Estoeric & Occult

What Does Esoteric Mean?

Esoteric is an adjective used to describe something that is meant to be understood or interesting to only a small inner circle of people with specialized interests. Esoteric is a term scholars use to describe things or related ideas that generally don’t appeal to many people. Some doctrines of philosophers or forms of pseudoscience are called esoteric matters because they don’t appeal to most people.

Often, something that is esoteric will have philosophical, spiritual, or religious connotations. Various forms of western philosophy and spirituality fall under these descriptions simply because they don’t fall into the typical American heritage or philosophy mindset.

People can take their philosophical doctrine and create an esoteric cult or group of the same mindset. While these aren’t innately bad, it is still a wise idea to be wary of them at first.

The opposite of the word esoteric is exoteric, which describes something that very readily agrees with the overall public opinion. It tells something that the average human being will understand and agree with efficiently and quickly.

Where Does the Word Esoteric Come From?

Like many words in the English language, the word Esoteric comes from the Ancient Greek Language. It has extensive and deep roots, with its meaning coming from a wide range of different compounded Greek words. The primary word from which esoteric comes from is the Greek esōterikos (ἐσωτερικός belonging to an inner circle) or esōterō (ἐσωτέρω, further inside), which is the comparative of esō (ἔσω, within), which itself comes from eis, (εἰς, into) and es (ἐς).

The Indo-European roots of the word have given it a lot of recognition within the contexts of western mystery tradition and western esotericism. In general, if you make a compilation of esoteric philosophical theories, many of them would be based in the Indo-European part of the planet.


Pssst… do you know the secret handshake? If you haven’t been brought into the inner circle of those with special knowledge, esoteric things will remain a mystery to you.

In the olden days, achieving esoteric knowledge meant getting initiated into the mystical arts, learning secrets unknown to regular folks.

Definitions of esoteric

confined to and understandable by only an enlightened inner circle

“a compilation of esoteric philosophical theories”

Mark Passio: Natural Law

Kybalion – the Hermetic Laws

The book “Kybalion” was published by three anonymous authors in 1908. It contains a theoretical treatise on seven hermetic principles. These seven hermetic laws are the principles of mentality, equivalence, vibration, polarity, rhythm, sex, cause and effect.

The Kybalion is a book of hermetic philosophy of ancient Egypt and Greece. In early times, there was a collection of basic hermetic doctrines taught by the teacher to the student. This compendium was known as the “Kybalion”, although the Kybalion can only represent parts of hermeticism as it is intended for public use. The exact meaning of the word “Kybalion” was lost centuries ago. These teachings and allusions are known to many scholars of the scriptures to whom they have been passed down over the centuries.

The first known paper on these teachings appeared in 1908 with the title “Kybalion” and was published in Chicago. The authors of this book are not mentioned by name. Only three initiates are mentioned as authors. Hermes Trismegistus is mentioned in various sources as the father of Kybalion.

The Kybalion is a major work of hermeticism. It consists of seven hermetic principles.

The Hermetic Revival

In recent decades, we have witnessed a profound convergence between science and mysticism, significantly informed by quantum physics. Many leading physicists of the 20th century espoused ideas that closely echo the insights of Eastern and Western mystics. They discussed concepts such as the participatory nature of the universe, the mental basis of the universe, and the idea of a unified consciousness that exists prior to materialization. For example, Max Planck wrote, “I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness.”

Experimental evidence over several generations has lent increasing credibility to these perspectives, with the 2022 Nobel Prize in Physics awarded to experiments demonstrating the non-local reality of the universe, implying the integral role of consciousness in the ongoing co-creation of physical reality from quantum flux and energetic potential.

Bernardo Kastrup’s analytic idealist philosophy, presented in his books such as Why Materialism is Baloney, represents a key development in these discussions, also explored by other thinkers, such as the physicist Amit Goswami in The Self-Aware Universe, and Robert Lanza in Biocentrism. Kastrup makes a compelling case against reductive materialism, positing instead that consciousness is the fundamental reality. This paradigm shift toward understanding consciousness as the foundational element of existence, they believe (and I agree), will eventually supersede the obsolete materialist paradigm, though it remains uncertain how long this transition will take. Eventually, this will have reverberations across every aspect of human culture.

