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Thomas Karlsson (born 1972) is a Swedish occultist and esoteric author, with a PhD in the History of Religions from the Stockholm University. In 2007 he held the first Swedish university course in Western Esotericism.

In 1989, he and six other magicians founded Dragon Rouge, a Left-Hand Path initiatory organization and a Draconian Tradition Order, led by Karlsson.[1] 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.[1] Karlsson is also associated with metal bands Therion and Shadowseeds. 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.[2]



Karlsson is also the lyricist of symphonic metal band Therion, and has written almost all the band's lyrics since 1996. He also provided the whispers on the Therion song Ljusalfheim on their Secret of the Runes album. Nevertheless, Karlsson was never regarded as an official band member.

Karlsson is the lead vocalist of the symphonic death metal band Shadowseeds along with fellow Dragon Rouge member Tommie Eriksson, who also was Therion's guitarist and drummer.[3] The lyrics reflect the Order's teachings and rituals. The band is currently on hiatus.



  1. ^ a b GENERAL INFORMATION Archived 2012-02-04 at the Wayback Machine..
  2. ^ Thor: TMP, accessed on 16 June 2013.
  3. ^ Shadowseeds II.
  4. ^ "Doctoral thesis, Thomas Karlsson". Retrieved 2013-08-20. 

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