History’s Most Formidable Occult Figures

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“To know, to dare, to will, to keep silence—such are the four words of the magus…”

The Doctrine and the Ritual of Magic, Eliphas Levi

The earliest use of the term “occult” emerged in the 16th century when studies such as astrology and natural magic were catalogued under the occult sciences. Fast forward to the 19th century and the word picked up momentum with the French associating it with esoteric groups. It’s believed that the phrase “occult” finally made its debut in the English language circa 1875 when esoterist Helena Blavatsky (more on her later) began using it in her works. Although the mention of the occult seems quite recent, traces of it might have existed for much longer, into the far reaches of centuries past.

The dark arts, black magic, Satanism, witchcraft, paganism, mysticism—these are just a few of the practices commonly connected to occultism. All the greater are the number of individuals throughout the ages to have been linked to the practice of it. In his book The Black Arts, Richard Cavendish says, “The magician sets out to conquer the universe. To succeed he must make himself master of everything in it—evil as well as good, cruelty as well as mercy, pain as well as pleasure.” Perhaps this is the mission to unite the souls I’m about to mention here; a common purpose propelling them throughout their lifetimes. Presented in chronological order, let’s have a look at some of history’s most formidable occult figures. Continue reading “History’s Most Formidable Occult Figures”

Top 10 Must-Read Dark Books

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With the current Coronavirus pandemic, life seems to have become its own horror story. A novel illness is running rampant across the globe, streets have become eerily quiet, citizens have been ordered to self-isolate and panic has turned as contagious as COVID-19. But not all is as dire as it seems.

Since we’ve suddenly had to adjust to a new way of existing, I think everyone needs a break from reality and nothing provides that more readily than a good book! I’ve created a list of Top 10 Dark Reads with varying levels of darkness. Some embody gallows humor, while others are just plain morbid. They are presented in no particular order, but I do believe I saved the most sinister for last. Continue reading “Top 10 Must-Read Dark Books”

Steven Johnson Leyba’s “FIRE” Exhibit & Ritual at The Dark Art Emporium

Steven Johnson Leyba's FIRE art exhibit
Steven Johnson Leyba’s FIRE art exhibit

He was ordained as a reverend into the Church of Satan by Anton Szandor LaVey in 1992, has placed curses on politicians and corporations, and caused media mayhem when, during his Apache Whiskey Rite as a political protest, he allowed himself to be anally penetrated by a woman wearing a harness with a bottle of Jack Daniel’s strapped to it. Continue reading “Steven Johnson Leyba’s “FIRE” Exhibit & Ritual at The Dark Art Emporium”

Hyaena Gallery Presents: “Dreaming of Spirits”

"Dreaming of Spirits" artwork
“Dreaming of Spirits” artwork

For its current exhibit, Hyaena Gallery in Burbank, California, is communing with phantoms and the other-worldly in “Dreaming of Spirits.” The group art show features pieces by more than a dozen artists that explore the ghosts that plague us, both figuratively and literally, tapping into mental, emotional and spiritual terrain. Continue reading “Hyaena Gallery Presents: “Dreaming of Spirits””

Aiden Sinclair Brings Illusions of the Passed to The Queen Mary

Entrance to the Revenant Room aboard The Queen Mary
Entrance to the Revenant Room aboard The Queen Mary

Recognized as one of the most haunted places in the world, The Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, is a ghost ship believed to be filled with phantom passengers. Master magician and apparitionist, Aiden Sinclair, invites the living to join him for an evening of spirit conjuring and paranormal activity aboard the vessel with his show Illusions of the Passed—if you’re willing to suspend your predisposed notions of reality. Continue reading “Aiden Sinclair Brings Illusions of the Passed to The Queen Mary”

MM Fabrications Debuts Unholy Collection: INRI

MM Fabrications INRI: Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate
MM Fabrications INRI: Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch’intrate

Missy Munster, the occult fashion designer behind MM Fabrications, revealed her latest collection of head and chest pieces—INRI: Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch’intrate. The theme references both the bible, “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews” and Dante Alighieri’s poem “Inferno” with the Italian phrase translating to “Abandon all hope, ye who enter.” Just as the poem’s protagonist journeys through Hell, attendees were welcomed into a dark realm that majestically evoked death and decay. Continue reading “MM Fabrications Debuts Unholy Collection: INRI”

Occult Art & Esoteric Delights at The Mystic Museum

Baphomet
Baphomet

The Mystic Museum in Burbank, California, just launched its first art show of the year in collaboration with alternative apparel shop BlackCraft Cult and it is wickedly enticing! The theme is “Occult in History and Pop Culture.” I have had a longstanding fascination with the occult, so I was quite excited about the event. I invite you all to have a look at what opening night had in store. Continue reading “Occult Art & Esoteric Delights at The Mystic Museum”

Welcome to the Lair of Leafar Seyer

"The Pain Isn't Over" art exhibit by Leafar Seyer of Prayers
“The Pain Isn’t Over” art exhibit by Leafar Seyer of Prayers

Images of Aleister Crowley, Baphomet, serpents, a skull-faced Virgin Mary, inverted crosses and the number 666 fill the gallery space at These Days in Los Angeles. This is the realm created by Leafar Seyer for his debut solo art exhibition “The Pain Isn’t Over.” The artist is one half of the duo Prayers — self-described cholo goth musicians who formed the electronic rock group back in 2013. Continue reading “Welcome to the Lair of Leafar Seyer”