Aleister Crowley


OTO Publishing News

Written by LAShTAL. Posted in Aleister Crowley.

The OTO's Hymenaeus Beta has published a detailed account of the OTO's Crowley publishing plans...

We have, as many of you know, issued two large paperback collections of Crowley's fiction, The Drug and Other Stories, and The Simon Iff Stories and Other Works (Wordsworth Editions, UK). These were done for a nominal royalty fee in order to sound out the depth of the market for Crowley in paperback at a low price-point, and they seemed like good titles for introducing Crowley to a wider audience. The endnotes were a lot of work, and give a preview of some of the new research done for Crowley's unabridged Confessions. If you haven't ordered, do—they're very reasonable (Simon Iff is currently (April 2013) $4.50 and The Drug is $7.19 with free shipping worldwide from And very readable, too. They are not at all what you might find floating on the internet—these have been carefully proofed and corrected, and draw on all available archival sources.

I have only just emerged from a very deep editorial rabbit-hole that lasted much of the last year, and am pleased to report that all of Crowley's surviving diaries are now in page proofs—totalling over 6,000 pages as things now stand. This was a necessary exercise in order to develop a consistent editorial standard across the entire series, as we're about to publish the first new volume of diaries to appear in some fifteen years.

As many of you know, the second volume of his Collected Diaries appeared in 1998 as The Vision and the Voice with Commentary and Other Papers (Equinox IV(2))—we are developing a slightly revised reprint of this. We are in the final stages (indexing—or rather, reindexing!) what will be the third volume in the series (chronologically), The American Diaries (Equinox IV(3)). This will be followed by the first volume, The Early Diaries (Equinox IV(4)), which is in second page proofs. We are optimistic that The American Diaries will go to press around mid-summer.

We have also developed a new edition of The Holy Books of Thelema (Equinox III(9))—currently in final proofs except for the appendices (the joys of typesetting Egyptian hieroglyphs are new to us here). This is a high priority for reissue.

We also have a new edition of The Diary of a Drug-Fiend that includes Crowley's corrections and final additions, with his notes and a good editorial apparatus, needing only the introduction completed. We have newly-mastered versions of several out of print "backlist" titles—Liber Aleph, Eight Lectures on Yoga, The Law is for All, The Revival of Magick and Little Essays Toward Truth, that are nearly ready to be sent to press. Some of these may be released via print on demand and ebook at a price point that will be affordable to students.


Crowley-Harris Thoth at the Venice Biennale

Written by LAShTAL. Posted in Aleister Crowley.

An announcement from OTO dated 10 April 2013:


The 55th International Art Exhibition, or Venice Biennale, titled Il Palazzo Enciclopedico (The Encyclopedic Palace), is curated by Massimiliano Gioni and was organized by la Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta. It opens to the public on June 1 and runs through November 24.

O.T.O. International Headquarters and the Warburg Institute arranged for the inclusion of nine of the Aleister Crowley and Frieda Harris Thoth Tarot paintings. We have held back releasing news of their inclusion until the general press releases from the Biennale went out, which happened in mid-March.

A few Thoth paintings have been shown before. Leaving aside Harris' own shows in the 1940s, the first was the inclusion of "Atu XX, The Aeon" in the O.T.O.-curated October Gallery Crowley art show of 1997, which had a brief run. The second was the inclusion of four trumps (Atu II - The High Priestess, Atu IX - The Hermit, Atu XVIII - The Moon and Atu XIX - The Aeon) in the 2008 Traces du Sacré show at the Centre Pompidou, which ran for just over 3 months.

The Biennale is the first time so many Thoth paintings will be on public display for such a length of time—about 5 months. Attendance at the last Biennale approached 400,000, so this will introduce the Thoth Tarot to a large, new and sophisticated audience.


Weiser Antiquarian Books Catalogue 108

Written by LAShTAL. Posted in Aleister Crowley.

Aleister Crowley, Friends, and Followers
Used and Rare Books and Ephemera

Weiser Antiquarian Books Catalogue # 108

Weiser Antiquarian Books is pleased to announce the release of the one hundred-and-eighth of our on-line catalogues, this being another of our specialised Aleister Crowley lists, in this case released to mark the anniversary of the First Day of the writing of "The Book of the Law."

The catalogue starts with a work that has provoked considerable discussion even before its public release: Michael Effertz's thoughtfully argued Priest/ess: In Advocacy of Queer Gnostic Mass. There follows a section devoted to copies of The Book of the Law including a copy of the seldom-seen O.T.O. leather-bound Centennial Edition, limited to 418 numbered copies, signed by Hymenaeus Beta and the 1956 reissue of The Equinox of the Gods with the rare separate folder containing a facsimile of the original manuscript of "The Book of the Law." Rare materials by Crowley in the following section include several letters from him to his collaborator on the Thoth tarot deck Frieda Harris, a superb first edition of The Book of Lies, a rare greeting-card type edition of The Hymn to Pan, and the original typescript of The Yi King: An Interpretation, a work which would later be published by Helen Parsons Smith as the Shi Yi.

