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Raising the Devil

AUCKLAND STAR, VOLUME XVII, ISSUE 160, 10 JULY 1886 With thanks to the National Library of New Zealand

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Popular Magic Handbooks Available in New Zealand 1850-1935

Advertisements for various fortune telling handbooks of the kind sold in the UK as chapbooks. The national library of Scotland as well as the internet archive have large collections, readable online, of these books.  Typically they will consist of a … Continue reading

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The Tattwa Tide Calculator

A Tattwa Tide Calculator, used to calculate the exact times that the astral tides are in flux and reflux, made by a member of Whare Ra. More information can be found HERE.

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Superstitions of Criminals

These generalised recountings of superstition and folklore, presumably from Britain but not clearly marked as such (for example in this article where only the first incident, which states it’s location, in clearly labelled as having come from an overseas source) … Continue reading

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Curse work on Germany, 1916

Unconscious/semi-conscious curse working on Germany from the pages of the Taranaki Daily News. Some Great sympathetic magic here; when will they fall? when the clock strikes. How will they fall? like over ripe fruit. Through narrative causality their strength is … Continue reading

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Druidic Lore and Halloween Custom

By John Pbnnell. Otago Witness , Issue 2227, 5 November 1896, Page 49 http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&cl=search&d=OW18961105.2.226&srpos=47&e=——-100–1—-0occult+ritual– Interestingly “John Pennell” seems to be the pseudonym of a New Zealand author, suggesting that this is an original work rather than (as is typical of … Continue reading

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A weird little tale, bordering on magical realism, from a 12 year old. THE BAG OF DREAMS Evening Post, Volume CXVIII, Issue 36, 11 August 1934, Page 20 http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&cl=search&d=EP19340811.2.178.2&srpos=136&e=——-10–131—-2was+a+witch– With thanks to the National Library of New Zealand

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A Cultural Transmission from Maori to Pakeha

SUPERSTITIOUS SETTLERS. New Zealand Herald, Volume LXI, Issue 18600, 7 January 1924, Page 8   This is similar to warnings about Tapu contributors to this blog received from inhabitants of Stewart Island in the 1990’s. With thanks to the National Library … Continue reading

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A Whare Ra Manuscript

the Pentagram Ritual from http://www.esotericgoldendawn.com/tradition_wharera_pentagram.htm

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A Fairy Woman

Kai-he-raki was a witch woman who lived on the Takitimu Range—not an ugly old witch-hag, but a young and beautiful witch whose comeliness defied Time. She was tapu. A man out hunting wekas caught her, but the narrator forgot his … Continue reading

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