Omnium Gatherum: September 24, 2018

An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … Omnium Gatherum for September 24, 2018

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  • Archaeologists Have Discovered A Transylvanian Cave Filled With Jewelry And Skulls That Dates Back 3,300 Years. After thousands of pieces of imported jewelry and offerings were found inside this Transylvanian cave, researchers believe the offerings were made as part of a nymph cult.” — Kristine Moore, Inquisitr [HT Judika Illes]

    “Deep in the darkest reaches of Cioclovina Cave in Transylvania, archaeologists have discovered an astonishing amount of jewelry and skulls that have been estimated to date back 3,300 years. It is now believed that this site was once a subterranean temple of sorts that may have been used as part of a nymph cult, with offerings given to the naiads who dwelt in this sacred location.

    According to Haaretz, researcher Dr. Mihai Rotea from the National Museum of Transylvanian History explains that nymph worship in this Transylvanian cave would be highly appropriate, especially given its remoteness as well as its inaccessibility. Further, when reading texts in The Odyssey, Homer himself described naiads as making their homes inside caves that would have held special altars inside.”

  • Starman Tarot by Davide De Angelis in collaboration with David Bowie

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    “The most eagerly anticipated tarot kit of the year! In 1995, David Bowie and Davide De Angelis began collaborating on a highly innovative and visually spectacular tarot deck. Bowie himself helped design the look and iconographic elements of the cards, providing notes and revisions before his untimely death. Expertly woven into their work are myriad references to Bowie’s lyrics, along with the sacred teachings of the world’s mystery traditions. This is a perfect deck to help you navigate the strange changes that we all must turn and face.”

  • Sabat 5: Le Tarot de L’étoile Cachée — Sabat Magazine

    “Launched in June 2018, The Sabat Major Arcana Tarot deck is made up of 22 captivating cards hand drawn by Italian illustrator Elisa Seitzinger. Inspired by the Tarot de Marseille, Le Tarot de L’étoile Cachée echoes ancient divination practices as well as the instant nature of millennial Witchcraft, encouraging you to follow your inner Star. The deck includes a special Major Arcana guide by Witchy writer and magical podcaster Pam Grossman. […] Due to the hand-crafted nature of the cards they may contain small imperfections.”

  • submit your artwork for our Magical Thinking art competition” — BroadCanvas Artists Supplies; from the September-30-Deadline dept. [HT Ashmolean Museum]

    Broadcanvas Magical Thinking art competition

    “In collaboration with the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford we are pleased to announce our new art competition. We invite you to submit your work in any medium on the theme of ‘Magical Thinking’ to be shortlisted by a public vote and then a winner to be selected by an expert panel of judges to include Ashmolean lead curator Sophie Page. One lucky winner will receive two tickets to the Ashmolean’s fantastic exhibition Spellbound – Magic, Ritual & Witchcraft, an exhibition catalogue, exhibition poster and a £25 gift voucher to spend at Broad Canvas.”

  • Hawaii’s Freemason Kings Why Hawaii’s 19th-century kings were so drawn to Freemasonry.” — Livia Gershon, JSTOR Daily

    “Karpiel writes that part of the attraction for the kings may have been that Freemasonry echoed their issues with missionaries, decrying church hypocrisy in failing to feed the hungry and help the poor, and criticizing religious superstition as a threat to liberal thought. The order also offered connections, parallel to the Church’s, with Western elite society. Members of Honolulu’s lodges in the 1850s included legal and medical professionals, farmers, ranchers, and mariners from Europe, the United States, and South America.

    With the support of the reigning family, the Masons helped build hospitals, public buildings, and civic improvements around the islands for decades, beginning in the 1860s. Meanwhile, Kamehameha IV served as “Worshipful Master,” or executive officer, of his local lodge, and most of his cabinet members were Masons.”

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  • An Iconographic Treasure Unearthed in Jordan” — Philippe Testard-Vaillant, CNRS News

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    “In northern Jordan, a Roman-era painted tomb has been unearthed by the Department of Antiquities. An extraordinary document of religious, political, and social history that three historians and epigraphists have had an opportunity to examine, and are striving to interpret.”

  • Celebrities who have dabbled in the occult” — Page Six

    “David Bowie was too afraid of witches to actually be one. He even hired a white witch to exorcise him after fearing that witches were going to curse him. His ex-wife Angie wrote in her memoir about the experience, alleging, “At a certain point in the ritual, the pool began to bubble. It bubbled vigorously –perhaps ‘thrashed’ is a better term — in a manner inconsistent with any explanation involving filters and the like.””

