Wednesday, December 16, 2009

What does life after death really mean?

The Love of Souls by Jean Delville (1867-1953). Via decadenthandbook

On the one hand, the evidence for continuity of personality is, in my opinion, very strong; thousands of mediumistic communications attest to it, and I find many of these communications persuasive. On the other hand, who wants to survive as a bundle of quirks and worries and petty grudges? Wouldn't it be hell to be trapped with your chattering "ego-mind" forever? Sweet oblivion would be preferable.
From the wheat and the chaff, an excellent blog post from Michael Prescott.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Monday, December 14, 2009

Sunday, December 13, 2009

image via Gorg

"For, as Freud has shown, we remember (in the main) what we wish to remember, and forget what is painful. There is thus great danger of deception as to the "facts" of the case; but our memories indicate with uncanny accuracy what is our true will. And, as above made manifest, it is this true will which shows the nature of our proper motion." -The Confessions of Aleister Crowley

Friday, November 27, 2009

image via papertissue

"Hitherto I had encountered only the brick wall of traditional views, but now I came up against the steel of people's prejudice and their utter incapacity to admit unconventional possibilities...

...I realized that one gets nowhere unless one talks to people about the things they know. The naive person does not appreciate what an insult it is to talk to one's fellows about anything that is unknown to them...I came to see that a new idea, or even just an unusual aspect of an old one, can be communicated only by facts." - Carl Jung. 

From Memories, Dreams, Reflections.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Monday, November 23, 2009

Found Text 1

Is Emily Miller a victim of sexism or her own abrasiveness
Sullen guy. Digital. 2009.

This guy has extreme power. It is just. Nobody has recognized it yet.

Another painting of a great medium.

Moina Mathers. Digital painting. 2009.

Might do the Fox sisters next.

Useful cliches.

Get out of your own way.

The perfect is the enemy of the good.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Saturday, November 21, 2009

A portrait of my sister.

Jane. Digital painting. 2009.
E.W. Digital. 2009.

This is a portrait of one of my oldest friends.

My portrait of Dion Fortune.

The Medium On Her Wedding Day. Digital. 2009.

Baby don't hurt meh!

Woman in tube, posted in memory of Mac Tonnies. He was collecting images like this not too long ago.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Star Ruby

A sketch I did tonight, playing with a new piece of software.

Hidden writing on the Shroud of Turin.

Like the image of the man himself the letters are in reverse and only make sense in negative photographs...

Dr Frale said that many of the letters were missing, with Jesus for example referred to as "(I)esou(s) Nnazarennos" and only the "iber" of "Tiberiou" surviving. Her reconstruction, however, suggested that the certificate read: "In the year 16 of the reign of the Emperor Tiberius Jesus the Nazarene, taken down in the early evening after having been condemned to death by a Roman judge because he was found guilty by a Hebrew authority, is hereby sent for burial with the obligation of being consigned to his family only after one full year". It ends "signed by" but the signature has not survived.

From Times Online.

A new crescendo of meaninglessness.

"So what if Sarah Palin didn't write this book? Even God used early scribes to write the Bible." -Moe Lang, commenter.

Via Jezebel. Art by Man Ray.

Thursday, September 10, 2009


smile in mountain, originally uploaded by phitar.

Every great smile is a spiritual teacher.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Summer's End

Water is the softest and most yielding substance.
Yet nothing is better than water,
For overcoming the hard and rigid,
Because nothing can compete with it.

-Tao Te Ching

Image via papertissue

Friday, August 21, 2009


Ra, originally uploaded by moufle.

More in a series of great smiles I am finding.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

"God knows I love you. Now you do too." by Mark Warren Jacques

The highest good is not to seek to do good, 
but to allow yourself to become it. 
The ordinary person seeks to do good things, 
and finds that they can not do them continually. 

-Tao Te Ching

“Oh yes, they were sexy, these voluptuous ancient sea people!” -Richard Shaver

Antediluvian "Rock Book" painting by Richard Shaver (of "The Shaver Mystery"). See more here. You can buy them, too. If you're rich. 


Click here to see.

It's cool.

For Magicians Considering Redecorating

Bibliodyssey has a showing of alchemists' laboratories that may serve as inspiration. Add an Eames chair and you'll be thoroughly modernized.

Monday, August 10, 2009

The Art of Linda Macfarlane

This is a portrait of Marjorie Cameron, companion to the famous magician and rocket scientist Jack Parsons. Click here to see more of Macfarlane's images of magical women.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Posthuman Blues turned us onto The New Post-literate, an extraordinary website on asemic writing.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

R.I.P. John Keel.

"The UFO manifestations seem to be, by and large, merely minor
variations of the age-old demonological phenomenon."

One of the greats.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Esoteric Alphabet

Any alphabet that contains the word "menstrual blood" over and over again is bound to be pretty good. Done by Annie Murphy.

