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ParacelsusIt's almost midnight, so here we go with a new Magic Monday. The picture is of Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus Paracelsus von Hohenheim -- a name that just begs to be declaimed aloud in a stentorian voice with melodramatic gestures. (Most people these days just call him Paracelsus; he was Theo von Hohenheim as a small boy, padding around in the wake of his father the doctor in a Swiss mine town.  The great reformer of 16th century European alchemy, he was a very heavy drinker even by the standards of his time, but the people who knew him insisted that he was more cogent when dead drunk than most people are when they're sober. 

Ask me anything about occultism and I'll do my best to answer it. Any question received by midnight Monday Eastern time will get an answer, though it may be Tuesday sometime before I get to them all. If you're in a hurry, or suspect you may be the 145,397th person to ask a question, please check out the very rough version 1.0 of The Magic Monday FAQ here.

I've had several people ask about tipping me for answers here, and though I certainly don't require that I won't turn it down. You can use the button below to access my online tip jar.

With that said, have at it! 

***This Magic Monday is now closed to new questions. See you next week!***

***Yes, I really do mean that this Magic Monday is closed. I just had someone try to post a new question at 12:03 am. Please save new questions for next week!***
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Oom the OmnipotentIt's midnight, so here we go with a new Magic Monday. The picture is of Oom the Omnipotent aka Pierre Bernard: sex guru, successful businessman, genuine scholar of Sanskrit teachings, shameless con artist, and also the man who introduced yoga to the American public. It's a sign of how little most Americans know of their own country's occult history that he's forgotten and E.A. "Aleister" Crowley, who was very much a third-rate figure by comparison, is famous. 

Ask me anything about occultism and I'll do my best to answer it. Any question received by midnight Monday Eastern time will get an answer, though it may be Tuesday sometime before I get to them all. If you're in a hurry, or suspect you may be the 542,396th person to ask a question, please check out the very rough version 1.0 of The Magic Monday FAQ here.

I've had several people ask about tipping me for answers here, and though I certainly don't require that I won't turn it down. You can use the button below to access my online tip jar.

With that said, have at it! 

***This Magic Monday is now closed to new questions. See you next week!***

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Aleister CrowleyIt's almost midnight, so here we go with a new Magic Monday. The picture, appropriately enough given tomorrow's date, is of Edward A. ("Aleister") Crowley, who proclaimed himself the Wickedest Man in the World and published a lot of books on magic, some of which he even wrote himself. (No, I'm not a fan -- how did you guess? -- but since I've been posting photos of famous occultists, well, he was certainly famous.) 

Ask me anything about occultism and I'll do my best to answer it. Any question received by midnight Monday Eastern time will get an answer, though it may be Tuesday sometime before I get to them all. If you're in a hurry, or suspect you may be the 542,396th person to ask a question, please check out the very rough version 1.0 of The Magic Monday FAQ here.

I've had several people ask about tipping me for answers here, and though I certainly don't require that I won't turn it down. You can use the button below to access my online tip jar. 

With that said, have at it! 

**This Magic Monday is now closed to new questions. See you next week!***

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R.A. Schwaller de LubiczIt's almost midnight, so here we go with a new Magic Monday. The picture is of R.A. Schwaller de Lubicz, French alchemist and occultist, whose work on the temple geometries of ancient Egypt played a crucial role in launching the modern revival of sacred geometry.  

Ask me anything about occultism and I'll do my best to answer it. Any question received by midnight Monday Eastern time will get an answer, though it may be Tuesday sometime before I get to them all. If you're in a hurry, or suspect you may be the 542,396th person to ask a question, please check out the very rough version 1.0 of The Magic Monday FAQ here.

I've had several people ask about tipping me for answers here, and though I certainly don't require that I won't turn it down. You can use the button below to access my online tip jar.

With that said, have at it! 

***This Magic Monday is now closed to new questions. See you next week!***
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MesmerIt's midnight, so here we go with a new Magic Monday. The picture is of Franz Anton Mesmer, Austrian physician, occultist and Rosicrucian initiate, who publicized "animal magnetism" in late 18th-century France -- yes, that's pronounced "ki" in Japanese and "nwyfre" in old-fashioned literary Welsh. After his death, his system of energy work was stripped of its occult dimensions and of every reference to the life force to produce the first draft of what we now call "hypnotism." 

