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Go Out in a Blaze of Glory – June 14, 2020 (permalink)

We're delighted by this 5-star review of Seance Parlor Feng Shui:
***** Another masterpiece from the inimitable Professor Oddfellow!
This book is such a gem, every occult temple, Theosophical Parlour, ritual chamber, and seance room is incomplete without it! The detail and historical tidbittery in this is unparalleled by the most thorough of scholars, the Professor stands alone in his weird, unique field.  Buy this book! The spirits will thank you! —Holy Mountaineer
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Go Out in a Blaze of Glory – December 31, 2018 (permalink)

Thanks to Adam McFarland who said of our Seance Parlor Feng Shui project:
"The beauty of this book is that it can give you an understanding that is applied to all aspects of life. Everything from understanding the psychology behind the layout of the grocery store, to the proper placement of the saw in your workshop so that you aren’t conjuring demons every time you cut timber. (That happened to m... a friend of mine.)"

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Go Out in a Blaze of Glory – May 28, 2018 (permalink)

A devoted reader ingeniously overlapped two diagrams from two of our books and applied them to the human body, illuminating a remarkable new tool.

Page 7 of Let's Do and Say We Didn't contains a map for constructing the elements of a believable lie.  Upon this template, our reader doodled out a version of the Chinese bagua map from Seance Parlor Feng Shui.  He noted: "They go so well together, one could easily conclude that you have illustrated the Feng Shui of Lying."  But then our reader had a brainstorm — what if this new map were laid over the human body?  The correspondences are uncanny.  For example, the top left shoulder of the human body corresponds to both the "fortune" aspect of the bagua and the "alibi" of the lying map, and it is indeed fortuitous to have an alibi.  One hand of the human body is associated with the "new beginnings" of the bagua and the "once upon a time" aspect of the lying map, appropriately writing or typing out the beginning of a story.  The other hand is associated with "elements of truth" from the lying map and "creativity / metal" of the bagua, recalling the old proverb that "truth is golden."  The two legs of the human body are also quite intriguing: one leg is associated with the bagua's "mentors" and the lying map's "second thoughts," and surely one's advisors offer additional thoughts and perspectives.  The other leg is associated with the the bagua's "wisdom" and the lying map's "characters," and isn't it wisdom that gives a character a "leg up" or "legs" in terms of success?  Also intriguing is how the human body's head is associated with the "obstacles" of the lying map and the "reputation" of the bagua, as it's commonly said that the stumbling blocks we face in life turn out to be mental constructs.

Our reader said, "Now what I believe you have done here is explain both physical Feng Shui (bagua map) and cerebral Feng Shui (story map).  Place these over the body, and with a basic understanding of the difference between right and left brain activity, conscious/subconscious, I think you have discovered the holistic nature of Feng Shui.  Body, Mind and Spirit.  Prof. Oddfellow, I believe you are on the precipice of proving that all existence can be explained with the simple concept of Feng Shui."

We're crediting that as a Retroactive Lifetime Goal!

We also like how the reader has begun using the blank book Let's Do and Say We Didn't to create more of that blank book's front matter (along with some additional front matter from Seance Parlor Feng Shui, too!)  It could turn into an entire book of front matter ... and then a second blank book would be required, with "Book 2" written onto the front cover, to restore the whole thing as a blank book.  Yet the process would have to continue -- a new blank book added every time one is filled.  But there's a hack to this vicious circle -- merely retain a single blank page at the very end of the first book, and it will technically still be a blank book (merely one that demands very careful consideration on how the reader/writer might fill in that limited space).

> read more from Go Out in a Blaze of Glory . . .
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Restoring the Lost Sense – November 24, 2015 (permalink)

Here's a page from Seance Parlor Feng Shui, a book that the renowned philosopher of magic Robert E. Neale (author of The Sense of Wonder) believes to contain no less than the secret to world peace.  Feng shui, an ancient study of utilizing spaces, is all-too-often neglected by masters of occult ceremonies.  Collected in this book are séance parlor arrangements proven so wildly successful that entire books have been dedicated to analyzing the wonderment they generated.  The book deals only with designs that have earned widespread fame.  The blueprints here represent such minute attention to detail, such focused intention on powerful results, that quietly meditating upon them as works of art reveals them to be sacrosanct.  Say what you will as a believer or a skeptic; the séance rooms of Spiritualism reveal intelligent design.

The text reads: Annie Dillard on automatic writing and drawing: "You are wrong if you think that you can in any way take the vision and tame it to the page. The page is jealous and tyrannical; the page is made of time and matter; the page always wins."
[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.]
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought – February 19, 2015 (permalink)

We're honored that the renowned philosopher of magic Robert E. Neale (author of The Sense of Wonder) thinks we've stumbled upon the secret to world peace with our Seance Parlor Feng Shui project: 

Prof. Oddfellow has carried the logical approach to nonsense to even greater heights than before. The logic of two absurd systems logically joined into a masterpiece of faith for fools that could stop us from killing each other. My delight lies in making up meaning, but his talent in this is unsurpassed. This treatise will lurk about on our coffee table waiting to preside over a promising guest. In the meantime, I might play with feng shui myself.


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