Omnium Gatherum: February 28, 2019

An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … Omnium Gatherum for February 28, 2019

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  • Cosmic Trigger II: Down to Earth by Robert Anton Wilson, new edition from Robert Anton Wilson Trust and Hilaritas Press

    Wilson Cosmic Trigger III Down to Earth

    “Featuring a New Foreword by RAW blogger Tom Jackson and a New Afterword by RAW’s daughter, Christina Pearson!

    The roots of RAW’s Model Agnosticism come alive in Volume Two!

    The first book in the Cosmic Trigger trilogy reveals the enlightening secret of the Illuminati while presenting the daunting metaphor of Chapel Perilous where the unprepared can get lost in a spirited journey.

    Volume Two of the series presents the metaphor of the Bridge and the lessons of Bob’s early life that brought him to the wisdom of the Model Agnostic’s perspective. In Bob’s typical wide-ranging narratives, we learn, among other mind-blowing anecdotes, about the similarities between the Pope of Rome and the Wizard of Oz. Don’t miss this explosion of thought, when for the second time, Bob pulls the Cosmic Trigger.


  • Born again Christian mum and son chanted ‘death by fire’ at woman they thought was a witch” — Basit Mahmood, Metro UK

    “A mother and son chanted ‘death by fire’ at their neighbour who they believe is a ‘witch’, a court heard.

    Leonora Joseph, 76, and Mark Joseph, 56, were convinced Samantha Ginsburg had cast a spell on Leonora which had left her ‘paralysed and needing hospital treatment’.

    They also called her daughter a witch in a campaign of harassment, with Ms Joseph quoting the Bible at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court saying, ‘thou shalt not suffer a which to live’.”

  • A Series of Spells Conjured in Graphite and Watercolor. A Book of Staves by artist Jesse Bransford features painted charms inspired by Icelandic magic.” — Allison Meier, Hyperallergic; about A Book of Staves by Jesse Bransford, introduction by Robert Wallis. from Fulgur Press

    Bransford A Book of Staves

    “Jesse Bransford first visited Iceland in 2013, and soon after began painting sigils inspired by the country’s deep history of magic. The New York-based artist spent time exploring Icelandic folk magic at the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft in the northwest coastal town of Hólmavík, and delving into historic manuscripts at the National and University Library of Iceland in Reykjavík. Although Bransford’s new interpretations of these “staves” appear simple, with just a few graphite lines and shapes accented with watercolors, each is a meditative use of art as magic.”

  • Mysticism in Early Modern England by Liam Peter Temple, due in April/June

    Temple Mysticism in Early Modern England

    “Mysticism in Early Modern England examines a vital juncture in the history of Christian mysticism. Exploring both Catholic and Protestant views across the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, the book argues for a re-evaluation of the cross-denominational appeal of mystical spirituality. It traces the mysticism of figures such as the Benedictine Augustine Baker, the Familist preacher John Everard, the millenarian Jane Lead, and the Cambridge Platonist writers Henry More and John Worthington. At the same time, it explores the arguments of a number of early modern critics including Meric Casaubon and Edward Stillingfleet, who viewed mysticism with suspicion and ridicule, a product of melancholy and madness incompatible with learned theological and doctrinal discussions. The book contends that the early modern period ultimately saw the association of mysticism with sectarianism, radicalism and religious enthusiasm, resulting in a negative connotation that lasted well into the twentieth century. It also explores connections between England and the Continent, suggesting that parallel and interconnected criticisms of mysticism occurred in France, Italy and Germany over the period. In analysing this significant change in attitude towards mysticism, the book suggests that recent scholarly attempts to ‘return’ mysticism to modern religious institutions and mainstream histories of religion can be viewed as a direct response to the rejection of mysticism in the early modern period.”

  • Betwixt and Between: Isobel Gowdie, the Witch of Auldearn, Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, Boscastle, UK, April 1st – October 31st 2019

    Museum of Witchcraft and Magic Betwixt and Between

    “I shall go into a hare,
    With sorrow and sych and meickle care;
    And I shall go in the Devil’s name,
    Ay while I come home again.

