The Occult

THE TRUTH ABOUT THE OCCULT

The word 'occult' (from the Latin 'occultus') means hidden, or clandestine. In fact it is an area of life, an area of the world and an area of history and of culture which has been deliberately hidden for centuries. It involves the study of a spiritual reality which exists beyond the measurable world. It is to many students and practitioners the study of a grand science, which is based upon philosophical concepts, ideas and axioms which are not, presently, widely understood by conventional scientists. To be an occultist is to be willing to have at least some degree of faith or belief in the existence of a supernatural phenomenal world. Occultism has a long and extraordinary history. It is practiced in the East and in the West and every culture which has been immersed in the occult has at some time produced one or more texts in which the practices and traditions of one esoteric school or another have been discussed and illucidated. Over centuries and, we believe, millennia the canon of esoteric science and literature has grown. Some practicioners and reasearchers, over the centuries, have been said to have achieved practical results and to have developed procedures which are not only legendary but of a most serious and grave nature and quality. The French physician Michele de Nostradame, in the sixteenth century, was said to have been able to peer through time and to have experience visions of an apocalyptic future for the Earth. The French scribe Nicholas Flamel (b. c. 1340 - Paris, March 22, 1418) is credited with having achieved the Great Work of the alchemical schools: the creation of gold, using the mysterious and legendary Philosopher's Stone. Other areas of the occult include the study of techniques employed to alter the mental states of individuals, to control the mind of a person and references to occult mind-control techniques, which were a key feature of the work of the scientist Wilhelm Reich, frequently show up in connection with secret government conspiracy theories, often including post hypnotic suggestion and the US governments classified MK Ultra programmes. Perhaps the most controversial area of occult study is the practice of ritual magick, with its belief in the powers and effects of the stars and planets, in its belief in the powers of gods and other supernatural agents and in the efficacies of ritual human sacrifice. Of particular interest are the contemporary and historic Occult Societies including the Golden Dawn, the Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.), the Argentum Astrum (A.A.), the Cultus Sabbati and the Wicca movement. We have gathered together some interesting information and many links and texts which are useful and we present you with some of the important personalities within the modern world of the occult. Be aware that within the world of the occult the ancient duality of good and evil is a recurring feature. There are people living in these times who engage with forces which have been traditionally identified as being 'evil'. There are others, who align with the 'light' of the world, who stand against the growing trends of the establishment of the satanic kingdom on the earth. Be advised: AOAS remark that the study of the occult and, in particular, of satanic practices, are on the rise. Recent events and the establishment of a satanic monument in Oklahoma in the US should be read as a warning: the magical force is real and it can be utilised for both good and for evil.

DAVID ICKE: SPIRITUALITY AND THE SUPERNATURAL

As we have mentioned in other areas of this website, David Icke, a researcher of world mysteries, is well known for his interest in conspiracy theories. In his book The Biggest Secret he exposed the existence of powerful occult currents, which have been concealed behind many exoteric and well-established fronts. In fact AOAS remark that David Icke's attention and efforts have literally blown the seals from the occult world. Because of Icke's research and through the popularity of his books it is now not unusual for people to recognise and discuss occult matters. What was hidden for centuries is now exposed and it is possible for anybody to peer beneath the veil which still covers the world of the occult. Of particular interest was Icke's work on 'decoding' the sacred symbolism used by many occult groups, particularly in relation to the branding and logos of major world business corporations and societies like the Freemasons. Of course Icke's books are not the first discursive texts to cover the hidden world of the occult. In fact, Icke's work has made popular many of the earlier important scholarly works which are concerned with the general theme of the occult, especially in relation to earlier work by the scholar Jordan Maxwell and others and of the classic occult texts by philosophers like Paracelsus, Albertus Magnus and the classic study by Manly P Hall in The Secret Teachings of All Ages. The impact which Icke's work has had on the cultural and historical recognition of the substance and validity of the occult traditions of the West cannot be overstated. It may be said that the common British chap of the 20th century knew little of the history of the occult, was not conversant with the great texts of the alchemical schools and did not even suspect that some of his countrymen believed in the efficacy of ritual magick. AOAS state that David Icke's influence has been a substrate for the growth and development of the spirituality of the Western people in this age. Icke has, with real spirit, expressed his outrage at the existence of occult groups, who would carry out human sacrifice for knowledge and advantage and who would traffic with the supernatural agencies sometimes referred to in Western literature and tradition as Demons. Are there no such things as demons? Is magic nothing more than a fantasy? Do men and women not attend secret gatherings in which a dark power is invoked? These questions are only for you to decide. AOAS do not agree entirely with the condemnatory position of David Icke of the practitioners of the darker side of the occult but we are delighted by the power of his spirit. It is clear at least which side David Icke is on. He wants nothing of the men and women who pursue a satanic tradition. He aligns himself very much with the light. AOAS say that he is not the most illuminated of all the men of these times yet his open mindedness is truly a wonder to behold. He stands with love.

