Beelzebub Day at Treadwells
The long-awaited publication of Beelzebub and the Beast - a comparative study of Crowley and Gurdjieff, written by David Hall - will be launched on Saturday October 6th at Treadwells Bookshop in London.
In the afternoon there will be a programme of talks based around the theme of the book. Speakers arranged so far are Mike Magee, Alistair Coombs, Roy Sutherwood and Michael Staley. Entrance to the talks is free, but due to there being a limited number of places, it will be necessary to book in advance with Treadwells.
The launch party for the book will be in the evening. Again, entrance to the launch party is free and all are welcome, but please let Treadwells know that you will be attending.
I'll be making a more detailed announcement soon as a News Item, when a few more eyes are dotted and teas are crossed.
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I should have added the contact details for Treadwells to the original post. They can be telephoned on 020 7419 8507, and emailed at email@example.com.
looks like i will be able to make it to the event as well, and look forward to seeing you there. As I have ordered the book, do you think it will be shipped in time for me to bring it along for the requisite toasts and autographs?
Yes, I saw your name on the list when I was at Treadwells this afternoon. Look forward to seeing you.
I doubt that the book will be back from the printers in time to reach you before the launch day, so I've made a note on the Excel spreadsheet to bring your book along with me in the afternoon. So it will be with you on the day for toasts, autographs, etc.
A programme for the talks has now been drawn up, and will run from 2pm to 6pm, after which Treadwells will need to prepare the room for the launch party in the evening. Each talk will last from 30 to 45 minutes, with time afterwards for questions and a short break between talks. Entry to the talks is, like the evening launch party, free of charge, but places are limited so please contact Treadwells by telephone (020 7419 8507) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to reserve a place. Titles, speakers, and brief synopses:
2.00pm Thelema, the Work, and the Perennial Gnosis by Michael Staley
Some plants die down to the roots and shoot up afresh every year. Similarly, there is a perennial gnosis which emerges in fresh guises, new flowerings of an underlying insight. For all their apparent differences, Crowley and Gurdjieff can be viewed against this background.
3.00pm Essence, True Will and Self-Remembering by Roy Sutherwood
Both Gurdjieff and Crowley saw the raw, uninitiated human beings as in some way asleep, and concerned themselves with the how of awakening human consciousness to its more authentic and primordial level of being. They were of the view that the highest states of consciousness and most profound ways of being can be approached only if all elements of a human being are worked upon. They thus sought to make use of every circumstance of life to wake up and fully to realise that “Every man and every woman is a star” and that “Life is only real then, when ‘I am’ ”
4.00pm One Star in Sight by Mike Magee
This talk explores the similarities between the ideas of Thelema, the ideas of Gurdjieff, and the tantric course of Svecchacharya, the path of doing one’s will.
5.00pm Cosmic Devils on the Silk Road by Alistair Coombs
Despite the geographically dispersed locations and cultural climates in which Crowley and Gurdjieff were located and where they were brought up, they emerge from a similar nexus of occult ideas. It is a fascinating web that emerges along what we might call the Secret Silk Road, taking in a diversity of entities, amongst them Beelzebub, the Beast, Sir Francis Younghusband, and mysterious Sufi brotherhoods.
A little bit about the speakers:
Michael Staley is the editor and publisher of Starfire, a Thelemic journal published since 1986.
Roy Sutherwood spent several years working in a Gurdjieff group, and has extensive knowledge and experience of Crowley and Thelema.
Mike Magee was, together with Jan Bailey and David Hall, a founder and editor of Sothis, the highly regarded Thelemic magazine of the 1970s. Mike went on to work in the Nath tradition, founding AMOOKOS.
Alistair Coombs has for many years studied and worked with a variety of traditions including Buddhism, Theosophy, the Gurdjieff Work, and Thelema.
Treadwells have just advised me that the afternoon event of talks this coming Saturday, October 6th, is now fully booked, so places are no longer available. On the other hand, if you did book and can no longer attend, please let Treadwells know so that they can release your place to someone else.
Places are still available for the launch party in the evening, which starts at 7pm. All are welcome, but please let Treadwells know beforehand that you intend coming, by telephone 020 7419 8507 or email email@example.com
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2nd October 2012.
A thoroughly enjoyable day!
Mick Staley opened the proceedings, putting the publication into context. He was followed by Roy Sutherwood, speaking about the core principles behind Gurdjieff's teachings and relating them in particular to his own extensive - and fascinating - experience of both Gurdjieff and Crowley practice. Next up was a delightful talk by the rightly well-respected Mike Magee, who gave a moving account of his friendship with David Hall and compared and contrasted the Fourth Way with certain tantric traditions: wonderful stuff! The talks were brought to a close by a well-researched presentation by Alistair Coombs, who spoke around Gurdjieff's teachings in a Tibetan context - the information he presented caused me, as soon as I got home, to do some research on Crowley-Younghusband-Gurdjieff...
The talks were followed by a social gathering for the book launch, hosted with the usual aplomb by Christina of Treadwells, and incredibly moving tributes to David Hall by Jan Magee and Janet Audley-Charles.
An exceptionally rewarding day: I learned a lot about subjects with which I am woefully uninformed, and, more significantly, I am inspired to do more research.
If I may be permitted one indulgence, I'd like to say how enjoyable it was to meet again people I already know and value highly, together with quite a few 'new' contacts that I'd love to meet again: Mick Staley, Mike and Jan Magee, Caroline, the charming Roy, Alistair, Robert Ansell, Christina (of course), Clive, Dirty Mouse and his two delightful and devoted carers (Andrew and Sarah), William, Krzysztof and Ania and their beautiful new production, and apologies to anyone I've neglected to mention.
Owner and Editor
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
just wanted to thank you for the wonderful afternoon of information and enthusiasm yesterday. Thoroughly enjoyed all the presentations and, though I never had the opportunity to meet him, I feel as though I now know David Hall just a bit through lovely reminiscences & anecdotes shared by those who knew him.
Can't wait to crack the covers of the book and dig in!
Love is the law, love under will.
Many thanks for your appreciation, Paul and William. The whole day worked out very well, and the afternoon talks and the launch party itself went very well indeed; it was a very intense and very enjoyable day
Many thanks to the speakers in the afternoon for such interesting talks, to Jan Magee and Janet Audley-Charles in the evening for the memories they shared with us of David Hall, and to everyone who attended the afternoon and/or the evening events for making it such a well-attended and memorable event. This is a great, truly substantial book, and I am delighted beyond measure finally to have published it, albeit almost forty years after it was written. My only regret is that David didn't live to see its publication.