Seven ( memes ) to Understand Me

Posted in Media on February 14, 2020 by Occult Detective

We are a culture of memes, and to be perfectly frank, most border on the ridiculous, but every once in a while, a meme strikes at the heart of something, offering an interesting exercise, and sometimes a glimpse into what a person, if nothing else, thinks of themselves.

Seven Films to Understand Me: The Whole Wide World. The Razor’s Edge. Raiders of the Lost Ark. Excalibur. The Devil Rides Out. The 13th Warrior. A Dark Song.

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Seven Books to Understand Me: The Secret Hide-Out. The Children of Odin. The Adept series. The Illuminatus trilogy. Foucault’s Pendulum. The Lord of the Rings. The complete Conan stories.

Seven People to Understand Me: Robert E. Howard. Frank Frazetta. Jimmy Page. Hans Holzer. Aleister Crowley. Katherine Kurtz. Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson.

Monday Morning Tarot Reading

Posted in Magick on February 10, 2020 by Occult Detective

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I usually start my work week by looking to the cards for guidance and thought I would share this morning’s reading. Usually I just do a quick three card draw, but I’ve got some weightier decisions to make this week so drew six instead.

The first thing I took note of was having drawn all major arcana. This tends to mean the universe is trying to hit you over the head with its biggest stick, so I’m taking this reading to heart.

Without going into detail, the general gist of what I was asking is business-related, but from a creative framework, not necessarily financial.

How I feel about myself: THE FOOL (discontent and uneasiness)

What I want most right now: STRENGTH (strength and willpower)

My fears: THE EMPEROR (elusive success, lack of support from an important male figure)

What is in my favor: TEMPERANCE (calm confidence)

What is holding me back: THE MAGICIAN (someone is being deceptive)

What is to come: THE HERMIT (a warning to not make hasty decisions)

I used my oldest deck for this reading, the Pixie/Rider-Waite deck I purchased when I was in junior high school (back when dinosaurs still roamed the earth). They’re bent, chipped, beat up, and worn, but for a forty year old deck, they’re still pretty spry.

 

My thoughts on Lon Milo DuQuette’s Allow Me to Introduce: An Insider’s Guide to the Occult

Posted in Book Review, Magick on February 4, 2020 by Occult Detective

allow me to introduceIt has been my utmost pleasure to immerse myself in Allow Me to Introduce: An Insider’s Guide to the Occult, the latest from Lon Milo DuQuette and Weiser Books. I enjoyed it so much, I read it twice before coming here to share it with you.

Released on the 1st of February, I received the book a few weeks beforehand, but life got in the way from me diving right in, and more’s the pity.

There’s a short but insightful Foreword by Brandy Williams (author of Practical Magic for Beginners) and an equally short Preface by the author.

What follows is a collection of Introductions Lon Milo DuQuette has written for dozens of books over the years, each and every one a treasure.

babalonDuQuette has one of those voices that is both comforting and erudite, while being filled with compassion, wisdom, and humor. He is self-depreciating in the most charming way, and DuQuette has the ability to make you feel that he is speaking to you alone, that you’re old friends, even as he is shining an illuminating light on the Western Mystery Traditions. It’s a gift that few have… probably because DuQuette is hogging all the best bits of it.

While I have read many of these Introductions before, there is nothing stale about them. And having them all collected together, in one place, is well worth the duplication, even if you possessed every book he’s been the harbinger of.

As for the book itself: I love the cover from a graphic design standpoint. The colors, fonts, and graphics are all brilliant. Inside you’ll find a comfortable typeface, easy on the eyes, which is becoming increasingly important to me.

There are a few typos. Nothing egregious, but they still pulled me out of my immersion. It happens, especially with dropped words. Spell-check doesn’t catch those. Believe me. I know all too well.

Look. It’s only February. Is this the best book you’re going to pick up this year? Probably. It’s worth every penny of the $19.95 cover price (and then some). If this book is not already on your bookshelf, it damn well should be.

Allow Me to Introduce: An Insider’s Guide to the Occult by Lon Milo DuQuette is available wherever books are sold, but as always, I recommend buying directly from the publisher (HERE) if you can. It helps to keep the publisher afloat and puts the most money in the author’s pocket. Always a good thing on both accounts.

