LAShTAL Get well soon, N.O.X. I look forward to your return. (01.11.14, 12:04) 0
Michael Staley Sorry to hear that, N.O.X (01.11.14, 00:58) 0
N.O.X Well, my fellow lashtalians, I just wanted to let you all know that I may be "out of commission" for a while. I'm in the hospital with a serious infection from a work related injury. Please, my Brothers and Sisters, send some healing energies my way! (31.10.14, 22:39) 0
LAShTAL Sad synchronicity with the passing of Barrington Coleby, the artist who created the inside illustration for Led Zeppelin's fourth album which was re-released this week. Titled 'The Hermit', and reminiscent of the Tarot card of the same name, the illustration captured the musical mood perfectly. (28.10.14, 22:44) 0
christibrany 'WHATS IN THE (BABBLEON)BOX?!?!?' ;'o (28.10.14, 22:35) 0
christibrany and then he noticed the thumbs up button :P (28.10.14, 22:34) 0
christibrany this made me laugh out loud :) ' LAShTAL No more Speech In The Silence for 6 months, apparently. (25.10.14, 21:16) Michael Staley Just Silence, then. (27.10.14, 10:58) ' i like you mick youre funny' (28.10.14, 22:34) 0
LAShTAL Just for clarity: that's the SITS podcast I'm referring to, not this site! (27.10.14, 11:00) 0
Michael Staley Just Silence, then. (27.10.14, 10:58) 2
LAShTAL No more Speech In The Silence for 6 months, apparently. (25.10.14, 21:16) 0
michaelclarke18 I like the slideshow....but sometimes it makes me feel sea sick! (20.10.14, 11:11) 1
Horemakhet The slideshow is awesome! (18.10.14, 15:42) 1
Markus Friedrich Nietzsche born 170 years ago today. (15.10.14, 19:11) 1
ZIN Very Nice! (15.10.14, 14:29) 1
AbulDiz excellent work sir! (15.10.14, 14:26) 1
LAShTAL I hope you all like the new slideshow at the top of this page. (15.10.14, 11:39) 1
christibrany happy birthday 'misssstah croooooowleeeey' (12.10.14, 22:15) 0
LAShTAL Happy Crowleymas to all visitors to this site! (12.10.14, 19:34) 0
michaelclarke18 not yet! (12.10.14, 09:51) 0
belmurru I woke up hoping to find Crowley as the Google Doodle. He has to have some partisans over there at Google HQ! (12.10.14, 09:50) 0
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Ridley Scott to produce miniseries on rocket scientist Jack Parsons

Written by LAShTAL. Posted in Thelema.

Source: Dan Ruderman at Boing Boing

Ridley Scott to produce miniseries on rocket scientist, occultist Jack Parsons

The colorful life of Jack Parsons as revealed in the biography Strange Angel by George Pendle will appear on AMC in miniseries form, according to a Deadline report. Ridley Scott and David Zucker will executive produce the series, which will be written by Mark Heyman (Skeleton Twins, Black Swan).

[...] While Parsons as the passionate outsider driving technological advancement is in itself a compelling story, the plot twists of his personal life make it truly fascinating. As was the case for many intellectuals in the 1930's Parsons frequented communist gatherings, though he never joined the Party. His quest for alternative viewpoints led him to attend a Gnostic Mass at Hollywood's Agape Lodge of the Ordo Templi Orientis, run by followers of Aleister Crowley.

[...] While a feature film would be far too short to convey the many complex and engaging details of Parsons's life, a miniseries makes a lot of sense. In the hands of Ridley Scott, I expect that this production will reach a very high bar.

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Kenneth Grant: Hecate's Fountain

Written by LAShTAL. Posted in Kenneth Grant.

Hecate's Fountain by Kenneth Grant was begun in the work of the New Isis Lodge as they created what the author describes as a 'tangential tantra', a profound disturbance which lies between dreaming and dreamless sleep in the realm of Night. Much of this material had a Lovecraftian weirdness and intensity... 

This will be an attractive, sewn hardbound book, octavo format, 318 pages, with a full-colour dust-jacket, and limited to 1500 copies.