Ask me anything about occultism and I'll do my best to answer it. Any question received by midnight Monday Eastern time will get an answer, though it may be Tuesday sometime before I get to them all. If you're in a hurry, or suspect you may be the 712,874th person to ask a question, please check out the very rough version 1.0 of The Magic Monday FAQ here.

I've had several people ask about tipping me for answers here, and though I certainly don't require that I won't turn it down. You can use the button below to access my online tip jar.

With that said, have at it!

***This Magic Monday is now closed to new questions. See you next week!***
 
 
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John Winthrop Jr.It's getting on for midnight, so here we go with a new Magic Monday. The picture is of  John Winthrop Jr. (1606-1676), one of the first alchemists of colonial America, member of the Royal Society, and important figure in the founding of the Connecticut colony. The next time someone acts as though occultism consists solely of what was created in England between the founding of the Golden Dawn in 1887 and whenever Gerald Gardner finished penning his first Book of Shadows, I want you to think of this gentleman bending over an alchemical athanor and then checking a few lines in the writings of Hermes Trismegistus. 

Ask me anything about occultism and I'll do my best to answer it. Any question received by midnight Monday Eastern time will get an answer, though it may be Tuesday sometime before I get to them all. If you're in a hurry, or suspect you may be the 354,219th person to ask a question, please check out the very rough version 1.0 of The Magic Monday FAQ here.

I've had several people ask about tipping me for answers here, and though I certainly don't require that I won't turn it down. You can use the button below to access my online tip jar. 

With that said, have at it! 

***This Magic Monday is now closed to new questions. See you next week!***

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Geoffrey HodsonIt's a little past midnight, so here we go with a new Magic Monday. The picture is of Geoffrey Hodson, one of the leading lights of the Theosophical Society in its post-Blavatsky era. Born in 1886 in England, he served in the First World War as a tank officer, and thereafter became a pacifist, vegetarian, mystic, and clairvoyant. He and his wife used to drive around the English countryside in a motorcycle and sidecar, taking notes on the local nature spirits. They later moved to Australia and then to New Zealand, where he finally died in 1983. 

Ask me anything about occultism and I'll do my best to answer it. Any question received by midnight Monday Eastern time will get an answer, though it may be Tuesday sometime before I get to them all. If you're in a hurry, or suspect you may be the 712,254th person to ask a question, please check out the very rough version 1.0 of The Magic Monday FAQ here.

I've had several people ask about tipping me for answers here, and though I certainly don't require that I won't turn it down. You can use the button below to access my online tip jar.

With that said, have at it!

***This Magic Monday is now closed to new questions. See you next week!***
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Georgie Hyde-LeesIt's getting on for midnight, so here we go with a new Magic Monday. The picture is of Georgie Hyde-Lees.  She's mostly remembered these days as William Butler Yeats' wife, which is unfair; she was an active member and high-ranking initiate of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn in its prime, and a gifted visionary whose clairvoyant capacities were responsible for bringing through the material Yeats assembled into his book of occult philosophy, A Vision

Ask me anything about occultism and I'll do my best to answer it. Any question received by midnight Monday Eastern time will get an answer, though it may be Tuesday sometime before I get to them all. If you're in a hurry, or suspect you may be the 712,254th person to ask a question, please check out the very rough version 1.0 of The Magic Monday FAQ here.

I've had several people ask about tipping me for answers here, and though I certainly don't require that I won't turn it down. You can use the button below to access my online tip jar.

With that said, have at it! 

***This Magic Monday is now closed to new questions. See you next week!***

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BlavatskyIt's getting on for midnight, so here we go with a new Magic Monday. The picture is of the inimitable Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, co-founder and moving spirit of the Theosophical Society, who played a larger role than any other individual in kickstarting the modern revival of occultism in the English-speaking world, and who was also about half the reason you've heard of a place called Atlantis (and very nearly the entire reason you've heard of a place called Lemuria). 

Ask me anything about occultism and I'll do my best to answer it. Any question received by midnight Monday Eastern time will get an answer, though it may be Tuesday sometime before I get to them all. If you're in a hurry, or suspect you may be the 712,254th person to ask a question, please check out the very rough version 1.0 of The Magic Monday FAQ here.

I've had several people ask about tipping me for answers here, and though I certainly don't require that I won't turn it down. You can use the button below to access my online tip jar.

