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Omnium Gatherum: February 15, 2019

An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … Omnium Gatherum for February 15, 2019

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  • Nightside of the Runes: Uthark, Adulruna, and the Gothic Cabbala by Thomas Karlsson, from Inner Traditions

    Karlsson Nightside of the Runes

    “Reveals the occult wisdom and multidimensional layers of meaning hidden in the Nordic Rune stones

    • Explores the practice of the Uthark divination system encoded within the traditional exoteric Futhark system of reading the runes

    • Traces the relationship between the rune stones and numerology, the Cabbala, alchemy, Gothicism, and sigil magic

    • Examines the history of the runes and the ancient spiritual mysticism of Odin

    Uncovering the dark side of the Nordic rune stones hidden beneath their traditional interpretation, Swedish scholar and runologist Thomas Karlsson examines the rune work of Swedish mystic and runologist Johannes Bureus (1568-1652) and professor Sigurd Agrell (1881-1937), both of whom devoted their lives to uncovering the secret uses of rune stones concealed from all but the highest initiates.

    Karlsson begins by examining the Uthark system of divination–the Left Hand Path of the runes–that lies hidden under the traditional Futhark system. According to the lore of Uthark, a cryptographic ruse was used to make it impossible for the uninitiated to know the true order of the runes. Exploring Agrell’s decryption of the Uthark system, Karlsson reveals similarities between the numerology of ancient mystery cults and the Runic tradition. He explains the multidimensional meaning of each rune from the Uthark perspective, their relationships with the nine worlds of Norse cosmogony, and the magical powers of rune-rows and the three aettir rune groupings. He details how to create your own magically-charged runes, direct and activate the force of the runes, and use them for rune meditation, divination, sigil magic, galders (power songs), and rune yoga.

    Karlsson also examines the secret dimensions of the 15 “noble” runes, the Adulrunes, based on the theories of Johannes Bureus. Using his knowledge of the Cabbala and alchemy, Bureus created magical symbols with the Adulrunes as well as one symbol containing all 15 Adulrunes, which Bureus called the “Adulruna.” Karlsson explains Bureus’ spiritual system of initiation, the Gothic Cabbala, revealing the connections between old Norse wisdom and the Cabbala. He explores Bureus’ Adulrune practices and explains how Bureus outlined seven levels of meaning for each rune, with those initiated into the highest rune levels able to conjure spirits and raise the dead.

    Covering more than just rune practices, Karlsson’s exploration of the dark or night side of the runes provides a comprehensive guide to Norse spirituality and the ancient spiritual mysticism of Odin.”

  • Oxford anthropologists identify seven universal rules of morality” — Rich Haridy, New Atlas

    “‘The debate between moral universalists and moral relativists has raged for centuries, but now we have some answers,’ explains Oliver Scott Curry, lead author on the study. ‘People everywhere face a similar set of social problems, and use a similar set of moral rules to solve them. As predicted, these seven moral rules appear to be universal across cultures. Everyone everywhere shares a common moral code. All agree that cooperating, promoting the common good, is the right thing to do.’

    The seven moral rules seen in every culture studied ultimately come down to:

    family values
    group loyalty
    property rights”

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  • The gateway to hell? Hundreds of anti-witch marks found in Midlands cave. Hundreds of symbols at gorge could be Britain’s biggest collection of protective signs.” — Mark Brown, The Guardian

    Brown The Guardian cave of hell witch marks

    “If there is a gateway to hell, a portal from the underworld used by demons and witches to wreak their evil havoc on humanity, then it could be in a small east Midlands cave handy for both the M1 and A60.

    Heritage experts have revealed what is thought to be the biggest concentration of apotropaic marks, or symbols to ward off evil or misfortune, ever found in the UK.

    What the marks were keeping out, or in, can only be speculated on. “It could be fairies, witches, whatever you were fearful of, it was going to be down there.””

  • A Man Has Been Charged With Trying To Burn Down The Restaurant At The Center Of The “Pizzagate” Conspiracy. The DC pizza parlor has been at the center of a baseless far-right conspiracy theory that claims it secretly provides underage prostitutes to top Democrats.” — Salvador Hernandez, Buzz Feed News

    “A California man has been charged with intentionally setting a fire inside the Washington, DC, pizza parlor at the center of the debunked conspiracy theory known as ‘pizzagate,’ authorities said.”

  • AI can write disturbingly believable fake news. Elon Musk’s OpenAI is keeping a tight lid on the technology.” — Jon Fingas, Engadget; from the Infinite-Monkeys dept.; let’s feed it holy books and occult texts! [also]

    “AI is getting better and better at writing convincing material, and that’s leading its creators to wonder whether they should release the technology in the first place. Elon Musk’s OpenAI has developed an algorithm that can generate plausible-looking fake news stories on any topic using just a handful of words as a starting point. It was originally designed as a generalized language AI that could answer questions, summarizing stories and translating text, but researchers soon realized that it could be used for far more sinister purposes, like pumping out disinformation in large volumes. As a result, the team only plans to make a “simplified version” of its AI available to the public, according to MIT Technology Review.”

  • Apocalipsis: Harry at the End of the World [also], a video game by Punch Punk Games, from Klabater, with Nergal

    “In Apocalipsis you play as Harry, for whom the loss of his beloved was the end of his world. Now he has to venture out into the strange, unwelcoming lands to get her back. On his journey he will meet fantastical creatures, straight from the minds of artists from the 15th century Europe, and ultimately conquer his own, personal demons. Featuring the narration by Nergal, leader of the band Behemoth, with the added atmospheric new rendition of Behemoth’s music, it will be a journey to remember.

    Apocalipsis shares with the Middle Ages its artstyle and the game’s world itself is inspired by Book of Revelation and steeped in medieval philosophy and beliefs, with the story taking cues from Dante Alighieri’s “Divine Comedy”. Every location and character in Apocalipsis was inspired by classical woodcuts by 15th and 16th century artists such as Hans Holbein, Michael Wolgemut, and Albrecht Dürer. This pairing of medieval art and philosophy with video games creates something unique, like you’ve never seen before.”

Omnium Gatherum: February 11, 2019

An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … Omnium Gatherum for February 11, 2019

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  • How To Talk To Cult Recruiters by Telltale; about Steven Hassan’s Combatting Cult Mind Control

    “What kinds of questions should you ask a cult recruiter?”

  • Tony Blair, Jonathan Ashworth & Liz Truss” — Sophy Ridge, Sky News

    Listen to “Tony Blair, Jonathan Ashworth & Liz Truss” on Spreaker.

    “I’m interested in whether it’s possible to reconcile faith with the modern world. Now, I think it is, but not on the basis of a religion that is doctrinal or exclusivist. … I think religion has no future unless it understands that it’s got to be rooted in the modern world. And, the risk is, you know … Faith operates in two ways in the world today. One is as a source of compassion and a stimulus for progress and humanity; and the other is ‘This is my faith and if you’re not like me, you’re my enemy.'”

