Omnium Gatherum: October 30, 2018

An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … Omnium Gatherum for October 30, 2018

If you’d like to participate, head over to Omnium Gatherum on the BBS, or suggest something.

  • Strange Frequencies: The Extraordinary Story of the Technological Quest for the Supernatural by Peter Bebergal, from TarcherPerigee

    Berbergal Strange Frequencies

    “A journey through the attempts artists, scientists, and tinkerers have made to imagine and communicate with the otherworldly using various technologies, from cameras to radiowaves.

    Strange Frequencies takes readers on an extraordinary narrative and historical journey to discover how people have used technology in an effort to search for our own immortality. Bebergal builds his own ghostly gadgets to reach the other side, too, and follows the path of famous inventors, engineers, seekers, and seers who attempted to answer life’s ultimate mysteries. He finds that not only are technological innovations potent metaphors keeping our spiritual explorations alive, but literal tools through which to experiment the boundaries of the physical world and our own psyches.

    Peter takes the reader alongside as he explores:
    * the legend of the golem and the strange history of automata;
    * a photographer who is trying to capture the physical manifestation of spirits;
    * a homemaker who has recorded voicemails from the dead;
    * a stage magician who combines magic and technology to alter his audience’s consciousness;
    * and more.”

  • The season of the witch: how Sabrina and co are casting their spell over TV. Diverse, digitally savvy and definitely feminist, our screens are full of witches who embody a new imagining of the original ‘nasty woman’” — Charlotte Richardson Andrews, The Guardian UK; talking, in part, with Christina Oakley Harrington of Treadwells

    “So will the interest in witches last or is it a passing spell? ‘We’ll have to wait and see,’ says [Christina] Oakley Harrington. ‘For some, it’ll be a fashion trend. They’re drawn to the aesthetic rather than the actual practice. But for a certain proportion – a small one, I think – it’ll waken something innate, intense and lasting.’

    Even if she falls out of vogue – which doesn’t look likely, given this autumn’s TV programming – the witch is always with us, says MacCormack. ‘The occult never goes away. People are desperate for alternative paradigms of practice and activism because the current ones simply don’t work.'”

  • One Truth and One Spirit: Aleister Crowley’s Spiritual Legacy by Keith Readdy, foreword by Vere Chappell; due in December, from Ibis Press

    Readdy One Truth and One Spirit

    “Based upon academic research at the University of Amsterdam’s Center for the History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents, One Truth and One Spirit is a much-needed work that covers a previously unexplored history of the modern religious movement known as Thelema. This work details the theoretical framework of Aleister Crowley’s spiritual legacy in the O.T.O. and the A∴A∴ and covers the years of Thelema since Crowley’s death in 1947.

    One Truth and One Spirit approaches a complex topic with a complex history, with exhaustive citations and sources, but it is written for anyone interested in the subject of Thelema. The author utilizes published source material as well as previously unavailable information, which makes this a unique contribution to the available literature.

    One Truth and One Spirit is expected to be of interest to the novice, the scholar, and the seasoned practitioner of Thelema. The work provides a general historical overview of Thelema from a theoretical vantage point, explores the historical development of the movement from the 1960s to the 1990s, and applies the author’s own critical discussions on the topic itself.”

  • The Satanic Temple says Netflix’s ‘Sabrina’ stole Baphomet statue design, is ‘taking legal action’” — Alyssa Pereira, SFGATE; from the Devil-Made-Me-Do-It dept.

    “‘I feel that the use of our particular image that is recognized as our own central icon (being) displayed fictionally as central to some cannibalistic cult has real world damaging effects for us,’ he said.

    [Lucien] Greaves added that he isn’t looking for any kind of fix to the situation other than a retraction by Netflix of the visual representation — however that can happen.

    ‘I want them to take it out,’ he said. ‘It looks like it’s a CGI facsimile to begin with. I don’t know how much work that takes, but I simply refuse to have our monument used in this way in perpetuity. I don’t want our monument to be associated with this.'”

  • CBS All Access Renews Ridley Scott-Produced ‘Strange Angel’ for Season 2. Drama is based on George Pendle’s book based on the real-life story of Jack Parsons” — Tim Baysinger, The Wrap

    “In season two, the U.S. is fully engaged in World War II, transforming Jack’s rocketry work into a lucrative business and further entrenching him in the military-industrial complex. While Jack’s career takes off, he and his wife Susan’s devotion to their new occult religion grows, leading them to invite the sex cult into their Pasadena mansion and to forge a personal relationship with the group’s notorious founder, Aleister Crowley himself.”

  • Claypool Lennon Delirium Preview New LP ‘South of Reality’ With Psychedelic Song. Les Claypool, Sean Lennon issue ‘Blood and Rockets,’ plot spring U.S. tour dates” — Ryan Reed, Rolling Stone

    “The experimental psych-rock duo previewed the LP with the six-and-a-half-minute ‘Blood and Rockets,’ a sprawling epic that finds Lennon and Claypool crooning and snarling, respectively, over spacey synths and chiming guitars. ‘How high does your rocket fly?’ Lennon sings on the chorus, his voice elevated to a blissful falsetto. ‘Better be careful ’cause you just might set the world on fire.’

    As Lennon tells Rolling Stone, the song’s dark lyrics document ‘the lascivious exploits of famed JPL rocket scientist Jack Parsons, the man who not only helped America get to the moon with liquid fuel technology, but was also a Magister Templi in Aleister Crowley’s cult, the Ordo Templi Orientis.’ He added that Parsons ‘sadly passed away in a violent explosion during a secretive alchemical experiment at his house in Pasadena.'”

  • Dr. Bronner’s” — Quartz

    “The Dr. Bronner’s brand has taken a long journey from hippie California to $120 million global business. It was an even longer one for Emanuel Heilbronner, scion of German soapmakers: He fled the rise of the Nazis in his 20s, was institutionalized in his 30s, saw his company go bankrupt in his 70s, and was selling a million bottles of soap a year when he died at 89 in 1997. Since then, his grandsons have continued the trajectory while trying to translate his arcane, utopian personal philosophy to the business world.”

  • Inside the abandoned Aleister Crowley house of West Cornwall. There are plenty of abandoned houses in Cornwall, but only one has tales that involve Aleister Crowley, the Dalai Lama, Virginia Woolf, famous artists and the murder of a celebrity” — Greg Martin, Cornwall Live; about Carn Cottage near Zennor in Cornwall

    “Mention the ‘Aleister Crowley house’ in conversation with someone in West Cornwall, and you could either get a knowing look or a frosty silence. Despite being dead for more than 80 years, the English occultist who was branded a Satanist and ‘the wickedest man in the world’ is still controversial enough to stir up ill-feeling in those who would rather his links with Cornwall, however small, were forgotten.

