Monthly Archives: June 2011

Ideas Revisited: Slander as Tool of Ostracism, Golden Dawn Style

Earlier we talked about how occult groups self-identify with malefic  labels to define themselves a a community. This was an inversion of the sociological idea that  accusations of sacrifice and cannibalism are used to demonize “the other” in society. While … Continue reading

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Mysteria Misc. Maxima: June 24, 2011

Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet. The most valuable items of the Ritman Library are showing up on the private market, including Ficino’s Corpus Hermeticum. That sound … Continue reading

Posted in Christianity, Funny, M.M.M., Occult

Inside Toronto’s Oldest Synagogue

Ok, so the title is a little disingenuous, but the Knesseth Israel Synagogue is the oldest synagogue in Toronto that’s been in continuous use as a synagogue. Located in Toronto’s Junction, it also took part in the Doors Open festival … Continue reading

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Mysteria Misc. Maxima: June 17, 2011

Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet. Turns out religion may be much older than originally thought. The excavation of  Göbekli Tepe in Turkey has scholars re-thinking their … Continue reading

Posted in Academic, Culture, M.M.M., Occult

Magic, Ritual and Witchcraft, Summer 2011

Probably the most exciting thing to happen to me this week was receiving my copy of Magic, Ritual and Witchcraft, a peer-reviewed academic journal that members of the Societas Magica get with their dues. This is the first real academic … Continue reading

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Cult, Cults and the Occult

When I tell people I’m interested in the field of western esotericism, they usually look at me blankly. (Really blankly. Since I’m a religious studies major, they expect me to aspire to the sisterhood.)  I then have to explain: I … Continue reading

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Mysteria Misc. Maxima

Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet. Having your licence revoked is no match for God, or at least one man is hoping that’s the case. After Lynn … Continue reading

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