Some of the most exciting items are found in the next section "Works by Friends and Followers of Aleister Crowley." This includes Kenneth Grant's copy of the Hatha-Yoga Pradipika of Svatmarama Svamin with his elaborate ownership inscription with his personal sigil and a list of the various titles to which he lay claim, on the half-title page (pictured), as well as editions deluxe of Beyond the Mauve Zone and The Magical Revival. There is also a good selection of works by Jack Parsons including his own copy of Robert Graves' I, Claudius, with Jack Parsons' ownership initials on the first blank. In addition to an unusual collection of publications by Louis T. Culling there is a nice group by Israel Regardie including a signed edition of The Eye in the Triangle.

The penultimate section "Works Relating to Aleister Crowley and his Magical Orders" includes a number of unusual books, some of which have a most interesting provenance. Thus a copy of L. Ron Hubbard, Final Blackout was a gift to Wilfred T. Smith and his wife, Helen (Helen Parsons Smith), a copy of De Villars' Comte de Gabalis belonged to Reea Leffingwell (of Agape Lodge), whilst a copy of Christian D. Ginsburg's The Kabbalah; Its Doctrines, Development and Literature has ownership signatures of two California Thelemites, Joseph C. Crombie and Mildred Burlingame. Copies of Arthur Edward Waite's superb edition of Eliphas Levi's The History of Magic and William Stirling's The Canon are both from the collection of Aleister Crowley's student Arthur Edward Richardson, with his bookplate on the front pastedown, whilst the first edition of Richard Kaczynski's ground-breaking biography, Perdurabo. The Life of Aleister Crowley, is a presentation copy inscribed to English Crowley scholar Nicholas Bishop-Culpeper. The final section of the catalogue is somewhat more whimsical, featuring books related to music and cinema which make some mention of Aleister Crowley. Not surprisingly many also invoke the names of Jimmy Page and Kenneth Anger.




Written by Ian Jarvis. Posted in Aleister Crowley.

A new series of novels by English author Ian Jarvis are now available featuring the granddaughter of Aleister Crowley. The first of these occult thrillers, Sisterhood, is on Amazon's Kindle and ready to download onto tablet devices. The story presents a whole new slant on the great man's death and provides an answer to the watch that vanished from his Hastings bedroom and the mysterious German woman who appeared at his funeral.

Guarding a mysterious past, Iona Kyle lives alone on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, running a new-age bookstore and covertly using a combination of psychic skills and ritual magic to help people with problems.

Britain is under attack from terrorist explosions. A new Islamic faction are seemingly to blame and the Scottish capital is their latest target. The Edinburgh police are also investigating a series of killings where pentagrams have been gruesomely carved into the victims.


Betty May - The Musical

Written by LAShTAL. Posted in Aleister Crowley.

Helen Lederer and Georgina Sutcliffe feature in a new musical about Betty May (the so-called 'Tiger Woman') in London, according to a brief and amusing review in today's Evening Standard...

It seems even old pros can succumb to the jitters before curtain-up. Prior to appearing at Brasserie Zedel in new musical Betty May as Madame Strindberg, Helen Lederer was all of a flutter. "I'd kiss you but I'm afraid I'll be sick all over you," she told me. "I'm so nervous. I've not learned my part. Is it too late? "

She needn't have worried and remembered most of her lines commendably. Georgina Sutcliffe, ex-wife of actor Sean Bean, proved that she is a far finer singer than she gives herself credit for. Betty May tells the story of a cockney who found fame as Tiger Woman in Belle Epoque Paris, fought with occultist Aleister Crowley and enjoyed absinthe. As did a large section of last night's Soho audience.

--- Tales of Cockney Rhyme and Absinthe, Evening Standard, 19 March 2013



Aleister Crowley in the Mouth of Hell

Written by LAShTAL. Posted in Aleister Crowley.

Aleister Crowley in the Mouth of Hell by Carlos Atanes is an unfilmed screenplay, that is being made available as a book in March.

Underground filmmaker Carlos Atanes has been trying to make a movie about Aleister Crowley and his Magick for more than ten years. He started in 2002 shooting two crowleyesque feature length films, Ian Perplexed and Perdurabo. They were both unfinished. On the way he made two non-crowleyesque movies, FAQ and PROXIMA.

