The Pendle Witches

The Pendle Witch trial in England in 1612 is notable for two reasons: the preponderance of documentation covering the trial and the body count it resulted in. It’s also noted for the testimony of a nine-year-old girl and the uncovering of a culture that had more to do with a family feud and capitalist greed [...]

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Truer Detective

June 21 seems a long way off to wait for the premiere of the second season of True Detective. I’m not one to blog about television very often, but, as fans of the show know, True Detective is no regular television show. The first season featured a tour-de-force acting clinic by Matthew McConaughey and Woody [...]

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Sorry, Witches

Nowadays, when we think of witches we imagine Halloween cartoons with warts on the ends of their big noses or maybe we even have a friend who celebrates the Spring equinox instead of attending Easter mass. 400 years ago the country of Norway killed 91 people found guilty of witchcraft during a century-long purge. The [...]

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Prisoners of Satanic Panic

One of the most interesting — and trgaic — conspiracy theories of recent times has been the Satanic Panic of the 80′s and 90′s. During this time faulty research, hearsay and the fears projected by Christian conservatives resulted in a very real panic that saw a number of innocent people’s lives ruined over what amounted [...]

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Lucifer Rising

Annie Besant was a rabble rousing labor activist, a religious non-conformist, and a proto-feminist during a time before and after the turn of the 20th century when none of these preoccupations was the province of a proper English lady. I found myself looking up a documentary about Besant after finding an online catalog of Lucifer [...]

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Timewave Zero!

Keeping with my recent posts on all things eschatological here is a charming-as-hell, cyberific video of Terence McKenna explaining his Timewave Zero theory. Listen closely with your third eye and draw your yarrow sticks with care… Stay Awake! Please subscribe to my YouTube channel where I archive all of the videos I curate at Insomnia. Click here to [...]

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Death of a Magician

Today we remember the death of Aleister Crowley on December 1, 1947. There is a handful of documentary films about the man floating about the internet, but these sensationalized accounts don’t do justice to their subject. As far as I know, nobody talks Crowley like Robert Anton Wilson… Stay Awake! Please subscribe to my YouTube channel where [...]

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Halloween Rising

For this latest spooky October post, I’ve grown a little bit impatient with the month and I want to cut to the chase. Here’s a nice little primer on the Celtic roots of the Halloween holiday and its evolution through the ages to the seemingly silly, scary celebration we know today. Do the souls of [...]

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Loving the Alien

Another spooky October post, this one examines the horrors that can happen during a close encounter with an alien. However, this isn’t about anal probes or lost time, this is a famous story that illuminates the way that fantasy and religious thinking can obscure all reason when it comes to a belief in alien visitors. [...]

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Back to Twin Peaks

Continuing with the scary October posts, and reveling in the announcement of the return of Twin Peaks, I found an example that distills the aesthetics of the original, providing a map back to the place where Laura Palmer and a beloved, bizarre television series were both killed. While the mind reels at what David Lynch [...]

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