  • Abuse of Faith. 20 years, 700 victims: Southern Baptist sexual abuse spreads as leaders resist reforms” — Robert Downen, Lise Olsen, and John Tedesco, Houston Chronicle

    “‘Listen to what God has to say,’ she said, according to audio of the meeting, which she recorded. ‘… All that evil needs is for good to do nothing. … Please help me and others that will be hurt.’

    Days later, Southern Baptist leaders rejected nearly every proposed reform.

    The abusers haven’t stopped. They’ve hurt hundreds more.”

  • Jung, Buddhism, and the Incarnation of Sophia: Unpublished Writings from the Philosopher of the Soul by Henry Corbin, from Inner Traditions

    Corbin Jung Buddhism and the Incarnation of Sophia

    “Examines the work of Carl Jung in relation to Eastern religion, the wisdom teachings of the Sophia, Sufi mysticism, and visionary spirituality

    • Reveals the spiritual values underlying the psychoanalytic theories of Carl Jung

    • Explores the role of the Gnostic Sophia with respect to Jung’s most controversial essay, “Answer to Job”

    • Presents new revelations about Sufi mysticism and its relationship to esoteric Buddhist practices

    • Shows how the underlying spiritual traditions of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity mesh with the spiritual teachings of Buddhism

    Henry Corbin (1903-1978) was one of the most important French philosophers and orientalists of the 20th century. In this collection of previously unpublished writings, Corbin examines the work of Carl Jung in relationship to the deep spiritual traditions of Eastern religion, the esoteric wisdom teachings of Sophia, the transformational symbolism of alchemy, and Sufi mysticism.

    Looking at the many methods of inner exploration in the East, including the path of the Sufi and Taoist alchemy, Corbin reveals how the modern Western world does not have its own equivalent except in psychotherapy. Expanding Jung’s findings in light of his own studies of Gnostic and esoteric Islamic traditions, he offers a unique insight into the spiritual values underlying Jung’s psychoanalytic theories. Corbin analyzes Jung’s works on Buddhism, providing his own understanding of the tradition and its relationship to Sufi mysticism, and explores the role of the Gnostic Sophia with respect to Jung’s most controversial essay, “Answer to Job.” He also studies the rapport between the Gnostic wisdom of Sophia and Buddhist teachings as well as examining Sophia through the lens of Jewish mysticism.

    Explaining how Islamic fundamentalists have turned their back on the mystic traditions of Sufism, Corbin reveals how totalitarianism of all kinds threatens the transformative power of the imagination and the transcendent reality of the individual soul. He shows how the underlying spiritual traditions of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity mesh with the spiritual teachings of Buddhism and reinforce the unity of the esoteric teachings of the world’s great religions. Comparing the imaginal realm with Jung’s archetypal field, he shows how we could transform the world by spiritualizing Jung’s methods, enabling us to transcend duality and make the created world divine.”

  • How Tucker Carlson Saved My Life. The conservative icon got me to throw my weed out the window.” — Mitch Horowitz, Medium

    “Familiar expressions become incredibly powerful through application — and only through application.

    Next time you hear something that sounds so simple it could fit on a refrigerator magnet, take a pause. Listen again. Sometimes things may seem obvious or like truisms because they are true — so much so that we are alienated from their depth, and we do not try them. Trying a piece of basic, actionable advice can be the greatest thing that ever happens to you.”

  • Flatland: New images reveal Ultima Thule’s shape is a ‘scientific puzzle’” — Michael Irving, New Atlas; from the I-Found-Your-Flat-Earth dept.

    Irving New Atlas Flatland Ultima Thule

    “New images snapped as the probe sped away from the object show that Ultima Thule is more like a flat ‘pancake’ stuck to a ‘dented walnut,’ leaving astronomers puzzled as to how such a shape is even possible.”

Omnium Gatherum: February 8, 2019

An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … Omnium Gatherum for February 8, 2019

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  • We look at the ‘witchcraft’ behind why dowsers usually find water. Our video explains why understanding geology beats medieval superstition.” — Scott Johnson and John Timmer, Ars Technica

    “… it’s like hiring someone to tell you which window to open to find some air.”

  • Netflix buys into Goop hooey with deal to make a wellness docuseries. Netflix mum on details of Goop deal as top Goop critic teases her own series.” — Beth Mole, Ars Technica

    “… Netflix declined to answer Ars’ questions regarding how it would handle Goop’s health claims, including if it would require substantiation or fact-checking.”

  • The invigorating strangeness of Friedrich Nietzsche. A new biography reveals Nietzsche to be a perfect gentleman—shy, attentive, and a little whimsical.” — Jonathan Rée, Prospect Magazine; about I Am Dynamite!: A Life of Nietzsche by Sue Prideaux [HT Arts & Letters Daily]

    Prideaux I am Dynamite

    “You don’t have to be a philosophical genius to notice that something strange is going on. Nietzsche’s grand theory of world culture can hardly be exempted from his own strictures on know-it-all theorists who deliver commentaries from the safety of the river bank.

    But that, it seems to me, is where the fascination of Nietzsche lies. He constantly plays tricks on his readers, dangling solutions in front of us and then snatching them away. His books are like games of musical chairs, in which the reader always ends up with nowhere to sit down. Other philosophers may hope to console us, but Nietzsche offers nothing but bewilderment, embarrassment and discombobulation.

    Nietzsche did all he could to prevent us from bringing his works together to form a stable theoretical edifice, and those seeking to unlock his philosophical secrets have always had to look to his life as much as his writings. It has become customary to regard him as not just an iconoclast but an auto-iconoclast: a philosophical superhero who shattered the idols of his age and destroyed himself in the process. This is the approach taken by Sue Prideaux in her handsome, well-paced and readable new biography.”

  • Watch a single cell become a complete organism in six pulsing minutes of timelapse” — Jan van IJken, Aeon Magazine; from the ⊕ dept.

    “This timelapse video from the Dutch director Jan van IJken tracks the development of a single-celled zygote into the hatched larva of an alpine newt. Captured in stunning detail at microscopic scales, Becoming is a remarkable look at the process of cell division and differentiation, whence all animals – from newts to humans – come.”

  • Blood And Rockets: Movement I, Saga Of Jack Parsons by The Claypool Lennon Delirium, video by Rich Ragsdale [HT AV Club]

    “So Jack became a loyal follower of Mr. Aleister Crowley
    He took an oath to be a Magister Templi
    His pretty house in Pasadena was notorious for the orgies
    Every night were Eleusinian Mysteries
    When his company became the famous JP laboratories
    his reputation made it difficult to proceed
    And after one of his alchemical magical ceremonies
    They found his body in a pile of blood and debris

    How high does your rocket fly
    You better be careful boys you just might, set the world on fire
    You better be careful boys, you’ll set the world on fire

    Do what thou wilt
    Love is the law
    Do what thou wilt
    Fly me to the moon”

Omnium Gatherum: February 7, 2019

An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … Omnium Gatherum for February 7, 2019

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  • Dorothea Tanning, February 27—June 9, Tate Modern, London

    Tate Dorothea Tanning exhibit

    “Discover the artist who pushed the boundaries of surrealism

    This is the first large-scale exhibition of Dorothea Tanning’s work for 25 years. It brings together 100 works from her seven-decade career – from enigmatic paintings to uncanny sculptures.

