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Paul Davids-The Life After Death Project
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January 17, 2020 10:15 AM PST
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In this episode of The Rev and Witch show, we talk with author/producer/director Paul Davids about what happens when his good friend and steadfast atheist dies and discovers he was wrong about life after death. Although he was a world famous futurist and a pioneering promoter of science fiction books and films, Forrest J. Ackerman never believed in an afterlife of the soul, the spirit or the mind. Nonetheless, he promised a few respected colleagues that if it were to turn out that he was mistaken, which he sincerely doubted, then if it were possible he would try to send messages from the beyond. Davids describes some of the more than 100 incidents of Ackerman's unusual and uncanny messages and phenomena from the other side in this riveting and thought provoking episode.

A.P. Sylvia - Vampires of Lore
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January 10, 2020 10:30 AM PST
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Vampire. The word immediately conjures up bloodstained fangs, an aversion to sunlight, bats, garlic, and wooden stakes. These undead immortals have haunted our favorite books, television shows, and movies for decades. This exploration of a seemingly supernatural topic delves into past traditions around the world and how those traditions have affected our pop-culture modern-day monster. Explore belief systems as well as origins of various notions we all seem to have about vampires, and unearth the bloody dirt about this mystical creature. Discover differences and similarities between the realm of folklore and what modern media has taught us. Did villagers really use wooden stakes, garlic, and mirrors? What about vampires turning into bats or hypnotizing victims? Did they really shape shift into dogs, and sleep in coffins? And do vampires really have fangs? You might be surprised! This was a really fun and interesting show that you really will enjoy.

Ian White-Witchcraft and Black Magic in British Cult Cinema
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January 10, 2020 10:08 AM PST
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As part of the Hemlock Horror Companion Series of Books, Witchcraft and Black Magic in British Cult Cinema, Ian White discusses the role of witchcraft and the occult in the cult classics of British horror cinema’s Golden Age. The rites and practices of pagan religions have always been a key component of the horror film and by examining the sources of classics such as Night of the Demon, The Devil Rides Out and The Wicker Man. We talked about many other classic films during the podcast as well, and anyone who either listens to the podcast or has seen any of the movies he talk about will agree with the comment that fact definitely is often more frightening than fiction.

Tomas Prower - Morbid Magic
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January 03, 2020 10:28 AM PST
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Written with a mix of reverence, approachability, and deadpan wit by a funeral industry insider, Morbid Magic is the first multi-cultural guide to death spirituality and traditions from all over the world and from different historical eras. Tomás Prower presents an impressive array of topics, including each culture's views on the hereafter, mourning periods, the deceased's legacy, handling of remains, and more.

Discover the lore and magic of death, both on the physical and spiritual planes. Explore hands-on activities, spells, and prayers that will open your eyes to new practices. Experience personal stories and anecdotes by modern people from various regions and religions. This fascinating book makes death a more approachable topic and helps you understand and utilize the profound wisdom of cultures around the globe. From Judaism in the Middle East to shamanism in East Asia, Morbid Magic presents an amazing, in-depth look at how the world deals with death.

John L. Steadman - H.P. Lovecraft and the Black Magical Tradition
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January 03, 2020 10:22 AM PST
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Modern practicing occultists have argued that renowned horror writer H. P. Lovecraft was in possession of in-depth knowledge of black magick. Literary scholars claim that he was a master of his genre and craft, and his findings are purely psychological, nothing more. Was Lovecraft a practitioner of the dark arts himself? Was he privileged to knowledge that cannot be otherwise explained?
Weaving the life story of Lovecraft in and out of an analysis of various modern magickal systems, scholar John L. Steadman has found direct and concrete examples that demonstrate that Lovecraft's works and specifically his Cthulhu Mythos and his creation of the Necronomicon are a legitimate basis for a working magickal system.nWhether you believe Lovecraft had supernatural powers or not, no one can argue against Lovecraft's profound influence on many modern black arts and the darker currents of western occultism.

Diana Cooper-The Wonder of Unicorns
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December 27, 2019 10:32 AM PST
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In The Wonder of Unicorns Diana Cooper explains ancient myths and legends of these amazing energetic beings from a higher spiritual perspective. Who are they, these seventh-dimensional creatures of myth and magic? Where do they stand in the angelic hierarchy and what is their role with regard to us humans? How can you meet and engage with them as an individual? These magical beings of light, absent from the Earth for many centuries, are now returning to guide humanity on their spiritual path. They offer protection and support and inspire us to choose actions for the highest benefit of all. Consciously connecting and working with your unicorn will enable you to raise your energetic level and assist you on your journey to enlightenment. Whether aspiring to help the world at large or simply improve a small corner of it, enlightenment seekers can apply the meditations, rituals, ceremonies, and games featured in this book to unleash the great abilities of these elusive spirit guides. With wonderful real life stories and anecdotes from people who have seen and experienced unicorns first hand, The Wonder of Unicorns is a book to inspire and empower you on your spiritual path.

Echo Bodine - Life on the Other Side
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December 27, 2019 10:07 AM PST
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Several years ago, Echo was a guest on the show talking about her book, What Happens When You Die. That book explained death and dying from the soul’s perspective, the dying process, The Elders, who are our advisors about making wise decisions for our soul’s growth and development what happens to our souls during the dying process and much more. It just made good sense to have Echo come back again, to follow the natural progression and talk about life on the other side. Whether you call it Heaven, The Summerland or The Promised Land, Echo give us a fascinating look into where we're all headed, and answers a lot of questions about life after life.

Courtney Weber - The Morrigan
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December 20, 2019 11:02 AM PST
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The Morrigan is one of Pagan Ireland’s most famous and notorious goddesses. Her name translated as “phantom queen” or “great queen,” the Morrigan is famous for being a goddess of war, witchcraft and death, protection and retribution. This book also explores her patronage of motherhood, healing, shapeshifting, and the land. Classified among the Sidhe (fairies), the Morrigan dates back at least to Ireland’s Iron Age, but she is as modern as she is ancient―enjoying a growing contemporary and global following. Author Courtney Weber provides a guide for the modern devotee of this complex, mysterious goddess that encompasses practical veneration with modern devotionals, entwined with traditional lore and Irish-Celtic history.

The Ghost of a Christmas Show Past
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December 20, 2019 10:51 AM PST
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For this episode, I went back into the vault and dug out a live Christmas Eve show I did way back in 2015 featuring an hour of Christmas music from Medieval Times to the present and not your usual Jingle Bells and Silent Night variety. Maybe a few of the songs might sound familiar, and some of them won't but It was a great way to get into the Christmas spirit that Christmas Eve back then, and an even better way to usher in the Yuletide in 2019.

Amy Blackthorn - Sacred Smoke
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December 13, 2019 12:02 PM PST
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Sacred Smoke explores the ritual use of smoke and scents to cleanse the energies of mind, body, and home. Here, aromatherapist and long-time herbalist Amy Blackthorn offers the essential tools for creating sacred space—a safe space free of negative energies—using herbs, incense, smoke, and other practices.
Written in an accessible style, free of jargon, Sacred Smoke has everything you need to know to get started on your practice of purification and cleansing, including
The importance of self-care, How to keep your home and family safe, How to protect your home while you are away, Adding crystals to your cleansing practice,
Using essential herbs and recipes for creating cleansing smoke.Sacred Smoke is an essential guide for anyone seeking to practice the ritual use of cleansing and clearing to protect and heal themselves, their home, and their family.

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