Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet.
- Fellas, gird your loins! California put the kibosh on a controversial proposal to ban male circumcision. (Reuters)
- John 3:16 isn’t just for football games anymore. If you quote the popular biblical passage at one Texas pit stop, you’ll get 45% off an oil change. God: Giving his only begotten son—and crazy deals on vehicle maintenance!—since 32AD. (CNN)
- An Ohio woman attempts to live by biblical precepts for one year and finds out what the the holy text really says about the status of women. (NPR)
- Proving that politics and religion is a dirty mix, the Dalai Lama opens up a box of Schrodinger’s Cats by suggesting he may not reincarnate anymore. Or maybe he will; in which case he’ll leave a detailed note. Also, maybe two people can be the Dalai Lama at same time. And, well, good luck with that. (Huffington Post)
- The Dead Sea Scrolls are now online. (USA Today)
- What has four legs in morning, presumably so it can vote early and often? Here’s a suggestion that the Picasso sculpture in Chicago’s Daley Plaza is a Sphinx. (Religion Dispatches)
- Politicians taking cues form the occult? It’s likelier than you think. In Thailand, it is de rigueur to consult a Tarot Readers and work feng shui to one’s advantage. (Asia Times)
- A Virginia Judge has ruled that divination techniques cannot be claimed as a religious practice. (The Wild Hunt)
- If you have $35,000 to spare, you may want to place a bid on some rare books by Pico and Iamblichus. By rare, I mean first edition-type manuscripts. And yes, they came from the Ritman library. (Heterodoxology via 8vo)
- Here’s a review of Owen Davies’ new book on Paganism. Also, it’s more affordable than the above mentioned tomes. (The Telegraph)
- Ah, more books! Magic-themed novels are becoming such a hot literary genre that even acclaimed Canadian author Margaret Atwood can’t ignore the pull of the mysterious. (Globe and Mail)
- It’s not just readers who are bonkers for magic, television is in on the trend, too. But what do real witches think about a new show which focuses on the craft? (Wetpaint)
- This year’s Thelemic Symposium takes place in Salem, Massachusetts on October 29th. Topics include reconciling contradictions within Thelemic philosophy as well as the personal import of Thelemic practice. (Thelemic Symposium)
- Finally, the Boston Phoenix needs your help in naming the Aleister Crowley-Vermin Supreme 2012 Presidential debate. It’s democracy at its finest, folks. Why don’t you pop over and throw a suggestion in the hat? (Boston Phoenix)
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