Ronald Reagan’s occult interests – Boing Boing


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We all know that Ronald and Nancy Reagan consulted astrologers, but apparently the 40th president was also well-versed in the writings of occult scholar Manly P. Hall, most famous for his 1928 tome The Secret Teachings of All Ages. Over at the Washington Post, former BB guestblogger Mitch Horowitz, author of the excellent “Occult America: The Secret History of How Mysticism Shaped Our Nation,” explores the Reagan-Hall connection. From the Washington Post:

Hall’s concise volume (“The Secret Destiny of America“) described how America was the product of a “Great Plan” for religious liberty and self-governance, launched by a hidden order of ancient philosophers and secret societies. In one chapter, Hall described a rousing speech delivered by a mysterious “unknown speaker” before the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The “strange man,” wrote Hall, invisibly entered and exited the locked doors of the Philadelphia statehouse on July 4th, 1776, delivering an oration that bolstered the wavering spirits of the delegates. “God has given America to be free!” commanded the mysterious speaker, urging the men to overcome their fears of the noose, axe, or gibbet, and to seal destiny by signing the great document. Newly emboldened, the delegates rushed forward to add their names. They looked to thank the stranger only to discover that he had vanished from the locked room. Was this, Hall wondered, “one of the agents of the secret Order, guarding and directing the destiny of America?”

At a 1957 commencement address at his alma mater Eureka College, Reagan, then a corporate spokesman for GE, sought to inspire students with this leaf from occult history. “This is a land of destiny,” Reagan said, “and our forefathers found their way here by some Divine system of selective service gathered here to fulfill a mission to advance man a further step in his climb from the swamps.”

Reagan then retold (without naming a source) the tale of Hall’s unknown speaker. “When they turned to thank the speaker for his timely words,” Reagan concluded, “he couldn’t be found and to this day no one knows who he was or how he entered or left the guarded room.”

Reagan revived the story in 1981, when Parade magazine asked the president for a personal essay on what July 4th meant to him. Presidential aide Michael Deaver delivered the piece with a note saying, “This Fourth of July message is the president’s own words and written initially in the president’s hand,” on a yellow pad at Camp David. Reagan retold the legend of the unknown speaker – this time using language very close to Hall’s own: “When they turned to thank him for his timely oratory, he was not to be found, nor could any be found who knew who he was or how had come in or gone out through the locked and guarded doors.”

“Reagan and the occult” (Washington Post)
Occult America: The Secret History of How Mysticism Shaped Our Nation (Amazon)
The Secret Destiny of America (Knowledge Files)    

Ronald Reagan’s occult interests – Boing Boing

Bonfires, broomsticks and barbecues: Czechs mark Witches’ Night – Radio Prague


April 30 is Čarodějnice, or Witches’ Night. In the past, this date was believed to bring the arrival of spring. People would gather to burn bonfires in order to dispel evil spirits. Nowadays, the celebration is still popular among Czechs, and the organizers of Prague’s biggest witches’ night celebration at Ladronka park are getting ready for a night full of magic and fire.

In medieval times, one of the year’s biggest festivities fell on the last night of April. This major pagan celebration is known under many names in modern Czech. They include Valpuržina noc, after Saint Walburga – the first of May was the day of her canonization – and Beltine, from the Celtic word for the celebration, Beltain.

In the early Middle Ages, people gathered on the night from April 30 to May 1 and lit bon fires, which they believed would dispel evil demons and spirits. During the witch trials in the 16th and 17th centuries, April 30 was believed to be a sinister day on which witches burned Christian symbols and worshipped Satan. And that’s why the celebration is often referred to by Czechs as Čarodějnice, or witches’ night.

To symbolically avert the danger of witches, people would throw wooden brooms onto the fire. Nowadays, Czechs still observe the age-old rite. Some people light their own bonfire and burn a wooden mock-witch, while public bonfire celebrations are also held throughout the country. One of them is the Čarodějnice event at Prague’s Ladronka park.

Lucie Šplíchalová, one of the organizers, was busy preparing for the Ladronka Čarodějnice when I caught up with her on Friday.

“This is the biggest celebration in Prague, last year we had 11,000 visitors, and we think this is even the biggest ceremony in Central Europe as well.”

“I think people like it because it’s a celebration of spring. People like to celebrate and get together outside, with a fire, have a barbecue and make a party with their friends.”

The Čarodějnice event at Ladronka park is organized by the Prague 6 district. Aside from the actual witch burning, visitors can enjoy a wide range of entertainment.

Ladronka park, photo: www.ladronka.czLadronka park, photo: “There is a cultural program, sports, concerts, puppet performances, dance companies like Karamelky and Primavera will perform their dancing performance, and in the evening there will be an unconventional fire show, and the burning of the witch is a big ceremony, all the organizers will be there and people can grill their sausages on the bonfire later.”

The event is especially popular with children. Little girls can visit what’s called the “ugliness salon” to receive a make-over appropriate for the Miss Witch competition and various crafts workshops will be held as well.

Bonfires, broomsticks and barbecues: Czechs mark Witches’ Night – Radio Prague

Bizarre viking necklace find in North Clare | Latest News



The largest ever Viking necklace discovered in Ireland has been unearthed in North Clare. Archaeologists at the dig at Glencurran Cave in The Burren National National Park have described the find as bizarre. The necklace which is 1,150 years old is described as a stunning piece of jewellery and up to 12 times longer than any previous find. The team leader of the dig said the necklace could have been the result of a trade with Vikings from Limerick and Gaelic chieftains in the Burren.

Bizarre viking necklace find in North Clare | Latest News

Ghost Hunters ‘Spirits of the Night’

The Ghost Hunters went back to their roots (well sort of) with an investigation of a private home. The family was in need of help and a medium wanted to charge them 300 dollars to clean the house of spirits. Of course, I would have wanted them to dust and do the carpets too, but that’s me.

The medium told the family not to “provoke the spirits”; however, I guess for the right amount of money the medium was willing to do the job.  Maybe its just me, but I couldn’t stop laughing.

Jason and Grant brought a new face with them on this investigation. My, oh my are the ghost hunters dropping like flies. The new person “K.J” is an old friend of Jason so I guess that means that he doesn’t need training. However; after watching him for a while, I couldn’t help but think that he wouldn’t  last one episode of Ghost Hunters Academy.

During the investigation, Amy thought that she heard a child’s voice (or was it a squeak), while the rest of the crew heard various bumps and thumps. The most interesting evidence in the show was a moving stroller.

Hearing what they thought to be the stroller, Jay and Grant moved it in front of a camera. They claim that they placed the object in such a way as to be in the frame of the shot while also watching the window. However; if that were true why would they place the stroller in such a way that only half of it was in frame? Clearly, all they needed to do was to move the stroller a few inches up and it would have been entirely in frame.

The object moves but we can not tell if it is a case for the “Ghost Hunters” or for “Billy the Exterminator”. If fact, if I was hearing thumps, bumps, and squeaks, my first call would be for an exterminator rather than an exorcist.

In the early seasons of Ghost Hunters, Jay would have thrown this evidence out. Case in point, the blanket that was pulled off of Grant’s foot. Jason couldn’t see Grant’s other foot so he through the whole thing out. Here we can’t see what moved the stroller but it remains as evidence?

Of course, had it been an earlier season Jay would have blamed the camera angle on Brain and spent 5 minutes of the show chewing him out.

Was the moving stroller hoaxed, I’ll let you make up your mind on that. I believe that it was. Spirit of the night or spirit of deception, you decide. Check out the link to watch the episode ….