THE OCCULT WORLD: There are many strange phenomena associated with the occult. The sceance has long been practiced as an after-dinner entertainment in the civilised West but it has an ancient history in the hidden traditions. What is it about the joining of hands and fingers and the joining of minds that may pre-despose the willing participants to open a door into which the spirit of one who has passed may enter? Or is it a demon who answers the call as a warning that we should not open our minds to some areas of life? Human sacrifice certainly occurred in the ancient world but there are many contemporary sources who say that it is still going on and frequently in the quiet private settings of the modern towns and cities. The concept of human levitation is one of the most mentally jarring ideas but from time to time evidence is brought forth which seems to corobborate these accounts.

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THE OCCULT: INTRODUCTION


OCCULTISM
Occultism is the study of occult practices, including (but not limited to) magic, alchemy, extra-sensory perception, astrology, spiritualism, religion, and divination. Interpretation of occultism and its concepts can be found in the belief structures of philosophies and religions such as Gnosticism, Hermeticism, Kabbalah, Theosophy, Ancient Egyptian religion, Obeah,[6] modern paganism, Eastern philosophy (including Indian philosophy),[7][8] Western esotericism[9][10] and Christian mysticism. Goodrick-Clarke suggested that the varied forms of occultism share "a strong desire to reconcile the findings of modern natural science with a religious view that could restore man to a position of centrality and dignity in the universe".[11] From the 15th to 17th century, these ideas had a revival from about 1770 onwards, due to a renewed desire for mystery, an interest in the Middle Ages and a romantic "reaction to the rationalist Enlightenment".[12] Alchemy was common among important seventeenth-century scientists, such as Isaac Newton,[13] and Gottfried Leibniz.[14] Newton was even accused of introducing occult agencies into natural science when he postulated gravity as a force capable of acting over vast distances.[15] "By the eighteenth century these unorthodox religious and philosophical concerns were well-defined as 'occult', inasmuch as they lay on the outermost fringe of accepted forms of knowledge and discourse".[12] They were, however, preserved by antiquarians and mystics...
OCCULT SCIENCE
Occult science[16] is the systematic research into or formulation of occult concepts in a manner that resembles the way natural science researches or describes phenomena. The idea of Occult Science appears in late-19th and early 20th century occultism, especially Theosophy, including: Helena Blavatsky, who describes it as "The science of the secrets of nature — physical and psychic, mental and spiritual" [17] Rudolf Steiner, whose Occult Science, a sequel to his earlier work Theosophy, deals with the evolution of the human being and the cosmos, as well as referring to the attainment of supersensible knowledge; Alice Bailey, who brought the idea of occult science into association with esoteric astrology. Kabbalah and Tarot have also been described as occult sciences; Papus (Gerard Encausse)'s book originally published in French in 1889 as Le Tarot des Bohémiens: Le plus ancien Livre du monde, was translated into English in 1910 as The Tarot of the Bohemians: The Absolute Key to Occult Science. In his 1871 book Primitive Culture, the anthropologist Edward Tylor used the term "occult science" as a synonym for "magic".[18] Occult qualities[edit] Occult qualities are properties that have no known rational explanation; in the Middle Ages, for example, magnetism was considered an occult quality.[19][20] Aether (classical element) is another such element.[21] Newton's contemporaries severely criticized his theory that gravity was effected through "action at a distance", as occult.[22]
RELIGION AND THE OCCULT
Some religions and sects enthusiastically embrace occultism as an integral esoteric aspect of mystical religious experience. This attitude is common within Wicca and many other modern pagan religions. Some other religious denominations disapprove of occultism in most or all forms. They may view the occult as being anything supernatural or paranormal which is not achieved by or through God (as defined by those religious denominations), and is therefore the work of an opposing and malevolent entity. The word has negative connotations for many people, and while certain practices considered by some to be "occult" are also found within mainstream religions, in this context the term "occult" is rarely used and is sometimes substituted with "esoteric". Christian views[edit] There is a Christian occult tradition that goes back at least to Renaissance times, when Marsilio Ficino developed a Christian Hermeticism and Pico della Mirandola developed a Christian form of Kabbalism.[23] Mainstream Christianity has always resisted occult influences, which are:[24] Monistic in contrast to Christian dualistic beliefs of a separation between body and spirit; Gnostic i.e. involving the acquisition of secret knowledge rather than based on scripture and open church tradition seen as involving practices such as divination and calling on spirits which are forbidden in the Bible not monotheistic, frequently asserting a gradation of human souls between mortals and God; and Sometimes not even theistic ... READ MORE