    And then there are those who will tell you in hushed tones that they have visited the house – often as a dare. The bravest will claim they have spent the night there, writing their names on the walls to document their courage, but the more honest will tell you they got too scared to hang around.

    For the most part, though, it seems those who have heard about the ‘Aleister Crowley house’ in West Cornwall, know very little about it, including where it is.”

  • Lineage of the Magi. Faith in ‘lineage’ or Apostolic Succession has cast a shadow over organised occult communities for centuries.” — Oliver St. John, Ordo Astri; a sample article from an upcoming book, due in 2018, but no release date announced, Babalon Unveiled! Thelemic Monographs

    “The proper role and function of a magical Order is to serve others in the Great Work. The role of the members of such an organisation is to assist men and women with their initiation. The service, if freely given, does not require external validation from patriarchs or peers. True initiation cannot be given, bestowed or conferred by any man or woman to any other. What can be passed on, given or validated in that way is worthless in spiritual terms. In fact, it is worse than that, for it conveys self-importance and, ultimately, betrayal for the soul—a bitter cup indeed. Investment of power in lineage is therefore a misdirection of the will and a wasting of the energy of the self.”

  • What Maniac does (and doesn’t) get right about the Bible and the Gnostics” — Michael Collett, ABC News AU

    “It’s a clever scene in a powerful show — Emma Stone and Jonah Hill’s Maniac, you might have heard the buzz about it — but don’t take it as a history lesson.”

    “One person whose ears perked up when they heard this bit of dialogue during a weekend Netflix binge was Dr Robert Myles, a New Testament lecturer at Murdoch University.

    He helped us take the scene apart.”

  • Mysteries of the Great Beast Aleister Crowley: A Liturgical Cycle for Thelemites by Dionysius Rogers, aka Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus; out in paperback, with digital release due tomorrow

    Rogers Mysteries of the Great Beast Aleister Crowley

    “These Mysteries are a set of congregational rituals commemorating the attainments of Aleister Crowley, the Prophet of Thelema. Although originally developed for and with the cooperation of local O.T.O. groups, they are suitable for performance by any Thelemites. They can be conducted on the “unholy days” to reflect their historical inspiration, or in a day-long festival which arranges them into a single larger event.”

  • The Ghost Story Persists in American Literature. Why?” — Parul Sehgal, New York Times [HT Arts & Letters Daily]

    “The ghost story shape-shifts because ghosts themselves are so protean — they emanate from specific cultural fears and fantasies. They emerge from their time, which is why Jacobeans saw ghosts wearing pale shrouds and Victorians saw them draped in black bombazine. It’s tempting to regard these apparitions as dark mirrors — Tell me what you fear and I’ll tell you who you are.”

    “However, ghost stories are never just reflections. They are social critiques camouflaged with cobwebs; the past clamoring for redress.”

  • So-Called ‘Witch Caves’ Suggest Underground Network Helped Accused Witches Escape Salem” — Deborah Becker, WBUR

    “Salem is well known for its gruesome history of witch trials and the stories of those executed in the anti-witch hysteria.

    But it’s also believed that there was a network of people in the area who secretly worked to help those accused of witchcraft escape from Salem to safety.

    Local historians say that in 1693 some people suspected of witchcraft traveled to what is now the Framingham/Ashland area to hide in ‘witch caves.'”

  • Dialectics of Darkness” — Egil Asprem, Inference [HT Arts & Letters Daily]; a review of The Myth of Disenchantment: Magic, Modernity, and the Birth of the Human Sciences by Jason Josephson-Storm, from University of Chicago Press

    “Historical evidence is easily neglected, Josephson-Storm argues, when it crosses the grain of what we ought to believe. Disenchantment is a foundational myth of the new human sciences that emerged during the nineteenth century. By treating magic and religion as anachronisms, anthropology and sociology reinforced the myth of disenchantment, while promoting their own claim to scientific status. A taboo invites its own subversion. So, too, with disenchantment. The disavowal of the occult typically involved the public rejection and the private embrace of various enchantments.”

  • Why Hilma af Klint’s Occult Spirituality Makes Her the Perfect Artist for Our Technologically Disrupted Time. At the Guggenheim, ‘Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future’ makes you rethink what it means to be modern.” — Ben Davis, ArtNet News; about Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future at the Guggenheim

    Davis Artnet Why Hilma af Klints Occult Spirituality Makes Perfect Artist

    “Hilma af Klint’s example shows the symbolic power that a woman artist could draw both in spite of and because of the constraints put on her by her time period and her culture, making her a convincing heroine for today. But there is another aspect of Hilma af Klint that makes her oeuvre enter into harmonic relation with the present.

    That is her occultism.”

Omnium Gatherum: October 24, 2018

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

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  • The Last Days of New Paris: A Novel by China Miéville

    Miéville The Last Days of New Paris

    “A thriller of war that never was—of survival in an impossible city—of surreal cataclysm. In The Last Days of New Paris, China Miéville entwines true historical events and people with his daring, uniquely imaginative brand of fiction, reconfiguring history and art into something new.

    “Beauty will be convulsive. . . .”

    1941. In the chaos of wartime Marseille, American engineer—and occult disciple—Jack Parsons stumbles onto a clandestine anti-Nazi group, including Surrealist theorist André Breton. In the strange games of the dissident diplomats, exiled revolutionaries, and avant-garde artists, Parsons finds and channels hope. But what he unwittingly unleashes is the power of dreams and nightmares, changing the war and the world forever.

    1950. A lone Surrealist fighter, Thibaut, walks a new, hallucinogenic Paris, where Nazis and the Resistance are trapped in unending conflict, and the streets are stalked by living images and texts—and by the forces of Hell. To escape the city, he must join forces with Sam, an American photographer intent on recording the ruins, and make common cause with a powerful, enigmatic figure of chance and rebellion: the exquisite corpse.

    But Sam is being hunted. And new secrets will emerge that will test all their loyalties—to each other, to Paris old and new, and to reality itself.”

  • “Serge Arnoux, Surrealism and William Blake” — Robert Campbell Henderson, Finding Blake

    “It’s not so easy to find or write something new about William Blake. Hopefully, this might just be an exception. A few weeks ago I made a visit to a scrap metal yard in Sarlat, France, looking for material for my printmaking. Boy did I get lucky! I bought some copper plate destined for the furnace and it turns out I’d bought 27 etched copper plates by deceased French artist Serge Arnoux, based on some of the ‘Proverbs of Hell’ from Blake’s The Marriage of Heaven and Hell from 1790.”

