An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … Omnium Gatherum for March 30, 2019
- “Damien Echols Survived 18 Years On Death Row With The Help Of Magick. Damien Echols was sentenced to death in 1994 for the infamous West Memphis murders of three young boys, but was freed in 2011.” — Becca Van Sambeck, Oxygen [HT Rev. Stacey L]
“Imagine this: You’re locked away in a tiny bare cell, far away from your friends, your family, your home. You’re deprived of sunlight to the point where you never know what time it is; you barely interact with other other humans; you’re constantly in some kind of physical pain. Every day brings you that much closer to your death sentence, one that’s been handed down for a crime you know you didn’t commit.
That existence was Damien Echols’ reality on death row for 18 years. And somehow, he survived the experience and came out stronger and more fulfilled than ever — and he credits it all to what he calls ‘high magick.'”
- “A sneak peek into Opus Alchymicum by J Daniel Gunther” — Wennofer
“Opus Alchymicum, second edition – the white edition-limited to 500 copies. A bookshelf size of 9″ x 12″ with 56 full color pages, white cloth bound hard cover and slipcase. This edition also contains additional study images and introduction.”
- “To Believe or Not to Believe: That Is Not the Question” — Peter Bebergal, The Paris Review [HT Forbidden Histories]
“As a writer whose chosen subject is religion and, more recently, magic and its supernatural cousins, I admit that I am more disposed to exploring, and perhaps even experiencing, these kinds of altered states, but I am not more susceptible to believe in them. Not only because I am often critically challenged by readers and friends but because I am interested in what it means to hold to the irrational with a rational embrace, using skepticism as a compass to travel the map of the weird. One consequence of this, however, is finding myself without a home. Of those who encounter me—either in person or in what I write—the faithful don’t trust my intentions, and the skeptics think I am being too lenient.”
- ANDAZ LONDON PRESENTS: TEMPLE CINEMA [also, HT ianVisits]
“Temple Cinema is a shrine to the demonic, the delirious and the dangerous. In its new regular monthly slot, London’s most unique screening venue promises to dedicate itself to the dark arts of horror filmmaking. To celebrate the current horror revival and pay tribute to its heritage, Andaz London Liverpool Street and East End Film Festival are pairing the stand out titles of horror’s new wave with one of their spiritual ancestors.
Sealed off and lost, the Andaz London hotel’s Masonic Temple was once home only to the secrets of The Freemasons, but now after its rediscovery it has become a temple to cinema too. Its lacquered thrones, marble columns and golden zodiac-adorned ceiling will echo with screams once again…
HEREDITARY (2018) – 28 March 2019
THE OMEN (1976) – 25 April 2019
MANDY (2018) – 30 May 2019
THE SHINING (1980) – 27 June 2019
Future dates 25 July, 29 August, 26 September, 31 October, 28 November. Films to be announced soon.”
- Profane Illuminations, April 27, 12-8pm, Einstein Auditorium, NYU; April 29, 7-11pm, Zuzu, Cambridge, MA [HT Matt Browne]
“Two stateside gatherings in April celebrating Strange Attractor Press in New York City, and Cambridge, Massachusetts.
27th April 12-8pm, Einstein Auditorium , NYU
(with The Colloquium For Unpopular Culture)
29th April, 7-11pm, Zuzu, Cambridge MA.
(with MIT Press)
Click the flyers above for more details.
There will be books sales, unique ephemera and author signings at both events.
No booking required. Join us.
Featuring presentations by:
Erik Davis – Welcome to the Weird
Peter Bebergal & Gareth Branwyn* – Gaming in The Occult Imagination
Amy Hale – Ithell Colquhoun: Genius of the Fern-Loved Gully
Kristen Gallerneaux* – High Static Dead Lines
Doug Skinner* – Music From Elsewhere
Dave Tompkins* – Alligators of Your Mind
* NY only”
- “Pole position: human body might be able to pick up on Earth’s magnetic field. Scientists say there are signs of humans having a subconscious magnetic sense” — Nicola Davis, The Guardian
“It sounds like a power to be boasted of by the X-Men, but researchers say humans might have the ability to pick up on Earth’s magnetic field.
Many animals, from pigeons to turtles, use it to navigate, while research has shown cattle prefer to align themselves with the field when standing in, well, a field. Even dogs make use of it – albeit when defecating.
But while debates continue about the mechanisms behind such phenomena, it has remained unclear whether humans also have the power of magnetoreception. Now scientists say there are signs that we do.”
