ISSUE 88 | JUL 2018

MAGIC


Image by Rose Lewis. Clockwise from top right: Hilma af Klint, the theosophist painter from Sweden, mugwort, or Artemisia vulgaris, Pamela Colman Smith, designer of the Waite-Smith tarot deck, some beetles, of the type used to adorn a Lady Macbeth costume worn by the actress Ellen Terry, the model for the Waite-Smith Queen of Wands, Kate Bush performing choreography that may or may not be influenced by G.I. Gurdjieff’s yoga-adjacent practice, Andrew Bely, the Russian writer who parodied bourgeois interest in the occult in his novel Petersburg, Vladimir Solovyov, mystic and theorist of divine love, and Bely's sometime teacher who later became the target of his parody, and nettles. Many of the herbs here are included in the "Nine Herbs Charm."

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The secret history of domestic magic in Britain for the last thousand years.

On Wanting Magic to be Real

Dispatch: Art Out of the World

What Does 'Magic' Mean?

The Astounding Ben Klug will produce a reality-neutral definition of magic.