“Up, Up O Ye Gods!” – Hermeticism as a Path for Modern Seekers presented by Mitch Horowitz and “Secrecy Exposed!” – On the Necessity of Psychic Stigma and Dynamic Darkness in Occultism presented by Carl Abrahamsson, live via zoom
Sunday, December 19, 2021
Time: 2pm EST
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“Up, Up O Ye Gods!” – Hermeticism as a Path for Modern Seekers
Popular voice of esoteric ideas Mitch Horowitz (“solid gold”—David Lynch) explores the late-ancient Greek-Egyptian philosophy of Hermeticism and considers how the esoteric fragments of Ancient Egypt hold meaning for spiritual seekers today. Mitch also looks at the parallel insights between Hermeticism and mind-power metaphysics as well as the openings in today’s theoretical sciences, including multiple realities, inter-dimensionality, and UFO studies.
Mitch Horowitz is a historian of alternative spirituality and one of today’s most literate voices of esoterica, mysticism, and the occult. Mitch is a writer-in-residence at the New York Public Library, lecturer-in-residence at the Philosophical Research Society in Los Angeles, and a PEN Award-winning historian whose books include Occult America; One Simple Idea: How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life; and The Miracle Club. The Washington Post says Mitch “treats esoteric ideas and movements with an even-handed intellectual studiousness that is too often lost in today’s raised-voice discussions.” The Chinese government has censored his work. Visit him at www.MitchHorowitz.com
“Secrecy Exposed!” – On the Necessity of Psychic Stigma and Dynamic Darkness in Occultism
In an enforced exhibitionism frenzy like our social media-driven culture, we need to revamp and revitalize the concept of secrecy. Much of the allure and power of the traditionally “occult” lay in it literally being hidden away from general exposure and popular dissolution. But what happens when all the black cats are suddenly out of the proverbial bag? And, more relevantly this evening, what happens when we put them all back in the bag, shake hands, and seal our lips forever more?
Carl Abrahamsson is a Swedish author, specializing in Occulture and Magico-anthropology. His books include Resonances (2014), Occulture (2018), The Devil’s Footprint (2020), Sacred Intent (2020), Different People (2021), and Anton LaVey and the Church of Satan (forthcoming from Inner Traditions, 2022). He is also the editor and publisher of the highly renowned anthologies in The Fenris Wolf series.
The Psychoanalysis, Art & the Occult series of events, curated by Dr. Vanessa Sinclair and Carl Abrahamsson, is dedicated to exploring the intersections and integration of psychoanalytic theory, the creative arts, occult practices, and folk magic traditions. By inviting psychoanalysts, philosophers, artists, writers, and occult practitioners from a variety of theoretical orientations and worldviews to discuss their work, personal experiences, and areas of research interest with one another, dialogue is opened up between practitioners in fields of study that traditionally rarely engage with one another though often operate in similar and complementary ways.