Save yourself from a Psychic Attack!

Okay, so it’s been about a billion years since I updated this blog – very sorry – but I came across this in my inbox and thought I would share it:

A day workshop with David Goddard
Saturday 10th November


David Goddard, Western Mystery teacher and author of numerous esoteric books and texts (including “How to Protect Yourself Against Psychic Attack”) is facilitating this rare workshop.  He will teach how to identify a magical attack and how to defend yourself from psychic violence.

In this intense one-day seminar, you will receive secret teachings only given mouth-to-ear. And David will empower an Amulet of Protection for you personally.

The teachings will include:

•    How to create Holy Water

•    Invoking St Michael the Archangel (and how to forge a bond with this celestial Spirit)

•    Forging your own Armor of Light – to ensure that you are always protected

•    The Seven Mystical Prayers (used for additional protection in times of danger)

•    Invoking the Heavenly Warriors against dark magic

•    Creating The AdamantineTower – when you need to ward your home, or place of work, from psychic attacks

•    Weaving the Psalms of Protection into a shield against darkness.

This special event is strictly limited (first comes first served).

Book today (1st November) and SAVE £10.00

When:     Saturday, 10th November,

Where:    London, UK.

How much: £70.00 – (a non-refundable deposit of £25.00 secures your place)

How To Book:

 To reserve your place, please book right away online (the booking is billed in US Dollars, but equals £25)

Or, email the Rising Phoenix Foundation at

The Atlantis Bookshop
Living History of Magic
49a Museum Street, London WC1A 1LY 020 7405 2120

So, yes, if you hate your money and really enjoy wasting it on stupid shit like “protecting yourself from a psychic attack” please do attend this workshop.  I personally would instead suggest donating it to a good charity, but to each their own…

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Fancy getting up to something a bit different this month?  

Check out the Dr Paul Koudounaris talk on Sicilian Sex Ghosts, hosted by the Last Tuesday Society:



Wednesday the 22nd of August 2012
Doors at 6 pm, Show commences at 7 pm

Do you like sex? Do you like ghosts? Do you like Sicilians? If you answered yes to any of those questions, join The Last Tuesday Society at Viktor Wynd’s for a lecture by Dr. Paul Koudounaris on The Sex Ghosts of the Palermo Catacombs.
Dr. Koudounaris is the author of an illustrated history of decoration in human bone, The Empire of Death, named one of the best books of 2011 by London’s Evening Standard; in the process of compiling that book, he also amassed folklore and ghost stories from around the world. 
At the Palermo Catacombs, Europe’s most haunted site, the dead do not go quietly into eternity. Rather, many of them exact their revenge on the living, and in the process let their desires run amok in a series of sexual exploits repressed during their lifetimes. 
Can the dead have sex with the living? Are they offended if their advances are declined? And what exactly goes on with the lascivious ghosts in Palermo? Learn the answers in a lecture that will prove to be bizarre, informative, and in a weird way perhaps titillating. Presented with a full slideshow.

Paul Koudounaris 
Paul Koudounaris received a PhD in Art History from UCLA in 2006, which a specialty in the Baroque. He has taught at major universities in the Los Angeles area, and has written for dozens of magazines and newspapers in several countries, specializing in articles about veneration of the dead. 

Talks at 11 Mare Street 



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‘Magic Penis’ Killing set for Trial Date

Sometimes you come across the strangest things….

2011-05-25 22:11

By Mandla Khoza

Malalane – A trial date is expected to be set on Thursday for 12 people arrested in connection with setting a pastor alight after accusing him of using a magic penis to sleep with women.

The nine men and three women, aged between 28 and 50 will appear in the Boschfontein periodical court in Mpumalanga on charges murder and arson.

The villagers, among them a community induna (headman), were  arrested on February 24 after Albert Malwane, a pastor of the Izwi Zion Christian Church, was burnt to death a day before.

Mpumalanga police spokesperson Leonard Hlathi said that Malwane had been dragged from his one-roomed house in the Etitandini informal settlement near Jeppes Reef south of Malalane and taken to a hill, where he was set alight.

Malwane’s house was also burnt and his wife and daughter went into hiding.

