Esotericism in Russia and in the West: Past and Present


The Modernity of Occultism: Reflections on Some Crucial Aspects

In this article the author analyzes a number of popular concepts about the relationship between occultism and various phenomena of social life in the end of the 19th and in the early 20th century. The author shows that the idea of a link between occultism and fascism, which was popular in the middle of the 20th century, is largely false. As an alternative, the author suggests a perspective in which occult societies are described as a virtual space for social and cultural
experimentation and innovation. 

Toward the Sociology of Esoteric Culture

The point of departure of this paper is an examination of the sociological literature on the recent occult revival in modern societies. This phenomenon, which clashes with the image of secularization, is particularly notable among the youth of the counterculture. To further sociological analysis, a conceptualization of esoteric culture is proposed. It is further argued that esoteric culture has played a significant role in Western cultural change, in such areas as artistic

The Reception of Gnostic Ideas in Russian Literature of the Early 20th Century

Integral Traditionalism: Between Politics and Esotericism

This article describes various interpretations of the so called integral traditionalism and its role in the political and religious movements of the 20th century. Looking at political movements and individuals who associated themselves with traditionalism, the author concludes that the integral traditionalism can not work as a political ideology, since its main objectives are otherworldly; in fact, the actual role of these movements in politics was minor. It makes more sense

The Origins of Gerald Gardner’s Views on Witchcraft

Celestial Reflections: an Outline of Contemporary Astrology

The article offers a short historical-analytical survey of some general trends of modern Western astrology, by discussing changes and continuities of astrological worldview with short excurses into a number of astrological systems found in the modern Russian religious landscape.

From Charm to Ritual: Transformations of «Magic» in the Post-Soviet Space

The New Age of Kabbalah. Contemporary Kabbalah, New Age and Postmodern Spirituality

Esotericism and Worldview of the Russian Freemasonry of the 18th — 19th Centuries: Toward a Conceptualization

Practical Spirituality and Spiritual Practice of Alchemy