This paradigm shift could inspire a revival of the Western Hermetic tradition, which focuses on the correspondences between the microcosm and the macrocosm, and the capacity of the individual to rise to a God-like condition through dedication and sacrifice. Both quantum physics and rigorous analytic philosophy seem to validate aspects of the Hermetic perspective. This includes the idea that reality can be interpreted through allegorical and symbol, as opposed to a strictly literal and material interpretation, which sees events as arbitrary and accidental. As Kastrup discusses, if the universe is actually a projection of an instinctive, unified consciousness, then it makes perfect sense to consider the symbolic and allegorical aspects of everything that occurs, just as we can analyze the symbols in a dream or in a visionary text. This meshes with the beliefs of animistic and shamanic cultures, who see Nature as a book of signs to be read, revealing invisible forces and intelligences.

Hermes Trismegistus (Gnostism)

Hermes was known in ancient times as the great sage to whom is
attributed sacred writings and alchemical and astrological works. 
Because of his learning and profound skill in the arts and sciences, the
Egyptians gave him the name Trismegistus, which means “thrice-great.” The title “thrice-great” also applies to his role as philosopher, priest and king.

The ascended master Hermes Trismegistus is also known as the God
Mercury. Hermes walked the earth for tens of thousands of years. He was
on Atlantis, walked its streets, was in its temples and halls of
learning and gave forth his teaching. He figures as the great archetype
of the messenger of the gods.

Mercury (Rome)

Mercury is a major Roman god, within the ancient Roman pantheon. He
is the patron god of financial gain, commerce, eloquence (and thus
poetry), messages/communication (including divination), travelers,
boundaries, luck, trickery and thieves; he is also the guide of souls to
the underworld.

He was considered the son of Maia and Jupiter in Roman mythology.

In his earliest forms, he appears to share characteristics with the Greek god Hermes.

Hermes (Greece)

Said to have authored the Hermetic Corpus, a series of sacred texts
that are the basis of Hermeticism, Hermes Trismegistus is a name
shrouded in mystery.

Many authors associate him with the Greek God Hermes, as well as the
Egyptian God Thoth. Thoth, for example, was heavily associated with
knowledge. In Egyptian mythology, Thoth plaid a crucial role in
maintaining order in the cosmos. Thoth was heavily associated with
magic, writing, and the development of science.

In ancient Greek mythology, Hermes was referred to as the God of
Religion and mythology. He was often portrayed as the emissary and
messenger of the Gods. Hermes is identified with the Roman god Mercury.

An Egyptian Link

Hermes Trismegistus is often mentioned in occult literature as an
Egyptian sage, parallel to the god Toth who created alchemy and
developed a system of metaphysical beliefs that are today known as

For a number of medieval thinkers, Hermes Trismegistus was a pagan prophet who announced the advent of Christianity.

Thoth the Atlantean

Thoth is an important figure in ancient Egyptian mythology, an immortal being who introduced the written word to humanity. He was the god of writing, magic, wisdom, and the moon. He was referred to as “Thrice Greatest” because he was considered the greatest of all philosophers, the greatest of all priests, and the greatest of all kings.

To the Egyptians he was seen as the embodiment of the universal mind, and as the cosmic principle of thought. He wrote books which taught the ancient Egyptians their science and religion. During ancient Greece he became known as Hermes, and taught Pythagoras the knowledge that would form the basis of the great ancient Greece culture.

Enoch (Christian

The epithet “thrice great”

Fowden asserts that the first datable occurrences of the epithet “thrice great” are in the Legatio of Athenagoras of Athens and in a fragment from Philo of Byblos, circa AD 64–141.

However, in a later work, Copenhaver reports that this epithet is first found in the minutes of a meeting of the council of the Ibis cult, held in 172 BC near Memphis in Egypt. Hart explains that the epithet is derived from an epithet of Thoth found at the Temple of Esna, “Thoth the great, the great, the great.”

