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The classic symbol of death in western culture, a skull on two crossed thighbones appears on countless tombs and other carvings from the early Middle Ages onward, and became very common after the Black Death of the mid-fourteenth century gave death imagery a prominent place in European culture. Like many elements of medieval symbolism, it survived into modern times, and...

A standout amongst the most well-known otherworldly and magical practices in European Black Arts from the Middle Ages until the present is scrying. Scrying is the craft of seeing visions in a crystal, a magic mirror, or the scryer's own creative mind. It is also known as clairvoyance (from the French for “clear seeing”). Scrying often had an important role...

  “The bank hath benefit of interest on all moneys which it creates out of nothing.” — William Paterson, founder of the Bank of England in 1694   “The idea of a national bank is dead, and will not be revived in my time.” — Zachary Taylor President Zachary Taylor opposed the creation of a new Private Central Bank, owing to the historical abuses of the...