Interview: Inner Christianity and Esotericism With Richard Smoley

Richard Smoley is a consulting editor to Parabola magazine and the author of several books on esotericism, religion, and spirituality, including Supernatural: Writings on an Unknown History, How God Became God: What Scholars Are Really Saying about God and the Bible, and Inner Christianity: A Guide to the Esoteric Tradition.

During the 1980s, Smoley was a writer for the respected esoteric journal Gnosis, and in 1990 he became the journal’s editor. Under his editorship, Gnosis released issues on Gnosticism, Freemasonry, G.I. Gurdjieff, the spirituality of Russia, and more.

We spoke to him about the spiritual crisis of the West, alternative spirituality, and inner Christianity.  Continue reading “Interview: Inner Christianity and Esotericism With Richard Smoley”

Podcast: Systema; Russian Martial Arts for The Modern Era

Dennis Maginn, a long-time practitioner and teacher of martial arts talks to Phalanx about the Russian combat system Systema (“the system”). Maginn, who lives and teaches in St. Louis, Missouri, holds ranks in kickboxing, karate and jiu jitsu, and has been teaching Systema for six years.

Here he tells us about his experiences, and about what makes Systema different. Continue reading “Podcast: Systema; Russian Martial Arts for The Modern Era”

Podcast: Language of the Corpse — Death and the Body in Ancient European Magic

Ancient European sorcery, magic, and folkloreIn Phalanx’s most recent podcast, we talk with author Cody Dickerson about his recently-released book, The Language of the Corpse.

Dickerson is a student of the Germanic mysteries, Indo-European religious and linguistic studies, British cunning-folk magic, and is an initiated Braucher, or Powwow practitioner. He has also studies the rural folk magic and traditions of North America, Europe and Mexico. Continue reading “Podcast: Language of the Corpse — Death and the Body in Ancient European Magic”