Stray Thoughts On Death And Satan

Stray Thoughts On Death And Satan TO THE EDITOR OF THE THEOSOPHIST Madam, – Since you have published a posthumous letter of my Master and beloved friend, the late Éliphas Lévi, I think it would be agreeable to you to publish, if judged suitable, a few extracts of the many manuscripts in my possession, written expressly for, and given to, me by my ever-regretted MASTER. To begin, I send you – “Stray Thoughts on Death and Satan” from his pen. I cannot close this letter without expressing the deep indignation aroused in me by the base diatribes published in the London Spiritualist against your Society and its members. Every honest heart is irritated at such unfair treatment, especially when proceeding from a man of honour as Mr. Harrison (Editor of the Spiritualist) who admits in his journal anonymous contributions that are tantamount to libels. With the utmost respect, I […] Read More

1887: The Signs Of The Times

It is intensely interesting to follow season after season the rapid evolution and change of public thought in the direction of the mystical. The educated mind is most undeniably attempting to free itself from the heavy fetters of materialism. The ugly caterpillar is writhing in the agonies of death, under the powerful efforts of the psychic butterfly to escape from its science-built prison, and every day brings some new glad tidings of one or more such mental births to light. As the New York “Path” truly remarks in its September issue, when “Theosophical and kindred topics . . . are made the texts for novels,” and, we may add, scientific essays and brochures, “the implication is that interest in them has become diffused through all social ranks.” That kind of literature is “paradoxically proof that Occultism has passed beyond the region of careless amusement and entered that of serious […] Read More

1996: Aleister Crowley and the LAM Statement

© 1996 By Ian Blake Thus far in my articles on the paranormal I have tried to convey an impression of pragmatism and common sense, dealing almost exclusively with the brain, its functions and — more especially — its dysfunctions. My aim has always been to explain various types of phenomena without explaining them away. Magic and the occult have been mentioned on a number of occasions, but only in passing, as a side issue, as it were. In the main I have confined myself to “armchair UFOlogy”, leaving the wider implications (magical, spiritual, etc.) to other, possibly more capable hands. It is a fact however, that one seldom gets very far in these areas without coming across occult doctrine in one form or another, usually updated and translated into “new age” jargon. In this article I intend to examine some of the more esoteric aspects of UFOlogy, hopefully […] Read More