Chaitow looks like she just stepped out of a Minoan or Mycenaean fresco. Her knowledge of esoteric history combined with her vocation of artist contributes to her oracular quality. She’s an extraordinary example of the new breed of academics in the young field of esoteric studies, and of a new generation of artist intellectuals … Continue reading

Willy Reichel’s Magical Mystery Tour Part 3: The Far East and Unanswered Questions

Communication with the dead is known in every culture throughout history. But in America in the spring of 1848 in the cabin of the Fox Sisters something happened that captured the imaginations of human beings all over the world, unleashing a wave of experimentation, and fraud. So much fraud that we can’t help but wonder … Continue reading

Willy Reichel’s Magical Mystery Tour Part 2: More Occult Wonders; The Great Earthquake

    Part travel log, part guide to colonial spiritualists, part almanac and eye witness account of history, readers in 1908 must have found shockingly exotic Willy Reichel’s book An Occultist’s Travels, with its combination of beautiful scenery, gold mines, the ruins of San Francisco, and dead friends materializing and speaking obscure dialects. Willy seemed … Continue reading

Willy Reichel’s Magical Mystery Tour Part 1: The Miracles of Mr. Miller

Willy’s world travels weren’t really about exploring the beauties of nature, unless you include among those beauties, the certainty of life after death. Imagine how pristine the sky, the beach and the ocean must have been that summer in the town of Hamilton, in the Bermuda Islands in 1908 when Willy Reichel signed the preface … Continue reading

Navigating the Grand Cardinal Cross: Daily Astrological Observations from May 15 to May 31

Yesterday’s Full Moon in Scorpio and the ongoing Grand Cardinal Cross lend extra intensity to each day’s aspects, but as Jupiter begins to move out of orb the Grand Cardinal Cross becomes a stressful T-square aspect with Mars stationary retrograde holding its square to Pluto and opposition to Uranus for much longer than the usual … Continue reading

Navigating the Grand Cardinal Cross: Daily Astrological Observations April 15 – May 1

Blood moons on Jewish holidays are inspiring apocalyptic paranoia, an atmosphere of widespread uneasiness, outbreaks of violence between people and nations, disturbing events are the status quo as humanity navigates a challenging moment in our evolution. The second half of April may include dramatic crisis, or it may simply represent a landmark in retrospect, as … Continue reading

Navigating the Grand Cardinal Cross: Daily Astrological Observations for March 15-April 15, 2014 (Pacific Standard Time)

For a lucky few Saturn’s long station has brought respect, and honors for those who earned it through long dedication and hard work.  But for many this has been a trying and tiring time.  Saturn stationary retrograde has occupied 23 degrees Scorpio since February 11.  22 degrees arrives appropriately enough on March 22 as Saturn … Continue reading

Cosmos, Science, Surrealism and the Hermetic Imaginary: An Interview with Leon Marvell

Watching the new TV series Cosmos I was delighted to see so much attention given to Giordano Bruno.  But Hermetic and Platonic traditions that influenced his thought were as usual, ignored.  The currently official history of science tells us that while astrology and astronomy, and alchemy and chemistry grew up together in the 17th century … Continue reading

Aspire to Greatness: Searching for Truth and Meaning

    “I also came from a pretty tough upbringing, and I have finally begun to find myself now in college. So I guess what I really want to ask is… what advice could you give to a 22 year old aspiring for greatness and in search for truth and meaning?”  Daniel Daniel, These notes I’ve … Continue reading

Esoteric Architecture of Washington, D.C.

Long before Dan Brown’s enigmatic bestseller The Lost Symbol popularized the idea that Masonic emblems reveal a conspiracy involving the history and design of Washington, D.C., generations of writers have speculated on the subject. Various Christian authors have developed an extensive mythology around the idea that a satanic pentagram marks the original D.C. city plan. … Continue reading