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On January 3rd, 2001, documentary writer/producer Wayne Darwen brought a professional T.V. news crew into the inner sanctum of The Order of the Temple of Astarte to record a remarkable phenomenon: the summoning of the ancient spirit Vassago. Early in February an edited version of Vassago's mysterious Prophecy was broadcast by the Los Angeles affiliate of a National T.V. Network, confirming that the spirit had predicted a major news event: only 13 days after the ritual had been audio-visually recorded, President Laurent Kabila of the Congo was assassinated!
In this video version we show you the entire operation in sequence, exactly as it happened with no rehearsals and no retakes. Wayne Darwen also interviews the Magister Thabion (Poke Runyon) and the mystic seer Frater Solomon. Their unrehearsed answers to his probing questions leave no doubt as to the philosophical depth and spiritual power of Solomon's ancient Magick even in this modern age.
This is an entirely new and original production. In "The Magick of Solomon" video we dramatically reenacted magical rituals for instructive purposes, whereas "Dark Mirror of Magick" is the record of an actual magical operation of historical significance. We believe that this remarkable documentary will be studied and commented on for years to come.
Review from Amazon:
Bobbing amid the flotsam and jetsam that pollutes much of the wave-spume of New Age thought is a clean new appreciation (exhibited by many in the psychological community) for the skills and the powers of the primitive shaman. We are fascinated and amazed by the uncivilized magical escapades of the tribal medicine man or the village holy woman who travel in vision to the heavens and hells of the spiritual world to diagnose an illness or bring back important words of prophecy. For the most part, this respect (while long overdue) is eminently deserved, because once the colorful cerements of superstition are removed, we come face to face with new and exciting ideas concerning the awesome potential of the human mind.
Western civilization also has a rich and powerful shamanistic tradition, one that has for centuries been practiced in an environment of extreme secrecy. Long condemned by the Church as evil and satanic, it is just as colorful, and can be just as efficacious as its more primitive counterpart. This tradition is called spirit evocation, and Carroll (Poke) Runyon (aka the Magister Thabion) is arguably the world's most knowledgeable and outspoken proponent/practitioner of this marvelous spiritual art form.
DARK MIRROR OF MAGICK - The Vassago Millennium Prophecy is a provocative and intriguing documentary film by veteran television journalist Wayne Darwen (Inside Edition, Hard Copy, A Current Affair, Strange Universe, Now it Can Be Told). Darwen documents a ritual of spirit evocation conducted in January of 2001 by Runyon and several members of his magical order for the expressed purpose of receiving an oracle from the ancient goetic spirit Vassago concerning future events at the dawn of the new millennium.
The oracle that resulted from this magical operation is amazing -- perhaps even disturbing (especially in light of the way world events have unfolded since the evocation). It is sure to be condemned by religious zealots as words of the devil, dismissed as delusion or chicanery by skeptics, and denigrated by dilettantes and armchair wizards of all persuasions. I doubt that Runyon will (or should) care. As for Darwen - he characterizes the film as "...the most remarkable record of a supernatural event I have ever witnessed."
Only time will reveal if Vassago was a true and faithful servant or a lying spirit. But what is not uncertain is the fact that Darwen's documentary is a true and faithful record of a classic operation of western ceremonial magick, brilliantly executed by a master of the art. Like Maya Deren's classic film, The Divine Horseman: The Living Gods of Haiti, DARK MIRROR OF MAGICK is an historic document that will continue to inform and fascinate devotees and scholars long after we've all gone to the spirit world ourselves.
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