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In August we take a moment to celebrate the publishing of the fourth book in the Spiritist Codification, Heaven and Hell. Released in 1865, the book is organized into two parts: the first focuses on a brief explanation of the Spiritist body of knowledge for those who may not have read the three previous books, and the second shares spirit communications with first-hand accounts of how spirits find themselves in the afterlife according to their actions while on Earth. It is a great read that demystifies the traditional ideas of Heaven and Hell and brings reincarnation as a powerful concept to explain divine justice and spiritual progress. Why not give it a read this month?

Here's what else is in this edition of The Spiritist Radar:
  • Featured Resources: Movies! Have you seen "Kardec" or "Astral City"?
  • Quick News: Spiritist Conversations tackles Jesus' leadership style, and Kardec Radio brings us its first audio novel, And Life Goes On.
  • Events: A suicide prevention campaign kicks into high gear in the UK in September, while in the US Spiritists are getting ready for the Symposium about mental health.
  • The Spiritist Time Machine: Your tidbits of spiritual history for August.
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Kardec, The Movie

"Kardec" is a biographical drama film released in 2019. Directed by Wagner de Assis, the movie portrays the life of Hippolyte Léon Denizard Rivail, the 19th-century French educator and author who is known for codifying Spiritism. The film takes viewers through Rivail's journey from being a skeptic, studying phenomena such as mediums and spirit communications, to becoming "Allan Kardec."
This feature film also explores how Kardec developed the foundations of Spiritism. Set in mid-19th century Paris, a time of significant societal upheaval and scientific discovery, it is not only about his own transformation but also about the larger societal and scientific context in which Spiritism arose. "Kardec" has received great reviews, with many viewers wishing the film were longer!

Visit JustWatch to find out how you can watch Kardec in your country.

Want to get behind the scenes? Listen to Spiritist Conversations #24 where Dan Assisi and Flavio Zanetti host Jussara Korngold and Director Wagner de Assis to talk about the film. (You can also watch the conversation here.)

Astral City: A Spiritual Journey

While at it, why not watch Astral City: A Spiritual Journey? This 2010 adaptation of the Spiritist best-seller "Nosso Lar" is the first-person narrative of the spirit André Luiz's journey into the afterlife. Originally published in 1944 through the mediumship of FC Xavier, the book Nosso Lar revolutionized spiritual awareness as it shed light on what life after life can be like to a level not seen before.
The cover of Astral City: A Spiritual Journey
Astral City was also directed by Wagner de Assis, who is wrapping up the shooting of "Nosso Lar 2: Os Mensageiros" -- the second installment of André Luiz's Life in the Spiritual World book series -- which is expected to be released in 2023.

Visit JustWatch to learn how to watch Astral City: A Spiritual Journey in your country.


SC38. Jesus, Leader
A new episode of Spiritist Conversations on the leadership style of Jesus and what we can learn from it is out! This one features international leadership coach Sharon Seivert as a guest.
Don't miss #39, "What is Umbral?" with guest Mackenzie Melo coming on 8/18.
Listen to And Life Goes On
Kardec Radio has released its first Spiritst audio novel: And Life Goes On, by André Luiz through the mediumship of FC Xavier. Now you can choose between listening to the 7 part or reading the book!


Yellow September: UK Event with Tatto Savi
Join our friends from The British Union for Spiritist Societies (BUSS) and Francis of Assisi Spiritist Society on September 2 to welcome Tatto Savi to celebrate life in this year's campaign for suicide prevention.
September 2, 2023
London, UK
Register today
Spiritual Path to Mental Balance
Spiritists from across the US will make their way to Portland on September 30 to talk about mental health. Will you be there?

September 30, 2023
Portland, Oregon (USA)
Registration is now open.


Tidbits of #SpiritualHistory for August

  • August 1, 1865: Heaven and Hell, the fourth book of the Spiritist Codification is published by Allan Kardec in Paris, France.
  • August 3, 1889: Emma Hardinge Britten, an English writer, orator and medium, passes away in New York. She was an advocate for the early Modern Spiritualist Movement.
  • August 7, 1941: Rabindranath Tagore, Indian spiritualist philosopher and poet, discarnates. Tagore was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913.
  • August 11, 1826: Famous American medium Andrew Jackson Davis is born in New York.
  • August 16, 1886: Dr. Bezerra de Menezes, a famous Brazilian Spiritist and Spirit author, becomes a Spiritist. Bezerra, as he is better known, would play an outsized role in the dissemination of Spiritism in Brazil.
  • August 18, 1927: Cosme Mariño, a famous exponent of Spiritist in Argentina, discarnates in Buenos Aires on August 18, 1927.
  • August 20, 1873: Aléxis Carrel, French thinker and psychic investigator, is born in Sainte-Foy-lès-Lyon, France.
  • August 20, 1971: Famous Brazilian writer Amélia Rodrigues discarnates in Salvador, Bahia. Rodrigues would later dictate beautiful books about the Gospel of Christ via the mediumship of Divaldo Franco.
  • August 22, 1940: Sir Oliver Joseph Lodge, FRS discarnates in Wiltshire, England. Sir Oliver was a British physicist and writer involved in the development of, and holder of key patents for, radio, and an avid supporter of Spiritualism.
  • August 31, 1926: The Portuguese Spiritist Federation (Federação Espírita Portuguesa - FEP) is founded in Lisbon #OnThisDay in 1926. #Spiritism #SpiritualHistory
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