The devil is an interesting character, one who has often been portrayed as the artist’s muse. However, the devil has quite a fascinating history, and the way this character has evolved throughout time and how our attitudes towards it have changed makes for quite an interesting tale in of itself. It certainly didn’t start out as the way we know it today. Like the beast itself, the origin of the devil is quite a tricky one to pursue. It is full of twists, deceit, and often provides no better example of the folly of man.
There are many out there who have claimed to have captured a spirit in a photograph. In most cases the occurrence was completely unintended – while in other cases the person behind the camera has done so for that specific reason. Today, whenever we see a supposed spirit photograph, the spirit is either an orb, a wispy mist-like substance, or a light colored blob that is vaguely in a human like shape. The ghost photos we have today are entirely different than the spirit photos of the eighteen and nineteen hundreds.
Many castles of old still have a strong presence about them. When looked upon they seem to resonate with an energy all of their own, and stir within us a mixture of wonder, reverence, and melancholy. Though many like to romanticize what life was like behind those seemingly impenetrable stone walls, castle life was often a lonely and dangerous affair.
Almost everyone has some sort of superstition they believe in - and one of the biggest superstitions in western culture has to do with Friday the 13th. There are some people out there who legitimately fear this day and the bad luck it brings. Have you ever wondered why? When did this fear of the 13th begin?
There are some places that are just naturally spooky, even in the daylight. Swamps and bogs are just such places, there’s an air of mystery about them. The secretive dark waters (and what lives just beneath) fill us with a shuddersome sense of foreboding. It’s a feeling that has remained a constant throughout history, and is something that has inspired countless stories of ghosts, curses, and mysterious creatures.
Magic is defined as the natural art of bringing about change in one’s life by using the power of one’s own thoughts or energies. Throughout most of ancient history magic was seen as an important part of daily life. For the Egyptians, was not only an integral part of their religious practices, but also an important part of daily life. For the Greeks and Romans, magic was used for every purpose under the sun – from ensuring a good harvest to making sure one looked their best. In fact, every single ancient society out there employed some sort of magical belief system – magic is just something that goes hand-in-hand with animism and connection the natural world.
Many believe that the monster of Loch Ness is an entity that was summoned to the area by none other than famous occultist, Aleister Crowley while staying in his Loch Ness area Bolskine Home. Learn about the ritual Crowley performed there that many believe brought a darkness over the area and cursed the Boleskine House.