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The Art and Magic of Austin Osman Spare

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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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Cleopatra Records’ Necronomicon of the Occult

The limited edition box-set “includes tracks from The Soft Moon, VOWWS, Bestial Mouths, Magic Wands (remixed by The XX) side by side with classic tracks from Nico, Christian Death, Peter Murphy, Tangerine Dream and Joy Division, as well as many others.” Release date is May 12, 2015.

You can pre-order here.

WHAT YOU GET:
7” Vinyl (Black, Blue, Red, or Clear)
(Aleister Crowley – Aside: The Pentagram / Bside: The Call of the AEthyr)
5 CD Wallets
(Including non-stop mix by Tamara Sky)
12 Page Full Color Booklet
Pendant & Chain
2 Collectable Postcards

h/t Broadway World

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Occult Tourism in Mexico

Some tourists in Veracruz, Mexico got more than they bargained for when they attended an annual Black Mass held by a reputed Satanic cult, according to the Daily Mail. Granted, one would think things are going to get weird in hurry when signing up for something like this, but First World tourists sometimes operate under some strange, naive assumptions.

Burning Pentagram

A burning Pentagram signifies that the rituals have begun.

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Exclusive interview with Jonathan Black

There will be few Disinfonauts who do not have a copy of “The Secret History of the World” by Jonathan Black, the pen name of Mark Booth. This week’s episode of The Cult Of Nick contains an interview with the elusive author.


Also this week, right at the end, there’s a sincere attempt to talk about “the meaning of life.” Arguably this has disappointing consequences.

 

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Friday the 13th: What’s the history behind the superstition?

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Peter Hellberg (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Rose Troup Buchanan writes at The Independent:

Today is the first of three Fridays this year that will fall on the 13 day of the month, but where does our superstition surrounding Friday the 13, known as paraskevidekatriaphobia, originate from?

Friday 13 in history and fiction

Folklorist claim there is no written evidence for the superstition before the nineteenth century however; the date has long been connected to notorious events in history and religion.

According to Catholic belief the crucifixion of Jesus Christ took place on a Friday the 13, the day after the Last Supper – involving thirteen participants – on Thursday.

Geoffrey Chaucer made reference to the apparent unluckiness of the day, recording in his Canterbury Tales that it was bad luck to start a journey or a project on a Friday.

One of the most popularised myths attempting to explain the origin of the Friday 13 superstition stems from events on Friday 13 October 1307, when hundreds of Knights Templar were arrested and burnt across France.

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DatC #51 – Sex, Sorcery, and Spirit with Jason Miller

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051_sexsorcery_jasonmillerHello and thank you once again for joining me down at the crossroads for some music, magick, and Paganism. Where witches gather for the sabbath, offerings are made, pacts are signed for musical fame and we cross paths with today's most influential Pagans, occultists, and deep thinkers. I am your bewitching bald headed host Chris Orapello and tonight, we meet with local New Jersey sorcerer and author Jason Miller to discuss his new book Sex, Sorcery, and Spirit: The Secrets of Erotic Magic. Jason and I have an honest discussion about sex magick, what it is, what it isn't, and we learn another reason why it's best to avoid touching someone else's magickal tools.

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Rare Paintings by Occultist Aleister Crowley to Show in New York

There’s more than a few Crowleyites among disinfonauts, so if any of you can get to New York for the Outsider Art Fair (January 29-February 1, 2015) you may be interested to view some original Aleister Crowley paintings. They’re being presented by Collective 777 (Art Guild of the Ordo Templi Orientis Australia):

An English artist, mystic, ceremonial magician, poet and occultist, Crowley revelled in his notoriety, pleased that the press labeled him ‘the wickedest man in the world’ and ‘The Beast 666’. In 1920, Crowley travelled to Cefalu, Sicily to establish The Abbey of Thelema. While there he created a central room which became known as The Chamber of Nightmares. He painted the walls with a range of images designed to challenge his students. “The purpose of these pictures,” wrote Crowley, “is to enable people, by contemplation, to purify their minds.” While the Abbey itself is now lost, a handful of the artworks remain.

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Aleister Crowley’s Books Keep Disappearing From a New Zealand Library — And Other Frequently Stolen Books

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Librarians at Hamilton City Libraries have noticed an interesting trend. Books by occultist Aleister Crowley keep disappearing from their shelves.

Nancy El-Gamel writes at the Waikato Times,

Whether it’s due to theft or something more sinister, Hamilton libraries cannot keep Sex Magick or Dramatic Ritual on their shelves.

Works by a long-dead British occultist keep vanishing, not quite in smoke. Aleister Crowley, clearly, refuses to die. Or, at least, his fans do.

And people just keep asking for the books, despite their publication in the far reaches of the previous century, Hamilton City Libraries Director Su Scott said.

Among other popular disappearing titles at Hamilton Libaries are cookbooks, Children DVDs, and books about tattoos and crafts.

After I did some digging, I found out that books about the occult are often hot items at libraries. Library book thieves also like titles about UFOs and astrology.

However, bookstores appear to attract a different type of book thief.… Read the rest

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[Poll] What are your favorite sites?

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Dennis Skley (CC BY-ND 2.0)

We’re going to be running a different kind of poll this week. Instead of having us choose the choices, you’ll be able to input your own. Unfortunately, the plugin we use for the polls does not allow write ins. So, we’ll have to resort to a Google Form. With that being said, we want to see which websites are most popular with the Disinfo crowd. The sites can be any kind: Reddit, Twitter, Boing Boing, Politico, Vice, AlterNet, Scientific American, etc. Ideally, we’d like to see where everyone gets their news, but feel free to include others.

Also, the results for “Favorite Occultist” are in. I consulted Thad McKraken to help me compile the list as I’m not well versed in the Occult.

Aleister Crowley 188
Alan Moore 81
Grant Morrison 79
Austin Osman Spare 47
Madame Blavatsky 41
Jack Parsons 38
Thad McKraken 35
Kenneth Grant 10
Marjorie Cameron 2
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Season Of The Witch: The Ideas Behind Metal’s Occult Revival

cover-largeYou may remember our interview with Peter Bebergal about his newest book, Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll. Well, someone who goes by the name of “posthuman” submitted this latest interview with Bebergal over at Decibel Magazine.

via Decibel Magazine:

Any astute follower of metal in the past five years has likely noticed a huge uptick in the number of bands with a proto-70s sound and occult themes: The Devil’s Blood, Sabbath Assembly, Blood Ceremony and The Oath. A few of these bands have been on Decibel’s cover: In Solitude and Ghost B.C. (twice).

While this approach is undoubtedly popular and may play itself out there hasn’t been much of an exploration of why this approach to metal has taken hold outside of simple trendiness. Author Peter Bebergal recently published Season Of The Witch: How The Occult Saved Rock And Roll. The book argues that the uptick in occult 70s metal is part of a larger cultural embrace of the esoteric rooted in the profound cultural shifts of the late 20th century.

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