Onryo, in traditional Japanese beliefs, refers to a ghost that is capable of causing harm to the world of the living. It would harm, or even kill its enemies. Some times it is recorded to cause natural disasters. Every harmful action is made to exact its vengeance or to make the wrongs made to the ghost a right. Onryo translates to a vengeful spirit.

The idea behind onryo can be found all the way back to the 8th century. This idea is based on the belief that a enrage soul can interact with the world of the living.  The first record of the onryo can be found in the chronicle Shoku Nihongi in 797.

Traditionally in Japan, onryo driven by vengeance were thought capable of causing not only their enemy’s death, as in the case of Hirotsugu’s vengeful spirit held responsible for killing the priest Genbō, but causing natural disasters such as earthquakes, fires, storms, drought, famine, and pestilence, as in the case of Prince Sawara’s spirit embittered against his brother, the Emperor Kanmu. In common parlance, such vengeance exacted by supernatural beings or forces is termed tatari

Oiwa is probably the most famous onryo

The story tells about a husband that is a target of the onryo’s vengeance. The ghost rather than physically harm the husband targets the man’s mental state with psychological torment.

A well-known example of appeasement of the onryo spirit is the case of Sugawara no Michizane, who had been politically disgraced and died in exile. It was believed to cause the death of his calumniators in quick succession, as well as catastrophes (especially lightning damage), and the court tried to appease the wrathful spirit by restoring Michizane’s old rank and position.

Michizane became deified in the cult of the Tenjin, with Tenman-gū shrines erected around him.

Source: Wikipedia

kashima reiko

kashima reiko

Mysterious monolith discovered in remote part of Utah

Mysterious monolith discovered in remote part of Utah

A mysterious monolith has been discovered by a pilot in the Utah desert.

Helicopter pilot Bret Hutchings found the large metallic monolith while helping wildlife resource officers count bighorn sheep in southern Utah.

In scenes reminiscent of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, the monolith was found standing alone in the barren landscape.

The helicopter pilot told local news channel KSLTV: “That’s been about the strangest thing that I’ve come across out there in all my years of flying.”

Mr Hutchings said they just happened to fly directly over the top of the monolith.

“One of the biologists is the one who spotted it and we just happened to fly directly over the top of it.

“He was like, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa, turn around, turn around!’ And I was like, ‘What?’ And he’s like, ‘There’s this thing back there – we’ve got to go look at it!'”

Mr Hutchings said that the object looked manmade, and appeared to be firmly planted in the ground.

Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film opens with prehistoric apes interacting with a large monolith in the middle of the desert.

The helicopter pilot said he suspected that the Utah monolith was the work of a new age artist.

“I’m assuming it’s some new wave artist or something or, you know, somebody that was a big 2001: A Space Odyssey fan,” he said.



W.B. Yeats – The poet of the Occult


Yeats photographed in 1903 by Alice Boughton

William Butler Yeats (13 June 1865 – 28 January 1939) was an Irish poet, dramatist, prose writer, and one of the foremost figures of 20th-century literature. A pillar of the Irish literary establishment, he helped to found the Abbey Theatre. In his later years served two terms as a Senator of the Irish Free State. He was a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival along with Lady Gregory, Edward Martyn, and others.

Yeats was born in Sandymount, Ireland, and educated there and in London. He spent childhood holidays in County Sligo and studied poetry.  From an early age when he became fascinated by Irish legends and the occult. These topics feature in the first phase of his work, which lasted roughly until the turn of the 20th century.

His earliest volume of verse was published in 1889, and its slow-paced and lyrical poems display debts to Edmund Spenser, Percy Bysshe Shelley. From 1900, his poetry grew more physical and realistic. He largely renounced the transcendental beliefs of his youth, though he remained preoccupied with physical and spiritual masks, as well as with cyclical theories of life. In 1923, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

W.B. Yeats was one of the bigger poets of the 20 century.

He found his “genius” via ritual magic.


William Butler Yeats wrote about politics, heroes, love, and family. He also wrote about his visions, experience, and his own views about magic systems.  Yeats used the term “genius”, or better the greek original term “δαίμων” literally. But many of the papers and studies about him use the term “genius” as a metaphor.

