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Der Orchideengarten is the world’s first illustrated fantasy magazine and was published in the German language in 1919. This is the first time it has been published in the English language with the original artwork. Stories and poems include: “No One and Everyone” by Oskar Maria Graf; “The Wake” by Apuleius; “The Suicide” by Klarbund; “The Gray Mill” by H. Steinitzer; “The Head of the Condemned” by Alexander Dumas; “The Balcony” by Max Rohrer; “A Dream” by Will Scheller. Translations by Joe E. Bandel and layout by John Hirschhorn-Smith.

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Der Orchideengarten was published in the German language in 1919 and this is the first time most of these stories and artwork have been published in the English language. Stories and Poems include: “The Hashish Dream” by Richard Euringer; “The Devil” by Guy de Maupaasant; “From the Ways of the Hanged” by Siegfried Aram; “The Blazing Flame” by Karl and Joseph Capek; all translations by Joe E. Bandel; Edit and layout by John Hirschhorn-Smith.

I’m back! Sorry it has taken so long! I almost forgot how to do this! I will be doing two magazines this month to kind of catch up and then go back to one a month. There should be no problem now that I am retired and have more time to work on these projects.

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Der Orchideengarten was the world’s first illustrated fantasy magazine and published in the German language in 1919. This is the first time these stories have been translated into the English language. The original artwork is included. This issue of Der Orchideengarten contains: Franz Schoenberner- The Dying Lantern; Leonhard Stein- The Electric Piano; Rudolf Fuchs- Sleigh Ride; Paul Verlaine- Major Muller’s Hand; E. Scupin- Castle Valnoir. Translations by Joe Bandel. Technical editor John Hirschhorn-Smith. In my opinion this issue is the strongest and best to date!

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Der Orchideengarten Vol 1 No 5 contains the stories and poems: Otto te Kloot- Orchids; Wilhem Nhil- The Cannibal Club; Charles Baudelaire- The Spectre; Wilhem Meinhold- The Amber Witch-How My Poor Child Was Sentenced To Be Put To The Question (translation by Lady Duff-Gordon).These have been translated by Joe E. Bandel and include the original 1919 artwork. Technical Editor is John Hirschhorn-Smith.

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Der Orchideengarten Vol 1 No 4 contains the stories and poems: The Coffee Pot by Theophile Gautier; Dios Vienne by Leo Perutz; Cox-City by Apollinarius Wileem; Adventure of a Wolf by Alexander Petofi. These have been translated by Joe E. Bandel and include the original artwork. Technical Editor is John Hirschhorn-Smith.

Just in time for the first of August! I really loved translating these stories! I can’t choose between “The Coffee Pot” and “Dios Vienne” as my favorites for this issue. Just to be upfront, “Dios Vienne” appears to be a fragment from the book “The Marquis de Bolibar”. It was so interesting that I bought a cheap copy of the novel on line and am looking forward to reading the entire story. “The Coffee Pot” really touched my heart and reminded me of why I love this type of literature so much.

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Simplicissimus Vol. 1 No. 1 was first published on 4 April 1896 in the German language as a satirical arts weekly. This is the first English translation and it has been reformatted to a color magazine. It was originally published in newspaper form. Later issues had lots of interior color illustrations in the Art Nouveau style. The front and back covers are always specially colored and beautiful. This first issue was much more simplistic. It contains stories and poems by: Frank Wedekind-Princess Russalka; Richard Dehmel-Greeted by Fear; Jacob Wasserman-Siesta; Arthur Holitscher-The Lonely Pond; Mia Holm-Alone; Theodor Wolff-Song; Th. Th. Heine-Wurst and Love; Georg Herwegh-Homage; Robert Bruss-To Georg Herwegh in the summer of 1852; Carl Busse-Leaving in Spring; Joe E. Bandel-The Last Page. Translation by Joe E. Bandel.

I am excited to publish this very first issue of Simplicissimus! It has long been a dream of mine and I am finally able to realize it. This series is simply for those who love beautiful words and beautiful pictures. There is a soul and a spirit within each issue that carries a vitality and love of life that is missing to today’s world and we need it! At least I do!

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Der Orchideengarten Vol 1 no3contains the Stories: The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe; The Brain by Max Meixner; The Witching Hour by Alexander Freih. von Bernus; The Harvest by A.M. Frey; Rebellion in Nirvana by K. Roellinghoff. These stories are in the English language and include the original artwork. Translations are by Joe E. Bandel; Technical editor is John Hirshhorn-Smith

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Der Orchideengarten Vol 1 No 2

Der Orchideengarten Vol 1 No 2 is the second issue of the world’s first illustrated fantasy magazine originally published in the German language in 1919. This English translation keeps the original art and contains the following stories: The Deadly Supper by Karl and Joseph Kapek; The Heart by Otto Zoff; The Hasty Corpse by Wilhelm Nhil; The World On Ash Wednesday by Edgar Steiger; The Phantom Coach by Amelia Edwards; Translations are by Joe E. Bandel

The second issue of Der Orchideengarten is now available! I am planning on doing one a month so this is the July issue! Remember Der Orchideengarten is only available through Lulu publishing!

