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In a viral video elaborating upon a long-held belief by some Christians that Monster Energy drinks are somehow affiliated with the work of Satan, a woman explains the clues the manufacturer of the popular energy-boosting drink have hidden on the can.


Beginning with breaks in the letter ‘M,’ the woman explains that it symbolizes the Hebrew letter vav — the sixth letter in the Hebrew alphabet — as she maintains that the three now-broken bars of the ‘m’ stand for 666, the Sign of the Beast. She later notes how this ties in with the drink’s advertising slogan: Unleash the beast.


Turning to the ‘o’ in the word ‘monster’ she draws attention to a cross piercing it and poses the question as to what Christ, as symbolized by the cross, has to do with an energy drink company. She then notes that the can has the letters ‘BFC’ at the base which she explains stands for “Big f*cking can,” while she draws attention to to size of the 24 fl. oz can


After displaying the bulk packaging for the drinks, she notes the promotional copy which states, “MILF’s dig it, and you will too,” before concluding, “This is not a Christian company.”


She goes on to state that the manufacturers are using the popularity of the highly-caffeinated drinks to enter into Christian homes.


“This is how clever Satan is. And how he gets into the Christan home, and a Christian’s life, and it breaks God’s heart,” she explains.



Tom Boggioni
Raw Story

Le Diocèse de Montréal reçoit des appels de gens qui se disent possédés par les forces du mal. Le 24h a rencontré le prêtre chargé d’écouter ces personnes.


L’abbé François Sarazin, chancelier du Diocèse de Montréal, est mandaté, de recevoir les demandes pour les questions d’exorcisme.


«Des gens, pour toutes sortes de raisons, se sentent possédés, a expliqué l’abbé Sarazin en entrevue. On doit traiter leurs appels avec respect et on ne peut pas refuser de les entendre. Il serait imprudent de passer par-dessus ces phénomènes-là.»



Confirmer la possession


«On est en présence de personnes qui ont besoin d’un réconfort spirituel parce qu’elles souffrent et qu’elles sentent qu’il se passe quelque chose dans leur être», a ajouté le prêtre.


Lorsque l’abbé Sarazin reçoit ce genre d’appels téléphoniques, il propose au demandant de rencontrer le curé de sa paroisse. «Lorsqu’un prêtre va à sa rencontre, il est capable de savoir si l’individu est possédé ou pas», a-t-il expliqué.


«On lui pose des questions sur sa vie spirituelle et s’il y a une forme de répulsion lorsque par exemple on prononce le nom de Jésus ou celui de la Vierge Marie, la personne est prise d’une forme de possession», a confirmé le père Sarazin.



Le rituel


Il y a donc un rituel documenté qui existe au Diocèse de Montréal pour tenter de guérir ce genre de possession.


Durant la procédure, il y a une entrée avec une célébration pénitentielle où on demande pardon à Dieu.


«On écoute aussi la parole de Dieu tiré de passages des évangiles et on procède à un acte de prières sur la personne pour chasser l’esprit du malin (diable, démon, etc.)», a raconté M. Sarazin.


«On fait donc un rituel de prières de demandes de pardon, de suffrage, de supplication à Dieu de libérer la personne pour qu’elle retrouve la paix intérieure», a ajouté le prêtre.


«Ce n’est toutefois pas comme dans les films. Il n’y a pas de prêtres vêtus d’une telle manière, de décors de chandelles, d’encans et des cris», a toutefois précisé l’homme d’Église.



Maisons hantées


Le Diocèse de Montréal reçoit aussi des appels de gens qui pensent que des objets ou des lieux sont possédés. «Ça peut-être quelqu’un qui sait qu’il y a eu un meurtre dans sa maison il y a 30 ans et qui pense qu’il y a quelque chose qui se passe», a-t-il confié.


«Il peut aussi y avoir eu des phénomènes de sorcellerie qui donne l’impression à une personne que sa maison est hantée», a-t-il ajouté.


Habituellement, le prêtre va aller dans la maison et il va être attentif pour voir s’il y a des images sataniques et s’il y a déjà eu de la sorcellerie à cet endroit. «Le prêtre va bénir la maison, pièce par pièce, avec de l’eau bénite, une prière et demander que la paix revienne dans les lieux», a souligné le chancelier.


Il faut mentionner qu’il s’agit de séances d’exorcises officieuses, car il n’y a pas de prêtres du Diocèse de Montréal qui est officiellement autorisé par l’archevêque du Diocèse à pratiquer des exorcises.


Un prêtre exorcise européen, reconnu officiellement, est aussi venu donner une conférence à une quarantaine de prêtres l’an passé à Montréal.


En juillet dernier, le Vatican a aussi reconnu l’Association internationale des exorcistes (AIE), donnant son soutien à une pratique qui n’est pas admise ou appréciée par tous dans l’Église.



Simon Dessureault
Agence QMI

Francis goes against Benedict XVI’s apparent support for ‘intelligent design’ – but does hail his predecessor’s ‘great contribution to theology’


The theories of evolution and the Big Bang are real and God is not “a magician with a magic wand”, Pope Francis has declared.


