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Found 21 posts tagged ‘aura’


July 28, 2020 (permalink)

A ray emanates from the third eye chakra.  From Evansville's 1983 yearbook (top).  Lest one think this was a fluke, we noticed an eerily similar phenomenon in the Francis Marion yearbook of 1979 (bottom).
In another yearbook, we spotted a drawing of the same phenomenon.

*For some unbelievably weird yearbook imagery, see our How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage photo #aura #vintage yearbook #third eye
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May 11, 2020 (permalink)

From Mary Washington's 1935 yearbook.

*For some unbelievably weird yearbook imagery, see our How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #aura #vintage yearbook
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December 10, 2019 (permalink)

Rare to see an x'd out halo.  From Nebelspalter, 1916.
[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 #political cartoon #death #skeleton #grim reaper #aura #halo #peace angel
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November 23, 2019 (permalink)

A low-tech way to be reverently backlit.  From Fliegende Blätter, 1925.
[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 . . .
#religion #vintage illustration #aura #candle
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October 30, 2019 (permalink)

You'll have already guessed why we posted this photo -- it's because the photographer seems to have placed the classic X-Ray Spex over his lens.
From Charleston Southern's 1968 yearbook.
> read more from Images Moving Through Time . . .
#vintage photo #aura #vintage yearbook #vintage woman #beauty queen
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August 8, 2019 (permalink)

"The parts of a human being."  From Egyptian Magic by S. S. D. D., 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 #magick #egyptian #occult #aura #hieroglpyhics
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August 6, 2019 (permalink)

Here's the human aura captured on film, presumably without a special camera.  From the Euclid yearbook of 1972.
> read more from Images Moving Through Time . . .
#vintage photo #aura #vintage yearbook #aura photography
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August 5, 2019 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to Alex Grey's psychic energy paintings.  From The Mayans, 1939.
> read more from Precursors . . .
#vintage illustration #occult #aura #alex grey #mystical #psychic energy
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September 19, 2018 (permalink)

Certain seers will perceive this to be an aura photograph.  From the University of Rhode Island's 1966 yearbook.

*For some unbelievably weird yearbook imagery, see our How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage photo #aura #vintage yearbook #aura photography
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May 13, 2018 (permalink)

Woodcut by Wharton H. Esherick.  From Rhymes of Early Jungle Folk by Mary Marcy, 1922.
[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 #woodcut #art #aura #man
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January 8, 2018 (permalink)

"The Odic forces generated by man."  From On the Heights of Himalay by Albert Van der Naillen, 1896.
> read more from Go Out in a Blaze of Glory . . .
#vintage illustration #art #aura #occultism #odic force
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"'Aura' observed by spiritist speeds spring training."  From Popular Mechanics, 1932.
[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 . . .
#horse #aura #spiritualism #spiritism #vintage headline #spiritist
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September 30, 2017 (permalink)

"The light of Ong Zwarba."  From The Sword of Welleran and Other Stories by Lord Dunsany.
[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 #aura #halo #lord dunsany
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June 13, 2017 (permalink)

"Renaud de Montauban rises from his bier."  From Chivalry by Léon Gautier, 1891.
> read more from Go Out in a Blaze of Glory . . .
#vintage illustration #art #aura #resurrection #glowing
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September 20, 2015 (permalink)

From The Principles of Light and Color by Edwin Dwight Babbitt, 1878.

[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 #aura #vibes #extra-sensory
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August 7, 2015 (permalink)

From Captains All by William Wymark Jacobs, 1905.

[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 #silhouette #cat #art #aura #vibes
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August 4, 2015 (permalink)

Here's an illustrator of invisible radiations from The Health Guide by Edwin D. Babbit, 1874.

[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 portrait #beard #aura #invisbile #radiation #energy fields
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June 1, 2014 (permalink)

An illustration from an 1885 issue of Frank Leslie's Pleasant Hours magazine.  The caption reads: "A mysterious character. —'What a curious effect of sunlight!' Dr. Tcherkaseff exclaimed, pointing to a ray of blue which hovered over the dying man.'"
[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 #soul #art #aura
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January 30, 2014 (permalink)

An illustration from The Mahatma and the Hare: A Dream Story by H. Rider Haggard (1911).  The caption reads: "Changed indeed, mysterious, wonderful."
[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 . . .
#enlightenment #mystery #art #vintage #aura #halo #long hair #mysticism #illustration #Rider Haggard
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January 19, 2014 (permalink)

An illustration from The Secret of Lonesome Cove by Samuel Hopkins Adams (1912).  The caption reads: "See how the aural light seeks it."   Also very much of interest: The Young Wizard's Hexopedia.
[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 . . .
#magick #wizard #ritual #vintage #aura #light
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