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The Music of the Magicians: Occult Science & Rock ‘n’ Roll

The Music of the Magicians: Occult Science & Rock ‘n’ Roll 86

by Micah Hanks

Him will I drag through life’s wild waste,
Through scenes of vapid dulness, where at last
Bewilder’d, he shall falter, and stick fast;
And, still to mock his greedy haste,
Viands and drink shall float his craving lips beyond–
Vainly he’ll seek refreshment, anguish-tost,
And were he not the devil’s by his bond,
Yet must his soul infallibly be lost!

–Mephistopheles, from Goethe’s Faust.

Rock ‘n’ roll… it is the long-held modern corruptor of the innocent, and the potential soul-catching menace of those not wary enough to recognize the dangers it hides in its lure of fame, sex, and grandeur.

There is, with little doubt, a long and treacherous history detailing the interplay between musical ties to the occult and the supernatural. But to trace the affair back to its modern roots, beginning in the rural Americas, there is perhaps no finer instance where the worlds of audible entertainment, and those worlds that lay beyond the physical, would collide than at an open crossroads somewhere near Clarksdale, Mississippi in the early 1930s. It was here, according to legend, that the famous singer of blues music, Robert Johnson, was believed to have sold his mortal soul to the Devil, in exchange for an unprecedented mastery of the guitar.

Soul-Selling at the Crossroads

Johnson’s origins, as well as his curious untimely demise, are shrouded not only in mystery, but also in conjecture, as it remains unclear precisely where the legend of the infamous “crossroads bargain” actually began. Some trace the legend back to Johnson himself, whose early life began around the areas of Hazelhurst and Robinsonville, Mississippi. His first marriage in 1929 to sixteen-year-old Virginia Travis would end in heartbreak, as the young bride died during childbirth shortly after the two were wed. According to blues researcher Robert McCormick, who tracked down surviving relatives of the young woman, it was a long-held belief in the family that her death had been punishment for Johnson’s choice in pursuing secular music, which many likened to the literal act of selling one’s soul to the Devil.

Johnson himself referenced “going down to the crossroads” in what became perhaps his most famous offering, “Crossroad Blues,” later performed by the likes of British guitarist Eric Clapton during his years with the seminal rock three-piece Cream. Though Johnson’s lyrics are void of any overt reference to a meeting at those crossroads with Satan, blues musician Son House would allegedly claim years later that this was, in fact, the location where the deal had been carried out.

Thus begun what Jimi Hendrix biographer Charles Shaar Murray would later call, “a long, long line of supernatural brag songs.” And in doing so, this single event cast a certain darkness over the scope of historic musicology in modern times, and an aberrant—if not ominous—cloud surrounding the beginnings of the rock ‘n’ roll music that would begin to emerge over the coming decades.

Erupting from the blues music that would serve as its underlying influence, the twelve-bar staples and themes that had been innovated by Johnson on acoustic guitar would later prove to be even more formidable when amplified through electric instruments produced by fine makers of quality instruments like the Gibson Guitar Company, as well as Leo Fender’s early designs for affordable, lightweight guitars with interchangeable necks and electronics. Thus, guitars such as the Straocaster and its twangy cousin, the Telecaster, would become staples among early blues musicians like Muddy Waters, and later innovators in the budding American rock scene like Buddy Holly. Others like Chuck Berry (himself remaining a Gibson man) would speed the tempo even further, transposing the devilish blues licks of his youth into a much faster paced genre, where twelve bars of yesterday’s blues could send a new generation of young listeners into frenzies with its hijacked delta rhythms and boppin’ downbeat. But arguably, no one amidst the early icons of rock ‘n’ roll that would emerge had more profound an impact on the genre than Elvis Presley, a man who would famously claim legendary status, not only as an American icon, but as the literal “King of Rock and Roll.”

The Birth of a King


From birth, Presley’s life had been riddled with strangeness, and perhaps more than the average country boy from Tupelo, Mississippi. Supposedly, the night baby Elvis was delivered, his doctor had claimed to see a strange light hovering off in the distance; such would become the very stuff of rock ‘n’ roll legend, with folklorists, musicologists, and even ufologists speculating on the nature of the unearthly visitation. While such stories are difficult to confirm, verified records do exist that pertain to the delivery of a stillborn identical twin brother, dubbed Jesse Garon Presley, a mere half hour before young Elvis came into the world. How different indeed the history of rock music might have been, had young Jesse managed to survive! And yet, despite his stillbirth, throughout Elvis’s life he would make references to this deceased twin, with some claiming that Presley could have maintained spectral contact with Jesse, who communicated from beyond the grave.