    Isobel Gowdie’s chant to shape-shift to a hare.

    17th century Scotland had one of the highest rates of witchcraft persecution in Europe – and the trial of Isobel Gowdie is deemed as one of the most important within this period.

    The confessions of Isobel Gowdie are renowned worldwide as some of the most extraordinary and graphic descriptions of 17th century witchcraft and fairy belief. In 1662 Gowdie gave the first of four confessions, witnessed by the ministers of Auldearn and Nairn as well as local lairds and church elders. Her testimonies told of her taking on the guise of animals, cursing her enemies, ruining crops as well as her rise to be Queen of the Coven.

    No doubt Gowdie’s sexual confessions have played their part in history remembering her, but importantly alongside these facets of her, we should note her detailed descriptions of rites and rituals have been woven into modern Wiccan practices. The first time we ever hear of a coven of thirteen is from the lips of Isobel Gowdie.

    For our new exhibition at the MWM, the director Simon Costin, along with stained glass artist Tamsin Abbott and (title) Jazz Collins, have created a series of works which focus on the confessions of Gowdie and the rich imagery her testimonies carry- her shape shifting into a Hare, the of riding on horses made from straw while flicking ‘elf-shot’ from her thumb to destroy enemies. As well as feasting beneath the Downie Hill with the King & Queen of the Fairies and of the orgiastic coven meetings with the devil.

    Isabel Gowdie was all of this and everything Betwixt and Between.”

  • Tweet by The Church of Satan

  • The Geography of the Odyssey. Or how to map a myth.” — Elizabeth Della Zazzera, Lapham’s Quartery

    della Zazzera Lapham's Quarterly The Geography of the Odyssey

    “The Odyssey, if you strip away enough allegory and myth, might serve as a travel guide for the Aegean Sea: which islands to avoid if you hate escape rooms, which cruises to skip if you always forget to pack earplugs, where to get that beef that angers the gods. But how does Odysseus’ trek across the wine-dark sea map onto an actual map of the Mediterranean?”

  • Hermes Resurrected: Hermetic Wisdom as a Path for Modern SeekersFri, March 8, 2019, University of Philosophical Research, Los Angeles, CA

    “This lecture and livestream is part of a three-day speaking engagement with Mitch Horowitz. Tickets may also be purchased for his 3/7 lecture and livestream ‘Unvanquished Angels: America’s Not-So-Lost Occult Heroes,’ his 3/8 library event ‘Ask Mitch Horowitz with Tarot Reading,’ and his 3/9 lecture room event ‘The Miracle Club Workshop.’

    ‘As above, so below…’⏤The Emerald Tablet

    In the final stages of Ancient Egypt a profoundly powerful and mysterious philosophy called Hermeticism emerged from the encounter between Greek and Egyptian cultures. Attributed to the mythical man-god Hermes Trismegistus, this occult wisdom described the limitless powers of the mind, the meaning of existence, and became a source of endless mystery and inspiration to Renaissance scholars. Mitch argues that the ancient philosophy of Hermes may hold exactly the keys modern people are seeking to a universalistic faith of inner development, karmic values, and personal power. Join us⏤and witness Hermes resurrected.”

  • Invisible Sun from Monte Cook Games, essentially an entire black cube in PDF now, as well as additional titles out now or coming soon.

    Monte Cook Games Invisible Sun

    A true look at occultism or a ‘real world’ manual for magic. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Great pains were taken to create a fictional, original occult. Thus, rather than the Tree of Life, we have the Path of Suns. Instead of Thelemic Magick, we have Vancian magic. And so on.”

  • TV News Roundup: ‘The OA’ Season 2 Sets Netflix Premiere Date, Drops First Trailer (Watch)” — Jordan Moreau, Variety; from the Make-Believe dept.

    “CBS All Access has announced that Angus Macfadyen will join the second season of the period drama ‘Strange Angel’ as the occultist Aleister Crowley. A man of mystery, he will seek Jack Parsons’ (Jack Reynor) military connections and push him to further wield his powers of magic and will.”