  • Surrealism, Occultism and Politics: In Search of the Marvellous, edited by Tessel M. Bauduin, Victoria Ferentinou, and Daniel Zamani, from Routledge

    Bauduin Ferentinou Zamani Surrealism Occultism and Politics

    “This volume examines the relationship between occultism and Surrealism, specifically exploring the reception and appropriation of occult thought, motifs, tropes and techniques by Surrealist artists and writers in Europe and the Americas, from the 1920s through the 1960s. Its central focus is the specific use of occultism as a site of political and social resistance, ideological contestation, subversion and revolution. Additional focus is placed on the ways occultism was implicated in Surrealist discourses on identity, gender, sexuality, utopianism and radicalism.”

  • Jack Parsons: The Devil and the Divine, Lore s02e06

    “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.”

  • The evolution of the medieval witch – and why she’s usually a woman” — Heritage Daily; from the DEPT dept. [HT who]

    “Flying through the skies on a broomstick, the popular image of a witch is as a predominantly female figure – so much so that the costume has become the go-to Halloween outfit for women and girls alike.

    But where did this gendered stereotype come from? Part of the answer comes from medieval attitudes towards magic, and the particular behaviours attributed to men and women within the “crime” of witchcraft.”

  • The Witchcraft, Devilry, and Fun, Feminist Fury in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” — Wm.™ Steven Humphrey, The Stranger

    “There’s something to be said for consorting with the devil.

    The perks include nearly unlimited power, awesome opportunities for revenge, and lots of sexy times. However, the downsides are just as lousy as one might experience in other fundamentalist religions.”

  • A Look Inside NYC’s Mysterious Masonic Hall” — Claire Lampen, Gothamist

    “I have always wondered what in the heck goes on inside Masonic lodges: The secrets of Freemasonry are not for women to know—not for anyone but Freemasons to know, really—which makes me inherently suspicious of the entire operation. What do men get up to in there, and why can’t they breathe a word of it to anyone outside the brotherhood? What is so incriminating, or so stigmatizing, or so singularly valuable that it warrants such a heavy cloak of silence?

    Last week, Joseph Patzner, a librarian at the Chancellor Joseph R. Livingston Masonic Library, situated on the 14th floor of the Masonic Hall in Manhattan’s Flatiron District, agreed to sit down with me and discuss the mystery, along with a bit of the Hall’s history. This peek behind the curtain did not illuminate the full extent of the Masons’ cloistered activity, but it did provide a festive backdrop against which my imagination now runs wild.”

  • Monty Python Icon John Cleese Has 2 Brutal Questions For Evangelical Trump Fans. The comedy legend called the president “a sleazy, corrupt, egotistical and mendacious sociopath.” — Ed Mazza, Huffpost

    “Have they not read the New Testament ? Or do they think it’s not meant to be taken literally ?”

  • The Profound Grief of The Haunting of Hill House” — Lindsey Romain, Vulture

    “Netflix’s new ten-episode horror series, The Haunting of Hill House, uses Shirley Jackson’s famous novel as a road map to explore this house-as-body metaphor, and it does so with a profound and precise tenderness. Creator and director Mike Flanagan crafts a wholly unique haunted-house fable — abandoning the book’s paranormal investigation plot — using the hollow halls of a disordered mansion to tell the story of the disordered family who lives there. The hidden ghosts of Hill House aren’t nameless spooks trapped between spiritual realms; they are personal manifestations for the people they haunt, visual aids for the truths they must accept and vanquish. It’s not a paranormal story so much as a meditation on the distinct way grief and trauma maim the living. And it’s scary as hell”

  • We’re Thrilled to Inform You Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’s Salem the Cat Is Red Carpet Trained” — Devon Ivie, Vulture

    Ivie Salem the Cat is Red Carpet Trained

    “As alerted to us by IndieWire, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’s iconic Salem the Cat — rudely only identified as “cat” by Getty Images — must actually possess some kind of satanic power, as that’s the only reasonable explanation why this handsome fella walked the red carpet at the show’s premiere with zero instances of bad behavior.”

  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch’s New Power Is Being a Woke Feminist” — Frida Garza, Jezebel

    “But as Shipka explained at the series premiere in Los Angeles on Friday night, the Netflix adaptation is also more explicitly feminist, pitting an enterprising Sabrina against the male-dominated world of witches. “She’s a woke witch,” Shipka said.

    Sabrina, who is half-mortal, half-witch, is reluctant to leave the real world behind for the patriarchal magical world. Per Variety: “I think that [premise] in and of itself is very feminist and she’s a strong independent woman and she stands up for herself and does what she thinks is right,” Shipka said.”

    “Will Sabrina’s cat decide to speak up against the pitfalls of toxic masculinity, too? Only time will tell.”

  • This simple productivity tip nudges the easily distracted—ever so gently” — Lila MacLellan, Quartz; about ideas in Hyperfocus: How to Be More Productive in a World of Distraction by Chris Bailey

    “Your mind will always wander, so consider how that might present an opportunity to assess how you’re feeling and then to set a path for what to do next,” he writes in the just-published book.

    One way he has trained his mind to keep its finite amount of attention on whatever task he has designated for it is through an “awareness chime.” Using any number of apps, you can set up your computer or laptop to chime hourly. That gentle, pleasing sound will nudge you to take a second and ask yourself, “Am I doing the thing I’m supposed to be doing right now?”

    Bailey actually suggests posing many other questions, including one about the quality of your attentional flow, distractions you might be able to remove from your environment, and whether you’re ignoring something that is more important than what you’re doing, even if you’re technically on schedule.

  • 5 Tiny Tweaks to Your Daily Routine That Will Double Your Energy and Productivity. In a productivity-obsessed world, these 5 tiny habits will make all the difference.” — Julian Hayes II, Inc.

    “But at its root core, productivity comes down to your energy and flow state (or being “in the zone” as some call it).

    Without those two core elements, it’s impossible to be your most productive self. To get those two elements firing on all cylinders doesn’t need to complicated. In fact, implementing these five tiny tweaks to your daily routine will set you on the right path.

    1. Start and end your day like Benjamin Franklin.”

    “2. Go to sleep and wake up at the same time.”

    “3. Quality food and water before coffee.”

    “4. Schedule and name your work sessions.”

    “5. Take breaks to re-energize yourself.”

  • Ritual to Hex Kavanaugh Is So Popular That Witches Organized Another One. After more than 10,000 people expressed interest in the ritual to hex Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on Facebook, creators of the event are giving witches everywhere another opportunity.” — Sara David, Broadly

    “Bracciale describes the hex on Kavanaugh as an act of ‘spiritual solidarity and sociopolitical resistance.'”

