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Mystical Symbolism: The Salon de la Rose+Croix in Paris, 1892–1897



The Death of Orpheus (1893) JEAN DELVILLE


Mystical Symbolism: The Salon de la Rose+Croix in Paris, 1892–1897

Edited by Vivien Greene
Contributions by Greene, Jean-David Jumeau-Lafond, and Kenneth E. Silver, as well as Ylinka Barotto, Caroline Guignard, Alison Hokanson, Natalia Lauricella, and Glynnis Stevenson

Mystical Symbolism: The Salon de la Rose+Croix in Paris, 1892–1897 accompanies the first-ever museum presentation examining the Salon de la Rose+Croix (R+C), a series of annual exhibitions established by eccentric French author, critic, and Rosicrucian Joséphin Péladan. The R+C convened an international group of Symbolist artists around a shared refutation of Realist aesthetics and philosophy, frequently in favor of the Ideal. Among the participants were Pierre Amédée Marcel-Béronneau, Jean Delville, Fernand Khnopff, Charles Maurin, Armand Point, Alexandre Séon, and Félix Vallotton.

Bound in red velvet with gold stamped lettering to conjure the sensorially evocative atmosphere of the Salons, the catalogue features essays about the history, themes, and often transcendent aims of the R+C (Greene), its reception by the press and the public in the 1890s (Jumeau-Lafond), and the importance of spiritualism to early 20th-century abstraction (Silver). This richly illustrated volume also contains 46 color plates, entries on each exhibited artist, and a bibliography of contemporary sources on Symbolist art.



Mystical Symbolism: The Salon de la Rose+Croix in Paris, 1892–1897 - NEW YORKSOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM

Mystical Symbolism: The Salon de la Rose+Croix in Paris, 1892–1897
June 30 – October 4, 2017
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York


Daughter of Horror
John Parker, 1955, USA, 58 min

“Daughter of Horror” (also known in a slightly altered version as “Dementia”) is an American film by JOHN PARKER, incorporating elements of the horror film, film noir and expressionist film. It was produced in 1953, but not released until 1955.

A young woman awakens from a nightmare in a run down hotel. She leaves the building and wanders through the night, passing a newspaper man. The news headline “Mysterious stabbing” catches her eye, and she quickly leaves. In a dark alley, a whino approaches and grabs her. A policeman rescues her and beats up the drunken man. Shortly later, another man approaches her and talks her into escorting a rich man in a limousine. While they cruise the night, she remembers her unhappy youth with an abusive father, whom she stabbed to death with a switchblade after he had killed her unfaithful mother. The rich man takes her to various clubs and then to her noble apartment. As he ignores her while having an extensive meal, she tries to tempt him.

When he advances her, she stabs him with her knife and pushes the dying man out of the window. Before his fall, he grabs her pendant. The woman runs down onto the street and, as the dead man’s hand won’t relieve her pendant, cuts off the hand while being watched by faceless passerby’s. Again, the patrol policeman shows up and follows her. She flees and hides the hand in a flower girl’s basket. The pimp shows up again and drags her into a night club, where an excited audience watches a jazz band playing. The policeman enters the club, while the rich man, lying at the window, points out his murderess with his bloody stump. The crowd encircles the woman, laughing frantically. The woman wakes up in her hotel room, her encounters have supposedly been a nightmare. In one of her drawers, she discovers her pendant, clutched by the fingers of a severed hand. The camera leaves the hotel room and moves out into the streets, while a desperate cry can be heard.

Daughter of Horror (1955) by JOHN PARKER

Daughter of Horror (1955) by JOHN PARKER

Daughter of Horror (1955) by JOHN PARKER

Daughter of Horror (1955) by JOHN PARKER

Daughter of Horror (1955) by JOHN PARKER

Daughter of Horror (1955) by JOHN PARKER

Première québécoise présentée ce soir dans le cadre du Festival Fantasia :

Deliver Us
Federica Di Giacomo, Italie, 2016, 90 min

Alors qu’il arrose nonchalamment de l’eau bénite sur une femme, un prêtre italien se livre à un rituel qui semble tout à fait ordinaire. Silencieuse dans un premier temps, elle tremble un peu. À la seconde où il pose sa main sur sa tête, elle éclate en sanglots, poussant un hurlement enragé comme si elle brûlait vive. Sa voix résonne sur les murs froids de l’église. « Laisse-moi tranquille, salaud! Elle est à moi! » Son timbre aigu se transforme par moments en une intonation plus gutturale. Son démon interne se dévoile. Le prêtre reste calme. Il a exécuté ce genre d’exorcisme banal bien des fois avant.

