The curse of the Templars
 The fires of the Inquisition are kindled in the cities. But now they are not burned for heretics and Gentiles, witches and wizards. And for the Christian knights, the Templars…

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"Dark Venice": a mystical photo cycle by Alessandro Cancian
The legendary Russian rock musician Edmund shklyarsky claimed that "the most ringing cry is silence, the brightest light is night". Alessandro Cancian, a talented photographer from Toronto, recently presented a…

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Autumn sketches, or fortune-Telling on coffee grounds
On a typical October evening, I was rushing to the store to restock my groceries. Hesitating at the newly opened tea and coffee Department, I caught the thought: "I'll Come…

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Two brides for one groom: the Mystery of the picturesque plot of the mystical betrothal of Saint Catherine

Among the works of masters of the Renaissance and later periods of the history of painting, there are often those that depict the “mystical betrothal of Saint Catherine”. At the same time, the essence of what is happening may seem vague – after all, the engagement in the usual modern understanding of the canvas does not occur. It turns out that the brides in these paintings could be two different women, but the groom – always one.

Saint Catherine of Alexandria lived in Egypt in the third century ad. Before the adoption of Christianity, she was named Dorothea and was the daughter of the ruler of Alexandria. The girl was famous for her extraordinary beauty, wisdom, and spiritual qualities, and was, of course, an enviable bride, but as a bridegroom she wanted only the most worthy – the one who would surpass her in everything. Continue reading

Magnet healing: how pseudo science helped to discover hypnosis
During his lifetime, Franz Mesmer was an extraordinary figure: some considered him a brilliant scientist and discoverer of the so-called" animal magnetism", others were sure that he was nothing more…

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Socialism came 9,000 years ago, or what do we know about the Bronze age
The bronze age is not just an era when people began to kill each other with bronze swords instead of stone axes. It was in the bronze age that the…

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10 unverified claims of the eccentric mystic and the most famous marginalist of the XX century Aleister Crowley
Someone calls Aleister Crowley a philosopher and occultist, someone a great black magician, a follower of Edgar PoE and a predecessor of Burroughs. But the fact remains that without this…

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The fantastic worlds of Jules Verne
106 years ago, on March 24, 1905, the great writer and passionate traveler, the founder of the genre of science fiction, Jules Verne, died. The writer lived in the past…

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