Archive for March, 2018

My Thoughts on The Bardic Book of Becoming

Posted in Magick by Trial & Error on March 30, 2018 by Occult Detective

IvanIvan McBeth was one of those people — you know, a character. He had a big personality and was enthusiastic and infectious. The world needs more people like him in it. While his particular flavor of paganism was a wee bit estranged from my own worldview, his heart was always in the right place.

I did not know him well at all, but I was on friendly terms with people who moved in his circles, and he was a constant subject among them. We had a mutual fascination with standing stones and circles, of the power that coursed through the very earth, and of telluric currents and ley lines and the like.

I had not read any of his works before The Bardic Book of Becoming: an introduction to Modern Druidry, recently published by Weiser Books. His personality is on display throughout and as an initiation into the practices of the pagan folk who are trying to keep the fires of druidism alive in the 21st century, you’d be hard pressed to find a more inspiring book. How much is Ivan, and how much Fearn Lickfield, his co-author and partner, I cannot say. But what I can say, with confidence, is “buy this book”.

fearnThere is a simplicity to the writing, not that it is dumbed down or lacking in skillful acumen, but it speaks to the core of self. It is a testament to McBeth’s life’s work. There is a beauty in his dissertation, a joyful reverence for the sacred and of the sacred spaces, both natural and of those we construct.

While druidry is not my path, I was swept up in McBeth and Lickfield’s fervor and thus inspired to rethink, to reevaluate some of my own beliefs and theories about the nature of awareness and existence.

There are bold thoughts and erudite scholarship throughout. And if you’re not careful, like me, you’ll be swept away by the promised majesty and the kindling of boundless creativity that such mindfulness embraces.

druidryI loved this book. It made me want to lose myself in the woods and reconnect with the beings that call it home still.

I recommend The Bardic Book of Becoming wholeheartedly and doubly so the feelings that it inspired within me.

The Bardic Book of Becoming: an Introduction to Modern Druidry by Ivan McBeth and Fearn Lickfield is available wherever books are sold, including

Occult Detective T-Shirts

Posted in Occult Detectives with tags , on March 27, 2018 by Occult Detective


A new line of “occult detective” t-shirts has dropped on AMAZON. Each comes in Mens and Womens sizes and in five distinct and fashionable colors, though let’s be honest, the black is pretty sweet and apropos, all things considered.

They’re inexpensive (less than $14), well made, and magically delicious.

There are currently three designs available: Certified Occult Detective (Black, Brown, Dark Heather, Navy, and Olive); Black Cat Magick (Black, Brown, Dark Heather, Heather Grey, and Heather Blue); and Spirit Board Association (Dark Heather, Black, Navy, Olive, and Pink).

More designs to come.

My Review of The Periodic Table of Paranormal Elements

Posted in Magick by Trial & Error, Occult Detectives on March 21, 2018 by Occult Detective

My friend Jill Pingleton reached out to me last night to share the new iOS app she and her husband Roger have developed to aid in categorizing paranormal phenomenon. — The Periodic Table of Paranormal Elements.

I have known Jill and Roger for a number of years and have had the pleasure to investigate with both on several occasions. I found them to be studious and dedicated researchers and got to see firsthand a number of innovative experiments conducted using equipment designed by Roger and his colleagues. One in particular that stood out involved dry ice and lasers that was absolutely brilliant.

They’ve always had an eye for utilizing technology to enhance one’s paranormal investigations and experience, and I find their latest project — The Periodic Table of Paranormal Elements — to be their best foot forward to date.

It’s innovative, useful as hell, and really does a thorough job of classifying the various types of phenomena one might experience.


The Table Layout

The table is divided into five distinct categories of anomalous phenomenon, each represented by a color.

paranormal elements

Visual Elements are red. Auditory Elements are orange. Physiological Elements are yellow. Environmental Elements are green. Super Patterns are purple.

It’s all there. I picked my brain to come up with something not covered, but you can find them all there in these 103 classifications. Each element is clickable, with a useful explanation of what the phenomena is and with examples of types of phenomena reported.

Admittedly, some of these definitions could be refined and expanded upon, but it’s a work in progress and a terrific start.

Based on their categorization, in my 35 years as a paranormal adventurer (44 if you want to go all the way back to my first encounter), I have experienced 54 elements of paranormal phenomena, though I am tempted to say 55. Here’s my score card —

my paranormal elements

You’ll see 54 white circles representing those things I’ve experienced. The one in yellow, Wn, represents Portal/Window and is defined as “An opening or view into what appears to be a parallel universe, time or dimension. Can be visible or invisible (only known to intuitive individuals). Often a place where paranormal phenomena occur is attributed to portal activity. Portals have been seen as physical doors, near or touching the ground. Sometimes visible in the sky, during which time a different sky can be seen through the portal. May be related to Divergent Reality or Glitch In The Matrix.

I would add preternatural vortices and  temporal nexuses to this description. I have been investigating one particular location for twelve years now, and while I have long suspected it to be one or the other, the proof of such has alluded me. I know it to be true, deep down in my gut, but I have yet to see beyond the veil and glimpse the other side.