Frederica di Giacomo est la première réalisatrice à s’intéresser à la pratique de véritables exorcismes en Italie. Sans la démystifier, elle la replace dans un contexte de tous les jours. Elle suit de très près plusieurs sujets dans leur état le plus vulnérable, exagérant parfois, perdant parfois réellement l’esprit. Sa caméra est respectueuse, et avec une lumière naturelle, elle peint leurs portraits avec une grande sincérité. Certains ont des problèmes insignifiants, d’autres portent le lourd poids d’une vie entière d’abus et de violence; tous sont attirés par un remède religieux qui pourtant semblerait pouvoir les blesser bien plus.

Où la frontière entre la maladie mentale et l’horreur surnaturelle peut-elle être tracée? Sommes-nous face à des autopossessions, des manipulations de l’Église pour mieux contrôler ses partisans, ou un démon d’un autre monde? Comme JESUS CAMP avant lui, DELIVER US révèle la véritable horreur de la foi déviante et poussée à l’extrême et, plus encore, explore la dualité entre anciennes traditions et dépression moderne. Le fameux EXORCISTE de Friedkin n’est qu’une fiction — DELIVERS US est réel et bien plus étrange. – Celia Pouzet

Deliver Us (2016) de FEDERICA DI GIACOMO


Décès de l’exorciste du Vatican GABRIELE AMORTH (September 19, 2016)
Des appels pour des cas d’exorcisme au diocèse de Montréal (October 31, 2014)
MAYHEM bassist to have evil spirits driven out of him on Norwegian National TV (August 9, 2011)
The Rite Of Exorcism (1974) by Rev. PATRICK J. BERKERY, Ph.D. (May 2, 2011)
Meet America’s Top Exorcist, The Inspiration For ‘The Rite’ (March 10, 2011)
New interest in exorcism rites comes to Baltimore (January 13, 2011)

The Incredulity of Saint Thomas (1603) by CARAVAGGIO

The Incredulity of Saint Thomas (1603) by CARAVAGGIO

The Shroud of Turin is stained with the blood of a torture victim, scientists have claimed.

Analysis of the linen cloth, purportedly used to bury Jesus after his crucifixion, contains “nanoparticles” of blood which are not typical of that of a healthy person, according to researchers.

Institute of Crystallography researcher Elvio Carlino, one of the authors of the report, said the particles are conducive with someone having been through “great suffering”.

“Our results point out that at the nanoscale a scenario of violence is recorded in the funeral fabric,” authors wrote in the scientific article, published in PLOS One.

“The consistent bound of ferritin iron to creatinine occurs in human organism in case of a severe polytrauma.”

Researchers believe the particles show a “peculiar structure, size and distribution”, which corroborates the theory that it was used as a burial cloth.

They also believe it contradicts previous theories that the shroud was made in medieval times.

Professor Giulio Fanti, one of the author’s of the research, said: “The presence of these biological nanoparticles found during our experiments point to a violent death for the man wrapped in the Turin Shroud.”

The cloth’s authenticity is highly contentious and divides religious opinion.

Some Christians believe the fabric – which is kept in the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Turin – is the burial shroud of Jesus of Nazereth, dating back over 2,000 years.

But previous scientific studies have suggested the cloth, which appears to be imprinted with the face of a man, may in fact be from the 13th or 14th century – centuries after Jesus is believed to have died.

One study found the cloth had been manufactured in India.

The research was published in US scientific journal PlosOne and is titled: “New Biological Evidence from Atomic Resolution Studies on the Turin Shroud.”

Lucy Pasha-Robinson
The Independent


Shroud of Turin on display for first time since 2002 restoration (April 22, 2010)

  • Raid at flat belonging to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
  • Occupant of flat was allegedly secretary to Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio
  • Coccopalmerio heads Pontifical Council for Legislative texts and is a key adviser to the Pope

Vatican police have broken up a gay orgy at the home of the secretary to one of Pope Francis’s key advisers, it has been reported.

The flat belonged to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which is in charge of tackling clerical sexual abuse.

Reports in Italy claim the occupant of the apartment is allegedly the secretary to Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio – a key aide to the 80-year-old Pope.

Coccopalmerio heads the Pontifical Council for Legislative texts and was said to have once recommended his secretary for a promotion to bishop.

The explosive claims were made in the Italian newspaper Il Fatto Quotidiano.

It is the latest scandal to hit the Vatican and comes after its finance chief Cardinal George Pell was charged with historical sexual offences.

