Philadelphia and the Esoteric Meaning of Philia

Dear Reader,

I just came across  a reference to the word philia or “friendship,” which was the bond that held together the universe in the Neoplatonic magus Iamblichus’s thought as well as what transformed the soul through theurgic magic.

As I have recently written, the city of Philadelphia may have taken its name from a group of millennialist occultists who existed in the early Enlightenment.

Is it possible that the founders of Philadelphia had a cosmic joining of men around the world in Masonic brotherhood and philia as well a joining of heaven and earth through a natural magic in mind when they named the city?

Hasn’t this always been the goal of Masonry and Masonic countries like the United States?


Philadelphia: City of Magic?

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Dear Reader,

As you and I know, many cities built in the late Renaissance and Enlightenment were constructed according to occult principles and “sacred geometry.”

I just ran across an interesting passage in D.P. Walker’s classic The Ancient Theology in which Walker mentions that Andrew Michael Ramsay, an 18th century Neoplatonic eccentric heretic, joined a group called the Philadelphians, which was dedicated to the occult-mystical philosophy of Jacob Boehme, millennialism, and universal salvation.

Interestingly a city named Philadelphia was built in the United States at about this time.

We are always told that the American city of Philadelphia, home to Benjamin Franklin, a member of the Satanic hell fire club and American founding father, was meant to be a city of religious reconciliation and tolerance.

However, this bridging of religions has been a goal of the occult from ancient times until the modern New Age movement.

Are there uncovered secrets in the history of the city of Philadelphia?

Another Clue into The Roots of Transgender Ideology

Dear Reader,

As I have written before, the roots of transgenderism are deep in myth and occult ritual. As I also have written before, many of the stories of humans and gods mating in classical myths are references to early rituals possibly involving sex magic and shamanistic communion with demons.

I just ran across something interesting in Walter Burkert’s Structure and History in Greek Mythology and Ritual related to these two phenomenon.

Burkert describes some strange stories of the Greek país or hermaphroditic or transgendered individual. There is the myth of Leto who transforms a Cretan girl into the boy Leucippus, and there was a subsequent bizarre Cretan ritual called Ekdysia that commemorated the story of Leucippus and may have involved pederasty.

Are these rituals and stories memories of an even deeper more sinister ritual that existed before Noah’s flood?

Is not only the phenomenon of transgenderism but that of human trafficking and rumors of human sacrifice and harm of children on the rise a revival of this cult?

Christopher Marlowe and Culture Creation in the Elizabethan Age

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Dear Reader,

It is common knowledge today that there is an interlock between pop culture and government occultic propaganda. Many, especially on the political left, recognize that this interlock is as old as the Egyptians. This propaganda, called, ideology by Marxists is meant to enslave the masses of people while exalting a ruling class.

While today there is so much awareness of the inundation of occultic imagery in pop culture that Taco Bell can do an “illuminati” parody commercial, this connection between government, culture, and magic has an old pedigree in the West.

While doing so research on Cornelius Agrippa (for an academic book I am writing on the occult in the Renaissance, btw, not because of curiosity!), I came across some interesting material on the English playwright Christopher Marlowe.

While attending Cambridge, Marlowe went absent in 1587 and returned with a large some of money.

Moreover, Marlowe was later under the patronage of Thomas Walshingham, a cousin of Francis Walshingham, Queen Elizabeth I’s spy master.

Furthermore, Marlowe, who died a mysterious and perhaps ritualistic death (he was stabbed above his right eye), had a keen knowledge of magic, especially the magic of Cornelius Agrippa. Marlowe allegedly derived his interest in magic from a circle of writers that included Sir Walter Raleigh, who himself was interested in magic, and The Wizard Earl of Northumberland, Henry Percy–Spenser, Sidney, and Dee also had some connection to this circle.

Marlowe also was accused by Richard Baines, his contemporary, of being interested in “boys” (like many cultural celebrities and occultists today).

Finally, there were two playwrights who were brought in to add 600 lines in Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus.

Christopher Marlowe is just one of many Elizabethans in which politics, magic, sexual degeneracy, and religious reform join.