    Tanning wanted to depict ‘unknown but knowable states’: to suggest there was more to life than meets the eye.”

  • The mythic connection between Netflix’s Punisher and Satan’s second-in-command, Mephistopheles. Frank is a devil who preys on sinners themselves.” — Cian Maher, Polygon

    “Despite being a devil, Mephistopheles isn’t inherently evil; he merely tries to save those who are hellbound from themselves before it’s too late, and escorts them to the fiery depths of it once they inevitably fail to heed his warnings. Neither does he reside in Hell. Instead, he brings it with him wherever he goes, pulling the damned in with him. He may be an agent for the devil incarnate, but he never consciously seeks to corrupt the hearts of men — only taking those who are already corrupted. As Willard Farnham puts it, ‘He appears because he senses in Faustus’ magical summons that Faustus is already corrupt, that indeed he is already ‘in danger to be damned.’’ And that’s exactly what Frank Castle does to those he sees as irrevocably damned. He appears not because they are powerful or impressive, but because he can see that they are too far gone.”

  • The Satanic Temple is finally getting its big screen moment. Hail Satan? makes a film about Satanists so compelling that you may want to become one.” — Karen Han, Polygon

    “Who knew Satanists were so lovely?”

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  • Russian Witches Cast Spells in Putin’s Support ” — The Moscow Times [HT Julia Ioffe]

    Moscow Times Russian witches cast spells in Putin's support

    “Russian witches and seers performed on Tuesday one of their most powerful rituals, “the circle of power,” to pass on their mystical energy to President Vladimir Putin.

    Dozens of people who claim to have supernatural powers stood side by side, reading spells in their effort to support the Russian head of state.

    Self-proclaimed leader of the Russian witches Alyona Polyn said the main intention of the gathering is to enhance quality of life in Russia, the whole world in general and to support the president.”

  • Gossip was a powerful tool for the powerless in Ancient Greece” — Fiona McHardy, Aeon

    “Athenians were well-aware of the calculated use of gossip to launch attacks on their enemies, and they made careful use of gossip in rhetoric to cast aspersions about their opponents in the law courts. The presence in legal cases of women’s gossip, including gossip spread by low-status members of society, demonstrates that the Athenians did not discriminate about the source, but took advantage of all kinds of gossip in their attempts to defeat their adversaries. Through calculated use of gossip, women, non-citizens or slaves with no access to official legal channels wielded a potent weapon in their attempts to attain revenge against those who wronged them.”

  • Keep Learning Science, Kids, with Baphomet, by Headline

    “How did the Devil invent science?

    Hey, kids! It’s your friend, the Prince of Darkness here. Just reminding you to smoke drugs, listen to death metal, and — above all else — keep learning science!

    I tell you what. It was hard work burying all those fake dinosaur fossils. And creating technology like radiocarbon dating. And putting all those ideas in Chucky Darwin’s head when he visited the Galapagos. But in the end, it was all worth it!

    So go ahead. Pick up that biology text book. Enrich your understanding of the physical and material world through observation and experimentation. What could be the harm? All the cool kids are doing it. Muhahahaha!”

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  • Nigeria Muslims Mimic Pentecostal Worship Style to Attract People to Islam” — SUZETTE GUTIERREZ-CACHILA, Gospel Herald [HT Dr. Supernatural]

    “More and more Muslim groups in Nigeria are adapting a form of “charismatic Islam” in the hope of achieving the same success as Pentecostal churches in the country in terms of growth.”

  • Pope admits clerical abuse of nuns including sexual slavery” — BBC News

    “Pope Francis has admitted that clerics have sexually abused nuns, and in one case they were kept as sex slaves.

    He said in that case his predecessor, Pope Benedict, was forced to shut down an entire congregation of nuns who were being abused by priests.

    It is thought to be the first time that Pope Francis has acknowledged the sexual abuse of nuns by the clergy.

    He said the Church was attempting to address the problem but said it was “still going on”.

    Last November, the Catholic Church’s global organisation for nuns denounced the “culture of silence and secrecy” that prevented them from speaking out.”

  • How a Demon-Slaying Pentecostal Billionaire Is Ushering in a Post-Catholic Brazil. Edir Macedo has a church, a bank, a TV channel, and a Moses complex. And with the election of Jair Bolsonaro, he has emerged as the country’s most controversial kingmaker.” — Alexander Zaitchik and Christopher Lord, The New Republic

    “The building is meant to be a supersized reproduction of the biblical Temple of Solomon, but by way of Caesar’s Palace.”

Omnium Gatherum: January 30, 2019

An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … Omnium Gatherum for January 30, 2019

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  • ‘Friendly’ Satan statue causes anger in Segovia, Spain” — Francesca Street, CNN [HT curiosa]

    Street Abella CNN Statue of Satan too friendly

    “How would you feel if you spotted a horned figure perching near a bridge, cell phone in hand, snapping a selfie?”

  • Proper Breathing Brings Better Health. Stress reduction, insomnia prevention, emotion control, improved attention—certain breathing techniques can make life better. But where do you start?” — Christophe André, Scientific American [HT Shashi Tharoor]

    “Recommendations for how to modulate breathing and influence health and mind appeared centuries ago as well. Pranayama (“breath retention”) yoga was the first doctrine to build a theory around respiratory control, holding that controlled breathing was a way to increase longevity.

    Follow Your Breath*

    Simply observe your respiratory movements: be aware of each inhalation and exhalation. Focus on the sensations you feel as air passes through your nose and throat or on the movements of your chest and belly. When you feel your thoughts drift (which is natural), redirect your attention to your breath.

    Alternate Nostrils*

    Breathe in and out slowly through one nostril, holding the other one closed using your finger; then reverse and continue by alternating regularly. There are many variations of this exercise—for example, inhaling through one nostril and exhaling through the other. Research suggests that what is most important, aside from slowing the breathing rhythm, is breathing through the nose, which is somewhat more soothing than breathing through your mouth.

    *Technique validated by clinical studies.”

  • Lawrence Lessig quoted in “How the Re-Opening of the Public Domain ‘Has Allowed Us to Have Our Culture Back’” — Emily Wilson, Hyperallergic

    “‘It’s wonderful to be here today to celebrate the gift that the law has allowed us to have our culture back’

    ‘The forces of greed and reaction and selfishness will never be abolished, but we need to live as though it were the first days of another world.'”

