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The purpose of the Serpentine Academy is to serve as:

  • An institution for the propagation of the seven (7) traditional liberal arts, as they apply to Initation.
  • A forum wherein the various methodologies and diverse approaches to Initiation are examined.

  • Note: Academy membership is open to any individual or organization aligned with this charter.

We define ourselves as a Temple as well as a School of Initiation and a Religious Order.
As such, we have an applied methodology, a philosophical approach, and a religious philosophy.

  • The methodology we employ in our pursuit of Knowledge, Truth, and Wisdom is the Trivium coupled to the Socratic method of inquiry.
  • The philosophical approach we base our religious practices upon is metaphysical realism. Our presupposition is that the world is as it is independent of how humans take it to be.

A Priori Recommendations

Adler, Mortimer J.

Aristotle for Everybody: Difficult Thought Made Easy

Adler, Mortimer J.

How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading

Joseph, Sister Miriam.

The Trivium: The Liberal Arts of Logic, Grammar, and Rhetoric

Kreeft, Peter.

Socratic Logic: A Logic Text using Socratic Method, Platonic Questions, and Aristotelian Principles

A Posteriori Recommendations

Corbett, Edward P.J.

Classical Rhetoric for the Modern Student, 4th Edition

Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly.

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

Hoffer, Eric

The Ordeal of Change

Hoffer, Eric

The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements

Rescher, Nicholas.


Roberts, W Rhys (Translator).

The Rhetoric and Poetics of Aristotle.

Schall, James V.

Another Sort of Learning

Religious Philosophy Recommendations

Aquino, Michael.

Black Magic in Theory and Practice ---- Refer to: The Temple of Set, Vol. 1, Section 16-21

Aquino, Michael.

The Diabolican. ---- Refer to: The Church of Satan, Vol. 2, Section 15.

Greene, Robert.

The 48 Laws of Power.

Hyatt, Christopher S.

The Psychopath's Bible: For the Extreme Individual

Hyatt, Christopher S.

To Lie is Human: Not Getting Caught is Divine

Machiavelli, Niccoli.

The Prince

Ragan, Redbeard.

Might is Right: Survival of the Fittest

Schmitt, John.

Warfighting: The USMC Book of Strategy

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