Thomas Karlsson

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Thomas Karlsson (born 1972) is a Swedish occultist and esoteric author, with a PhD in the History of Religions from Stockholm University. [1] In 1989 he founded Dragon Rouge, a Left-Hand Path initiatory organisation.



In 1989, Thomas Karlsson and six other magicians founded Dragon Rouge, a Left-Hand Path initiatory organisation and a Draconian Tradition Order, led by Karlsson. [2] As a book author, he concentrates on occult, philosophy, and paranormal topics. The Dragon Rouge website cites Carlos Castaneda, Julius Evola, and Kenneth Grant as some of the magical writers whose work is read by the order, as are texts by classical philosophers such as Herakleitos, Plato, and Plotinos, as well as modern philosophers like Friedrich Nietzsche, Martin Heidegger, and Henri Bergson. [2] His personal influences include Sumerian mythology, alchemy, tantra, the Goetia, and the Qliphoth. In an interview dated in 2003, he claims he experienced astral projections as a child, but did not think of them as supernatural experiences until he started formally exploring the occult. [3] In his book Amongst Mystics and Magicians in Stockholm (2012), he describes experiences he had in the years 1989–1991 which are related to the establishment of Dragon Rouge. The book exhibits Karlsson's influences from people such as Aleister Crowley, Grant and Anton LaVey. [4]


Karlsson was the lyricist of symphonic metal band Therion, and wrote almost all the band's lyrics between 1996 and 2010; however, Karlsson was never regarded as an official band member.

He was also the lead vocalist of the dark wave music project, Shadowseeds.



  1. 1 2 Karlsson, Thomas (2010). Götisk kabbala och runisk alkemi: Johannes Bureus och den götiska esoterismen (Thesis). Institutionen för etnologi, religionshistoria och genusstudier, Stockholms universitet. ISBN   978-91-628-8030-9. (Thomas Karlsson's PhD thesis, in Swedish)
  2. 1 2 GENERAL INFORMATION Archived 2012-02-04 at the Wayback Machine .
  3. Thor: TMP, accessed on 16 June 2013.
  4. Linnea, Harri (2015). "Book Reviews: Thomas Karlsson. Amongst Mystics and Magicians in Stockholm". Correspondences . 3: 169–172. ISSN   2053-7158.

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