The Changing Face of Russian Psi Research


By LOUIS PROUD Were the Soviets really experts in paranormal research? Were they, as some researchers claimed during the Cold War, light years ahead of the rest of the world in the field of parapsychology? If so, what kind of work are the Russians up to today? The mysterious case of Robert Toth may shed some light on the matter. The Toth Incident Robert C. Toth, a Los Angeles Times correspondent, was arrested and detained in Moscow on June 11, 1977. He had been given papers by a Soviet … [Read more...]

Separating Myth From Truth in Today’s Dietary Debate: An Interview With Sally Fallon Morell


By HUW GRIFFITHS Sally Fallon Morell, the best-selling co-author of Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook That Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition And The Diet Dictocrats, says people should eat more saturated fat, such as full-fat dairy products and fatty cuts of meat and offal, to lose weight and improve their health. Sally has a growing grassroots following in Australia and regularly tours the world to publicise nutrition pioneer Weston A. Price's philosophy of Traditional Foods. … [Read more...]

The Secret History of Astrology


By RICHARD SMOLEY The history of astrology is in many ways the history of a polemic. The question of whether astrology works, as crucial as it is, is soon buried under other issues, such as what this might have to say about human free will and whether the stars and planets that govern our fates are benign, malevolent, or neither. These issues have been debated for thousands of years. Before we get into them, however, we should probably begin with why astrology is the way it is. To do this, … [Read more...]

Mystery Thailand: Monks, Magic & the Spirit World


By DANIEL NEIMAN What country is the most occult in the world? Lying smack dab in the heart of Southeast Asia, Thailand arguably fits the bill. This is a country that truly believes in spirits and supernatural power. Thailand has it all. With sorcerers who collect oil from the chin of corpses to perform black magic, spirit mediums who channel Hindu deities, a festival to the gods involving possessed devotees sticking sharp objects through their bodies, and monks who use their supernatural … [Read more...]

Australia: The End of Freedom? We are Sleepwalking into a Surveillance State


By STEVEN TRITTON The leaked classified documents by Edward J. Snowden beginning in June 2013 unleashed waves of alarming revelations across the world of covert government mass surveillance and data mining on a global scale. Considered “the most spectacular intelligence breach in history” by one publisher,1 Snowden’s disclosures tore a wide opening in the veil of international secret government spying and surveillance. The bombshell leaks catalysed immediate protest on pressing concerns of … [Read more...]

Who is Afraid of Conspiracy Theories?


By LANCE DEHAVEN-SMITH, Ph.D. In his book Philosophical Investigations, philosopher of science Ludwig Wittgenstein demonstrated that words are more than designations or labels. They are signals in a context of activity, and are invested with many assumptions about the roles and social status of speakers and listeners. In the 20th century, men often called women “girls.” This term, while indeed referring to something real – to women – was more than merely a label; it was demeaning and … [Read more...]

The Magical Universe of William S. Burroughs


By MATTHEW LEVI STEVENS When the American writer William S. Burroughs passed away at the ripe old age of 83 back in August 1997, the media coverage was definitely more in keeping with his status as a counter-cultural icon than it was for his literary fame – or infamy – alone. All the usual well-rehearsed lines were trotted out, about how he was the Harvard-educated product of the WASP elite and scion of the family that founded the Burroughs Corporation, who had turned his back on it all to … [Read more...]

Sister Veni Cooper-Mathieson: Pioneer Thinker & Metaphysical Teacher

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By WALTER MASON Australia has a long tradition of self-help literature and much of it was written, in the early years, by colourful characters who embraced a hodgepodge of new and progressive ideas which included Theosophy, New Thought, Swedenborgianism, Socialism, Christian Science, temperance, vegetarianism and marriage reform. This connection between minority religious and social philosophies and ideas of individual mental development was to be observed across the Western world from the late … [Read more...]

The Dual Search for the Philosophers’ Stone


By RICHARD SMOLEY To say what the Philosophers’ Stone – the great goal of alchemy – is, one has to know. And to know, one must have attained it. I cannot claim to have done this, so what follows must be speculation. The mystery grows deeper the closer one attempts to look. Even to say what alchemy itself is proves difficult. Of course, everyone knows what alchemy is – or thinks he knows: it is an outmoded form of science in which men in conical hats cooked and mixed various strange … [Read more...]

Ritual Magic in Theory & Practice


By RICHARD SMOLEY Several years ago I decided to do an evening-long introduction to ritual magic at the New York Open Center, one of the city’s best-known gathering places for mind, body, and spirit activities. Soon before it was about to start I told myself, with some surprise, “My God! I’m about to do ritual magic with a bunch of people who have walked in off the streets of New York!” Despite my apprehensions, the evening went off well. Power was raised, channelled in a certain direction, … [Read more...]