Scare Tactics

Is it just me who cannot see the value of reporting cumulative COVID infections? There can be only one reason to that and it is simply to create fear. Here in the Czech Republic certain parts of the media report excitedly and breathlessly with each new total but surely what counts is the number of currently infected?

Even the map that the media helpfully provides of all the different regions uses cumulative infected per 100,000 rates to decide the strength or the red they use to signify danger. But when you drill down into the sub bullets, you discover the truth is no where near as scary.

Take the city I live in as an example. Brno. It is about 600,000 people – double that if you include the surrounding area. The highly useful and friendly Government website shows that currently, 15.73 per 100,000 are infected in the city and 6.8 per 100,000 in the surrounding area. I calculate then that about 94 people are currently infected in a city of 600,000. Don’t know about you, but that doesn’t seem very scary to me. Not that I won’t take precautions – I will – but its not stay at home territory is it.

Now, let’s go to Seznam – an online media outfit and see what appears to be the same map. It says 68 per 100,000 in the city and 20 per 100,000 outside it. That is quite a difference and much more scary!  Almost 500 people are infected out of 600,000?

Well, no. 500 people HAVE been infected – they are using cumulative infection rates. Why? I can only assume to attract more attention to its website news. As it is simply not correct and misleading to do that. By the way, the do the same thing at the country level with their nefarious headlines….. More than 18k infected people they scream…. Er no. Over 13,200 of those are healed and no longer infected. The true number is 5,300 out of 10.5 million.

The Government here is playing the whole thing down now. You can see why. The fact is that the infection is under some control via smart quarantine methods, mainly located to regional outbreaks and the hospitalized numbers are very, very low – at 131 – hardly about the break the system. The media though sees it differently. On Seznam, headlines scream things like “Infections double!!!” “Total number of infected around Plsen over 800!” “The Virus is Back!!!!” and so on.

The contrast between the Government attitude and the media is simply amazing. The Government has introduced regional maps that are updated weekly. Areas are painted white, green orange and red depending on severity and what restrictions are in place. I think it’s useful. This last Monday, they issued a second map. after a week of media headlines screaming about the virus and 18k infections and so on, the media had to explain why the map now showed only two green areas and the rest all white after previously showing 5 green areas…. quite a laugh reading those stories honestly.

I am not for a minute underplaying this virus. what I am noting is how the media seems out to scare us all to death using misleading statistics and attention grabbing headlines. That has to stop.

Undeliverable

51dDKpIDJsLWhen my book – Chasing the Shaman – was published, I ordered two author copies. A month later, I received an email from Amazon UK saying that I was being refunded for my purchase as the package had returned marked ‘undeliverable’. I thought that a bit strange as I have ordered many items – not just books – and amazon faithfully delivered them to the same address. Maybe, it was a COVID issue?

So, I ordered two copies again.

I then went on a book Buying spree…. I bought three by Alan Richardson, two of Slavic deities, one by Allen Greenfield and another on the Trickster in the Paranormal, as well as a couple of others. I have a nice little pile of books to get through sitting here now. All ordered after my second order of Chasing the Shaman and all delivered to my address – mostly within days of ordering.

Then the email arrived. A refund. Undeliverable.

I contacted Amazon UK. I spoke to Tracy – a lovely lady who was eminently helpful but couldn’t help me understand why my book – just MY book – was undeliverable to an address used successfully many, many times.

I’m still waiting to get further response from Amazon. I just ordered my books again.

Third time lucky maybe?

 

Episode 10 -Magic and Mysticism with Stephen Tanham

Version 2In the latest episode of the Magical World of G. Michael Vasey podcast, I talk with a founder of the Silent Eye School of Consciousness – Stephen Tanham.

Steve is a mystical teacher, writer, poet and prolific photographer. He is a founding Director of the Silent Eye School of Consciousness, a not-for-profit, international distance-learning organisation that provides a mentored path to deep and practical spiritual consciousness. The Silent Eye programme works on the basis of a three year internal journey across an inner landscape mapped by a spiritual version of the enneagram.

The Silent Eye’s mentored journey may be considered in three stages as:

– Understanding our selves – the character;

– Alignment of self with the spiritual;

– Opening the faces of Spiritual Love.