Included is a twenty-page section of colour and half-tone plates, a new frontispiece, black and white custom printed endpapers, and line drawings throughout the text, as well as a Glossary, Bibliography and Index.

Further details about the content of the book, as well as how to order both the standard and the deluxe editions, can be found by visiting our website, or by following the direct link:

http://starfirepublishing.co.uk/Hecates_Fountain.htm

 

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Thelema Now! Guest: Peter Bebergal

Written by Frater Puck. Posted in Occult.

Thelema Now! Guest: Peter Bebergal

Thelema Now's faithful host Frater Puck talks with author Peter Bebergal about his book, Season of the Witch. Did the occult really save rock & roll? Did Elvis learn hip-shakin' in church? Did video kill the radio star?  It's all here! Check it out...

Direct download: Thelema_Now_Peter_Bebergal.mp3
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'AHA!' by Aleister Crowley: New Edition

Written by LAShTAL. Posted in Aleister Crowley.

AHA by Aleister Crowley, Israel Regardie, Frater Achad, J Daniel Gunther and James Wasserman

Aleister Crowley considered AHA! 'my greatest magical poem.'

This profoundly esoteric work highlights the two central experiences of the Path of the Wise - the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel and the Crossing of the Abyss. It also marks Crowley's final acceptance of the mysteries of The Book of the Law, and offers his overview of Initiation and the techniques by which Spiritual Enlightenment may be achieved.

This expanded edition features a new analysis by esoteric teacher and author, J Daniel Gunther, who provides Qabalistic insights into the poem's extraordinary depth. James Wasserman, a well known writer and student of Crowley, has expanded upon the myth of Marsyas and Olympas, while placing AHA! within the context of Crowley's overall life and teaching. Frater Achad, one of Crowley's most important early disciples, wrote an excellent but little-known commentary on AHA! that is included here. This volume also features an essay by Dr. Israel Regardie, a primary Crowley biographer and spokesman.

The poem ends with "Blessing and worship to the Beast, the prophet of the Lovely Star. Henceforth I must be no more an aspirant, no more an adept, no more aught that I could think of as myself. I was the chosen prophet of the Masters, the instrument fit to interpret their idea and work their will." —Aleister Crowley

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News from OTO International Headquarters

Written by LAShTAL. Posted in Thelema.

October 10, 2014 e.v.: INTERNATIONAL ELECTION

Know ye all by these presents that we the undersigned National Grand Masters General X° of Ordo Templi Orientis hereby certify that we did, on this day, Dies Venerii, Sol in Libra, Luna in Taurus, of the year V:0 of the New Aeon, Friday, October 10th 2014 e.v., duly gather, convene and hold an election in the Valley of Florence, Italy to fill the office of de jure O.H.O. in accordance with Section 3.07(D) of the International Bylaws of Ordo Templi Orientis.

We further certify that the unanimous result thereof was the election of Frater Hymeneaus Beta as Outer Head of the Order de jure (Frater Superior and Caput Ordinis O.T.O.), with all powers, authorities, duties, and responsibilities thereto appurtenant, including those of Sovereign Patriarch of Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica and Caliph.

"...for the crown hath twelve rays. And these twelve rays are one." (Liber DCCCXIII, I:12-13)

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LIBER-AL.COM Autumn 2014 Catalogue

Written by Hamal. Posted in Thelema.

I, Hamal, am pleased to announce the publication of our Autumn 2014 catalogue.

Featuring 320 titles over 34 pages, everything from early first editions to 21st century classics, limited and signed editions. Books in hardback, paperback, goat-skin and snake-skin!

As you would expect from Liber AL we have a fine selection of over 230 Aleister Crowley related works, including everything from books published during his lifetime to modern biographies and limited editions. This catalogue also features a variety of works related to The Golden Dawn and Rosicrucianism, Kenneth Grant, Austin Osman Spare and Witchcraft.

