Omnium Gatherum: October 12, 2018

An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … Omnium Gatherum for October 12, 2018

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  • With “Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina” And “Charmed,” Witches Have Made Their TV Comeback. In Sabrina and Charmed, the main characters are literally empowered to take on the patriarchy.” — Alana Bennett, Buzzfeed

    “Once again, these shows center on young women learning to champion their powers and, by extension, themselves. Both model “girl power” through a 2018 lens — with the conscious inclusion of a more diverse cast and a connection to the darkness that surrounds modern conversations around feminism.”

  • Chilling Adventures of Sabrina | Clip: Salem Appears” — Netflix

  • Witchcraft Spells Being Cast Following Kavanaugh Confirmation #WitchTheVote” — Paul Bois, Daily Wire

    “The witch trial of Justice Brett Kavanaugh has inspired actual witches to cast spells in his name, including the organization of a “Hex Kavanaugh” event.”

  • Sabrina’s Weird Sisters Share How They Developed Their Creepy Bond” —
    Beth Elderkin, io9

    “I didn’t find out until they actually got here who they had chosen. So I was like, ‘Oh my god, yes! Yeah! You two were my choices—they didn’t ask me but you two were my choices!’” Gabrielle added.

  • Servants of the Star & the Snake: Essays in Honour of Kenneth & Steffi Grant [also], compiled and edited by Henrik Bogdan, from Starfire Publishing [HT Watkins Books]

    Bogdan Servants of the Star and the Snake

    Servants of the Star & the Snake is a scintillant and substantial collection of writings in celebration of the work of Kenneth and Steffi Grant. Their diverse published work extends across six decades, taking in articles on Advaita in Indian magazines from the early 1950s; a series of illustrated essays, known collectively as the Carfax Monographs, from the late 1950s to the early 1960s; their magnum opus, the Typhonian Trilogies, from 1972 to 2002; studies of the work of Austin Osman Spare in 1975 and 1998; poetry collections in 1963, 1970 and 2005; and a series of novellas from 1997 to 2012.

    Each piece of writing included in Servants of the Star & the Snake explores a different facet of this extensive body of work. Whilst the contributors have adopted different approaches to their subjects – ranging from scholarly discussions through to fictional narratives – what they have in common is an appreciation of the extraordinary work and legacy of the most influential couple in the history of modern occultism, Kenneth and Steffi Grant.

    The pieces of writing which comprise this fascinating and inspiring collection include:

    Kenneth Grant: Servant-Satguru-Savant, by Martin P. Starr;
    From Zos-Kia to the As-If: Kenneth Grant and Austin Osman Spare, by Michael Staley;
    Advaita Vedanta in the Works of Kenneth Grant, by Henrik Bogdan;
    Kenneth Grant and Lord Kusum Haranath, by Ruth Bauer;
    From Central Africa to the Mauve Zone: Gerald Massey’s Influence on Kenneth Grant’s Idea of the Typhonian Tradition, by Christian Giudice;
    Lam and the Typhonian Tradition, by Michael Staley;
    Inside Outer Space, by Kyle Fite;
    The Other Woman: Babalon and the Scarlet Woman in Kenneth Grant’s Typhonian Trilogies, by Manon Hedenborg-White;
    The Nuclear Art of Steffi Grant, by Henrik Bogdan;
    The Art of Darkness: Kenneth Grant and the Unity of the Soul, by Vadge Moore;
    Kenneth Grant and Maat, by Nema;
    Clarity versus Weirdness: A Vital Tension Within Magical Culture, by Ramsey Dukes;
    Foundations of the Typhonian Trilogies, by Michael Staley;
    Beyond Crowley: The Foundations of Sexual Magick, by Jan Fries;
    Evocation of the Fire Snake: Kenneth Grant and Tantra, by Henrik Bogdan;
    The Magic in Fiction, by Alistair Coombs;
    The Role of H. P. Lovecraft in the Work of Kenneth Grant, by Stephen Dziklewicz;
    Shakti in Chinatown, by Michael Bertiaux.

  • Far right, misogynist, humourless? Why Nietzsche is misunderstood. The German philosopher has been adopted by the alt-right, but he hated antisemitism. He has been misappropriated and misread, argues his biographer” — Sue Prideaux, The Guardian; writing about the ideas in her book I Am Dynamite!: A Life of Nietzsche, due Oct 30th

    Prideaux I Am Dynamite

    “Friedrich Nietzsche, Karl Marx and Charles Darwin are the great triumvirate of 19th-century thinkers whose ideas still have huge impact today. Nietzsche was philosophy’s supreme iconoclast; his sayings include “God is dead” and “There are no facts, only interpretations”. Highly relevant, yet his association with concepts such as the Übermensch, master morality, slave morality and, possibly most dangerous, the will to power, have also contributed to him being widely misinterpreted. There are three myths in particular that need dynamiting: that his politics were on the far right, he was a misogynist and he lacked a sense of humour.

