RM2FP02XH–Black Virgins - Guadalupe The radiant image of the Black Virgin of Guadalupe at Villa Guadalupe, Mexico City. The virgin is said to have appeared four times to Juan Diego, in 1531. annual ceremonial of Las Mananitas on 12 December.
RMMEX4GA–Astrology Zodiac Signs Cancer the Crab
RMMEX4G8–The figure of Urinaphatons the King of Piymeorum The demon Urinaphaton, the King of the Pygmies - Gnomes. Detail from an ancient magical manuscript.
RMMEX4G9–Witches in Hell - from A Booke Declaringe the Fearfull Vexasions, of one Aexander Nyndge - 1573
RMMEX4GH–The tomb of Sir Roger Smith Knight at Edmondthorpe church, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, England Alabaster effigies of Sir Roger and his two wives, Jane nee Heron (d.1599) and Anne nee Goodman (d.1652) below him. His son Edward (d.1632 aged 34) and grandson Roger (d.1646 aged 19) are shown either side. The effigy of Lady Ann Smith, has a red stain on the wrist. She was considered to be a witch who could turn herself into a cat.
RMMEX4G1–WITCHCRAFT sky-clad wiccan priestesses preparing for the ritual of Drawing Down the Moon. Highly distorted image.
RMMEX4GD–Witches Galore shop, Newchurch-in-Pendle, Pendle, Lancashire, England
RMMEX4G3–Open claw of bird of prey, mounted on wooden ball base with Arabic coin (Hijri date 1371, 1951 in Gregorian calendar), bearing pentagram, stuck to centre of claw. 17 cms in height. c. 1950s, or older in part. Thought to have been used in the process of invoking djinn by bating them into a trap.
RMMEX4G4–Astrology Zodiac Signs Scorpio - a conjunction of man and scorpion The sign rules the sexual regions and elimination
RMMC6K2K–I CHING - Material prepared for an I Ching reading, with sticks and a woodblock printed copy of the I Ching text in Chinese
RMMC6F0N–FIRE Mediaeval woodcut showing the fabric asbestos resisting the flames. From an early 16th century 'Hortus Sanitatis'
RMMC86WB–PREDICTIONS AND PROPHECY Sibyl of Erythrae. The prophetess (Sibyl) from the Greek city of Erythrae (an Ionian settlement) in Asia Minor. From the 1972 edition of Jacopo Guarana's Oracoli, Auguri, Aruspici, Sibille, indovinia della Religione Pagana
RMMC6G5A–STRANGE PHENOMENA - CHRISTIANITY The 'miracle' of two children [hence the word Gemini, meaning Twins], born with the magnetic power sufficient to open locks. The woodcut, illustrating this power, is a visual argument that if this may happen then why should not the miracle of the virgin birth also occur. The quotation is from Albertus Magnus, De Motibus Animalium. Woodcut from Franciscus de Retza, Defensorium inviolatae virginitas Mariae, 1471.
RMMC6FEC–COMETS AND METEORS - Donati's Comet. Long-tailed comet (The reappearance of Donati's Comet in 1858) seen over the dome of St Paul's Cathedral, London. Colour wood engraving in Agnes Gilberne's Sun, Moon and Stars, 1881
RMMC6FBW–WITCHCRAFT - The Witch of Eye - mezzotint from the Mercurii edition of 'The Familiar Astrologer', c. 1835
RMMC6PB2–Ritual dance performed by wiccan group, wearing masks. The central figure is playing a shaman drum. Solarized.
