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Craig Conley
"Some kind of quirky genius of unlikely scholarship" -Geof Huth
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I love your zinger, "If you’re not lucky enough to receive a copy by divine intervention..." In one of my upcoming videos, I review a book without ever mentioning its title, noting how the best books have a knack for finding you on their own. :-)
"My job is to follow the trail wherever leads, even if that’s right into the gaping maw of the impossible" !!! What a fantastic line!
When we encounter fun and intriguing examples of magic words in the wilds of old literature and magazines, we post them here: Continue reading
I really like how your photo shows the number of page markers you added -- there's major visual impact, showing how you found valuable information throughout the book. Too many books have a strong beginning but then fizzle out (at least with fiction; I rarely read non-fiction, so I don't know if that genre suffers the way fiction does).
I was unaware of this book! Gene Wolfe's /Book of the New Sun/ is an all-time favorite around here.
Philip K. Dick confirmed that this is the age of iron. He called our present universe "the black iron prison."
Toggle Commented Apr 24, 2021 on Book Review: Urban Faery Magick at Gordon Meyer
Great bullet list of standout tidbits! I read Steinmeyer's introduction to the volume of the complete Charles Fort, and this biography is still on my to-read list. Sounds well-worth pursuing, so thanks for the reminder!
Toggle Commented Mar 30, 2021 on Book Review: Charles Fort at Gordon Meyer
Children's books can also be used to trigger altered states of consciousness. Dr. Raymond Moody uses Dr. Seuss books to replicate the experience of the ancient Mystery Cults -- reading just a few pages of the nonsense rhymes, in the setting of Moody's "Psychomanteum" (a dark chamber with a specially angled mirror, used as a sort of sacred space for communing with departed loved ones or exploring other dimensions) establishes a frame of mind for new and extraordinary perspectives. My own theory, based upon Moody's data, is that if stage magicians brought back the formal use of mysterious "magic words" in their presentations, their audiences' experience of genuine wonderment would be greater due to the triggering of an eerier state of consciousness.
Very charming account! Great link to the other account that also involved the black showing introducing the residents of the cemetery to the visitors.
Toggle Commented May 16, 2020 on A Cat at Begraafplaats Huis de Vraag at Gordon Meyer
I had this, too! Loved, loved, loved it.
This is a wonderful quotation. I've been reading some ancient Tibetan literature, and they held that speaking makes everything worse, too.
LOVE the story of Ragnar taking advantage of the restaurant's promotions. I feel as though Ragnar is soul family. Congratulations on the milestone!
Toggle Commented Mar 11, 2020 on A writing exercise milestone at Gordon Meyer
From our Abecedarian blog, a rare magic spell for conjuring a mermaid, and a magic spell for conjuring bunnies. Continue reading
Here’s a sneak peek at our article on how to effortlessly create Your Own Self-Assembling Divination Deck, revealing one of the best-kept secrets of cartomancy. Continue reading
From our main blog at OneLetterWords, here's a passage from William S. Burroughs (The Adding Machine) on how "coincidence" is a magic word for so-called rationalist science heroes to banish evidence of metaphysical phenomena. Burroughs also notes a surefire way to prove that scientism deals not with logic but with... Continue reading
Some items of Tarot interest from our main website: A page of swords as an exterminator A knight of swords with a night rainbow A fool in a lightning storm A page of cups toasts the starry sky A page of swords greets the rising sun A tarot party in... Continue reading
Really interesting to see how P.T. Murphy handles his albeit very, very small number of poor reviews over on Trip Adviser (his reviews are overwhelmingly very positive, but there is the very occasional grumpy audience member). He answers them all, most often with humor, occasionally with blunt directness in kind, and here and there he even offers to guarantee a better time if they return for another show. I found his approach exemplary.
Toggle Commented Dec 14, 2018 on Two important Galena visiting tips at Gordon Meyer
Yes, the title really is this long: Pencil Witch: Gems Gathered from the Mysteries Hidden for Ages, Under the Guidance of the Unseen Hand. Illustrated & Made Plain with as Few Occult Phrases as Possible. Every pencil is mystical, for consider the interplays: light, warm wood encases dark, cool carbon,... Continue reading
Because this blog is discovered only by the most exclusive few, here's the link to the secrets of spontaneously expanding one's quivering entangled vibrations: Continue reading
[From our Abecedarian blog.] Whether or not we define ghosts as living memories that share the circulations of our bodies (though why not?), we are all of us, no matter how skeptical or credulous, haunted. We are perhaps more haunted and overburdened by ghosts than we care or dare to... Continue reading
We're reading the latest Tim Powers novel, Alternate Routes, (about people who can see ghosts, about spirit radio communications, and about how there are at least dozens of people in Los Angeles who are alive). Speaking of ghosts … we once (and just did again) tried to track down who... Continue reading
Here are my secrets for landing a major book deal, even if you don't have a best-selling idea, weren't born into the right families, and don't work very hard: Continue reading
Pictured, we're listening to the whispers of a standing stone at Portmeirion, Wales, part of our research for the Tarot of Portmeirion deck and book. We're delighted by a new review of that project: The Trump L’Oeil Tarot of Portmeirion is an exciting Tarot experiment that cannot be missed in... Continue reading
From our Abecedarian blog: There's a weird magick hack you can use to discover more favorite music. You've heard the Faustian stories of musicians like folk legend Robert Johnson who stood at a crossroads and sold his soul to the devil for guitar-playing prowess. Well ... He's not the only... Continue reading
Here's a bookplate that turns the owner of a book into a wizard. From The Art of Modern Conjuring, For Wizards of All Ages by Henri Garenne, 1886. See Machinarium Verbosus: A Curiosity Cabinet of Gadgets to Transform Any Book & Reader, To Be Sure. Continue reading