christibrany alstublieft mijn heere :D (30.06.15, 15:57) 0
Markus Thank you very much, Chris! I look forward to visiting Schors, and some others! (29.06.15, 22:54) 0
christibrany this one looks the best antiquariaat schors. Reguliersgracht 52-54, 1017 LT Amsterdam, (29.06.15, 22:29) 0
christibrany it has been years since i lived in NL so im afraid i dont remember the names of the shops i visited in amsterdam but there are some great ones (29.06.15, 22:27) 0
christibrany i think some of these arent around but its a good list: (29.06.15, 22:26) 0
christibrany (29.06.15, 22:23) 0
Markus Cheers, Chris! I'll check it out. What about antiquarian bookshops? (29.06.15, 21:44) 0
christibrany Markus, Frontier Bookshop may have some occult books. They are new age and part of world explorers club: (29.06.15, 18:27) 0
Markus Anybody know any occult bookshops in Amsterdam, besides the Ritmann Library? (28.06.15, 22:33) 0
christibrany was quite an anglophile as a kid growing up in europe with english teachers but being american. and so i find monty python hilarious when they do this kind of thing :D (28.06.15, 05:31) 0
christibrany OK computer-rare thanks again for the recco; it is on my list of films to watch :) (25.06.15, 23:34) 0
christibrany oh right right. thats true. :) (20.06.15, 00:52) 0
OKontrair Not Poe; Bram Stoker I think. + it's a Ken Russell so expect naked nuns. (20.06.15, 00:37) 0
christibrany Thanks! just based on the title and the year it was made it sounds awesome. Unfortunately it's blocked in my country. But I will look for it now! is it based onthe Poe poem? I like that semi aliterration, poe poem. anothoer fave: Barker book ;) (20.06.15, 00:17) 0
OKontrair Chris might like this. It's a slow start but bear with it: (15.06.15, 18:29) 0
christibrany this is pretty sweet. (07.06.15, 21:08) 0
christibrany No sir, but I love the name! I will have to check it out (23.05.15, 17:40) 0
Jeffrey D. Evans chrisitbrany: 93. Because the date you posted the video (19 May) was the same date we posted our 2nd blog. Jorma Kaukonen's been my favorite guitarist since 1966, the year I discovered Crowley. Ever listen to Jorma's group Hot Tuna? 93! (22.05.15, 23:04) 0
christibrany Jeffrey, 93! Pray tell, why it was a psychic video for 20 May? 93s :) (22.05.15, 16:33) 0
Jeffrey D. Evans 93. Quite a psychic video to post on this day. I still consider Jorma Kaukonen the finest guitarist of the era. 93:93/93! (20.05.15, 05:44) 0
christibrany good night world. (20.05.15, 01:23) 2
christibrany lol I like the new banner Paul. I wonder if it will change people's posting habits. (19.05.15, 21:54) 0
christibrany :] (19.05.15, 21:53) 0
Markus The new intro picture is brilliant! Thanks Paul. (19.05.15, 21:50) 0
elitemachinery Elisa Lam Cecil Hotel Mystery (06.05.15, 13:54) 0
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Review: Liber L vel Bogus

Written by Mogg Morgan. Posted in Aleister Crowley.

My sincere thanks to the highly regarded Mogg Morgan (Mandrake of Oxford) for his insightful review of Richard T Cole's forthcoming book, reproduced here by kind permission...

Liber L. vel Bogus
The Real Confessions of Aleister Crowley
ISBN 9781900962 865

Richard T. Cole -- Edited by Sadie Sparkes -- Publication date 1st April 2014 -- Although as yet no price.

Given the publication date and the author's known propensity for the odd spoof a certain amount of caution is advised. I was lucky to receive a pre-publication review copy with an informative comps slip with a note: 'Mogg – One for the Thelemic Anorack Anoracks? It's an inverted Whodunnit with very best wishes yours RC.'

Not sure I quite qualify these days, odd thing is despite the publication date the book is still hard to come by, almost as if Richard is trying to create a buzz and boost sales but somehow I think the target audience is quite small – after all, if I was a beginner to magick, what would I make of the title, or why would I be interested in what is a product for anoraks, i.e. nerdy Crowley fans? The compliments slip summarizes the contents as 'To my mind, it appears almost certain that there was no "cross examination" of Rose, no Boulak visit, no Reception, No Aiwass, no Book of The Law, no lost manuscript and no Thelema. All were fantasies conjured from the mind of an obsessive psychopath, in furtherance of his grand delusion of "I Crowley, the Chosen One".'

