Professor E.Caleb Friedman, purveyor of Norton's Emperor Elixirs -- customizable to your particular need or ailment! Wanderer, Initiate, Past & Future Master. Dilettante scion of an old Northeastern family of ships' masters & privateers (& a Brother to Pirates & Corsairs), I have dwelt inland these past few years by the banks of the Mighty Mississippi -- although formerly, I spent many a year in Jerusalem, not far from the Jordan. Visions, holy & unholy, are my constant domain.
"Its of particular interest in that the modern interest in Tarot can be traced back to a Victorian "revival" of Tarot studies. In "real life", I'm an Initiate of several "secret societies", two of which have…"
"As I'm also a practitioner, I can't understand any conscious exclusion of magic from Steampunk, as the vast majority of modern occultism can be traced to very particular Victorian roots -- from the resurrection of mystical Freemasonry…"
"One thing that I can't believe I forgot about is that the primary source of my aesthetic connection to Steampunk comes from the first two chapters of Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco, and his somewhat mystical description of the museum…"
"Bing! Bing! Bing! Correct/agreed on all counts! (My avatar is from the H.P. Lovecraft Tarot, for which I wrote the accompanying booklet.) Don't forget Freemasonry (Karl Kellner & Franz Hartmann had to start somewhere!)."
"Cool stuff! I just got the DVD of Murder by Decree a few months ago; it's a lot campier than I remember it, but its been a longer time than I care to admit. [It's funny how Christopher Plummer is in so many "Masonic" movies…"
""Representing yourself as a high priest of an actual occult order should keep you safe from the slings and arrows of Harry Potterism but you might want to make sure there isn't an active chapter in your neighborhood... you…"
"However, the accusations of Masonic involvement in the Jack the Ripper case weren't even formulated until the 1970s. The whole "Juwes" thing has no real relation to Masonic ritual, and no one made (forced) a connection until Stephen…"