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Occult practices such as fortune-telling, divination and black magic have always existed in certain strata of Iranian society and were largely tolerated unless individuals claimed to be victimised or defrauded.
In a later interview Mr Afshar added “devil-worshippers” as subjects of the intended crackdown. Devil-worshipper is the collective term that authorities in Iran often use to refer to underground rock bands and young people dressing unconventionally or “western-style”.
How much do you wish for magic? William Gaddis said, “There is no truth beyond magic”. We live this magic enchantment every day in the evolution of the biosphere. We live it every day in the econosphere where the Japanese man invented a new business scanning books in tiny apartments into iPads, and selling the books to create space in such tiny apartments. Here is another new adjacent possible empty niche, here economic, created willy nilly by the invention of the iPad.
If you are not enchanted go quiet into a forest and feel the magic becoming.
Occult ideas colour much of Moore’s work; readers of his stories are never far from ancient sources of mystery like Kabbalah and Tarot. He’s been much influenced by Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), a.k.a. The Great Beast, a prolific English writer who invented obscure religions. In 1993, on his 40th birthday, Moore announced that he had become a ceremonial magician who performs shamanistic rituals.
The occult can be a bit of a downer in the hands of someone like Crowley, but it’s transformed when Moore absorbs it into his work. In a series called Promethea, his main character is a teenager possessed by an ancient pagan goddess, but not in a bad way. Moore has explained that he wanted to write an occult comic without making it dark and scary.