Steve’s spiritual path to the Silent Eye includes growing up in a Rosicrucian family and rising to become the leader of the local affiliated body, then Regional Monitor, and finally Grand Councillor for the North of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

A desire to widen his knowledge of the Western Mystery Tradition led to seven years of service with the Servants Of the Light, (SOL), headed by well-known author and magician Dolores Ashcroft Nowicki. Steve ended his days with SOL as a member of the ARC – Administrative Resource Council, where he was responsible for taking  the School’s lesson systems into the internet age. He is a Third Degree Initiate of the Servants of the Light- its highest honour.

Steve Bio Grasmere pic - 1In 2012, Steve left SOL to establish his own school – The Silent Eye, soon to be joined by co-Directors Sue Vincent and Stuart France. The Silent Eye has students (Companions) on four continents. Its website is www.thesilenteye.co.uk.

Steve lives in the English Lake District with his wife, Bernie, a cat and a dog. His books are available on Amazon (UK and International).

In the podcast, we discuss magic versus mysticism, growing up in a Rosicrucian family, how an interest in Qabalah led him to the Servants of the Light and how he helped organize the administration of that school and how and why he set up the Silent Eye along with Sue Vincent and Stuart France. It’s an open and honest discussion. Please do listen in and share it on social media.

You can find out more about Steve by visiting his Sun in Gemini blog at and the Silent Eye at its website. I also interviewed Sue Vincent in Episode 2 of this podcast series.

Steve is also the author of a number of books that can be found on Amazon. In particular, I can recommend his book – The Beast in the Cafe – as one that captivated me.

 

Listen in Stereo

Since I have had a home studio set up and been making music, I find I often return to an earlier song and remix it. Inevitably, I end up adding some new tracks – vocals, synth or guitars. I then have a dilemma as I never know which I like better – the original or the remix!

So, I’m gonna ask you all…

Here are two songs redone. Let me know which version you prefer please….. The links will take you to Spotify – its free.

Thanks.

 

FIRE – Original Version

FIRE – Remix

Risky Business – Original Version

Risky Business – Remix

 

My obsession with revisiting songs has found new expression in my latest release – out soon. Yes – its a remix of Talk Talk….

Talk Talk

 

Support me and I will send you little bits of my magic. It may be a song, a poem, a photograph….

 

 

 

A Magical Tradition…

Stuart France’s insights are often remarkable. For example….

The Silent Eye

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The Roman Catholic Church’s criteria

for ‘conferring sainthood’ rests upon intercession.

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Intercession can be described as,

‘the predilection of disincarnate entities

to effect the incarnate world in a positive way’.

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If enough people report a successful outcome

or outcomes from their prayers of supplication to such entities

a case can be made for ‘promotion’ to sainthood…

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A history will be written, icons and relics will be manufactured,

more people will pray to the new saint and seek their graces…

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This process, apparently, applies to both humans and angels

which gives us the seemingly incongruous phenomena –

Archangelic Saints!

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Of which, St Michael is one…

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All this is a far cry from the early scriptural tradition

which seemed loath to even name ‘God’s Messengers’.

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Strange as this process might be it does suggest

that calling on the Archangels for help actually works!

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My Supergirl

So yesterday, I told you about making a video with my daughter as a summer time project. That got me thinking about the summer project from 2018.

We had been together to Tolo in Greece and everywhere we went we would hear this song – Supergirl. Well, when we got back, I did some research and discovered it was a European hit by the group Raemonn.

I quickly figured out the song and recorded it myself – my version if you will. I then got my daughter to sing backing vocals for me on the chorus….. It was such a laugh listening to her attempts – she took it soooo serious like! I wasn’t allowed in the room while she sang.

The result? I rather like it. I think she does too… She is my supergirl!

Listen here.

 

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Far Away – The Video

So what do you do during the hot long summer vacation with a kid of 11? Last summer, we decided to make a video.

We chose one of my songs – Far Away – and then my daughter developed a ‘script’ or plan shall we say. We then acted this out recording with my phone. The concept she came up with is of a daughter visiting her father for a day. Unfortunately, we hadn’t appreciated the fact that you can record video on a phone landscape or portrait and that landscape is better…….

