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Radical Spirits: How the Occult Shaped Progressive Politics

Atlas Obscura is excited to present a lively and intellectually vibrant presentation, with PEN Award-winning historian and occult scholar Mitch Horowitz (“Solid gold”—David Lynch), who will explore the little known historical ties between alternative spirituality and radical politics!

During this 90-minute presentation, Mitch will explore the extraordinary connections between Spiritualism, seances, and the development of the suffragist movement, including in the lives of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony; the unexpectedly progressive roots of mind-power metaphysics in the work of socialist Wallace D. Wattles, black nationalist Marcus Garvey, and punk pioneers Bad Brains; the woman dubbed “Mrs. Satan” who became America’s first female presidential candidate; the radical background of Freemasonry in the U.S.; and the unexpected ties between occultist Madame H.P. Blavatsky, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr., and much more. This special evening casts a new light on the shared history of esoteric spirituality and movements for human dignity and liberation. Mitch always introduces fresh material making each episode of Radical Spirits unique and welcoming to both newcomers and returnees—with lots of time for Q+A!

Date And Time

Tues, April 20, 2021

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

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The Hermetic Dawn: Hermetic Wisdom as a Path for Modern Seekers

“As above, so below…” —The Emerald Tablet

In the final stages of Ancient Egypt a profoundly powerful and mysterious philosophy called Hermeticism emerged from the encounter between Greek and Egyptian cultures. Attributed to the mythical man-god Hermes Trismegistus, this occult wisdom described the limitless powers of the mind, the meaning of existence, and became a source of endless mystery and inspiration to Renaissance scholars. Now, in this compelling and intellectually vibrant evening of lost history and practical spirituality, historian and occult scholar Mitch Horowitz investigates Hermetic wisdom, explores its sources and controversies, and reveals Hermeticism’s authentic meaning and personal uses for us today. Mitch argues that the ancient philosophy of Hermes may hold exactly the keys modern people are seeking to a universalistic faith of inner development, karmic values, and personal power. Join us—and witness the new Hermetic dawn.

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