About Nicholas Laccetti

The Blooming Staff: Banish Trump, Exorcise Trump!

Occultists of all varieties need to banish the demonic principality of Donald Trump from our world. #BanishTrump! #ExorciseTrump! [Read more…]

The Blooming Staff: Crowley Didn’t Burn Hot Enough

Aleister Crowley is often labeled a Decadent for his obsession with sex magick. But traditional mysticism is more radical in its understanding of sexuality. [Read more…]

The Blooming Staff: On the Papal World-Tree, or, An Esoteric Meditation on the Papacy

Nicholas Laccetti reflects on the history of occult interpretations of the Papacy, and what the office of the Pope could mean for esotericism today. [Read more…]

The Blooming Staff: The Longest Night and the Mystery of the Incarnation

Every December 21, a NY church holds a “Longest Night” service. Nicholas Laccetti reflects on this year’s in the light of the Winter Solstice and Christmas. [Read more…]

The Blooming Staff: Prisca Theologia, Pansophy, and Integral Truth – Some Notes on Universal Reformation

Universal Reformation has been a goal throughout Western esoteric history: for Renaissance magi, for Rosicrucians, and today in the Universal Brotherhood. [Read more…]

The Blooming Staff: “What We Shall Be” – Illuminati, Otherness, and the Grand Consummation

The idea of a peaceable planetary commonwealth, founded on the universal principles of wisdom enshrined in the world’s great religious traditions, and respecting the inalienable rights of all human beings, seems to be a laudable goal. But the Illuminati quickly fell due to infighting, political repression, and the usual institutional failures. [Read more…]

The Blooming Staff: Eschatology – The Marker of Christian Occultism

As I continue my research into post-Crowley forms of Thelema, Christian theology, and other occult traditions (especially the teachings of the Universal Brotherhood, which Frater Achad led as Mahaguru starting in the early 1930s), one major point of difference has emerged for me between Christian forms of occultism and non-Christian traditions like Thelema: eschatology. [Read more…]

The Blooming Staff: Praise Ialdabaoth!; or, Notes Toward a Treatise on Averse Gnosticism

In his essay “Base Materialism and Gnosticism,” French philosopher Georges Bataille extols the potential value of a kind of Averse Gnosticism — a Gnosticism in which the demiurge of the material world, considered by the ancient Gnostics to be the “chief guard” of the prison of matter, and therefore a malevolent being, is in fact the object of worship and devotion. [Read more…]

The Blooming Staff: The Curious Conversion of Frater Achad

I can’t recall the number of times I have sat at my computer with a stack of books by my side in the middle of the night, say at 2:45 AM or maybe 4, bursting (silently) with excitement over some intellectual epiphany, some sudden realization or Eureka! moment in which I feel like I have finally cracked open the secrets of the universe. [Read more…]

The Blooming Staff: Getting Up on Our Stilts, or, Notes Toward a Manifesto of Catholic Decadence

Unlike the doomed protagonists of the Gothic novel and the later weird writers (H.P. Lovecraft and his circle), who attempted to subdue the forces of darkness with their philosophical reason and were crushed by the noumenal terror of a cosmos indifferent or hostile to humanity, the Decadent Catholics made themselves the villains of a gothic tale of their own making, an appropriate role for English Catholics who were the villains of the Protestant imaginary of the earlier generation. [Read more…]