Raising a horn to the memory of Dr. Hans Holzer on the 100th anniversary of his birth

Posted in Investigations, Occult Detectives, Paranormal on January 26, 2020 by Occult Detective

holzerOn of my most cherished childhood heroes was Dr. Hans Holzer, whom I discovered in the 1977 In Search of…Ghosts episode of the popular docu-series hosted by Leonard Nimoy. I would go on to read dozens of books written by the famed parapsychologist and his imprint on me in my own paranormal adventures has stayed with me the past 40+ years.

For my generation, he defined what a paranormal investigator was. He opened up a multiverse of possibilities.

He was one of the defining figures in my life. Today, we raise a horn to his memory, on this, the 100th anniversary of his birth in Vienna, Austria, January 26, 1920.

The paranormal community owes him a tremendous debt.

Spiritboxing

Posted in Investigations on January 20, 2020 by Occult Detective

Saturday, January 18, 2020, the Nightstalkers conducted experiments using the Estes Method of Spirit Box communication. I assumed the role of the “receiver”, using headphones, the SonoX10 Spirit Box App, and a hood, in order to isolate myself from all sensory interaction save for what I hear coming through the headphones, while Rodney Transier and Aaron Hurst asked me, or more accurately, someone or something, questions.

I experienced no audible or visual stimulation outside of the Spirit Box, although I was “touched” on a few occasions. I think the experiment was a success and I am eager to experiment with the method even more.

While I agree that it does not adhere to “scientific” methodology, that has never been my interest. Communing with the “other side” is an emotional, intuitive exercise. I hope to expand upon the experiment and see how far we can push it.

You can listen to the three sessions we held in the links below.

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Old Ghosts & Night Stalkers

Posted in Investigations on January 17, 2020 by Occult Detective

So I was digging around on an old flashdrive and found some files that I thought were long lost — the original casefiles from a location I’ve been investigating for almost 14 years now. The site’s name and address have been redacted, as the owners have requested anonymity, but thought they might be interesting reads from a historical perspective.

I am also including the original logos for the Nightstalkers of Indiana, my old outfit (that just might be getting dusted off and given new life)… More on that later.

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“The Little People” of the Mississinewa

Posted in Investigations on January 10, 2020 by Occult Detective

One of the foundations of the strange and unusual experiences that permeates this part of North-Central Indiana, particularly along the Mississinewa River, stretching from 5 Mile Bridge in Marion to Seven Pillars near Peru, is what locals have referred to as  “Hobbitland” for the past sixty years or so.

The heart of “Hobbitland” is found in and around the area where the annual Mississinwa 1812 reenactment and living history museum is held, located in Grant County, Indiana, along the Mississinewa River, near the town of Jalapa.

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Very few locals could tell you how “Hobbitland” got its name, besides the obvious Tolkien reference, but it’s the sort of thing that seeps from the collective unconscious to take on a new life beyond simple folklore and urban legend.

Why? Because the Miami natives revered this area as the home of the Paissa.

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What were Paissa? Magical “little people of the forest”, akin to what Northern Europeans would call gnomes, fairies, or wights.

The Paissa were said to be dangerous trickster spirits, imbued with great magical powers who stood between two or three feet tall. Paissa literally translates as “little ones.” Some Miami traditions place these Paissa in a more important religious role,  being guides who lead the spirits of the dead through the Seven Pillars to the Milky Way and on to the afterlife.

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When I was a child in Converse, it was said that two local men had captured one of these creatures in an animal trap and kept it in their workshop near Fox Lake, but it escaped, most likely with the help of others of its kind.

As teenagers, “Hobbitland” was sacred territory for me and my friends, and, I guess, for young people all across the tri-county area. It had been for decades. It’s where you slinked off, far from the prying eyes of adults. It’s where we took our girlfriends, told ghost stories around campfires, drank cheap alcohol, and smoked cigarettes for the first time.

It’s also where many saw their first ghost, or encountered strange, otherworldly sounds in the night… where they got their first taste of the paranormal, and it still holds true to this day.

It’s a magical place — a place where the veil between this world and the next is thin.

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I have had numerous encounters out in the Mississinewa, along its river and the surrounding forests, in its caves and abandoned places.

I have heard the voices and sounds of things that could not be seen and some that could —  full bodied apparitions, unnatural orbs, and spectral lights that danced upon the water.

From Five Mile Bridge to Somerset to Seven Pillars and all points in between, there have been more mysteries than I could possibly recount.

But recount them I’ll try — tales of Hobbitland and the Circle of Stone, of Goose Creek and the Murder House, of Cliff Cave and White Feather and the Black Coven and more…

So many stories. So little time.

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