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Tarot and Liber 231 - Bob Stein

Written by LAShTAL. Posted in Thelema.

Treadwells, London:

Wednesday 13 May 2015
Tarot & Liber 231
Bob Stein

Tonight a longstanding magical practitioner of Thelemic magic examines one of Thelema's important texts, Liber 231, in connection with the tarot. Tonight is one for the practising Thelema folk and people grounded in kabbalistic tarot, for whom this evening will offer new insights and perspectives. Bob Stein has been a member of O.T.O. since 1983 and has been involved with the organisation since then in a range of capacities.

Price: £7 Ring 0207 419 8507 or book online
Time: 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start.


Thelema NOW! Guest: Steve Vinson

Written by LAShTAL. Posted in Aleister Crowley.

Professor Steve Vinson discusses the odd friendship between gruff but loveable Aleister Crowley and Egyptologist Battiscombe Gunn.

Ancient Egypt was one area in which modern scholarship and esotericism overlapped, and even converged. It is not often remembered today that in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, a number of mainstream scholars of antiquity were interested in esoteric or occult subjects. One very interesting case is that of Battiscombe Gunn (1883-1950), still remembered as one of the most insightful Egyptologists of his generation.

What is less well known is that Gunn was associated, apparently in more than a casual way, with Aleister Crowley. Find out more...


Portrait of Lois Sturt Sold at Auction

Written by LAShTAL. Posted in Aleister Crowley.

From today's The Telegraph:

The big surprise last week was at Dreweatts in Berkshire, where a bidding war broke out over the portrait of an attractive, unidentified young woman by the society painter Ambrose McEvoy, who died in 1927. Although mentioned by art historians in the same breath as his fellow Slade School of Art students Augustus John and William Orpen, McEvoy has never exactly set the salerooms alight, and this portrait carried a tame £700 estimate. But such was its allure that it soared over the estimate, more than doubling the artist's previous auction record to sell for £41,216.

[...] The sitter was the aristocratic British silent movie star Lois Sturt, a "wild child", according to her biographer, William Cross, and "the brightest of the bright young things" who, born in 1900, burned herself out and died at the age of 37.

[...] In 1920, when the Dreweatts portrait was painted, Lois was debutante of the year. Described by Barbara Cartland as "fiery, impetuous and with dark, flashing eyes", and by the artist Wyndham Lewis as "the most beautiful debutante of her day", she became a fixture on the London party circuit: she was a "flapper" who drove an open-topped car about town, breaking speed limits, and was seen at all the most fashionable night spots. [...] In the early Twenties, Sturt starred as Nell Gwynn in the silent film The Glorious Adventure, and learnt to fly an aeroplane... She married the Hon Evan Morgan, the homosexual son of Viscount Tredegar, who threw wild parties at his home, Tredegar House in South Wales, and consorted with the sinister occultist, Aleister Crowley, known as "the Beast", or "the wickedest man in the world".

The couple never consummated their marriage, and agreed not to interfere with each others' affairs. After they separated, Lois went to Belgrade, where she died of a heart attack brought on, it is thought, by the overuse of alcohol and slimming pills.


Kenneth Grant Short Story From Three Hands Press

Written by LAShTAL. Posted in Kenneth Grant.

THREE HANDS PRESS is proud to announce Penumbrae, a collection of thirteen works of Occult Fiction.

The locus of this anthology lies in tales that embody a metaphysical position, as opposed to fiction that merely employs metaphysical trappings to enforce a materialist worldview. Occult fiction, by contrast, strives to evoke the energies that inform such symbols, and create a vital experience for the reader. Far beyond mere description, this is work that proves its value through its capacity to seduce, captivate, and incept states of magical consciousness. Like the practice of magic itself, the finest works of occult fiction will be distinguished by their power to evoke an embodied experience, and to tangibly compel shifts in consciousness while arousing the uncommon. It intoxicates the rite of reading as much as it permeates the spaces between readings.