With that said, have at it! 

***This Magic Monday is now closed to new questions. See you next week!***


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Evangeline AdamsIt's getting on for midnight, so here we go with a new Magic Monday. The picture is of Evangeline Adams, whose celebrated court case victory made it legal to practice astrology in the US. Among her clients was the immensely rich J. Pierpont Morgan, who is reputed to have said, "Millionaires don't use astrology, but billionaires do." 

Ask me anything about occultism and I'll do my best to answer it. Any question received by midnight Monday Eastern time will get an answer, though it may be Tuesday sometime before I get to them all. If you're in a hurry, or suspect you may be the 154,995th person to ask a question, please check out the very rough version 1.0 of The Magic Monday FAQ here.

I've had several people ask about tipping me for answers here, and though I certainly don't require that I won't turn it down. You can use the button below to access my online tip jar.

With that said, have at it!

***This Magic Monday is now closed to new questions. See you next week!***
 
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Florence FarrIt's getting on for midnight, so here we go with a new Magic Monday. The picture is of Florence Farr, a famous actress of the late 19th century British stage and a leading initiate of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. The instrument is a psaltery tuned in quarter tones, built by musicologist Arnold Dolmetsch, with which she used to accompany poetry readings by fellow GD adept William Butler Yeats. (Yeats' essay on the subject can be read online here.)

Ask me anything about occultism and I'll do my best to answer it. Any question received by midnight Monday Eastern time will get an answer, though it may be Tuesday sometime before I get to them all. If you're in a hurry, or suspect you may be the 128,715th person to ask a question, please check out the very rough version 1.0 of The Magic Monday FAQ here.

I've had several people ask about tipping me for answers here, and though I certainly don't require that I won't turn it down. You can use the button below to access my online tip jar.

With that said, have at it! 

***This Magic Monday is now closed to new questions. See you next week!***
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PapusIt's midnight, so here we go with a new Magic Monday. The picture is of Gerard Encausse aka Papus, one of the most influential French occultists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and the author of numerous books. (One of his major works, Elementary Treatise of Occult Science, has just been published in a fine new English translation by my friend and sometime coauthor Mark Mikituk, and can be obtained here. For some reason the publisher slapped my name all over the publicity, even though all I wrote was the foreword.) 

Ask me anything about occultism and I'll do my best to answer it. Any question received by midnight Monday Eastern time will get an answer, though it may be Tuesday sometime before I get to them all. If you're in a hurry, or suspect you may be the 225,854th person to ask a question, please check out the very rough version 1.0 of The Magic Monday FAQ here.

I've had several people ask about tipping me for answers here, and though I certainly don't require that I won't turn it down. You can use the button below to access my online tip jar. 

With that said, have at it! 

***This Magic Monday is now closed to new questions. See you next week!***

 
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Christine Campbell ThompsonIt's midnight, so here we go with a new Magic Monday. The picture is of Christine Hartley, aka Christine Campbell Thompson, Dion Fortune's literary agent (and a significant writer and editor in her own right), and a leading member of Fortune's Fraternity (later Society) of the Inner Light, the most influential magical order in mid-20th century Britain. 

Ask me anything about occultism and I'll do my best to answer it. Any question received by midnight Monday Eastern time will get an answer, though it may be Tuesday sometime before I get to them all.

I've had several people ask about tipping me for answers here, and though I certainly don't require that I won't turn it down. You can use the button below to access my online tip jar. 

With that said, have at it! 

***This Magic Monday is now closed to new questions. See you next week!***

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Iolo MorganwgIt's midnight, so here we go with a new Magic Monday. The picture is of Edward Williams aka Iolo Morganwg, poet, ritualist, opium addict, and one of the brightest stars in the glittering firmament of 19th-century literary forgery, who was responsible for more of the traditions of the Druid Revival than any other person. Did he make most of it up? Of course. Does that make it somehow inadequately Celtic? Well, Iolo was a Welshman, born and raised in a Welsh-speaking village in rural Glamorganshire, and trained in the exacting disciplines of traditional Welsh poetry -- that is to say, any one of his fingernails was more Celtic than the entire American Celtic Reconstructionist scene.

But I digress.

Ask me anything about occultism and I'll do my best to answer it. Any question received by midnight Monday Eastern time will get an answer, though it may be Tuesday sometime before I get to them all.

