“The catalogue starts with a listing for a delightful new limited edition book of the “inspired” art of the remarkable Madge Gill (1882 – 1961) and her non-corporeal collaborator Myrninerest. The book is edited by David Tibet and Henry Boxer, and comes in two versions with copies of the Special Edition including an original artwork by Gill.
The rest of the catalogue comprises a selection of books and journals relating to Spiritualism, the Occult, and Psychical Research. Amongst the rarer items are the only known copy (none are listed as being held by libraries) of Issue No. 1 of the Journal of the London Lodge of The Faery Investigation Society (1929), an inscribed copy of Dr. John Bourbon Wasson’s Modern Spiritualism Laid Bare (1887), Sir Oliver J. Lodge’s own copy of the first edition of his Phantom Walls (1929) with his hand-written corrections; and James Lawrence’s Angel Voices from the Spirit World (1874) a rare work which presents various communications “from the other side” on diverse topics such as “Which Should be the Head of the Family — Man or Woman,” “Woman’s Rights,” and “Celibacy — is it in Conformity with Nature’s Laws that Man and Woman Should Practice it?” Other interesting works include Stuart Cumberland’s Spiritualism — The Inside Truth (1919), in which the author recounts a seance he attended where the medium correctly described a number of hidden objects, including a medal that had belonged to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s dead son, and a small medallion that belonged to W. Wynn Westcott (founder of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn), two biographies of Helen Duncan, the spiritual medium who in 1951 became the last person in England to be tried under the Witchcraft Act, M. T. Shelhamer’s Life and Labor in the Spirit World (1885) in which ‘members of the Spirit-Band’ of the author provide a detailed description of the of life in the “Summer-land;” and Penny Dutton Raffa’s surely unfortunately-titled Psycho to Psychic (1982) in which the author tells how a blow to the head, and her efforts to recover from it, led to her immersion in the world of parapsychology and psychical research. Not surprisingly many of the works purport to contain messages from those who have passed over, the number and variety of whom is quite astounding. Thus Francis H. Smith’s My Experience, or Foot-Prints of a Presbyterian to Spiritualism (1860) claims to contain messages from Edgar Allen Poe (who communicates in verse form); Sir Humphry Davy, Dr. Franklin, Sir Walter Scott, and others, William H. Burr’s Photographic Copies of Written Messages from the Spirit World (1918) contains messages from Henry Ward Beecher, James A. Garfield, Elbert Hubbard, Abraham Lincoln, Ernest W. Huffcut and others; C. P. Christensen’s The Spiritualist: Vol.2, No.11 (1916) contains a message from Queen Victoria; and more recently Jack Perry’s & Robert Neil Porter’s Spirit World Breakthrough (1969) comprises “a compilation of fifty messages from famous persons who have made the transition from this world to the next” with contributors including Cesare Borgia; Cleopatra; Elizabeth Barrett Browning; Franz Schubert, Lee Harvey Oswald; Louis Pasteur; Marilyn Monroe; and many others. Not to be outdone, the great Scottish philosopher and man-of-letters Thomas Carlyle is said to have posthumously authored a complete book: Wm. J. Bryan’s What Spiritualism Really Is, by Thomas Carlyle in the Spirit World (1920).” [via]
“A Book of Sketches reproduces in full a series of colour and black and white sketches, mostly of women, from a sketchbook utilised by Aleister Crowley from the late 1930s through the early 1940s that is now preserved in the Yorke collection in London. While the 45 plates include a number of finished drawings, most are unpolished designs, possibly “roughs” for later more detailed compositions. Although hardly examples of “high art,” they offer a fascinating glimpse of Crowley’s process of imagining his art, and the varied styles with which he experimented. Several of the portraits are identifiable as known lovers of Crowley’s, notably Catherine Falconer and “Alice” (probably Alice Sutherland – his mistress for more than three years), whilst at least one other appears to be a representation of his ill-fated wife, Maria (“Marie”) Teresa de Miramar. With a five page Introduction by Crowley art aficionados David Tibet and Keith Richmond.” [via]
David Tibet’s first solo exhibition in the US “Magog at the Maypole (Sex of Stars)” at White Columns in New York on March 3rd through April 14th
You may be interested in David Tibet’s first solo exhibition in the US “Magog at the Maypole (Sex of Stars)” at White Columns art gallery in New York from March 3rd (Today!) through April 14th. (HT @Frater_Puck but details found at brainwashed)
“I am UtterOverMoon that MAGOG AT THE MAYPOLE (SEX OF STARS), my first solo art exhibition in the USA, is to be held at the remarkable and visionary White Columns art gallery in New York. The exhibition lasts from 3 March to 14 April. I will be at the opening night on 3 March, which is open to everyone. So I look forward to meeting you there.
David Tibet: ‘Magog at the Maypole (Sex of Stars)’ solo art exhibition at White Columns, New York, March–April 2012
I am VeryVeryVery delighted to announce this, and I thank White Columns director Matthew Higgs for inviting me, as well as curator and author and Robert Nickas for helping to make this possible. The opening is two days before my birthday—and what a lovely birthday this is for me: Pinnochio shall come to Babylon, hand in hand-job with Magog by the Maypole.
