Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll
This epic cultural and historical odyssey unearths the full influence of occult traditions on rock and roll—from the Beatles to Black Sabbath—and shows how the marriage between mysticism and music changed our world.
From the hoodoo-inspired sounds of Elvis Presley to the Eastern odysseys of George Harrison, from the dark dalliances of Led Zeppelin to the Masonic imagery of today’s hip-hop scene, the occult has long breathed life into rock and hip-hop and, indeed, esoteric and supernatural traditions are a key ingredient behind the emergence and development of rock and roll.
With vivid storytelling and laser-sharp analysis, writer and critic PETER BEBERGAL illuminates this web of influences to produce the definitive work on how the occult shaped—and saved—popular music.
As BEBERGAL explains, occult and mystical ideals gave rock and roll its heart and purpose, making rock into more than just backbeat music, but into a cultural revolution of political, spiritual, sexual, and social liberation.
Witchcraft: Myths and Legends
National Geographic, USA, 2009, 2 x 47 min
Culture Documentary hosted by David McCullum, published by National Geographic, broadcasted as part of NG Taboo series in 2009.
‘In the modern world, witchcraft and witches are dismissed as fantasies, but in many cultures, magic is alive and its practitioners admired and feared. Join National Geographic on a quest to find the stories behind the myths and legends of witchcraft. Along the way, we’ll meet an anthropologist who became a believer in Mexico and a “witch cleanser” in Zimbabwe.‘
from October 11, 2014 to January 11, 2015 at MOCA Pacific Design Center. Organized by guest curator Yael Lipschutz, the exhibition will be the largest survey of CAMERON’s work since 1989 and will include approximately 91 artworks and ephemeral artifacts. Alma Ruiz, Senior Curator at MOCA is the coordinating curator.
The exhibition will include pieces formerly thought to be lost, ranging from early paintings, to drawings, sketchbooks, and poetry from her late years, as well as ephemera and correspondence with individuals such as her husband, JACK PARSONS (1914-1952).
CAMERON (Marjorie Cameron Parsons Kimmel, 1922-1995) emerged in the mid-1940s as an artist, performer, poet, and occult practitioner in Los Angeles. Born in Belle Plaine, Iowa, MARJORIE CAMERON (who would reject her first name as an adult) arrived in Hollywood after serving in the navy during World War II. Settling first in Pasadena and working as a fashion illustrator, in 1946 she met her first husband, JACK PARSONS, a rocket scientist and cofounder of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory who followed the esoteric mysticism of ALEISTER CROWLEY. The two soon married, their mystical bond transforming CAMERON’s life and art.
A visionary painter and unparalleled draftsman whose work evokes Latin American and European surrealism, CAMERON rendered mythological figures with a singular attention to line and the idea of spiritual metamorphosis. Her philosophical explorations soon brought her into contact with Los Angeles’s beatnik and avant-garde film circles, and the unorthodoxy and breadth of her interests made her a unique link between the city’s flourishing spiritual and art worlds.
Over the following decades she dedicated herself to her art and mysticism while mentoring younger artists and poets such as Aya (Tarlow), Wallace Berman, George Herms, and David Meltzer. The first survey of CAMERON’s work since her passing in 1995, this exhibition reveals the seminal role she played within the development of Los Angeles’s midcentury counterculture.
The second blood moon of 2014 is approaching. The first appeared April 14-15, and this week’s is the second in a ‘tetrad,’ or series of four.
Skywatchers across much of the world will have the chance to see the moon glowing with an eerie red pallor during a pre-Halloween total lunar eclipse (tomorrow).
The “blood moon” total lunar eclipse will rise during the full moon of Oct. 8 just before sunrise in North America, but red might not be the only color people see during the total eclipse. Weather permitting, it’s possible that some sharp-eyed observers might be able to see some blue in the moon’s glow. The event will be the second of four consecutive total lunar eclipses in 2014 and 2015, according to NASA officials.
On the East Coast of the United States, totality starts at 6:25 a.m. EDT, but stargazers on the West Coast of the United States will have an even better chance of seeing the rusty glow of the moon during totality. The eclipse will occur between 3:25 a.m. PDT and 4:24 a.m. PDT Wednesday. Observers in Australia and countries along the Pacific Ocean will also have the chance to see the eclipse.
“It promises to be a stunning sight, even from the most light-polluted cities,” NASA eclipse expert Fred Espenak said in a statement. “I encourage everyone, especially families with curious children, to go out and enjoy the event.”