  • Reimagining of Schrödinger’s cat breaks quantum mechanics — and stumps physicists. In a multi-‘cat’ experiment, the textbook interpretation of quantum theory seems to lead to contradictory pictures of reality, physicists claim.” — Davide Castelvecchi, Nature; from the Eat-Your-Own-Dog-Food dept.

    “In the world’s most famous thought experiment, physicist Erwin Schrödinger described how a cat in a box could be in an uncertain predicament. The peculiar rules of quantum theory meant that it could be both dead and alive, until the box was opened and the cat’s state measured. Now, two physicists have devised a modern version of the paradox by replacing the cat with a physicist doing experiments — with shocking implications.”

  • The Mirror of Magic: A History of Magic in the Western World by Kurt Seligmann, from Inner Traditions

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    “In the occult classic The Mirror of Magic, renowned Surrealist Kurt Seligmann (1900-1962) draws from his encyclopedic practitioner’s knowledge and extensive antiquarian collection to offer a comprehensive, illustrated history of magic and the occult from Mesopotamia and ancient Egypt through the 18th century. He explores the gods and divinatory arts of the legendary Sumerians and the star-wise Babylonians, including the birth of astrology. He examines the afterlife beliefs of the ancient Egyptians and the dream interpretation practices and oracles of ancient Greece, including the mysteries of Eleusis and the magical philosophy of Plato, Socrates, and other Greeks. He uncovers the origins of Gnosticism and the suppression and banishment of magic by the post-pagan, Christian emperors of Rome.

    Seligmann reviews the principles of alchemy, sharing famous transmutations and allegorical illustrations of the alchemical process and explores the Hermetica and its remarkable adepts. Investigating the Middle Ages, the author discusses the work of European magicians of the time, including Albertus Magnus, Roger Bacon, Agrippa, Nostradamus, and Pico Della Mirandola. He studies the medieval practices of devil worship, witchcraft, and black magic, as well as the “Cabala” in both its Hebrew and Christian forms. He also examines the art of the Tarot and many lesser known divination techniques. He explores the development of secret societies, including Freemasonry and Rosicrucianism, in the 17th century and the increase in occult publications and magical science in the 18th century.

    First published in 1948, this history of magic and the occult seeks to “mirror” the magical worldview throughout the ages. Beautifully illustrated with images from the author’s rare library, this collector’s edition features all of the artwork–more than 250 images–from the original 1948 edition.”

  • ‘Lore’ Season 2 Trailer, Episode Synopses Reveal New Horrors for Amazon’s Anthology” — Allison Keene, Collider

    “Jack Parsons: The Devil and the Divine: In 1922 only one person, Jack Parsons, believed that we could send a rocket into space and conjure a demon. By 1952 he had done both. But all he cared about was the Scarlet Woman he had both summoned, and lost, Marjorie Cameron. Stars Josh Bowman and Alicia Witt.”

  • Beyoncé’s Former Drummer Accused Her of ‘Extreme Witchcraft’” — Hannah Gold, Jezebel; from the X-TREME! dept.

    “The Blast reported on Thursday that it has obtained court documents showing a woman, Kimberly Thompson, who once worked as a drummer for Beyoncé, has accused the pop star of “extreme witchcraft.”

    Several other portions of the lawsuit are quoted, all bizarre and sad. Thompson, who says in the lawsuit that she held down the drummer job for seven years, also alleges that Beyoncé practiced “dark magic” and “magic spells of sexual molestation,” and that she killed her kitten.”

  • Archaeologists Find Signs of 3,000-year-old Oracle Cult in Ancient Israel. Abel Beth Maacah was famed in biblical times for conflict resolution: Now archaeologists have found a strange shrine that may have served the city’s ‘wise woman'” — Philippe Bohstrom, Haaretz

    “The town of Abel Beth Maacah was known in biblical times as a place for conflict resolution, we may divine from references in scripture. Now archaeologists have found a strange shrine that they think may have been associated with the “wise woman” of the city, mentioned in the bible. But rather than being just a clever elder – they suspect she may have fulfilled an oracular role.”

    “In fact, archaeologists have uncovered evidence for a succession of religious cult practices spanning some 300 years. Numerous shrines were found, which, as is the norm for ancient spots of worship, were ornate in some fashion or other. But among the discoveries in recent excavations was an unadorned shrine, the only one of its type found in the town.”