    “‘It strikes fear into the heart of Christian fundamentalists,’ Bracciale says of the backlash. ‘That’s one of the reasons that we do it. Sometimes you have to fight fire with fire. We don’t subscribe to this bullshit, pacifist, love and light, everybody just get along thing. If you want to hijack the country; if you want to steal the election; if you want to overturn Roe v. Wade; if you want to harm people who are queer; well guess what: We’re not doing civility. If you’re going to be these awful bullies, you have to understand someone is going to punch you back and it might as well be a bunch of witches from Brooklyn.'”

  • Catholic Exorcist Prays For Brett Kavanaugh In Response To Witches’ Planned Hex. The Rev. Gary Thomas said those targeting the Supreme Court justice are ‘real evil people.'” — Carol Kuruvilla, Huffpost

    “The Rev. Gary Thomas is a Vatican-educated exorcist who is currently authorized by the Bishop of San Jose to perform exorcisms. In Catholicism, this complex set of rites and prayers is used only by specially trained priests to battle with perceived demonic forces.

    For Thomas, the news that dozens of witches would assemble at an occult bookstore in Brooklyn to target Kavanaugh is no joke. The priest said he’s witnessed people who weren’t in a “state of grace” experience real physical and spiritual harm as a result of curses.”

  • How an abduction by the mysterious Freemasons led to a third political party — the nation’s first. The bizarre history of the Anti-Masonic Party” — Robert Mitchell, The Washington Post

    “The mysterious fate of Morgan animated an uneasy alliance of cranks and ambitious politicians and formed the basis of the first third party in the United States. The Anti-Masonic Party flourished in the late 1820s and early 1830s, before the partisan divisions of the antebellum era solidified into Democrats versus Whigs.”

Omnium Gatherum: October 16, 2018

An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … Omnium Gatherum for October 16, 2018

If you’d like to participate, head over to Omnium Gatherum on the BBS, or suggest something.

  • Waking the Witch: Reflections on Women, Magic, and Powerby Pam Grossman, due June 2019, from Gallery Books

    Grossman Waking the Witch

    “A whip-smart and illuminating exploration of the world’s fascination with witches from podcast host and practicing witch Pam Grossman (The Witch Wave), who delves deeply into why witches have intrigued us for centuries and why they’re more relevant now than ever.

    When you think of a witch, what do you picture? Pointy black hat, maybe a broomstick. But witches in various guises have been with us for millennia. In Waking the Witch, Pam Grossman explores the cultural and historical impact of the world’s most magical icon. From the idea of the femme fatale in league with the devil in early modern Europe and Salem, to the bewitching pop culture archetypes in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and Harry Potter; from the spooky ladies in fairy tales and horror films to the rise of feminist covens and contemporary witchcraft, witches reflect the power and potential of women.

    In this fascinating read that is part cultural analysis, part memoir, Pam opens up about her own journey on the path to witchcraft, and how her personal embrace of the witch helped her find strength, self-empowerment, and a deeper purpose.

    A comprehensive meditation on one of the most mysterious and captivating figures of all time, Waking the Witch celebrates witches past, present, and future, and reveals the critical role they have played—and will continue to play—in shaping the world as we know it.”

  • Tweet by Lindsey Fitzharris; about something from 2010, “Reconstruction of the Face of a 5000-year old Woman in Iran“—Kaveh Farrokh [HT Jason Whittaker]

  • Imgur by loveyouall

    Finished illustrating another card for a Tarot deck I'm designing!

  • Runes for Writers: Ancient Tools for Modern Storytellers, a crowdfunding effort by Marc Graham; from the 25-Days-Let dept.

    “Story matters. Myths helped the ancients understand their place in the universe and their relationship to the tribe. Today’s stories have the same power to transform lives, and I want to help writers do just that.

    Runes for Writers is designed to boost creativity and help writers get past blocks and solve story challenges. Through specific patterns of runecastings, writers can access the realm of creativity–the Source of Story–for developing powerful characters, scenes, and plots.”

  • Witches Outnumber Presbyterians in the US; Wicca, Paganism Growing ‘Astronomically’” — Brandon Showalter, Christian Post; from the DEPT dept. [HT Hermetic Library Anthology Artist David B Metcalfe]

    “It makes sense that witchcraft and the occult would rise as society becomes increasingly postmodern. The rejection of Christianity has left a void that people, as inherently spiritual beings, will seek to fill,” said author Julie Roys, formerly of Moody Radio, in comments emailed to The Christian Post Tuesday.

    “Plus, Wicca has effectively repackaged witchcraft for millennial consumption. No longer is witchcraft and paganism satanic and demonic,” she said, “it’s a ‘pre-Christian tradition’ that promotes ‘free thought’ and ‘understanding of earth and nature.'”

    “As mainline Protestantism continues its devolution, the U.S. witch population is rising astronomically. There may now be more Americans who identify as practicing witches, 1.5 mil, than there are members of mainline Presbyterianism (PCUSA) 1.4 mil,” [Carmen LeBerge] said Tuesday.

  • From the Vault of Dr. Frank – Build Your Own Andromeda Klein Box (Limited to 50), a bundle of Hermetic Library Anthology Artist Frank Portman’s work, from Sounds Rad

    Andromedia Klein from the personal vault of Dr Frank

    Dr Frank Andromeda Klein poster

    “From the vault of Dr. Frank (Portman) comes an unbelievable collection of rarities that will only be available through All Hallow’s Eve. This package includes one of 50 hand-signed Andromeda Klein 7″s and posters, rare items from the original 2009 release discovered in Dr Frank’s archives. The poster and 7” were designed by the artist Lane Smith and the poster has never been offered for sale anywhere before.

    For this package we are also allowing you to build your own box and save some coin. Add a 1.5″ enamel pin, full-color sticker, and Andromeda Klein novel!”

  • Though it takes its time, Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina will put a spell on you” — Danette Chavez, AV Club

    “Fans of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s work in the world of Archie Comics, both on the page and screen, will definitely want to see what kind of magic the Riverdale creator casts away from the land of network standards and practices (not that his maple-covered CW series seems to fuss over them much). Though the aesthetic sharply deviates from that of the TGIF sitcom that came before it, there’s also plenty here for viewers who grew up with Melissa Joan Hart’s portrayal of the teen witch and enjoyed the witchy hijinks and family dynamic. But even if you have no knowledge of the blond spellcaster, you’ll find a visually innovative supernatural drama about a rebel with a cause.”

    “The historical subjugation of virtually everyone who’s not a cishet white man clearly informs the series, but there isn’t a hint of dogma in this stylishly frightening story—there are, however, orgies and frequent calls to “Praise Satan.” From the start, Chilling Adventures has a firm grip on its darkly comedic tone, and like its ersatz predecessors Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Charmed (at their best, that is), the series presents a nuanced fight between good and evil, or oppressor and oppressed.”

  • Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Is a Yummy Cup of Witch’s Brew in Need of a Few More Ingredients” — Beth Elderkin, io9

    “I will admit, I was afraid they weren’t going to “go there.” In the first episode, they kept saying “Dark Lord,” making me think they were blanketing over that part so they wouldn’t offend some religious groups. But this isn’t a Golden Compass situation, where organized religion was replaced with generic totalitarianism to appease a certain demographic. These witches worship Satan. And holy hell is he terrifying.”

    “There aren’t a lot of shows out there where your stars eat corpses, sacrifice goats, and worship the devil. If you’re like me and that’s your cup of witch’s brew, then drink up.”

  • Astrology” — Quartz Obsession, October 5, 2018

    “Maybe it’s the -ology of the end: About 40% of Americans think astrology is “very” or “sort of” scientific; those 25 to 34 years old are less skeptical than they’ve been in decades. (In China, for comparison, the devoted are more like eight percent of the population.) The psychic-services industry as a whole is now worth $2 billion a year.”

  • The Us Witch Population Has Seen an Astronomical Rise” — Sangeeta Singh-Kurtz & Dan Kopf, Quartzy

    “Spirituality is now firmly placed in mainstream culture. The growing interest in astrology driven by millennials, as well as the popularity of crystals and tarot cards via the ballooning wellness industry, have brought mysticism from the fringes, and right into your Instagram feed.”

  • Stranger Than Fiction: Essays by Mike Jay by Mike Jay [HT Daily Grail]

    Jay Stranger Than Fiction

    “Stranger Than Fiction brings together, for the first time, Mike Jay’s distinctive and immensely readable forays into the twilight zones of history, culture and the human mind.

    Among them are his trademark investigations into the hidden histories of drugs, from the lotus eaters of Homer’s Odyssey to the laughing gas escapades of the Romantic poets and Sherlock Holmes’ cocaine habit; his reports from the disputed territories of mesmerism, brainwashing and mind control; fantastic beliefs from the birth of the Illuminati conspiracy to futuristic scenarios of human evolution; and global travel tales from megalith cultures of Borneo to ancient temples of Peru, the ‘cargo cult’ ceremonies of Melanesia to Britain’s most anarchic bonfire night.

    Beautifully designed and lavishly illustrated, Stranger Than Fiction is a unique compendium of forgotten histories, untold stories and unexplored worlds.”

  • The Story of Victorian Funeral Cookies.
    Revisiting a Centuries’ Old Mourning Tradition” — Hoag Levins, Historic Camden County; Sept 12, 2011; from the Eucharist dept. [HT Spooky Soniasuponia]

    “It’s likely that eating a bit of a deceased loved one was an effort to both honor and incorporate their essence into one’s own. Anthropologists believe this grisly habit evolved into the somewhat more
    paleolithic grave civilized mourning practices throughout medieval Europe and ultimately gave rise to the “funeral biscuits” so popular in the Victorian age.

    Emerging from the Middle Ages in old Germany, for instance, was the funeral tradition of eating “corpse cakes” that symbolically mirrored the act of eating the deceased. After the body had been washed and laid in its coffin, the woman of the house prepared leavened dough and placed it to rise on the linen-covered chest of the corpse. It was believed the dough “absorbed” some of the deceased’s personal qualities that were, in turn, passed on to mourners who ate the corpse cakes.”

    “In the Victorian Age, funeral biscuits, along with all other customs related to death and mourning, became more formalized and baroque. Like wedding cakes, funeral biscuits were a staple of the bakery business, and competition for customers was brisk. Some bakers’ newspaper ads addressed the suddenness with which most people had to organize funeral details and promised “funeral biscuits made to order on the shortest notice.”
    The commercial biscuit wrappings were ornately printed with bakery advertisements as well as uplifting biblical quotes and poems. Like church holy cards, they served as a keepsake of the event itself.”

  • Halloween for Real. There’s more to Halloween than egging houses and gorging on candy. This could get scary…” — Mitch Horowitz, In The Dark

    “Strap in — we’re going on a little Halloween time-machine journey. The old practices provide frightfully interesting ways of observing the ancient holiday.”

  • Traveling Witch Figurine by Jon Carling

    Traveling Witch Figurine Jon Carling

    “She is finally available! The first edition of 100 witches. Hand casted, hand painted, numbered and signed. She comes with a bunch accessories, including a spell book and a silk screened traveling pouch.”—Jon Carling

    “The Traveling Witch now has her own instagram page: HERE tag your photos #travelingwitch to share your adventures!”

  • Tweet by Hermetic Library Anthology Artist T Thorn Coyle

Omnium Gatherum: October 12, 2018

An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … Omnium Gatherum for October 12, 2018

If you’d like to participate, head over to Omnium Gatherum on the BBS, or suggest a resource.

  • With “Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina” And “Charmed,” Witches Have Made Their TV Comeback. In Sabrina and Charmed, the main characters are literally empowered to take on the patriarchy.” — Alana Bennett, Buzzfeed

    “Once again, these shows center on young women learning to champion their powers and, by extension, themselves. Both model “girl power” through a 2018 lens — with the conscious inclusion of a more diverse cast and a connection to the darkness that surrounds modern conversations around feminism.”

  • Chilling Adventures of Sabrina | Clip: Salem Appears” — Netflix

  • Witchcraft Spells Being Cast Following Kavanaugh Confirmation #WitchTheVote” — Paul Bois, Daily Wire

    “The witch trial of Justice Brett Kavanaugh has inspired actual witches to cast spells in his name, including the organization of a “Hex Kavanaugh” event.”

  • Sabrina’s Weird Sisters Share How They Developed Their Creepy Bond” —
    Beth Elderkin, io9

    “I didn’t find out until they actually got here who they had chosen. So I was like, ‘Oh my god, yes! Yeah! You two were my choices—they didn’t ask me but you two were my choices!’” Gabrielle added.

  • Servants of the Star & the Snake: Essays in Honour of Kenneth & Steffi Grant [also], compiled and edited by Henrik Bogdan, from Starfire Publishing [HT Watkins Books]

    Bogdan Servants of the Star and the Snake

    Servants of the Star & the Snake is a scintillant and substantial collection of writings in celebration of the work of Kenneth and Steffi Grant. Their diverse published work extends across six decades, taking in articles on Advaita in Indian magazines from the early 1950s; a series of illustrated essays, known collectively as the Carfax Monographs, from the late 1950s to the early 1960s; their magnum opus, the Typhonian Trilogies, from 1972 to 2002; studies of the work of Austin Osman Spare in 1975 and 1998; poetry collections in 1963, 1970 and 2005; and a series of novellas from 1997 to 2012.