  • Dali Lives: Museum Brings Artist Back to Life With AI. Avant-garde Experience Announced on the 30th Anniversary of Dali’s Death.” — The Dali Museum [also]

    “Visitors to the Museum will soon have the opportunity to learn more about Dali’s life and work from the person who knew him best: the artist himself. Using an artificial intelligence (AI)-based cutting edge technique, the new “Dali Lives” experience employs machine learning to create a version of Dali’s likeness, resulting in an uncanny resurrection of the mustached master. When the experience opens, visitors will for the first time be able to interact with an engaging lifelike Salvador Dali on a series of screens throughout the Museum.”

  • On Prayer Beads, Devotions to Gabriel, and a New Way of Doing Just That” — polyphanes, The Digital Ambler

    “I like the convenience, customizability, and attractiveness of prayer beads. They’re useful, they’re tangible, they let the body focus on one thing and allow the mind to focus on another in a semi-autonomous way.”

  • Intent and Procedure” — Scott Stenwick, Augoeides

    “You need an intent to know what to do with magick in the first place, and to focus your operation. You need a procedure to get the best results because that’s the whole point of technique and everything that goes with it. On top of that, you need an approach that is as scientific as you can make it under the limitations imposed by magick so you can debug both your intention and your procedures.”

  • Mutually Assured Salvation” — George Monbiot

    “Perhaps it’s not the whole answer to our many troubles. But it looks to me like a bright light in a darkening world.”

  • Egbert of Liège quoted in “Meeting Our Students Where They Are” — Jeffrey Cohen, In the Middle

    “Scholarly effort is in decline everywhere as never before. Indeed, cleverness is shunned at home and abroad. What does reading offer to pupils except tears?”

  • Symbolism on Monuments” — Church Monuments Society [HT Steve]

    “Carvings on tombs can be strange and puzzling. This guide explains the meanings of many of the symbols used on post-medieval gravestones.

    Whereas some people in the 17th and 18th centuries had little education, they were certainly well grounded in the scriptures and the catechism. Village schools had been set up from the times of the Reformation, so there were many people from humble homes who could read and knew the scriptures. The emblems of mortality and immortality were seldom used after the 18th century, but many other forms of symbolism were the stock-in-trade of 19th century monumental masons.”

  • Newton and the perils of the imagination” — Rob Iliffe, OUPBlog; about his book Priest of Nature: The Religious Worlds of Isaac Newton [HT OUPReligion]

    Iliffe Priest of Nature

    “Newton argued that they had in fact actively encouraged their own carnal imaginations; … the techniques they deployed to tame their own imaginations could only end in defeat, and their extreme and unnatural mental and corporeal regimens inevitably inflamed the imagination, leading inexorably to the lustful thoughts they professed to despise. In a very short time, monks trained in these practices and driven mad by both day and night-time visions of naked women, formed religious communities that were, Newton concluded, cesspits of fornication.

    To Newton, the imagination was always liable to tempt the unwary into idolatry, idleness, and lust. The only way to avoid its baneful effects was to be relentlessly active, focusing on useful, rational, and godly endeavours such as mathematics, natural philosophy, and theology.

    The dangerous consequences were not limited to the impact on the individual. Since the listless and undisciplined scientific mind was prone to produce a slew of systems and hypotheses that were merely the seductive products of human ingenuity, the whole scientific community would then be beset by the anarchy of mere opinion.”

Omnium Gatherum: January 28, 2019

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

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  • Hustle Witch by nihilocrat

    nihilocrat Hustle Witch

    “Witching doesn’t make money like it used to, so you’ve got a side-hustle delivering packages.”

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  • Tiddle toddle! Moon and Me joins CBeebies Bedtime” — AK, BBC [HT Livia Filotico]

    BBC Moon and Me

    “Moon and Me is a classic series of gentle and emotive tales about a magical toy, Pepi Nana, who lives in a Toy House with a “family” of comical toy friends. Together they welcome a special visitor from the Moon, Moon Baby, who opens a magical way into Storyland, where they share the wonderful stories waiting for them.”

  • Tweets about She-Ra and the Princesses of Power [also]

  • Horror and Hilarity: The Legacy of The Grand-Guignol with instructor Richard J. Hand, Thursday, 7 February 2019, 7pm—10pm, at Horse Hospital, London

    Horse Hospital Miskatonic Horror Hand The Grand Guignol

    “In this talk, the academic and theatre director Richard Hand will take you on an intimate journey into a night at the Grand-Guignol, recounting the shocking stories, vivid personalities and ingenious tricks of the original theatre before exploring the theatre’s profound legacy and abiding influence over subsequent horror culture.”

  • Edward Gorey, the Father of Children’s Goth. He was a writer-artist ahead of his time, but Tim Burton, Lemony Snicket, and American culture have finally caught up.” — James Parker, The Atlantic; about Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey by Mark Dery

    Dery Born To Be Posthumous

    “Gorey ended his days in his house on Cape Cod, contented after his fashion—that is, gently and wittily moaning. He lived alone: silver-bearded, buried under cats, with his books in heaps and his mini-hoards—of tassels, rusty cheese graters, antique potato mashers—around him.”

  • How to Be Bad. What a collection of rape jokes tells us about offensive art in the age of outrage.” — Laura Miller, Slate; about You Had To Be There: Rape Jokes by Vanessa Place, afterword by Natasha Stagg, foreword by Dave Hickey.

    Place You Had To Be There

    “‘For many years, I have made it a practice never to explain or apologize for my art’

    The belief that art ought to be transgressive, that one of its roles is to desacralize whatever the “average” person reveres, has much earlier roots than the 1990s, of course. ‘Épater la bourgeoisie’ was the motto of the French decadent poets more than a hundred years ago. Middle-class culture and society were so banal and repressive, the thinking went, that the only pathway to creative greatness and freedom lay in deliberately outraging them. This was an ethos carried forward by movements like Surrealism and Dada, which Place sometimes cites.

    What is transgression if not the violation of ‘decency,’ the fearless unveiling and celebration of what is “patently offensive to the average person”—in other words, to the good ol’ bourgeoisie, who for generations could reliably be shocked by displays of sexuality, irreligion, and disobedient, messy womanhood? Sometimes the pleasure artists and their audiences take in transgressive works is sheer naughtiness, as the career of film director John Waters gleefully demonstrates. But more often than not, art that courts offense claims to be presenting a truth about human beings, their bodies, and the world that polite society prefers to deny. How urgently that truth needs to be told may vary with the historical moment, but the outsiders’ creed that art must speak the unspeakable truth runs deep in contemporary culture.

    I didn’t, it’s true, find the jokes Place has collected upsetting, but I did find them depressing. That’s because most of them depend, for their effect, entirely on the belief that their subject matter is forbidden. That is, rather like Place’s work itself, they lean too hard on transgression in the absence of any other apparent skill or insight.”