Featured items include The Dragon Book Of Essex Standard and Deluxe versions, an early edition of Eliphas Levi's History of Magic, the 1974 Magical and Philosophical Commentaries On The Book Of The Law by 93 Publishing, a 1923 subscribers only limited edition of The Grande Trouvaille: A Legend Of Pentonville signed by Arthur Machen, and two beautiful 1970's facsimile editions of The Equinox Of The Gods.

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I:MAGE at the Warburg Institute

Written by LAShTAL. Posted in Occult.

I:MAGE at the Warburg Institute
Host: Robert Ansell

Speakers: Marco Pasi, Susan L. Aberth, Gary Lachman, Amy Hale, Daniel Zamani and Pam Grossman

Saturday 25th October 2014

All day £60.00 (price includes day of lectures, limited edition catalogue, morning refreshments and evening drinks and canapés)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jS9S5K9BKZk&feature=youtu.be

Fulgur invites you to a full day of lectures on spirits and esoteric art at the prestigious Warburg Institute.

Speakers include Susan Aberth on Leonora Carrington, Marco Pasi on the early abstractions of Georgiana Houghton and Amy Hale on colour as invocation. Following the lectures at the Warburg is a private party at Treadwell's Bookshop (for ticket holders only). A special edition I:MAGE catalogue signed by the speakers, artists and organisers will be available to attendees only.

I have it on good authority that original artwork by Crowley, Spare and Grant will feature.

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Weiser Antiquarian Books Catalogue #126

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Wow! Just wow...

Weiser Antiquarian Books Catalogue # 126

Israel Regardie and the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.
Used and Rare Books. (Part II)

Welcome to this, the one-hundred-and-twenty-sixth of our on-line catalogues. This catalogue is the second of two devoted to the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, as well as various of its offshoots including the Independent and Rectified Order R.R. et A.C., the Fellowship of the Rosy Cross, and the Stella Matutina. The catalogue also includes a good selection of works by one of the most famous initiates of the Stella Matutina, Israel Regardie, whose experience within that Order led to the publication of his landmark compilation, The Golden Dawn, An Account of the Teachings, Rites, and Ceremonies of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, and was reflected in many of his own writings.

The majority of the books are from the library of a well-known English book-collector who is downsizing due to chronic lack of shelf (and floor) space. The collection includes many of the standard studies of the Golden Dawn, historical, theoretical and practical, by a variety of well-known authors including R. A. Gilbert, Ellic Howe, R. A. Torrens, Chic & Tabatha Cicero, Darcy Kuntz, Pat Zalewski, and others, as well as various works by members of the original Order. Aside from mostly being in pristine condition, the books are distinguished by the fact that many are signed or inscribed by their authors or editors.

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Kenneth Anger, Aleister Crowley, and Egyptology at the Petrie Museum

Written by LAShTAL. Posted in Kenneth Anger.

Lecture on Kenneth Anger, Aleister Crowley, and Egyptology at the Petrie Museum

Thursday 6 November 2014

In October 2013 Ethan Doyle White attended the UCL conference on Monstrous Antiquities: Archaeology and the Uncanny in Popular Culture, and presented a paper on the subject of Archaeology and Occultism in the Work of Kenneth Anger. In this he examined how the renowned American experimental film-maker utilised past societies in proselytizing for the occult religion of Thelema, founded in 1904 by the (in)famous British esotericist Aleister Crowley. In doing so, Anger made repeated use of archaeological material, particularly that associated with Ancient Egypt, and thus much of his ouevre represents a fascination avant-garde example of what has usually been termed 'Egyptomania'.

Ethan has been invited to give a lecture on this subject for the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology in Bloomsbury, Central London, as part of their Petrie Film Club Presents series.

Scheduled for Thursday 6 November at 6pm, Ethan will be introducing a screening of Anger's seminal film Lucifer Rising (1980), an exposition of Thelemite theology that was filmed at such archaeological sites as Luxor, Karnak, Avebury, and Externsteine.

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[...] when I say magical I don't mean illusions, I mean magic in the sense of Crowley magick. I have been meeting and having very informative exchanges with practising magicians in this country and in America. I treat the occult very seriously, in fact more and more seriously, and have found great insight into what I do from these people.

Clive Barker

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