It was 35 years ago. A young and dumb kid—we'd call him a "geek" today—went to the newsstand to pick up some of the latest issues of Thor, The Avengers, Doctor Strange, Conan, and the Fantastic Four. He also looked quickly through the rest of the magazines at the large newsstand, seeing one he'd never seen before.
It was called Gnostica, and it was published by Llewellyn.
Yes, that geeky kid was me. I was also going to Gilbert's Books around the corner. They had one of the best new and used occult sections in town, and it was rumored that Israel Regardie used to hang out there. Gilbert's is long gone. A smaller version of the newsstand is still there.
Gnostica was just amazing. I
…King Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites…
And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines…
—I Kings, Chapter 11, The Bible
The Visit of the Queen of Sheba to King Solomon by Edward Poynter
Currently on exhibit at the Art Gallery of New South Wales
(I searched a long time to find an image in the public domain that didn't show the queen,
who is generally believed to have been from Ethiopia or Yemen
—although her title implies she may have been from India—
without the pale, extremely white skin associated with Europeans.
It is far more
Musician Sammy Hagar's autobiography Red hit the shelves last week, and in the book, he states his fascination with UFOs. This is no passing fancy for Mr. I Can't Drive 55. In the book, Sammy details a dream that he had where he was in an alien spaceship, and the aliens were tapped into his brain by some wireless connection. Even though all the events happened in a dream, Hagar said it happened.
The spaceship dream was not the first contact that Hagar has had with aliens. When he was four, Hagar saw a floating car with no wheels that was kicking up a dust storm in the desert. He remembers throwing rocks at it, but has no recollection of what happened after.