Having read most of the book thus far, I think the above is still largely unproved. Or perhaps, I'd more agree with another commentator who says: 'Well, that's hardly a surprise! You never, seriously, believed Crowley's story than an angel flapped in on his honeymoon with a New World Religion T-shirt and "Chosen One" badge... Did you?' (Cole : 15) We are talking about the foundation narrative of a new religious movement called Thelema, whose holy book, Liber Al Vel Legis, was supposedly channelled to Aleister Crowley following a series of mysterious events in Cairo, Egypt, in 1904. Personally I always thought it pretty obvious that this foundation myth had been worked over by Crowley; to me the channelled text is clearly written in his style.

But there again, having studied a lot of religious inspired texts over the years, wouldn't it be naïve to expect anything different? I'd say it's the way all religious texts are generated, part inspiration, part perspiration. One of the key pieces of evidence RC points to as part of this post revelation working over is the typing paper used by Crowley, acting as amanuensis, to scribe the text. Cole contends that he has proof that this paper was not widely available in 1904. Given how much he reads into this fact, it's rather odd that the promised definitive proof, presumably a letter from the Wiggins Teape archive, is not reproduced in the present book! It is instead held over for a slated volume two! That is, as they say, a bit like someone knocking on the front door just as one is about to sit down for dinner, it just won't do (there is a ruder version of this metaphor). The proper place for that "evidence" is surely in this present volume?

Even if we accept some of this working over of the sacred text is highly likely, then it is not a killer fact. Examples that spring to mind? Well, perhaps the Pentateuch which is supposedly written by Moses, who dutifully recorded his own death in the final verses of Deuteronomy 34! Perhaps someone finished that bit off for him? Or Yeats and Georgie Hyde Lees who made a magnificent series of trance sessions as recorded in the volume 'A Vision'. But there is obviously some working over of the material, and notes of the first few communications were so unimpressive, they did not even bother to keep them.

Caroline Tully has written something on this that deserves to be better known. In an article in 'The Pomegranate' (2009 20-47) called 'Walk like an Egyptian: Egypt as Authority in Aleister Crowley's Reception of The Book of the Law' she also identifies the imperatives laid upon all western magical adepts to form a contact with 'The Secret Chiefs'. And in most cases this means travels to the land of eastern promise, either Egypt or India, and to receive a revelation. If this doesn't happen spontaneously, one has to make it happen. As Tully concludes: 'Crowley was less interested in Egyptian culture, aesthetics or religion than in the power he could extract from association with its venerable antiquity. His accurate assessment of the spiritual clout possessed by ancient Egypt in the eyes of his peers meant that regardless of the actual function and meaning of Egyptian material culture, the simple fact of its Egyptian nature provided him with spiritual credibility and prowess.' (Tully 2009 : 44)

I'd say Crowley is very much in that tradition, although Cole does a good job in exposing how Crowley's psychology was seriously flawed, motivated not so much by some mystical quest, as more by spite and a desire to hit back at his one-time mentors in The Hermetic Order of The Golden Dawn. His declaration of war on Mathers, the head of the London Order, does, with hindsight, look rather puerile.

Richard seems convinced that revealing the process of magical inspiration will for many be a deal breaker, especially when this is done for the Thelemic tradition; I'm not so convinced. I think it might actually lead to a more mature understanding of magick and gnosis. Forgive me, Richard, if you say that later in the book, which I suspect it is your point of view, but I'm not such an anorak that I could continue reading to the bitter end – too much detail for me. For those who like detailed textual analysis of Crowley's oeuvre, there is plenty here to keep you busy.


The Tarot Deck of Austin Osman Spare

Written by LAShTAL. Posted in Austin Osman Spare.

LOST ENVOY: The Tarot Deck of Austin Osman Spare
Eds. Jonathan Allen & Mark Pilkington

256 pages, hardback, 233mm x 174mm
Fully illustrated in colour.

In the Spring of 2013 a 78-card, hand-painted tarot deck created c.1906 by the mystic and artist Austin Osman Spare, was identified within the collections of The Magic Circle Museum in London.

Austin Spare's life-long interest in cartomancy is well documented, yet very few of his own fortune-telling cards were thought to have survived. This compelling new example of the artist's early work demonstrates his precocious involvement with the currents that shaped the British Occult Revival at the beginning of 20th century, and his interactions with some of the period's lesser-known protagonists.

Magic Circle Museum curator and artist Jonathan Allen immediately recognised that Spare's cards were not only art-historically significant, but also entirely unknown outside of The Magic Circle's collections, and set about tracing the deck's provenance, its place in the artist's oeuvre and within the wider histories of cartomancy.

Lost Envoy reproduces Austin Spare's tarot deck in its entirety for the first time, alongside new written and visual contributions from Jonathan Allen, Phil Baker, Helen Farley, Alan Moore, Kevin O'Neill, Sally O'Reilly and Gavin Semple.

