A twelve-part online course with Mitch Horowitz

Occult scholar and widely known voice of esoteric ideas Mitch Horowitz (“solid gold”—David Lynch) presents a lively, intellectually serious historical and practical exploration of modern occultism. This twelve-part course provides a comprehensive overview of the ideas, people, movements, and practices that shape our concepts of the esoteric today—and what they offer the contemporary seeker.

 No background reading is required for the course, but helpful supplementary books include Mitch’s Occult America, One Simple Idea, and The Seeker’s Guide to the Secret Teachings of All Ages.

Enjoy this free introduction to the course—Occultism Today: Mitch Horowitz and Richard Smoley in Conversation

Course Syllabus (click to expand)

1. The Age of Hermes

Much of our definition of occultism today stems from the late-ancient philosophy of Hermeticism, a marriage of classical Egyptian and Hellenic thought. In this foundational session, we explore the connection that primeval seekers saw between psyche and cosmos (“as above, so below”). We also consider classical conceptions of astrology, alchemy, prophecy, magick, symbolism, sacred geometry, deity veneration—and the mythos of the legendary man-god Hermes Trismegistus. The legacy of gnostic thought is also explored.

2. Renaissance Revival
3. Secret Brotherhoods
4. Mystic America
5. The Occult Revival, Part I
6. The Theosophical Dawn
7. The Challenge of New Thought
8. The Parapsychology Revolution
9. Politics and the Occult
10. Secret Teachings Old and New
11. The Occult Revival, Part II
12. Aquarius Rising: Occultism Today

mitch horowitz 2Mitch Horowitz is a historian of alternative spirituality and one of today’s most literate voices of esoterica, mysticism, and the occult. He is among the few occult writers whose work touches the bases of academic scholarship, national journalism, and subculture cred. Mitch is a writer-in-residence at the New York Public Library, lecturer-in-residence at the Philosophical Research Society in Los Angeles, and a PEN Award-winning historian whose books include Occult America; One Simple Idea: How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life; and The Miracle Club. The Washington Post says Mitch “treats esoteric ideas and movements with an even-handed intellectual studiousness that is too often lost in today’s raised-voice discussions.” He has discussed alternative spirituality across the national media and is collaborating with Emmy-nominated director Ronni Thomas on a feature documentary about the occult classic The Kybalion, shot on location in Egypt. Mitch received the Walden Award for Interfaith/Intercultural Understanding. The Chinese government has censored his work. Visit him at MitchHorowitz.com

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