An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … Omnium Gatherum for April 20, 2019
- “Declassified photos from U2 planes are helping archaeologists unlock the past. Code-named CHESS, the flyover missions were meant to monitor military targets.” — Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica
“During the 1950s and 1960s, US spy planes made regular flights across Europe, Central Asia, and the Middle East, photographing the terrain to track military targets. A chunk of the Middle Eastern photographs were declassified in 1997, and now those airborne images are helping archaeologists track changing features in the landscape that in many cases are no longer visible today, according to a new paper published in Advances in Archaeological Practice.”
- “‘Extraordinary’ 500-year-old library catalogue reveals books lost to time. The Libro de los Epítomes was a catalogue for Hernando Colón’s 16th-century collection, which he intended to be the biggest in the world” — Alison Flood, The Guardian [HT James ༀ Barrett]
“They sent me the photos. I was sitting on a beach at the time and I said ‘you’ve got to be flipping kidding me’. It’s the major missing piece from the library,” said Wilson-Lee. “It’s an amazing story. Instead of being a needle in a haystack, it was a needle in a bunch of other needles.”
- Jinn by Kabreet Productions, from Netflix, due in June [HT Acing Entertainment]
“When a girl accidentally releases a jinn in the form of a teenage boy, they learn they’ve also unleashed an ancient darkness that threatens the world.”
- The Witch’s Book of Mysteries by Devin Hunter, due in May
“Devin Hunter, author of groundbreaking works The Witch’s Book of Power and The Witch’s Book of Spirits, makes a powerful statement on how you can deepen your Witch Power and further develop your relationships with familiars, guides, spirits, and gods. The Witch’s Book of Mysteries invites you to embark on a pivotal journey designed to help break you free of the illusory cultural energies that hold you back from true magical vitality.
With spells and rituals drawn from the author’s own book of shadows, this book explores energetic self-orientation, the Witch’s Eye, and the Witch’s Tree—techniques that will support and embolden you on your quest to achieve personal gnosis. Learn the extraordinary practices of the Witch’s Dream and the Witch’s Sabbat, and initiate into the mysteries of the Cosmic Grigori, primordial guardians of space, time, matter, energy, and quintessence. Ultimately, the path of the witch takes you to the six gates of the Labyrinth of Diana. Through these gates, the authentic nature of the soul is found and God Herself is revealed.”
- “Loyalty Does Not End With Death” by Genesis Breyer P-Orridge & Carl Abrahamsson [HT Dr Vanessa Sinclair]
“Edition of 500 copies, mastered by Gregg Janman, cut at D&M, Berlin.
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, controversial occultist and iconic founding member of COUM Transmissions, Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV, brings to a close a series of collaborations with Carl Abrahamsson which now spans three decades and which finds P-Orridge narrating over immaculate ambient tapestries, delivered at time-dilating pace.
Electing to use their own names, ’Loyalty Does Not End With Death’ is the final part of a spoken word trilogy initiated in 1990 with the Psychick TV & White Stains side ’At Stockholm’, and proceeded by their ‘Wordship’  album as Thee Majesty & Cotton Ferox, and is the first appearance the pair have had together on vinyl. It’s the sound of two cosmically-travelled minds crossing paths again after a long absence in which they’ve been able to chew over the bare essentials – love and magick – via vibrant poetry and beautifully charged forms of ambient music.
In nine parts they conjure a warmly meditative space, where Abrahamsson’s characteristic tones, cut-up electronics and gentle rhythms comfortably lay the bed for Genesis, who inhabits and enlivens the pristine scenes like an observant dark interpreter, translating the incomprehensible and revealing the divine through their psychedelic prism.
The spellbinding results were recorded in New York and Stockholm 2017/18 and could feasibly have occurred at any point between 1990 and now. They are blessed with a pacing, intuition and timelessness that pays testament to an enduring creative friendship, taking the form of writing, interviews, photographs and film for nearly 35 years, bringing to resolution an almost life-long arc.”
- “Is Mike Pompeo Meshing His Rapture Believing Faith With Developing Foreign Policy Goals?” — Grona Morin [HT Dr. Death & Divinity]
“The influence of evangelical Christianity on the president’s formation of policies is likely to become an important issue, as Trump finds himself becoming even more dependent on them for his political survival.
To talk with any of them, will lead anyone to the realization of of their firmly held conviction that God has chosen President Trump to be their leader.
The president’s Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is one of these rapture believing Evangelicals who’s genuinely convinced that he is propping up a leader chosen by God. His thinking this makes me fearful of his helping the president in the implementation of his foreign and domestic policies based on his faith. An example of how Evangelicals influence domestic policies would include the president’s military transgender ban. They had been strongly favoring and advocating in support of the president’s foreign policy decision to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.”
- The Poker Deck of the Drowning World. A Panoramic Parable told in 52 Scenes, created by Kahn & Selesnick of the Fledermaus Workshop; from the 4-Days-To-Go dept.
” We are now making a POKER DECK FOR THE DROWNING WORLD: an edition of 3000 card decks printed from original pen, ink and watercolor images that when laid end-to-end form a continuous panoramic parable about climate change. Icebergs, Weeds, Chimneys, and Birds replace the standard playing card suits of clubs, diamonds, spades, and hearts, in keeping with the themes of the deck. “
- “The evolution of the medieval witch – and why she’s usually a woman” — Jennifer Farrell, Heritage Daily [HT curiosa]
“. . .[A]t some point during the 14th and 15th centuries, religious officials perhaps unwittingly conflated two distinct traditions: “learned” magic and “common” magic. The common kind of magic required no formal training, was widely known, could be practised by both men and women, and was usually associated with love, sex and healing.
By contrast, learned magic came to Europe from the east and featured in the “magic manuals” that circulated among educated men whom Richard Kieckhefer described as members of a “clerical underworld”.”
- “4 Slavic Sexual Traditions and Rituals In History That Will Surprise You.
The part of history that you don’t want to know? maybe…” — Sara P, Slavorum [HT curiosa]
“The old Slavic sexual traditions are quite contradictory, some celebrating sexual freedom and connection with the Earth, while the others are built on the idea that lust is the core reason for all the evil in the world.”
- “The Kybalion – Sneak Peek – Coming 2019” — Ronni Thomas; about The Kybalion, a feature documentary, coming from the Midnight Archive
“In this brief clip, occult historian Mitch Horowitz explains how the world of Ancient Egypt was as ancient to the Greeks and Romans as they are to us. A very early sneak peek at the upcoming feature documentary based on the 1908 occult masterpiece, The Kybalion. The film, shot partially on location in Egypt, details the 7 principles of Hermeticism and goes deeper into how alchemists, mediums, hypnotherapists and astral travelers are using these very principles in modern times.”