  • Tweet by Taylor Lorenz

  • Thelema for the People by Dionysius Rogers; trailer for an upcoming book Thelema for the People: Exploring New Æon Gnosticism by Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus, due in February

    “Book trailer introducing Thelema for the People. The ambition of the book’s talks, papers, and prayers is to supply a hearty breakfast of Scientific Religion to those who have drunk and danced all night with Doubt, so that they may have the energy and endurance to do so again.”

  • Pamela Colman Smith: Life and Work, Pratt Institute Libraries, Brooklyn Campus, January 31–April 4, 2019, open during Library hours; Opening reception and tarot reading on January 31, 5pm–8pm

    “Pamela Colman Smith, renowned for illustrating the Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck, began her artistic career in 1893 as a student at the newly founded Pratt Institute. Her artistic output in her brief but successful career included paintings, illustrations, set and costume design for theater, a literary magazine, and books of folklore. Smith moved in bohemian circles both in New York and London, exhibiting at Alfred Stieglitz’s Gallery 291, the first non-photographer to do so, and collaborating with W.B. Yeats, Bram Stoker, and the celebrated actress Ellen Terry.

    This exhibition presents an overview of Smith’s life and multi-faceted career, showing books, prints, reproductions of illustrations and paintings, and tarot decks, along with photographs of her illustrious family and friends. Telling her story and providing a context for her work, this exhibit shows how her style, archetypal subject matter, and interest in ancient spiritual traditions profoundly influenced her drawings for one of the most popular tarot decks in use, the Rider-Waite-Smith tarot.

    Linking Smith’s time to now, Pratt alumni Emi Brady, David Palladini, Jen May and Phil Williamston, will have tarot decks on display to showcase contemporary variations on the traditional deck.

    This exhibition is co-curated by Pratt alumni Colleen Lynch and Melissa Staiger.”

Omnium Gatherum: January 27, 2019

An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … Omnium Gatherum for January 27, 2019

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  • Tweet by Steak-umm

  • Down in the deep, beneath the Antarctic ice, a new strange world is rapidly forming” — Liam Mannix, Sydney Morning Herald; from the Iä!-Iä!-Cthulhu-Fhtagn! dept.

    “Under the Antarctic ice, in the pitch-black depths of the ocean, Australian scientists have discovered animals are evolving into strange and sometimes monstrous new shapes and forms.

    Life, these scientists believe, is using the frigid Antarctic waters to experiment, and animals there are evolving at a much faster pace than anywhere else in the world.

    And the weird creatures are riding deep-sea currents to migrate to other parts of the world.”

  • Tweet by Rachel True [HT DIANCA LONDON]

  • What White, Western Audiences Don’t Understand About Marie Kondo’s ‘Tidying Up’. Backlash to the Netflix show ignores an essential aspect of the KonMari method: Its Shinto roots.” — Margaret Dilloway, HuffPost [HT Technoccult]

    “It’s OK to say, ‘Hey, I like my clutter. It causes me no anxiety, so I’ll pass on Marie Kondo’s suggestions.’ And it’s true that people with compulsive hoarding tendencies may be unable to undertake her style of cleaning without guided help. Her method is not for everyone. But to wholesale dismiss her suggestions with xenophobic language and unadulterated Western hubris is to dismiss an entire ancient cultural tradition that has harmed exactly no one.”

  • Lucifer Baphomet hand puppet by VikysKnitNCrochet [HT curiosa]

    vikysknitncrochet lucifer baphomet hand puppet

    “You can put this toy on your hand and let imagination to lead you ….”

  • Death Stranding: Mads Mikkelsen Risks His Life to Talk About Kojima’s Game. The ‘Polar’ star also talks ‘Hannibal’ Season 4 and what it was like being in a Rihanna music video.” — Jake Kleinman, Inverse

    “[Speaking to Polar director Jonas Åkerlund:] If you were working with Mads again on another movie, what role would you cast him in?

    Åkerlund: Aleister Crowley. That would be amazing.

    Mikkelsen: Let’s do it. You heard it here first.”

  • People with extreme anti-science views know the least, but think they know the most: study. People often suffer from an ‘illusion of knowledge,’ write the authors of a new study that finds that people who hold the most extreme views about genetically modified foods know the least.” — Sharon Kirkey, Edmonton Journal [HT Slashdot]

    “Humans often suffer from an ‘illusion of knowledge,’ the authors write, ‘thinking they understand everything from common household objects to complex social policies better than they do.’

    ‘So, the obvious thing we should try to do is educate people,’ Fernbach said. ‘But that generally hasn’t been very effective.’

    Sometimes it backfires, and people double down on their ‘counter-scientific consensus attitudes,’ Fernbach said. ‘Especially when people feel threatened or if they are being treated as if they are stupid.'”

  • Earth’s Oldest Known Rock Was Found on the Moon. One of the moon rocks collected by Apollo 14 actually originated on the Earth.” — Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics

    Thompson Popular Mechanics Earth's oldest known rock was found on the Moon

    “… a group of scientists recently announced they’ve found a rock that formed only half a billion years after the Earth itself. The twist is that this particular rock wasn’t discovered on Earth at all. It was found on the moon.”

  • What Was New Atheism?” — Jacob Hamburger, The Point [HT Arts & Letters Daily]

    “Criticism of the liberal mainstream has been a part of New Atheism’s identity since it first appeared nearly two decades ago. Yet in presenting themselves as the defenders of reasoned argument against the various forces of ideological conviction, the New Atheists also unwittingly reflect some of elite liberalism’s deepest instincts. The movement’s rightward journey from the cutting edge of anti-Bush liberalism to the fringes of today’s “intellectual dark web,” moreover, reveals a striking divergence over the meaning of liberalism itself. Is “true” liberalism grounded on reason alone, or can it be, as some on the liberal left have insisted in recent years, made consistent with a politics of conviction?”

  • States of Grace. A religious scholar’s memoir of faith.” — Michael Robbins, Bookforum; about Why Religion? A Personal Story and other works by Elaine Pagels [HT Arts & Letters Daily]

    Pagels Why Religion

    “Ours is, of course, an age of barbarous superstition—surveying a journal of opinion, for instance, I discover that human beings are genetically hardwired for tribalism. What I learned from Pagels’s book in college, and then from the hidden gospels themselves, and then from myriad other sources, is that there are ways of being religious that are ‘beyond belief.’ All they require of you is that you listen for the still, small voice that is already within you. ‘Recognize what is before your eyes,’ Thomas’s Yeshua says, ‘and the mysteries will be revealed to you.’ ‘Wherever you turn,’ says the Qur’an, ‘there is the face of God.’ The Nag Hammadi text called Allogenes, or ‘The Stranger,’ describes ‘a stillness of silence’ in which ‘I knew my true self.’ The voice of that stillness is often too small to hear, but it has yet to ask me if I’m ‘saved.'”

Omnium Gatherum: January 26, 2019

An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … Omnium Gatherum for January 26, 2019

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  • The most beautiful boy in the Roman empire” — Max Norman, Apollo; about the Antinous: Boy Made God exhibit at Ashmolean Museum, Oxford through 24 February.