    Misappropriation has been rife.”

  • Pope blames devil for Church divisions, scandals, seeks angel’s help” — Philip Pullella, Reuters; from the Nobody-Did-It dept.

    “The devil is alive and well and working overtime to undermine the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis says.

    In fact, the pope is so convinced that Satan is to blame for the sexual abuse crisis and deep divisions racking the Church that he has asked Catholics around the world to recite a special prayer every day in October to try to beat him back.

    “(The Church must be) saved from the attacks of the malign one, the great accuser and at the same time be made ever more aware of its guilt, its mistakes, and abuses committed in the present and the past,” Francis said in a message on Sept. 29.”

  • Swedish girl Saga pulls out pre-Viking era sword from lake” — Associated Press

    “Her name conjures up Old Nordic tales about heroic accomplishments and that’s exactly what Saga this summer did when she stumbled on a pre-Viking-era sword in a southern Sweden lake.

    Saga Vanecek, 8, was helping her father with his boat in the Vidostern lake when she stepped on an 85-centimeter (34-inch) sword in a holster made of wood and leather. The sword is believed to be about 1,500 years old.”

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  • Towards Liber LVI: The Sainthood of Woman” — T Meithras, Ecclesia Gnostica Universalis (in Anglia)

    “Our on-going project of creating a new, Thelemic Gnostic Mass to explore the Alchemical Mysteries of transformation and rejuvenation from a different perspective, while celebrating and enthroning the role of Woman in the tradition, has attracted some interest exactly as we expected.

    Here we offer a non-definitive list of the mythical and historical figures of female Adepts we are establishing communion with […]”

    “As for the list of male Gnostic Saints of Liber XV, this too is not to be considered exhaustive, but rather a celebration of some of the brighter Stars who helped to Perfect, and Manifest, the Feast we partake with the Holy Spirit.”

  • Hypervelocity alien stars could be invading the Milky Way” — Anthony Wood, New Atlas

    “Astronomers have discovered a population of incredibly fast-moving stars bearing down on the Milky Way. It is possible that these newly found “hypervelocity” stellar bodies were created in another galaxy, before being hurled out into intergalactic space on a collision course with the Milky Way.”

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  • William S. Burroughs and the Cult of Rock ‘n’ Roll by Hermetic Library Anthology Artist Casey Rae, due June 2019

  • William S. Burroughs’ “The Revised Boy Scout Manual”: An Electronic Revolution (Bulletin) by William S Burroughs, edited by Geoffrey D Smith and John M Bennett, afterword by V Vale [HT Xeni Jardin]

    Burroughs The Revised Boy Scout Manual

    “Before the era of fake news and anti-fascists, William S. Burroughs wrote about preparing for revolution and confronting institutionalized power. In this work, Burroughs’ parody becomes a set of rationales and instructions for destabilizing the state and overthrowing an oppressive and corrupt government. As with much of Burroughs’ work, it is hard to say if it is serious or purely satire. The work is funny, horrifying, and eerily prescient, especially concerning the use of language and social media to undermine institutions.

    The Revised Boy Scout Manual was a work Burroughs revisited many times, but which has never before been published in its complete form. Based primarily on recordings of a performance of the complete piece found in the archives at the OSU libraries, as well as various incomplete versions of the typescript found at Arizona State University and the New York Public Library archives, this lost masterpiece of satiric subversion is finally available in its entirety.”

  • Philip Pullman: why we believe in magic. The world of magic defies rational explanation, but beware dismissing it as nonsense. Like religious experience and poetry, it is a crucial aspect of being human, writes the Dark Materials author” — Philip Pulman, The Guardian; writing about Spellbound: Magic, Ritual and Witchcraft at the Ashmolean, an exhibit through January 2019 [HT Matthew Frederick]

    “A new exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford brings together a multitude of objects and artworks – there’s a “poppet” or rag doll with a stiletto stuck through its face, an amulet containing a human heart, a wisp of “ectoplasm” apparently extruded by a medium in Wales, and too many others to count – from a dark world of nonsense and superstition that we ought to have outgrown a long time ago. At least, that’s how I imagine rationality would view it. I find myself in an awkward position rationality-wise, because my name is listed on the website of the Rationalist Association as a supporter, and at the same time I think this exhibition is full of illuminating things, and the mental world it illustrates is an important – no, an essential part of the life we live. I’d better try to work out what I mean.”