- “In Norway, Student Loans for Astrology. University leaders and scientists are outraged by decision of national quality assurance agency, which says it has no choice because of a law linking recognition to job prospects.” — David Matthews, Inside Higher Ed [HT Watkins Books]
“A fight has erupted in Norway after the country’s higher education regulator agreed to accredit courses in astrology, meaning students will be able to use government loans to look for meaning in the stars.
Norwegian scientists have criticized the decision, but the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT) said that in making the ruling it was only following the law and blamed the government for not heeding its calls for stricter academic criteria.”
- Re-writing the Future:100 years of Esoteric Modernism & Psychoanalysis, a multi-disciplinary conference, May 30 – June 1, 2019, Brunnenburg Castle & Schloß Pienzenau, Merano, Italy [HT Carlos Abler]
“In recent times, it has come to light that many revered artists, writers, poets, philosophers and performers have held esoteric world views or underpinnings. Several recent art exhibitions worldwide have highlighted this: Black Light in Barcelona, retrospectives of Leonor Fini and Leonora Carrington in New York and Mexico City, respectively, Mystical Symbolism and the visionary works of Hilma af Klint at the Guggenheim, all in just the past year.
The field of psychoanalysis itself first began as an esoteric discipline – exploring previously uncharted territory with relatively few individuals meeting weekly at the home of Sigmund Freud. Some of Freud’s occult explorations were quite overt, as he conducted thought experiments with his daughter Anna Freud and close colleague Sandor Ferenczi late into his life. Though Freud intentionally steered the public persona of psychoanalysis away from any occult leanings, his personal work with the esoteric went on well into his twilight years. Carl Jung also explored his own psyche in secret for decades as he created his masterpiece The Red Book, which was only discovered after his death and released publicly in recent years.
The Zeitgeist of the time is reflected in a myriad of ways: the innovative writing of T.S. Eliot, James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway; poetry of H.D.; automatic drawings of Austin Osman Spare; spirit drawings of Georgiana Houghton; accidental poems of Tristan Tzara; noise concerts of Luigi Russolo; collages of Hannah Höch; montages of Man Ray; the expressionism of Wassily Kandinsky; and early experimentation with film and photography. W.B. Yeats taught a young Ezra Pound theosophy. Piet Mondrian studied theosophy as well. The surrealists touted the theories of psychoanalysis, exploring dreamwork, automatic writing, synchronicity and chance.
It is notable that so many cultural heavyweights, who are held in such high regard, deemed it necessary to keep their esoteric views and occult explorations hidden from the world. Clearly they felt these ideas would not be acceptable at that time. And they were probably right, as many of those figures who were more open about their views, were often shunned, denied or had aspects of their work ignored outright. It begs the question: why does society accept some aspects of the mind, but not others?
At our current moment of cultural crisis, it makes sense to look back over the past 100 years; to reflect on the cultural Zeitgeist before the First World War – the very same time period and cultural and intellectual epicentres that birthed the field of psychoanalysis, the Dada movement and Der Blaue Reiter. Much like our times, upheaval and change were in the air. The arts and sciences were booming, as was philosophy, media and technology. Interest in theosophy, Eastern philosophies, occult and esoteric belief systems was on the rise. Society’s accepted values and consensus worldview were put into question; the status-quo challenged, refined and reformulated for a modern era.”
- “Taroetry: A Poetic Guide to the Tarot. Explore the world of tarot with the magic of poetry.” a crowdfunding effort by Hannah Gatzka; from the 20-days-to-go dept.
“What is Taroetry?
Taroetry is an illustrated book of rhymed poetry about tarot based on the structure of the Rider-Waite-Smith deck. In making this book, we seek to make the ritual of self-reflection through tarot accessible to all.
This is the first publicly-available project from Arcana Obscura, an art collective grounded in tarot, poetry, and visual arts.
Poetry – especially rhymed poetry – is the stuff of magic in the same way as tarot is the stuff of magic. When you are new to reading tarot or when you’re reading for yourself, the right resources can make all of the difference in elevating your experience. “
- “Eternal Witchcraft — A Comics Spellbook. Eternal Witchcraft is a spellbook/anthology of witchy instructional comics for Crones and Aspiring Crones alike.” A crowdfunding effort by POMEgranate Magazine; from the 18-hours-to-go dept.
“The goal of this Kickstarter is to fund and promote Eternal Witchcraft: a comics spellbook/anthology of witchy instructional comics for Crones and aspiring Crones alike.
Eternal Witchcraft features 21 up-and-coming creators, all crafting comics to bring a little more magic into your everyday life. This softcover book has 200+ pages of enchanting knowledge, both ancient and modern, all bound together in the flayed skin of our enemies (jk — it’s a beautiful and very much paper cover by Annie Lin, featuring sparkling gold foil accents!).”