Historical beliefs

Believer or skeptic, how methods of spiritual communication came about is an interesting subject. Here we look at beliefs of days gone by and the methods used to protect or communicate.

How To: Smudging

Posted by Stuckie on Saturday, April 16, 2011 In : How To: 

When I moved into my new house I wanted to cleanse it of unwanted negativity and other peoples presents so I done some research into the technique of smudging.

Smudging is a sacred tradition that has its roots in the indigenous cultures of the world. As a tradition, it has been passed down for millennia and many ways and variations exist. The common thread is that, the smoke from sacred herbs can be used for purification and spiritual preparation.

We can smudge to clear and ground ourselves a...


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How To: Scrying

Posted by Stuckie on Saturday, April 16, 2011 In : How To: 

"Scrying" comes from the English word "descry" which means "to succeed in discerning" or "to make out dimly," it is a very ancient practice that has been used by many cultures and notable people throughout history.

Scrying can be described as the action of gazing into or upon a surface, be it a pool of water, a mirror or a crystal.

The most famous person to practice scrying in popular culture is Nostradamus (Michel de Notredame; 1555 - 66) the French physician and astrologer

During Eliza...


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How To: The Ouija Board

Posted by Atticus on Saturday, April 16, 2011 In : How To: 

Ouija Boards have had such a bad press since WWII for reason of which i'll go into in a later post.
For now however, I just want to state that when the first Ouija boards came about, they were sold as a game and no more.

Even today the board is still viewed as a bad thing, a dangerous tool to contact the unknown. A floodgate for all demonic neer'do'wells. A piece of intricate equipment that can be disastrous in untrained hands. So, in good old RiPA style, Heres a quick 'How To:


So how was this...


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Every profession has its superstitions

Posted by Atticus on Monday, February 14, 2011 In : Superstitions 

People of many professions have their own superstitions. Most likely, they did not appear from scratch.

Doctors, for example, try not to exchange their night duties. If they do, they will have a tough night, they say. They also try not to have sex the day before the night duty. There is nothing funny about it because people usually get relaxed and become less attentive after sex.

Surgeons have plenty of superstitious beliefs. For example, a surgeon will never operate their relative or a lov...


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666 The Number Of The Beast

Posted by Atticus on Friday, March 26, 2010 In : Interesting 

Ok, so its pretty much excepted everywhere ow that the numbers '666' symbolises 'The Beast'.
What or who is 'The Beast' noone really knows for sure but whatever it is, it is certainly something to do with St Nick down in the inferno called hell.
No, I dont mean the St. Nick that comes once a year, but the other chappie, Beelzebub, Satan, The Devil.

So where did this come from? The Number of the Beast is a concept from the Book of Revelation of the New Testament of the Christian Bible, relating s...


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Theater Superstitions (in collaboration with 'The RiPA Theater Project')

Posted by RiPA Rep on Wednesday, February 10, 2010 In : Superstitions 

“Actors and actresses make magic. They make things happen onstage. They invent. They create.”

Anne Rice, The Vampire Lestat

Actors are usually considered superstitious people. In a world where the slightest mistake can spell disaster and the lines between reality and fantasy blur, it’s not hard to see why.

With so many superstitions allocated to the performances, the plot and the thespians, is it any wonder why theaters hold a certain magical aura.

So what are some of these superstit...


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Electric voice phenomena

Posted by Cally on Thursday, October 8, 2009

EVP voices are not heard during recording, only on playback. They typically speak in short, cryptic and sometimes grammatically incorrect phrases. They speak in a variety of languages, regardless of the listeners, and sometimes are heard to sing songs. Sometimes the voices sound natural other times mechanical. Sometimes one or two voices are head, at other times a multitude of them. The voices are identifiable as men; women or children and animals sounds have also been picked up by EVP reco...


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Day of the dead

Posted by Cally on Sunday, October 4, 2009 In : History 

The day of the dead is a special holiday celebrated each year to honour the dead, involving parties, feasts and songs; traditionally this day is celebrated in Mexico

Unlike holidays like Memorial Day or Veterans Day, where we remember those who died fighting for our country, the day of the dead brings together the living and the dead for a massive celebration to remember the dead and keep them happy for another year.


The official day of the dead (el dia de los muertos) is November 2nd, a...


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Quick guide Zener cards

Posted by Cally on Tuesday, September 29, 2009 In : History 

Originally, tests for ESP were conducted using a standard deck of playing cards, now most testing of telepathy and precognition is done using Zener cards or ESP (extra sensory perception) cards. Designed by Dr Karl Zener in the early 1930’s.

Over the years Zener cards have had many incarnations. The early cards were produced onto wafer thin pieces of paper, when it was discovered that receivers were able to identify what was on the cards by looking at the back of them, they were changed so...


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Phantasmagoria - what it really means

Posted by RiPA Rep on Wednesday, September 2, 2009 In : Interesting 

Sound intriguing, eh? What could phantasmagoria possibly be and is it something you might be interested in exploring further? In this article, you will learn the details behind the name.

Phantasmagoria is an Americanized pronunciation of the projection ghost show that ruled France before the cinema ever lifted off of the ground. During the late 18th century, Europe was abuzz with this phenomenon, especially catching on in England throughout the 19th century. With the help of a kind of specia...


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