The Midnight Archive: Occult NYC, part 2

Part two of the mini-documentary on the historical occult underbelly of NYC is now online at The Midnight Archive. In this episode, former BB guestblogger Mitch Horowitz, author of the terrific Occult America: The Secret History of How Mysticism Shaped Our Nation, hips us to Theosophical Society founder Madame Blavatsky's midtown Salon and the mystic side of Gran Central Station.


  1. I got a couple of Blavatsky’s books at the flea market, and wow– they are the most absurd combinations of nonsensical spiritual gobbleygook I’ve ever seen.  It’s kind of fun to read them out loud as if they were hip-hop lyrics or poetry slam performances.

  2. Mysticism and Mystics are NOT a part of any cult label what so ever. Psychics are because they are totally influenced and lead by the devil’s trickery. Thats why the bible states that PSYCHICS will be thrown into the eternal ring of fire aong with firewalkers (declare they are God after they do it), Magicians (who deceive and trick people hence liars) amongst others. Mystics give full credit to God for their gifts and pray for many hours to days; never do readings for money; totally obey God; never tell police where missing or dead bodies are; are void of ego and wealth and are very holy. Many saints were mystics including St Francis of Assisi, St Padre Pio, St Anne Catherine Emmerich, St Bernadette, St Therese of Lisieux amongst thousands of others.

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