J Daniel Gunther & Dr Gregory Brown Lectures

Written by LAShTAL. Posted in Thelema.

Star Sapphire Lodge, Golden Lotus Lodge, and Ararita Encampment will be hosting J Daniel Gunther and Dr Gregory Brown in California on September 5 and 6.

The topics to be addressed are as follows:

Saturday (Note: Saturday’s Lectures will be taking place at the Center for Inquiry)

12 PM: "New Aeonic Doctrines in Light of Jungian Psychology" (J D Gunther)

The first lecture, in parallel with Dr Brown’s lecture, will examine the parallels in Jungian psychology with the Thelemic system of Magick and Mysticism. Clear definitions of Jungian terms will be included for those unfamiliar with them, illustrated by Power Point slides throughout. Special attention will be given to the concepts of the Personal Unconscious, Collective Unconscious and the Archetypes. The progression of the Aeons will be explained in light of the discoveries made by Jungian analyst Erich Neumann.

3 PM: The Union of Opposites: Campbell, Jung & Crowley and the Inner Initiatory Path” (G Brown)

Joseph Campbell, Carl Jung and Aleister Crowley provided the Western World with a unique glimpse into the wonder of the transformative psycho-spiritual growth provided through the process of unifying internal opposites. Campbell elucidated the mono-myth as the outer journey of the hero or initiate present throughout world cultures. Jung cataloged the same journey from the vantage point of the psychiatrist describing an inner task of sequential alchemical marriages of opposites within the psyche, each bringing the individual a step closer to wholeness. This model of growth is well exemplified by the diagram of the caduceus. Crowley practiced mysticism and inner alchemy from the context of the Western Mystery Traditions after traveling the world to study with various masters, and demonstrated this in the form of initiation and ritual, externally in dramatic presentation which was to be integrated in the psyche of the initiate. We will explore the understanding and experience of the integration of opposites following the guidance of these three great thinkers.

Sunday (Note: Sunday’s lecture will be taking place at Star Sapphire Lodge)

2 PM "Parables of Thelema" (J D Gunther)

Crowley described Liber LXV, "The Book of the Heart Girt with a Serpent", as “an account of the relations of the aspirant and his Holy Guardian Angel.” Gunther discusses certain symbols and parables that occur throughout the book, including: (1) The Parable of the New Birth (the parable of Persephone), (2) The Parable of The Pale Image (the parable of the boat of shining steel), and (3) The Parable of the Hummingbird.


Liber L vel Bogus: Now Available

Written by Carrot_Childe. Posted in Aleister Crowley.



Love it or Loathe it. 
If you have even one toe-tip dipped in planet-Crowley. You MUST READ this book

"The issues aired in this publication are of immense significance to all with an interest in Edward Alexander Crowley, be this Magickal, mundane or monetary. If correct, they fall into the category of proper 'shit hits the fan' stuff! 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.'"

Austin Osman Spare - Man Is A Bundle Of Ids

Written by Von Zos. Posted in Austin Osman Spare.

Man Is A Bundle Of Ids by Austin Osman Spare (1955)

Giclée, 23 x 18 inches, Edition of 100

Available July 2nd at 3pm EST/8pm GMT from  

First exhibited at the Archer Gallery show in 1955, Man Is A Bundle Of Ids was acquired by Kenneth and Steffi Grant shortly after and has been in their possession ever since. The image formed part of a twelve-picture series that Spare called Contexture of Being.

Perhaps no other work from Spare’s late period better captures his gift for composition and draughtsmanship nor contains so many of his key artistic styles and methods, all in the one image. The work so enchanted Kenneth Grant that he later wove it into his own writing, with the picture forming a  bridge of sorts between The Ninth Arch and Against The Light.

The image has been reproduced to the highest standard using archival-inks and color-matches the original.



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.

Quote of the Moment

I can imagine myself on my death-bed, spent utterly with lust to touch the next world, like a boy asking for his first kiss from a woman.

Aleister Crowley



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