Pell has protested his innocence and said he was looking forward to having his day in court after a two-year investigation, ‘leaks to the media’ and ‘relentless character assassination’. Police have not revealed details of the charges against the 76-year-old, citing the need to preserve the integrity of the judicial process.

In March the Vatican was hit with a wave of lurid accusations of misbehaving priests across Italy with scandals involving orgies, prostitution and porn videos.

The claims were embarrassing to the Vatican, which under Pope Francis has attempted to demand high standards of the clergy.

Francis has tried to clamp down on unethical behaviour ever since being made Pope in 2013 and has often spoken out against the pitfalls of ‘temptation’.

Julian Robinson
The Daily Mail


Italian Catholic priests ‘filmed having casual sex at gay clubs’ (July 26, 2010)

Arkansas' Ten Commandments Monument Lasted Less Than 24 Hours, Laurel Wamsley, NPR, June 28, 2017

Staff at the Secretary of State’s Office inspect the damage to the new Ten Commandments monument outside the state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark.,
on Wednesday morning. Police say a car crashed into it less than 24 hours after it was installed. Jill Zeman Bleed/AP

Less than a day after a monument of the Ten Commandments was installed outside the Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock, it was destroyed when a man smashed a car into the stone.

Authorities say Michael T. Reed II drove a 2016 Dodge Dart into the 6,000-pound granite slab at about 4:47 a.m. local time on Wednesday.

“My boss called me and told me the Ten Commandments monument had been destroyed,” Secretary of State and Capitol Police spokesman Chris Powell told NPR. “When I got here, it was rolled over on the sidewalk and broken into multiple pieces.”

A video that appears to have been taken from inside the car was posted on the Facebook account of a Michael Reed early Wednesday; Powell told the AP that officials believe the video is authentic. It shows what looks like the Arkansas State Capitol building. A man’s voice says: “Oh my goodness. Freedom!” as the car careens into the monument.

Powell said the crash into the 6-foot-tall slab was no accident.

“This was deliberate. The individual drove down there and stopped. He was videoing it on his cellphone as he accelerated into the monument,” Powell said. “One of our Capitol Police officers was on patrol and witnessed it.”

Reed, who police say is a 32-year-old white man from Van Buren, Ark., was arrested outside the Capitol and booked at the Pulaski County Jail. He faces preliminary charges of defacing an object of public respect, a Class C felony; criminal mischief in the first degree, a Class C felony; and trespassing on the state Capitol grounds, a misdemeanor.

Reed was arrested in 2014 for driving a car into the Ten Commandments monument at Oklahoma’s state Capitol, Oklahoma County Sheriff’s spokesman Mark Opgrande told The Associated Press. He was admitted to a hospital the next day for mental treatment and was not formally charged, the AP reports. In the 2014 incident, The Oklahoman reported that the U.S. Secret Service interviewed Reed and that he told agents that he has bipolar disorder and that Satan had directed him to destroy the monument.

The Tulsa World reported in 2015 that Reed sent the newspaper a letter apologizing for the destruction of the Oklahoma monument. “I am so sorry that this all happening (sic) and wished I could take it all back,” Reed wrote, explaining to the World that he had begun to believe the voices in his head.

Police said Wednesday that Reed was cooperative during his arrest and that, so far, there is no indication of motive.

The erection of the privately funded monument has been contentious. The Arkansas Legislature passed a law in 2015 requiring the installation of the monument on Capitol grounds. The Ten Commandments were erected Tuesday morning, and the ACLU of Arkansas has said it will sue for the monument’s removal.

Meanwhile, Powell said Capitol workers are left picking up the (extremely heavy) pieces: “Our crew is in the process of cleaning all that up and carting it off. They have to get a tractor and put it on pallets and lift it up.”

And the Dodge Dart was towed away, Powell said, adding, “There was minor damage, but not what you’d think, from what I hear, from knocking over a big stone monument.”

Republican state Sen. Jason Rapert, who spearheaded the effort to install the Ten Commandments monument at the Capitol, says he wants to replace it, Michael Hibblen of member station KUAR reports.

“We will rebuild the monument,” Rapert said. “It will be put in place and hopefully protect it from any future harm.”

Laurel Wamsley


Ten Commandments Monument Destroyed. The Satanic Temple Comments: "My immediate response is one in which I want to be clear that we do not celebrate the monument's destruction or vandalism. Ultimately, it will come down, but it can and should be done by the proper legal process," said Lucien Greaves (Satanic Temple) in a statement Wednesday. "I also want to stress that the man who did this, while clearly mentally ill, is also a self-described born again "Jesus Freak." When he did the same thing in Oklahoma, the politicians there attempted to describe him as a Satanist. I want it to be clear that while we do not celebrate what he has done, he clearly also does not align himself with us either." (Article © Arkansasmatters.com by Austin Kellerman) #thesatanictemple

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Were Early Christians Tripping on Mushrooms?