    Each piece of writing included in Servants of the Star & the Snake explores a different facet of this extensive body of work. Whilst the contributors have adopted different approaches to their subjects – ranging from scholarly discussions through to fictional narratives – what they have in common is an appreciation of the extraordinary work and legacy of the most influential couple in the history of modern occultism, Kenneth and Steffi Grant.

    The pieces of writing which comprise this fascinating and inspiring collection include:

    Kenneth Grant: Servant-Satguru-Savant, by Martin P. Starr;
    From Zos-Kia to the As-If: Kenneth Grant and Austin Osman Spare, by Michael Staley;
    Advaita Vedanta in the Works of Kenneth Grant, by Henrik Bogdan;
    Kenneth Grant and Lord Kusum Haranath, by Ruth Bauer;
    From Central Africa to the Mauve Zone: Gerald Massey’s Influence on Kenneth Grant’s Idea of the Typhonian Tradition, by Christian Giudice;
    Lam and the Typhonian Tradition, by Michael Staley;
    Inside Outer Space, by Kyle Fite;
    The Other Woman: Babalon and the Scarlet Woman in Kenneth Grant’s Typhonian Trilogies, by Manon Hedenborg-White;
    The Nuclear Art of Steffi Grant, by Henrik Bogdan;
    The Art of Darkness: Kenneth Grant and the Unity of the Soul, by Vadge Moore;
    Kenneth Grant and Maat, by Nema;
    Clarity versus Weirdness: A Vital Tension Within Magical Culture, by Ramsey Dukes;
    Foundations of the Typhonian Trilogies, by Michael Staley;
    Beyond Crowley: The Foundations of Sexual Magick, by Jan Fries;
    Evocation of the Fire Snake: Kenneth Grant and Tantra, by Henrik Bogdan;
    The Magic in Fiction, by Alistair Coombs;
    The Role of H. P. Lovecraft in the Work of Kenneth Grant, by Stephen Dziklewicz;
    Shakti in Chinatown, by Michael Bertiaux.

  • Far right, misogynist, humourless? Why Nietzsche is misunderstood. The German philosopher has been adopted by the alt-right, but he hated antisemitism. He has been misappropriated and misread, argues his biographer” — Sue Prideaux, The Guardian; writing about the ideas in her book I Am Dynamite!: A Life of Nietzsche, due Oct 30th

    Prideaux I Am Dynamite

    “Friedrich Nietzsche, Karl Marx and Charles Darwin are the great triumvirate of 19th-century thinkers whose ideas still have huge impact today. Nietzsche was philosophy’s supreme iconoclast; his sayings include “God is dead” and “There are no facts, only interpretations”. Highly relevant, yet his association with concepts such as the Übermensch, master morality, slave morality and, possibly most dangerous, the will to power, have also contributed to him being widely misinterpreted. There are three myths in particular that need dynamiting: that his politics were on the far right, he was a misogynist and he lacked a sense of humour.

    Misappropriation has been rife.”

  • Pope blames devil for Church divisions, scandals, seeks angel’s help” — Philip Pullella, Reuters; from the Nobody-Did-It dept.

    “The devil is alive and well and working overtime to undermine the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis says.

    In fact, the pope is so convinced that Satan is to blame for the sexual abuse crisis and deep divisions racking the Church that he has asked Catholics around the world to recite a special prayer every day in October to try to beat him back.

    “(The Church must be) saved from the attacks of the malign one, the great accuser and at the same time be made ever more aware of its guilt, its mistakes, and abuses committed in the present and the past,” Francis said in a message on Sept. 29.”

  • Swedish girl Saga pulls out pre-Viking era sword from lake” — Associated Press

    “Her name conjures up Old Nordic tales about heroic accomplishments and that’s exactly what Saga this summer did when she stumbled on a pre-Viking-era sword in a southern Sweden lake.

    Saga Vanecek, 8, was helping her father with his boat in the Vidostern lake when she stepped on an 85-centimeter (34-inch) sword in a holster made of wood and leather. The sword is believed to be about 1,500 years old.”

  • Tweet by Sarah Anne Lawless

  • Towards Liber LVI: The Sainthood of Woman” — T Meithras, Ecclesia Gnostica Universalis (in Anglia)

    “Our on-going project of creating a new, Thelemic Gnostic Mass to explore the Alchemical Mysteries of transformation and rejuvenation from a different perspective, while celebrating and enthroning the role of Woman in the tradition, has attracted some interest exactly as we expected.

    Here we offer a non-definitive list of the mythical and historical figures of female Adepts we are establishing communion with […]”

    “As for the list of male Gnostic Saints of Liber XV, this too is not to be considered exhaustive, but rather a celebration of some of the brighter Stars who helped to Perfect, and Manifest, the Feast we partake with the Holy Spirit.”

  • Hypervelocity alien stars could be invading the Milky Way” — Anthony Wood, New Atlas

    “Astronomers have discovered a population of incredibly fast-moving stars bearing down on the Milky Way. It is possible that these newly found “hypervelocity” stellar bodies were created in another galaxy, before being hurled out into intergalactic space on a collision course with the Milky Way.”

  • Tweet by Order of Sasquatch

  • William S. Burroughs and the Cult of Rock ‘n’ Roll by Hermetic Library Anthology Artist Casey Rae, due June 2019

  • William S. Burroughs’ “The Revised Boy Scout Manual”: An Electronic Revolution (Bulletin) by William S Burroughs, edited by Geoffrey D Smith and John M Bennett, afterword by V Vale [HT Xeni Jardin]

    Burroughs The Revised Boy Scout Manual

    “Before the era of fake news and anti-fascists, William S. Burroughs wrote about preparing for revolution and confronting institutionalized power. In this work, Burroughs’ parody becomes a set of rationales and instructions for destabilizing the state and overthrowing an oppressive and corrupt government. As with much of Burroughs’ work, it is hard to say if it is serious or purely satire. The work is funny, horrifying, and eerily prescient, especially concerning the use of language and social media to undermine institutions.

    The Revised Boy Scout Manual was a work Burroughs revisited many times, but which has never before been published in its complete form. Based primarily on recordings of a performance of the complete piece found in the archives at the OSU libraries, as well as various incomplete versions of the typescript found at Arizona State University and the New York Public Library archives, this lost masterpiece of satiric subversion is finally available in its entirety.”

  • Philip Pullman: why we believe in magic. The world of magic defies rational explanation, but beware dismissing it as nonsense. Like religious experience and poetry, it is a crucial aspect of being human, writes the Dark Materials author” — Philip Pulman, The Guardian; writing about Spellbound: Magic, Ritual and Witchcraft at the Ashmolean, an exhibit through January 2019 [HT Matthew Frederick]

    “A new exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford brings together a multitude of objects and artworks – there’s a “poppet” or rag doll with a stiletto stuck through its face, an amulet containing a human heart, a wisp of “ectoplasm” apparently extruded by a medium in Wales, and too many others to count – from a dark world of nonsense and superstition that we ought to have outgrown a long time ago. At least, that’s how I imagine rationality would view it. I find myself in an awkward position rationality-wise, because my name is listed on the website of the Rationalist Association as a supporter, and at the same time I think this exhibition is full of illuminating things, and the mental world it illustrates is an important – no, an essential part of the life we live. I’d better try to work out what I mean.”