Marriage between the objective and the imaginative often results in an enrichment of existence. All spiritual traditions stand upon a foundation of both worldly Act and transcendent Idea. Idea becomes Image, Image becomes Symbol, Symbol becomes Portal. Through the Act of passing through it, one is thereby transformed. It thus stands to reason that the annals of occultism are lush with fable, poetry, mythology, and tales. A delicate but highly potent quality of this work is the creation of a spirit-trap wherein the words and images themselves act as hosts to the experience itself. Under auspicious conditions, a reader may encounter a tale that hews so closely with their own interior universe that a Key is thereby given.

Penumbrae features tales from the following authors:

Kenneth Grant
Richard Gavin
Andrew D. Chumbley
Daniel A. Schulke
Sun Yung Shin
Hanns Heinz Ewers
Lee Morgan
Caitlín R. Kiernan
Don Webb
Patricia Cram
Michael Cisco
Dale Pendell
Brian Evenson


Weiser Antiquarian Catalogue 134: Aleister Crowley

Written by LAShTAL. Posted in Aleister Crowley.

Anyone fancy a signed, first edition Scented Garden, or a numbered first edition White Stains? Simply the most extraordinary catalogue of Aleister Crowley books and ephemera I've seen in many years. My congratulations to Weiser Antiquarian...

The catalogue offers an extremely broad selection of material, ranging from paperbacks and comics (with Crowley related material), to two of the rarest Crowley first editions: his famously pornographic White Stains (ca. 1898) and The Scented Garden of Abdullah the Satirist of Shiraz [The Bagh-i-Muattar] (1910). Also of great rarity is the small eight-page California-published booklet The Oriflamme, Vol. I, No. I (1943) which was edited and included contributions by Jack Parsons, and would appear to be the only magical work published by Parsons during his lifetime. Amongst an interesting selection of other ephemera are two autograph letters, signed, from Aleister Crowley to Frieda Lady Harris, one of which is largely devoted to the Thoth Tarot, on which they were then both working, but which also includes a request that she provide him with a drawing for a magickal work aimed at putting "and end to the war." There are also three autograph letters, signed, from Harris to Crowley, all of which attest to their close, if sometimes tempestuous relationship. A lovely copy of the handsomely produced Order of Service for Crowley's funeral Aleister Crowley. October 18th. 1875 - December 1st, 1947. The Last Ritual, with Frieda Harris designs for the frontispiece, front cover, and back cover (the latter of which reproduces the design on her letter head) provides a fitting symbol for their parting.

Scattered throughout the catalogue are also a number of rarities relating to Marcelo Motta and his Society Ordo Templi Orientis [ S.O.T.O.]. These include spiral-bound photocopies of the 1984 Maine Court Trial and the 1985 California Court Trial which resulted in the defeat of the S.O.T.O. and the formal recognition of the O.T.O. as the legal heirs of the original O.T.O. in the USA. The California trial papers are particularly interesting, as they were obviously made from Motta's own set, and reproduce a number of his annotations. Also from the library of a former senior of the S.O.T.O. are a number of spiral bound copies of sets of documents from the Yorke collection. These include a copy of an early typescript of "The Amalantrah Working," a copy of the page-proofs of "Golden Twigs," copies of a series of letters and postcards from Leah Hirsig to Aleister Crowley and others, and copies of a series of letters and postcards from Norman Mudd to Aleister Crowley, Dorothy Olsen, Jane Wolfe and others. Far more elegant is one of the deluxe volumes of The Equinox. Vol. V, No. 2 (1979) limited to 200 specially bound signed copies, this copy signed twice by Marcelo Motta - once as '666' and once with his normal signature. Various other ephemeral items relating to the S.O.T.O., including a printed card announcing the death of Marcelo Motta, along with a later circular letter with some details of his death, are also listed.


Betty May - The Musical (London)

Written by LAShTAL. Posted in Aleister Crowley.