There is, at very least, a grain of truth to such stories. Writing for Contemporary Psychology, reviewer Alan C. Elms included the following in his critical analysis of Peter O. Whitmer’s The Inner Elvis: A Psychological Biography of Elvis Aaron Presley:

According to various members of his inner circle, stories of Elvis talking or listening to his dead twin were mostly invented by scriptwriters for the first television drama about Elvis, several years after his death. Whitmer’s main informant about Elvis’s supposed obsession with his twin was Larry Geller, Elvis’s sometime hairdresser and “spiritual adviser.” Geller has written or co-authored at least four books on Elvis, and over the past 20 years he has put a lot of words in the dead Elvis’s mouth. Perhaps Elvis really did become fascinated with his twin as he and Geller talked about mystic aspects of twinship. But Geller’s largely unverifiable reports constitute a slender foundation for the weighty structure Whitmer has erected upon them.

Despite the somewhat exaggerated nature of Geller’s claims regarding the spirit presence of Jesse Presley in his brother’s life and career, Elvis nonetheless exhibited classic behavior of the so-called “twinless twin,” as discussed in Whitmer’s psychological biography on Presley:

“The twinless twin wants to prove his uniqueness, to stand as an individual. Yet he is also powerfully pulled toward being reunited with the dead twin. . . . To win the mother’s love, he must grieve for the dead twin. Yet at the same time, to establish self-love and his own security, he must compete with the very person he is compelled to mourn.”

Thus, perhaps this inner, subconscious conflict between self, and the separation innate to his birth, had been what first spurred a decidedly unseasoned young Presley, at the mere age of eighteen, to enter the office of Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee, and pronounce that he wanted to buy studio time. It was there, during the summer of 1953, that Presley would make history with his recorded version of Arthur Crudup’s “That’s Alright Mama,” which later aired on Dewey Phillips’ Red Hot and Blue radio show. The jangly strumming of the guitar, paired with the smacking of Bill Black’s upright bass and Scotty Moore’s electric guitar floating overtop, would become a sound that Sam Phillips, the brains behind the operation at Sun Records, would use to launch Presley into stardom the following year.

And yet, with the fame there had been a distinctly troubled nature—at times even tortured—that Elvis would maintain throughout his life; this, of course, would culminate in the deterioration of his health and eventual demise at Graceland, his famous home, in 1977. But throughout his early career especially, the raucous and energetic nature of his performances, as well as the overt sexuality he exuded as a young male rising to stardom in a liberated, post-war America of the 1950s, came with a price. His talents were decried by the puritanical attitudes of the upper class, and often shunned due to what many considered a vulgar or depraved display of untamed youth. Much like his predecessor Robert Johnson, what many perceived as a transparent association with corruption and the wicked influences of the Devil himself had become embodied in this young antihero, who went ahead, hips swiveling, as he danced across the airwaves and into the minds and hearts of a relentless young female audience.

Sympathy for the Devil

The rock ‘n’ roll sounds that Presley initiated would not only define Presley’s image and audible signature. If anything, Presley’s influence on the new genre of rock music would also serve as a catalyst for new sounds to come, and within a decade of his arrival on the American music scene, the sounds of loud electric guitars and up-tempo drum beats had crossed the great Atlantic, and were now reverberating back toward the States in the form of the British Invasion. Bands like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones had become both heroes and heartthrobs, in addition to garnering infamy as the new folk devils of the era, sprinkling the seeds of bad influence amidst the youth of the western world. Each of these famous British powerhouses would garner their own varieties of controversy in the realm of the wicked; The Beatles would capture the stern eye of the faithful in the aftermath of guitarist John Lennon’s admission that he and his mates may have grown to be “bigger than Jesus.” Not to be outdone, Mick Jagger and band mate Keith Richards (less renowned for the sort of subtlety Lennon and McCartney’s songwriting would exemplify), went on to release a studio album with the overtly controversial title Their Satanic Majesties Request, followed by Beggar’s Banquet featuring the unforgettable fictional pleas of the historic Lucifer himself in the song “Sympathy for the Devil.”


While one could speculate about the meaning behind the more esoteric compositions in the Beatles’ repertoire, The Stones seemed to prefer to lay it all out there; though in truth, neither party really seemed to take the idea of enrollment under any supposed “Satanic Majesties” very literally, Jagger and Richards preferring instead the mere shock value of associating their brand of popular rock music with overt references to demonology. Commenting on the public perception of The Stones as an evil force at work in the world, Richards told Rolling Stone Magazine in 1971 that,

“Before, we were just innocent kids out for a good time, they’re saying, ‘They’re evil, they’re evil.’ Oh, I’m evil, really? So that makes you start thinking about evil… What is evil? Half of it, I don’t know how much people think of Mick as the devil or as just a good rock performer or what? There are black magicians who think we are acting as unknown agents of Lucifer and others who think we are Lucifer. Everybody’s Lucifer.”

