Boleskine House

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I Make Myself Invisible in Articles by Aleister Crowley.

“It was at the direction of the head of the Order that I then went to Scotland, to my manor house of Boleskine, which is two or three miles from the Falls of Foyers.

My subsidiary object—the principal aim is too sacred to discuss—put into simple language was to gain control over the ‘four great princes’ of the evil of the world.” [via, also]

New post about the part of Boleskine that’s on sale

“A beautiful plot on the shores of Loch Ness, next to Jimmy Page and Aleister Crowley’s old property Boleskine House is for sale.” New post about the part of Boleskine that’s on sale at “Breathtaking plot on Loch Ness for sale

Interestingly, this article makes it clear that it’s only part of the estate, and not the house. I hadn’t gathered that from the other references to this property on sale, and most people talking about this are making the mistake of reading that as being the main house for sale.


The view onto Loch Ness from the plot

“A beautiful plot on the shores of Loch Ness, next to Jimmy Page and Aleister Crowley’s old property Boleskine House is for sale.

A wonderful plot on the shores of Loch Ness with planning permission for a three-bedroom log cottage has come onto the market. The plot, which comes to just under two acres, used form part of the Boleskine House estate which was previously owned by Aleister Crowley, the famous master of the occult, and subsequently by Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page.

The plot includes 140ft of owned Loch Ness foreshore, perfect for monster- spotting. The only drawback is access which is only available by boat from along the shore and materials to build the property must also be transported by barge; on the plus side the property is guaranteed to provide peace and quiet amongst the hills. The area combines the rugged beauty and timeless enchantment of the Scottish Highlands just 18 miles from Inverness, with the airport just 28 miles by car.”

The article doesn’t mention whether the two acres comes with the mule that Crowley rode on the Deosai Plateau or not …

Omnium Gatherum: July 9, 2019

An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … Omnium Gatherum for July 9, 2019 If you’d like to participate, head over to Omnium Gatherum on the BBS, or suggest something. Tweet by Alex Norris ouroboros is a self-love icon pic.twitter.com/nnQfBJ8twb — Alex Norris (@dorrismccomics) July 7, 2019 “The Curious Mystical Text Behind Marianne Williamson’s Presidential […]

Omnium Gatherum: May 23, 2019

An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … Omnium Gatherum for May 23, 2019

If you’d like to participate, head over to Omnium Gatherum on the BBS, or suggest something.

  • Jinn, an ominous, supernatural teen drama, the first Arabic-language “original” for Netflix, due June 13

    “A group of high schoolers’ lives are disrupted when a jinn arrives seeking their help. High school will never be the same. Coming June 13. Only on Netflix.”

  • His Dark Materials: Season 1, from BBC with two seasons funded, distributed by HBO, coming in 2020 [HT Michael M. Bind Trump Hughes]

    “Adapting Philip Pullman’s award-winning trilogy of the same name, which is considered a modern masterpiece of imaginative fiction, the first season follows Lyra, a seemingly ordinary but brave young woman from another world. Her search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children, and becomes a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust. As she journeys through the worlds, including our own, Lyra meets Will, a determined and courageous boy. Together, they encounter extraordinary beings and dangerous secrets, with the fate of both the living — and the dead — in their hands.”

  • The House of Flames by Hermetic Library Anthology Artist Michael Idehall, limited edition of 23, on pre-order

    Idehall The House of Flames

    “The House of Flames contains two intersecting books: Tavulaxa and Glyphï. Tavulaxa details 11 mythological concepts of the Draconian current and navigational sigilisations that assist the reader in connecting the mystery to the accompanying sound composition. Glyphï consists of 23 channelings of automatic ink drawings and oracular texts. The third component is an indexing diagram called The Circle of Sight which is a matrix displaying how the different oracles, sigils, and sound compositions correspond to each other.

