29 yo jailed LulzSec hacker speaks on hacktivism

Excerpt from imprisoned former LulzSec hacker/hacktivist Jeremy Hammond in the Guardian: Here in prison, I am asked a lot about hacking and especially about Anonymous, because of course there is interest in new technologies like Bitcoin for money or darknets for fraud. After all, convicts – like hackers – develop their own codes and ethics, and Read more »

December 20th, 2014 ˑ Category: Blog

New KKK group: ‘Race, religion and sexual orientation unimportant’

An earlier member of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) has started a new offshoot of the group which accepts members “regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation”, apparently  inspired by the success National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP). “The KKK is for a strong America,” Abarr told the Great Falls Tribune. “White supremacy is Read more »

November 10th, 2014 ˑ Category: Blog

Origins of the heart symbol: a Roman contraceptive?

Is there a connection between the heart symbol and the extinct contraceptive herb silphium? The herb was used extensively in Roman times, both as a contraceptive and for seasoning, so much that it was driven to extinction in classical antiquity. The shape of the seed (right image) clearly resembles the heart symbol, and is the first Read more »

November 8th, 2014 ˑ Category: Blog

Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy

Gabriella Coleman has written perhaps the most comprehensive book yet on the decentralized hacktivist group Anonymous, Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous. The book has already been highly recommended by journalists and activists such as Glenn Greenwald, Julian Assange and Douglas Rushkoff. The US government and its allies have spent years castigating, prosecuting, and jailing Read more »

November 2nd, 2014 ˑ Category: Blog

History of Los Angeles cults

From Curbed LA’s Cults Week, a 5-day series ‘exploring Los Angeles’s fruitful and sordid relationship with cults‘, Adrian Glick Kudler presents an introduction to the history of cults in Los Angeles. The mystical opulence of Los Angeles’s nature and the hoards of sick migrants in its early days probably are at least partly behind the local weakness Read more »

October 22nd, 2014 ˑ Category: Blog

British agents “deliberately stoked up a satanic panic” in N. Ireland 72-74

In the Guardian today, some information regarding the Northern Ireland conflict has come to light. Professor Richard Jenkins from Sheffield University claims in his new book Black Magic and Bogeymen: Fear, Rumour and Popular Belief in the North of Ireland 1972-74, that british agents from military intelligence used fears about satanic masses and witchcraft as part Read more »

October 9th, 2014 ˑ Category: Blog

The Evolutionary Tree of Religion

A brilliant infographic on the evolution of the world’s main religions  was posted to Reddit a couple of days ago. It turns out the user/project Human Odyssey, or Simon E. Davis, has also made other comprehensive infographics on subjects such as Sacred Symbols of the Stone Age (below) and Secret Ciphers. Have a look at his Read more »

October 2nd, 2014 ˑ Category: Blog

KHORASAN IN SYRIA: FAKE?

Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain from the Intercept has written an in-depth article on the possibility that the ‘Khorosan Group’ was invented by American officials to justify the war on Syria on other grounds than the beheadings of western journalists and aid workers: On September 25, the New York Times – just says days after hyping Read more »

September 28th, 2014 ˑ Category: Blog

VICE.com talks to “Denmark’s Latest Batch of Extremists”

Last week the SFI, Denmark’s National Research Center for Welfare, published a report naming 15 groups they consider extremist and anti-democratic. Of the 15 groups, six are right-wing, four are left-wing, and the final five are radical Islamist groups. Through analysis of the groups’ recruitment methods and attitude towards violence, the report aims to give an Read more »

September 25th, 2014 ˑ Category: Blog

Ukraine-crisis: Who Are The Terek Wolf Sotnia?

Another interesting observation by Bellingcat, this time in regards to the situation in Ukraine: The most prominent members of the militia appear to be part of a mysterious and ideologically questionable unit known as the Terek Wolf Sotnia. The profiles of the men show a recognisable V shaped insignia of a black, green and red Read more »

September 12th, 2014 ˑ Category: All, Blog

Pyramid and Cross/Ankh tattoo found on jihadi ISIS-fighter in Kurdistan

Dose any1 know what this symbol means? Fr a dead #ISIS fighter in #Kurdistan #TwitterKurds #Iraq @Brown_Moses pic.twitter.com/UcYyLS3Egf — Amoka (@Amoka) August 23, 2014 Twitter-user @Brown_Moses, founder of Bellingcat (a new site for open source investigative journalism), yesterday retweeted a tattooed symbol found on a dead ISIS-fighter in Kurdistan. As you can see, it shows a Read more »