Voodoo Chile


While the obvious influence that blues music played in the formation of rock ‘n’ roll had been apparent in rock bands from England, a truly curious instance of multicultural influences being infused into the soulful creation of rock music came into fruition with the arrival of Jimi Hendrix and his three-piece group, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, in the latter part of 1966. Interestingly, Hendrix had only seen rudimentary success in the United States, and would not manage to break through into the greater pop market until traveling to England, and under the oversight of Animals bassist Chaz Chandler, would begin sitting in with groups like Eric Clapton’s group, Cream, in addition to performing a handful of showcases with Noel Redding, actually a reluctant guitarist who had been repositioned on bass, and the obviously jazz-influenced drummer Mitch Mitchell. Soon would follow the release of the group’s first hit, a recording of Billy Robert’s modern “traditional” classic, “Hey Joe,” which had become a popular cover song performed by artists of the era such as The Byrds and, in years that followed, many others, once Hendrix had further popularized the tune. Despite his background playing as a sideman in groups supporting names like Little Richard and Curtis Knight, one Hendrix became the front man of his own group, many of his more memorable performances featured renditions of songs such as “Like a Rolling Stone,” which he played seamlessly before an excited audience at the famous Monterrey Pop Festival, providing a stateside homecoming, of sorts, for Hendrix. The guitarist would also go on to perform and record such Dylan classics as “All Along the Watchtower,” coloring his renditions of the folk singer’s material with his own unique and innovative—if not at times grungy and artistically undisciplined—guitar style.

But the odd dichotomy underlying James Marshall Hendrix, or Johnny Allen Hendrix, as he was dubbed at birth, is indeed far more curious than merely his song selection. Hendrix, whose paternal grandparents had been a blend of American white, African, and Cherokee Indian, would also lend cultural elements that, over time, would suffuse the budding guitarist’s desires, interests, and even spirituality. Overt references to voodoo practices would emerge in Hendrix’s darker blues renditions, most notably the famous “Voodoo Chile (slight return),” where a collection of supernatural taunts are issued throughout:

If I don’t meet you no more in this world,
I’ll meet you in the next one, so don’t be late.

It was alleged by conga player Kwasi Dzidzornu, who performed alongside Hendrix in later band formations and studio recordings, that many of Hendrix’s rhythms were identical to those he had heard his father perform at home in Ghana, West Africa, during voodoo rituals. Biographer David Henderson wrote in his book ‘Scuse Me While I Kiss The Sky that, “The way Jimi danced to the rhythms of his playing reminded him of the ceremonial dances to the rhythms his father played to Oxun, the god of thunder and lightening,” in a ritual ceremony called Voodooshi.

There were also legends stemming from the Cherokee side, which alleged that if a child’s name were changed early after his birth, that his soul would also be split in half. Though more superstitious in nature than the obvious traces to tribal dance emanating from Hendrix’s recorded music, Hendrix himself often claimed that he felt a second soul resided within him, and that at times he had great difficulty in abiding alongside with this presumed spirit occupant. “[Jimi] believed that he was possessed by some spirit,” his friend Alan Douglas would later claim. “I got to believe it myself, and that is what we had to deal with all the time. And he was very humble about discussing it with people because he didn’t want people to feel he was being pretentious and so on, but he really believed it and he was wrestling with it constantly”. Much the same, Hendrix’s one-time girlfriend Lithofayne Pridgeon, whom he met while living in Harlem, New York, said that Hendrix, “used to always talk about some devil. Something was in him, and he didn’t have any control over it. He didn’t know what made him act the way he acted, and what made him say the things he said, and songs and different things like that just come out of him… It seems like, to me, he was so tormented and so torn apart and he really was obsessed with something really evil.”

And whatever torment may have been working behind the scenes throughout Hendrix’s life, spiritual or otherwise, it would eventually assist in his early demise, much the likes of Elvis Presley, and perhaps most famously, other members of that clandestine collection of rock idols known informally as the “27 Club.” This “club” consists of rock performers who have met early deaths at the age of twenty-seven, and with a startling consistency; not only had Hendrix’s early predecessor, Robert Johnson, also died at the age of 27, but many of the psychedelic guitarist’s contemporaries met similar fates, including Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones, as well as singers Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin. This curious trend would not resolve with the hippie generation, however; other artists in decades to follow, including Nirvana singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain and, more recently, singer Amy Winehouse, would meet similar untimely fates.

In fact, the latter of these artists, the young Amy Winehouse, may have even foreseen her death at this unlucky age. As reported in 2008 at the website, Alex Haines, the former personal assistant to the civilly disobedient singer, had noted:

“It was my job to look after her. But it was impossible. I thought she wouldn’t survive the year with all the drugs and self-harming. Cutting herself was her favorite pastime… She’d keep taking drugs until she passed out. I reckon she spent £3,500 a week on them…. She reckoned she would join the 27 Club of rock stars who died at that age. She told me, ‘I have a feeling I’m gonna die young’.”

Sadly, in the case of the late Amy Winehouse, it is difficult to determine whether her foreboding belief that she would join that ill-fated regimen may have been more a case of self-fulfilling prophecy, rather than being the result of any valid premonition. 