In the beginning of 2007 this was the third and last attempt of the deal with Magick: In the Mouth of Hell. Atanes wrote it for two years, until the end of 2008. This script is structured in the reverse order of the Major Arcana of Crowley's Tarot. The plot describes the mystical trip of Crowley through the Duat, the egyptian underworld, the encounters with significant characters in his real life–people as Hanni Jaegger, Fernando Pessoa, Leila Waddell, Victor Neuburg, Raoul Loveday– and the confrontation with the demon Choronzon, his old adversary.

Atanes' intention was to shoot it in Spanish with his flagship actor Manuel Solàs playing the mature Crowley. While he was looking for fundings he was shooting another two apparently non-crowleyesque feature movies, Maximum Shame and Gallino, the Chicken System–although this one contains clear references to Sexual Magick.

In the Mouth of Hell was a complex and expensive project, and it was not conceived for everybody but just for curious, informed and/or initiated audiences, which means an added difficulty to attract producers and investors' interest.  After four years of search, finally fundings didn't arrive and Atanes threw in the towel. He decided to shelve the matter. But he also thought it would be a pity to bury a text that could be interesting for all of those who were waiting for this film for a decade. This way people could watch the film and recall in their heads.

This is the screenplay such as it was written and never filmed.


Thelema Now! Guest: Robert Buratti

Written by Frater Puck. Posted in Aleister Crowley.

Australian art dealer Robert Buratti is making it his mission to get Aleister Crowley his due when it comes to his painting and artwork.  He has curated the first major exhibition of Aleister Crowley to tour Australia, featuring works previously exhibited at the Pompidou Centre and Palais de Tokyo, Paris.  Find out why he thinks Uncle Al's works deserve more exposure!  To see more, visit



Weiser Antiquarian Books Catalogue 106

Written by LAShTAL. Posted in Aleister Crowley.

Weiser Antiquarian continues, with its latest catalog, to maintain an extraordinarily high standard. There are literally dozens of items in the latest one that I'd love to have in my archives!

Weiser Antiquarian Books Catalogue
No. 106

Aleister Crowley

Used and Rare Books and Ephemera

Online now at:

Weiser Antiquarian Books is pleased to announce the release of the one hundred and sixth of our on-line catalogues, this being another of our specialised Aleister Crowley lists. For those not interested in Crowley, do not be dismayed: we are working on another of our "Miscellany Lists" and several catalogues on other topics are slowly edging towards completion. We are also making a concerted effort to add fresh titles to our website on a weekly basis, so don't forget to click the "new arrivals" link at the left side of our homepage regularly.

This catalogue is made up of seven sections, the first of which is a mixed collection of books and ephemera by Crowley himself.  It includes some truly stunning manuscript and typescript items, notably the original typescript of an unpublished film-script entitled "The Stolen Post-Office," a murder mystery with a dissolute cocaine-fiend as the villain whose friend, "Snowbird Jim" starts out bad but ends up good under the influence of dance-hall-floozy come tart-with-a-heart "Dago Flo." There is also a typescript of Crowley's Liber Aleph that circulated amongst Crowley's followers shortly before his death, and a small collection of documents relating to Crowley's failed attempt to get to America during the Second World War, including an envelope on which Crowley has written "From my Gaoler." Manuscript materials include an original manuscript poem that was later published in Konx om Pax, a note in which Crowley suggests a course by which the Thoth tarot deck might come to be his path-way to riches, two letters to Frieda Harris, and a remarkable note in which Crowley suggests Oscar Wilde to have been guilty of plagiarism!

Amongst the less common printed texts in this group are a copy of Crowley's The Man That Put the O.K. in Book, a booklet that is as sycophantic as it is scarce, the softcover version of the 1992 Mandrake Press Ltd edition of the first eleven numbers of The Equinox (oddly the only edition that is a true facsimile of the first edition), and the memorable "Scratch 'n' Sniff" edition of Leah Sublime (1996), which was surely in part a homage to John Waters' "Polyester" and its "Odorama."


Lecture: Aleister Crowley & Wicca (Australia)

Written by LAShTAL. Posted in Aleister Crowley.

Saturday 9 February 2013: Buratti Fine Art - 222 Queen Victoria Street, North Fremantle, Western Australia

Aleister Crowley is most associated with his magical-spiritual philosophy of Thelema and the Orders he reformed or created to promote it, but his influence can be found within modern Witchcraft or Wicca which uses his magic and writings to high degree. This lecture will explore how this occured, noting several different theories and revealing a side to Wicca not known by many of its modern adherents.

An illustrated lecture presented by Peregrin Wildoak.

Peregrin Wildoak was born in Warwickshire, UK and emigrated to Perth, Western Australia at age 12, where he has lived ever since. In his youth he came into contact with the western mystery traditions and was initiated into the Golden Dawn. He has also received initiation and training in several other traditions including Wicca and an Isis Mystery School. Peregrin is a former editor of Pagan Times and Greenspirit, and co-founded the EarthDreaming tradition and the Golden Dawn Society of Western Australia.



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