Many Christian writers, including Lactantius, Augustine, Marsilio Ficino, Campanella, and Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, as well as Giordano Bruno, considered Hermes Trismegistus to be a wise pagan prophet who foresaw the coming of Christianity. They believed in the existence of a prisca theologia, a single, true theology that threads through all religions. It was given by God to man in antiquity and passed through a series of prophets, which included Zoroaster and Plato. In order to demonstrate the verity of the prisca theologia, Christians appropriated the Hermetic teachings for their own purposes.

By this account, Hermes Trismegistus was either a contemporary of Moses, or the third in a line of men named Hermes, i.e. Enoch, Noah, and the Egyptian priest king who is known to us as Hermes Trismegistus on account of being the greatest priest, philosopher, and king.

Enoch 2 (Christian\Jewish)

So, the first section of the book establishes the essential premise of the “lost pillars of Enoch,” namely, that there was a time, before the Flood, when knowledge of God, and knowledge of science, were one. We then explore the power and progress of this mythic idea.

The book next investigates how Josephus’s pillars of knowledge came to be associated with the names Enoch and Hermes. “Enoch” is, of course, Jewish, and “Hermes”, especially “Hermes Trismegistos” (Thrice Great Hermes, patriarch of wisdom) is Graeco-Egyptian, and to make the competitive issue even more interesting, we must contend with the fact that late antiquity was familiar with texts attributed to both these figures that purported to reveal truths about the origins of humankind and the intentions of God – and both figures were presented as having inscribed ancient knowledge to preserve it for future generations, in stories analogous, though not identical, to the Sethite pillar story, related (without giving his source) by Josephus. The question of who came first is an open one.

Metratron (Jewish\Islamic)

The figure of Enoch-Metatron, across its varied depictions and representations, shows quite a few resemblances to the god Hermes in his different aspects.

To conclude, Enoch is seemingly related to the principle we regard as Hermes. He is the writer, giver of knowledge; He is the initiate and a psychopomp; He is periodically a messenger that moves between the worlds carrying massages and giving assistance to those in need. Interestingly, Enoch’s attributes can be paralleled to the attributes of Hermes before the Renaissance.

Blavatsky speaks series thoth, numerically, is hermes and moses abstract and train of thoughts,-being-the-equivalent-of-hermes-and-moses.pdf

“In the central Osiris myth, Thoth gives Isis the words to restore her husband, allowing the pair to conceive Horus. Following a battle between Horus and Set, Thoth offers counsel and provides wisdom.”

 Manly P. Hall – Biography and How He Was Murdered

The Secret Teachings of All Ages – Manly P. Hall

Seth Speaks – The Eternal Validity of the Soul

Dolores Cannon – Nostradamus Prophecies, The 3rd World War & the Coming Great Genius

Secret Fire: The Relationship Between Kundalini, Kabbalah, and Alchemy


The following exercises are designed to assist in freeing the most potent energy known to humanity and resident in creation. They are not designed for someone with little or no esoteric experience. In general, it would be advisable to have at lest one to two years of practical, daily experience with the Middle Pillar and/or Pentagram Rituals; in addition, an equal amount of time with the Hexagram Rituals. Several workings of the 32nd through 24th Paths on the Tree of Life would also be desirable1), and regular practice of once a week or so of “Rising on the Planes”2). Common sense, a willingness to “Make haste slowly”, and a balanced lifestyle may be the best protection against any unpleasant side effects of these, or other, esoteric practices3). It is very important that you keep a diary of your practices and experiences with the exercises given.