“I Think of Demons”

During the same years Jimi Hendrix would reach the crest of fame, a young American rock singer had been working with equal passion—if not quite the same degree of efficiency—at laying his own foundations within the growing new sub-genre of “psychedelic rock” which, curiously had begun to form something of a hub around central Texas. Roger Kynard Erickson, who, like Hendrix and many others, adopted the more edgy sounding “Roky Erickson” as his onstage name, would become a founding member of the seminal psychedelic group, The Thirteenth Floor Elevators, producing regional the likes of the bittersweet breakup song, “You’re Gonna Miss Me,” and later on, the more adventurous and rollicking, “Slip Inside This House.”


Similar in some fashion to Hendrix, Erickson would also claim to be a vessel to various forms of nonhuman “intelligence,” beginning in the late 1960s when he was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. Erickson would spend time under psychiatric observation and hospitalization, where he had been an off and on subject of involuntary electroconvulsive shock-therapy practices that were still in use at the time.

Erickson, who maintained a lifelong fascination with extraterrestrial life, had been born only eleven days after a New Mexico rancher named Mac Brazel began claiming that a strange “flying disc” had landed on his property near Roswell, New Mexico. The story would later make national headlines, and decades after the fact, would become one of the most widely debated conspiracies in the history of ufology. Erikson, rather than becoming a UFO buff the likes of Stanton Friedman and others who pursued the Roswell mystery, would instead begin to claim in his early 30’s that, quite literally, a “Martian” had taken possession of his body, and that other “humans” were attacking him psychically. In 1980, Erickson told journalists:

I’ve gone through three changes. I thought I was a Christian, and then I was with the Devil, where I signed my soul to the Devil… and then the third one, where I know who I am. I feel like I’m a monster. I feel like I know I’m the robe of many colors spoke of in the Bible; in other words, a demon, a gremlin, a goblin, a vampire, a ghost, and [an] alien, with a brain about this big.”

The Song Remains Occult


Any foray into the history of magical and supernatural interactions within the world of rock music would have to take a decidedly darker turn with the inclusion of Jimmy Page, the famous guitarist and compositional genius behind the hard rock super group Led Zeppelin. While the band, on the whole, incorporated a variety of elements from Celtic and pre-Christian mythologies into their music and associated imagery, it was Page’s specific fascination with the occultist Aleister Crowley that garnered so much infamy throughout the band’s career.

Crowley’s history is as strange and sordid, if not more so even, than the typical rock star of today; the history of his study into the realms of black magick and taboo sexual rituals has been popularized in modern times, particularly in reference to study of the unexplained and, of all things, UFO phenomenon. For instance, it is widely held by many UFO researchers who incorporate study of alien abduction into the mythos surrounding unidentified flying objects that Crowley, sometime in the 1920s while living in New York, may have actually stumbled onto the existence of the so-called alien “grays” during an elaborate magical ritual known as “The Amalantrah Working.” The story, framed in its briefest particulars, involved Crowley working with an assistant named Roddie Minor, with whom he managed to elicit contact through some variety of dimensional gateway. This being, according to some ufologists, is said to represent the occupants of various UFO craft reported over the last several decades.


Whether or not Crowley and his brand of occultism could be linked to the history of ufology in any definitive way, we do know that Page’s fascination stemmed from Crowley’s writings and general charisma; the guitarist would go on to pursue an elaborate collection of Crowley’s writings and, at one time, even the infamous Boleskin House, Crowley’s former residence that stood along the dismal South-Eastern shores of Scotland’s famous Loch Ness, believed to be the home of a mystery beast of truly monstrous proportions. The Boleskin House according to Page, was the location of a truly terrifying apparition: the ghost of a “severed head” that would occasionally be seen within. Crowley, who owned the house up until 1913, also claimed the place to be a sort of “Mecca” for the spiritual philosophy of Thelema. By all accounts, the esoteric connections to the darkened corridors of famed Boleskin House and its curious residents are many.

However, despite his fascination with Crowley and the occult, Page would repeatedly deny having any personal involvement with devil worship or satanic ritual throughout his career, particularly following the death of fellow band mate Robert Plant’s son, Karac, in 1977. Despite criticisms for his “dabbling” in the occult, to borrow the demeaning accusation once launched against the guitarist by director Kenneth Anger, Page nonetheless continued to defend his interest in Aleister Crowley, discussing the matter in the British Sound newspaper the following year:

I feel Aleister Crowley is a misunderstood genius of the 20th century. Because his whole thing was liberation of the person, of the entity, and that restrictions would foul you up, lead to frustration which leads to violence, crime, mental breakdown, depending on what sort of makeup you have underneath. The further this age we’re in now gets into technology and alienation, a lot of the points he’s made seem to manifest themselves all down the line.