    Norman Apollo The most beautiful boy in the Roman empire

    “Antinous is always on the verge of unrecognisability, hovering between equivocations, between particular and idealised forms. The object of Winckelmann’s hyperbole – the so-called Albani Antinous – is the most idealised of all, and doubly idealised in the ghostly white resin cast displayed in the Ashmolean show. It shows the boy in profile, wearing a laurel and grasping another in his left hand; his right emerges from the relief, loosely open, as if holding the reins of a chariot. Winckelmann fantasised that he was driving out of this world to his apotheosis – an allegory of the power of art to elevate the human to the divine.”

  • Aristotle’s binary philosophies created today’s AI bias” — Twain Liu, Quartz [HT Damien saw the Time-Knife once. Highly Recommended]

    “When you think of Aristotle, you probably think of the Ancient Greek philosopher as one of the founding fathers of democracy, not the progenitor of centuries of flawed machine logic and scientific methods. But his theory of “dualism”—whereby something is one or other, true or false, logical or illogical—is what landed us in this sticky situation in the first place.

    Alas, Aristotle’s hierarchical classification system got implemented into AI, load-weighting in favor of men like him. The very system on which all modern technology is built contains the artefacts of sexism from 2,000 years ago.

    Until we design non-binary and more holistic modes of categorization into AI, computers won’t be able to model the technicolor moving picture of our intelligence.”

  • Marie Kondo and the Life-Changing Magic of Japanese Soft Power. The tidying guru is heir to a long tradition: Japan marketing itself as spiritual foil to a soulless West.” — Christopher Harding, The New York Times [HT Sam Kestenbaum]

    “Marie Kondo is by far the most successful participant in a larger trend of the past few years: packaging inspirational but fairly universal lifestyle advice as the special product of Japanese soil and soul, from which Westerners might usefully learn. We’ve had “ikigai,” which translates as the familiar concept of value and purpose in life. We’ve had forest bathing, as though the soothing power of nature had not occurred to people like Wordsworth and Emerson. Such advice books may be having a moment, but they are not new. Rather, they’re the latest installment in a surprisingly old tradition: Japan and its culture marketed as a moderating force in a world otherwise overwhelmed by the West.”

  • The New Sabrina Practices What it Preaches (Not Just Satanism)” — Carrie Mannino, Yale Daily News

    “The series is great for its plotline alone: It’s exciting, creepy and, in every episode, dappled with humor. The aesthetics are also fantastic: The outfits are fantastic and colorful; Sabrina’s house is a wallpapered, wood-banistered imagining of an old magical home; and the shots, especially towards the beginning of the series, are terrifically framed. If you get a kick out of the occult, the demons, magic and gore that Sabrina faces is horrifically wonderful. It is everything a Halloween-loving viewer could want. However, the reason I feel the show is one especially worth watching, though, is its broad positive representation of people often excluded from mainstream TV, especially sci-fi shows like this.

    It is wonderfully suited that a show that highlights these themes in the context of a fantasy world also represents the diversity of our real world, echoing the issues of intolerance in our society and the triumph of acceptance, empowerment and love.”

  • New Documentary Explores The Satanic Temple Rise in US” — Cathy Burke, Newsmax [HT Dr Death Studies]

    “The reason this became a feature length documentary was that I found so many interesting surprises at each stage of discovery”

  • It just got easier to buy young blood using PayPal” — Raquel Laneri, New York Post; from the Bathory dept.

    “Ever wanted to have the blood of young virgins coursing through your old, withered veins?”

  • Conspiracy Theories by Gauche [HT The Baffler]

  • Research Suggests We’re Not as Irrational as We Think. Decades of psychological research have emphasized the biases and errors in human decision-making. A recent approach challenges this notion.” — George Farmer & Paul Warren, Undark

    “Suppose you toss a coin and get four heads in a row — what do you think will come up on the fifth toss? Many of us have a gut feeling that a tails is due. This feeling, called the gambler’s fallacy, can be seen in action at the roulette wheel. A long run of blacks leads to a flurry of bets on red. In fact, no matter what has gone before, red and black are always equally likely.

    The example is one of many thought to demonstrate the fallibility of the human mind. Decades of psychological research have emphasized the biases and errors in human decision-making. But a new approach is challenging this view — showing that people are much smarter than they’ve been led to believe. According to this research, the gambler’s fallacy might not be as irrational as it seems.

    The perception that we are irrational is one unfortunate side effect of the ever growing catalogue of human decision-making biases. But when we apply computational rationality, these biases aren’t seen as evidence of failures, but as windows on to how the brain is solving complex problems, often very efficiently.”

  • Philosophy must be useful. For Wittgenstein and the Vienna Circle, much of philosophy was mere nonsense. Then came Frank Ramsey’s pragmatic alternative.” — Cheryl Misak, Aeon

    “Ramsey was the bridge between 20th-century pragmatism and analytic philosophy, and when he died, that route was obscured – only to be recently rediscovered and put on the map.”

  • Tweet by (((Howard Rheingold))); about J. Corneli, C. J. Danoff, C. Pierce, P. Ricaurte, and L. Snow MacDonald, eds. The Peeragogy Handbook. 3rd ed. Chicago, IL./Somerville, MA.: PubDomEd/Pierce Press, 2016.

  • The best way to use social media is to act like a 19th-century Parisian” — Ephrat Livni, Quartz [HT David Pecotić]

    “If you’re not quite ready to quit Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, a more measured approach is to treat virtual spaces more like a bustling street—a place where, like a flâneur, you can pick up a lot of information by observing the action, while being more reticent to offer opinions and circumspect about posting.”

  • Glastonbury Occult Conference, 23rd – 24th February, 2019 [HT Treadwells Bookshop]

Omnium Gatherum: January 16, 2019

An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … Omnium Gatherum for January 16, 2019.

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  • [MV & Album Review] Cosmic Girls – ‘WJ Stay?’” — eric_r_wirsing, allkpop

    “The girls are apparently at a carnival (which you’d know at about 17 seconds in). There they have fun things which you would normally expect to see at a carnival, like a white horse (usually seen with a carriage, though you can’t find one here), bubbles, and cotton candy, as well as tarot cards.

    A note on those Tarot cards: The tarot set they’re using is the Thoth Tarot, authored by the infamous occultist Aleister Crowley. I’m not sure if they knew that, though. The backs of the cards are colorful, which is likely why they selected them in the first place.”

  • After We Die, Our Dust Will Live Forever” — Betsy Kaplan, WNPR [HT Damien, definitely not 2 wolves & ravens in a suit]

    “All of history is recorded in the dust we create: the pollution we make, the fires we start, the chemicals we use, the volcanos that erupt. Scientists can learn about the Roman Empire through the dust that has been compressed each year for thousands of years into layers of ice sheets in Greenland. “

  • ‘McJesus’ sculpture sparks outrage among Israel’s Christians. ‘If we take the art down, the next day we’ll have politicians demanding we take other things down and we’ll end up only with colorful pictures of flowers.’” — Associated Press, via NBC News

    “Museum director Nissim Tal said that he was shocked at the sudden uproar, especially because the exhibit — intended to criticize what many view as society’s cult-like worship of capitalism — had been on display for months. It has also been shown in other countries without incident.