Lt. Col. Michael Aquino - Baron Rachane

Let us now take a look at the character and biography of Dr Michael Aquino. According to his entry in Wikipedia: "Lieutenant Colonel Michael A. Aquino (born 16 October 1946) Baron of Rachane, FSA Scot, is a retired American Army officer, academic and occultist.[2] Aquino founded the Temple of Set in 1975. After commencing his military career as Cadet Colonel of the Santa Barbara High School Jr. ROTC in 1964, Aquino was commissioned in the Regular Army (United States) as a Sr. ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate of the University of California in 1968. He served in the United States Army from 1968, until his final retirement in 2006, and earned the rank of lieutenant colonel.[3] Aquino received his B.A. (1968), M.A. (1976) and Ph.D (1980) in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He also received an M.P.A. from George Washington University in 1987. From 1980 to 1986, he was a lecturer in and adjunct professor of political science at Golden Gate University.[1][4] As a young officer, Aquino served two years in Vietnam, rising from platoon leader to troop commander.[3] In 1980 Aquino, then Major serving as Research and Analysis team leader at 7th PSYOP Group in San Francisco with then-PSYOP analyst Paul E. Vallely co-authored a paper entitled From PSYOP to MindWar: The Psychology of Victory[5], which debates about the use of psychological operations with a new approach.[6]". Aquino was exposed by David Icke in his books on the issues of satanism and the illuminati. Having said that Aquino has never really hidden his deep interest in the occult and in the efficacy of ritual magic and the dark traditions. In fact he is the head of an order: The Temple of Set, which can be visited in its website at Xeper.org. AOAS remark that it is a very well organised and well established organisation which has attracted members from all around the world. From Xeper: "The Temple of Set is an organization with one task: to provide an environment in which individuals discover, pursue, and realize their unique purpose and destiny. Our philosophy holds that excellence and creative purpose are rooted in self-awareness, self-knowledge and self-creation. We name the experience of the willed unfolding of this individual potential Xeper. That we pursue this task, and teach this philosophy, reflects our conviction that the individual psyche is the hidden sanctuary of something godlike—something slandered and suppressed by conventional religions that claim its powers for themselves, dismissed by others as unreal, and feared by those who would flee the personal responsibility implied.". AOAS remark that we live in times where men contemplate the mysteries of the occult world. If such matters are of interest to you then we recommend that you visit Aquino's website, where you will find helpful resources, and that you engage with the community in The Temple of Set.