Omnium Gatherum: September 16, 2018

An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … Omnium Gatherum for September 16, 2018

If you’d like to participate, head over to Omnium Gatherum on the BBS, or suggest a resource.

  • Occulture: Aleister Crowley & Rudolf Steiner, an on-demand lecture by Carl Abrahamsson

    Abrahamsson Occulture Aleister Crowley and Rudolf Steiner

    “Aleister Crowley and Rudolf Steiner were two of the most influential spiritual and religious teachers of the 20th century. Their respective philosophical systems of Thelema (Crowley) and Anthroposophy (Steiner) today engage tens of thousands of people in all regions of the world. When comparing their teachings, we can see both similarities and differences. But… the similarities weigh considerably heavier than the differences. Why is that? Were they tapping into something greater in their Zeitgeist? An overall cosmic, pro-individualistic philosophy they both simply developed in their own systemic languages? If so, then maybe their differences were just strictly personal, with one very distinct Dionysian character (Crowley) and one Apollonian (Steiner), according to Nietzsche’s categorization. In this lecture, I look at these giants and try to sort out what’s what and who’s who. Join me!”

  • The Chip Butty Is the Deranged Nonsensical Sandwich of My Dreams” — Alex Siquig, GQ; from the 93 dept.

    “Blood pudding, mushy peas, Marmite, brown sauce, cucumber sandwiches, beans on toast: The British adhere to the ‘eat what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law’ custom of chowing down—that is to say, devouring whatever the hell bizarre thing they want and worrying about things such as caloric intake and dignity afterward.”

  • Tweet by Dan Devorkin

  • Tweet by catposting™; from the Forest-Spirit-will-see-you-now dept.

  • Make your dream — The Auracle, YouTube

  • Happy Birthday Teaser for Chilling Adventures of Sabrina — Netflix, YouTube

  • Tweet by Doth; from the 93 dept.

  • ‘Devil letter’ written by nun ‘possessed by Satan’ more than 300 years ago has finally been translated” — Courtney Pouchin, Mirror UK

    Devil letter written by nun Mirror UK

    “The letter, is said to describe God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit as ‘deadweights’ and states: ‘God thinks he can free mortals’ but ‘this system works for no one.’

    It even goes as far as to claim that God was invented by man.”

  • Tweet by Julie Bogan; from the Faster-Pussycat dept.

  • [ST. AUGUSTINE] shirt” — owen cyclops

    owen cyclops St Augustine shirt

  • WATCH: Can You Affect Another Person’s Behavior With Your Thoughts?” — Liana Simstrom, NPR; from the Spooky-Action-at-a-Distance dept.

    “Do you think that the private thoughts in your head could influence how other people — or creatures — act? The answer is “Of course not,” right? Because to say yes would be to admit you believe in mind control or telekinesis or some other phenomenon usually reserved for superhero comic books.

    But early in his career, a research psychologist named Bob Rosenthal wasn’t so sure. So to test his hypothesis, he designed a devious experiment.”

    “Scientists are still studying this phenomenon in people, Dweck says, learning more about ‘things that are possible and mechanisms through which a belief affects an outcome or one person affects another person.'”

  • Synesthesia Tarot Deck — Jana Walker, crowdfunding at Kickstarter; from the 17-Days-to-Go dept.

    “Traditional tarot cards tend to be heavily illustrated. However, this deck stems from my desire to create a modern and unique tarot deck that anyone can connect to. The cards still retain the meaning of traditional tarot cards, yet strip away the extra layers with clean and simple line drawings. I used this deck as a chance to fuse both my love for design and tarot, and believe it can serve as a companion deck for avid users, an introductory deck for a brand new user, or as a statement piece in someone’s home. ”

Afterlife with Archie #6

Afterlife with Archie #6, with regular and variant covers, by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla, a story about Sabrina the Teenage Witch in an asylum with Dr Lovecraft, is part of the collection at the Reading Room. You might also be interested in the upcoming series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina that begins in October. “The […]

Omnium Gatherum: July 20th, 2014

An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … Omnium Gatherum for July 30th, 2014

Afterlife with Archie issue 6
“Afterlife With Archie” Issue 6 is a comic every Lovecraft fan will enjoy — Mike Davis, Lovecraft eZine

 

Here are some top gatherum posts from the BBS this week:

  • The Baphomet Sculpture Hidden in Brooklyn — Jena Cumbo, Village Voice

    “Lucien Greaves (a.k.a. Doug Mesner), one of the people who commissioned the sculpture, that now sits in a warehouse in Red Hook, Brooklyn, asked the sculptor — we’ll call him “Jack” — to forgo the breasts. This Baphomet is smooth-chested and muscular, with thin, shapely lips and rectangular pupils. The sculptor based his physique on a blend of Michelangelo’s David and Iggy Pop.”

  • ‘Join us in our ritual,’ beckons Cthulhu-based cryptocurrency — Adrianne Jeffries, The Verge

    “Written in the voodoo cultspeak of futurist horror writer H.P. Lovecraft’s short story, ‘The Call of Cthulhu,’ the creepy Cthulhu Offerings may be the most confusing digital currency yet.

    ‘The time draws near, the return of The Great Old One is upon us,’ writes the developer. ‘Join us in our ritual.'”

  • 70,000 Year-Old African Settlement Unearthed — Past Horizons

    “During ongoing excavations in northern Sudan, Polish archaeologists from the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology in Poznań, have discovered the remains of a settlement estimated to 70,000 years old. This find, according to the researchers, seems to contradict the previously held belief that the construction of permanent structures was associated with the so-called Great Exodus from Africa and occupation of the colder regions of Europe and Asia.”

  • The Occult Knowledge – Strategies of Epistemology in La Société Voudon Gnostique — Maria Liberg, a Bachelor thesis in Religious Studies at University of Gothenburg, supervised by Henrik Bogdan

    “The academic research on Western esotericism in general and contemporary occultism in particular has been largely neglected in earlier scholarship and has only recently gained serious academic attention. This thesis examines how the contemporary occult group, La Société Voudon Gnostique, headed by David Beth and an organization under the general current Voudon Gnosis, legitimate their claims to knowledge, mainly through three discursive strategies of epistemology offered by Olav Hammer, namely: the appeal to (1) tradition; (2) scientism as a language of faith; and narratives of (3) experience. Since Hammer argues that these strategies can be found in esoteric currents in general, but only examines theosophy, anthroposophy and New Age as well as only examining “esoteric spokespersons” this thesis aims at examine them in relation to contemporary occultism as well as in relation to both the spokesperson and to “ordinary adherents”. In order do this, La Société Voudon Gnostique works as a case study in qualification of being a contemporary occult group that has gained no academic attention before.