And maybe, taking Page’s summation of Crowley at its face, there is indeed merit to this perspective. We live in a culture where our own inner monsters lash out in senseless attacks the likes of school shootings, intent on destroying innocents for no apparent purpose other than the glory of being remembered for something—for anything, really—and with little discrimination regarding whether that memory is forever rooted in violence or hatred. Whereas, Page might have argued, Crowley’s famous channeled work, The Book of The Law, famously expressed that one should “Do what thou wilt, and that shall be the whole of the law,” further stating that, “Love is the law, love under will. Nor let the fools mistake love; for there are love and love. There is the dove, and there is the serpent. Choose ye well! He, my prophet, hath chosen, knowing the law of the fortress, and the great mystery of the House of God.” Arguably, many of us today could stand to gain from making more careful life choices, and no doubt, from working to incorporate a bit more love into those decisions as well.

The story of magical and occult underpinnings within the history of rock music continues laboriously onward, and far more could still be said of the subject than could be allowed here. Within the context of roots and symbols, as well as the forlorn archetypes that bed themselves within the complex substructure of artistic expression through music itself, this grand, emergent vision only seems to convey more clearly with time that, despite the fear and wickedness many have tried to associate with music—especially the raw primal energy exerted through rock ‘n’roll—the innate expression of our world’s mysteries through the craft of song is indeed truly beautiful. It is only natural to fear what we don’t understand, and as our musicological study of occult influence in rock shows, there have indeed been more than a few times where the circumstances have seemed more “alien” than anything innate to the known senses; and hence, people reject this expression, or worse, they chase after it, in an attempt to thwart the beast as it emerges… all the while mistaking the mere artistic rendering for being the monster itself.

David Bowie en "Rock in Chile"

Indeed, those things relegated to the world of song are often far too alien, or even dangerous, for us to exist alongside within the context of the everyday, and thus they become immortalized in the non-terrestrial starscape that is the limitless potential of music and song. How fitting, then, that the lyrics of David Bowie’s “Starman,” where the singer himself “channeled” an alien known as Ziggy Stardust, come suddenly to mind, ambling forth from the subspace of famous rock quips and quotes:

There’s a starman waiting in the sky
He’d like to come and meet us,
But he thinks he’d blow our minds

And that, as Bowie’s alien character surmised, is what musical expression is really all about to begin with; making that connection, even at the risk of blowing a few minds, and doing so while conveying the similar promise of an artistic medium through which our inner devils can be allowed to rollick and play, rather than be stifled. The fear of “blowing one’s mind” is far less threatening, after all, than the actualization of those negativities; the very things we often find in rock music, and even more so, the very sorts of things we don’t wish to have to abide by in the real and waking world.

ACDC concert image by, via Wikimedia CommonsJimmy Page image by Dina Regine via Wikimedia Commons. Roky Erickson image by Ron Baker via Wikimedia Commons. All other images public domain.



A secret ancient book about the self-destruction of civilization: everything happens according to what was written

A secret ancient book about the self-destruction of civilization: everything happens according to what was written 99

For the first time this mysterious book was mentioned by the Greek philosopher Apollonius of Tyana in the 1st century AD. In his writings it is mentioned that while traveling across India, in one of the temples he was given to familiarize himself with the unique book “Jiang’s stanzas “. It turned the philosopher’s worldview after reading it and gained esoteric knowledge and abilities, comprehended the secret processes of everything that happens on earth.

A secret ancient book about the self-destruction of civilization

However, the philosopher died shortly after returning to his homeland under mysterious circumstances, not having time to share his knowledge. It is believed that such a fate befalls everyone who reads this book. For the knowledge set forth in it, should not be known to uninitiated people.

But the book periodically pops up in history. It is believed that several of its copies wander around the temples of India, while the original is kept in Tibet, in the hands of a secret society.

What is this book about? Why are the powerful of the world hunting for it? The book describes the technology of bringing human civilization to self-destruction. And, as if, at least once, humanity has already destroyed itself according to this scheme. And now it is again moving towards this by leaps and bounds.

A secret ancient book about the self-destruction of civilization

Two forces are fighting for the book: some want to put the mechanism into action with all their might, while others, on the contrary, want to slow down the process of destruction. The book fell into the hands of both parties in due time.

Blavatsky played a significant role in the fact that, in general, the content of the book was leaked from the Indian Brahmans, who for a long time were monopolists of the secret knowledge of Jiang’s stanzas. But she was rather just a pawn in a big game.

A certain Kut Humi Lan Sing made her a disciple of mahatmas, possessors of secret knowledge. Blavatsky eventually managed to gain their trust and they entrusted her with the book, giving her a copy for study. Blavatsky supposedly took it to London, where she translated the book into English. But it was stolen from the safe deposit box where she kept it. And even, there is an opinion that the stolen copy was taken to Russia and at one time fell into the hands of Stalin.

He, guided by what was written, could counteract the forces that trigger the mechanism for the destruction of humanity. He knew their strategy and anticipated their actions.

Helena Blavatsky, realizing that she was only a courier or translator, still benefited for herself, reflecting the ideas of the book in her “Secret Doctrine”.

A secret ancient book about the self-destruction of civilization

What is the idea behind the book? People who claim to have had access to it say that humanity is led to bring material values ​​to the fore for everyone. To educate a generation of soulless materialists. Destroy nature. Change the human genome. Build biorobots. Life on the planet will be reduced to several elite tower cities that will be served by biorobots.