The amount of time it will take to experience the Secret Fire is unknown, although preparation is the best guarantee of success. The amount of time given to each exercise should not exceed more than 15 or 20 minutes in the beginning, and then 30 or 45 minutes after the first half year or so. It is also strongly advised that anyone undertaking these exercises also maintain a regular, daily usage of spagyric tinctures for each of the planetary qualities of the day it is used. This additional, slow, and methodical cleansing of the subtle psychic channels will aid in relieving some of side-effects of esoteric work. The nightly application of “Dream Yoga” is also suggested, as this will attune the student to the qualities of the day while sleeping, aid in interior contacts, and may shed light on particular problems of the Work.4)

While this may seem like a lot of work, it is not. Tinctures are fairly easy to make, all that is required is their regular use. This takes no more time than swallowing a vitamin. Dream yoga is done as we are falling asleep anyhow, no additional time required for this either. What is does take is regularity, commitment, and perseverance. Qualities that assure, albeit confer, adepthood. Best of luck in your practices. In the Bonds of Esotericism,

Ora et labora,

Mark Stavish

Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

April 1997


In the Western esoteric practices there is an apparent knowledge gap regarding the role of esoteric practices and their effects on the subtle, and not so subtle, bodies of practitioners. In the East, all practices, whether designated as such or not, are designed to awaken the semi-dormant energy resident in all creation, and ‘living beings’ in particular. This energy is known as “Kundalini”, “The Serpent Fire”, and the “Dragon” depending on tradition. Extreme care has been taken, despite contradictions between systems, to chart the effects of exercises on this latent energy, and how it ‘flows’ through the physical, emotional, and psychic body, at what stages, and in relation to which exercises. Such a detailed analysis is lacking in modern Western esotericism.

For modern kabbalists, the most common introduction to ceremonial magic is through the Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram and the Middle Pillar Exercise. The purpose of this paper is twofold: to show how this, and related exercise can stimulate the Secret Fire, and to suggest exercises for its regulation by esoteric students who are engaged in a Hermetic path, such as general studies or alchemy, who may have experienced its awakening and are in need of simple and direct exercises for its regulation.

Theoretical Background

The majority of modern esoteric students are familiar with the Middle Pillar exercise, as such, it will be the fundamental basis for much of this article. In addition, the Sepher Yetzirah, and a limited number of alchemical references will be made.

The basis of kabbalah is that through increasing levels of density, humanity came into its present state of physical incarnation and psychic evolution. Through rituals, exercises, and meditations, the energy latent in creation generally, and the body of the practitioner in particular, can be “awakened”, purified, and directed. This energy can then be used for spiritual development, psychic expansion, or physical health and improvement.

Creation — “In the Beginning …”

Creation is seen to have taken place, in Western kabbalistic and alchemical terms, in the following process.

The Divine mind of God, the Absolute, or in Hebrew the Ain Soph Aur (Limitless Light), through a series of expansions and contractions establishes the boundaries of Creation. The first world is the most subtle, and closest to the original state of non-existence, and is Atzilooth. This is called the world of Fire, because of the lively, undefined, and almost uncontrollable nature of fire. Next is Briah, or the World of Archetypes and forms as our human mind can grasp them. It is symbolized as the World of Air, and is the result of a barrier world that is formed by the creation of the next World, Yetzirah, or Water. This is the highly psychic and emotionally charged world immediately behind the veil of material existence, or Assiah. Also known as the World of Earth, because of the solid, concrete nature of material life.

The purpose of this scheme, is to show that creation occurs in increasingly dense levels of energy-matter, from the most subtle, or Fire, to the most dense, or Earth. Within this context of increasing density, there also arises a series of ten planes or levels of consciousness which combines with energy-matter, known as Sepheroth, or spheres of being. They occur in a pattern of: unity, reflection, polarity, reflection, polarity, unity, reflection, polarity, unity, and finally materialization. This basic idea of unity-polarity-and re-harmonizing, is the basis of kabbalistic and alchemical practices, and is derived from the observation of Nature.

Each World is a reflection to a denser or more subtle degree than the one before or after it. Each Sepheroth is a reflection, in part, of what proceeds or follows it. However, since each reflection is only partial, or slightly distorted, each Sphere takes on its own unique characteristics. Only the so-called “Middle Four Sphereoth” have the ability to harmonize or reflect in total all of the energies of creation, on some level.

This ‘zigzag’ of Creation is called the “Lightning Flash”. The return of energy from dense matter, back through the various stages, Sepheroth, and Worlds of Creation is known as the “Path of the Serpent” because of its reverse, or complimentary ‘zigzag’ nature back up this diagram called the Tree of Life.