Via the venerable Phantasmaphile.

Monday, June 29, 2009

This item kindly passed to us by our agent-on-remote, who is currently stationed in Inner Mongolia:

This is an anecdote I’ve carried in my mind for years:

I have a Buddhist friend who was visiting monasteries in Nepal a few years ago. One day, he got a rare invitation to witness a “sky burial” — the funeral of a monk, held on a mountaintop, culminating in the dismemberment of his body and scattering of his flesh and bones to feed birds of prey and other animals. (This ritual, also known as “giving alms to the birds,” has practical roots as well as spiritual resonance. Much of Tibet is above treeline, so cremation is difficult, and it’s generally too rocky for burial.)

My friend hiked for hours to get to the site, and when he arrived, the ceremony was already in progress, punctuated by the overtone singing and thigh-bone trumpets of the monks. In the center, a man was ritually slicing into pieces the body of the old monk who had died.

My friend looked closer and saw that the man doing the cutting was wearing a t-shirt: Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

By Steve Silberman. Originally found in the Buddhist magazine Shambhala Sun.

"But it only just now became clear to me how split Jackson’s personality had become. As his public but nonperformance persona grew more and more infantile, his onstage presence became more sexual and more angry. Jackson never spoke much about the allegations against him, and spoke only a few times about his abusive past. But his music and performances had a clear message…I just never knew how to read it."

Click here to read more from Dream's End on the passing of Michael Jackson. (R.I.P.)
"One of Dion Fortune's readers...returned a well thumbed copy of "The Winged Bull" to the publishers for fear of corrupting the scavengers if it ended up in the trash can..." -Gareth Knight

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

"To fight the Empire is to be infected by its derangement. This is a paradox: whoever defeats a segment of the Empire becomes the Empire; it proliferates like a virus, imposing its form on its enemies. Thereby it becomes its enemies." -Philip K. Dick
"La lettrice"

Click here for a nice commentary on the painting.
Many a classic work of art could be improved upon by adding a battalion of flying saucers, as demonstrated here by Banksy.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

One more from the same site, because I couldn't choose between them.

One of several fascinating art pieces at Beyond The Limits of Reason.

Literally, a resource, for once.

Esoteric occult PDFs by Crowley, Blavatsky, Frater Achad, Dion Fortune, and so on. Good stuff. Click here.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

The demand to be safe in relationship inevitably breeds sorrow and fear. This seeking for security is inviting insecurity. Have you ever found security in any of your relationships? Have you? Most of us want the security of loving and being loved, but is there love when each one of us is seeking his own security, his own particular path? We are not loved because we don't know how to love. -Krishnamurti

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Remember, kids: Reality is consensual and no means no.

We didn't have to make this up. Mainly because somebody else did.

Are the First Family clones?
"Human genetic material, largely undamaged after 2,400 years, has been extracted from an Egyptian mummy and has been grown in the laboratory. One 2,400-yr-old mummy of a child was found to contain DNA that could be molecularly cloned in a plasmid vector. These analyses show that substantial pieces of mummy DNA can be cloned and that the DNA fragments seem to contain little or no modifications introduced postmortem."
New York Times
April 16, 1985

Click for original collages of Barack as Akhenaton and Michelle as some other ancient Egyptian.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

"Prepare for a bit of disappointment."

Holes on Mars!

Keeping in mind that The Chronic is Fortean, not Freudian: holes are almost always disappointing.

Friday, March 13, 2009

CONSPIRACY WORLD ROCKED: Elders of Zion Abandon All Sense of Protocol

The Elders of Zion, the venerable and shadowy Jewish organization that controls the international banking industry, news media and Hollywood, has announced that it is disbanding so that members can retire to Florida and live out their golden years on the golf course.

“We had a good run,” said one senior Elder, reminiscing over old photographs of world leaders in his musty, wood-paneled office at an undisclosed location. “Maybe we ran the world for just a little too long. Anyway, now it’s Obama’s problem.”

Read the full article here.

Via Covert History.

A Manson Family Creepy Crawl?

Eerie video posted by Chronic hero Adam Gorightly.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

"The three stages of the neurosomatic circuit - 13. Hippy, 14. Yogi, 15. Tantric - are body-oriented and involve a deliberate symbol-stupidity. It is understandable that the five-brained person reacts against the insectoid-cyborg materialism of larval technology, the scientism that produces plastic consumerism, military-industrialism, assembly-line anonomie, and polluted over-population. But the rejection of scientific inquiry becomes a know-nothing smugness. Occultists become long-haired rednecks."-Timothy Leary

Saturday, February 28, 2009

"I am a pioneer of a new kind of writing that instead of heroes and villains will have floods and bugs and stars and earthquakes for its characters and motifs." -Charles Fort

THE CHRONIC is back.

A brief contact with old school chums via Facebook prompted a lengthy hospitalization. But we're better now.

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