Tobias Churton: Aleister Crowley in England

Drawing on previously unpublished diaries and letters, Tobias Churton provides the first detailed treatment of the final years of Crowley’s life, from 1932 to 1947. He opens with Crowley’s nick-of-time escape from the Nazi takeover in Germany and his return home to England, flat broke. Churton offers extensive confirmation of Crowley’s work as a secret operative for MI5 and explores how Crowley saw World War II as the turning point for the “New Aeon.”

Static Alignments: Supplement With Deluxe

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Jerusalem Press announces a 48-page essay with several unpublished drawings as supplemental to the deluxe edition of ‘Static Alignments’. The centre spread and cover feature the only known colour photograph of AOS with nude life-model. A small number of the deluxe edition are still available.

Static Alignments Now Available

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The Static Alignments – Austin Osman Spare’s School of Draughtsmanship is now shipping worldwide, with 50% sold already… Deluxe edition available from end of February. Featuring Fragmentum, written by AOS, here are the principles underlying his art. Detailed notes transcribed by Frank Letchford from his advanced lessons in portraiture, this is an indispensable resource for anyone wishing to gain an intimate understanding of Spare’s work practice.

Loch Ness house will be restored and holiday homes built nearby | Daily Mail Online

The former home of notorious occultist Aleister Crowley – once dubbed ‘the wickedest man in the world’ – is set to be restored after its owners were given the green light to repair the fire-damaged building. Permission to build 10 holiday homes in the grounds of Boleskine House, which overlooks Loch Ness, has also been granted by the Highland Council.

Plans to turn fire-ravaged Loch Ness house of Aleister Crowley into holiday lodges | Daily Mail Online

Plans have been submitted to turn Boleskine House, on the shores of Loch Ness in Scotland, into 10 holiday ‘twin units’ with guided tours of the grounds. Source: Plans to turn… Read more »

James Randi, Magician Who Debunked Paranormal Claims, Dies at 92 – The New York Times

James Randi, a MacArthur award-winning magician who turned his formidable savvy to investigating claims of spoon bending, mind reading, fortunetelling, ghost whispering, water dowsing, faith healing, U.F.O. spotting and sundry… Read more »

Leah Hirsig’s Magical Diaries To Be Published – Zero Equals Two!

Manon Hedenborg White and [Henrik Bogdan] have signed a contract with Oxford University Press for an annotated edition of the magical diaries of Leah Hirsig (1883-1975). This will be the first academic, annotated, and complete edition of Hirsig’s magical diaries from the crucial period of 1923–1925, published together with a selection of contemporary letters.

David Bowie used to store his urine in the fridge to stop witches stealing it

The Thin White Duke’s strange obsession with keeping his urine safe is allegedly to do with a fall out he had with Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page a few months prior in his Manhattan townhouse and, as a result, he became under the belief that the guitar god had sought to put his soul in danger.

Pennyworth: Batman’s Mom Is Pregnant – But Who’s the Father?

In Season 1 [of Pennyworth], Martha found herself in a horrific situation after attending a part thrown by Aleister Crowley, the demon-worshiping, orgy-obsessed villain who kidnapped her. Three days later, she resurfaced, naked in a field, with no memory of what transpired.

Oscar Eckenstein and Aleister Crowley – Zero Equals Two

[Oscar Eckenstein] was the inventor of the modern crampon and the first to develop a shorter ice axe. Both of which made climbing ice dramatically more efficient and safer and though having evolved some, these are still in use today. Crowley and Eckenstein met in the late 1800’s and he immediately recognized the young Crowley’s potential as a climber and took him under his wing.  Like Crowley, he was an admirer of the works of Sir Richard Francis Burton who Crowley would later canonize a saint of the EGC.

The Quietus | Savage Pencil on the Underside of Edwardian Culture

Legendary comic book artist and writer Savage Pencil discusses three Edwardian underground figures: Montague Summers, Austin Osman Spare and Louis Wain… From his ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Zoo’ series for Sounds in the 1970s, to designing artwork for the likes of Sonic Youth, Sunn O))), The Fall and Current 93, under the name Savage Pencil he has established a wild, hallucinatory style – a trip that’s equal parts hilarious and terrifying.

Grant’s ‘The Magical Revival’ Reprint

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‘The Magical Revival’ is currently being prepared for reprint, and will go to the printers next week. This is a straightforward reprint of the 2010 edition, and will appear in two formats: hardbound and softbound. This image shows the back, spine and front of the softbound edition.

Hoodoo Pilot by Kyle Fite

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SIRIUS LIMITED ESOTERICA presents Hoodoo Pilot, a hardcover volume in 2 editions collecting 16 esoteric essays and 31 magical works of art by Gnostic writer and artist, Kyle Fite. With an Introduction by Michael Staley, Hoodoo Pilot covers a wide range of topics, including Freemasonry, Buddhism, the Typhonian Tradition of Kenneth Grant, the Voudon-Gnostic Tradition of Michael Bertiaux, the mystical artwork, philosophy and sorcery of Austin Osman Spare, and the work of William Blake. These themes and more are woven together in this limited edition collection.