Tag: lovecraft

Not of this world: An otherkin primer

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Red octopus tentacle, photo by dgiesEvery morning I wake up and stretch limbs that aren’t physically there. I decide whether to classify last night’s dream as a past life memory or a precognition, and muse a little over being reborn into a new day. My tentacles writhe around me as I go about my morning routine: coffee, shower, breakfast, so on. I dress myself to emulate these sensations; scarves, flowing skirts, dangling jewelry, things that move when I move. Looking at me, you can probably tell I’m a Pagan and an artist, but I’m an alien too.Otherkin are people who, for whatever reason, consider themselves to be "not of this world" or non-human in some way. For some, it’s a spiritual belief. For others, it’s about metaphor and personal narrative. Read More

Rewild witchcraft, worship Loki, and get rich

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Linkage, chain background image by Faramarz Hashemi Magick

Check out this video of the Carl Jung and John Constantine ritual performed by Ian Cat Vincent & co in Liverpool last year, in honour of the stage adaptation of Robert Anton Wilson's Cosmic Trigger.Lupa's most recent book is Plant and Fungus Totems, and in this article for Llewellyn, she explains why she looks beyond the animal kingdom and what lessons these totems can teach us.Want to get rich? Here are three ways, and, oh, do these things too. Read More

True Detective: A flat circle in Chapel Perilous

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True Detective, from Edpiano

Until February of 2014, The King In Yellow by Robert W. Chambers, a 1895 collection of thematically linked short stories, was a little-known work. Although a favourite of horror fans, admired both for its menacing aura and its influence on HP Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos, it was not widely read outside fan circles. In that month, however, it entered Amazon's top 10 bestseller list. The reason was a new television show, HBO's True Detective. Read More

LeMulGeton, by Leo Holmes

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LeMulGetonLeMulGeton, by Leo HolmesLeMulGeton: Goetia and the Stellar Tradition, by Leo Holmes Fall of Man Press, 105 pp. (incl. bibliography), 2013The title LeMulgeton combines the titles of two older books, Lemegeton and MUL.APIN. Written in the 17th century, Lemegeton, otherwise known as The Lesser Key of Solomon, contains a list of 72 demons with sigils and instructions for how to summon them, how each of them appears and their relative strengths. MUL.APIN, on the other hand, is the name of a Babylonian compendium on astronomy and astrology that dates back three thousand years.When LeMulGeton arrived in my home and I unpacked it, I immediately noticed both its small size and beautiful presentation. It comes in a black card box showing the stars of the constellation of Orion in silver and a red wax seal. Inside we find a plain black paperback book with the full title, LEMULGETON: Goetia and the Stellar Tradition written simply on the cover in a bright silvery grey. Simple, but stylish. The box with wax seal adds a touch of unique style.  Read More

Top 5 chaos magick books

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Detial from Liber Null, by Peter CarrollThere are some books that are required reading for the dedicated student, and this list represents my top five books dedicated to chaos magick - books that defined chaos magick as a distinct field of study and practice.Liber Null & Psychonaut, by Peter Carroll1. Liber Null & Psychonaut: An Introduction to Chaos Magic, by Peter CarrollLiber Null, first published in the late 1970s by Ray Sherwin, is the handbook for the Illuminates of Thanteros, the first group dedicated to chaos magick. The IOT was conceived of as a new kind of order based on meritocracy, and Liber Null serves as an introductory text to what was then a new approach to magickal practice.New Falcon published Liber Null and Psychonaut together in 1987. Psychonaut expands upon themes raised in Liber Null, and contains the much maligned pseudo-scientific approach to catastrophe theory, but it does have its moments, defining and reframing magickal theories for a new generation of occultists. Read More

Review: Lovecraft Lexicon, by Anthony B Pearsall

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The Lovecraft Lexicon: A Reader's Guide to Persons, Places and Things in the Tales of H.P. Lovecraft, by Anthony B. Pearsall New Falcon Publications, 1561841293, 472 pp. (incl. appendix), 2005Lovecraft invented so many creatures and places, for a new reader approaching his works for the first time, keeping them straight could seem overwhelming. The Lovecraft Lexicon aims to aid the reader by providing a useful guide to his creations: people, places, things, and, of course, Things. It's a neat idea, and it works. Read More

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