Corpus Stavish

The Writings of

Mark Stavish

Splendor Solis ImageWelcome to "Corpus Stavish," the home page for the writings of Mark Stavish! Mark is a long-time student of esotericism and has written over a two-dozen critically received articles, book reviews, and interviews on western esoteric philosophy and practices. All of the articles available below have been published in Caduceus, The Stone, The Rosicrucian Beacon (U.K.), or Atlantis Rising. Future publications will include, World War Two Magazine and Venture Inward (A.R.E.). Feel free to download them for personal use. If you would like to re-print them in your organization's journal or publication contact the author for permission.

Mark is well known for his lively, informative, and practical presentations and was voted most popular speaker at the ecumenical conference Sacred Space in 1997 and 1998. He has presented internationally at conferences for the Philosophers of Nature (PON), the Rosicrucian Order, AMORC, and the highly exclusive "Palladian Academy" in Vichenza, Italy in 1997. Among the presenters were: Josclyn Godwin (SUNY), Antoine Faivre (Sorbonne), and Christopher McIntosh (UNESCO).

Esoteric experience includes initiation into Martinism, and appointment to Regional Monitor Emeritus in the Rosicrucian Order, AMORC. Currently, Mark is the Director for Research for the Occult Research and Applications Project (ORA) sponsored by the Philosophers of Nature. The purpose of the ORA Project is to review ancient occult knowledge with respect to tradition and to find new and useful applications for it in the modern world. Several of the ORA Projects and their results are listed on this site. All projects are considered 'ongoing' with twice yearly updates appearing The Stone, the journal for the Philosophers of Nature. If you are interested in participating in, or contributing to, any of the O.R.A. Projects, contact Mark for submission guidelines and experiment protocols.

In addition to degrees in Theology and Counseling, Mark was raised in a family with over five generations of practicing esotericists. This familial tradition is known as "pow-wow" and is a form of oral qabalistic magic, with roots in the Renaissance, common among those of Central European decent. It is most commonly found among German Pietist, Amish, and Mennonite families. For more in formation see: Pow-Wow, Psalms, and German Magical Folklore.

Mark lectures regularly for The Wyoming Valley Society for Esoteric Studies. Lectures and group rituals are held twice monthly in Kingston, Pennsylvania (near Wilkes-Barre) with easy access from Route 309 and Route 11. These lectures are part of an ongoing, three year series of classes designed to develop the skills needed to be successful in personal esoteric research and growth.

So, read on, enjoy, and best wishes on your esoteric Path!


Regretfully, the author cannot respond to personal or technical questions regarding the material on this site. If you would like information on seminars or to subscribe to the electronic newsletter VOXHERMES (found at, please email: . Thank you.

– Mark Stavish


Outlines and Study Plans

Ritual Protocol for The Wyoming Valley Society for Esoteric Studies

Qabala Study Plan

Study Group Syllabus -- Year One

Study Group Syllabus -- Year Two

Study Group Syllabus -- Year Three


Interview with Jean Dubuis

Interview with Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki

General Essays

Abrahadabra: Some Thoughts on the Word

The Body of Light in the Western Esoteric Tradition

A Kabbalistic Guide to Lucid Dreaming

Follow Up to the Lucid Dreaming Project

Secret Fire: The Relationship Between Kundalini, Kabbalah, and Alchemy

Problems on the Path of Return

How Long Does It Take?

The Sign of the Cross

Kabbalah and the Hermetic Tradition

Rituals and Ritual Work

Portae Lucis Method of Jean Dubuis

Assumption of the Godform

Additional Notes on The Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram

Notes on the Lesser Ritual of the Hexagram

Commentary on Zodiacal Magic

Meditation on the Spheres

An Exercise from the Vault of CRC

Outline for Opening the Quarters

The Flashing Sword


The History of Alchemy in America

Alchemy, It's Not Just for the Middle Ages Anymore

Practical Plant Alchemy -- Part One

Practical Plant Alchemy -- Part Two

Practical Plant Alchemy -- Part Three