Published by Strange Attractor Press in association with The Magic Circle, and supported by Arts Council England. Designed by Frazer Muggeridge Studios, London.


OTO Archival Acquisition: Collected Works

Written by LAShTAL. Posted in Aleister Crowley.

This from: the news page of the OTO International HQ website:

June 13, 2015 e.v.


Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

Ordo Templi Orientis is pleased to announce the acquisition of Aleister Crowley's personal copy of The Works of Aleister Crowley (also known as "The Collected Works") recently offered at auction by Christie's in New York.

The only known copy printed on vellum and bound in red crushed levant morocco, this three-volume set is inscribed in Crowley's handwriting as follows:

This unique copy is the sole and
inalienable property of
Aleister Crowley
and shall devolve as an
to his heirs.

Crowley's Last Will and Testament named Ordo Templi Orientis as the sole heir of his "books and writings and literary effects...for the absolute use and benefit of the said Order," so it is especially fitting that this important heirloom has finally found its way home after all of these years, in accordance with the wishes of its creator.


Weiser Antiquarian Books Catalogue # 140

Written by LAShTAL. Posted in Aleister Crowley.

'Wonderful things!'

Weiser Antiquarian Books Catalogue # 140

Aleister Crowley: Used and Rare Books and Ephemera.

Welcome to the one hundred-and-fortieth of our on-line catalogues, this being another of our specialised Aleister Crowley lists.

The catalogue is in three sections, the first of which comprises copies of the "book of the (Crowley-themed) movie" Chemical Wedding inscribed by co-author Julian Doyle. We thought we'd sold out of these at the time of the launch seven years ago, but recently discovered half-a-dozen copies tucked away in a corner, which we now offer on a first come, first served basis.

The second part of the catalogue is devoted to "Books and Ephemera by and About Aleister Crowley." Amongst the rare and fascinating ephemera, are an archive of correspondence relating mainly to Crowley publishing in the 1970s addressed to Crowley's literary executor and biographer John Symonds. The archive includes 12 Typed letters, signed, from Kenneth Grant to Symonds, and 22 letters, typed and handwritten, from Peter MacFarlane (of 93 Publishing / Next Step Publications / 418 Books) to Symonds, as well as a selection of other related material. Also listed are two of the rarest pieces of significant Crowley ephemera; the anonymously published broadsheet To Man, issued in Tunisia in 1924, and the Ordo Templi Orientis ... Manifesto, released in Switzerland in 1963 in which Hermann Metzger (Paragranus, 1919-1990) declared himself Outer Head of the Ordo Templi Orientis, as well as association copies of two unusual items issued by the O.T.O.'s Agape Lodge: a copy of One Star In Sight (1935) with the personal lamen seal with phallic design stamped in red on the title-page of Lodge Head and publisher Wilfred Talbot Smith, and the Hollywood edition of Thumbs Up! Five Poems by Aleister Crowley (1942), inscribed to Reea Leffingwell by Max Schneider (both were active members of Agape Lodge and Schneider, who lived in Hollywood, was almost certainly responsible for the publication of this edition of the booklet). Other ephemera includes two handwritten and signed letters from Aleister Crowley, both in their original envelopes, one of which has a heavy wax seal impressed with the the cartouche of Ankh-f-n-khonsu from Crowley's ring, two original handwritten Menu Cards on which Crowley had outlined meals he served to friends in 1939, and a typed "I.O.U." signed by Crowley and - rarer yet - a receipt acknowledging that he had paid the debt. There are numerous other pieces and collections of ephemera, simply to many to list in this short space.

Amongst the more unusual books are a first edition of The Sword of Song. Called by Christians The Book of the Beast (1904) a work described by Richard Kaczynski as "Crowley's first great talismanic book" and the book in which Crowley first made plain his identification with "666." There are also matching first editions of Little Essays Toward Truth (1938) and The Heart of the Master (1938), the latter with a presentation inscription from Gabriel Montenegro Vargas (Frater Zopiron, IX degree, O.T.O.), the last person to be initiated into Agape Lodge in California. Quite different - but truly rare - is a copy of Scarlet and Blue. A Hunting Novel (1912 / 1920), by Crowley's friend Charles Hewson (pseudonym of Ludovick Charles Richard Duncombe Jewell), which has some obvious fictionalised references to Boleskine, the O.T.O., tarot reading, etc. Boleskine is also the subject of the prototype of Views of Boleskine from Aleister Crowley's "Manifesto of the M.'. M.'. M.'." - a work which Helen Parsons Smith prepared for publication, but never issued as such. Other rarities are scattered throughout the catalogue.

The third and final section of the catalogue comprises issues of The Occult Review" each of which contains either a letter, essay, or other piece by Crowley, or reviews of and / or advertisements for his publications. Perhaps needless to say some of the issues of this well known journal also contain contributions by other significant figures, including Dion Fortune, J. F. C. Fuller, A. E. Waite, et al.



