As it is written at the ARKTOS web-site: The Initiate is a journal which offers a forum to serious writing on traditionalism, spirituality and related topics, seeking to restore something of the lost wisdom of our ancestors to the modern world.
In the past there were many traditionalist editions, magazines, publications. Nowadays people read less and what is even worse – they read less by quality while quantity can remain the same (social network messages can contain lots of text). So I was very happy that in our digital world which is overwhelmed by useless information, such edition as The Initiate was created. There must be a platform for the traditionalists and people who oppose modern world to share their knowledge, experience, thoughts. By the intuition I thought that The Initiate is in fact this platform. And my thoughts approved when I received the magazine.
In Ukraine we have problems both with book-publishing industry and the translations. Many important works were not translated to Ukrainian. Even now when we witness the rising interest in the traditionalist thought at academic field, there are no Ukrainian translations of Rene Guenon, Julius Evola and other thinkers (whom we can now call classics). So Ukrainian researchers and traditionalists have to use Russian translations, which are also not so easy to find and sometimes they lack quality (i.e. some of the Guenon’s translations). Of course it’s easier for those who are fluent in other languages; it’s easy to order books from the internet or sometimes just to find the needed texts online. But French, German, Italian are not so widely spoken by Ukrainians as English. Nowadays many young Ukrainians speak English well and many are fluent in it. That’s why English books and translations give us another access to the texts, which sometimes have no Russian translation. The Arktos is a great example of successful base which not only provides the classic books but also publishes new ones. One can dislike or reject the value of English language but it is the fact that it is most spoken international language and the suitable mean of communication for many traditionalists. …read more