Tonight, I'll be taking part in an interactive webinar about the occult in contemporary life on Reality Sandwich at 8pm EST. And I will be in spectacular company, as the other three participants are Mitch Horowitz, Gary Lachman, and David Metcalfe. Please join us!
Is the Contemporary Occult Different than Occult Era's Past?
A live, interactive video discussion with Gary Lachman, Mitch Horowitz, David Metcalfe, & Pam Grossman
Time: 8pm EST
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Today we see a growing interest in fringe consciousness experiences long associated with the "occult": clairvoyance, telepathy, precognition, and encounters with disembodied spirit. Burners return from the playa startled by the high incidence of synchronicity, and the uncanny moments when they caught their friends thoughts before words passed through their lips. Rigorous lab studies are demonstrating that these experiences are more than just superstition. At the same time, once-sober minded, skeptical shamanic journeyers return from ceremonies with plant spirit medicine convinced that consciousness permeates the universe. The contemporary occult expresses itself quite differently than the one we associate with 19th century seances, table tipping, Madame Blavatsky, W.B. Yeats and the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. For instance, whatever happened to Ouija boards? Similarly, the mysticism of the 60s counterculture, with its obsessive throwing of the I Ching and the hippie levitation of the Pentagon, seems a far cry from how the occult appears today.
Gary Lachman - Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a founding member and bassist for Blondie. Has written for The Guardian, Mojo, Times Literary Supplement, and more. Author of "Aleister Crowley: Magick, Rock and Roll, and the Wickedest Man in the World" and "The Secret History of Consciousness."
Mitch Horowitz - A nationally known writer, speaker, and publisher in alternative spirituality. Author of "One Simple Idea: How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life."
David Metcalfe - David is an independent researcher, writer and multimedia artist focusing on the interstices of art, culture, and consciousness. He writes regularly for Evolutionary Landscapes, Alarm Magazine, Modern Mythology, Disinfo.com, The Teeming Brain and his own blog The Eyeless Owl.
Pam Grossman - Pam is an independent curator, writer, and teacher of magical practice and history. She is the creator of the blog Phantasmaphile and the Associate Editor of Abraxas International Journal of Esoteric Studies.
It all starts in mid-November with a live, interactive video discussion led by our featured authors. You can take part in the conversation, just like a Skype call, able to ask questions and offer observations on camera. Then the discussion moves to a text forum for 4 weeks of dialog and debate by the RS community, led by the featured authors and moderated by the RS team.