Jerry Brown, PhD, author of Psychedelic Gospels, joins us to talk about psychedelic mushrooms in early Christian society. We hear about the evidence for psychedelic use that exists in Christian art, and how the Inquisition could have resulted in the destruction of these psychedelic traditions. Jerry also shares his vision of a future with freedom to practice psychedelic use as part of our basic religious rights.


  • The Amanita muscaria mushroom was used by Siberian nomads and its use spread to early Christianity
  • Use of psychedelic mushrooms was probably targeted by the Inquisition
  • Amanita muscaria is the most likely identity of the ‘soma’ mentioned in many ancient texts.

Jerry was professor of anthropology at Florida International University for the past 39 years, and ran a course entitled “Hallucinogens and Culture.” Unsurprisingly, his classes were always popular.

Jerry’s course covered the indigenous use of psychedelic plants, including Amanita muscaria; the famous fly agaric mushroom. This red and white-spotted mushroom was used mostly by Siberian nomads, who noticed their reindeer acting strangely after eating the mushrooms.

It was on a visit to Scotland that Jerry and his wife Julie became interested in how psychedelic mushrooms might have been used in Christian tradition. Upon seeing the famous Amanita muscaria mushroom engraved upon fertility symbols in Rosslyn Chapel, Jerry and Julie set out across the world to discover how deeply psychedelic mushrooms were set in Christian art.

They found symbols of psychedelic mushrooms spread throughout Europe and India, as far back as 300AD and throughout the Middle Ages. There’s evidence to suggest that both Amanita muscaria and Psilocybin mushrooms were used in secret rituals throughout Christianity.

During the Inquisition of the Middle Ages, herbal medicines and midwifery were clamped down on, and treated as witchcraft. It’s believed that the Inquisition was a large factor in the gradual decline of psychedelic symbols from Christian art.

Jerry hopes that we won’t see another Inquisition-style crackdown on psychedelic ritual. He envisions modern psychedelic centers, where anyone can go to explore psychedelics in the presence of trained guides. He thinks that this time, a psychedelic renaissance is unstoppable.


Jerry and Julie’s book, The Psychedelic Gospels.
Soma by Gordon Wasson – investigating a mythical and mysterious psychedelic found in many ancient cultures.
Food of the Gods by Terence McKenna – looking at psychedelic plants and their usage throughout human history.
The Road to Eleusis by Gordon Wasson – unveiling the secretive psychedelic rituals of ancient Greece.



Moses Was Tripping, And Other Scientific Explanations For Biblical Miracles

CARA GIAIMO, Atlas Obscura, September 25, 2015

Thomas Jefferson was a great fan of Jesus. The author of the Declaration of Independence called the Son of God “the greatest of all the Reformers,” a font of “eloquence and fine imagination,” and the author of “a system of the most sublime morality which has ever fallen from the lips of man.” He wrote of him often, and tried to keep his teachings in mind.

But there was one catch—Jefferson didn’t think Jesus was the son of God. Indeed, he didn’t believe in miracles at all. So for a couple of evenings in February of 1804, after he had gone through the day’s papers and correspondence, the then-President kicked back in the White House, pulled out a razor and some glue, and did something out of a Congressional Republican’s worst nightmare: he cut the parts he didn’t like out of the New Testament, and stuck the parts he did like together again.

The resulting Frankenbook—now known as the Jefferson Bible — “abstracts what is really [Jesus’] from the rubbish in which it is buried,” Jefferson explained 15 years later in a letter to his secretary, William Short. That rubbish included the concept of the Trinity (which he called “mere Abracadabra”) immaculate conception (which he predicted would someday be “classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter”), and nearly everything else with a hint of hocus-pocus. “If necessary to exclude the miraculous, Jefferson would cut the text even in mid-verse,” biographer Peter S. Onuf writes in Jeffersonian Legacies. His was a Bible without prophecy, resurrection, or infinite loaves and fishes; a Bible where angels feared to tread. It was only 46 pages long.

Jefferson was not the first faithful, rational person perplexed by miracles. For as long as the law of scripture has bumped up against the laws of physics, theologians, philosophers and scientists have looked for ways to reconcile the two. But in recent years, some researchers have taken things a step further. Armed with improving technology, a willingness to wade through incompatible fields, and, often, great personal conviction, they have set out to scientifically explain the definitively inexplicable. (…)


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.


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".