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by Jeronimo Sanz (Creative Commons)

The Ego as the Infinite?

After putting down the book Gnostic Philosophy (2005) by Tobias Churlton I was struck by a thought which, as thoughts tend to, quickly led onto several others. My main single reflection could be summed up as follows: If Gnostic thought is consumed with a stripping away of the conscious ego...

The Thinker

Philosophy and Psychedelic Phenomenology

– On the Value of the Psychedelic Experience to Academic Philosophy –  – Peter Sjöstedt-H – (This is a modified version of a chapter for the forthcoming book ‘Radical Mycology’) Due to the general legal prohibition and modern cultural taboo against psychoactive chemicals, the academic discipline of Philosophy has left a potentially...

Reasonances

Reasonances by Carl Abrahamsson

Published in late 2014, Reasonances by Swedish writer and polymath extraordinaire Carl Abrahamsson is made up of essays, interviews and lectures from 2000 to 2013. Subjects that are covered include the magical art of Rosaleen Norton, Crowley’s Thelema and German author Ernst Jünger’s psychedelic explorations. In addition, the book features...

by Paul Hessell (Creative Commons)

Good Intentions and the Road to the Amazon

A group of academics and others have published a letter expressing severe criticism of the methods and aims of the Ethnobotanical Stewardship Council (ESC), an NGO which has assumed the mission of ensuring the safety and sustainability of ayahausca and other entheogens. The letter is reproduced below. The debate continues…...

Psychedelic Press 2014 Vol.5

Psychedelic Press Journal – 2014 Vol.5 – is now out!

As our longest night approaches here in the UK, thoughts are beginning to dwell more on 2015, but before they take up permanent residence, our final journal publication of 2014 must make its appearance. Slightly delayed – apologies for copies not reaching homes before the festive season – it is my pleasure to announce...

'Andrée Will Take A Trip!' (1969) by Sture Johannesson

Seismographic Psychedelia: Reflections on the Direct Influence of Psychedelics on Art

”Generally, one might argue, writers and musicians are more associated with psychedelics than are visual artists.” – Robert C. Morgan (Rubin 2010, 44) Psychedelics often trigger a rich flood of visual content. One may for instance experience highly intricate patterns, otherworldly landscapes and mysterious beings – some angelic; others demonic....

Ozora Festival by Lab604

Transformational Festivals: Reflections on Social Movements and Transformational Festivals as Civil Spheres by Eric Turner

The following article, written by Eric Turner, was first published in the Psychedelic Press UK journal. To the many people who frequent music festivals and raves, and generally rejoice in creating temporary communities in diverse settings, the protest encampments which appeared all over Europe, North America and beyond in 2011,...

Druid's Handbook

A Druid’s Handbook to the Spiritual Power of Plants by Jon G. Hughes

‘A Druid’s Handbook to the Spiritual Power of Plants: Spagyrics in Magical and Sexual Rituals’, by Jon G. Hughes, was published earlier this year by Destiny Books, a division of Inner Traditions International. It was originally published under the title, ‘Celtic Plant Magic: A Workbook for Alchemical Sex Rituals’, in...

Bridge Dancer at Sunrise

First line up announced for Sunrise Celebration festival 2015

Festival Dates 21st – 24th May at Piercefield Park, Chepstow, Wales  The award winning Sunrise Celebration (The Guardian – Ethical Travel Award winners, Green Parent’s Best Green Festival and rated as ‘Outstanding’ by A Greener Festival) is back for its tenth festival. With great music, organic food, boutique camping (gypsy...

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