RMMC6K39–Cabbala Sephirothic Tree and Creative Hand Sephirothic Tree of the Cabbalisitc system overlaid on the famous detail of the hand of God touching that of Adam Cabbala n : sometimes called Kabbalah has two meanings; the first being a body of mystical teachings of rabbinical origin, which are based on an esoteric interpretation of the Hebrew Scriptures. The Cabbala is also known as a secret doctrine resembling these teachings. A traditionally secret esoteric or occult matter The Sephirothic Tree consists of ten globes of luminous splendor arranged in three vertical columns and conne
RMMC6H3W–MAGICIANS - The Lady Latifa transforms Prince Almas into the form of a deer. After an illustration by H J Ford to 'What the Rose did to the Cypress'
RMMC6JJ9–OCCULTISTS - ROGER BACON
RMMC6K4M–Zodiac Signs. Pisces Detail of Pisces from the modern zodia on the window of the Astrology Shop in Neal Street, London
RMMC6EJB–MAGIC SYMBOLS - MAGIC SQUARES - SUN The Tabula Solis, or Magic Square of the Sun, based on a 6 x 6 square, the single linear addition of which is 111, in any direction. The square is surrounded by various names and sigils of angels and demons related to the Sun. From Athanasius Kircher, Oedipus Aegyptiacus, 1652-4. The structure, and some of the angel lore, is derived from the Magic Squares published by Cornelius Agrippa.
RMMC6HF8–Ley Lines. The original ley hunter, Alfred Watkins, lived in Hereford. He showed that the cathedral tower marked the centre of several important leys connecting ancient sites.
RMMC6NE6–India.1 113. Konarak. Statue of the Sun-god, Surya, on top of the Temple of the Sun at Konarak.
RMMC86T5–REINCARNATION The repeated earth-lives of Bran, who is here, dwelling in his avatarformas a Salmon. Illustration by Arthur Rackham for Stephen's 'Irish Fairy Tales'
RMMC6EJD–MAGIC SYMBOLS - MAGIC SQUARES - JUPITER The Tabula Iovis, or Magic Square of Jupiter, based on a 4 x 4 square, the single linear addition of which is 34, in any direction. The square is surrounded by various names and sigils of angels and demons related to Jupiter. From Athanasius Kircher, Oedipus Aegyptiacus, 1652-4. The structure, and some of the angel lore, is derived from the Magic Squares published by Cornelius Agrippa.
RMMC6EW9–ANGELS - Angels as bearers of the Arma Christi. Painted wooden panel in the Abbey Church, Hexham
RMMC6NPJ–The 'from life' picture is to the right. Pinned to this, for identification, is the spirit photo. Taken by William Hope, in England, during 1920. The speckles and dirt are on the original print.
RMMC6FCF–DOWSING - PENDULUM Using a pendulum during a session of colour healing (patient being absent) on chart bathed in complimentary colour to healing colour, which is projected on to the image. 'Prometheus' centre, Yorkshire
RMMC86CK–WITCHCRAFT Transvection on a goat by the witch Babin. Lithograph from the 1926 edition of Carron's La Vie Execrable de Guillemette Babin, Sorciere
RMMC86H8–Torture Witchcraft Woodcut showing the Scottish King James VI, later James I of England, overseeing the torturing of witches at Edinburgh, circa 1590. From the 1591 edition of 'Newes from Scotland'
RMMC86EM–The Great Wall of China (Wan Li Chang Cheng) at Badaling, north of Beijing
RMMC86FK–Girl practising candle magic, with candle in exotic holder
RMMC8650–CHRISTIAN - Last Judgement. Detail of central boss of the 10th century 'South Cross' at Monasterboice, with The Last Judgement theme. Christ holds the cross and the flowering rod. Below is Michael with the scales. The cross is 18 feet high, sometimes called Muiredach's cross
RMMC6N0T–Remains of the so-called Temple of Hadrian on the sacred way at Ephesus, Turkey.
