Monday, September 1, 2014

What is Rosicrucianism all about?

from straightdope.com: Researching the occult is always tricky since you tend to find at least three times as much (oh, let's be dainty, shall we?) bull excrement as you might expect from one bull. Wiccans claim descent from old world matriarchal religions, while some Masonic writers claim direct descent from God. The history of Rosicrucianism is interesting but is often obscured by adherents who claim a much earlier origin than the record supports.

The documented history of Rosicrucianism reaches back no further than the early 1600s, and modern Rosicrucian organizations don't date back anywhere near that far. In 1614 a curious pamphlet entitled the Fama Fraternitatis was published in Cassel, Germany. This wasn't the first appearance of the Fama; reportedly it circulated in manuscript as early as 1610. There is some evidence that the work and some associated pieces were published in order to promote the anti-Jesuit agenda of the publisher, Wilhelm Wessel, but that probably wasn't the intent of the original work.

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Movie "Videodrome" and The Horror of Mass Media

from VigilantCitizen.com: Videodrome” is an 80′s science fiction horror film that contains some gore, James Woods and Betamax videotapes. Above all, the movie communicates a strong message on the perversity of mass media, its dangers to the human psyche and how it is used to manipulate the masses. This article will look at the meaning of the movie “Videodrome” and how it reveals the shadier aspects of mass media.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

New Age Bullshit and The Suppression of The Sacred Masculine

from ZenGardner.com: The following is an excellent 7 hour presentation by Mark Passio (go HERE for that and other video clips) that will rub many people in the New Age movement wrong but for the majority of what he is saying, I agree.  For those who don’t have the patience of watching a 7 hour video, I took the liberty of highlighting Mark’s presentation and added a few comments to the points he made.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Witchcraft & Shamanism

from Patheos.com: There is a large and growing body of evidence in anthropological and historical literature that historical European-style witchcraft was a form of shamanism. There are essentially three lines of argument here:  One, espoused by Éva Pócs and Carlo Ginsburg, connects medieval and Early Modern practices to pre-Christian religious beliefs, mostly in eastern Europe where conversion happened later and the lines of connection are easier to trace (but with implications for other regions). The second, presented by Claude Lecouteux in his book Witches, Werewolves, and Fairies, compares accounts of supernatural experiences during the medieval period (including transcripts from witchcraft and werewolf trials) in Germany to the relatively undisturbed shamanic practices further north. The third, presented by Emma Wilby in her book Cunning Folk and Familiar Spirits, puts the experiences and practices of Early Modern witches into a context of world-wide shamanic practice.

To be clear, the definition of “shaman” in use here is an anthropological one.

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Greatest Fake Religion of All Time

from i09.com: Over fifty years ago, a group of pranksters founded a satiric religion devoted to creating conspiracy theories so insane that nobody would ever believe uncritically in conspiracies again. They called themselves the Discordians. And their weird ideas are still influencing us today.
 
History does not record Robert Welch's reaction when he received a letter on Bavarian Illuminati stationery in 1970. Welch was the founder of the John Birch Society, a conservative group with a paranoid bent, mostly focused on communist conspiracies but also willing to expand its gallery of villains to include other secret cabals. The Illuminati are an 18th-century secret society whose alleged efforts to control the world were regularly decried by groups like, well, the John Birch Society.
 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Truth About The Dark Side Of Glastonbury

from IshtarsGate.wordpress.com: The Somerset town of Glastonbury has, quite rightly, a very high reputation the world over for being a thriving and vibrant spiritual centre, where many conferences, workshops and ceremonies take place to honour and celebrate the spirit of humanity and its fundamental unity of purpose which is beyond religious or dogmatic faiths.

Its famous natural world pyramid, the towering green Tor, has stood sentinel for millennia to these visions and values that we’ve inherited from the indigenous tribes of old, and which were observed by our early ancestors long before the incursion of the arid and blood thirsty Abrahamic religions, under the Eagle banner, into these green and pleasant lands. Some even call Glastonbury ‘the heart chakra of the world’ because of its position on a sacred geometrical arrangement of leylines going out worldwide. It’s certainly true that often when people want to launch a new spiritual movement or technique, they launch it in Glastonbury, to gain potency from the lift off from the natural energies here. However, almost as a shadow to its palpable brightness, visitors sometimes comment on another characteristic of Glastonbury that is not so savoury or enlightening, known here as ‘the dark side of Glastonbury’.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Secret History of the Jazz Greats Who Were Freemasons

from theGuardian.com: When the City of London festival found out about a long dormant masonic temple that had been uncovered next to Liverpool Street station, it seemed obvious that this wonderfully opulent hall should be used as a one-off music venue. The only question was – what music should it host?

“The obvious choice would have been to host a Mozart recital, because everyone knows that Mozart was a freemason,” says Paul Gudgin, former director of the Edinburgh Fringe and now director of the City of London Festival. “But it just so happened that I was reading a biography of Duke Ellington which mentioned, in passing, his membership of a masonic lodge. I found it astonishing that such an anti-establishment figure turned out to be at the heart of an establishment organisation. And I thought it would be a perfect place to pay tribute.”