Gary Lachman – Revolutionaries of the Soul: Part 1 & 2

A very good friend of mine sent me a copy of Gary Lachman’s book – Aleister Crowley: Magick, Rock and Roll, and the Wickedest Man in the World and so far I like it. In my opinion whether you agree with Gary’s viewpoints or not the book offers a refreshing perspective as it stays away from the hero worship I often see when it comes to Crowley…~TS

The audio is a little rough in spots.

Gary Lachman discusses his book Revolutionaries of the Soul: Reflections on Magicians, Philosophers, and Occultists. Explorers of occult mysteries and the edges of consciousness change the way we view not only the nature of reality, but also our deepest sense of self. In Revolutionaries of the Soul Lachman presents punchy, enlightening, and intriguing biographies of some of the most influential esoteric luminaries in recent history. His subjects include Swedish mystical scientist Emanuel Swedenborg; H. P. Blavatsky, Russian cofounder of the Theosophical Society; Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner, who inspired the Waldorf School of education; Swiss visionary C. G. Jung, founder of depth psychology; notorious English ceremonial magician Aleister Crowley; Russian esotericist P. D. Ouspensky, explicator of Gurdjieff s early works; and British psychic artist Dion Fortune, who was influential in the modern revival of magical arts.

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2 replies

  1. I’ve only read his book on Blavatsky – which I thought was pretty good, with decent understanding, and unprejudiced for a non-Theosophist. He seems a capable popular writer on the occult, with a balanced perspective and common sense, which is rare enough in the occult field – Colin Wilson was another good one.


    • This is the first book that I read by Gary. So far so good.

      As a side note, I’ve been interested in the occult and I have researched various occult traditions over the years but I would in no way call myself an expert on it. I have a good working knowledge in certain areas of it and I still have a lot to learn in other areas. I read a lot and talk to people who are experts on certain traditions and I just soak it up. Problem is I also forget things that I have learned. So I have to constantly brush up on it.

      I dip into the occult a bit on this site but I don’t post even a tenth of the material I have researched. I post just enough to wet people’s appetites. Although an important aspect to waking up I don’t go deep into the occult on here because it would consume too much of my time (which I don’t have a lot of these days, I work a lot) and it’s not the only subject I want to cover on this site. There’s a variety of other topics that I feel are important as well. I learned in the past from contributing to other sites that people tend to shut down when you hammer them with a lot of esoteric material. A lot of them scatter away. So I sprinkle it in with other topics and if people decide to do their own research into the occult then great, if not, that’s their choice.

      Thanks for commenting.


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