RMMC6H56–THEOSOPHY - THOUGHT-FORMS - ASTRAL PLANE [Top] The upper form is seen by the trained occultist when someone determines to solve a problem - the first stage of an intention to know. The lower, twisted form, is a development of this determination to know, or understand something. The more this resolution to understand is strengthened, the more the astral thought-form resembles an orange corkscrew. [Bottom] Occult vision of what explosive anger looks like on the astral plane: the emotion is something akin to warring with the whole world, rather than being angry with a single individual, or grou
RMMC6MYT–Shakespeare Merry Wives of Windsor I do begin to perceive that I am made an Ass from Act V colour woodcut and lithograph from The Library Shakespeare illustration by John Gilbert Geo Cruikshank and R Dudley 1885
RMMC852E–Italian Astrology Personification of Jupiter with his wand of office sitting on the zodiacal Centaur bowman (symbol of Sagittarius, over which he has rule) with the fishes of Pisces alongside Doge's Palce Venice
RMMC6PA8–Witches hanging, with their reputed familiars inthe foreground. Artwork from a tract onthe Chelmsford witchcraft trials of 1589.
RMMC6FKD–Simple diagram of the Sephirothic Tree, with the 22 paths between the Sephiroth. This diagram is one of several related patterns, used in cabbalistic meditation.
RMMC6G7E–I CHING - HEXAGRAM No. 57 - SUN The fifty-seventh hexagram of the sacred Book of Changes, or I Ching, or The Book of Chou, used in China both for divination and as a source of philosophical enquiry. This double page sets out the beginning of the reading for this hexagram in the second column from the left, of the right-hand page: the two pages are from a tenth century Chinese printed blockbook. This hexagram is one of the eight double-trigrams: the six lines are made from the meeting an upper Sun (or 'Penetrating Wind') with a lower Sun, and is followed by the traditional rationale pertaini
RMMC87H8–ROBERT FLUDD occult philosopher and astrologer;
RMMC88CF–Psychic art Psychic artist with one of her psychic pictures
RMMC6G8R–MAZES - LUCCA The thirteenth century maze on the outer fabric of Lucca Cathedral is of a pattern that was widely used in the mediaeval period: for example, it is very similar to that found in the Cathedral at Chartres. However, neither of these is strictly speaking a maze, but a dancing ground: once having embarked upon its pathway, there is no chance of becoming lost. What makes the Lucca maze unique is the Latin inscription alongside the entrance side. This inscription reminds us that the labyrinth in Crete was built by Daedalus in order that anyone who entered would be trapped perman
RMMC8814–Late 19th century medal with relief images of the 12 zodiacal signs of the Chinese zodiac. Purchased in Beijing
RMMC85X3–INCENSE Wiccan incense holder. Victorian ink well, with replacement lid in silver and blood stone, used to hold incense on a Wiccan altar. Four linked serpents and four male faces. private collection, Toronto
RMMC6MJ0–FAIRY TALES - PETER PAN Illustration by Gwynedd M. Hudson, for J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan and Wendy, no date, but circa 1930. 'It was the pirate dinghy.' The pirates arrive, with Smee and Starkey, and their captive, Tiger Lily.
RMMC6NRN–Astral - Astral human form
RMMC6HA3–PHYSIOGNOMY - MERMAIDS The physiognomy and appearance of the sub-human monster Caliban, in this illustration by Robert Anning Bell (1863-1933) for Shakespeare's play, The Tempest (1901) fits all the requirements of the traditions attached to art of Physiognomy, but probably also owes something to the teaching of Darwin. The ape-like subhuman quality of Caliban is contrasted with the delicate semi-human mermaids, thus reflecting the dichotomy of Shakespeare's own Island theme.
