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SYMPATHY FOR THE BEAST: Songs from the Poems of Aleister Crowley

Sympathy for the Beast, the new album by Twink and the Technicolour Dream, is based on the wonderfully imaginative poetical works of Aleister Crowley, whose natural and intrinsic musical quality Twink and the Technicolour Dream have tried to intensify with their psychedelic musical drive, using sections of the original poems as lyrics for their songs or narrations for their musical backgrounds.

Magna Invocatio: A Gnostic Mass for Choir and Orchestra – Killing Joke

On November 29th, Jaz Coleman, founding member with the legendary Killing Joke, releases ‘Magna Invocatio – A Gnostic Mass For Choir And Orchestra Inspired By The Sublime Music Of Killing Joke’ through Spinefarm Records, the first release of the MASTERSCORE Series. As an artist of fierce intellect and purpose, Jaz Coleman – now celebrating 40 years as Killing Joke’s iconic front-man – has been driven by twin musical loves: experimental rock and classical music.

‘Strange Angel’ Season 2: Rocketry, Sex Magick, World War and Mr Crowley

By Season 2, the U.S. is fully engaged in World War II, transforming Jack’s rocketry work into a lucrative business and further entrenching him in the military-industrial complex. While Jack’s career takes off, he and his wife Susan’s (Bella Heathcote) devotion to their new occult religion grows, leading them to invite the sex cult into their Pasadena mansion and Jack to forge a personal relationship with the group’s notorious founder, Mr. Crowley himself (Angus Macfadyen).

‘Strange Angel’ episode 07: Jack submits to sex magic | Meaww

The fuse is indeed about to hit the powder keg very soon on ‘Strange Angel’ and the episode lays out a lot of groundwork and context that could possibly set the stage in further seasons (if the show does get renewed) to explore Jack’s ultimate meeting and friendship with the likes of Aleister Crowley and L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology. Tensions are high as Jack slowly alienates himself from his loved ones to blindly walk the path of Thelema, which he now believes is the key to realizing his dreams.

Homeland star Rupert Friend, Jack Reynor seen in first look at Strange Angel

Prepare to be intrigued — your first look at the upcoming CBS All Access series Strange Angel is here. The drama, inspired by a true story and based on the novel Strange Angel: The Otherworldly Life of Rocket Scientist John Whiteside Parsons by George Pendle, stars Jack Reynor (Transformers: Age of Extinction) as Jack Parsons, a smart and ambitious blue-collar worker in 1930s Los Angeles. The show follows his exploits from his early days starting out as a janitor at a chemical factory with fantastical dreams that ultimately lead him to create the unknown discipline of American rocketry.

‘Nosferatu’ and 96 Years of Expressionistic Nightmares – Bloody Disgusting

The film was the first for a newly founded company, Prana Film. Prana was started by Enrico Dieckmann and Albin Grau. Grau was an occult practitioner, and as part of the Fraternitas Saturni (“Brotherhood of Saturn”), Grua took on the name Master Pacitius. The Brotherhood’s focus was “the study of esotericism, mysticism,…
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Aleister Crowley and The Summer of Love (BBC)

The BBC Four television channel has started to broadcast a new series: The Summer of Love: How the Hippies Changed the World. Unsurprisingly, Aleister Crowley features in the first episode: The first episode looks at how ideas, music and lifestyles from Asia, Europe and the American Left became entwined in…
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Richard Kaczynski: Cartomancy in the Cotswolds

As a resident in the Cotswolds, I was delighted to read Richard Kaczynski’s fascinating new article: Cartomancy in the Cotswolds: Lady Frieda Harris and Aleister Crowley at Chipping Campden The article was published in Signpost, the journal of Chipping Campden Historical Society. Richard Kaczynski wrote to CCHS asking about Rolling…
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‘Cosmic Trigger’ – The Play

Visit www.CosmicTriggerPlay.com  to learn more Back by popular demand after their 2014 Liverpool and London shows.Cosmic Trigger is the story behind the notorious conspiracy satire, Illuminatus, the extraordinary life and times of the novel’s co-author, Robert Anton Wilson, and the unstoppable force that was theatre legend, Ken Campbell. “Robert Anton Wilson’s Illuminatus had…
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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…
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