    This is an edition limited to 23 copies. The box set contains a hand bound book in quarter leather binding, one of the 23 original ink drawings featured in the book, a CD, and an LP. €170 + shipping. Place your order here: info@belzebez.se”

  • Early Greek Alchemy, Patronage and Innovation in Late Antiquity [also] by Olivier Dufault, from California Classical Studies [HT OlivierDufault]

    Dufault Early Greek Alchemy Patronage and Innovation in Late Antiquity

    Early Greek alchemy, Patronage and Innovation in Late Antiquity provides an example of the innovative power of ancient scholarly patronage by looking at a key moment in the creation of the Greek alchemical tradition.

    New evidence on scholarly patronage under the Roman empire can be garnered by analyzing the descriptions of learned magoi in several texts from the second to the fourth century CE. Since a common use of the term magos connoted flatterer-like figures (kolakes), it is likely that the figures of “learned sorcerers” found in texts such as Lucian’s Philopseudes and the apocryphal Acts of Peter captured the notion that some client scholars exerted undue influence over patrons.

    The first known author of alchemical commentaries, Zosimus of Panopolis (c. 300 CE), presented himself neither as a magos nor as an alchemist. In his treatises, he rather appears as a Christian scholar and the client of a rich woman named Theosebeia. In three polemical letters to his patroness, Zosimus attempted to discredit rival specialists of alchemy by describing them as magoi and demon-worshippers and by equating their techniques with Egyptian temple practice. In a subtler attempt to edge out his competitors, Zosimus pointed to their limited education and suggested that true alchemy could only be acquired by a meticulous interpretation of Greek alchemical texts.

    Extant evidence thus suggests that alchemical texts were first introduced among other Greek scholarly traditions when Zosimus annexed Egyptian temple rituals into the ambit of paideia thanks to the support and venue provided by his patroness.”

  • Strange Angel Season 2 – Official Trailer from CBS All Access

    “… new season of Strange Angel, premiering June 13th …

    In season two, 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 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, Aleister Crowley himself.”

  • Boleskine House: Former Highland home of occultist Aleister Crowley and Led Zeppelin founder is sold” — Alison Campsie, Scotsman

    Scotsman- Boleskine House Aleister Crowley sold

    “The former Highland home of occultist Aleister Crowley that was largely destroyed by fire four years ago has been sold.

    The new owners of Boleskine House near Loch Ness will be hoping for a new peaceful chapter in the property’s story with it understood the house is to become home to a charitable foundation and opened up to the public.”

  • Joaquin Phoenix and ‘The Gospel of Mary’: Gnostic fiction at a theater near you” — John Stonestreet and G. Shane Morris, Christian Post; about Mary Madalene directed by Garth Davis, with Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix, from IFC Films,

    Davis Mara Phoenix Mary Magdalene

    “Remember that 1980s cough syrup commercial when Chris Robinson said, ‘I’m not a doctor, but I play one on TV’? I wanted to paraphrase these immortal words when I read what actor Joaquin Phoenix of ‘Gladiator’ fame said about his role as Jesus in the movie, ‘Mary Magdalene.’ Phoenix is not the Son of Man, but he plays him on the big screen. His is a very different Jesus than the one we meet in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

    Judging by the trailer and the press roll-out, the movie drew heavily on a second-century Gnostic text known as ‘the Gospel of Mary.’ In a recent interview with Newsweek, Phoenix slammed early Christianity for not canonizing this and other apocryphal writings about Jesus, saying: ‘Why was Mary’s book not included in the Bible? The stench of blatant sexism,’ he says, is ‘inescapable.’

    Phoenix went even further in another interview: ‘Somebody made that decision to exclude [Mary Magdalene’s] observations and feelings about the life of Christ and her experience. There seems to have been an overt intention to exclude women from that process.'”

  • Muslims of Color Issue Call for Unity” — Hamil Harris, The Washington Informer

    “Noble Drew Ali was the Moorish American leader who founded the Moorish Science Temple of America. Considered a prophet by his followers, Ali founded the Canaanite Temple in Newark, New Jersey, in 1913 before relocating to Chicago, where he gained a following of thousands of converts before his death in 1929.