The Periodic Table of Paranormal Elements is an invaluable tool and I look forward to seeing how it evolves in the coming months and years. For one, I’d really like to see them add a “realtime” investigation log feature, allowing the user to be able to click and add each element as they occur, noting time, place, temp, etc.

The app is only .99¢ via the Apple App Store. It is a dollar well spent, believe me.

The Occult Detective’s #LastWrites with BethSheba Ashe

Posted in Last Writes with..., Magick by Trial & Error on March 19, 2018 by Occult Detective


sasheI was lucky enough to have cultivated an online friendship with Steven Ashe, a prolific author of the occult and a consummate musician. I found Steven’s scholarship brilliant and he was, point of fact, a talented and charming fellow whom I feel blessed to have had the pleasure to know, even if we were separated by an ocean and some change.

Sadly, he crossed over far too young, but thankfully he left behind a wealth of books on all manner of esoterica. He is greatly missed.

bsasheThrough Steven, I was introduced to his wife’s scholarship.

BethSheba Ashe is every bit her late husband’s equal. I have found her musings on facebook and twitter to be erudite and insightful, and I have marveled over some of her research in dissertations. She has a great instinct for spiritual and magical matters with an ability to connect dots and unknot some rather intricate meanderings in the occult sphere.

I reached out to BethSheba some time ago, inviting her to take part in my little Last Writes experiment. Blissfully, she has joined us now…

Not familiar with Last Writes? The premise is simple. My guests face their final rest, but before Death claims them they are granted a few earthly pleasures, the memories of which will travel with them into the great unknown.

What would be your last meal? I don’t really care, but I’d like to share it with friends and perhaps share a joint with them too.

 What would be the last book you’d like to read and last movie you’d like to watch? …something inspiring, but again – its not something that I really care about. Same with the last movie, although I’m looking forward to seeing Sherlock Holmes meet Doctor Who.

What is the last song you’d like to hear? … bird song.

Who is the first person you’d like to meet on the other side? …the same person I always meet when I’m on the other side. It would be very weird if they weren’t there. I enjoy the continuity of seeing them when I die.

Bob Freeman’s “First Born” Blog Tour

Posted in Occult Detectives, Writing in Theory & Practice with tags , , , , on March 12, 2018 by Occult Detective




I’ll be making the rounds all this week, promoting my occult detective collection, First Born, which is the opening chapter in my Liber Monstrorum Chronicles. As my appearances go live, I will update the blog roll accordingly.

Monday 3/12
Greg Mitchell’s The Coming Evil

Tuesday 3/13

Wednesday 3/14
Josh Reynold’s Hunting Monsters
Ginger Nuts of Horror’s “We’ve Got It Covered”

Thursday 3/15
Morgan Sylvia’s Through the Labyrinth

Friday 3/16
Sheila’s Guests and Reviews

Saturday 3/17
I Smell Sheep

Sunday 3/18
Jacob Floyd’s Ghosts and Monsters

Tuesday 3/20
Book in the Bag

My review of the Lunar Nomad Oracle

Posted in Magick by Trial & Error with tags , , on March 9, 2018 by Occult Detective

I fell in love with Shaheen Miro’s Lunar Nomad Oracle as soon as I opened the mailing envelope it arrived in. Within an attractive and sturdy slipcase you’ll find a comprehensive guidebook and a deck of 43 cards that promise to “unlock your creativity and awaken your intuition”. I am here to attest that they will do just that and so much more.


The artwork is stunning, with each card representing a little window into the imagination. There is a surreal, dream-like quality to the art that taps into your subconscious and ignites that sense of wonder and excitement that lurks inside us.

The guidebook does a superb job of leading the reader on a journey of discovery, of introducing them to their “lunar self”. I can’t imagine anyone not coming away from this without a better sense of themselves, of feeling whole and complete.

Miro is a natural storyteller, with a real gift for tapping into the mystical imagery that speaks to the reader on an inner level.

This is the place of etherealness and boundless reverie.

This is a deck that I would highly recommend, not just to tarot enthusiasts and the magically inclined, but to all creatives and would-be artisans. This is a trip into otherworldly realms, into the dreamland, that place where we visit when we lay ourselves down to sleep. The Lunar Nomad Oracle allows that door to be opened whilst you’re wide awake, inviting your full potential for imaginative thinking to be unfettered and free.

In case I’m being unclear: I loved this deck and think you will too.

Shaheen Miro’s Lunar Nomad Oracle is available in bookstores and online marketplaces throughout the prime material plane. Visit your favorite scriptum emporium and bring this one home. But prepare yourself to dream while you’re awake…

TAC Presents The Study Havamal

Posted in Magick by Trial & Error with tags , , on March 7, 2018 by Occult Detective

The Asatru Community is a non-profit organization whose aim is to be the central hub of a network that links individuals and kindreds around the world. It is a noble cause. TAC  is looking to provide a safe place for heathens to connect with one another, to share their knowledge and ideas, and to promote fellowship among all the various factions that make up the greater Asatru community.

I have been honored to have my artwork, “Midwinter”, selected to grace the cover of The Asatru Community’s Study Havamal. This edition will be sent, free of charge, to service men and women stationed around the globe.

BobFreeman, TAC Havamal Cover w

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