Speaking at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the Pope made comments which experts said put an end to the “pseudo theories” of creationism and intelligent design that some argue were encouraged by his predecessor, Benedict XVI.


Francis explained that both scientific theories were not incompatible with the existence of a creator – arguing instead that they “require it”.


“When we read about Creation in Genesis, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with a magic wand able to do everything. But that is not so,” Francis said. He added: “He created human beings and let them develop according to the internal laws that he gave to each one so they would reach their fulfilment.


“The Big Bang, which today we hold to be the origin of the world, does not contradict the intervention of the divine creator but, rather, requires it.


“Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve.”


The Catholic Church has long had a reputation for being anti-science – most famously when Galileo faced the inquisition and was forced to retract his “heretic” theory that the Earth revolved around the Sun.


But Pope Francis’s comments were more in keeping with the progressive work of Pope Pius XII, who opened the door to the idea of evolution and actively welcomed the Big Bang theory. In 1996, John Paul II went further and suggested evolution was “more than a hypothesis” and “effectively proven fact”.


Yet more recently, Benedict XVI and his close advisors have apparently endorsed the idea that intelligent design underpins evolution – the idea that natural selection on its own is insufficient to explain the complexity of the world. In 2005, his close associate Cardinal Schoenborn wrote an article saying “evolution in the sense of common ancestry might be true, but evolution in the neo-Darwinian sense – an unguided, unplanned process – is not”.


Giovanni Bignami, a professor and president of Italy’s National Institute for Astrophysics, told the Italian news agency Adnkronos: “The pope’s statement is significant. We are the direct descendents from the Big Bang that created the universe. Evolution came from creation.”


Giulio Giorello, professor of the philosophy of science at Milan’s University degli Studi, told reporters that he believed Francis was “trying to reduce the emotion of dispute or presumed disputes” with science.


Despite the huge gulf in theological stance between his tenure and that of his predecessor, Francis praised Benedict XVI as he unveiled a bronze bust of him at the academy’s headquarters in the Vatican Gardens.


“No one could ever say of him that study and science made him and his love for God and his neighbour wither,” Francis said, according to a translation by the Catholic News Service.


“On the contrary, knowledge, wisdom and prayer enlarged his heart and his spirit. Let us thank God for the gift that he gave the church and the world with the existence and the pontificate of Pope Benedict.”



Adam Withnall
The Independent

Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll (2014) by PETER BEBERGAL

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.


mysterytheater.blogspot.ca


Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll (2014) by PETER BEBERGAL

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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.

CAMERON: SONGS FOR THE WITCH WOMAN presented at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA)

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) presents

CAMERON: SONGS FOR THE WITCH WOMAN

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).


'Dark Angel' by CAMERON

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.



'East Angel' by CAMERON


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.



CAMERON: SONGS FOR THE WITCH WOMAN
October 11, 2014 to January 11, 2015
MOCA
Pacific Design Center


Holy Guardian Angel according to Aleister Crowley (1966) by CAMERON

The Cameron-Parsons Foundation, Inc.


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ROSALEEN NORTON (September 10, 2014)
Inauguration Of The Pleasure Dome (1954) by KENNETH ANGER (November 6, 2010)

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.”



Bloodmoons 2014-2015

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.


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Welcome back Jesus? Christians say ‘Blood Moon’ signals End Times (April 15, 2014)


A Very British Witchcraft
Channel 4, UK, 2012, 46 min


The extraordinary story of Britain’s fastest-growing religious group – the modern pagan witchcraft of Wicca – and of its creator, an eccentric Englishman called GERALD GARDNER.


Historian and leading expert in Pagan studies Professor RONALD HUTTON explores Gardner’s story and experiences first-hand Wicca’s growing influence throughout Britain today.


Born of a nudist colony in 1930s Dorset, Wicca rapidly grew from a small New Forest coven to a worldwide religion in the space of just 70 years.


It’s a journey that takes in tales of naked witches casting spells to ward off Hitler, tabloid hysteria about human sacrifices and GERALD GARDNER himself appearing on Panorama.


GERALD GARDNER

GERALD GARDNER


geraldgardner.com

ALEXANDER SANDERS


Legend Of The Witches
Alexander Sanders, UK, 1970, 72 min


‘The history of witchcraft in Britain’


Legend Of The Witches (1970) by ALEX SANDERS

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The Power of the Witch (1971) by OLIVER HUNKIN (December 5, 2013)
Witches & Wicked Bodies (August 26, 2013)
Häxan (1922) by BENJAMIN CHRISTENSEN (June 20, 2013)
The Occult Experience (1985) by FRANK HEIMANS (January 13, 2012)
Angeli Bianchi… Angeli Neri (1969) by LUIGI SCATTINI (March 25, 2011)
The Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft in Hólmavík, Iceland (November 11, 2010)
The Museum Of Witchcraft in Boscastle (UK) in the late 1960′s (June 28, 2010)
The Burning Times (1990) by DONNA READ (January 4, 2010)

Liturgie Apocryphe

"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.

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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".