Omnium Gatherum: March 18, 2019

An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … Omnium Gatherum for March 18, 2019

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  • Raise the Spell: An Arsenal of Thelemic Ceremony by M Dionysius Rogers, aka Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus

    Rogers Polyphilus Raise the Spell

    “This volume collects more than a dozen original rituals for individuals, groups, and households. All of them have been composed during the last quarter century, and they have been successfully enacted by Thelemites worldwide. Although the ceremonies are consistent with the teachings of the legacy orders of Thelemic Magick (OTO and A∴A∴), they are operable without membership or authority in any such society. Ceremonies include ones oriented to the Thelemic liturgical year, original work along the fundamental lines of magick as laid down in traditional canons of Thelemic ritual, and domestic rituals for Thelemites”

  • Meet Romania’s Very Internet-Savvy Witch Community” — Lydia Horne, Wired [HT Mary Sativa]

    Horne Wired Meet Romania's very Internet-savvy witch community

    “Consider it globalization of the supernatural: Thanks to the proliferation of the internet, the Romanian witch community—also known as the vrăjitoare—has migrated their ancient practice onto the web. Using social media to livestream rituals or to video chat with clients for fortune readings, witch entrepreneurs are better able to grow their business using self-referential devices (clothing, jewelry, idols) to effectively market the storied mysticism of Roma women to searching souls.”

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  • Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Part 2 | Official Trailer from Netflix, releases April 5; trailer featuring the track Cherry Bomb by The Runaways [HT Polygon]

  • Belief in aliens could be America’s next religion. ‘American Cosmic’ explores how the once-fringe phenomenon has taken root among the powerful.” — Clare Coffey, The Outline; about American Cosmic: UFOs, Religion, Technology by D W Pasulka [also]

    Pasulka American Cosmic

    “Pasulka’s book makes the argument that the religion of the UFO is also the religion of technology, and it is a convincing one. In part, this refers to technology’s role in disseminating and popularizing the UFO encounter. Pop culture hits like Star Wars, 2001: A Space Odyssey and The X-Files have provided a narrative structure that patterns individual experiences of inexplicable phenomena, the way that a Catholic’s mystical experiences might be patterned and interpreted through the lens of Church Doctrine.”

  • US detects huge meteor explosion” — Paul Rincon, BBC News [also]

    “A huge fireball exploded in the Earth’s atmosphere in December, according to Nasa.

    The blast was the second largest of its kind in 30 years, and the biggest since the fireball over Chelyabinsk in Russia six years ago.

    But it went largely unnoticed until now because it blew up over the Bering Sea, off Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula.

    The space rock exploded with 10 times the energy released by the Hiroshima atomic bomb.

    Lindley Johnson, planetary defence officer at Nasa, told BBC News a fireball this big is only expected about two or three times every 100 years.”

  • Astronomers discover 83 supermassive black holes at the edge of the universe. Lurking in the distant corners of space are 83 monster black holes that can teach us about the early days of the cosmos.” — Jackson Ryan, CNET [HT Slashdot]

    “A team of international astronomers have been hunting for ancient, supermassive black holes — and they’ve hit the motherlode, discovering 83 previously unknown quasars.”

  • This medieval astrolabe is officially world’s oldest known such instrument. Mariners used the instruments to navigate by the stars while at sea.” — Jeniffer Ouellette, Ars Technica

    Ouellette Ars Technica oldest astrolabe

    “A mariner’s astrolabe recovered from the wreck of one of Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama’s ships is now officially the oldest known such artifact, according to a new paper in the International Journal of Nautical Archaeology. The device is even going into the Guinness Book of World Records, along with the ship’s bell, now that the age of both artifacts has been independently verified.”

  • The Emotion Police” — Agnes Callard, The Point [HT Arts & Letters Daily]

    “Who could possibly have the gall to tell the entire human race what it should and should not feel? Philosophers, that’s who! Philosophers have been legislating emotional life since the time of the Stoics, and the newest vanguard of the movement is currently at work right under your noses. Allow me to introduce you to the Emotion Police.”

  • The Books That Wouldn’t Die. They’re alive, despite being rebutted, criticized, and cast out of the disciplines from which they came!” — Lorraine Daston and Sharon Marcus, The Chronicle of Higher Learning [HT Arts & Letters Daily]

    “Scholars rarely write books like these anymore: ambitious, erudite works that boldly set forth big, original ideas but were written as much for other scholars as for a broad public.

    These are the Undead Texts. Their ambition and success inevitably made these works targets of specialist rebuttals. There is probably not a single claim they make that subsequent scholarship has not queried, criticized, or refuted. Yet these texts refuse to die. Novices and experts alike remain susceptible to the spell they cast.”