Historiographical Concepts in the Study of Western Esotericism

Dan Attrell discusses the debates in the recent literature of “Western Esotericism”, “Hermeticism”, and “Platonic Orientalism”


Bogdan, Henrik. Western Esotericism and Rituals of Initiation. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2007.

Filoramo, Giovanni. “Some Reflections on Wouter Hanegraaff’s Esotericism and the Academy.” Religion 43 (2), 2013: 213-218.

Hammer, Olav. “Deconstructing ‘Western Esotericism’: On Wouter Hanegraaff’s Esotericism and the Academy.” Religion 43 (2), 2013: 241-251.

Hanegraaff, Wouter. “Beyond the Yates Paradigm: The Study of Western Esotericism between Counterculture and New Complexity.” Aries: Journal for the Study of Western Esotericism 1 (1), 2001: 5-37.

Hanegraaff, Wouter. Esotericism and the Academy: Rejected Knowledge in Western Culture. Cambridge: Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. (http://amzn.to/2wHFhFA)

Hanegraaff, Wouter. “How Magic Survived the Disenchantment of the World.” Religion 33 (4), 2003: 357-380.

Hanegraaff, Wouter. New Age Religion and Western Culture: Esotericism in the Mirror of Secular Thought. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1996. (http://amzn.to/2hiybl4)

Hanegraaff, Wouter. “The power of ideas: esotericism, historicism, and the limits of discourse.” Religion 43 (2), 2013: 252-273.

King, Richard. Orientalism and Religion: Postcolonial Theory, India and ‘The Mystic East’. London: Routledge, 1999. (http://amzn.to/2wHGX1J)

Macfie, Alexander. Orientalism: A Reader. Edimburgh: Edimburgh University Press, 2000. (http://amzn.to/2jKBUN2)

Otto, Bernd-Christian Otto. “Discourse theory trumps discourse theory: Wouter Hanegraaff’s Esotericism and the Academy.” Religion 43 (2), 2013: 231-240.

Pasi, Marco. “The problems of rejected knowledge: thoughts on Wouter Hanegraaff’s Esotericism and the Academy.” Religion 43 (2), 2013: 201-212.

Said, Edward. Orientalism. New York: Vintage Books, 1978.
Styers, Randall. Making Magic: Religion, Magic, and Science in the Modern World. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004. (http://amzn.to/2wy818x)

Walbridge, John. The Wisdom of the Mystic East: Suhrawardī and Platonic Orientalism. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2001. (http://amzn.to/2xnTPxu)


Honor The Gods: Mead, Madness, and the Poetic Cosmos (Dan Attrell with Eirik Westcoat)

Topics: Norse Mythology, Traditional Poetic Forms, Skaldic Poetry, Norse Cosmology.

“Honor the Gods with the ancient poetic forms! Now, for the first time in perhaps hundreds of years, here is a vast new collection of liturgical poetry for honoring the Aesir and Vanir in the alliterative meters that the Gods and their worshipers used in the Viking Age. To the Gods, poetry is a precious mead — brewed from honey and the blood of wisdom — which was brought to Asgard by Óðinn himself. Isn’t it only fitting that you offer them some of that mead in your rites?”

*Viking Poetry for Heathen Rites: Asatru Liturgy in Traditional Verse*

Amazon (hardcover, paperback, and kindle formats): http://amzn.to/2tVbht7

Audio recordings of poems available exclusively at BandCamp:

For the EPUB format, here’s links to Apple iBooks and B&N Nook:

Here’s the link for the PDF format:

Visit Eirik’s blog is at: http://www.theskaldiceagle.com
There, you can find more details about his book and his various social media links.

Humanism and the [Meta-]Cultural Wars (Dan Attrell w/ Nirmal Dass)

Topics: A free-ranging discussion on Humanism, the Humanities, Greek Philosophy, Historical Reconstructions of Eastern Religions, the Renaissance(s), the Reformation(s), Scientism, Modernism, Post-Modernism, Christianity, Islam, the ongoing culture wars, and the new Renaissance.

Guest Interviewee: Dr. Nirmal Dass


Books by Nirmal :
– Viking Attacks on Paris: The «Bella parisiacae urbis» of Abbo of Saint-Germain-des-Prés (http://amzn.to/2tV0YCs)
– The Deeds of the Franks and Other Jerusalem-Bound Pilgrims: The Earliest Chronicle of the First Crusade (http://amzn.to/2v1ZrdA)
– The Crowning of Louis: A New Metrical Translation of the Old French Verse Epic (http://amzn.to/2tpBYkM)
– Rebuilding Babel: The Translations of W.H. Auden (http://amzn.to/2ujF6mB)
– Songs of Kabir from the Adi Granth (Sri Garib Dass Oriental) (English and Hindi) (http://amzn.to/2uoDkQH)
– The Avowing of King Arthur (http://amzn.to/2usVsdn)

Science, Magic, Truth, Conspiracy, Cults, and Culture – Interconnected Podcast (w/ Dan Attrell)

This is a re-upload of an interview I recently did with Ollie over at Interconnect for his very first “Interconnected” podcast episode. This version is an audio only version. If you’d like to see the original version accompanied by full visuals, watch it here: https://youtu.be/2mEWrYaFKeU (and please subscribe to the Interconnect channel while you’re there!)

Topics: History of ‘Science vs. Magic’, mind control/conspiracies, cults, etc.

tl;dr – Be a conspiracy theorist in regards to the ideas of conspiracy theorists as well. Do not allow yourself to be paralyzed by someone else’s paranoia.

Encyclopedia Hermetica: A Big History (Parts 44-47)





Reaching the Goal of the Sage: What’s it take? (Picatrix)


Dan Attrell presents what it takes to be a “Sage” according to the author of the medieval hermetic astro-magical grimoire, the Picatrix.

Until Dan Attrell and David Porreca’s new and fully annotated translation of the Picatrix is published (circa late 2018), you can get yourself one of the translations done by others, or the Latin whence they all came:

English: http://amzn.to/2nbI8px
Italian: http://amzn.to/2ntvHCJ
French: http://amzn.to/2nttaIG
Latin: http://amzn.to/2m1MuzN

Encyclopedia Hermetica: A Big History (Parts 42-43)