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Der Orchideengarten Vol 1, No. 1

I’ve just finished my latest project, the first issue of Der Orchideengarten Vol 1, no 1 which was published in 1919 in the German language. I’ve translated it and am republishing it through Lulu Press. It is the first in an entire series of old dark fantasy and science fiction.

Der Orchideengarten was the world’s first illustrated fantasy magazine and has a definite place in history. This first issue contains stories by Rudolph Schneider, Paul Frank, Karl Hans Strobl, Max Rohrer, Victor Hugo and A.M. Frey. I have tried to keep it as authentic as possible keeping the original illustrations and art. I am hoping to translate and publish the entire series of forgotten stories and art.

This will only be available through Lulu publishing company at this link.

 

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Wow! Talk about intense energies!  As we near the end of the year our supply of spiritual light becomes limited and some even run out…We eagerly await the coming year’s influx of spiritual light and we prepare ourselves to receive as much as we can. At least that is what we should be doing…

Tradition  has this darkest time of the year as quite challenging. Are we experiencing the total collapse of our dreams or will we experience the Christmas miracle at the last moment? Will this be a time of despair or celebration? I can only speak for myself.

But first I would like to share that this year things are affecting me on the physical level, making changes to my physical life and not just my spiritual life. That might sound meaningless to others so I will try to explain.

Back in 1991 I experienced the most profound spiritual experience of my life, the crossing of the Great Abyss and my merging with God or Source. At the time I was totally living in my head and very dysfunctional in physical life. I had lost my connection to earth.

In fact, I had a magickal encounter with the Crowley energies that completely severed my silver cord causing it to erupt in flames and be destroyed. My awareness survived by retreating into the safety of Source where I not only survived but began the process of regeneration and coming back down to the earth planes.

There was an active and dynamic process at work that was sifting through all the levels of my soul, healing and rebuilding them from scratch from the top down. It started with the spiritual energies and gave me spiritual illuminations which helped me to understand archetypal reality. Then it moved down into my mental levels completing my philosophy of life or personal paradigm if you will.

Then the activity began to take place in my emotional levels and continued working downward as it permanently activated my various astral bodies one by one and granted me the ability to permanently live in both worlds, the physical and the unseen astral worlds.

1993-95 were years of almost constant magickal battle as I was almost continuously attacked. I fought back the only way I knew how, by channeling the Source energies in my defense. I studied the kabbalah, and freemasonry. I was initiated into both the York Rite of Freemasonry and Crowley’s OTO. There were life conflicts and I became an over the road truck driver, unable to actively participate in either of these schools. While I was attacked, my connection to Source was my shelter, my armor and my weapon. My world could collapse around me, but I was never in real danger.

I continued to work with the healing energies of Organic Gnosticism and gradually left all these influences behind me. I dropped my life long membership in the Rosicrucian Order AMORC and the Traditional Martinist Order. I also became active in the pagan community as I continued working with the energies of earth and human sexuality. I was interested in these things because they involved the lower astral energies and those were the energies that were active inside me at the time.

But through all these years it was only astral activity and even though it brought the development of my soul and its powers through the permanent activation of my various astral bodies, nothing really manifested in the physical plane. Physical life continued to be a hardship and struggle against unrelenting forces.

The point of all this is that a process that began inside myself over thirty years ago has finally reached the point where no further downward astral activity is possible and physical manifestations are beginning to occur in my life. I am becoming physically empowered and it is pretty nice! Good things are happening and I’m really grateful and looking forward to the coming changes. I’ve been waiting for over thirty years for these things to happen and they finally are…

These past threads of my life are now snapping back together in empowering ways as I’ve reported in past posts. I am being empowered through my past connections as they once more come into alignment with my soul and with Source. I seem to be experiencing the Christmas miracle and my heart is filled with love and good-will for all life. These past areas of conflict have become magically supportive instead.

There has been an ongoing war for this world and I have been caught up in it for many years now. This war has already been won on the astral planes and is only now beginning to manifest physically. I’ve shared over and over again, strive for the goal and don’t fall into the trap of conflict. Conflict is only mutually destructive.

Between now and the winter solstice we will see who is who within our society and around the world. We will see which dreams collapse and which dreams embrace the incoming energies of the new year. We are currently experiencing The Event!

 

 

 

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