Occult:This month in history

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This page and its subpages serve as a curated list of important events in history to provide updates to the "This month in history" section on the main page.

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Woodcut of Vlad the Impaler

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Pamela Colman Smith

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The Vlad Dracula Tarot

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Sybil Leek casting a circle in New England

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Saint Joan of Arc

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Urbain Grandier being accused of witchcraft

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Jan Hus being burnt at the stake

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Angeline Tubbs

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Marie Laveau and her daughter.

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Representation of Halloween in the United States

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The Hieronymus Bosch Tarot
  • 1 November - The Archbishop of Capua sends a letter to Nicolaus Copernicus asking him to explain his heliocentric hypothesis. (1536)
  • 1 November - Nicholas II becomes Tsar of Russia. (1894)
  • 8 November - Gospel riots: Bloody clashes take place in Athens following the translation of the Gospels into demotic Greek. (1901)
  • 10 November - A Goddess of Reason is proclaimed by the French Convention at the suggestion of Pierre Gaspard Chaumette. (1793)
  • 11 November - Paracelsus, Swiss-German physician, botanist, astrologer, and occultist is born. (1493)
  • 16 November - LSD is first synthesized by Albert Hofmann from ergotamine at the Sandoz Laboratories in Basel. (1938)
  • 17 November - Mary I of England dies of natural causes. (1558)
  • 18 November - Aleister Crowley is initiated in the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. (1898)
  • 20 November - Occultist and author Samuel L. MacGregor Mathers dies. (1918)
  • 22 November - Pope Clement V issues the papal bull Pastoralis Praeeminentiae which instructed all Christian monarchs in Europe to arrest all Knights Templar and seize their assets. (1307)
  • 26 November - Vlad the Impaler defeats Basarab Laiota with the help of Stephen the Great and Stephen V Báthory and becomes the ruler of Wallachia for the third time. (1476)
  • 30 November - The Hieronymus Bosch Tarot is first published by Bloodstone Studios. (2020)

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Edward Kelley in a cemetery
  • December - The Rider-Waite Tarot is published for the first time. (1909)
  • 1 December - Occultist and author Aleister Crowley dies of chronic bronchitis. (1947)
  • 5 December - Pope Innocent VIII issues the Summis desiderantes affectibus, a papal bull that deputizes Heinrich Kramer and Jacob Sprenger as inquisitors to root out alleged witchcraft in Germany. (1484)
  • 6 December - Transit of Venus, second and last of the 19th century. (1882)
  • 6 December - Birth of Dion Fortune, a Welsh occultist, psychologist, and author. (1890)
  • 9 December - The Virgin of Guadalupe first appears to Juan Diego at Tepeyac, Mexico City. (1531)
  • 9 December - Birth of Hélène Smith, a French psychic and occultist. (1861)
  • 11 December - Author and occultist Damien Echols is born. (1974)
  • 13 December - Occultist Johannes Trithemius is born. (1516)
  • 17 December - The first Saturnalia festival was celebrated in ancient Rome. (497 BC)
  • 17 December - The tomb of Marie Laveau in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is vandalized by an unknown person. (2013)
  • 19 December - Edward Kelley performs his first alchemical transmutation. (1586)
  • 21 December - A great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn occurs, with the two planets separated in the sky by 0.1 degrees. This is the closest conjunction between the two planets since 1623. (2020)
  • 21/22 December - winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere.
  • 25 December - A temple to Sol Invictus is dedicated in Rome by Emperor Aurelian. (274)
  • 30 December - Russian mystic Grigori Rasputin is murdered by a group of nobles led by Prince Felix Yusupov. (1916)
  • 31 December - Birth of Simon Forman, an English occultist and astrologer. (1552)

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