For the alchemist, somewhere between the third and fourth level, or sphere of creation, energy takes on the characteristic that will allow for the formation of matter at some future state, or level ten. This energy is called Prima Materia, Chaos in the Bible, Spiritus Mundi (Spirit of the Earth), and others. Here, duality is made complete, and genuine polarity exists, as opposed to simply the potential, or idea, of polarity that had existed previously. Energy is divided into active and passive modes, with the active energy constituting the energies of life, and the passive one the energy of matter. In “The Golden Chain of Homer”, the active energy is called Niter and the passive energy is called Salt.

The energy of Life manifests in two forms, Fire and Air. While both are predominately active in nature, fire is the more active of the two, with Air being slightly passive because of the partial Water Element in its makeup. Potential Matter manifests its energy as Water and Earth. These Elements have nothing to do with the material bodies of the same name, and as such are capitalized and called “Elemental” to distinguish them from the earth we walk on, water we drink, air we breath, and fire we cook with. They are in fact, energetic states, each with their own unique characteristics, as well as each of the previously mentioned ten levels of consciousness within them. The Elements also have preferred ways of interacting with each other, to form the Three Principles of alchemy. There are in fact, forty different ways energy-matter-consciousness can manifest in our world.

The Three Essentials are the alchemical principles of Sulphur, Mercury, and Salt. Like the “Elements” these principle concepts are to be thought of a “Philosophical” and not literally as chemical elements or compounds. The Alchemical Sulphur, or Soul, of a thing predominates in the animating principles of energy (Fire) and intelligence (Air); Alchemical Salt, or the physical body of a thing, predominates in unconscious forces, psychic, and instinctual intelligence (Water) and solid matter (Earth); Alchemical Mercury, or general life force, predominates in intelligence (Air) and instinctual forces, and psychic energy (Water), as such it is the link, or bridge, between the higher forces of Sulphur and the lower body of matter.

In the mineral realm the dominant energy is that of Earth, a little Water, and very little Air or Fire. In the vegetable realm, the dominant energy is Water and Air, but little Fire and Earth. In the animal realm, the dominant force element is Fire, then Air, but little Earth. These qualities need to be understood as they have been defined for the following information to be of any use to the practicing, or aspiring, Hermeticist. For example, using the above definitions, we can say that the plant realm has an abundance of instinctual energy (Water) and intelligence, i.e. a specific function (Air), but little direct energy (Fire), as this is received passively from the sun; and little hard, physical, matter (Earth).

In the East as in the West, the idea of principle Elements and Philosophic Principles are expressed in more or less the same manner. This original undifferentiated energy from creation is often called in Indian philosophy, and modern occult, and New Age circles, as akasha, or Spirit. However, akasha, consists of two (2) aspects, one active as we have noted, Niter, and the other passive, Salt. The energies of Niter are also referred to as the force of Kundalini, or spiritual forces. In alchemy, this is the Secret Fire. To the Salt, belongs the force of Prana, or Vital Energy.

The function of the Vital energy is to maintain physical life forms and existence. It is completely instinctual and unconscious and is heavily influenced by cosmic cycles, astrological pulses, and other natural phenomena. The function of the Secret Fire is to increase in humanity, the only place where it is present, its sense of self, or “I”. At the lowest level or functioning, this is the ego, at its highest, it is Divinity incarnate, as both are two sides of the same coin. One is ‘self’ in relation to the physical world and others; the other is ‘self’ in relationship to all of Creation and as a co-creator.

In the vast majority of humanity, this Secret Fire, or liberating energy of self-consciousness, lies dormant, asleep at the base of the spine, coiled like a serpent. Only a small amount manages to escape, reaching a sepherothic level, or so-called chakra, thus creating a loci of consciousness for each person. If it reaches the top of the skull, and beyond, a spiritual awakening can occur, allowing for a descent and re-ascent of the energy, during which the psychic centers can be awakened allowing for the manifestation of psychic powers and related phenomena.