As you understand, this is just a theory based on some facts, the truth of which is 100% impossible to be sure. But you can think and draw conclusions.

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Books of omnipotence: what pharaohs and kings forbade their subjects to read

Books of omnipotence: what pharaohs and kings forbade their subjects to read 100

All the rulers loved to burn books. But these volumes were strictly forbidden: it was believed that they held the key to absolute power.

The Sacred Book of Thoth is about how to revive humanity and communicate with spirits

According to the beliefs of the ancient Egyptians, Thoth was a kind of mediator who transmitted the “word of the Gods” to people. He himself belonged to them – he was revered as the god of wisdom and the patron of sciences. 

In ancient Egypt, there was a legend that Thoth knew the secret of Atlantis, that it was he who became the keeper of the ancient knowledge of a civilization destroyed in an unknown way. But the most mysterious and powerful of his books is the “Emerald Tablet”, or “The Sacred Book of Thoth”, written ten thousand years ago on thin gold plates (there were 78 of them). 

On many of these plates were written the secrets of the Atlanteans: it was they, according to legend, that allowed the Egyptians to build such a highly developed civilization.

Unfortunately, practically nothing of the former wisdom has survived to this day. The information from the gold plates was copied into papyrus, but then the Inquisition hastened to destroy these leaves, zealously fighting heresy. The golden pages were also gradually lost. All that remains is a few sheets of old papyrus stored in Egypt, in the Library of Alexandria.

But the “Book of Thoth” contained the secret of the revival of mankind, she told how to communicate with spirits, raise the dead and influence the consciousness of people …

It is believed that this book has reached our days in the form of Tarot cards, that ancient knowledge is encrypted in them and that they are a model of the magical Universe.

Jiang’s Stanzas – an alien legacy

Helena Blavatskaya (a Russian noblewoman in the occult sciences) spoke about this ancient manuscript in her work The Secret Doctrine. Jiang’s Stanzas are considered one of the most mysterious books in history. They said that aliens from Venus passed it on to people, and that the book contains unique knowledge, thanks to which one can compose a complete picture of the universe.

One of the initiates who had the right to touch this book was the ancient Greek healer and seer Apollonius of Tyana. He received “Jiang’s Stanzas” from Indian priests.Blavatsky’s copy of the Stanzas also came as a gift from the priests with whom she became friends during her travels in India. 

Barely returning from her trip, Madame Blavatsky translated the book into English, and hid the original in a safe. The next time she was in India, she suddenly received threats: the brahmanas demanded that the book be returned to them, otherwise Blavatsky was threatened with a terrible death.

Sh did not attach any importance to these threats. But soon she fell seriously ill and only miraculously returned to life. Every now and then she was haunted by strange mystical events – they tried to blow her up, shoot her.

She managed to write the “Secret Doctrine” based on the knowledge obtained from the “Stanzas”, but the book kept in a locked safe disappeared without a trace, and Blavatsky herself died.

Secrets of the Worm – Lost Warlock Manuscript

Tertius Sibelius was born around 280 AD and was destined to become a Roman warrior. By right of the strong, this guy often took away from people (less often – bought) all kinds of artifacts. Most of all, he was interested in the papyrus scrolls, in which one could find rare information of religious and philosophical content.

Among these papyri, Sibelius had a special attitude to the black books. Under the guidance of one of the Ethiopian warlocks, he himself wrote the book “Secrets of the Worm”, which became a guide for the founders of all kinds of satanic sects.

Christian emperors later banned Sibelius’s creation and tried to destroy the god-loathing book. But, as they say, even today it “pops up” here and there, in some abandoned second-hand bookstores. Although, of course, it is not necessary to speak about the authenticity of these books, passed off as the revelations of Sibelius.

Is the Necronomicon a trendy hoax or a dangerous spellbook?

The author of the grimoire book (that is, containing the texts of spells and magical rites to summon otherworldly entities) is called the American horror writer Howard Lovecraft. It is said that Lovecraft, having finished writing “Necronomicon” and realizing what kind of “time bomb” he had created, he himself was mortally frightened and destroyed his work. 

And then he began to spread rumors that the Necronomicon was just a hoax, that he invented this book in order to terrify his contemporaries. It is not known which of this is true and which is fiction, only other writers began to create their own “Necronomicons” and claim that their books can help summon the ancient terrible gods into the real world and change it forever. 

If that’s true, it’s good that the original Necronomicon is gone. If it even existed, of course.

“The Voynich Manuscript” – you can see, you cannot read

Author unknown. Language is unknown. It is also impossible to say what the book is about, because it consists of many encrypted messages and incomprehensible drawings. For five centuries no one has been able to decipher it.