    The museum has refused to remove the artwork, saying that doing so would infringe on freedom of expression. But following the protests it hung a curtain over the entrance to the exhibit and posted a sign saying the art was not intended to offend.

    ‘This is the maximum that we can do,’ Tal said. ‘If we take the art down, the next day we’ll have politicians demanding we take other things down and we’ll end up only with colorful pictures of flowers in the museum.'”

  • After 24 Years, Scholar Completes 3,000-Page Translation Of The Hebrew Bible” — Rachel Martin, NPR; about The Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary

    Alter The Hebrew Bible

    “For 24 years, literary scholar Robert Alter has been working on a new translation of the Hebrew Bible and — “this may shock some of your listeners,” he warns — he’s been working on it by hand.

    ‘In trying to be faithful to the literary art of the Hebrew Bible I certainly edged it away from being merely a precursor to the New Testament — which is a different kind of writing all together,’ he says.”

  • There and Back Again” — Sarah Goslee, Uncanny [HT Lilith Saintcrow]

    “Nobody, not even the wizard, tells you that the road is formed of poison, pain, and the kind of bone-deep exhaustion that a lifetime of napping cannot touch. If they told you that, you might stay home instead, in your cozy little hobbit hole, with your delightful garden, while the ring devoured you from the inside out. Sometimes, on steep and rocky cliffs when the pouring rain and the slippery, loose shale threaten to send you toppling, you think it might have been worth it.

    … perhaps he dreamed of a Valinor of his own. He didn’t find it, none of us do, but he made a space for the broken, the stretched, the fragile. His tale acknowledges that the journey changes those who return from it, as much as it changes those who fall. “There and back again” does not end where we would like it to, or take the shape we might desire. We—the ringbearers, those who love them, even those who never notice them—will have a kinder, wiser, more human society, if we allow narratives that encompass the complexity, the consequences, of walking to Mordor, and home again.”

  • Driving out the Devil: what’s behind the exorcism boom?” — Kate Kingsbury and Andrew Chesnut, Catholic Herald

    “As of the past few decades, it is clear that Catholic clergy are witnessing a mushrooming demand for exorcisms. An astonishing number of people undergo deliverance from demonic forces every week, not only in the developing world but also in Britain and the United States.

    Today still, when modern institutions, services and logics fail, and when injustices prevail, many believe that supernatural entities are the cause. After all, the Devil is in the detail, and for many Catholics, Satan may ultimately be to blame for the world’s ills.”

  • How Catholics are falling for the Prosperity Gospel” — Kate Kingsbury and Andrew Chesnut, Catholic Herald

    “Since the 1990s, the health and wealth gospel has grown in influence within Catholicism, most significantly through the Charismatic Renewal, which has adopted myriad Pentecostal beliefs and practices. Some Catholic churches in Brazil now hold ‘tithers’ Masses’ which imitate Pentecostal fundraising tactics, albeit with a less hard-sell approach.

    The benefits of global capitalism and modernity have not extended uniformly across the planet but have created spaces of exclusion, particularly in the developing world. While many people are privy via the media to a global flow of images, allowing them to consume luxury items and lavish lifestyles visually, most are unable to enjoy them in reality. Additionally, access to basic services such as healthcare is often rudimentary, meaning that many in the Global South live in great uncertainty, yearning for affluence and wellbeing.

    It is in this context that the prosperity gospel flourishes. Its axioms mimic those of 21st-century economics. Just as stocks are expected to yield dividends for the shareholder, so the believer who tithes generously, prays regularly and proselytises expects to see a return on investment in the form of abundant health and wealth from God.”

  • Tweet by Vera Nijveld

  • Your smartphone heralds the rise of the Antichrist, warns Russian Patriarch” — Christian Today

    Christian Today your smartphone heralds the rise of the antichrist

    “In an interview with state-run Russia-1 TV, Patriarch Kirill said smartphones and social networks presented the danger of global control.

    Using religious language, Kirill was echoing fears expressed more widely about the extent of the data collected by social media networks and the use to which it might be put in regulating the behaviour of users.”

  • What a skeptic learned from consulting psychics — and astrologers, tarot readers, empaths and more. Salon talks to Victoria Loustalot, author of “Future Perfect,” about her journey through the mystical unknowns.” — Erin Keane, Salon; an interview with the author about Future Perfect: A Skeptic’s Search for an Honest Mystic by Victoria Loustalot [HT Richard Kaczynski]

    “Victoria Loustalot didn’t set out to write another memoir, exactly, when she decided to spend a year interviewing psychics, astrologers, tarot card readers, shamans and other mystic art professionals about their work to examine what’s real, what’s fake and what’s just wishful thinking in the relationship between them and their customers and fans. Unlike her acclaimed memoir ‘How You Say Goodbye,’ this story — ‘a skeptic’s search for an honest mystic,’ as it’s billed — wasn’t initially meant to be about a personal journey. And yet a psychic she visited on a bachelorette party trip gave her a preview of a future relationship that ended up coming eerily true, and after she embarked down the path of investigation that became her new book ‘Future Perfect,’ she told me, ‘it ended up being by far one of my most personal projects.'”

  • ‘Wolf’s jaw’ star cluster may have inspired parts of Ragnarök myth. Passing comets and eclipses may have stoked fears of pending apocalypse.” — Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica

    “Langer’s analysis is based on the relatively young field of archeoastronomy: the cultural study of myths, oral narratives, iconographic sources, and other forms of ancient beliefs, with the aim of identifying possible connections with historical observations in astronomy. Both total eclipses and the passage of large comets were theoretically visible in medieval Scandinavia, and there are corresponding direct records of such events in Anglo-Saxon and German chronicles from around the same time period. These could have had a cultural influence on evolving Norse mythology, including the concept of Ragnarök.

    It’s admittedly a bit speculative. But Langer has identified several comets and eclipses in the eighth and ninth centuries that he believes may have fanned the flames of apocalyptic fears in the populace, culminating in an explosion of literary and visual references to Ragnarök in the 10th century.”

Omnium Gatherum: January 8, 2019

An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … Omnium Gatherum for January 8, 2019

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  • The Aliites: Race and Law in the Religions of Noble Drew Ali by Spencer Dew, from University of Chicago Press, due in August, 2019
  • Temple to skinless deity Flayed Lord uncovered in Mexico” — Jack Guy, CNN [HT small and horrible] [also]

    “Archeologists have uncovered the first known temple to the important pre-Hispanic deity called the Flayed Lord, who is represented by a human’s skinless corpse.
    The Flayed Lord, or Xipe Tótec, was linked with fertility, agricultural cycles and war, according to a statement from Mexican authorities released on Wednesday.

