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“By Any Means Necessary”: Remembering Malcolm X on His 90th Birthday

Skip to timecode 54:15 for the Malcolm X piece.

Ninety years ago today, on May 19, 1925, Malcolm X was born in Omaha, Nebraska. He would go on to become one of the most influential political figures of the 20th century. We hear Malcolm X in his words speaking in 1964 — half a year before his assassination — delivering his famed speech, “By Any Means Necessary.”

For the transcript, please go to Democracy Now.

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The Meteorite Sword


“The Sword of Heaven” (The Tentetsutou)  is a katana made from the four-billion-year-old meteorite, Gibeon. The Gibeon meteorites “are the largest known shower of extra terrestrial bodies ever to land on Earth.”

It is thought that the original body that comprised the Gibeon Meteorites would have been about 4 x 4 x 1.5 m and would have fragmented shortly after entering the Earth’s atmosphere.”

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William Mortensen – The Antichrist of American Photography in the House of the Devil

By Adam Parfrey

A few decades ago we spent a good deal of time at Anton LaVey’s “black house” in San Francisco’s Richmond District.

On the walls and on the shelves were a lot of items to look at and consider. One photograph, seen in the kitchen, was a framed and signed photograph of a hunching woman overlapped by a depraved cloaked ghost. The photo was called “Fear,” and it was the work of  William Mortensen (1897 – 1965).


William Mortensen “Fear” c. 1930’s (also titled “Obsession”) Manipulted Photograph

Anton spoke of Mortensen’s influence in guiding him to understand the mechanics of “Lesser Magic,” or what affects people’s reaction to what they see and absorb.

Mortensen’s photographs like “Fear” are fascinating, but for years I resisted Mortensen’s reductive ideas regarding human behavior. It all seemed too reptilian to me. But there came the time when researcher Larry Lytle approached me about publishing a monograph on William Mortensen.… Read the rest

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MORBID ANATOMY MUSEUM: Do The Spirits Return? From Dark Arts to Sleight of Hand


Morbid Anatomy Museum Opens Third Exhibition Featuring Rarely Seen Artifacts

Related to Early Stage Magic and the Occult

The Morbid Anatomy Museum launches a new exhibition: Do The Spirits Return?: From Dark Arts to Sleight of Hand in Early 20th Century Stage Magic

Brooklyn, NY — On April 11, the Morbid Anatomy Museum launched its third exhibition devoted to the surprising relationships between 19th and early 20th century stage magic and the religion of Spiritualism, the pleasures of horror, the empowerment of women and the role of the devil, as exemplified by the life and work of Howard Thurston (1869-1936). The exhibition features stunning and rarely exhibited original stage props, posters, photographs, artworks, letters, books, and even the fabled “Luxor Mummy,” all drawn from the collection of Brooklyn native Rory Feldman. The show was curated by Morbid Anatomy Museum creative director Joanna Ebenstein and programmer in residence Shannon Taggart.

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A Disinformation Compendium — Doktor Johannes Faust’s Magia naturalis


Doktor Johannes Faust’s Magia naturalis et innaturalis : oder, Dreifacher Höllenzwang, letztes Testament and Siegelkunst, nach einer kostbar ausgestattenten Handschrift in der Herzogl. Bibliothek zu Koburg vollständig und wortgetreu hrsg. in fünf Abtheilungen..


Doctor Johannes Faust’s Magia naturalis et innaturalis: or, Triple hell compulsion Last Testament and Seal Art, after a preciously ausgestatt ducks handwriting in the Ducal. Library Coburg ed fully and faithfully. .. in five divisions

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Jan Mandyn (c.1500-1560) – The Harrowing of Hell


The Harrowing of Hell

Jan Mandyn (c.1500-1560)

via Alchemy Website:

Mandyn was active between 1530 to 1560 primarily in Antwerp. Very few of the paintings assigned to him were signed, and some are supposed to have been made by Pieter Huys or some other unidentified artist. His work awaits a scholarly study. The book by , M.R.V. Publishers, Zwanenburg, 2006, makes a good start, bringing together some of the available source material about Mandyn.

Here are some of the more important of Mandyn’s works …

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4,000-year-old stone circle found on Dartmoor


via Plymouth Herald:

THE first stone circle for more than a century has been discovered on Dartmoor.

The set – at least 4,000 years old – is the highest circle in southern England and the second-largest on Dartmoor.

Thirty-four metres (111 feet) in diameter and at 525 metres (1,722 ft) on the northern part of the moor near Sittaford Tor, the circle would have been “very impressive” and dominated the surrounding landscape, the researchers say.

The circle was discovered in 2007 by independent academic researcher Alan Endacott.

Now geophysical investigations are revealing more about the ancient site.

“It is fantastic, very exciting,” said Andy Crabb, an archaeologist for the national park and Historic England.

“Most of them were pretty well researched by antiquarians and early archaeologist in Victorian times. To be able to investigate one now is really exciting.”

The first radio-carbon testing ever carried out on a Dartmoor circle, analysing the soil beneath stones, shows they fell about 4,000 years ago.

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The Art and Magic of Austin Osman Spare


Over at Cvlt Nation, Mick has curated and written a brief but informative history of Austin Osman Spare and his work.

via Cvlt Nation:

[In 1906] Spare published his first political cartoon, a satire on the use of Chinese wage slave laborers in British South Africa, which appeared in the pages of The Morning Leader newspaper. During this same time, he was working diligently on A Book of Satyrs, which included nine satirical illustrations ridiculing the Church and politics. In 1907, Spare created his most infamous piece, ‘Portrait of the Artist.’ This black and white self-portrait was later purchased by Jimmy Page.

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