The essays, the letters, and the productions of the automatic writing he produced with his wife show not only a great poet but one of the greater Magicians of the 20 century. But this is not the case for the people studying his papers. Yeats almost never was judged or studies about his occult knowledge or his deep references for the occult in his work. Not only the academics are to blame for this but Yeats himself.  After his publisher, A.H. Bullen told him that the Irish find his work ( specifically “The Secret Rose“) heterodox, Yeats started to write less about the occult.

 The death of W.P.Yeats


He died at the Hôtel Idéal Séjour, in Menton, France, on 28 January 1939, aged 73. He was buried after a discreet and private funeral at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin. Attempts had been made at Roquebrune to dissuade the family from proceeding with the removal of the remains to Ireland due to the uncertainty of their identity. His body had earlier been exhumed and transferred to the ossuary.

Yeats and George had often discussed his death, and his express wish was that he be buried quickly in France with a minimum of fuss. According to George,

“His actual words were ‘If I die, bury me up there and then in a year’s time when the newspapers have forgotten me, dig me up and plant me in Sligo’.

The person in charge of this operation for the Irish Government was Seán MacBride, son of Maud Gonne MacBride, and then Minister of External Affairs.

Yeats’ final resting place in the shadow of the Dartry Mountains, County Sligo
His epitaph is taken from the last lines of “Under Ben Bulben“, one of his final poems:

Cast a cold Eye
On Life, on Death.
Horseman, pass by!



George Mills HarperYeats’s Golden Dawn

George Mills HarperThe making of Yates’ “A vision” – A study of automatic Script



Unveiling the Occult Mysteries of William Shakespeare: Exploring Esoteric Themes in the Bard’s Work

Unveiling the Occult Mysteries of William Shakespeare: Exploring Esoteric Themes in the Bard’s Work

William Shakespeare, often hailed as the greatest playwright in the English language, crafted works that continue to resonate with audiences centuries after his death. While Shakespeare is celebrated for his insightful portrayals of human nature and the human condition, there is also a lesser-known aspect of his work that delves into the realms of the occult and the supernatural.

Throughout Shakespeare’s plays, there are numerous references to mystical beliefs, magical beings, and occult practices. In “Macbeth,” for example, the three witches who prophesy Macbeth’s rise and fall are emblematic of the supernatural elements that pervade the play. The themes of fate, destiny, and the consequences of tampering with the unknown are central to the narrative, hinting at Shakespeare’s fascination with the occult.

Similarly, in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Shakespeare explores the realm of faeries and enchantment, blurring the lines between the natural and supernatural worlds. The mischievous antics of Puck and the other faeries serve as a reminder of the mysterious forces that govern the universe and influence human affairs.

Beyond his plays, Shakespeare’s sonnets also contain echoes of esotericism and mysticism. In Sonnet 27, for instance, Shakespeare speaks of the soul’s journey through life and the quest for enlightenment—a theme that resonates with the teachings of various mystical traditions.

While Shakespeare’s occult influences may not always be overt, they nevertheless add depth and complexity to his work, inviting readers and audiences to ponder the mysteries of existence and the hidden forces that shape our lives.


Brothers Grimm

Brothers Grimm



The two Brothers

Jacob  and Wilhelm , also known as Brothers Grimm, were German academics, philologists, cultural researchers, lexicographers and authors. They collected and published folklore during the 19th century. The two brothers were born in Hanau in Hesse-Cassel, and spend their childhood in a town called Steinau. They lost their father in 1796, left the family in bad shape both physical and economical. The Brothers Grimm attended the University of Marburg where they began a lifelong dedication to researching the early history of German language and literature, including German folktales.

The rise of Romanticism

The rise of Romanticism during the 18th century had revived interest in traditional folk stories, which to the Brothers Grimms and their colleagues represented a pure form of national literature and culture. The Brothers Grimm established a methodology for collecting and recording folk stories that became the basis for folklore studies. Between the first edition of 1812 and 1815 and the seventh edition of 1857, they revised their collection many times, so that it grew from 156 stories to more than 200.

In addition to collecting and editing folk tales, the brothers Grimm compiled German legends. Individually, they published a large body of linguistic and literary scholarship. Together, in 1838, they began work on a massive historical German dictionary. Before the end of their life, they completed only as far as the word Frucht (‘fruit’).

