About the Author

Dan Attrell

Dan Attrell is a Canadian-born intellectual historian, classicist, philosopher, psychonaut, and musician.

In 2011, he received his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) at the University of Guelph with a double major in History and Classical Studies.  In 2012, he completed his MA in Ancient Mediterranean Cultures at the University of Waterloo with a thesis on shamanic motifs in the ecstatic mystery rites of Attis and Cybele.  In 2014, he completed his Post-Baccalaureate in Classics at UCLA, focusing on the translation of ancient Greek and Latin texts.

As an intellectual historian and self-styled ‘de-occultist’, Dan’s chief area of interest is in the late antique Greco-Roman religious, magical, and natural-philosophical landscape, notably Hermeticism (ritual magic, alchemy and astrology), the ‘oriental’ mystery cults, Neoplatonism, Gnosticism, early Christianity, and other esoteric mystical traditions.  Over the past few years Dan has also cultivated an interest in historical ethnobotany (that is, studying the foods, medicines, and drugs of past cultures through the archaeological, textual and linguistic evidence); comparative mythology; “Big History”; the history of science; historiography; and reception studies.

When he is not eyeballing the empyrean or plunging behind the veil, he enjoys reading, recording music, weightlifting, and wandering.

Dan Attrell in the Black Sea

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11 thoughts on “About the Author”

    1. High Dan I’m working on a book with Tom Hatsis author of ‘The Witches Ointment’ about drugs and the occult, from the medieval period and books like The Picatrix and Sefer Raziel to the later 19th and early 20th century occur scene. I would like to discuss some things with you and pick your brain a little. Love what I have seen of your work, and I’ve been through a bit of it, as well as covered some of the same ground in my own books. I used an excerpt from one of your lectures in this video with prof Carl Ruck and Dr. David Hillman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTFCNEiugRM Get a hold of me and I’ll send you a copy of my most recent book Cannabis and the Soma Solution, which i think you will find of interest. We should definitely talk.

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  1. Hey Dan, i like what you are talking about and i find it very interesting. For years i have been developing similar (non sience based) theories. I find your lectures very rich and relevant for the stage of life im in at the moment.

    Keep the good work!

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  2. Hi Dan,
    I love your you tube lectures. I am new to this type of material and i am very interested in learning more about it. However i am very confused and I don’t know where to start. Can you help me?
    I would like to know what is the relation between the esoteric traditions (Hermeticism, Neoplatonism, Rosicrucianism, etc) and freemasonry.
    Also how can I learn and practice these traditions?
    And finally what books do you recommend me and in what order should I read them?
    I will order your book tonight as a way to say thanks.

    Best regards,
    Anwar

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  3. Dan,

    Your works are of supreme quality; thank you.

    For these as well as your aesthetics I count you a sage among my philosophical school. I found the justification for your work offered in episode 36 of A Big History to be profound.

    Is it not time to cultivate a community, or more aptly, a sub-community around The Modern Hermetiscist? This opposed to a scattered presence of such a community around youtube, deoxy.org, dmtnexus, archive.org, et al.

    I would like to gather with like minded souls, using virtual means both as platform to gather across geography, but also as one to coordinate such meetings in person…
    The possibilities are deep.

    Anyway please keep doing what you’re doing. This fire will spread.

    Joe

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