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John Lash has been called the true successor of Mircea Eliade and the rightful heir of Joseph Campbell. Unlike those two world-class academics, John is a self-educated free-lance scholar who combines studies and experimental mysticism to teach directive mythology: that is, the application of myth to life, rather than its mere interpretation. He is a leading exponent of the power of myth to direct individual experience and drive historical events over the long term. An expert on sidereal mythology, naked-eye astronomy, precession, and the World Ages, he also teaches the critique of belief-systems. On metahistory.org, he presents a radical revision of Gnosticism, with original commentaries on the Nag Hammadi codices. He also presents the only complete restoration by any scholar of the Sophianic myth of the Pagan Mysteries, the sacred story of Gaia-Sophia, recounting the origin of the earth and the human species from the galactic core.

In the unknown dolmen,
Punta de Gracia, Andalucia, Spain
[Photo by Sabina Bikarska]

Biographical notes

Since October 2008, John Lash is teaching Planetary Tantra and interactive magic with Gaia through the archetype/icon of the Shakti Cluster, the Tantric Tree of Life. This material is intended to orient the general public toward free-form experimental mysticism grounded in an intimate commitment to the earth. His more controversial writings on Kala Tantra, Gaian sexual magic, can be found on KaliRising: Intimations of a Mystical Hedonist.

John Lash is the only scholar of comparative mythology so far known to have rewritten a classical myth, giving it a different outcome: Orpheus and Eurydice.

His published works are: The Seeker's Handbook (1991) , Twins and the Double (1993) , The Hero - Manhood and Power (1995) , Quest for the Zodiac (1999) , Not in His Image (2006).


"I have only this to tell you about my enlightenment: it's yours."

Idiosyncratic expression of experimental mysticism, Planetary Tantra represents the summit of my lifelong work in comparative mythology and completes my endowed vision of the Divine Feminine embodied in the earth, Gaia-Sophia. The Shakti Cluster is a spiritual archetype comparable to the Kabalistic Tree of Life, with similar cosmological features and interactive properties. I am convinced that its discovery can figure decisively in the planetary shift leading to the close of the present world cycle in 2216 CE.

I characterize the teachings and practices comprised in the visionary scenario of Planetary Tantra as a terma, a wisdom treasure. The name of this terma in Tibetan is Dorje Namkhai Khandro Nying Thig, "Seminal Heart of the Diamond-Sky Dakinis." In plain English, the Terma of Gaia Awakening. I invite all those who are so inclined to explore and elaborate this material, which originates with me but will not confined to my exposition. This is a serial, group-generated terma with a duration of 208 years from October 2008 when I received the secret dakini name for Gaia, the name She will answer to.

- JLL, July 2009 Andalucia

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Ambergane Library and Archives

The library consists of about 4500 books in a number of categories:

1.Comparative mythology, anthropology, ancient cultures, prehistory
2. History of religions and mysticism
3. Archeoastronomy, ancient calendrics
4. Astrology and astronomy, sky lore, precession, World, Ages, the Zodiac
5. Science, physics, cosmological theories
6. Shamanism, entheogenic practices, psychonautics
7. Gnosticism and Mystery Religions, Nag Hammadi Library, Coptic language
8. Dead Sea Scrolls, origins of Christianity
9. Esoterics: alchemy, theosophy, Cabala, anthroposophy
10. Poetry and poetics, Modernism: literature and art
11. Romanticism: histories, writings, theories, literature and art
12. Art books, especially Modernist works; also primitive and esoteric art
13. Arthurian Romance, Celtic legend, Parzival and Tristan studies
14. ET and UFO studies, theories, Philip K. Dick
15. Greek and Roman Classics
16. Gaia theory, ecology, ecofeminism
17. Geology, earth sciences, natural history
18. Goddess religion, matriarchy
19. Hindu Tantra
20. Buddhism : Dzogchen, Zen, Ch’an, Mahayana
21. Biographies

Italics indicate areas where John Lash has been been recognized for his writings and expertise.

The archives include about twenty notebooks of esoteric and mythological research, representing studies developed over 40 years. It contains original work on the Zodiacand the constellations (basis for Quest for the Zodiac), and comprehensive research in naked-eye star lore, archeoastronomy, 2012, the World Ages, and precession of the equinoxes. It includes unpublished manuscripts such as Lord of the Clones (early draft of Not in His Image), The Other Zodiac and Dendera Decoded.  

Included with these books and archives are full publication rights to four out-of-print books: The Seeker's Handbook, Twins and the Double, The Hero, and Quest for the Zodiac.



With his daughter Margarita, Belgium, 1998





Material by John Lash and Lydia Dzumardjin: Copyright 2002 - 2017 by John Lash.