August 23rd, 2014 ˑ Category: Blog

UFO cult flies pro-swastika banner over New York

Remember the UFO cult that claimed to have cloned a human being? Here is yet another odd PR-campaign from The Raëlian Movement: A pro-swastika group stunned New York beachgoers when it flew a banner bearing the symbol associated with Nazism and anti-Semitism over Coney Island. The International Raelian Movement hired a plane and flew a Read more »

July 15th, 2014 ˑ Category: Blog

Church of Scientology unveils new Australian HQ

Over at Vice.com, Nelson Groom visits the new $9 million Australian headquarters for the Church of Scientology. From the article: The outside of the building melds surprisingly well with its surroundings. However, this all changes when you walk inside. As soon as you step through the entrance, the vibrant lighting and futuristic decor make you feel like Read more »

May 30th, 2014 ˑ Category: Blog

Buddhist tattoos forbidden in Sri Linka

“ As widely reported around the world, the government of Sri Lanka recently deported a UK tourist simply because she had a tattoo of the Buddha sitting on a lotus flower. Sri Lanka has the longest continuous history of Buddhism of any predominately Buddhist nation, and there are Buddhist political parties in office. From the Read more »

May 12th, 2014 ˑ Category: Blog

6 Hollywood celebrities who were in a cult

In Hollywood it is not unheard of for actors to be a part of various cults and alternative communities. TheVine has a roundup of 6 celebrities who at one point were a part of a cult, such as Children of God, Church of Scientology and even OTO (which is more of a secret society). Including among others; Read more »

May 12th, 2014 ˑ Category: Blog

LIFE mag: Photo gallery of English Pagans in the 1960s

From Life.com: Just about 50 years ago, in the fall of 1964, LIFE magazine published what must have felt to the venerable weekly’s long-time readers like a strikingly weird feature. Titled “Real Witches at Work,” the piece included photographs of modern-day British pagans — doctors, housewives, nurses, teachers — celebrating their ancient rites, dancing around fires Read more »

April 1st, 2014 ˑ Category: Blog

Medieval graffiti in churches in the UK

The Guardian has published a great photo gallery of medieval graffiti from the churches of East Anglia in the United Kingdom. The graffiti shown in the gallery are often representations and portraits, but there’s also quite a few symbols such the pentagram and the geometric figure known as the flower of life, the latter which Read more »

March 30th, 2014 ˑ Category: Blog

Nigerian Campus Cults (short documentary)

The Nigerian writer Akinwande Oluwole “Wole” Soyinka, who was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature, explores the phenomenon of Nigerian campus cults for UK’s Channel 4. The short documentary is from 2005, and shows how these university campus cults (such as Pyrates Confraternity and Black Axe) have contributed to the country (specifically the Niger delta) spiraling into Read more »

March 21st, 2014 ˑ Category: Blog

NY Mag: – What I Saw When I Crashed a Wall Street Secret Society

Did you know Wall Street have their own semi-public “secret-societies“? One of them is the fraternity Kappa Beta Phi, which we have an article on here. From the New York Magazine article titled “What I Saw When I Crashed a Wall Street Secret Society“: A few more acts followed, during which the veteran Kappas continued to Read more »

March 14th, 2014 ˑ Category: Blog

Mysterious Devil coins found hidden in Scandinavian churches

Since the 1970s, over 370 coins depicting the devil on one side and the inscription “13 MAJ ANHOLT” on the other side, have been discovered behind walls and sculptures in churches around Denmark and Norway. The coins have, according to the Danish paper Politiken, sometimes been found together with “occult letters and objects”. Recently the Read more »

February 16th, 2014 ˑ Category: Blog

“UFO cult touches down in Cambodia”

From the article “UFO cult touches down in Cambodia” in the Phnom Penh Post about the Raelians.