Betty May - The Musical
Fundraising and "Thank You" Show

Thursday 5th March 2015
Covent Garden

The Atlantis Bookshop is delighted to be able to offer you an opportunity to support the development of Betty May - The Musical and to gain access to an exclusive 'Thank You' show which will feature many of the musical creations that will appear in the final, full-blown extravaganza. Some of you may remember at Crowleymass last year we celebrated with Celine Hispiche who has been working tirelessly to bring this project to fruition. This Fundraising effort is part of our broader commitment to assist with this project.

As far as the fundraising is concerned, we are collecting donations of £29 (by way of explaining this rather odd figure, Betty May's Tiger Woman: My Story was originally published by Duckworth in 1929). As a thank you for supporting this cause, for each donation of £29 we will add you to the guest list of an exclusive "Thank You" show being held in a month's time in Covent Garden, London.

This is not a ticketed event, tickets cannot be purchased on the door and access to the venue and the exclusive show is only available as a Thank You to kind donors who have contributed to the Fundraising we are organising here at The Atlantis Bookshop. Guests on the night can expect a real treat.

To make your donation, and to get your name on the guest list for this exclusive "Thank you" event, please contact Bali at The Atlantis Bookshop either by phone (020 7405 2120) or just reply to this email.

By way of background, Betty May - The Musical is in the pre-production stage which means that the organisers are ready to workshop the script and 18 original songs with a Director, Actors and Musical arrangements to get to an Industry Showcase enabling the full production and a regional Tour. The donations from you will help towards making this a reality.

Betty May (Golding) was born an impoverished girl in Limehouse, but earned farthings, ha'pennies and pennies by singing for sailors and dockers in the Tidal Basin part of London's historic Docklands - she now needs your help to get onto the West End Stage!

Thank you in advance for all of your help,
Best wishes
Bali & Geraldine


Jimmy Page: Sound Tracks

Written by LAShTAL. Posted in Thelema.

Just announced on the official Jimmy Page website:

Introducing Sound Tracks by Jimmy Page: a special edition box set bringing together JP's extraordinary compositions for the films Lucifer Rising and Death Wish II along with additional archive material for the first time.

The quadruple box set is available to pre-order now and new discs Lucifer Rising: The Second Coming and Death Wish II: Expansion include rare, never-before-heard tracks.

Speaking about the release, Jimmy explains; "The archive material and work included here serve as an illustration of the ongoing process at the time of these two projects."

Recorded at Jimmy's home studio in Plumpton and The Sol studio in Cookham in the late seventies and early eighties, Sound Tracks features an all-new booklet containing a written track-by-track insight by Jimmy Page for the archive material amidst a stunning collection of original artwork across 36 pages. The quadruple gatefold CD case and booklet is housed inside a soft-touch matt black slipcase.

Pre-order your copy now - Sound Tracks will be released on Friday, March 06 2015.


The Catalpa Monographs by Dr William Wallace

Written by istaban. Posted in Austin Osman Spare.

A Critical Survey of the Art and Writings of Austin Osman Spare

Featuring 50 unpublished artworks by Spare, the reader is now furnished with the solutions to several iconographical enigmas; there is an in-depth examination the Mrs Paterson myth, ‘Black Eagle’, and the first convincing decoding of  the ‘L.C.O’C.S’ dedication of The Focus of Life.

Comprising a revised and much expanded republication of the long out of print books ‘The Early…’ and ‘The Late works of Austin Osman Spare’, it also includes 20 very early ink drawings from a recently discovered private collection. An extensive new introduction analyzes the themes and obsessions in Spare’s art, including palimpsests and Realism.

This vital new addition to Sparean scholarship confirms he remains at the top of his game. The Foreword is provided by Michael Staley; the Afterword by Stephen Pochin


Frater Puck discusses William S Burroughs, possession, synchronicities and chaos magick

Written by Frater Puck. Posted in Occult.

From Philip Weaver at 

Thelema Now! host Frater Puck discusses William S. Burroughs, possession, synchronicities and chaos magick in a new documentary short from Imperium Pictures.

