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Net of Being

Net of Being by Alex Grey and Allyson Grey has arrived at the Reading Room, courtesy of Inner Traditions.

Alex Grey and Allyson Grey's Net of Being from Inner Traditions


“How Alex Grey’s visionary art is evolving the cultural body through icons of interconnectedness

• Includes over 200 reproductions of Grey’s artwork
• Contains spectacular photos of Grey’s collaboration with the cult band TOOL plus his worldwide live-painting performances
• Offers Grey’s reflections on how art evolves consciousness with a new symbology of the Networked Self

Revealing the interwoven energies of body and soul, love and spirit that illuminate the core of each being, Alex Grey’s mystic paintings articulate the realms of consciousness encountered during visits to entheogenic heaven worlds. His painting Net of Being—inspired by a blazing vision of an infinite grid of Godheads during an ayahuasca journey—has reached millions as the cover and interior of the band TOOL’s Grammy award–winning triple-platinum album, 10,000 Days. Net of Being is one of many images Grey has created that have resulted in a chain reaction of uses—from apparel and jewelry to tattoos and music videos—embedding these iconic works into our culture’s living Net of Being.

The book explores how the mystical experience expressed in Alex Grey’s work opens a new understanding of our shared consciousness and unveils the deep influence art can have on cultural evolution. The narrative progresses through a successive expansion of identity—from the self, to self and beloved, to self and community, world spirit, and cosmic consciousness, where bodies are transparent to galactic energies. Presenting over 200 images, including many never-before-reproduced paintings as well as masterworks such as St. Albert and the LSD Revelation Revolution and Godself, the book also documents performance art, live-painting on stage throughout the world, and the “social sculpture” called CoSM, Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, that Grey cofounded with his wife and creative collaborator, artist Allyson Grey.” [via]



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Aleister Crowley and the Hidden God

Starfire Publishing is soon releasing a new re-issue of Kenneth Grant’s Aleister Crowley and the Hidden God. The standard edition hardcover of 1500 copies will be available in the new year directly from Starfire in the UK and Europe or J D Holmes in the US and Canada, and there will be two editions. The deluxe edition limited to 111 copies is available directly from Starfire, “bound in hand-made paper, with an additional leather quarter-binding across the spine. The book will be slip-cased, with full-colour dust-jacket, and come with black and white custom printed endpapers, and with top and tail bands to the binding. Each copy will be hand-numbered, and signed by Steffi Grant.”

Kenneth Grant's Aleister Crowley and the Hidden God from Starfire Publishing

“The republishing of the Typhonian Trilogies continues with the second volume in the series, Aleister Crowley and the Hidden God, first published by Muller in 1973 and subsequently reissued by Skoob Publishing in 1992. This new edition of 1500 copies is freshly typeset in an octavo format of 246 pages. Sewnbound hardback, with a sixteen-page section of plates, illustrated endpapers and a full-colour dustjacket, this republication integrates the errata from the Skoob edition within the text, and incorporates further corrections noted subsequently in Kenneth Grant’s personal copy of the book. Where possible, plates have been rephotographed, and some are presented in colour. There are also some new plates included by Steffi Grant.” [via]

Kenneth Grant's Aleister Crowley and the Hidden God from Starfire Publishing inscription

“Aleister Crowley vowed to free man from bondage by showing him how to invoke his latent genius ─ the Hidden God. It is characteristic of Crowley that to this end he utilised the mysterious energies of sex: the most potent, most obsessive of man’s illusions which, if used unintelligently, strengthens the false sense of individual existence that divorces him from the fullness of cosmic consciousness.

Aleister Crowley and the Hidden God is an exhaustive and critical study of Crowley’s system of sexual magick and the strange rites which he practised and advocated for the purpose of promoting the Law of Freedom with its formula of “Love under Will”. The book reveals the occult workings of the Fire Snake or Kundalini-Goddess, the cosmic power in man which, when awakened by magical means, assumes an external form identified by Crowley as the Scarlet Woman, she who influences the secret power-zones in the body of man and invokes the Hidden God.

Here Kenneth Grant also describes a method of dream control involving the use of the Ophidian Current transmitted by Crowley, Spare, Fortune, Grosche, and others. Its object is to establish contact with extra-terrestrial and non-human beings with the ultimate purpose of transcending the limitations of personality and of realising cosmic consciousness, thus fulfilling the magical formula of the New Aeon.

Aleister Crowley and the Hidden God is here republished in an enhanced edition. Freshly typeset, it incorporates the errata from the Skoob reissue as well as correcting anomalies on the basis of annotations in Kenneth Grant’s personal copy. Some of the existing plates will be present in colour; and there will be some new plates by Steffi Grant as well, one of which is here illustrated at the right. Aleister Crowley and the Hidden God is issued in both a standard and a limited, numbered and signed edition.” [via]