Table-tipping workshop with mediums Reverend Jane and Chris Howarth. Erie, Pennsylvania, 2014. Photo by Shannon Taggart. Forever fascinated by the occult, we were immediately interested in the work of American artist Shannon Taggart, first brought to our attention by the ever-inspiring Pam Grossman. Taggart specializes in documenting contemporary Spiritualism, which she first discovered in her teens when […]
This drear, accursed masonry, Where even the welcome daylight strains But duskily through the painted panes. Hemmed in by many a toppling heap Of books worm-eaten, gray with dust, Which to the vaulted ceiling creep. –Goethe, Faust, Part One Located in Amsterdam, The Ritman Library, aka the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica, is a private library housing […]
To trace with the eye the sumptuous swells and ornate, swirling shadows of Jas Helena’s art is to be drawn into an evocative world of potent feminine mysticism. Appearing both demonic and divine (or, perhaps neither) against inky Byzantine backdrops, these saints and sirens, shamans and sorceresses beckon and beguile from the canvas; a tilt of an eyebrow or lift of a […]
Amazing vintage photos from the 1972 Rothschild Surrealist Ball, an elite gathering of the ultra wealthy and really, really bizarre. Rumored to have connections to the Illuminati and the “occult elite”, the parties thrown by this particular group of friends may have been some of the inspiration behind Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut.
After a hiatus of over a decade, I pulled my Tarot deck from my teenage years out of storage and started studying the cards again. Since then, I’ve been noticing beautiful decks in so many different places. Thoth Tarot This is the deck that I’ve been using the past few months. It replaced my original […]