OCCULTURE Berlin | Marleen Thaler
The New Jerusalem Diagram. John Michell's Staircase to Heaven
Marleen Thaler
Marleen Thaler
The English writer and self proclaimed radical Traditionalist John Michell (1933-2009) occupied an outstanding position within the alternative religious landscape of Britain. By means of his influential Sacred Place Theory he aimed to re-sanctify the English landscape, and to launch a revived Golden Age with Glastonbury as point of departure. The numerological elaboration of his theory is the New Jerusalem Diagram, a geometrical map of the Heavenly City, linking contemporary Glastonbury to the lost Atlantis and to the prospective New Jerusalem.
Marleen is a PhD Candidate at the University of Vienna at the Department of Religious Studies. Most of her previous study and research projects were dealing with esoteric and alternative religious matters, such as Earth Mysteries, Neo-Paganism, or the religious impacts within the psychedelic movement. Currently she is working on her publication on John Michell’s Sacred Place Theory and on her PhD dissertation on Kundalini within the Occult and Holistic Milieu. Originally from the Austrian countryside Marleen has been living in Vienna for the last ten years from where she was part-time working, studying and travelling.