February 15th, 2014 ˑ Category: Blog

The Ice Magic wars

Occultist and chaos magician Peter J. Carroll has written an intriguing post on what he refers to as the Ice wars, a reference to a dramatic schism that occurred within the magical organization Illuminates of Thanateros. I never met the Ice Lord, nor ever saw his image, during the whole conflict, and he declined a challenge to meet me Read more »

February 8th, 2014 ˑ Category: Blog

Neo-templars, NATO and drug cartels

Terry Melanson at Conspiracy Archive has been researching some of the material from when Lulzsec released a large number of documents and e-mails from the private intelligence firm Stratfor to the public. He discovered that the firm corresponded with a modern day Knights Templar group, Ordo Supremus Militaris Templi Hierosolymitani (OSMTH), after the terrible attacks perpetrated Read more »

February 7th, 2014 ˑ Category: Blog

The Atlantic interviews the Satanic Temple (NY)

The Atlantic interviews members of the Satanic Temple in New York, a group who designed a 7-foot monument of the goat-horned one for placement by the Ten Commandments on the Oklahoma statehouse lawn. Excerpt from the article: “In November 2012, a 6-foot-tall statue of the Ten Commandments appeared outside the Oklahoma City state capitol. Mike Ritze, a Republican in Read more »

February 4th, 2014 ˑ Category: Blog

“Ancient Pagan and Modern Christian Symbolism” from 1869 – Free digital edition

Today I discovered that the excellent resource Project Gutenberg has Thomas Inman’s Ancient Pagan and Modern Christian Symbolism from 1869 available for free in several digital formats (html, epub, pdf, kindle (mobi), plain text +). This volume on ancient symbolism is not surprisingly a bit dated, but has many interesting illustrations. It is undoubtedly an important early Read more »

April 20th, 2013 ˑ Category: Blog

“The Symbolism of Freemasonry” – Free kindle version

Albert G. Mackey published “The Symbolism of Freemasonry” in 1882. He writes in the preface: “Of the various modes of communicating instruction to the uninformed, the masonic student is particularly interested in two; namely, the instruction by legends and that by symbols. It is to these two, almost exclusively, that he is indebted for all Read more »

April 20th, 2013 ˑ Category: Blog

Magic and Spelling as Mind Control

Another highly recommended show from Gnostic Media, a presentation-interview with Jose Barrera titled “Supernatural: Magic and Spelling as Mind Control”. “Jose Barrera Interview, Pt. 2 – “Supernatural: Magic and Spelling as Mind Control” – #157” @ Gnostic Media: Gnostic Media also has an earlier interview with Jose Barrera titled ‘Alchemy and the Endocrine System’ and is Read more »

February 22nd, 2013 ˑ Category: Blog

Rosicrucian emblems from 1617

A wonderful collection of Rosicrucian emblems on the blog Unurthed: “Six of forty emblems from Daniel Cramer’s 1617 The Rosicrucian Emblems of Daniel Cramer, each presenting a contemplative exercise working upon the heart process of a Rosicrucian meditator.” Click here to see all the emblems at Unurthed 

February 17th, 2013 ˑ Category: Blog

Downtime

We’ve had a few hours of downtime because of a hacking attempt on our system. Admin.

February 7th, 2013 ˑ Category: Blog

Encyclopedia of Tibetan Symbols and Motifs

“Tibetan Buddhism has one of the most complex iconographies of any religion. Robert Beer, the artist who brought to life the saints of Tibetan Buddhism in Buddhist Masters of Enchantment, has now brought the myriad symbols of Tibetan Buddhist art to life. Not exactly arranged like an encyclopedia, this book is more like a tour of Read more »

January 17th, 2013 ˑ Category: Blog

A Journey in Pictures through the Mystery Religions (Coins)

An interesting collection of ancient coins from greek mystery cults. The one shown below (left) is from the infamous cult of the Eleusinian Mysteries, the other (right) is from a Dionysus cult. Click the link to see all the ancient coins at moneymuseum.com: http://www.moneymuseum.com/moneymuseum/library/pictures/tour.jsp?lang=en&ix=29#  

January 16th, 2013 ˑ Category: Blog

Tweety bird taken by mexican drug cartels

An interesting file from the El Paso Intelligence Center DEA/CBP Gang Intelligence Unit surfaced on the interwebz some time ago under the title “LANGUAGE OF THE CARTELS : NARCO TERMINOLOGY,  IDENTIFIERS, AND CLOTHING STYLE”. It shows how the cartels have been using generic symbols such as the MGM lion, the Ferrari logo and even poor old Tweety bird (from Looney Tunes) – in addition to the more well known symbols in us of the cartel-culture Read more »

December 23rd, 2012 ˑ Category: Blog

Symbolism in Logos (video)

An excellent show from Red Ice Creations on the esoteric use of logos in corporate culture. “This episode was filmed in Bath and Bristol, England featuring special guests such as Michael Tsarion, Neil Hague, Ralph Ellis, Leo Rutherford, Neil Kramer, Dan Tatman and Peter Taylor. We also interview a priest, university students, teachers and of Read more »

December 23rd, 2012 ˑ Category: Blog