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Pokemon, art, titles, letters and golden myths

By | November 20, 2010 | Print This Post | E-mail This Post | 2 Comments

Saturday Signal on Plutonica.netAfter last week’s rant about Pluto, Sarah kindly pointed me in the direction of The Pluto Files, a PBS special hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson.

The website has all sorts of great info about our favourite planet, including an mp3 (with transcript) of Alan Stern, head of NASA’s new mission to Pluto, defending the “little guy”, as they put it.

There’s an interactive bit where scientists give a thirty second promo for their favourite planets, and then readers are invited to cast their votes for the best planet in our solar system. Currently Earth is in the lead, but Saturn’s a close second. Poor little Pluto ranks fifth – surely we can do better than that?

The best part of the whole site, however, is the hate mail from third graders outraged over Pluto’s demotion. Hells, yes.

There’s lots of other great stuff on the site, too. Check it out.

Now on to your signal: Continue reading »

New edition of Richard Kaczynski’s Perdurabo, reviews and site design

By | September 14, 2010 | Print This Post | E-mail This Post | 2 Comments

First up: a revised and expanded version of Richard Kaczynski‘s Perdurabo: The Life of Aleister Crowley has been released by North Atlantic Books with more than a hundred pages of new material.

This new release is good news, especially as the previous edition published by New Falcon currently fetches upwards of 100$US.

Yes, Perdurabo came out in August. This post has actually been in draft mode for ten months, but somehow I managed to miss the actual release date. On the plus side, this means I have additional content to share, such as two podcasts and a lecture!

In episode 8 of the Thelemic podcast Speech in the Silence Richard Kaczynski gives two readings from the new material in Perdurabo. Continue reading »

Protestants, Freemasons and invisibility

By | April 3, 2010 | Print This Post | E-mail This Post | 4 Comments

Saturday Signal on Plutonica.netSaturday Signal: sifting the signal from the noise of the Internet’s occultural cacophony.

Last this week we had a guest post by Beth Winegarner – author, journalist and sociologist who is working on a guidebook for parents about teen culture, and a longtime Internet friend of mine – on the subject of occult profiling, and the harm it can cause.

Profiling is something we may not consciously reflect on, but it impacts how we live and what we do. For instance, I (rather obviously) use a pseudonym for most of my writing on esoteric subjects because I’m concerned about the impact it may have on my career in the world of finance. I don’t want that to be the case, but I understand that when I write about things like demons, Satanism, magick, and whatnot the average person isn’t going to be sympathetic to these subjects, and will likely have a negative view of them and, consequently, of me.

This is on the flip side, but if you didn’t get a chance to read it last week, check out “Occult Profiling: Where it comes from and why it’s worth fighting” now and please do share your thoughts and experiences.

Expanding our reception outside the confines of the blog, we find the following signals:

  • Mercurius Politicus shows off a 1641 pamphlet with a handy “Protestant identification chart” illustrating several different types. Seems reasonably appropriate as the Christians are celebrating death at Spring, and I always get confused by which branch does which. They all worship Jesus, don’t they?
  • Dean Wilson writes about “Magical Literalism” in his blog Mishkan ha-Echad, specifically in regards to claims of invisibility. One might argue that the whole lot could be argued poetically, rather than absolutely. Where are the lines drawn, and why?

That’s it for this week, kids.

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