Imperium Pictures is currently completing The Gent (a feature starring Genesis P-Orridge, Alex Grey, Howard Zinn et al) and a short on solid rocket fuel developer/occultist Jack Parsons in which British director Ken Russell portrays Aleister Crowley.


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christibrany apparently that didnt work. i meant this (27.03.15, 02:44) 0
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ptoner Sorry for posting... Wish i had the cash but dont. Someone selling these off very cheap. (25.03.15, 14:02) 0
ptoner Aleister Crowley - The Equinox vol.1 no.1-10 £200 UK Gumtree.... Great Value.... (25.03.15, 14:02) 0
christibrany if its one thing that cheers me up and makes me laugh a lot no matter what its monty pythons flying circus. especially this ep. 3x4 :) (23.03.15, 01:44) 0
OKontrair Least insightful Crowley book cover design: (19.03.15, 12:33) 1
Markus In fact he's been rather busy lately: First Spock, then Terry Pratchett and now Daevid Allen. (13.03.15, 18:22) 1
lashtal ‘Death isn’t cruel, merely terribly, terribly good at his job.’ – Sourcery (12.03.15, 22:21) 1
Markus Rest in peace, Sir Terry Pratchett. (12.03.15, 17:20) 1
lashtal Artwork from the booklet accompanying Jimmy Page's new release of 'Sound Tracks' (including 'Lucifer Rising') features hieroglyphic text from the Stele of Revealing. (06.03.15, 20:25) 0
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ptoner Think that is enough spamming by me today. (24.02.15, 11:30) 0
christibrany outside of his infedelities when he was in zeppelin i quite like the guy. i just felt like being snarky . we could have much worse ambassadors of 93 in the world. (22.02.15, 19:51) 1
Markus That's right. He said it in a way suggesting fairly thorough knowledge of Lib. CCXX. I. e. Thelema is not his hobby but rather, his personal belief. (21.02.15, 17:18) 1
lashtal JP: 'Restriction is the word of sin.' (21.02.15, 14:29) 0
christibrany "oh you know, i always just think basically like, do what thou wilt, shall be the whole of the law. dont you think? and when you really think about the political scene these days its like, the slaves shall serve. imean, right?' :P (20.02.15, 02:34) 0
Markus Jimmy Page chatting about Phys. Graff. on Yahoo live stream right now. He's already quoted from Lib. CCXX, though nobody in the audience seemed to notice! (19.02.15, 20:33) 2
Ariock Every time I remember the password to this site, I can't find the Box. Change is scary. (18.02.15, 04:22) 1
christibrany He was really on fire. (17.02.15, 23:47) 0
Markus In memoriam: Giordano Bruno executed 415 years ago today. (17.02.15, 20:49) 0
christibrany the cast down mosaic (08.02.15, 02:17) 0
lashtal Today would have been William S Burroughs' 101st birthday. (05.02.15, 21:06) 0
lashtal Happy Birthday to Derek Jarman. Sadly missed. (01.02.15, 13:03) 1
christibrany i find her so sexy . 'Can love be a sin?' (31.01.15, 05:03) 0
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It was part of my policy with regard to physical training to make the whole journey by sea. I fed up and lounged about and told stories till the twenty-third, when I arrived in Cairo. The city is abandoned by tourists by this time of the year on account of some superstition about the climate; but to me Cairo at the end of May was more pleasant that I had ever known it. I joined the P & O on the thirty-first. It was certainly hot in the Red Sea, but I remember with intense pleasure of wonder a single incident. Most of the passengers, including myself, slept on deck. I was awakened one morning before dawn by a dazzling ray of blue, as if a searchlight had been suddenly turned on me. The planet Jupiter had risen. Curiously enough an exactly parallel incident had taken place when I passed through the Red Sea from Chogo Ri, but on that occasion it was a crimson glare and the planet was Mars.

Aleister Crowley
May 23, 1905
Egypt - Cairo



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