Most of us have, at some point or another, experienced certain unusual coincidences so startling they compel us to wonder about their possible significance or purpose. Do these strange occurrences hold some deep meaning for our lives?
I had come to the High Desert Carnival Realm with a magical agenda: to
ritualize the experience by associating the Incendiary Person with
aspects of myself that I wanted to transform, aspects I linked to
Thanatos, the death drive, so that the burning would parallel my intention to transcend.
Sasha and Ann Shulgin on phenethylamine compounds, the ‘alchemy of medicinal chemistry,’ and the Federal Analogue Act.
The history of religion in the US from Puritanism to the present mirrors the evolution of capitalism. What we think of as "spirituality" today is not a departure from the narcissistic culture of consumption, but its truest expression.
In this interview for Reality Sandwich Prof. McDonald reflects on the differences between the concepts of daimons and.demons, including how and why demons replaced daimons in the popular imagination, the importance of Jung to historians of alchemy, prehistoric stone circles, Hegel as a Hermeticist, Stephanos of Alexandria, and much more.