Mark Pritchard is an author, spiritual practitioner, and founder of the modern revival of the ancient Religion of the Sun. He writes with the name Belsebuub, which is the name of his consciousness.
He was born in 1963 in the UK, and is married to Angela Pritchard, who writes alongside him.
He is the author of several books. An early edition of his book The Astral Codex was a bestseller in its genre, and his book Gazing into the Eternal was a finalist in the USA News Best Book Awards 2009 in Spirituality. He also created a series of courses that ran between 2000 and 2010 that were attended by over 90,000 people in over 100 countries – both online and in person.
He has appeared on over 70 TV and radio shows, including 19 at the BBC, Triple J radio in Australia, Rogers TV in Canada, and Greek national television discussing the Gospel of Judas with leading academics. A list of his media appearances appear here. He also gave talks at spiritual retreats between 2004 and 2009.
Mark has been dedicated to spiritual practice since 1990, but has explored spiritual knowledge and practice since his childhood. He began teaching in person in 1990, and began writing in 2000. He taught and gave public talks for 20 years. In 2011 he stopped talks and teaching, and wrote on his website as an independent author until early 2018. Since then, he has withdrawn from all forms of public life, choosing instead to live in hermetic religious seclusion in order to continue his own inner spiritual journey, as many religious practitioners have done throughout history, spending time in solitude in nature.
Mark doesn’t receive any payments from his books out of principle, and has taught free of charge and without profit ever since he began teaching in 1990.
As a child, Mark had numerous paranormal encounters, experiences with ESP, and poltergeist activity in his home. He created his first esoteric ceremony at the age of eight, and participated in a psychic experiment with the Daily Mirror newspaper in the mid-1970s in which he got the highest score.
Mark had spiritual experiences and searched for spiritual knowledge from childhood. In his teenage years he attended a number of spiritual groups and studied a variety of spiritual texts. In particular, he studied the works of Jiddu Krishnamurti and attended the ten days of talks by Krishnamurti at Brockwood Park in 1982 and 1983. He appears in the audience in videos of some of those talks.
After spending a number of years traveling and attending various spiritual groups, in 1990, at the age of 26, he took up the study and practice of Gnosticism. Gnosis means knowledge, but of a spiritual or inner kind, and so Mark began a serious and dedicated practice of spiritual knowledge. He devoted himself totally to spiritual practice and learnt techniques of astral projection, self-knowledge, and alchemy, which allowed him to gain experience beyond the physical world and receive spiritual teachings while out of his body. This, he said, enabled him to discover what was really going on in life, and provided him with the techniques to explore and perceive more of reality.
He began teaching Gnosticism in 1990 and in 1991 he began the path of the spiritual sun/son – a path he says that lies at the heart of creation and the ancient Religion of the Sun, which he continues on to this day and writes about extensively. Mark stopped teaching Gnosticism in 2010, and says he has not recommended Gnosticism as a religion or form of study since then, as he says there are too many people involved in it that have become religious fanatics, and that its doctrine and texts contain many inaccuracies.
Between 2000 and 2010 Mark ran a spiritual school. He created three courses for it. One was called A Course in Astral Travel and Dreams; the course was put into a book format and is now the book The Astral Codex. Another was called Searching Within, and became the basis of the his current Searching Within book. Mark believes this also became material for a popular book and course by someone else. The third course was on esoteric knowledge. These courses were taken by tens of thousands of people free of charge, and were the most popular of their kind at the time.
From 2011 he stopped teaching within any kind of organization, and instead wrote as an independent author. This is when he began to examine the ancient celebration of the solstices and equinoxes. Drawing from his experience, he worked with his wife Angela who provided research to create their book The Path of the Spiritual Sun. This research led them to discover the existence of the ancient Religion of the Sun and the civilization that carried it around the world, which they call “the lost civilization of the sun.”
In 2011 Mark founded the modern revival of the Religion of the Sun with the first re-creations of its ancient ceremonies on the solstices and equinoxes being enacted in different parts of the world. He and Angela have since continued to research and write about the Religion of the Sun and Lost Civilization of the Sun. In 2017 they created the website Sakro Sawel, and the YouTube channel of the same name, as a project dedicated to the revival of the Religion of the Sun. The term Sakro Sawel means “sacred sun” in Proto-Indo European.
In 2013 Mark came up with the idea for an alternative media website dedicated to examining the forces, issues, and agendas behind the suppression of alternative forms of spirituality and the exploration of consciousness. This idea came out of Mark’s own research and writing on the subject. It was taken up by a number of friends, and led to the creation of the website The Conscious Reporter.
Mark’s work has been highly plagiarized, with more than 1600 people found to have been passing his work off as their own. This is due to his writing original content from his own metaphysical experience, which comes from his highly disciplined approach to spiritual exercises and his own inner journey.
In 2018 Mark withdrew from all forms of public life, choosing instead to live in hermetic religious seclusion in order to continue his own inner spiritual journey, as many religious practitioners have done throughout history. He is currently completing a series of books explaining the path of the spiritual sun/son, and how it is found in the ancient Religion of the Sun – and in the sacred texts, traditions, and ancient sites it gave rise to throughout history.