THE MAGUS LEO LYON ZAGAMI

If you have read our section about the iluminati you will have already read about Don Leo Zagami. However, although he is an important man in the secret worlds of freemasonry and in the many adventures of the currents of the urban world, he is also a man with a very deep knowledge and understanding of the occult. He is both well read and well versed and having been initiated into the mysteries, he is said to have attained the level of the magus. That is of a senior ritual magician. From his bio on the website: "Leo Lyon Zagami, writer and researcher is the son of Dr. Elio Zagami (1939-2010), known Jungian analyst, writer and co-founder of GAPA (Independent Group of Analytical Psychology, of which he was president). His grandfather was Senator Leopoldo Zagami, a Sicilian politician who was also a known historian and author, who married into the the aristocratic family of the Marquis de Gregorio. Leo’s mother is Jessica Lyon Young, a member of the family of the Queen Mother of England. Her father, Henry Lyon Young was also a writer. Felicity Mason, mother, Leo’s maternal grandmother, helped Leo in developing his talents since a young age. Felicity was an old time collaborator and friend of avant-garde eccentrics such as William Burroughs and Brion Gysin. She was also known under the pseudonym Anne Cumming, which made her famous in the 80’s as a controversial novelist, after working for many years in the cinema business with prestigious figures such as Fellini and Zeffirelli.". What is most interesting to AOAS is how Zagami is aligned in the heavy currents of the mundane and the spritual worlds. There are many evil men in the world and quite a few of them have become knowledgeable and familiar with the forces of nature, which can be harnessed by following certain procedures and practices. Yet Zagami is not an evil man. Instead he founded his own order, which preserves the sacred knowledge of the esoteric schools and traditions whilst acknowledging the spirit of chivalry and providing a convenient society for its members. AOAS remark that he is also a rich source of occult history, knowledge, biographies and even trivia. He has been interviewed many times on various alternative media sites. He has spoken openly about his experiences with some of the occult groups, including the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, the Ordo Templi Orientis and the Argentum Astrum. He has also published a number of books in which he has given accounts of the goings on of the illuminati and of the occult nature of their interests. It can fairly be said that he is a man of some courage and that he does not shy away from discussing some very serious and, to many, disturbing events and practices. He has made numerous remarks about key political figures and spiritual and royal persons around the world. If anything his claims and comments seem not to have damaged in any way the reputations or characters of these persons but perhaps it has had the effect of having allowed the fresh air to enter and circulate. After all, when the truth becomes known it is only a fool who will keep up a deception. READ MORE. 

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MANLY PALMER HALL

The late scholar Manly Palmer Hall is an excellent place to begin studying the meaning of and the nature of the occult. From Wikipedia: "Manly Palmer Hall (March 18, 1901 – August 29, 1990) was a Canadian-born author, lecturer, astrologer and mystic. He is best known for his 1928 work The Secret Teachings of All Ages. Over his 70 year career, he gave thousands of lectures, including two at Carnegie Hall, and published over 150 volumes. In 1934, he founded The Philosophical Research Society in Los Angeles, which he dedicated to the "Truth Seekers of All Time", with a research library, lecture hall and publishing house. Many of his lectures can be found online and his books are still in print.". In his classic text The Secret Teachings of All Ages - An Encyclopedia Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic and Rosicrucian Symbolic Philosophy Hall recorded many of the great treasures of the occult and its schools. His book is a rich source of Hermetic and Kabbalistic tradition, also of sacred geometry and symbolism and the science of metempsychosis. The text really does invoke in one an appreciation of what the occult is really about. When you read the book you come to recognise the solidity, the detail and the science of the occult traditions and then an appreciation that although various strands began in one part of the globe, they are contiguous with practices and ideas that lie a pole apart. Halls decision to produce the Secret Teachings also helps one to get an understanding of the modern history of the occult world and how it has been encountered and absorbed and taken up by people in Western society in particular. According to the scholar Jordan Maxwell, Manly Palmer Hall willed to him his extensive research files. In a sense Maxwell carries on Hall's enquiries into the nature and practice of the occult. AOAS remark that if you give your attention to Hall's magnum opus then you will surely benefit from the knowledge and wisdom which it contains, even if you do not engage with anything else or take anything else up from the broad world of the occult... READ MORE


A list of some of Manly Palmer Hall's other publications:

