CRAIG CONLEY (Prof. Oddfellow) is recognized by Encarta as “America’s most creative and diligent scholar of letters, words and punctuation.” He has been called a “language fanatic” by Page Six gossip columnist Cindy Adams, a “cult hero” by Publisher’s Weekly, a “monk for the modern age” by George Parker, and “a true Renaissance man of the modern era, diving headfirst into comprehensive, open-minded study of realms obscured or merely obscure” by Clint Marsh. An eccentric scholar, Conley’s ideas are often decades ahead of their time. He invented the concept of the “virtual pet” in 1980, fifteen years before the debut of the popular “Tamagotchi” in Japan. His virtual pet, actually a rare flower, still thrives and has reached an incomprehensible size. Conley’s website is
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February 4, 2020 (permalink)

We're honored that Andrew M. Reichart, managing editor of Argawarga Press (weird books for weird people), listens often to the "Anagrammatical Ancestor Spell" flexi-disc we recorded for Fiddler's Green #5.  Thank you, Mr. Reichart, for calling our recording "inspiring."
> read more from Go Out in a Blaze of Glory . . .
#magick #anagram #occult #prof. oddfellow #fiddler's green #ancestors
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October 2, 2019 (permalink)

From Prof. Oddfellow's sketchbook: an anagram for our friend Holy-Mountaineering.  Other anagrams we considered were: A onetime hungry lion; A genuine loony mirth; Metering a holy union.
Printed collections of Forgotten Wisdom diagrams are available: Volume I from Mindful Greetings and Volumes II, III and IV from Amazon.  Selected posters are also available via Zazzle.
> read more from Forgotten Wisdom . . .
#anagram #standing stones #monolith #urn
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July 1, 2019 (permalink)

Eerie prescience!  And yet in this particular case we must credit the mysteries inherent in words more than our own arcane powers.  Back in 2011 [original post here], we created an anagram in honor of the poet Geof Huth, in which we found that the letters of his name, when scrambled in front of his name, spelled "The hug of Geof Huth."  Just over 8 years later, the poet revealed in his own blog post that in fact the issue of a hug was the defining moment of his entire life, the day that he became his own person.  Huth revealed in May 2019:

By the time I was eight or nine, I was opposed to hugging my parents, not because I was opposed to hugging (though I was and still am), but because I knew hugging my mother was a lie, and I tried not to lie. After refusing to hug her at her insistence and then my father’s, my father was forced to hit me strenuously with a belt upon my bare bottom, over and over, while my mother cried at the necessity of such punishment.

That was my proudest moment, the day I became myself. I did not cry. I remained stoic. I took the punishment as a badge of honor, and I spent about the next decade learning never to cry. My mother and father helped me see I had to hide my self and any sadness—merely to survive. So I shut down.

Although we are happy to take credit for our various mystical feats, in truth it was only a queer instinct that led us to explore the meanings hidden with the letters of Geof Huth's name.  The rest was self-working, as it were -- the profoundest and proudest moment in Huth's life was embedded within his name.  We merely unlocked it and took the trouble to present it.  Had we predicted just how remarkably siginicant the word "hug" was to Huth, we might very well never have gifted him the anagram.  Some things are simply too personal.  Now that we know, eight years later, just how visionary our anagram was, we formally apologize.  Incidentally, there's some relief for us in all this -- our occasional anagram gifts to people we admire are sometimes received less enthusiastically than we would have expected, and we now increasingly realize that the mysterious insights we unlock may simply hit too close to home.  The phenomenon is a very serious issue for the field of divination -- for all one's intuition and foresight, one cannot always predict today's consequences of prescient information.

> read more from Hindpsych: Erstwhile Conjectures by the Sometime Augur of Yore . . .
#divination #anagram #geof huth
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February 14, 2018 (permalink)

Here's our anagram for Valentine's Day.  (We had hoped that "put the saint back in Valentine's day" would be a Googlewhack, but there are 26 results for that phrase.)
> read more from I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought . . .
#anagram #valentine #valentine's day
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September 9, 2017 (permalink)

From Prof. Oddfellow's sketchbook.
Printed collections of Forgotten Wisdom diagrams are available: Volume I from Mindful Greetings and Volumes II, III and IV from Amazon.  Selected posters are also available via Zazzle.
> read more from Forgotten Wisdom . . .
#anagram #skull and crossbones #obituary
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July 28, 2017 (permalink)

From Prof. Oddfellow's sketchbook: the letters of "spirit radio" rearrange into "I disport air."
Previously, we asked our Spirit Box radio (as seen on the Travel Channel show "Ghost Adventures") 44 controversial questions (like "What's on the dark side of the moon?") and received extraordinarily surprising answers.  That project filled a 20-page PDF, described here.
> read more from This May Surprise You . . .
#ghost #anagram #spiritualism #spirit radio
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July 21, 2015 (permalink)

Here's a page from How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook on the power of anagrams.  But to be clear, we don't condone antipathy.  As the old idiom goes, "Kill 'em with kindness."

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#anagram #vintage yearbook #hoodoo
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May 5, 2015 (permalink)

From Prof. Oddfellow's sketchbook:

Planet X (a.k.a. Nibiru) is an anagram of "Next Alp."

Printed collections of Forgotten Wisdom diagrams are available: Volume I from Mindful Greetings and Volumes II, III and IV from Amazon.  Selected posters are also available via Zazzle.
> read more from Forgotten Wisdom . . .
#anagram #planet x #nibiru #alp #matterhorn
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December 31, 2014 (permalink)

> read more from The Right Word . . .
#anagram #happy new year
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December 25, 2014 (permalink)

"Yuletide" is an anagram of "Yeti duel."

> read more from This May Surprise You . . .
#anagram #yuletide #yeti #swords
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December 24, 2014 (permalink)

> read more from The Right Word . . .
#peace on earth #anagram
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December 23, 2014 (permalink)

Our anagram recalls that episode of Seinfeld in which George tires of office Christmas parties and saves money by giving everyone a certificate that a donation has been made in their name to the (fictitious) Human Fund:

> read more from The Right Word . . .
#anagram #seinfeld #good tidings #the human fund
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November 25, 2014 (permalink)

Circles of mystery and mystic elf sorcery.  This is not from How to Believe in Your Elf.

> read more from A Fine Line Between... . . .
#elf #anagram #magic #sorcery
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August 8, 2014 (permalink)

When we offered Dutch wonderworker George Parker a sneak peek at our Young Wizard's Hexopedia, he tickled us with this summation: "fun, pun, and profundity."  Here's George's take on our book:

Craig Conley is a word-goldsmith. Or a word-alchemist. He mixes fun, pun and profundity in an imaginative way, thereby opening your mind like nasal spray opens up your sinuses. In this book he guides young wizards through the initial chaos of magic with amazing clarity and coherency. You won't read this book cover to cover. You will dive in wherever you like and be sure you will learn a little something that you won't forget for the rest of your life, simply because you will put it to use. Whatever that use may be. Lie down in your hammock and gently sway between the magic of imagination and reality while you utter magic words to prevent yourself from falling out when your world is rocked by this book. —George Parker, author of The Big Book of Creativity (2004)

> read more from I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought . . .
#anagram #wordplay #pun
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June 3, 2013 (permalink)

From Prof. Oddfellow's sketchbook, for Catherine Welsh, who says "[Silence] has a way with words."

> read more from The Right Word . . .
#anagram #ice #eye
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May 29, 2013 (permalink)

From Prof. Oddfellow's sketchbook, for a Tumblr acquaintance:
> read more from Go Out in a Blaze of Glory . . .
#anagram #holy mountain #electric candle
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