However, here it is….

Some nice views of Brno along the way too…..

 

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Feeling Sheepish

For years, I have churned out books, music, poetry, photography, thoughts, podcasts, videos and goodness knows what. I’m not sure I ever built much of an audience or following except maybe around my paranormal books. To be honest it never used to bother me that much – I’m an addicted creator – an artist who cannot help himself. I always thought I would make a few bob off of the back of the content I produced and maybe one day, I could ease up a bit and live off of my creativity and hobbies.

Unfortunately, I like many others never saw the shift to free stuff. People simply expect stuff for free now… or pretty much close to free. And then there is Amazon that on the one hand opened the world of publishing to everyone but, with the other, took all the profits. I sell books for 2.99 and see only a small part of that sales price. I could make a little on running ads on my websites – but adblockers have put paid to that as well. Every which way you turn….. but I churn on and have even added a podcast series now.

Where am I going with this? Why do I feel sheepish?

Well, I make a reasonable living so you know I just basically put up and shut up making nothing on stuff I liked to do. It’s a hobby after all. I enjoy it. Then as I hit 60, I thought well, I’m going to have to keep the day job til I drop because books and stuff generates only net expense. (ex wife had and already spent my private pension). I was aware of Patreon and platforms like it where people support you with small monthly sums in return for stuff. I dismissed it.

But recently, I realised this could be another way to help pay the cost of generating better content. This could be the way to afford the website upgrade I want to do and…. maybe it could be an alternate way of getting paid for books, photos, blogs, podcasts and so on. EVERYONE else seems to be doing it even if I feel sheepish copying them.

So….. I set up a Patreon account. Check out my page and see if you might like to support my future efforts. Like I said, I have no following or fans that I can appeal to – but I will give it a try and maybe I will be surprised.

Here is my page – check out what I got to offer for a small monthly payment.

And thanks – for looking.

As I state there…

I’m always creating things – blog posts, books, photos, poetry, podcasts, music and magic. I cannot help it! I must have an outlet to create. These days, artists and magicians must rely on the goodwill of the world to make any money with their art. The world has essentially moved to a content for free or virtually free model and those who suffer are the artists and magicians. So I decided to do what others do and seek sponsors on Patreon.com –  People to support my passions – my magic.

Will you?

My passions-
Podcasting on magic, the paranormal and general weirdness at The Magical World of G. Michael Vasey podcast
Collecting paranormal stories via Myhauntedlifetoo.com
Reviewing strange books on magic and the paranormal via strangebookreviews.com
Making music – find it at all online music stores
Taking magical photos
Blogging and writing poetry on garymvasey.com and garymvasey.net
Writing books of poetry, about the paranormal, magic and other strange topics.

Episode 9- Dr. Andy Cooper and Helios

Andy (enlarged)Tonight a new episode of the Magical world of G. Michael Vasey is available. It features Dr. Andy Cooper, founder of the Helios School of Esoteric Sciences. If you do not know Andy, he is a Third Degree Initiate of the Western Mystery Tradition and the Founder and Director of Studies of the Helios School of Esoteric Science. He personally trained for many years with Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki, the former Director of Studies of the Servants of the Light School of Occult Science (SOL).

His lineage comes from Dion Fortune, the founder of the Society of the Inner Light, through Ernest Butler, the founder of the Servants of the Light and Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki, the now retired Director of Studies, who took over the mantle of leadership from Ernest Butler when he retired.

Andy holds a B.Sc in Electrical Engineering, a Ph.D in Esoteric Studies and is a certified trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), a Reiki Master and an initiate of the Huna tradition of ancient Hawaii. Andy lives and works in the magical town of Glastonbury, UK and is the father of two grown-up children.

In our discussions, Andy relates how NLP got him started in the magical world and defines what NLP is. Among other topics, we talk about the issues that sometimes surround initiation and how the Helios’ school takes a different approach to minimize them. He discusses why he started the school, what its’ aims, objectives and methods are and how to join up if interested. He emphasizes how the school uses NLP and other techniques in its approach. we also touch on the idea of devotion and the Lords of Light. Andy is a very experienced magician and it is interesting to hear his views and benefit from his experience.

Please do listen in and share the podcast.