The Real Story of Angels & Demons

“Every visible thing in the world is put under the charge of an angel.”  – St Augustine In 2002 the British newspaper The Sunday Telegraph reported that the Vatican had banned the veneration of those angels who do not appear in the authorised texts of the Bible. This was an attempt to counter the influence of unnamed New Age groups who were allegedly recruiting new members within the Roman Catholic Church. In future, prayers were only to be directed to the three archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael who are mentioned in the Bible. According to the apocryphal and banned Book of Enoch these were the angelic beings responsible for binding the wicked fallen angels or Watchers who had transgressed God’s law. The news report said that the early Church had excluded the book, attributed to the Old Testament prophet and patriarch Enoch, from the authorized version of the Bible […] Read More

2014: Book of Spells Deciphered for Lovers, Exorcists and Healers

Need something to get her to notice you when flowers don’t work? Want to drive out an evil spirit or domineering boss? Suffering from black jaundice? Then the “Handbook of Ritual Power” is the book for you. This 20-page, 1,300-year-old Egyptian book of spells has been translated from its Coptic language by Macquarie University’s Malcolm Choat and the University of Sydney’s Iain Gardner in their new book, “A Coptic Handbook of Ritual Power.” Macquarie University acquired the book of spells from an antiques dealer in 1981. Its history before that is unknown, but its translators believe it originated around the ancient city Hermopolis near what is now Al Ashmunin in Upper Egypt. The text is written on parchment and bound in a folded format known as a codex. The first part of the text consists of prayers to well-known religious names like Jesus and David as well as to […] Read More

2014: The Enigma of Demonic Possession

Anneliese Michel Probably one of the more famous modern cases is the sad tale of Anneliese Michel. Born on September 21, 1952, Michel was diagnosed with having temporal lobe epilepsy at the age of 16. Michel was a German Catholic who lived in Leiblfing, Bavaria, West Germany. Her family is said to have been very religious and apparently attended Mass at least twice a week. Not having familiarity with Catholicism I can’t say whether that represents a normal amount or an “extreme” amount. I do think it’s worth noting her and her family’s deeply held religious convictions. I believe these beliefs may have played a part in the events which would unfold in her life. Around the time that Michel had gone off to college, in the ’70s, she suffered a third seizure while at a hospital where she was being treated for tuberculosis. The picture gets a little […] Read More

Water, Water, Everywhere!

I was skimming back through my copy of Fort’s The Book of the Damned as I often do, when I happened upon another fascinating phenomena which Fort describes and, in his unique humorist way, theorizes on a possible explanation for. In Lo!, Fort relates tale after tale of water seemingly manifesting within closed rooms with no external source apparent. In almost every case, it seems that great care was taken to attempt to track down where the water might be originating from, but none could be found. In nearly every case of this mysterious water manifestation, there was other strange phenomena occurring as well, and not entirely unlike poltergeist phenomena, young children are often in the vicinity of the water outbreaks. As if that were not enough, Fort also finds reports of water manifesting in isolated spots outside as well, usually focusing on a single tree. Classic Examples Fort […] Read More