It was far from random people who were engaged in this decoding. The Voynich Manuscript, named after a bookseller who found an ancient book by accident, in the ruins of books, tried to unravel the largest scientists involved in cryptography, as well as cryptanalysts of the Second World War. The book is currently kept in the Yale University Library. One of the versions says that the Voynich Manuscript is something like an ancient textbook on medicine or pharmacology. However, this version is just an assumption. Like others – about, for example, that the book teaches power over the world.

In 2016, one of the Spanish publishers received the right to publish about a thousand copies of the “Manuscript”: rumors about this mysterious book aroused very strong interest. Thus, ordinary people got access to this artifact and can try to unravel its secret: the text is available on the Internet.

“Apocrypha” – the church forbids them, but keeps them

The official Church does not recognize the “Apocrypha”, because they tell stories on biblical subjects that were not included in the Bible and appeared before Christianity took shape as a religion. Some of the “Apocryphal” the church calls satanic, some of them were included in the Kabbalistic books.

It is forbidden to read the “Apocrypha” in the church, and if one of the ministers violates this ban, he is defrocked. However, sometimes the content of the “Apocrypha” is used as an illustration for events about which the Holy Scripture is silent, but which are considered to be reliable.

So, among the “Apocrypha” – and the Gospel, the authors of which are called the disciples of Jesus. They are kept at the Vatican. In the Middle Ages, anyone who dared to stick his nose into the Apocrypha was immediately burnt at the stake.

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Occult Third Reich: These are the multiple times Nazis tried to use supernatural powers

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The myth about the love of the Nazis in general and Hitler in particular for the supernatural is widespread and well monetized. Films about legions of mutant zombies who were taken out in secret laboratories, about devilish rituals, the search for the “spear of fate” and the like take pride of place in the lists of category B paintings.

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And the myth has a serious factual background. There is even a special term – “Nazi occultism”. For example, the British religious scholar Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke believes that occult doctrines had a decisive influence on the formation of the ideology of National Socialism.

And although his theory has many opponents, no one argues that Hitler wanted to recreate a new race of demigods based on the “pure Aryans.” In general, the Nazis tried to resort to the help of occult forces quite often.

Hitler hired a Jewish clairvoyant to predict his future

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In January 1933, shortly before taking office as German Chancellor, Adolf Hitler visited the clairvoyant Erik Jan Hanussen (pictured above, center) to learn about his future.

Hanussen had caught Hitler’s attention a year earlier when he published an article predicting that Hitler would become German chancellor in 1933.

During the session, Hanussen told Hitler that his future would be favorable, but an obstacle would arise in his path. The psychic promised to use some kind of magic spell to ensure Hitler’s success. To do this, he took mandrake root from the butcher’s yard and buried it in the light of the full moon in Braunau am Inn, the city where Hitler was born.

True, Hitler had no idea that Hanussen was a Jew. And Hanussen, in turn, thought he could convince Hitler that anti-Semitism was not a good idea. In general, Hanussen was not very good at predicting the future.

Hitler hired a specialist to magically detect Jews

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After the end of the First World War, Adolf Hitler became friends with the physician Wilhelm Gutberlet, who claimed that he possessed the superpower of recognizing Jews from a distance.

The method used by Gutberlet was quite simple: he swung the pendulum and loudly asked to point to the Jew. They became very close on the topic of anti-Semitism, and before Joseph Goebbels came to power, Gutberlet was in charge of propaganda in the Nazi party. He probably had to rotate his magic pendulum quite often.

Hitler’s astrologer

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A few days before the assassination attempt on Hitler in the Munich beer hall “Bürgerbreukeller” in 1939, the Swiss astrologer Karl Ernst Kraft tried to warn Hitler that his life was in danger.

In early November 1939 he wrote a letter to his friend Dr. Heinrich Fesel, who worked for Heinrich Himmler. In the letter, Kraft warned that Hitler would be in danger from November 8-10 and asked him to cancel all public appearances.

At first, Heinrich Fesel did not attach any importance to the letter, but after the bombing, he nevertheless informed Himmler, and Kraft was officially hired by the Nazi party. As a staff astrologer, Kraft had to analyze the predictions of Nostradamus, and, of course, in such a way that Germany won the war.

Dietrich Eckart predicted Hitler would become the German messiah

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German journalist Dietrich Eckart was a huge influence on Hitler in the early days of the Nazi movement. He was at the origins of the German Workers’ Party, which later became the NSDAP, and, like Hitler, was a member of the Thule Society, an occult organization that believed that Germany was destined to become the homeland of a new messiah, who would turn it into the Promised Land.

This Messiah, according to Eckart, was none other than Adolf Hitler. In addition, Eckart convinced Hitler by all means that the Jews wanted to destroy the German state and that the messiah’s task was to cleanse the country of them.

Of course, Hitler never officially admitted that he supported Eckart’s ideas about his God-chosenness. But he dedicated Mein Kampf to him, and that says something.