I've had several people ask about tipping me for answers here, and though I certainly don't require that I won't turn it down. You can use the button below to access my online tip jar. 

With that said, have at it!

***This Magic Monday is now closed to new questions. See you next week!***

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Walter B. GibsonIt's midnight, so here we go with a new Magic Monday. The picture is of Walter B. Gibson, one of the few professional stage magicians who was also a genuine occultist -- his 1966 book The Complete Illustrated Book of the Psychic Sciences, written with his wife Litzka, is a good summary of the state of popular occultism on the eve of the 1970s occult revival -- and also, of course, the pulp writer responsible for that iconic figure, The Shadow. ("Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows...")

Ask me anything about occultism and I'll do my best to answer it. Any question received by midnight Monday Eastern time will get an answer, though it may be Tuesday sometime before I get to them all.

I've had several people ask about tipping me for answers here, and though I certainly don't require that I won't turn it down. You can use the button below to access my online tip jar. 

With that said, have at it! 

***This Magic Monday is now closed to new questions. See you next week!***

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Josephin PeladanIt's getting on for midnight, so here we go with a new Magic Monday. The picture is of Joséphin Péladan (1858-1918), the extraordinary Rosicrucian art critic and magus of the Decadent movement, whose masterwork How to Become a Mage will be out next year in a new English translation. 

Ask me anything about occultism and I'll do my best to answer it. Please note that this Magic Monday will be closing early because I want to celebrate New Year's Eve without having to hover over this journal. Any question received by 10 pm Monday Eastern time will get an answer, though it may be Tuesday sometime before I get to them all.

I've had several people ask about tipping me for answers here, and though I certainly don't require that I won't turn it down. You can use the button below to access my online tip jar.

With that said, have at it! 

***This Magic Monday is now closed to new questions. Have a happy New Year celebration, and see you next week!***


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Rudolf SteinerIt's getting on for midnight, so here we go with a new Magic Monday. The picture is of Rudolf Steiner, arguably the deepest thinker to come out of the Theosophical movement of the late 19th and early 20th century, and founder of his own movement, Anthroposophy, which still thrives today. 

Ask me anything about occultism and I'll do my best to answer it. Any question received by midnight Monday Eastern time will get an answer, though it may be Tuesday sometime before I get to them all.

I've had several people ask about tipping me for answers here, and though I certainly don't require that I won't turn it down. You can use the button below to access my online tip jar.  

With that said, have at it! 

***This Magic Monday is now closed to new questions. See you next Monday!***





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William Quan JudgeIt's almost midnight, so here we go with a new Magic Monday. The picture is of William Quan Judge, an influential American Theosophist of the late 19th and early 20th century and author of several Theosophical classics. 

Ask me anything about occultism and I'll do my best to answer it. Any question received by midnight Monday Eastern time will get an answer, though it may be Tuesday sometime before I get to them all.

I've had several people ask about tipping me for answers here, and though I certainly don't require that I won't turn it down. You can use the button below to access my online tip jar. 

With that said, have at it! 

***This Magic Monday is now closed to new questions. See you next week!***



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John MichellIt's almost midnight, so here we go with a new Magic Monday. The picture is of John Michell, first-rate sacred geometer and researcher into forgotten sciences, whose 1969 book The View Over Atlantis introduced leys and sacred geometry to the counterculture, and was a major influence on my insufficiently misspent youth. 

Ask me anything about occultism and I'll do my best to answer it. Any question received by midnight Monday Eastern time will get an answer, though it may be Tuesday sometime before I get to them all.

I've had several people ask about tipping me for answers here, and though I certainly don't require that I won't turn it down. You can use the button below to access my online tip jar.

With that said, have at it! 

***This Magic Monday is now closed to new questions. See you next week!***
 
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Alan LeoIt's almost midnight, so here we go with a new Magic Monday. The picture is of Alan Leo (real name William Frederick Allan), a prominent British Theosophist and one of the prime movers of the late 19th century revival of astrology. 

Ask me anything about occultism and I'll do my best to answer it. Any question received by midnight Monday Eastern time will get an answer, though it may be Tuesday sometime before I get to them all.

I've had several people ask about tipping me for answers here, and though I certainly don't require that I won't turn it down. You can use the button below to access my online tip jar.

With that said, have at it! 

***This Magic Monday is now closed to new questions. See you next week!***


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