For all of history, magic has often been employed by those in power, in attempts to secure political positions, admonish enemies, fuel war and its desired outcomes, and alter the state of countries and even entire civilizations. In some way or another, magic and the occult has been a force quietly at play in the shadows, used by those in power, and it always seems to play a role in the wars they so often try to bring about.
Daniel Dunglas Home is still considered one of the most renowned psychics not only of the Spiritualist movement, but in history altogether. During his time he was never publicly proven to be fraudulent, and it was said there was simply not a person who could prove beyond a doubt that his abilities were anything other than legitimate.
Throughout history there have been an overwhelming number of people who have met the fate of being buried alive. It’s no surprise that taphophobia, the fear of being buried alive, is still something that creeps into our collective consciousness. It skates about in the shadows, a nightmare scenario that still even to this day has some merit. An entrapment that there is often no escape from.
There is no shortage of tales of haunted waters, of small patches, where the waters seem to be in a constant state of unrest, waters which seem eager to swallow up any vessel which crosses over. Its appetite unsated. Waters so tumultuous where even their sunken collections seem to be at unrest, where spirits haunt and ghostly ships set sail. Waters which many swear to be cursed.
While the winter solstice was often a time of feasts and celebration, many of these celebrations were in part to counter the negativity which lurked about during these long dark nights. It was a time for magic and ritual, a time to balance out negative forces at play, and a time when protection was needed. In Western culture, many of our winter holiday traditions have origins in these magical solstice celebrations – especially those celebrated by the Celts and Vikings.
A sigil is the symbolic representation of a person’s intentions which they wish to bring about. Its purpose, simply, is to seal the intention one is looking to manifest, or bring into their lives. While this type of symbolic magic is almost as old as time itself, sigil magic really began to take shape and come into its own during the 17th century.
There are some places which seem to have a mystery about them. It’s these places that weave their way into our legends and folklore and make us want to believe that the world is far more magical and mysterious than we are led to believe. One of these such places is a rather unassuming ranchland that resides in Utah. It’s known by many as the Skin Walker Ranch.
It was called The London Ghost Club, and it was the very first paranormal investigation and research group known on record. Formed in 1862, it was a club for some of London’s most elite, and included politicians, inventors, physicians, authors, and more.
Journey back to the Spiritualist movement and hear about one very famous author who was a member of the Ghost Club and how their search for the paranormal shaped their life.