paul rankin

anonymous asked:

Hi I've a few questions about psalms. They've been used in Hoodoo since ancient times. Can you tell me how can I incorporate psalms in candle spells? If you can share a link with me about condition in which a particular psalm is recited, that would be really helpful. Thank you very for your time.

Thank you for your question.

Though I wouldn’t consider Hoodoo, or the psalms use in it to be ‘ancient’ per se, the psalms have certainly been used in folk and ceremonial magic for a very, very long time.

The psalms were first used in Jewish folk magic and Kabbalah. You can also find their use very present in the Solomonic Grimoires, and Christian folk traditions such as PowWow.

The use of the psalms in folk magical traditions of the more modern era, including Hoodoo, can largely be credited with the widespread popularity of the grimoire The Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses. Or more specifically, the inclusion at the end of the grimoire of an unrelated work known as Sepher Schimmush Tehillim, or The Magical Uses of The Psalms by Gottfried Selig.

The Magical Uses of The Psalms is just that, instructions on the use of the psalms for magical effect. It lists each psalm and how it might be used. Though some suggested uses aren’t always very practical.

Within more recent years there have been many little books by authors such as Power of the Psalms by “Anna Riva” (Dorothy Spencer) which tend to give more updated uses for the psalms. Though at times these don’t align exactly with the work of Gottfried Selig.

For further study on this I’d recommend that you check out:

-The Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses.
The one that was edited by Joseph Peterson because in the intro he gives a history of the Magical Use of the Psalms that is excellent.

You should also be able to find The Magical Use of the Psalms via

-Power of the Psalms by Anna Riva

-Master Book of Candle Burning by Henry Gamache.
This is exactly what you are looking for. A book that couples candle rituals with the psalms.

And possibly

-The Book of Gold as edited by David Rankine and Paul Harry Barron.
This is a book of psalmic magic that isn’t intrinsically linked to hoodoo but might be of some real value.

Also, if you’re of a Witchcraft bent, I’d also recommend that you check out
-The Charmer’s Psalter by Gemma Gary.

There is a lot to explore where the psalms are concerned. I highly encourage you to look into them as they are a reasonable part of the Western magical tradition and quite effective.



The pleasure of re-reading is that if you want to stop somewhere and stay in that paragraph or that sentence, you’re not driven by the desire to find out what’s happening next… you can just sit inside of anything that holds you, you can just sit there and find a paragraph and look out the window and walk around and think about it.
—  National Book Award Finalist Claudia Rankine in conversation with Paul Holdengraber on the A Phone Call From Paul podcast.

Pulp art extravaganza!!!

The pulps never cease to enchant me.  Brilliant colors, striking images and bold text are central features of pulp art, yet each cover carries its own aesthetic, and creates its own ambiance.  These covers were done over a span of ten years by some fantastic pulp artists: Frank R. Paul, Hugh Rankin, Leo Morey and R.G. Harris.  

Weird Tales.   V.8, no.6, June, 1929. Cover by Hugh Rankin

Amazing Stories. V.2, no.1. April, 1927 Cover by Frank R. Paul

Amazing Stories.  April, 1937. V.11, no.2.  Cover by Leo Morey

Doc Savage. V.5, no.1, September,1937. Cover by R. G. Harris


Strawberry cheesecake by Paul Rankin


For the biscuit layer:

  • 150g/5¼oz crushed digestive biscuits
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • ½ tbsp freshly grated lemon zest, very finely chopped
  • 6 tbsp orange juice or juice from the strawberries
  • For the strawberry layer
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 2 tsp cornflour, dissolved in a little cold water or orange juice
  • 100g/4oz caster sugar
  • 1kg/2lb 3¼oz strawberries, cleaned and sliced

For the cheesecake layer:

  • 2 sheets gelatine
  • 1-2 tbsp of lemon juice
  • 350g/12¼oz cream cheese
  • 225g/8oz caster sugar
  • 300g/10½oz thick Greek-style yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp of vanilla extract

To serve:

  • whipped cream
  • sprigs of mint

Preparation method:

  1. For the biscuit layer, mix all the biscuit ingredients together and reserve.

  2. For the strawberry layer, place the lemon juice and water into a small saucepan and mix in the cornflour well.

  3. Bring to the boil and when the cornflour is dissolved, mix in the sugar and the strawberries.

  4. Heat gently to dissolve the sugar. Remove from the heat, and allow to cool and thicken.

  5. For the cheesecake mixture, soften the gelatine in the lemon juice and a spoonful of water if needed, for 3-5 minutes.

  6. Heat the mixture gently over a low heat in a small saucepan until the gelatine is completely dissolved.

  7. Meanwhile whisk the cream cheese and the sugar in a mixer or blender on medium speed.

  8. When the sugar is dissolved turn down the speed and add the yoghurt and the gelatine.

  9. When the mixture is blended together add the vanilla extract.

  10. To assemble, place the biscuit layer into the base of six wine glasses, add a good dollop of cheesecake mixture, then add some strawberries. Chill the mixture for a few hours and top with whipped cream and a sprig of mint. Serve immediately.