    ‘We organized as the Moorish Temple of Science in the year of 1925, and were legally incorporated as a civic organization under the laws of the State of Illinois, November 29, 1926,’ Ali once said in a statement. ‘The name Moorish Temple of Science was changed to the Moorish Science Temple of America, May 1928 in accordance with the legal requirements of the Secretary of the State of Illinois. The object of our Organization is to help in the great program of uplifting fallen humanity and teach those things to make our members better citizens.’

    Brother R. Jones Bey, Grand Sheik of the Moorish Science Temple of America Inc., told the gathering, ‘You must be the message that you bring. … I can’t lead anybody being a hypocrite, and if you are going to be real it has to begin with you.’

    Some of the toughest words were challenged issued by the Moorish Science brothers who have been instrumental in working with inmates across the country.

    ‘We separate ourselves because we don’t practice Islam the same way,’ said Brother Lomax Bey. ‘This ain’t about me, this ain’t about brother Yahya, it is about doing Allah’s work because he ain’t pleased in what we are doing. What we have to do is find our way back home.'”

  • The black Muslim female fashion trailblazers who came before model Halima Aden” — Kayla Renée Wheeler, Grand Valley State University, The Middletown Press

    “In the 20th century, black Americans were reintroduced to Islam through several people and organizations.

    These included the Moorish Science Temple of America and the Nation of Islam. The Moorish Science Temple of America was founded by a Moorish American, Noble Drew Ali, in 1913 in Newark, New Jersey.

    Drew Ali taught his followers that they were not Negros or Ethiopians, rather they were Moors and that Islam was their true religion. According to Drew Ali, Moors are descendants of the ancient Moabites who founded Mecca, one of the most important cities in Islam.

    Clothing played a central role in constructing a unique black Muslim identity. Black Muslim women used their dress to challenge American beauty standards, which typically holds thin young white women as the ideal beauty. Their dress practices also challenged beliefs that Islam was only an Arab religion by encouraging members to develop their own local dress practices.

    In the Moorish Science Temple of America, male members wore fezzes or turbans and women wore turbans often paired with long shift dresses as part of their everyday wear.”

In conversation with Steven A McKay

I recently had a chance to talk with author Steven McKay about his writing, which I think will appeal to the audience of the library quite a bit. Steven was born in 1977, near Glasgow in Scotland; lives in Old Kilpatrick with his wife and two young children. Steven also plays Jackson guitars and sings […]

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Snowdrops from a Curate’s Garden

Snowdrops from a Curate’s Garden by Aleister Crowley has been published by Edda Publications, Sweden, recently in a new edition, edited and with an introduction by Vere Chappell, illustrated by Fredrik Söderberg, and available directly or, in the US, from Weiser Antiquarian and J D Holmes. The first 43 copies of 418 total is a limited edition slipcased volume, with a separate signed silkscreen print by the artist.

Aleister Crowley Vere Chappell Fredrik Soderberg Snowdrops from a Curate's Garden from Edda Publications

“While at his Scottish retreat Boleskine in 1903, Aleister Crowley decided to amuse his wife Rose and their friends by writing pornography – one new section each day. He concocted a tale that managed to be marvelously creative and utterly repugnant at the same time. No taboo escaped unviolated – sodomy, pederasty, bestiality, necrophilia, urolagnia, and coprophagia all figure prominently in the text. The protagonist is no less than an Archbishop, incorporating the grand tradition of anti-clericalism which had been a feature of popular pornography for centuries. Many contemporary figures were also made objects of satire, although they were also rendered “nameless” by the use of elision, or omitted letters. The overall result is more absurd than obscene, owing more to Cervantes, Rabelais, Sade and Apollinaire than to the run-of-the-mill pornography of the time. Writing a chapter a day, in the evenings Crowley read it aloud to the audience assembled in the household, with the exception of his Aunt Annie. Reportedly this had the intended effect of amusing Rose, and doubtless the rest of the party, especially since some of them and their old friends from Paris were featured characters. Poor old Aunt Annie even ended up having a role in the tale.

Lavishly illustrated in 38 images by Fredrik Söderberg. The book also contains an in-depth introduction by its editor, American sexologist Vere Chappell.” [via]