Is it possible that Marlowe was not merely a spy for England but a cultural change agent hired and finessed to disseminate occult teaching and revolutionary ideas into the West?

Was Marlowe part of a proto-Masonic society that drew from the hidden Orphic teaching disseminated by Cornelius Agrippa and other magi?

Is there a link with Shakespeare here?


The Picatrix, Adocentyn, and the Enlightenment Vision of a Magic City

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Dear Reader,

It is common knowledge even among “regular people” that Washington, DC is designed according Masonic and even magic principles–there is a broken pentagram above the White House. It is also clear that many other cities, including St. Petersburg, Russia, were laid out according to occult principles.

However, I just came across (for the second time) a description of the legendary magic Egyptian city of Adocentyn from the book of magic by the Arab of Harran, the Picatrix.

There are a couple of strange things about this city. Like the city of Alexandria, Virginia a suburb of Washington, DC, Adocentyn contained a lighthouse.

Secondly, this light house was decorated with various lights that were coordinated with days of the week.

These light shows, which often included images of pagan gods, have been common phenomenon since the creation of sky scrapers (many of which are decorated with occult images themselves). There was even a light show recently on the face of St. Peter’s Church in the Vatican.

Were those who built the skyscrapers and those who now decorate them with strange lights and light shows paying homage to the Picatrix?


Catherine De Medici, Religious Tolerance, and the CERN Ritual

In the summer of 2016, the CERN tunnel in Switzerland was opened with a strange ritual involving nymphs and satyrs.

I have written on this blog before about the relationship between satyrs and the image of the devil. I also have written about the esoteric reading of classical myth, that is, in addition to a moral reading as well as a delight in the story of a myth, there is also a hidden meaning in many classical myths tied to theurgic magic.

Well, the CERN ritual popped into my mind when I read the following description of Catherine de Medici’s festive rituals following the signing of the Edict of Amboise in 1563, which brought a temporary truce to the fightings between Catholic and Huguenots in France. James Clough describes this ritual as including “Troops of ladies and gentleman, disguised as nymphs and satyrs” who roamed “the woods and meadows of the estate, gayly re-enacting the legends of ancient Greece.”

As I have suggested, it is my view that the underline esoteric reading of the satyr-nymph trope as well as the other bizarre contacts between gods, animals, and humans in classical myth is sex magic and some early transgressive ritual.

As a side note, the ur-story behind the  Robin Hood and Maid Marion tale is an echo of this ritual in Celtic myth.

Why would a Medici Christian queen have a mock pagan ritual to celebrate an edict of religious tolerance?

Was this a reference to the Golden Age being restored?

Why was this same ritual performed at CERN?

Do physicists spend their time practicing the occult and reading classical myth when they are not running particle accelerators?



Dan Nicholas Hopkins and the Magic Roots of the English Reformation

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Dear Reader,

As part of my ongoing research into magic in the Renaissance, I have followed the lead of Catholic Historian William Thomas Walsh who suggested that there were revolutionary cells within Europe that directed and organized the Reformation.

One of my own theories (backed by some evidence such as letters from the magician Cornelius Agrippa to a Benedictan Abbot) is that these cells practiced magic.

However, while figures such as John Dee, Giordano Bruno, and Cornelius Agrippa are more famous, there are a number of lesser luminaries that I have come across. Furthermore, while much research has been done on Elizabethan magic, there is little work on magic being practiced by the previous generation of Tudors under Henry VIII.

Yet, in my research of the court of Henry VIII. I have come across an interesting figure in my research: the Carthusian monk, Dan Nicholas Hopkins, who acted as a “soothsayer” for The Duke of Buckingham, providing him with a series of prophecies. When Hopkins was arrested, the other Carthusians denied their connection to Hopkins’s magic.

As a result,  we are left with a tantalizing hint that perhaps later magi such as John Dee did not appear out of nowhere, but were, in fact, links in a generational network of magicians who helped topple Christendom and build the modern world.

The Woke Meme and NeoPlatonic Furor

Dear Reader,

Just a quick note on a weird connection between the popular internet meme of glowing eyes in an avatar as a sign of being “woke” or conscious to allegedly deep philosophical and political issues.

