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In 1453, Constantinople fell to the Turks, ending the Byzantine empire. This date also marks the beginning of the Renaissance, since the waves of Greek refugees spread knowledge of Greek throughout Europe. Included with the newly available Greek manuscripts were the Corpus Hermetica, Plotinus, and the works of the Neoplatonists. Shortly thereafter in 1492, Isabella and Ferdinand expelled the Jews from Spain. This sent waves of Jewish refugees throughout Europe, spreading knowledge of Hebrew and of the Kabbalah. Renaissance philosophers sought to integrate these traditions with the view of unifying the rapidly disintegrating religious factions and also ending the constant political strife.

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Cartographer's Selects: Occult London and Marylebone's Wizards - The Thinker's Garden London continues to thrive as a mecca for occult studies and groups. Today, salons and bookstores such as Treadwell’s and Atlantis attract hundreds of artists, scholars, and practitioners from around the world—fulfilling a similar function to the Victorian esoteric bookshops of John Denley and George Bumstead. The Warburg Institute, which was the base for historian of magic and science Dame Frances Yates, also maintains the world-renowned Yorke and Innes collections, which include—among many other eclectic tomes—books and manuscripts on alchemy and ceremonial magic. Aleister Crowley in ceremonial garb In the early 20th century, London was the main social arena for occultists like Gerald Gardner and Aleister Crowley.

The Shadowlands: Ghosts and Hauntings Visit Dave's bio page / Tina's bio page Online 24/7 and also at 16 Church St, Mt Holly, NJ Dave's Internet Radio Show and Podcast 10 Chilling Urban Legends From North Carolina Urban legends…they ignite the storyteller in all of us. We hear them, we tell them, and soon they become stories passed down through generations. While North Carolina is full of the haunted, the weird, and the scary…we also have some pretty interesting urban legends that add to the mystery and allure of our state. Where to begin with folk horror Why this might not seem so easy Unlike other sub-genres, folk horror’s very form is difficult to convey. Despite what its simplistic description implies – from the emphasis on the horrific side of folklore to a very literal horror of people – the term’s fluctuating emphasis makes it difficult to pin down outside of a handful of popular examples.

This Map Shows Where All the Ships Are Buried Underneath San Francisco - UpOut BlogUpOut Blog San Francisco—on top of everything else, it is literally a ship burial ground. Below, you can see where ships are entombed just below the surface, in addition to what the shores of San Francisco used to look like before it was altered. Back in the Gold Rush era in the 1850s, about 62,000 (!) Interpreting the engravings in Polanski's "Ninth Gate" In the film “The Ninth Gate,” directed by Roman Polanski, the protagonist gets the assignment, for pay by a wealthy collector, of acquiring the two other copies of a rare seventeenth century book on sorcery, or if not possible, at least reporting what differences there may be among the three extant copies. The collector hopes in that way to use the books in order to get vast power by occult means. The protagonist does indeed find differences, subtle variations among the books' illustrations. In two copies of each of eight of the images, the engravings are the same; but in the third, there are subtle variations. Also, at the bottom of the images that are different appear the initials “LF,” as opposed to the book’s author’s initials on the other two. The ones with "LF" are in a third of each copy's illustrations.

Serpents in the Bible Serpents in ancient mythology We ask you, humbly: don't scroll away. Hi reader, it seems you use Wikipedia a lot; that's great! Medieval Woodcuts Clipart Collection Here is a collection of medieval clipart culled from various period sources, most notably woodcuts of the 15th & 16th centuries. These pictures are all in .JPG format. In many cases the sizes of the pictures are rather large; this has been done to keep image quality at a maximum. Those who wish to reduce or alter these images for their own use are welcome to do so. They can be made into wonderful transparent .GIF's, as can be seen below. Non-commercial use of these images is encouraged.

Grimoires of Old Magic The following is slightly amended version of Appendix III of my book The Inner Light: Self-Realization via the Western Esoteric Tradition (Axis Mundi Books, 2014). The word 'grimoire' is Old French for 'grammar', and is a general term for 'books of magic', many of which were originally scribed in Latin (and often safeguarded by the clergy within the cloisters of old). While modern self-help books, many of which are concerned with the art of manifestation (essentially, how to realize your desires) are believed to derive from the New Thought teachings of the 19th century, the philosophy and practice of which is ultimately tracing back to such varied characters as Phineas Quimby, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and even to Franz Mesmer and his acolytes, what is less recognized is the influence of the 'old magic' grimoires, sometimes referred to as the 'books of the sorcerers'.