Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet.
- Origen was on a mission to neutralize the eroticism of the Song of Songs, but in the process made god deliciously sexy. (Antiquitopia).
- Like mushroom delicious? Not quite. But one academic killed his career by suggesting Jesus was a psychedelic mushroom. (Creative Reading)
- No surprises here: When things take a turn of the worse, people get spiritual. (Live Science)
- Religious discrimination is on the rise, which is one reason why your local mosque can’t get a building permit. (Epiphenom)
- Meanwhile, the Catholic Church ups its anti-pagan rhetoric. In related news, the pope used to be a Nazi. (The Wild Hunt)
- Isaac Newton was more than a scientist, he was also an occultist. (The Guardian via @davidbmetcalfe)
- Egyptian priests wrote texts that suggested rituals to the Goddess Mut involved drinking, feasting and lots of sex. Also, Mut is the awesomeness Goddess ever. (Live Science)
- Fake it till you make it? A faux-New Age guru ends up transformed by his faux spiritual experience. (WSJ via @djp1974)
- Another wrap-up of the 1st International Conference on Contemporary Esotericism. (Religious Studies Project via Heterodoxology)
- ESSWE members interested in contemporary practices may want to join the new ContERN working group. (Heterodoxology)
- The Seeker’s Quest hooks you up with seven awesome podcasts on Judaism. (Seeker’s Quest)
- Speaking of podcasts, Travis Apollonius has one to go with his Mystical Musings blog. (Mystical Musings)
- Working with the sefiriot, but not sure which colour scale to use? Here’s some background on what goes with what. (Ananael via @mrperegrin)
- And if that is still too confusing, maybe check out these books for Golden Dawn newbies. (Nick Farrell)
- This year’s Thelemic Symposium focuses on one’s personal development within the tradition. (Knights Templar Oasis via Thelema Now!)
- Finally, those of you protecting yourself from ELF’s by donning a tin-foil hat may actually be amplifying the government’s mind-control powers as one MIT lab tests aluminum’s frequency repellant abilities and comes up with nothing. Of course, that’s what the government wants you to think. Or is it? Fnord. (Boing Boing)
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