Community members had accused him of talking to animals and using an invisible penis to sleep with women in the informal settlement.

They also accused his wife of turning into a snail and terrorising the community.

The villagers also complained that Malwane’s family had used muti to make then sick after Malwane’s death.

One of the accused had to be carried into the Boschfontein periodical court when the 12 appeared in court on April 8.

Timothy Malwane, the father of the deceased, believes a curse was released at the pastor’s funeral.

The 12 accused have not been asked to plead.

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Spell of the Day: Getting What You Want

It’s been a while since we did a kooky spell, so let’s do one that is supposed to help us achieve our desires.  Yay.

Items you will need:

A candle


A glass of water

Sea salt

A talisman (traditionally a coin, stone or pendant)


  • Light the candle and incense and place it in front of you with your talisman
  • Add a few pinches of the salt into your glass of water and say:

I bless this salt and this water with pure light

  • Dip your fingers into the water and let several drops fall from your hand onto your talisman while saying:

I bless this talisman and ask it to help me (get a new job, earn lots of money, conquer the world, etc).

  • Pass the talisman through the flame of your candle and say:

I bless this flame and ask this talisman to help me (repeat your goal)

  • Pass the talisman through the smoke of the incense and say:

I bless this incense and ask this talisman to help me (blah blah blah)

  • Hold the talisman and focus on achieving your goal


C’est fini!

It seems simple, but really what this is is positive affirmation, setting goals and visualizing yourself achieving them.

Let me know how it goes.





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Ah, l’amour! Pagan, Faery and Viking Weddings!

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!

Given the date it seems only appropriate that we should look into romance in the occult.  Let’s check out some pagan weddings.

Pagan is a broadly encompassing term and, as we all know, weddings come in all shapes and sizes.

Pagan wedding ceremonies are called handfastings and mark the coming together of two people in a formal, loving and equal sexual partnership.

Pagans take the swearing of oaths very seriously indeed and believe it important that they articulate the sincere, considered intentions of the individuals concerned rather than merely repeating a standard formula.

Accordingly, the vows a couple will swear to each other before their Gods and Goddesses during a handfasting will be carefully discussed and decided upon by them beforehand, in consultation with the Priestess and/or Priest who will officiate at the ceremony.

While all couples will vow to love, honour, respect and protect both each other and their children, the responsibility for the form of the committed relationship they are undertaking ultimately lies with them.

A couple may choose to handfast for the traditional period of a year and a day, and it is not uncommon for Pagans in long-term relationships to renew their vows after each year and a day has passed so that neither comes to take the other for granted. Others vow to handfast for life while a few, in accordance with Pagan beliefs in reincarnation, do so for all their future lives as well.

Druids in ritual costume watch as a couple joins hands across an altarDruids officiate at a Pagan wedding

As with all other Pagan ceremonies, there is considerable variation in the precise form an individual handfasting rite will take, but some parts are all but universal.

The ceremony will be held out of doors if at all possible, and will begin with the marking out of sacred space (usually in the form of a circle), the honouring of the Four Elements, and a welcome for all who are present.

The Gods and Goddesses will be called upon to bless the future life of the couple. The couples’ right hands will be bound together (hence ‘handfasting’), they will swear the oaths that will henceforth define their relationship, and their hands will then be unbound in token that they remain together of their own free will.

Rings will be exchanged and the ceremony will conclude with ‘jumping the broomstick’ – the couple leaping hand in hand over a broom held horizontally before them, thus crossing the symbolic boundary between their old lives and their new, shared, one. As with most Pagan rituals, a handfasting will be followed by feasting and celebration by the company.


Videos.  Whee!

Hand Fasting Dance:


Faery Wedding:


Celtic Renaissance Wedding:

(is it just me or is this the most awkward ceremony you’ve ever seen?)


And finally, my favourite – the Viking Wedding (in three adorable parts):



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Dark, Twisted, and Beautiful: Death Around the World

Last night I found myself at the incredibly bizarre Last Tuesday Society.  The Society is a tiny shop with a red basement filled with oddities; hybrid taxidermy, skeletons, bizarre art & pornography are mounted on the walls/ displayed in glass cases.  They even had a fake mummified mermaid; to say that the Last Tuesday Society is creepy as hell is a bit of an understatement.

