Richard Smoley's Blog

The Origins of the Tarot

June 20, 2017

Tags: Tarot, Kabbalah, Hebrew alphabet, sacred geometry

A lecture of mine on possible sources for the Major Arcana of the Tarot--and the Hebrew alphabet--has gone up on YouTube.

It's at:

The link is to the upper left.

Review of Satanism: A Social History

April 25, 2017

Tags: Introvigne, new religious movements, Satan, Satanism, occult

Satanism: A Social History
by Massimo Introvigne
Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill, 2016. x + 658 pp., hardcover, $255.

When you talk about Satanism, certain problems immediately arise. With other religions, identification depends on self-identification. Christians are those who call themselves Christians; Muslims are those who call themselves Muslims. With Satanism, it is not so. Many people labeled as Satanists are nothing of the kind—everything from Wiccans and Pagans to people who read Tarot cards. Thus a scholarly study of Satanism—that is, of people who identify themselves as Satanists—is welcome. Nevertheless, this work also dedicates a great deal of space to anti-Satanists, because the picture is not complete without them. (more…)

Excerpt in Utne

April 25, 2017

Tags: God, belief, faith, revelation, Bible

This excerpt from How God Became God has just been posted on the Utne Reader website.

Click on the image to reach the article.

The Western Esoteric Tradition

November 26, 2016

Here's a link to Jeffrey Mishlove's latest segment with me on New Thinking Allowed. Click on the book cover to the left to get to it.

Prophecy and the End Times

September 28, 2016

Tags: Prophecy, End Times, Nostradamus, Bible

Jeffrey Mishlove has done nine interviews with me for his series New Thinking Allowed (one for each of my books). He's put the first one up. It's on prophecy and the End Times.

Tikkun: Beyond the Trap of Biblical Literalism

September 28, 2016

Tags: Bible, literalism, Fox News, God, Origen, archaeology

Many people in the educated world understand that the Bible--or not all of the Bible--is literally true.

But there is actually quite a bit of confusion about which parts are and which parts aren't literally true.

My book How God Became God deals with this question in depth.

But I have just published an article on the Tikkun website that sketches out the basic arguments. To read it, click on the cover above for the link.

Groundwater: The Problem of God

July 30, 2016

Tags: God, religion, spirituality

Reality Sandwich has put up an excerpt from How God Became God. Click the cover for the link.

The Bible and Donald Trump

June 6, 2016

Tags: Donald Trump, Bible, religion, Christianity, Billy Graham, Masons

My article on Donald Trump and the Bible has just gone up on Signature, the website for Penguin Random House. Click on the image at left to link to it.

Review of How God Became God

May 17, 2016

Tags: Bible, God

Parabola has just issued a review of my book How God Became God, written by John Shirley. For a link, click on the image to the left.


April 21, 2016

Tags: usury, banking, Ezra Pound, interest

Usura rusteth the chisel
It rusteth the craft and the craftsman
It gnaweth the thread in the loom . . .
Usura slayeth the child in the womb
It stayeth the young man’s courting
It hath brought palsey to bed, lyeth
between the young bride and the bridegroom

—Ezra Pound, Canto XLV (more…)

Selected Works

Enjoyable and intelligent essays on topics ranging from prophecy and hidden masters to Atlantis and Freemasonry.
Spirituality, religion, mysticism, psychology, sexuality
A clear-eyed but compassionate approach to the real meaning of Christian love—in all its forms.
Prophecy; occult
The key texts of this celebrated prophet, with commentary and biography
Spirituality; Religion
The story of the hidden mystical stream of Christianity
A guide to the mystical and esoteric teachings at the heart of Western civilization
A guide to the mystical and esoteric teachings at the core of Christianity.