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Next Issue "At present, books are widely available which contain the lion's share of the secret teachings that one is likely to come upon in most secret societies. Yet the lack of interest most people have in penetrating into inner realities assures that these teachings remain unperceived - and therefore 'secret'."
- Jay Kinney, from the introduction
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Winter 1987-'88
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News and Letter

Our readers and contributors discuss politics and the spiritual quest.

Introduction: Human Rites and Hidden Assets
by Jay Kinney

The Templar Tradition: Yesterday and Today
by Gaetan Delaforge
A short history of the Knights Templar and a look at the ideals of their spiritual heirs.

The Rosicrucian Dream
by Christopher McIntosh
The relevance and influence of Christian Rosenkreutz today.

The Mountain of the Philosophers
by Adam McLean
A Rosicrucian emlem interpreted.

The GNOSIS Interview: Gwenc'hlan Le Scouezec
by Sophie Moore
The Great Druid of Brittany discusses contemporary Druidism.

Freemasonry and the Hermetic Tradition
by R.A. Gilbert
What links, if any, are there between Freemasonry and esoteric teachings?

The Craft Meets the Craft
by Chas Clifton
Talking with male witches who are also masons.

The Priory of Sion
by Robert Anton Wilson
What hath Holy Blood, Holy Grail wrought? A close look at the bizarre world of the ultimate secret society.

The Hermetic Secret of Sir Walter Raleigh
by David Fideler
Unveiling Raleigh's kabbalistic interests and " the School of Night."

The Invocation of the Black Sun
by Tim O'Neill
What happens when performance art, post-industrial music, and ritual magic meet?

Book Reviews
  • The Murdered Magicians: The Templars and their Myth by Peter Partner
  • Dashwood - The Man and The Myth: The Life and Times of the Hell-Fire Club's Founder by Eric Towers
  • The Grail Seeker's Companion by John Matthews and Marian Green
  • All Rites Reversed?!: Ritual Technology for Self-Initiation by Antero Alli
  • The Invisible Temple: The Nature and Use of the Group Mind by Peter Roche de Coppens
  • Against the Protestant Gnostics by Philip J. Lee
  • Jung's Challenge to Contemporary Religion edited by Murray Stein and Robert L. Moore
  • C.G. Jung and the Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious by Robin Robertson
  • The Pythagorean Sourcebook and Library compiled and translated by Kenneth Sylvan Guthrie
  • Classical Mediterranian Spirituality edited by A.H. Armstrong
  • Everyman Today Call Rome by Charles A. Coulombe
  • Spiritual Revolution by Kyle and Kerry Griffith
  • Thomas Merton on Mysticism by Raymond Bailey
  • The Egyptian Hermes: A Historical Approach to the Late Pagan Mind by Garth Fowden

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