Written by LAShTAL. Posted in Austin Osman Spare.



Limited Edition 300 copies


A Book plus CD release: the 38 pages book comes with introductory essay by Vittore Baroni, and reproduction of the work of A.O.S. from Focus of Life, authorized by the literary executor Steffi Grant, plus Italian translation.

From the intro by Vittore Baroni:

'Over the years, Migliussi has made admirable efforts to promote the peculiar work of this artist-writer-magician-philosopher through reviews, essays and excellent authorized translations. Now Roberto has decided to confront A.O.S. in an innovative way, through recordings taken from The Focus of Life: in order to return from the printed page back to the corporeal, the esoteric/oneiric text must in fact be activated - as with any magic spell - by means of declamation.

'The word comes to life also thanks to the musical magick of deviLs Granziera, a veteran of the electronic experimental scene well experienced in this kind of material and who therefore knew how to support the reading, accompanying it with breezy melodic lines and inner ritualistic rhythmic patterns.

'Just as with the psycho-geographical sermons of Alan Moore, it is necessary here to seal the union of text and sound by means of arrangements which allow the words to reveal themselves without distortions, in a tradition of "spoken word" collaborations ranging from Timothy Leary/Ash Ra Tempel to Hakim Bey/Bill Laswell...'

LUNUS is a nom de plume used by Devis Granziera, Italian industrial/noise underground musician who started his activities in the early 1990s.

He is more known for his notoriuous Italian act TEATRO SATANICO.

MILUSIC aka Roberto Milusic Migliussi, was the founder of the influential fanzine/magazine IDOLA TRIBUS in Italy during the mid '80's. He has spread in the same land the knowledge of Austin Osman Spare translating and publishing privately the most important works of him. He has translated also works by Kenneth Grant, Zivorad Mihajlovic Slavinski, and many others. He is involved in the process of music, drawing and magick.

The music can be described as a mix between the some doped Coil sounds and the magik of certain Current 93 songs...

Orders can be placed here: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Collected Works for sale at Auction

Written by the_real_simon_iff. Posted in Aleister Crowley.

A truly wonderful (even if overpriced) edition of Crowley's Collected Works is being sold at Christie's on June 12 in New York:

SALE 3750 Lot 72 

CROWLEY, Aleister (1875-1947). The Works. Foyers: Ballantyne, Hanson and Co for the Society for the Propagation of Religious Truth, 1905-07.


  • $20,000 – $30,000

Sale Information



LEILA WADDELL recognised at Bathurst 200 Celebration

Written by LAShTAL. Posted in Aleister Crowley.

The art guild of Ordo Templi Orientis, Collective 777, recognised one of the 20th century's most important occultists at the Bathurst bicentenary celebrations over the weekend. In a joint project with OTO New Zealand and the Grand Lodge of Australia, the guild installed a life-size figure in the town centre of local violinist, LEILA WADDELL. The figure is one of 200 in the "People in Time" project celebrating the contributions of Bathurst people from all walks of life over the past 200 years.

Born 1880, Leila was a darling of the Bathurst and then, Sydney classical music scenes from an early age. She knew success internationally touring throughout Europe and the Americas as well as New Zealand and Australia and become known locally as "the girl who fiddled her way around the world." While she referred to herself as a "versatile" player, music critic and then Dean of Music at Sydney University, Gerald Marr Thompson recalled, "Besides possessing an excellent technique, Miss Waddell's style as a violinist was particularly marked by charm and refinement."

A student of violin greats Leopold Auer and Emile Sauret, Leila Waddell played on an Amati gifted to her by Sauret "in burst of warm admiration" after learning his Etudes off heart. She also owned what she considered to be "the best Guadagnini in the world."

Early in her travels to London, Waddell met and fell in love with English occultist, ceremonial magician, and poet, Aleister Crowley. She joined the fraternity Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O), one of the most important and influential fraternal orders of the modern age and went on to become a significant figure in that organisation. She is credited with co-authorship of magical tome, Book 4, along with Crowley and she is likely to have been the first Priestess in a Gnostic Mass – a sacramental rite celebrated that honours the feminine in an ecclesiastic context.

One reader of The Bathurst Times wrote to the editor at the time:

"It is good for Bathurst that her children should accomplish big things in the outer and bigger world, and it is good for ourselves that we should be delighted with our children's successes. Bathurst is proud of her daughter, Leila Waddell, and as loyal members of the family of Bathurst born, and those who make our city their homes, we welcome back to her native land one of whom the whole family is, pardonably, very proud."

The Peoplescape exhibition will run until 18 May and may be found at Kings Parade, Russell Street, Bathurst.

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