    The conclusions of this thesis are that the strategies are all prevalent, to a more or less extent, in La Société Voudon Gnostique and they are also used by the adherents. Besides the strategies proposed by Hammer, this thesis argues that the secrecy and elitist approach, which can be found in the texts, also can be seen as a discursive strategy of epistemology.”

  • Christian Persecution: The Movie! — Scott Stenwick, Augoeides; about the forthcoming movie Persecuted

    “Persecuted, is based on a laughably impossible premise that the audience is supposed to find threatening. In this case, it’s the government attempting to legislate religion, something Poor Oppressed Christians are totally for until they realize that religious freedom also applies to non-Christians. Then they go off the rails about how wrong and unfair it is that they aren’t treated as special and given more privileges than everyone else.”

  • The True History of Libertarianism in America: A Phony Ideology to Promote a Corporate Agenda — Mark Ames, NSFWCORP at Alternet

    “Pull up libertarianism’s floorboards, look beneath the surface into the big business PR campaign’s early years, and there you’ll start to get a sense of its purpose, its funders, and the PR hucksters who brought the peculiar political strain of American libertarianism into being — beginning with the libertarian movement’s founding father, Milton Friedman.”

    “That is how libertarianism in America started: As an arm of big business lobbying.”

  • Aldous Huxley quoted at Reversed Alchemy — Michael Gilleland, Laudator Temporis Acti

    “Certain authors possess the secret of a kind of reversed alchemy; they know how to turn the richest gold into lead. The most interesting subjects become in their hands so tedious that we can hardly bear to read about them.”

  • Ian Clark quoted at The Limits of “Unlimited” — Barbara Fister, Inside Higher Ed

    “By speaking up, we are not only defending public libraries but the entire notion of public services. Silence is not how we defend ourselves against an ideological battle, it is how we surrender.”

  • More Songs for the Witch Woman — John Coulthart, feuilleton

    “It’s been a great pleasure in recent years seeing the welling of interest in Cameron’s work. In 2001 when I was compiling notes for an abandoned study of occult cinema, Cameron as artist, witch or mere human being was a shadowy presence about whom nothing substantial seemed to have been written; her art was impossible to see anywhere, all one had were fleeting references in books”

  • Love Spells — Sarah Anne Lawless

    “Love spells are black magic. Love spells to manipulate the body, heart, and soul. Love spells to dominate, to bind, to cause destruction and madness and pain.

    Love spells are not about love, they are about the lustful eye and the selfish heart. Be honest with yourself about it and then move on to the work at hand.”

  • Bible Stories for Newly Formed and Young Corporations — Tom the Dancing Bug, Boing Boing

    Tom the Dancing Bug Bible-stories for Young Corporations detail

     

  • Stick-Gods — Inonibird

    “‘Stick-Gods’ is the culmination of over a dozen years of fascination with Ancient Egypt—particularly, its mythology and deities. Whether you’re studying Egyptology, a practicing Kemetic or just a fan of myths, there should be something in there for you! I’m doing my best to balance informed content with a fair bit of silliness. …And puns. Lots of puns.”

    Inonibird Stick-Gods

     

  • William Blake’s Sexual Path to Spiritual Vision, by Marsha Keith Schuchard — Gesigewigu’s, Spiral Nature; a review of William Blake’s Sexual Path to Spiritual Vision from Inner Traditions

    “Reading William Blake one cannot help but realize this is a man who is both religious and spiritually active, especially his poems known as the prophecies. The question is what was the nature of his spiritual life? What inspired Blake to create works that are both heavily Christian and at the same time antagonistic to many Christian ideals? The surprising answer is laid out as Schuchard leads us back into the complex religious web of mystical Christianity of the 17th and 18th century.”

  • A Victim of Drunken Channeling — Scott Stenwick, Augoeides

    “Aleister Crowley criticized spiritism as ‘a sort of indiscriminate necromancy’ because of a complete lack of formal magical procedures and protections, in which many mediums simply opened themselves up to whatever spiritual force happened to be present. Modern channelers such as Knight still employ essentially the same methods that Crowley was talking about. As such, there’s a real possibility that any channeling attempt could reach just about any spirit, like some sort of metaphysical Chatroulette.”

  • Mary Magdalene and the Gospel according to Mary — Kate Cooper; an edited excerpt from Band of Angels: The Forgotten World of Early Christian Women from Overlook Press

    “The argument between the four disciples seems to be our anonymous writer’s way of exploring the different positions being taken by the men and women of his own day on the question of an alternative tradition being handed down by women. But he is also expressing his concern that the Church is changing, and not for the better. In his eyes, Peter seems to represent the voice of a faction in the community which wants to ‘make rules or lay down laws other than the Saviour gave’ – in other words, a group that wants to develop an institutional structure to replace the more fluid and informal movement of the early decades. This was clearly a topical warning after the death of the disciples who had known Jesus. Levi thinks that the new rules are a way of drawing the community away from fulfilling its task of preaching the gospel. The anonymous writer seems to be using Levi to suggest that too much emphasis on authority from the ‘Peter faction’ is stifling the Church.”

  • “Afterlife With Archie” Issue 6 is a comic every Lovecraft fan will enjoy — Mike Davis, Lovecraft eZine

    “As the story begins, our heroine Sabrina Spellman is relating one of her eldritch dreams to her psychiatrist, Dr. Lovecraft. Sabrina has apparently been committed to an institution because after her aunts died in a house fire, she had a breakdown and couldn’t deal with the reality of their death.

    But is that really what happened?”

 

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Afterlife With Archie

Afterlife With Archie is “a new, ongoing horror series by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla” from the official Archie Comics publisher [HT Lovecraft eZine].

“This is how the end of the world begins… Harvey Award-winning writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Carrie, Archie meets Glee) and Eisner-winning artist Francesco Francavilla (Batman, Black Beetle) take Archie and the gang where they’ve never been before—to the grave and back! A horrific accident sets off a series of grim events and Sabrina the Teenage Witch must try to repair the unspeakable evil her spell has unleashed. Gasp in horror as Riverdale faces an impending zombie Arch-pocalypse in this brand-new, spine-tingling ongoing series—but be warned, kiddies, this one’s not for the faint of heart!” [via]

Afterlife With Archie issue 6 cover