There will be an online flyer for the show as well as a specific website link in the next couple of weeks, which I will post when I receive it.”
“See you all there. Bring Cuneiform Birthday Gifts for me, please.”
“ZU93 performing “Night Bird”
Zu & David Tibet/Current 93 collaboration — world premiere
· David Tibet: vocals
· Massimo Pupillo: guitars and bass
· Stefano Pilia: guitars
· Luca Tilli: cello
· Andrea Serrapiglio: cello
· Luca Mai: electronics and reeds”
You may be interested in Voices of Gnosticism and The Gnostic: A Magazine of Gnosticism, Western Esotericism and Spirituality put out by Bardic Press. I saw several issues of The Gnostic at the Esoteric Book Conference and thought they were well done. I regret not picking them up at the time, but they are available still.
“For several years, Miguel Conner has engaged the most prominent writers and scholars on Gnosticism and early Christianity on Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio. These interviews with 13 leading scholars represent one of the best ways to get to know ancient Gnosticism, the movement that has inspired Dan Brown, Philip Pullman, Philip K. Dick and The Matrix movies. Read what the best minds have to say about the Gnostic sects, the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Judas, Mary Magdalene, heresy, the origins of Gnosticism, and the original teachings of Jesus.
Elaine Pagels · Marvin Meyer · Bart Ehrman · Bruce Chilton · Stevan Davies · David Fideler · Birger Pearson · John Turner · Einar Thomassen · Jason BeDuhn · Karen King · Jane Schaberg · April DeConick”
“The first issue of a tri-annual journal on Gnosticism in all its forms. Featuring interviews with Alan Moore and Sethian Gnostic expert John Turner; a complete translation of the Gospel of Judas; Tim Freke on The Gospel of the Second Coming; articles on William Burroughs, Philip K.Dick, the Alternative Judas, Gnosticism and Magic; columns, book reviews and more.”
“The second issue of The Gnostic: A Journal of Gnosticism, Western Esotericism and Spirituality. Featuring an interview with Colin Wilson and an indepth examination of his ideas on the occult. An interview with Tessa Dick, widow of Philip K Dick, plus an excerpt from her memoir and Anthony Peake’s analysis of Dick’s precognitive abilities. An interview with noted scholar April DeConick on the Gospel of John. The Gnosticism of the TV series The Prisoner. Kimetikos, Jeremy Puma’s Gnostic practice. Tony Blake’s meetings with remarkable people including J.G. Bennett, David Bohm and Idries Shah. Articles on asceticism, the symbolism of the Bible, resurrection, Schrodinger’s Gun, a short story by Andrew Phillip Smith. Extensive book reviews, original art and more.”
“The third issue of The Gnostic: A Journal of Gnosticism, Western Esotericism and Spirituality. Featuring a cover by C.G. Jung, Lance Owens on Jung’s Red Book. Interviews with David Tibet of Current 93, Jacob Needleman and Zohar expert Daniel C. Matt. Articles on Gnostic anime, Robert Graves, Gnostic texts, the Gospel of Luke, William Blake, deja vu, coincidence, a ten page comic, reviews and much more.”
“The fourth issue of The Gnostic: A Journal of Gnosticism, Western Esotericism and Spirituality. Alan Moore’s Fossil Angels, an investigation into the contemporary occult scene. Interviews with Stephan Hoeller and Miguel Conner. Anthony Peake on the Quantum Pleroma. Sean Martin tells a Gnostic sci-fi tale. Robert M.Price on the Gnostic Gospel of John. Bill Darlison on the zodiac in the Gospel of Mark. Gnostic influences on Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian. The plight of the Mandaeans. The gematria of Marcus the Magician. The Gospel of Thomas, a translation and Fourth Way interpretation. Gnostic politics. John Cowper Powys. The complete text of the Gnosis of the Light–a book within a magazine! Egyptian cat mummies and more. And we review enough books to fill a whole shelf. Cover and interior illustrations by Laurence Caruana.”
You may be interested in a new book, being published by Teitan Press (though for some reason it does not appear on their website): Aleister Crowley, The Golden Dawn and Buddhism: Reminiscences and Writings of Gerald Yorke. Edited by Keith Richmond, with contributions by David Tibet, Timothy d’Arch Smith and Clive Harper.
“Aleister Crowley, The Golden Dawn and Buddhism comprises a series of 20 essays by Gerald Joseph Yorke, set down over a thirty-year time-span.”
“Gerald Yorke’s interests are reflected in the essays and lectures which are published together here for the first time. Most of these pieces were groundbreaking: his short memoir of Crowley was the first sympathetic biographical piece of any length to be published after The Beast’s death, and his essay on Crowley’s O.T.O. and sexual occultism is the first clear account of the subject in the English language. His essays on ritual magic are unique in their matter-of-factness and sanity, and his writings on the Golden Dawn arguably mark the beginnings of historical research into that group. He also wrote knowledgeably on subjects such as Yoga, Tantra, Mantra and Zen at a time long before they had become common terms in the West.”
“Above all, Yorke’s essays offer a rare blend of straightforward scholarship and genuine first-hand experience.” [via]