RMMC6KX2–Homeopathy - Hahnemann. Sculpted portrait of the homeopathist and mason, Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), by Charles Henry Niehaus. In the Scott Circle, Washington DC
RMMC87PC–Crystals Quartz crystals on bark. The occult design jewellery is viennese designed by Rheinhart Emmerling
RMMC6H3M–Seven Ages of Man Adolescence departing and mature age approaching - automata personifications moving around the static image of death, on the astrological tower of the cathedral at Messina, Sicily. The seven ages are represented
RMMC6P1C–ALPHABETS - SYMBOLS - ENOCHIAN SYMBOLS Hand-drawn detail from the centre of Dr. John Dee's enchantment table, the Tabula Sancta, with 12 of the Enochian symbols. From the frontispiece to Meric Casaubon, A True and Faithful Relation of what passed for many years between Dr. John DeeÃ and some Spirits, 1659. The sigils to the left of the 12 Enochian symbols do not appear to be from the canon of symbols drawn up by Dee, to communicate with spirits: they are derived from the Seal of Aemeth, drawn by Dee in a notebook which is still preserved in he British Library. [This Seal is available in
RMMC6FXH–Leopard at Sunset
RMMC6EYW–OBSERVATORIES - Jantar Mantar, Jaipur, c. 1723 AD. The Chakra Yantra, made of seven alloys, used for determining the time when the Sun passed the meridian
RMMC6GBH–ANIMALS Mouse British wood mouse. Lithographic print - plate from J G Millais, 'The Mammals of Great Britain'
RMMC6EGT–Stones - Avebury complex of circles, with village seen from the air
RMMC877G–Figurine of the so-called 'snake-goddess' found by Evans in the royal apartments of the remains at Knossos. it is now thought to be a medical image, related to the healing serpent cult of Asclepius
RMMC884X–Moods of nature. Autumn woods
RMMC870X–THIRD EYE - Giant with developed third eye - 'Diarmid seizes the giant's club'. Illustration by H J Ford to Andrew Lang's The Pursuit of Diarmid, in the 1902 edition of 'The Book of Romance'
RMMC6JXH–WITCHCRAFT - Faust and Mephistopheles (of Goethe's poem) in the witches hut, surrounded by demons, monsters and black magical images. Faust drinks the witch's draught. 19th century print
RMMC6H28–SPIRIT CAT. Ghost cat, captured in a photograph, taken by Alfred Hollidge in 1974. For details, see Visions of the Occult, Fred Gettings
RMMC85E6–'Claude the Clown' an automato made by the Vichy Firm, circa 1890. This clown plays the concertina, taps his toes and moves his eyes. From the Museum of Automata, York
RMMC6KRH–Hinduism. Upper tier of a Hindu temple near Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.
RMMC86EA–VOODOO The Vever of Agwe. Preparing a vever, or magic symbol, on the floor in advance of a dance of healing ritual. This vever is the sigil of Agwe, the Loa of the Seas
RMMC85TY–GLASTONBURY Coat of Arms of the Abbot Bere, in rebus form, in St Benignus church, Glastonbury
RMMC6EMW–Chinese dragons Marble bas relief of fighting fu-dragons on the old gate to the avenue of animals at the Ming Tombs, at Shi San Ling, near Beijing
RMMC6HP1–Indian fakir meditating.
RMMC6F6P–Invocation circle of the fourteenth century, with the magic AGLA in the outer periphery, and the name of God, the Tetragrammation, inside the circle. The historian, C.J.S. Thompson, claims that this pentacle, designed to evoke angels, is the earliest of its kind.
RMMC6JHR–ALCHEMY - Lion Eating Snake. The lion of Sulphur devouring the snake Mercury, with the secret alchemical fire of Calcination. From Maier's 'Tripus Aureus', 1618
RMMC6KK0–Hauntings - 'The Haunted Hotel''. a novel by Wilkie Collins, created new conventions in the ghost genre.The semi-human face hovers above the sleeping form of the Countess'
RMMC87RK–Chakras Late 19th century diagram derived from Theosophical Sources after the work of Leadbeater describing the relation between the seven chakras and the spinal cord
RMMC6NDY–Sacred India Bhubaneswar the great temple complex of the Lingaraj dedicated to Trilbhuvaneswar Lord of the Three Worlds and dating from 1104 AD
RMMC6KYK–Holy Men. Fakir contorting his body in difficult yogic poses. Katmandu
RMMC6GMC–AUTOMATON - TEMPLE DOORS. Diagram of the automaton machinery used to open (as though by magical agency) the doors of a temple. Hot air from fire forces water into a bucket, which in turns pulls at the ropes. After the description given by hero of Alexandria. c. 65AD
RMMC6NT0–ENGLAND - WHITBY ABBEY
RMMC6J0B–Roman Mythology Al Res Remains of the ancient Roman theatre of the 2nd century at Arles France
RMMC6H8R–PROPHECY - PARACELSUS The twenty-seven figure of the series of aenigmatic images, or 'magical figures' from the Prognostications , of the Swiss alchemist and occultist, Theophratus Bomastus von Hohenheim, called Paracelsus (1493-1541).