Such an image of glowing eyes was popular in the Renaissance to denote the intelligence and beauty of a soul that itself reflected the divine forms. In Edmund Spenser’s Faerie Queene, he writes of the huntress Belphoebe’s eyes “flaming” like “two liuing lamps.”

This is not necessarily an occult connection, but it is a sign that the person is possessed with fury, perhaps even the fury of a daemon or demon.

Iamblichus on the Ancient Wisdom

One of the odd claims of the modern New Age movement is that they are recovering an ancient unified religion. This also is one of the claims of hermeticists and masons and is one of the goals of the ecumenical movement. What is interesting is that the Syrian Neoplatonist Iamblichus also believed in this ancient religion as did Plato who expounds upon it in his Timaeus. This religion seems to have the following qualities.

  1. A supreme father God that is worshiped under a variety of names.
  2. A mother goddess who is worshiped under a variety of names.
  3. However, at the same time, there is some understanding that humans can reach Godhead and either equal or become part of the supreme God.
  4. Avatars or prophets who come and present an exoteric teaching for the masses and estoteric doctrine for the “illumined ones.” Jesus is one of these avatars in Islam, Mormonism, Hinduism (after the 19th century), and the New Age movement, as well as the new Arian Christianity of the Vatican II Church.
  5. A divide between a master class (the illumined ones, the ubermensch, etc.)  or race (i.e., Nordics, colored people, Jews, etc.) and the common people who are animals and slaves. This divide is covered over by a duplicitous exoteric teaching of equality.
  6. A totalitarian world state.
  7. The paradoxical worship of technology as well as naturalism (especially for the masses who are more animal like).
  8. A brutal and sadistic violence masked by the exoteric doctrine of kindness and humanism.
  9. Sexual degeneracy as sex magic and a means of enlightenment.

This teaching survived in the West in gnostic and manichean sects, Talmudic Judaism, Islam, cells with in the Catholic Church as well as among the Byzantine and Eastern “Orthodox,” as well as in folk traditions and classical myths.

It is my view that this is the religion into which Pope Francis is steering us. I strongly believe, based on some evidence and rumors, that Pope Francis will introduce a new rite sprung from the Novus Ordo that will be an ecumenical rite that will accelerate the return of this new world religion.

The Return of the Bear: The Tudors and Magic


As part of my wider research, I have been looking for the legacy of magic in the English Tudor family. It is clear that Elizabeth was well versed in magic, but, drawing from the historian William Thomas Walsh, I strongly believe occult pre-Masonic forces in England were at least partially behind instigating the Reformation.

Well, reading David Starkey’s Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII, I came across an interesting passage. When Catherine of Aragon was brought to England to marry Arthur Tudor, the first son of Henry VII, Catherine was greeted with a pageant that involved the star Arcturus as well as Ursa Major, two celestial entities curiously linked with the mythological figure after whom Arthur Tudor was named.

Moreover, Starkey, in this scene, notes Henry VII’s fondness for astrology.

The return of Arthur or the Great King was a common mythological trope present in Indo-European culture from Virgil’s “Fourth Eclogue” to J.R.R. Tolkien’s Return of the King. 

Also, the movement of the constellation Ursa Major plays a major role in the work The Expulsion of the Triumphant Beast by occultist Giordano Bruno who would later visit England in the Elizabethan period.

Clearly, Henry envisioned (perhaps ironically) his son Arthur as the return of the king that would bring about a restored Golden Age under the constellation Ursa Major.

But is there a deeper occult significance behind this?

How deeply was Henry VII into astrology?

Certainly, figures in the Elizabethan period, like the magus John Dee and poets who were very likely at least at one point “dabblers” like Walter Raleigh, Edmund Spenser, Sir Philip Sidney, and even Shakespeare himself, do not simply show up out of no where. They clearly were part of a tradition of some kind that existed in the shadows.

Two final questions: Why was a trip to England so important for wizards like Giordano Bruno and Cornelius Agrippa?

Was there a connection with the Kabbalah and the Jewish community that fled to England after 1492?