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Found 23 posts tagged ‘supernatural’


February 4, 2020 (permalink)

From The Supernatural by Lionel Alexander Weatherly, 1891.  (Via TheFugitiveSaint.)
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #demon #imp #witch #witchcraft #occult #cauldron #supernatural
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January 22, 2019 (permalink)

From Le Rire, 1901.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #otherworld #art #supernatural #yokai
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December 29, 2018 (permalink)

A sense of the supernatural and the weird, bound up with a mysterious feeling of limitlessness and indefinitude that haunted him in his thoughts about this world and our earthly life.  The forms of another mysterious world, very near to this earth of ours, were seemingly present to his imagination.  From The Feeling for Nature in Scottish Poetry, Vol. 2, 1887.
> read more from I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought . . .
#mysterious #supernatural #imagination #scottish poetry #limitlessness
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March 30, 2018 (permalink)

"'What is that?' he demanded in a strange voice."  From The Wind in the Rose-bush and Other Stories of the Supernatural by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman, 1903.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #ghost #art #ghost story #supernatural #uncanny #horror story
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February 26, 2018 (permalink)

"That cold-blooded demon which we call Science is killing romance from amongst us.  Years ago everybody believed in the wonders of the invisible world, and ghosts were among the regular inhabitants of every rural district.  Now, we are so seldom suffered to see or hear of a ghost, that a visitation has the effect of novelty."  From Chambers's Journal, 1889.
> read more from I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought . . .
#science #ghosts #supernatural #invisible world
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February 17, 2018 (permalink)

The Voices of the Stars by James Edward Walker, 1894.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#supernatural #celestial #vintage book #stars
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January 31, 2018 (permalink)

"Thus the horror and apprehension of a supernatural visitation terminated in a joyous wedding, which was consummated in the same chamber where the innocent Rosina had twice filled her lover with inexpressible alarm."  From "The Haunted Inn" in Ghost Stories, 1846.
> read more from This May Surprise You . . .
#haunted #ghost #supernatural
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November 9, 2017 (permalink)

Here's a marvelous explanation of the Irish "seven devils" as speculative superstition refracted by a mental prism into differently colored devils across the nations of the earth.  From Holland-Tide or Irish Popular Tales by Gerald Griffin, 1927.  Favorite phrases: "If one were disposed to be fancifully metaphysical upon the subject ..." -- yes, one would be so disposed!  Ireland as a "step-daughter" island.  And the zinger: "But what has this to do with the story?  In order to answer that question, the story must be told."
> read more from Colorful Allusions . . .
#irish folklore #supernatural #blue devil #seven devils #green devil #mental prism
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July 6, 2017 (permalink)

[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #ghost #art #supernatural
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June 26, 2017 (permalink)

I put my "Spirit Box" radio to the test and received 44 mind-bending answers.  Ghostly voices from the atmosphere answered these exact questions:

What is on the dark side of the moon?  

Were extraterrestrials at play in ancient Egypt?

Is the universe a hologram?

Is there life on Mars?

Is time an illusion?

What is at the bottom of a black hole?

Can we live forever?

What is the universe made of?

How did life begin?

Is the end of the world imminent?

Are we alone in the universe?

What is consciousness?

Why do we dream?

What's so weird about prime numbers?

Is there such a thing as free will?

Are we being monitored by extraterrestrials?

What is the secret of Area 51?

Is time travel possible?

What makes us human?

Are there pyramids on Mars?

Does the legendary continent of Atlantis exist?

What is the secret of UFOs?

Can you tell us about Bigfoot?

Are poltergeists ghosts or demons?

Are there aliens among us?

What's at the bottom of the ocean?

Are there pyramids on the moon?

Where does a missing sock go?

What is the secret of crop circles?

Is the nature of these spirit voices angelic or demonic?

Does the flat earth theory hold water?

Is there an objective reality?

What should we know about quasars?

What of the Flat Earth theory?

What is the face on Mars?

What should we know about UFOs?  (And more.)

The answers to these questions are courtesy of voices captured through the "Spirit Box" (as seen on the Travel Channel show "Ghost Adventures").  Upon being asked a very specific question, the machine sweeps through the otherworldly static in the atmosphere for single words or series of phrases.  

The answers I received in most cases shocked me; several answers disappointed or frightened me, but I present them exactly as they were received.  Some answers are especially eerie (like the one about what is on the dark side of the moon and the one about Bigfoot), and I've flagged those so that you can listen to them at your own discretion.

Here's where you can get the 20-page report complete with embedded audio, if you're interested: 

https://www.etsy.com/listing/525029968/44-mind-bending-answers-via-a-spirit-box

* Historians must reconstruct the past out of hazy memory.  "Once upon a time" requires "second sight."  The "third eye" of intuition can break the "fourth wall" of conventional perspectives.  Instead of "pleading the fifth," historians can take advantage of the "sixth sense" and be in "seventh heaven."  All with the power of hindpsych, the "eighth wonder of the world."  It has been said that those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it.  Therein lies the importance of Tarot readings for antiquity.  When we confirm what has already occurred, we break the shackles of the past, freeing ourselves to chart new courses into the future.
> read more from Hindpsych: Erstwhile Conjectures by the Sometime Augur of Yore . . .
#eerie #occult #ghosts #supernatural #paranormal #spirit radio #ghost hunting #spirit box #spirit voices
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December 9, 2016 (permalink)

Here are some mythical personages of Navajo origin, drawn in charcoal.  From the Smithsonian Institution's Bureau of American Ethnology's Bulletin 65, 1919.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #mythology #art #supernatural #navajo #navaho
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July 27, 2015 (permalink)

Mysteries of the Unseen by Gilbert Edward Campbell, 1889.

[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #ghost #mystery #art #unseen #supernatural
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March 2, 2015 (permalink)

"We're just ordinary people who don't have any supernatural powers ... and don't want any."  A still from William Castle's 13 Ghosts.
> read more from Neither Saint- Nor Sophist-Led . . .
#supernatural #film still #13 ghosts #william castle
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February 5, 2015 (permalink)

"I sailed over Will's head in a most supernatural manner," from The Decameron of a Hypnotist by Ernest Richard Suffling, 1898.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #ghostly #art #supernatural
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January 27, 2015 (permalink)

"He is here now. Wicked doubter—beware!"  From The Land of the Living Dead by Neal Fyne, 1897.

[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #otherworld #skepticism #art #supernatural #mysterious light #believe #bright light #miraculous
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January 16, 2015 (permalink)

"He stood quite still and looked at me," from Ghostly Tales by Wilhelmina Fitzclarence, Countess of Munster, 1896.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #haunted #ghostly #eerie #ghost #spectre #art #ghost story #supernatural
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November 2, 2014 (permalink)

An illustration from The White Wife by Cuthbert Bede (1865).  The caption reads: "The Shaving Spectre."
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#spectre #art #vintage #supernatural #illustration #shaving
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June 20, 2014 (permalink)

An illustration from an 1888 issue of Frank Leslie's Pleasant Hours magazine.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #haunted #ghost #spectre #art #darkness #supernatural #dark woods #forest spirit
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May 7, 2014 (permalink)

An illustration from a 1908 issue of The Windsor magazine.  The caption reads: "'Who be they, mother?' asked the child in an awed whisper."
[The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Staring Into the Depths . . .
#spooky #terror #walking dead #supernatural #night creatures #zombie #window #awe
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May 4, 2014 (permalink)

An illustration from a 1908 issue of The Windsor magazine.  The caption reads: "The supernatural is a cul de sac of the intellect."
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #art #supernatural
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