Many of the Brothers Grimm folk tales have enjoyed enduring popularity. The tales are available in more than 100 languages and have been adapted by filmmakers. Some examples including

  • Lotte Reiniger
  • Walt Disney,
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • Sleeping Beauty

During the 1930s and 40s, the tales from the Brothers Grimm were used as propaganda by the Third Reich; later in the 20th century, psychologists such as Bruno Bettelheim reaffirmed the value of the work, in spite of the cruelty and violence in original versions of some of the tales (which the Brothers Grimms eventually sanitized).

The stories ( some of them at least)

Edgar Allan Poe

Unveiling Edgar Allan Poe: Delving into the Occult Depths of the Master of Macabre


Edgar Allan Poe, the legendary master of macabre literature, possessed a fascination with the occult that permeated both his life and his writing. Beyond his tales of terror and mystery, Poe’s exploration of the supernatural and the esoteric offers a glimpse into the depths of his enigmatic mind.

Poe’s interest in the occult manifested in various aspects of his work, from his fascination with mesmerism and hypnotism to his exploration of themes such as death, the afterlife, and the boundaries between the material and spiritual realms. In stories like “The Fall of the House of Usher” and “The Masque of the Red Death,” Poe weaves a tapestry of eerie atmospheres and otherworldly occurrences that blur the line between reality and the supernatural.

Furthermore, Poe’s poetry often delves into mystical themes, with works like “The Raven” and “The Conqueror Worm” exploring the darker aspects of human existence and the mysteries of the cosmos. His use of symbolism and allegory imbues his verses with a sense of mysticism, inviting readers to ponder the deeper meanings hidden beneath the surface.

Beyond his literary endeavors, Poe’s personal life was shrouded in mystery and tragedy, further fueling his fascination with the occult. His experiences with loss, grief, and mental anguish imbued his writing with a haunting authenticity that continues to captivate readers to this day.

Weird Facts About Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe was undoubtedly a master of the macabre, and his life was filled with peculiarities that only add to the mystique surrounding his legacy. Here are some weird facts about Edgar Allan Poe:

  1. Mysterious Death: Poe’s death remains one of literature’s greatest mysteries. He was found delirious on the streets of Baltimore and died shortly after without regaining full consciousness. The exact cause of his death is still debated, with theories ranging from alcohol poisoning to rabies to foul play.
  2. Marriage to His Cousin: Poe married his first cousin, Virginia Clemm, when she was just 13 years old and he was 27. Their relationship was unconventional even for the time, and some speculate it may have influenced the themes of forbidden love and obsession in Poe’s works.
  3. The Raven’s Real-Life Inspiration: The inspiration for Poe’s famous poem “The Raven” is said to have come from a real-life bird—a talking raven named Grip. Grip belonged to Charles Dickens, who was a friend of Poe’s. Grip’s ability to mimic human speech fascinated Poe and likely influenced the creation of the poem.
  4. Poe’s Penchant for Hoaxes: Poe had a knack for perpetrating hoaxes and practical jokes. One of his most famous hoaxes was the “Balloon-Hoax,” published in a newspaper in 1844, which claimed that a European balloonist had crossed the Atlantic Ocean in just three days.
  5. Poe’s Peculiar Pooch: Poe had a pet cat named Catterina, whom he adored. However, Catterina wasn’t the only animal companion in his life. Poe also had a pet raccoon named Pluto, who inspired the character of the same name in his story “The Black Cat.”
  6. Obsession with Death: Poe had a lifelong fascination with death and the macabre, which is evident in much of his writing. He frequently explored themes of premature burial, decomposition, and mourning in his poetry and short stories.
  7. Cryptic Last Words: Poe’s final words before his death were reportedly cryptic and mysterious. He was said to have repeatedly called out the name “Reynolds,” though the significance of this utterance remains unknown.
  8. The Poe Toaster: Every year on Poe’s birthday, a mysterious figure known as the “Poe Toaster” would visit his gravesite in Baltimore, leaving behind a bottle of cognac and three roses. The identity of the Poe Toaster was never revealed, and the tradition mysteriously ended in 2009.

These peculiarities only scratch the surface of the intriguing life of Edgar Allan Poe, whose enigmatic persona continues to fascinate and inspire readers around the world.