Regardless, I sat at the back of a cramped little room on a plastic foldout chair to listen to a lecture on the very appropriate topic of Death & Funeral practices around the world.  The speaker was one Sarah Murray, a dark eyed and fascinating woman, who was promoting her book Making an Exit: From the Magnificent to the Macabre, How we Dignify the Dead.

Writer and journalist Sarah Murray never gave much thought of what might ultimately happen to her remains. That was until her father died. Puzzled by the choice he made for the disposal of his “organic matter,” she set off on a series of voyages to discover how death is celebrated and commemorated in different cultures.

Her lecture was incredibly compelling.  I thought I would share with you some of the more unusual and interesting things she discussed.


Murray had the fortunate luck to make it to Bali in time for a Hindu Royal Cremation.

You can gather the scope of the event from the video above.  The cremation itself involved a knife being passed around until it eventually made its way to the top of the decorative bull where it then cut a strip down the bull’s spine.  The body of the king was wrapped in white and was lowered down into the bull.  The beast was then set on fire.  The bull itself took only about 20 minutes to burn but the body took another 2 hours.  She marks it as quite an incredible spectacle to behold, especially as the flames shot out of the nose and mouth of the animal.  The mood was also infectious as it was a celebration not a mourning; anyone seen to be crying was escorted away as it is believed that negative energy impedes the spirits journey to the afterlife.



The Sedlec Ossuary in Kutna Hora, Czech Republic is a spectacle to behold.  It became highly popular destination for burial after 1278 when an Abbot returned from Palestine with a pocketful of soil which he scattered on the church grounds.

Due to the Thirty Years War in the 17th century (not to mention the Black Death in the mid-14th century), the churchyard soon ran out of room to bury the dead and many of the old bodies were exhumed and brought into the church where they were designed into stunning but morbid fixtures, including a giant chandelier.  Officials speculate that there are the bones of 40,000- 70,000 people in this chapel.



A ghoulish spectacle to behold, the Catacombs in Sicily houses corpses in various states of preservation, ranging from the perfectly intact “Sleeping Beauty” to inhuman looking monsters. Many of them are strung up to the walls while others are in glass cases.  Some of the bodies, if clothed, are wearing their original threads.

If you are keen to have nightmares tonight I recommend reading some HP Lovecraft and checking out the below video, especially around 40s in:


Murray also spoke of a small village in the Philippines where an old woman had passed away.  The entire village gathered in her small house as her body was laid out and there they sat, all night, keeping her company until she was buried the next morning.

Apparently in certain regions in the Philippines there is a practice where you bury your loved one and three years later, dig them back up, clean their bones and place them in a pot.  Only at this time are they officially laid to rest and the family can properly move on.

In Ghana Murray viewed handmade coffins and even commissioned her own, though she said she is more likely to donate it to a museum than to use it herself.

The Ghanian coffins are so intricate and expensive that the World Bank reportedly discouraged the country from lavishing so much money on funerals as it is causing countless people to go bankrupt.  Still, an extravagant funeral is a sign of wealth and prosperity, so the industry continues to thrive.  The coffins are made to reflect who you were, often showing a job you might have had or a part of your personality.

In Hong Kong you can buy paper goods to burn and send to your loved ones in the afterlife.

The sick and elderly travel to the city of Varanasi, India,  and beg for money to pay for the wood used in their own cremation. If they don’t their family may end up in a great deal of debt.

And in the USA?  Well, this article is a pretty interesting example of the more extreme.

What does Sarah Murray have planned for her funeral?  When she passes away she plans on being dissolved in an alkaline bath, which still does provide you with some ashes.  Her ashes will be split up and put into small jars and divided up amongst various people.  She will have choosen her favourite destinations over the globe and plans to have each set of ashes spread in those regions.  The reason for her doing this is not because she believes that part of her will live on in these areas, though that is a nice thought.  Her objective is simply that she wants to share her favourite places with others.  Maybe by doing so they will be inspired; who knows what paths their lives might take next…

I think it’s a beautiful way to go.  Regardless, I will be picking up the book.

