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About interestingliterature A blog dedicated to rooting out the interesting stuff about classic books and authors. I love that Syliva Plath poem… Many, many thanks for this fascinating selection: Auden Poems Everyone Should Read. In magick, results are obtained when probabilities and coincidences are bent slightly to ultimately provide you with what you ask for. Do a spell for a new car, and you may either get a raise to make possible the payments on a new car, or may even win one in a contest.

The universe decides how results are obtained. Working with a current sets this all in motion. Even newly developed currents take on a form of tangible intelligence in time, providing the universe with a means of helping you. A current as old as that of night, however, can powerfully alter your life.

To more fully allow yourself to be swept up by the wonderful gifts awaiting you in the darkness, you should consider taking your dedication a level further through full initiation. Again, there are no centuries-old traditions that can claim the authority to pass on a figurative torch.

And even in ancient days, when Paganism was the prevalent religion of most lands for millennia, self-initiation rites still existed, ranging from inner vision quests to dangerous exposures to the elements in the wild. The Self-Initiation found here will only strengthen your link to the unseen world and to the night itself. In time, the dark will guide you where you need to go with gentle nudges or even startling pushes in the right direction.

In addition to helping your development, the Self-Initiation will strengthen your link to Divinity. The gods and goddesses of night will somehow feel closer to you from the moment you complete the rite. This is no hallucination on your part.

The dark current is what you use to access these deities. By aligning yourself more closely with the dark current, you allow your soul a freer way to reach the godforms built upon the same energy. To perform this ritual, you will need an altar that is fully set up. In addition, a couple of extra items will be necessary. One is a lidless black box about the size of a shoebox. This can literally be the latter, covered on the outside with black construction paper or paint. The box will be used upside down as a cover for some items that you need to place at the foot of the altar.

Also, gather representations of the four elements that make sense to you. A feather for air, perhaps, or some rocks for earth? How about a match for fire and a shell for water? Unlike the obsidian, these representations of the elements will not be around with you for long at all and should be disposable.

The last item is a one-sided hand mirror. Place this facedown on the ground before your altar and put the other objects on top of the mirror. Try to arrange the objects so that the elemental symbols are toward the appropriate quarters on the mirror, and place the skull in the center. The skull should be facing west and all the objects should be on the floor to the west of the altar, where you normally stand. Behind or to the east of the skull, place the piece of obsidian. It should not be visible if you kneel before the items on the floor.

Cover the objects with the overturned black box and prepare yourself for the Self-Initiation. Self-Initiation Rite Take a ritual bath if possible, imagining that you are being purified by the water around you.

Do a self-relaxation meditation or rite. Cast a magick circle, but do not invoke the God or Goddess yet. Place both palms on the altar and kneel before it, being careful not to knock over the black box with your knees. Spend a moment feeling a connection with the energy present in your altar. Your palms may start tingling. Look into the nocturnal portal until you can see your reflection. Think about how you coexist with the glowing darkness around you, and about how your life has been changing as a result.

Think of your first successful invocation, your first manifested thoughtform or spell result. Gaze into the reflection of your eyes and say: I now delve deeper into the shadows.

May the gods and goddesses of night guide their still-blind child on the road of the seeker. So mote it be. Move your face back from the portal, seeing its reflection blend fully with the darkness. Lift your hands and wave into your face some of the incense smoke that you used to cast your circle. Close your eyes and let the mystical scent alter your mood and, ultimately, your state of mind.

Stand up suddenly and move clockwise around the altar to the east. If you feel a head rush, however, pause for a moment before making such a move. When at the east, say: I now depart the land of the rising sun for the realms of darkness. Whoever dies shall be reborn. Now, move counterclockwise to the west of the circle and, as dramatically as you can, simulate your own death.

Bizarre as it sounds, you should face the west and collapse carefully! When you do complete your simulated collapse, slowly close your eyes. Crackling all around them is silver lightning. Try to hear this lightning. Try to feel its pulsing, its static tingling all over your body. Focus on the silver pillars. Note how the lightning cannot touch these columns, bouncing away each time it gets close to them.

See, the silver columns are moving apart. Imagine that you are moving closer to this dark abyss between the columns. What do you see there? Skry this gate of the west, this land of the dead. What impressions do you receive from this realm? Symbolically, the self that you used to be proud of being is now dead. A new, darker identity is being born within you. Allow any impressions and visions to come to you, but do not worry about their meanings just yet.

You can dwell on them later. Feel yourself pulling back suddenly from this gate of the west. Immediately open your eyes and stand up as quickly as possible. Pause for a moment to let yourself become oriented. Move clockwise three times around the circle. Each time you pass the east, say: I seek the guidance of the Dark Ones. May the primary energy filling my life be that of night. Feel the energy rising from your clockwise movements. After the last time you pass the east, return clockwise to the point before your altar.

Drop to your knees instantly, feeling the energy releasing out of every inch of your body. This energy is rising up above. Grab the black box before you. Then, lift the box and throw it with force over your head so that it will be tossed behind you out of the circle. Open your eyes and gaze upon the objects resting on the back of the mirror. Reach over the skull and past the visually hidden obsidian to pick up the air item. Intellect can only increase in the dark initiate.

Place the air item up on the altar without leaving your kneeling position. Reach back down and pick up the fire object. And the fires bring energy to the blackness that surrounds them, to the initiate in whom they blaze. Put the fire item on the altar without looking, but ensure that the object makes contact with the air item. These objects and the ones that will follow should begin to form a pile on the altar.

Reach down to pick up the water item from the floor. More than the gate of death, the west brings passion to whomever passes through. The novel, whose lead character is a young girl obsessed by Gothic stories, contains direct references to The Mysteries of Udolpho and The Monk. Writer Denise Mina on why Poe was a literary pioneer. Love, Death and Women. Other stories in the collection feature a collection of madmen and unreliable narrators. I know not how it was-but, with the first glimpse of the building, a sense of insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit.

Emily Bronte published the novel under the male pseudonym of Ellis Bell. Emily Bronte transports Gothic to the wild and dangerous Yorkshire moors. The classic romantic novel has become synonymous with the idea of the Female Gothic: In addition it includes many other Gothic traits: In the character of Heathcliff, Bronte creates the ultimate Byronic hero.

You said I killed you-haunt me, then! Be with me always-take any form-drive me mad! Only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you!

Illustration by DH Friston accompanying the original publication of Carmilla. Le Fanu draws on emerging ideas about female sexuality to depict a vampire whose lesbian inclinations are surprisingly explicit by Victorian standards. Carmilla becomes the model for female vampires in film, with variations of the character appearing in Hammer horrors, among others. The image of Carmilla returns to mind […] sometimes the playful, languid, beautiful girl; sometimes the writhing fiend I saw in the ruined church.

Clip from A Very British Murder. A literary success in the Victorian era, the tale has lived on and like Frankenstein and Dracula its characters have transcended the original text to become a modern myth.

The novel is also the fullest articulation of the important Gothic theme of the double: Stevenson anticipates the ideas of Sigmund Freud, whose first psychoanalytic studies were to be published just five years later.

The tale of the Transylvanian count transferred well to screen, helping to cement the myth of Dracula and, in turn, dominating our idea of how male vampires look and behave. As the Count leaned over me and his hands touched me, I could not repress a shudder

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The key author of the transition from romanticism to realism, Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol, is also one of the most important authors of the romanticism, and has produced a number of works which qualify as gothic works include three short story collections, of which each one features a number of stories in the gothic genre, as well as many stories with gothic elements.

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