  • (1988) Meditation Symbols In Eastern & Western Mysticism-Mysteries of the Mandala [21]
  • (1923) The Lost Keys Of Freemasonry [22]
  • (1922) The Initiates of the Flame. The first published book by Hall[23]
  • Lectures in Ancient Philosophy: An Introduction to Practical Ideals
  • The Adepts Series
  • Lady of Dreams: A fable in the manner of the Chinese (Los Angeles, 1943)
  • (1980) The Blessed Angels: A Monograph [24]
  • (1929) Lectures on Ancient Philosophy—An Introduction to the Study and Application of Rational Procedure [25]
  • (1933) Introduction to Max Heindel's Blavatsky and The Secret Doctrine, 1933 [26]
  • (1944) The Secret Destiny of America [27]
  • (1951) America's Assignment with Destiny [28]
  • Unofficial Listing of All Books by Manly P. Hall, with topics [29]
  • Catalogs of articles in The All-Seeing Eye, Horizon, and PRS Journal [30]
  • A Monthly Letter Devoted to Spiritual and Philosophical Problems [31]
  • Atlantis, An Interpretation
  • Symbolic Essays
  • Noah and His Wonderful Ark
  • source: Wikipedia
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BOOKS

Fulvio Rendhell: di Alta Magia
FULVIO RENDHELL

Trattato di Alta Magia (Italian). Through a deep and careful analysis of the foundations of Magic, this work throws a new light on the true value of magic teaching, demystifying its meaning and reinterpreting it in the light of modern science. The magical tradition has surpassed all the historical epochs, the various cultural phases of humanity, the impact with every kind of religion, to reach us, albeit intact, with always equal and similar foundations in every corner of the Earth , in all races and in every people ...

Fulvio Rendhell: La Magia del 2000
FULVIO RENDHELL

La Magia Del 2000 (Italian) In this book, the author re-introduces, deepens and expands the themes of Magic in the light of science. With essentially practical practical purposes and techniques, Rendhell ​​follows the evolution of scientific discoveries, explaining the correct interpretation of magical operations...

Rendhell Book:Alta Magia
FULVIO RENDHELL

Alta Magia Practica Evocative (Italian) In this volume the author examines the evocative practice. The Magician or Maga of today can not use the rudimentary methods of the past in which authentic values ​​ that belonged to Magic Science were already dispersed, but modern tools that follow more effective techniques ...

MAGISTER FULVIO RENDHELL

Be warned. In the dark currents of this world are men, spiritually developed and dangerous. In the dark corners of towns, in the hidden halls and rooms of the modern civilised West are practitioners and adventurers in the field of occult science. Ancient texts are their concern. Dark grimoires of the satanic masters of the medieval world are their focus. They seek knowledge and they persue truth, they pursue it to the very end. In the esoteric modern world Fulvio Rendhell is known and is widely recognised as a black magician of a terrible power. Anybody who is making a study of the occult and especially of its literature should also look at the personality Fulvio Rendhell. He is, in an important sense, the comtemporary black magician and he is as interesting and as well-versed as his historical and ancient predecessors. Is there such a thing as magic? Many people think of witchcraft as a nonsense. In England, in the days of King James, the witches of Pendle were executed. These days the popular concensus is that there was never such a thing as a witch and that these women should not have been killed. We fear, however, that that is simply wishful thinking on the part of the oppidani of these days. There are many dark adepts in the world but very few ever reach the level of knowledge and accomplishments of this dangerous man. He heads a society of black magicians known as the Dark Tower (IHSV). He speaks of individualism and of creativity, of the pusrsuit of knowledge and of a knowledge not just of the Earth and its ways but of the very spirits of the cosmos. As with other high practitioners Rendhell explains the following of the magical path not as being an interesting choice for an enlightened man but rather the only possible way in which to understand the mystery of the world and to obtain true light. As he says "Practice Magic is the only source of true knowledge, envy this unique wisdom for the attainment of enlightenment." (IHSV website). According to Rendhell's bio on the IHSV website: "Fulvio Rendhell ​​is one of the world's greatest living occultists. A profound scholar of all the fields of magic is considered the father and divider of modern magic understood as a true science. He has been the founder of Universal Magic who has had patrons around the world and has been treating the magazine "La Magia svelato" for specialized magazines in 30 years, where he also handled virtually spells, spells and malevolences (commonly called "invoices and counterfeit ") which is considered to be one of the most experienced. Founder of the famous "Navona 2000" Spiritual Circle in Rome, has come up with astonishing evocative phenomena, including the formation of entire ghosts that have also been photographed by scientists and reported on the international press. He has written several books considered fundamental to a true magical knowledge of which apart from the titles of the most important ones.". AOAS remark that if you are on a path and you seek knowledge of the dark side, then Rendhell's group will be of interest. However, you must remember that some doors, once opened, must be entered and when you leave them you may not be the same person who walked in. Yet for all of their knowledge, their power and their skill in manipulating the life force of man AOAS believe in another ancient tradition. That of The Right Hand Path.


STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD

A Witch

SEASONS OF THE WITCH On a Wednesday evening last week, I sat in on a class called “Witchcraft 101: Curses, Hexes and Jinxes,” at Catland, a fashionable occult boutique in Bushwick, Brooklyn. More than a dozen people, most of them young women, sat in folding chairs in the store’s black-walled event space. The instructor was one of Catland’s co-owners, Dakota Bracciale, a charismatic, foul-mouthed 28-year-old former M.A.C. makeup artist dressed in flowing black, with a beard and long, lavender nails. “If you’re not ready to admit that the universe is chaos, I’m not sure how far you’re going to go,” Bracciale said to the class, describing witchcraft as a way to exercise power in a world without transcendent moral rules, a supernatural technology for taking care of yourself when no one else will. Witchcraft, Bracciale said, lets you be the “arbiter of your own justice.” ...


Pioneer Square

PIONEER SQUARE Right now, the walls of Mortlake & Company are covered with images of witches. Nude figures kneel by cauldrons, wielding skulls and branches. Whiplash lines spiral through enchanted landscapes, suggesting invisible energy fields that may be manipulated with a bit of practice. A large, dramatic charcoal drawing by Maria Dolorosa depicts a winged figure with a clawed foot, a pointed tongue, pendulous breasts, and a vagina lined with monstrous teeth. A smaller ink drawing by Johnny Decker Miller shows a bearded Christ-like character who appears to be getting visions piped directly into his head from a winged celestial disk. His feet float above a dark pit filled with bones and keys, reminiscent of Byzantine illustrations of the Harrowing of Hell ...


Religious Conversion

MY CONVERSION This is the ten-part story of my complete religious history, from nominal Methodism (1958-1967), to the occult and practical atheism (1968-1976), through evangelical Protestantism, counter-cult, pro-life, evangelistic, and apologetics work (1977-1990), and finally on to the fullness of the Catholic faith in 1991. It is found complete (75 pages) in my 2013 book, Catholic Converts and Conversion. Read more at link. I discovered, with the inestimable assistance of Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman, that the Catholic Church had far and away the most cogent, consistent claim to ecclesiological and apostolic preeminence. This, coupled with my intensive study shortly afterward of what happened in the sixteenth century, made any further resistance to Catholicism on my part, the equivalent of rearranging chairs on the deck of ...


Italy Occult

ITALY AND THE OCCULT Despite its undisputed role as the cradle of Catholicism, Italy has a strong association with the occult. From the lasting traditions of ancient and Etruscan mythology, through the first documented Tarot cards, or tarocchi played in fifteenth-century Milanese and Bolognese courts to the enduring folklore myth of the Befana, the witch, from whom expectant children still accept their sweets on the eve of Epiphany. This esoteric preoccupation has permeated pop culture and literature, from the supernatural giallo films of Dario Argento to overseas horror hits such as The Omen, in which a high-ranking American diplomat unwittingly adopts the Satanic foundling Damien from a Roman priest, and Don’t Look Now, whereby a grief-stricken couple on a Venetian holiday are plagued ...