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Shamanic Craniosacral Therapy and Sexuality

Last Sunday I was having a quiet afternoon coffee in a hip little cafe on my street (it makes me feel like one of the cool kids) when I found this advertisement placed neatly on the shelf below the serving counter.

Argh!  More birth trauma!

I’ve never heard of Craniosacral Therapy…

What does Wikipedia say about it?

Craniosacral therapy (also called CST, also spelled Cranial Sacral bodywork or therapy) is an alternative medicine therapy used by osteopaths, massage therapists, naturopaths, and chiropractors. It was developed in 1899 by William Garner Sutherland.[1]

A craniosacral therapy session involves the therapist placing their hands on the patient, which allows them to “tune into the craniosacral rhythm”.[2] Craniosacral therapists claim to treat mental stress, neck and back pain, migraines, TMJ Syndrome, and for chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia.

A systematic review conducted in 1999 “did not find valid scientific evidence that craniosacral therapy provides a benefit to patients”, noting that “[t]he available health outcome research consists of low grade of evidence derived from weak study designs” and “[a]dverse events have been reported in head-injured patients following craniosacral therapy.”[6] Craniosacral therapy has been characterized as pseudoscientific and as lacking a biologically plausible mechanism and diagnostic reliability.


It looks like this woman is a registered member of the Craniosacral Therapy Association of the UK.  Sounds like a legitimate practice (little joke there).

Their website  is pretty unexciting and while they do make a few silly claims, I do respect certain nuggets they put on there such as:

Medical Advice

Craniosacral Therapy is intended to complement, not replace, the relationship you have with your medical practitioner. If you have or suspect you may have a health problem, please see your doctor. Never disregard medical advice or delay in seeking it because of anything you have read on this website.



Judging from this video it looks a touch like Reiki.  I wouldn’t expect that this would really help resolvemuch pain and discomfort though when I was a teenager I frequently went for massage therapy and some of the techniques, in specific the placement of the fingers at the base of the skull, are ones which can help reduce muscle tension.

I decided to go to the website of the practictioner advertised on the pamphlet and found this super nifty course you can take called (Drum Roll):

Shamanic Craniosacral Therapy and Sexuality

Shamanic craniosacral therapy and sexuality is a blend of traditional shamanic healing, (reconnection with the mystical child and the spirits of your feminine & masculine energy) followed through with biodynamic craniosacral therapy to enable conscious alignment & integration of these energies within the system, and to support the nervous system and the psyche to reorganise around a present & stable centre.

A shamanic consultation is offered to get the advice necessary from the spirits to proceed in this healing modality.

If the advice offered resonates for the client, and they want to go ahead with the healing recommended by the spirits, we ask for an initial 3 month commitment to the work with further follow up sessions available after this period should support be required.

There is an age limit to this work, but ideally you will be 35 years plus, however there are always exceptions and a minimum of 28 years is a must.

After the initial shamanic consultation this work typically, but not always, consists of a shamanic healing session, minimum three spirit led craniosacral therapy sessions that interface with the biodynamic forces, and two follow up shamanic journeys for clarification and grounding spread out over a three month period.

Shamanic craniosacral therapy and sexuality is particularly suitable for those who feel a lack of sexual identity in their daily lives and who wish to find deeper grounding and connection to themselves and the environment around them.

Sessions last one and a half hours and the cost is £70

Kind of creepy…

I think there are certain truths about these types of “healing” but not in the sense that they try to convey.  Will someone touching your head heal your migrane?  No, probably not, but it will likely make you feel better.  Let’s face it – being gently and carefully touched by someone who seems to care for your health and wellbeing feels good.  It’s like a head massage at the hairstylists; it just feels nice.

You could find a friend or loved one to do pretty much what they’re doing and save yourself a hefty charge of £50 a pop.  Our gal also offers a Shamanic Journey/ healing where she’ll talk to the guiding spirits; that will cost you £60-£200.

I think I’d rather just go and get a regular massage, or 2-3 for the same price…

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