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New biography of Ida Craddock to be published by Weiser

By | November 12, 2010 | Print This Post | E-mail This Post | 7 Comments

Sexual Outlaw, Erotic Mystic: The Essential Ida Craddock, written by Vere Chappell, with a forward by Mary K. Greer, will be released in December by Weiser Books.

Not just a biography, in Sexual Outlaw, Erotic Mystic the author has compiled  “the most extensive collection of Craddock’s work including original essays, diary excerpts, and suicide letters”.

The keywords associated with this book are hot: “Sex, Magick, Aleister Crowley, Orgasms, Erotic Dances, Angelic Beings, Revolutionary Activism, Liberation, Persecution, Defiance, and Suicide.” Intense.

From the book’s description on the publisher’s website: Continue reading »

Too busy for ghosts

By | October 16, 2009 | Print This Post | E-mail This Post | Comments Off


Sorry, no time.

Hallowe’en’s but a few short weeks away, and it’s supposed to be the time of the dead, when “the veils are thinnest ‘tween worlds”. Yet, outside obvious fiction, when was the last time you heard of a young ghost?

Recently I reviewed Claude Lecouteux’s The Return of the Dead for In it, the author  delves into Germanic and Scandinavian folklore to discover their pre-Christian beliefs about death and the afterlife, focusing on ghosts and revenants in particular.

He was writing of a time when they were taken to be a very real phenomena, yet for the mainstream, this no longer holds. He writes:

In terms of evolution, having suffered the outrages of time and history, revenants have lost almost everything that distinguished them: their physicality and their powers. They no longer kill or threaten, nor do they perform domestic tasks. They are no longer the tutelary or wicked spirits of an earlier age. Ordinarily, they appear mute, using their eyes or gestures to express what they wish to say, but they no longer have the power to express themselves with words because they are no longer of this world.

Lecouteux attributes their decline to Continue reading »

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Weird video, alchemists, Pagan cemeteries and good magicians

By | May 9, 2009 | Print This Post | E-mail This Post | Comments Off

Saturday Signal on Hey, kids! Remember this?

Saturday Signal is’s weekly round up of neat stuff found on the occult Internet. Though as it’s been on hiatus for a bit, I’ve decided to highlight a few nifty things you may’ve missed in that time.

As it was in the past, so shall it remain: if you find something weird, cool or otherwise noteworthy, please e-mail me about it. If you’re pro-promotion, include your name and website for extra credit. Thanks!

So, let’s see what we’ve got this week… Continue reading »

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