The Secret Fire ascends as a result of a temporary weakening of the Vital Energy in the physical body. This is why so many spiritual awakenings take place under great physical stress, times of illness, or near-death-experiences. When the Secret Fire will ascend through the various psychic-physical currents causing it to be enveloped in a sphere of luminous light.

The experiencing of the Secret Fire, as a result of the suppression of the physical body’s Vital Energy, can create a condition which manifests in various forms:

-Some perceive the bright light as an angel, their Higher Self, or “Holy Guardian Angel”, others as a spiritual teacher.

-Astral projection may result, along with perception of the immediate surroundings.

-Uncontrolled physical movements may also result, typical of so-called ‘kundalini phenomena’: shaking, rapid breathing, swinging of the torso, uncontrolled giddiness, and sitting straight upright in the Pharaonic position.

After a period of time, the energy will descend, and return to the base of the spine.

The effects of this awakening will take some time for the consciousness of the individual to adjust to, and is not limited to the ‘non-physical’ realms. The physical body, although to a lesser degree, is also changed and improved in functioning, constituting a genuine “re-birth’ on several levels. However, it is up to the mind, or sense of “I”, of the individual, to cooperate with this influx of power if more permanent changes in consciousness are to be made.

As we can see, the concept of kundalini, or the Secret Fire, is linked to two polar concepts: that of the undifferentiated creative energy, and the second, as the seed of this energy locked on each cell of material creation, and focused in humanity at the base of the spine.

When this energy rises as a result of psychic experiences, and not because of physical weakness, it can cause the Vital Energy of the body to be concentrated on various areas of the body, creating physical and psychic disturbances. If the energy becomes concentrated in the head, it can create the illusion of a spiritual awakening, as well as the well known “hot and cold” flashes, or currents, up and down the spine. The effects of the Secret Fire however, and not its re-distributive effects on the Vital Energy, can create the following phenomena:

    Intense pains suggestive of an illness
    Crawling sensations of ants or small bugs over the skin, as well as a ‘jumping’ sensation of the energy
    A feeling of crystal clear calmness and tranquillity, rise from center to center to the top of the head
    Ascending in the famous ‘zigzag’ or Rising Serpent pattern
    The energy can skip a center or two
    The energy can reach the top of the head in a flash of light
    The character attributes of both positive and negative are exaggerated and sexual power is increased.

If the energy rises to the top of the head, then it becomes possible to work directly on the Vital Energy within the body, and use it, as a means of enhancing the psychic experience and spiritual awakening.

In short, the psychic centers must first be awakened by the Secret Fire and purified, before the energy of the physical body, can be concentrated upon them.

Thus, our psychic exercises, and esoteric meditations are designed to prepare our minds, bodies, and consciousness for the liberation of the Secret Fire buried deep inside us. Through a progressive cleansing of the blood, nervous system, and endocrine glands, the ‘chains’ of the Vital Energy upon the Secret Fire are reduced and eliminated, allowing the ever present power and energy, a veritable pressure waiting to be released, to spring into action. Thus, the Serpent doesn’t really sleep, it is we who are asleep to its presence and potential blessing.

*Magick should be practiced with true\pure intention and without the intoxification of alcohol (spirits) or other mind altering substances.

Manly P. Hall – Secret Powers and Why We Should Not Use Them


“Egypt, a great center of learning and the birthplace of many arts and sciences, furnished an ideal environment for transcendental experimentation. Here the black magicians of Atlantis continued to exercise their superhuman powers until they had completely undermined and corrupted the morals of the primitive Mysteries. By establishing asacerdotal caste they usurped the position formerly occupied by the initiates, and seized the reins of spiritual government.

Thus black magic dictated the state religion and paralyzed the intellectual and spiritual activities of the individual by demanding his complete and unhesitating acquiescence in the dogma formulated by the priestcraft. The Pharaoh became a puppet in the hands of the Scarlet Council–a committee of arch-sorcerers elevated to power by the priesthood.”

Manly P. Hall. Secret Teachings of All Ages. 1928

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