Author: Michael Staley

Florence Farr: Conference and Plays

Just a week away! Theosophical Society, London. Florence Farr, A Woman’s Century Celebration of one of the most important women in the magical revival, best known from the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. But significant in other progressive and artistic areas, and in Egyptian magic with, some suggest, a Thelemic current. Talks on her life, readings and not to be missed, rare performance of her two short Egyptian magic themed plays – The Beloved of Hathor and the Shrine of the Golden Hawk....

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Tobias Churton: Aleister Crowley in America

Pre-announcement of Tobias Churton’s latest volume of Aleister Crowley’s biography, due from Inner Traditions in December 2017. Aleister Crowley in America: Art, Espionage, and Sex Magick in the New World by Tobias Churton An exploration of Crowley’s relationship with the United States – Details Crowley’s travels, passions, literary and artistic endeavors, sex magick, and psychedelic experimentation – Investigates Crowley’s undercover intelligence adventures that actively promoted U.S. involvement in WWI – Includes an abundance of previously unpublished letters and diaries Occultist, magician, poet, painter, and writer Aleister Crowley’s three sojourns in America sealed both his notoriety and his lasting influence....

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In Memoriam: Donald Weiser

Legendary bookseller and publisher Donald Weiser passed away peacefully at age 89 in his home in Florida, surrounded by his wife and family, on April 12, 2017. As a young man, Donald worked alongside his father Samuel Weiser in the eponymous bookstore that changed the lives of countless people. Samuel Weiser Bookstore had opened its doors in New York City in 1926 and grew to become the world’s largest esoteric bookstore, attracting customers from every country. One of its better known patrons was magician Harry Houdini, but Karl Germer, Harry Smith, Patti Smith, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Barbara Somerfield, Jimmy Page,...

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On this day in 1904: the ‘wickedest man in Britain’ completes his manuscript for a new religion

Edward Alexander Crowley was born on 12 October 1875 to a well-off family of Plymouth Brethren in Leamington Spa. He was a wilful child, and his mother nicknamed him Therion, the Great Beast 666, from the Book of Revelation. After school, Crowley went to Trinity College, Cambridge, to read natural sciences. He devoted little time on his studies, and excelled instead at chess and mountaineering. At 22, he decided all was worthless except magic and the occult. He changed his name to the Celtic-sounding Aleister, and spent his spare time writing poetry. He left Cambridge with no degree and...

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