Sex and Violence

The typological classification of people has always formed part of Hermetic teachings. This classification was often couched in astrological terms or as the four temperaments, among other schemes. Julius Evola has used the idea of spiritual races, which he claims to have found in ancient symbolisms, to the same end. … Continue reading

Transmutation: A Novel

A frequent visitor to Gornahoor, Lydia Bisanti, asked me to make her novel Transmutation: A novel about Eternal Love available in the Gornahoor library. This is how she describes herself: Lydia Bisanti’s interest in metaphysics started in the seventies when she discovered the writings of Rene Guenon, a French metaphysician … Continue reading

The American

The American is a 2010 film based on the novel A Very Private Gentleman by Martin Booth. Since the film deviates from The book contains many eloquent and elegant passages about the lifestyle and beauty of Italy. The setting of the film is a small town in the mountainous regions … Continue reading

Action and Contemplation in Dante’s Divine Comedy

Titus Burckhardt, in his essay “Because Dante Was Right,” argues that one of the main themes of the Commedia is “the reciprocal relationship between knowledge and will.” Knowledge of the eternal truths is potentially present in the human spirit or intellect, but its unfolding is directly conditioned by the will, … Continue reading

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