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Traditionalism at ESSWE 5

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 | 0 comments

Traditionalism at ESSWE 5

After almost 2 years it is time for a new conference organised by ESSWE, the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism, this time in Riga, Latvia. This year seems to be particularly interesting for those interested in the scholarly study o Traditionalism. With the theme of the conference being on the interactions between East and West, I will be focusing on Reghini and Evola’s reception of Eastern spirituality. Recent studies conducted for a chapter in my thesis have yielded surprising results, and a commitment to Theosophy on behalf of Reghini, which had previously been...

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On Magic: Arturo Reghini’s Ideas on Modern Science and Magic.

Posted by on Oct 16, 2013 | 2 comments

On Magic: Arturo Reghini’s Ideas on Modern Science and Magic.

In his lengthy introduction to Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa’s De Occulta Philosophia, written by the Florentine author in the turbulent years of 1925-1926, Reghini gives a nuanced and elaborate definition of the connection between science and magic. While many occultist of the modern period went to great lengths to ‘sanitize’ occult practices and provide them with a scientific validity (see Corinna Treitel’s seminal A Science for the Soul: Occultism and the Making of the German Modern, Baltimore, John Hopkins University Press, 2004), Reghini postulates the idea of modern...

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Conference 16/11/13, Donetsk, Ukraine: Vectors of Traditionalism – The East, Islam, Paganism

Posted by on Sep 16, 2013 | 0 comments

Conference 16/11/13, Donetsk, Ukraine: Vectors of Traditionalism – The East, Islam, Paganism

On November 16th, 2013, I have been invited to a round table in Donestk, Ukraine, to talk about Arturo Reghini, Italian neo-Pythagoreanism and Reghini’s ties with Julius Evola. The conference is organised by the Donetsk Regional Youth Association for the Study of Religions, the Center of Religious Science Research and International Spiritual Relations, the Ukrainian Center of Islamic Studies, the Creative Group «Aghlaqin» and the Donetsk Association for Philosophy & Religious Studies. The happening is called ‘Vectors of Traditionalism’, and promises to be an incredibly...

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Ride the Tiger, Smack the Pony, Slap the Nazis.

Posted by on Apr 14, 2013 | 0 comments

Ride the Tiger, Smack the Pony, Slap the Nazis.

  When studying and researching Traditionalism and Traditionalist authors, it is quite rare to really capture the essence of what the thinkers in question were like in their everyday life. Did Reghini laugh heartily when reading Futurist funnies on the papers? Did Guénon enjoy the odd drink with his mates, before moving to Cairo and converting to Islam? To these questions, there is no definitive answer. What we do know, thanks to a document of the Ministero della Cultura Popolare of 1942 recently published by Arthos magazine (thanks to Nicola Crea for the permission to reproduce the...

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Democratization of the Occult? Not in the Schola Italica. ARA’s ‘Massime di Scienza Iniziatica’.

Posted by on Apr 5, 2013 | 0 comments

Democratization of the Occult? Not in the Schola Italica. ARA’s ‘Massime di Scienza Iniziatica’.

  Amedeo Rocco Armentano (1886-1966) was Arturo Reghini’s initiator in the practices of the Schola Italica. Author of ‘Massime di Scienza Iniziatica’, his work was published only in 1992, thanks to the efforts of Reghini biographer R. Sestito. ‘Massime’ represents a concentration of Armentano’s wisdom in short, piercing aphorisms, designed to plant a seed in the initiate’s mind, and blossom after a period of reflection and contemplation. Reading them, one realizes the extent of Armentano’s influence on the Florentine thinker. Here are some,...

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New Paper on Arturo Reghini and Sacred Numbers

Posted by on Mar 14, 2013 | 0 comments

New Paper on Arturo Reghini and Sacred Numbers

Do numbers possess magical qualities? Is the study of arithmosophy essential to the full comprehension of Masonic symbolism? Why did a group of Italian students of the occult, in primis Arturo Reghini, consider the study of arithmetic and ancient Pythagorean theories to be necessary for a full comprehension of occult lore in the Twentieth century? To Reghini, the Pythagorean tetraktys, the five-pointed pentalfa, the sacred duodecimal values hidden behind the menacing outward appearance of the Lictoriae Fasces, all held clues to deeper, spiritual meanings, which were to be gleaned and...

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