    A dig at Popoloca Indian ruins known as Ndachjian–Tehuacán in Puebla state, central Mexico, revealed two skulls and a torso from ancient statues of the deity.”

  • Freed From Copyright, These Classic Works Are Yours To Adapt” — Milton Guevara, NPR

    “Well, the chance to dust off these three — and countless other works originally copyrighted in 1923 — has arrived. A large body of films, music, and books from that year entered the public domain on Jan. 1, the first time that’s happened in 20 years. And that means they can be used according to the will of new creators who wish to adopt or adapt them.”

  • Lunar eclipse 2019: How to watch the ‘super blood wolf moon’: Your next chance to see a total lunar eclipse won’t come until 2021.” — David Freeman, NBC News

    “Skywatchers across the continental U.S. will be treated to a total lunar eclipse overnight on Jan. 20-21, when Earth’s shadow sweeps over the lunar surface to give it a reddish tinge and turn it into what some call a “blood moon.”

    This will be the first lunar eclipse of 2019 and the last total lunar eclipse until 2021. It coincides with the year’s first full moon — a “wolf moon” in the folklore tradition because it occurs at a time of year when wolves howl outside villages — and comes when the moon is slightly bigger and brighter because it’s at the closest point to Earth in its elliptical orbit.

    Since it’s a so-called supermoon that’s being shadowed, some media outlets have dubbed this eclipse a “super blood wolf moon.””

  • Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey sent beard shavings to Azealia Banks so she could make an amulet to protect him from ISIS” — Nick Reilly, NME

    “Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey reportedly once sent his beard shavings to Azealia Banks so the rapper could make him an amulet that wards off evil spirits.

    The bizarre claim was first mentioned by Banks on Twitter in 2016, when she claimed that Dorsey ‘sent me his hair in an envelope because i was supposed to make him an amulet for protection.'”

  • Bringing balance to the universe: New theory could explain missing 95 percent of the cosmos” — University of Oxford, Phys.Org

    “Scientists at the University of Oxford may have solved one of the biggest questions in modern physics, with a new paper unifying dark matter and dark energy into a single phenomenon: a fluid which possesses ‘negative mass.” If you were to push a negative mass, it would accelerate towards you. This astonishing new theory may also prove right a prediction that Einstein made 100 years ago.”

  • Festive Satanic statue added to Illinois statehouse” — BBC News

    BBC Festive Satanic Statue Added to Illinois Statehouse

    “Placed between a Christmas tree and a menorah, the four-foot sculpture depicts a snake coiled around an outstretched arm holding an apple.

    It’s the first display sponsored by the Chicago chapter of the Temple of Satan.

    The state government said the temple had the same right as other religious groups to have a display.
    ‘Under the Constitution, the First Amendment, people have a right to express their feelings, their thoughts,’ Dave Druker, spokesman for the Illinois secretary of state, told the State Journal-Register. ‘This recognises that.'”

  • 8-Week Intensive Greek and Latin Summer School” — Chris, The Medieval Academy Blog


    June 17th – August 8th 2019

    For the 20th year running, the Department of Classics at UCC offers an intensive

    8-week summer school for beginners with parallel courses in Latin and Ancient Greek. The courses are primarily aimed at postgraduate students in diverse disciplines who need to acquire a knowledge of either of the languages for further study and research, and at teachers whose schools would like to reintroduce Latin and Greek into their curriculum. Undergraduate students are more than welcome to apply as well.

    The basic grammar will be covered in the first 6 weeks and a further 2 weeks will be spent reading original texts.”

  • Black Mass by Run Vaylor

    Run Vaylor Black Mass

  • Tweet by TwinkleTwinkle; from the I-See-Sigils dept.

  • Damien Echols Tzadkiel Blend by Dead Sled

    Damien Echols Tzadkiel Blend Dead Sled

    “Damien Echols Tzadkiel Blend is a pairing of coffees that together evoke a magic best enjoyed with creative friends, outcast neighbors, or while reading the latest book by Damien Echols, “High Magic: A Guide to the Spiritual Practices That Saved My Life on Death Row.”

    Damien’s blend is named after Tzadkiel, who the archangel of freedom, benevolence and mercy.

    The talisman on this packaging was designed by Damien himself. The coffee comes from the Sito Marmeleiro farm in Brazil and the Finca Nuevo Amanecer coffee from Guatemala.

    Bag size is 12oz.

    Tastes Like: Stout, Coco, Coca; In other words, it is rich, smooth and nutty.”

  • The Modern Woman Is Embracing Her Inner Witch. This season, designers cast a spell with gothic silhouettes, mystical prints, and otherworldly textures.” — Carmen Maria Machado, Harper’s Bazaar; Photographs by Pari Dukovic; from the DEPT dept. [HT Sam Kestenbaum]

    Machado Dukovic The Modern Woman is Embracing her Inner Witch Harpers Bazaar

    “Witchcraft has also spread its wings into the bright halls of fashion, with Gucci leading the way. After Alessandro Michele’s much-discussed fall collection, which included a procession of dragon bearers and cephalophores—saints who are depicted carrying their own severed heads—the artistic director ushered in Resort 2019 with a collection that can best be described as a goth teen’s wildest dream. The show took place in a Roman necropolis in southern France, accompanied by smoke and candles and a dramatic 17th century musical composition sung in Latin. Fashion’s elite surrounded by the dead—and, by extension, reminders of their own mortality. And the clothes were anything but breezy holiday fun. There were crucifixes, lace, brooches, tall boots, capes, veils, crushed velvet, spikes, high collars, long sleeves. Other brands showed similar inclinations: Picture Louis Vuitton’s bone-white Victorian gown, Vera Wang’s jet-black tulle, and Max Mara’s ethereal capes.

    Modern witchiness reveals itself through fashion in clothes that articulate joy and express a healthy relationship with mortality while also being difficult for the male gaze. It’s not about dressing to please an amorphous other but yourself: Grey Gardens meets Wednesday Addams meets Stevie Nicks meets nuns. Luxe meets feeling yourself meets fuck off.”

  • Artist Uses 100,000 Banned Books To Build A Full-Size Parthenon At Historic Nazi Book Burning Site” — who, Bookish Buzz; from the DEPT dept. [HT Lara Maynard]

    Artist Uses 100,000 Banned Books To Build A Full-Size Parthenon At Historic Nazi Book Burning Site Bookish Buzz

    “The German city of Kassel has just become home for one of the most impressive pieces of art that we’ve seen in a while. It was created by the Argentinian artist Marta Minujín, 74, who has decided to bring back the topic of political oppression by making a full-size replica of the Greek Parthenon using 100,000 copies of banned books.

    Part of the Documenta 14 art festival the massive structure called ‘The Parthenon of Books’, represents the resistance to political repression by taking the symbol of democracy and coating it with the countless written evidence of oppression.”