Occultism Today: Mitch Horowitz and Richard Smoley in Conversation

Wednesday, July 28,   7:00 p.m. CT / 8:00 p.m. ET

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Join us for a preview of Mitch Horowitz’s upcoming Modern Occultism class—kicked off with a free discussion between Mitch and esoteric scholar Richard Smoley. Mitch and Richard will discuss the themes and state of occultism in our world today, and preview some of the content of Mitch’s upcoming twelve-week course. Among their topics will be:

    • How does the mainstreaming of UFOs impact the occult today?
    • Has technology aided or deterred the esoteric search?
    • Are we poised for a new epoch of seeking—or a return to “Satanic Panic” style reactivity?
    • Are there great teachers among us today?

There will be ample time for questions and exchange with participants. Don’t miss this preview of Modern Occultism with a serious and lively dialogue between two of today’s most formative voices of the esoteric.

Registration is required. Reserve your free spot today!

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Mitch 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.

Richard Smoley is editor of Quest: Journal of the Theosophical Society in America. He is the author of eleven books on spirituality, philosophy, and religion. His new book, audio, and video series, The Truth about Magic, was released in February 2021. 

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