A total lunar eclipse tetrad
(Tomorrow)’s eclipse is the second in a so-called total lunar eclipse tetrad, a series of four consecutive eclipses that began earlier this year. The first total eclipse tetrad occurred in April. The next total eclipse in the series will occur on April 4, 2015, and the fourth eclipse will rise on Sept. 28, 2015.
During total lunar eclipses, the moon passes into Earth’s shadow, causing the planet to darken the face of the moon, according to NASA. Instead of making the moon go completely dark, the moon shines with a rosy hue during a total eclipse because it reflects light from the sun coming through Earth’s atmosphere.
The color of the moon during a lunar eclipse actually depends on Earth’s atmosphere. For example, a lot of volcanic activity on the planet can pollute the atmosphere and make the moon seem very dark in color during an eclipse, according to NASA.
“Despite some recent eruptions that look spectacular from the ground, there have been no large injections of volcanic gases into the stratosphere,” atmospheric scientist Richard Keen of the University of Colorado said in the same statement. “In the absence of volcanic effects, I expect a rather normal reddish-orange lunar eclipse similar in appearance to last April’s eclipse”.READ.
Welcome back Jesus? Christians say ‘Blood Moon’ signals End Times (April 15, 2014)
Photo de RALPH ELAWANI par DUMONTIER-NAULT pour son livre Les marges détachables à paraître cet automne chez Poètes de brousse.
Jaune comme tes dents est allé voir CHRIST le 2 septembre MMXIV à la Casa del Popolo, Montréal p.Q.
L’abbatiale de la LITURGIE APOCRYPHE et RALPH ELAWANI travaillent actuellement sur la représentation du satanisme dans les médias québécois durant la décennie 1980-1990. L’essai sera publié par Spectacular Optical, au sein d’un livre collectif commissionné et colligé par Kier-La Janisse, intitulé Satanic Panic.
L’évolution du métal québécois, No Speed Limit (1964-1989) de FÉLIX B. DESFOSSÉS retrace la naissance d’un courant musical underground, mais omniprésent dans le panorama musical du Québec depuis plus de 30 ans. De manière consciente ou non, le métal d’ici s’est imprégné du rock garage primitif et provocateur des années 60, des envolées stratosphériques du rock psychédélique, des structures complexes du rock progressif, du poids du heavy rock, de la rébellion du punk et du hardcore, des démos cassette de speed/thrash metal local, la sauvagerie du crossover défonce ou des pionniers du death metal.
Ce récit est construit sur un squelette de citations tirées de près d’une centaine d’entrevues au centre duquel se trouve le coeur du métal québécois: VOÏVOD. Des HOU-LOPS à OFFENBACH et AUT’CHOSE, en passant par D.D.T., SWORD et DBC, jusqu’à OBLIVEON et GORGUTS, l’évolution du métal québécois est établie ici pour la toute première fois. Ce livre démontre hors de tout doute que le Québec représente une plaque tournante pour le métal.
‘Rosaleen Miriam “Roie” Norton (2 October 1917 – 5 December 1979), who used the craft name of Thorn, was an Australian artist and occultist, in the latter capacity adhering to a form of pantheistic / Neopagan Witchcraft which was devoted to the god Pan. She lived much of her later life in the bohemian area of Kings Cross, Sydney, leading her to be termed the “Witch of Kings Cross” in some of the tabloids, and from where she led her own coven of Witches.‘ – WIKI
Rosaleen Norton on 30 January 1950, with her depiction of a satyr. (via Hyperallergic via SMH NEWS)
Filmmaker Sonia Bible considers Rosaleen Norton “the most persecuted artist in Australian history.” With a new documentary, she’s hoping to set a more accurate record of the life of woman who in the 1940s and 50s scandalized the country with her occult art, and bold sexuality. READ
Photograph of Rosaleen Norton with one of her art pieces (via Hyperallergic, images courtesy Sonia Bible)
"The production of nervous force is directly connected with the diet of an individual, and its refining depends
on the very purity of this diet, allied to appropriate breathing exercises.
The diet most calculated to act effectively on the nervous force is that which contains the least quantity of
animal matter; therefore the Pythagorean diet, in this connection, is the most suitable.
The main object was to avoid introducing into the organism what Descartes called 'animal spirits'. Thus, all
animals that had to serve for the nourishment of the priests were slaughtered according to special rites, they
were not murdered, as is the case nowadays".