The Nazis believed in the theory of the creation of the universe, which Hans Herbirger saw in a dream

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The official doctrine of the creation of the universe in Nazi Germany was the Doctrine of Eternal Ice, developed by the Austrian engineer Hans Herbiger. According to her, our Galaxy was born as a result of the interaction of the super-sun and blocks of space ice. This theory ran counter to astrology, but in the eyes of Hitler it was even its plus. And Herbiger himself did not like astronomy. “Objective science is a pernicious invention, a totem of decline,” the scientist wrote.

Herbiger also claimed that in the entire history of the existence of the Earth, she had four moons. The previous three have already fallen to the Earth, and each time it became a global cataclysm, due to which the geological era changed on the Earth. The fourth (current) Moon, too, sooner or later must fall to Earth, as evidenced by Herbiger in John the Theologian.

According to the same concept, the USSR was a power of the “world ice” as opposed to the solar Third Reich. All would be fine, but this concept came to Herbiger in a dream.

Project SP used magic pendulums to find warships

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There was a secret office in Berlin with the letters SP on the door. The letters stood for “Sidereal pendulum”, and inside the Nazi psychics, using magic pendulums, tried to find British ships.

The Nazis started the project because they were convinced that the British were already spying on them with the same methods. In a report received by German intelligence, it was asserted that “the British have created an institute in which, with the help of pendulums, the positions of German warships, primarily submarines, are examined.”

In fact, the British had already hacked the Enigma cipher machine and read the encoded German messages, but the Nazis did not know this.

Once the SP department was able to find a damaged German battleship using a pendulum. Someone Ludwig Staniak did it. It was most likely just a coincidence, but the Nazis were so impressed that they created an entire department that spent days swinging pendulums over maps in an attempt to locate the enemy.

Heinrich Himmler was confident that he could predict the future

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According to Wilhelm Wolff, Heinrich Himmler’s personal astrologer, he not only hired people with supernatural abilities, but was confident that he could predict the future himself.

So, for example, Wulf argued that Himmler never made decisions without first checking the position of the moon and stars, and all the commands he gave to the Nazi army were based on astrological calculations.

Ironically, it was Himmler who ultimately banned astrology across Germany, but according to Wolfe, he did so because he feared astrology was too powerful.

“We cannot allow others but ourselves to engage in astrology. Astrology should remain a privilege singulorum in the National Socialist state, and not belong to the broad masses ”- these words really belong to Himmler.

SS Brigadeführer convinced Himmler that Jesus was German

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The first half of the twentieth century was generally fruitful for strange ideas in Germany. The German occultist Karl Wiligut was especially distinguished, who claimed that German culture originated in 228,000 BC, when there were three suns in the sky, and giants and dwarfs roamed the Earth. Wiligut also insisted that Jesus was German and that his real name was Christ.

Wiligut was fond of occult ideas from childhood and after the First World War even spent some time in a psychiatric hospital with a diagnosis of schizophrenia. However, Karl Wiligut’s close friend Heinrich Himmler was not at all embarrassed by this diagnosis. Moreover, under his patronage, Wiligut took over as head of the Department for the Study of Early History, created especially for him within the SS. Wiligut considered himself a descendant of the ancient Germanic god, and Himmler – the reincarnation of the medieval knight Heinrich Fowler.

Among the achievements of Wiligut is the development of the design of the “Death’s Head” ring, which was awarded to distinguished SS officers, as well as the performance of mystical rituals in the castle of Wewelsburg, which he proclaimed the “German Camelot”.

Rudolf Hess betrayed Hitler because six planets were in the constellation Taurus

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On May 10, 1941, Deputy Fuehrer Rudolf Hess made a solo flight to Scotland, where he tried, on his own initiative, to persuade the British government to make peace with Nazi Germany. This reckless step was doomed to failure, and many wondered why the hell Hess had to do this.

The answer turned out to be even stranger than one might imagine: he did it on the recommendation of his own astrologer. More precisely, it was like this: a close friend of Hess, geographer Karl Haushofer, said that he had a dream in which Hess walked through the corridors of an English castle and brought peace between Great Britain and Germany.

Hess discussed this with his astrologer, who told him that six planets will be in Taurus on May 10, and there will also be a full moon, which means that the forecast for making peace is very favorable. And Hess went to the UK.

In Scotland, Hess was captured and until the end of the war he was in an English prison, and after that he became a participant in the Nuremberg Trials, where he was sentenced to forty years in prison. For some reason, the astrologer did not mention such a scenario.

The Nazis hired a psychic to find Mussolini

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After the Hess incident, Hitler banned the occultists from the Third Reich. This, however, did not prevent him and Heinrich Himmler from still resorting to the services of astrologers.

For example, when Mussolini was arrested in 1943 as a result of the June 25 coup, several occultists were promptly released from German prisons and ordered to find Mussolini. True, Hitler, as a safety net, even equipped a reconnaissance operation to search for, and also ordered to intercept radio communications.

As a result, one of the occultists, using a pendulum, “found” Mussolini on one of the islands to the west of Naples. At the same time, the Nazis intercepted a radio message that confirmed the location of the Duce.

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