Finnish Rock

FINNISH ROCKERS  Enter the shadowy yet psychedelic realms of Minotaure from Jess And The Ancient Ones' forthcoming new album Once asked if he practiced black or white magic, occult artist extraordianaire - and mate of Aleister Crowley - Austin Osman Spare snorted derisively and declared ‘Magic’s colourful’. It’s a perspective that Finland’s Jess And The Ancient Ones have hewn to for the last seven years, their own take on vintage-toned, mystic-minded psychedelic rock growing ever more expansive and carnivalesque with each release ...


occult museum

MUSEUM, MAGIC, OCCULT TWH – Around the world, there are artifacts and other pieces of history brought together to celebrate, honor, explore, and preserve the practice of magic in its many cultures forms. These museums and gallery collections are dedicated to showcasing regional folk magic, Witchcraft, and other forms of the occult. There are also dedicated museums that focus on the history of Witchcraft persecutions and mass hysteria. Some do both. Before we look at some of permanent museums and seasonal exhibitions, it is important to note that not all magic or occult museums have the same focus. Often Witchcraft- and occult-themed displays are cross-pollinated with paranormal collections, such as is the case with the Warrens Occult Museum in Connecticut. In these collections, the subject matter is dedicated to paranormal-specific histories such as ghost hauntings. The Warrens Occult Museum, for example, is interested in the work ...


the occult

OCCULT CRUISE She said she was a witch and her name was Arlacata – at least that’s what she was called in her last life. She was wearing a pink dress and holding a sharp, deadly knife straight up in the air. “This knife,” she said, “will make a tear between this reality and that which truly is.” Outside, the ocean was calm and the moon was almost full. Arlacata could feel the vibrations of the ship as it headed out of Freeport. It was after midnight. “This ship is now in a strange part of the Devil’s Triangle,” she told the 60 people watching her. “This is where so many ships have disappeared. There are many spirits around here.” The room was dark except for the lights focused on Arlacata. The people were silent, waiting for her next words. “May no evil enter the circle of power,” she said, lighting six candles. “Let only good things enter in the midst of the mother God Dianna.” The ship was the New Bahama Star, making its weekend cruise of the Bahamas. The witch was Arlacata ...


Occult Book store

BURBANK OCCULT The co-owner of a new occult store in Burbank’s Magnolia Park neighborhood hopes to get rid of the stigma around all things mystical, supernatural and magical. The Crooked Path, located on the corner of West Magnolia Boulevard and North Griffith Park Drive, specializes in various herbs, oils, stones and candles that one can use to help them along whatever path they are following, according to Sal Santoro, who co-owns the occult apothecary business with his fiancee, Popi Mavros. People can buy witch jars or gris gris bags to protect their homes or stones that can help with stress relief or bring good fortune. For those who are looking for a more in-depth experience, Santoro said he can introduce some of the various occult philosophies he has studied over the years, which include the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and Gardnerian Wicca. “When a lot of people see the word ‘occult,’ they get scared, and I want to demystify things,” Santoro said. “My goal here is to not be loaded with money and make a living off this, but the goal is to change the world and the view on this. Occult means hidden knowledge.” To destigmatize his and other occult stores, Santoro said he tries to have an open-door policy with the neighborhood and allow anyone who is curious to ask questions. “If we would have done this in the ’80s, it wouldn’t have worked,” ...


Metal Music

SHOCKING OMISSIONS This essay is one in a series celebrating deserving artists or albums not included on NPR Music's list of 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women. During a 1986 interview between MTV VJ Martha Quinn and Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi, the television personality caught the legendary guitarist off guard. "Speaking of the early days of Black Sabbath, I found — I swear — the wildest thing," she says. As he looks on apprehensively, Quinn pulls something out from behind her chair: a copy of Coven's 1969 debut album, Witchcraft Destroys Minds & Reaps Souls. "Have you ever seen this record before? Coven?" "No." "This is a Chicago band. You never saw this before? This album came out in 1969..." Quinn turns the album around to show that a member of the band is credited as Oz Osbourne and its opening track is titled "Black Sabbath." Conveniently cropped out of the frame is the album's gatefold art that featured a naked, skull-adorned woman splayed across a ritualistic altar. Iommi continues to deny knowledge of the band, laughing uncomfortably, "1969? ...


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