RMMC6H1Y–MAGICIANS - DANTE Statue of the 14th century Italian poet and esotericist Dante, author of the Commedia. The statue is in the Piazza dei Signori, Verona, Italy
RMMC885X–Christian The hand of Christ protecting the globe of the Earth. Detail of statuary in the Temple complex of the Mormon Tabernacle at Salt Lake City
RMMC86C0–The sacred pool at Karnak, with the temple of Amun reflecting in its surface. Egypt
RMMC6EB2–Roman Mythology,Vesta & others, Vesta, kneeling over her lamp, appearing as goddess of the hearth. Above her is Mercury and behind, the healing God, Asclepius. Seated is MAia. Relief panel on the Municipal centre Building, Washington DC Sculptor, John Gregory
RMMC8638–CHRISTIAN Wooden carving of an angel carrying the symbol of St Luke, the bull of Taurus. From the Church of St Mary, Woolpit
RMMC6ENC–Dragon of Guangdong. Dragon of the Dragon Wall in the Chinese Garden, Sydney
RMMC6MDD–FAIRY TALES - 'What angel wakes me from my flowery bed? Bottom with head of ass. Illustration to William Shakespeare's 'A Midusmmer Night's Dream', illustrated 1908 by Arthur Rackham
RMMC6GX1–HOROSCOPES - Elizabeth I. Birth chart of Elizabeth I (1533-1603) with an ascendant in Safgittarius, Sun in Virgo (hence the 'Virgin Queen') From the 1790 edition of Sibly's 'The Science of Astrology or Complete Illustration of the Occult Sciences'
RMMC6EA3–TAROT CARDS - MARSEILLES DECK The third six of the sequence of 22 Tarot cards (according to the traditional Marseilles design), from the twelfth card (The Hanging Man), through the Death Card, Temperance, The Devil, The House of God and The Star. The remaining sequences are available, in batches of 6.
RMMC84TR–Demonic personificiations of the seven deadly sins, from a German woodcut of circa 1503.
RMMC8818–Chinese Astrology Three of the traditional twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac: Monkey Cock and sheep
RMMC855Y–Demons Urinaphaton The demon Urinaaphaton, in his manifestation as King of the Pygmies (the pygmies were the equivalent of the Gnomes). From Schiebel's 'Faustbuch', 1860.
RMMC6PB1–Wiccan dance, with the participants masked and sky-clad, dancing around a pentagrammatic circle.
RMMC86BT–View of Cheop's pyramid at Gizah, Egypt
RMMC6NMD–Manticora Human headed beast from the decorative mythological panels on the outer walls of the Cathedral at Metz.
RMMC6PD4–Effigies of the two childred allegedly killed by wiches [the Flower family of witches] on the so-called 'Witchcraft Tomb', in the chancel of St. Mary the Virgin, Bottesford.
RMMC6G9M–DEMONS - VANITY The lady admiring herself in the mirror sees only a reflection of the Demon's posterior. This symbol of Vanity was cut by the German artist, Albrecht Durer, for the book, Der Ritter von Turn, compiled by de la Tour Landry, in the 14th century, written as a course of instruction and guidance for his daughters.
RMMC6FHK–planets - Sun Statue of Surya, the ancient Indian sun god, on top of the Temple of the Sun at Konarak
RMMC6ENN–Dragon with crocodile. Inlaid mother of pearl on the soles of the feet of the reclining Buddha in Wat Po, Bangkok
RMMC6EX4–Fire eaters in a rural village to the north of Kandy, Sri Lanka
RMMC869D–MERMAID The mermaid warns Banvilda in vain. Illustration by Ford, from Andrew Lang's 'The Book of Romance',
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