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Divining the Witch of York: Propaganda and Prophecy

- October 24, 2018 in apocalypse, Culture & History, English Civil War, Featured Articles, henry viii, mother shipton, occult, poetry, predictions of the end of the world, propaganda, prophecies, prophecy, Religion, Myth & Legend, witch of york, witches

Said to be spawn of the devil himself and possessed with great powers of prophetic insight, Mother Shipton was Yorkshire's answer to Nostradamus. Ed Simon looks into how, regardless of whether this prophetess witch actually existed or not, the legend of Mother Shipton has wielded great power for centuries — from the turmoil of Tudor courts, through the frictions of civil war, to the spectre of Victorian apocalypse.

The Astrologer of the Nineteenth Century (1825)

- October 23, 2018 in astrology, geomancy, ghosts, magic, necromancy, occult, spirits

Guide to astrology and the occult by the mysterious “Raphael”.

Eric, Count Stenbock: A Catch Of A Ghost

- September 12, 2018 in Books, count stenbock, decadence, decadent movement, eric stenbock, estonia, estonian writers, Featured Articles, gay writers, Literature, occult, occultism, oscar wilde, poetry, w. b. yeats

With his extravagant dress, entourage of exotic pets, and morbid fascinations, Count Stenbock is considered one of the greatest exemplars of the Decadent movement. David Tibet on the enigmatic writer’s short and curious life.

E. T. A. Hoffmann’s Strange Stories

- May 22, 2018 in e. t. a. hoffmann, gothic, horror, occult, Short stories, weird tales

English translation of E. T. A. Hoffmann's Nachtstücke published in 1816, a collection of supernatural horror short stories including his classic The Sandman.

E. T. A. Hoffmann’s Strange Stories

- May 22, 2018 in e. t. a. hoffmann, gothic, horror, occult, Short stories, weird tales

English translation of E. T. A. Hoffmann's Nachtstücke published in 1816, a collection of supernatural horror short stories including his classic The Sandman.

Häxan: Witchcraft Through The Ages (1922)

- April 11, 2018 in devil, documentary, Häxan, occult, sorcery, witchcraft, Witchcraft Through The Ages, witches

Curious and groundbreaking mix of documentary and silent horror cinema, written and directed by Benjamin Christensen.

Häxan: Witchcraft Through The Ages (1922)

- April 11, 2018 in best of films, best of occult, devil, documentary, Häxan, occult, sorcery, witchcraft, Witchcraft Through The Ages, witches

Curious and groundbreaking mix of documentary and silent horror cinema, written and directed by Benjamin Christensen.

Defining the Demonic

- October 30, 2017 in Art & Illustrations, Books, catholicism, cristianity, demonology, demons, dictionaries, dictionary, Enlightenment, illustration, occult, occultism, Religion, Religion, Myth & Legend, the devil

Although Jacques Collin de Plancy’s Dictionnaire infernal, a monumental compendium of all things diabolical, was first published in 1818 to much success, it is the fabulously illustrated final edition of 1863 which secured the book as a landmark in the study and representation of demons. Ed Simon explores the work and how at its heart […]

Defining the Demonic

- October 25, 2017 in Art & Illustrations, Books, catholicism, christianity, demonology, demons, dictionaries, dictionary, Enlightenment, illustration, occult, occultism, Religion, Religion, Myth & Legend, the devil

Although Jacques Collin de Plancy’s Dictionnaire infernal, a monumental compendium of all things diabolical, was first published in 1818 to much success, it is the fabulously illustrated final edition of 1863 which secured the book as a landmark in the study and representation of demons. Ed Simon explores the work and how at its heart lies an unlikely but pertinent synthesis of the Enlightenment and the occult.

Woodcuts and Witches

- May 4, 2017 in Art & Illustrations, Books, christianity, crone, Culture & History, demonology, demons, devils, Featured Articles, king james, occult, persecution, printing, printing revolution, Religion, Myth & Legend, sorcery, witchcraft, witches, wizards

Jon Crabb on the witch-craze of Early Modern Europe, and how the concurrent rise of the mass-produced woodcut helped forge the archetype of the broom-riding crone — complete with cauldron and cats — so familiar today.