Since 2000, Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles has been home to the largest Día de los Muertos celebration outside of Mexico, and I attended for the first time this year. For 2022, the festivities centered on Mayahuel, the Aztec goddess of fertility and the agave plant. There were separate daytime and nighttime events happening, and I went to the latter, Noche de los Muertos. It was an evening filled with beautiful performances, rituals, altars, and so much more.Continue reading “Celebrating El Día de los Muertos at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery”
Spotlight On Content Creator Miss Magic Girl
Welcome to the enchanting universe of Magic Frigren! Get ready because you’re about to step into a world filled with mystical beings and imaginative inventions. The content creator, who hails from Sweden, developed her YouTube channel Miss Magic Girl TV several years ago and covers a menagerie of fascinating topics, including esotericism, literature, horror, crafting and more. She’s also quite gifted artistically and writes poetry, has published books, has a comic series, makes dolls and mixed media art, and is into filmmaking and stop motion animation.Continue reading “Spotlight On Content Creator Miss Magic Girl”
Practicing Magickal Self-Care
When I initially wrote this blog post, we were half-way through 2020. At the time, my mind flashed back to the moment I was excitedly counting down to the New Year, having no clue the months ahead would drastically transform humanity’s existence. That year challenged us significantly, to say the least—first with the global pandemic and then, with the call to action to take an active stance against racism.
Major shifts can send anyone into overload, and there comes a point when you need to stop and center yourself. Change and challenges are an inevitable and a natural part of existence. They’re what help us grow, and what matters is how we react to them. So, what are some of the best ways you can decompress when life becomes heavy? I’m going to share a few tips, from doing the one card Tarot pull to attending spiritual classes. Continue reading “Practicing Magickal Self-Care”
History’s Most Formidable Occult Figures
“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”