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Rachel Stavis has seen demons her entire life—she only started tearing them out of people a few years ago.

“My clients worry that they’re losing their minds,” the 38-year-old exorcist writes in her new memoir, Sister of Darkness. She says her exorcism service is usually the last resort for tormented people, and that 60 percent of her clientele are public figures, or “names you see in Variety.” Before visiting her home-made safe space for expelling entities, most of Stavis’s clients have already tried therapy, medication, drugs, energy healing or other methods of self-care. They’ve been trying to shake off fatigue, negative self-talk or the constant sense that something is wrong.  […]

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Divination, Geomancy, and the Supernatural in Islamic Art

Over 100 rare objects from the 12th to 20th centuries are used to explore the role of the supernatural in Islamic art at the Ashmoleon Museum in Oxford.

Although it has manifested in ways that are manifold, the human belief in the supernatural is something that’s shared across cultures. At a time when misconceptions of Islam have fueled anxiety, such as in the recent US presidential campaign, an exhibition at the University of Oxford is examining the religion through the lens of astrology, divination, and other occult practices to bring to light something that’s universal to our history.  […]

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The Magickal Use of the Sixteen Figures of Geomancy | Martin Goodson

The purpose of this essay is to introduce the sixteen figures of geomancy and suggest how they may be used for experimentation in sorcery enchantment and evocation. If the reader has come across them already it is probably in their function as a tool of divination. However any divinatory system is a language between the operator and the spirit world/god/guardian angel/deep mind etc. Just as the operator can enquire from the universe the outcome of events via a mediatory system of symbols s/he can also petition and request results using the same language.  […]

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Pennsylvania Hex Signs

Pennsylvania Dutch Hex Signs. The Pennsylvania Dutch were actually Germans. Their “hex signs” were painted on barns, carved into furniture, and hammered on to utensils. They were thought to bring luck, love, abundance, and ward off misfortune, such as fire or lightening.  Hex signs were traditionally known as “sech circles” because the first signs all included a six-pointed star in a circle. The Pennsylvania Dutch called them “hexerie” or “jinks”. They are usually painted in bright colors.