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Dr Dee is a newly released album of music for Dr Dee: An English Opera

Dr Dee is a newly released album of music by Damon Albarn for Dr Dee: An English Opera and is reviewed at “Damon Albarn: Dr Dee – review“. I posted about Dr Dee: An English Opera last year at “Dr Dee: An English Opera on July 1st-9th at Palace Theatre, Manchester UK” but missed that the music had been released. Anyhow, Aleister Crowley and the Golden Dawn both get hat tips.

“Any casual fans wondering what that Gorillaz singer Damon Albarn has been up to since the graphic outfit split last year will probably not find this album the most germane of listens. When you stick the Dr Dee CD into your computer, iTunes laughably categorises it as indie rock. It really isn’t.

First staged at Manchester’s international festival last year, Dr Dee is an operatic work that revisits John Dee, a renaissance man of the Elizabethan era. His expertise in mathematics and astronomy earned him the ear of Elizabeth I, but his thirst for occult knowledge led to his downfall. A more evolved version of the opera is due this summer, as part of the Cultural Olympiad.

This is also Albarn’s first solo album proper (not counting the demo collection, Democrazy, from 2003), and Dr Dee finds the occasional Blur singer at his most heterogeneous: refracting folk and early church music through the African influences he has been steeped in since 2002’s Mali Music. The album opens with running water, Devonian birdsong and an organ-heavy track called ‘The Golden Dawn’, a reference to the magickal society probably best known to rock fans as the playground of Aleister Crowley.” [via]

Psychosynthesis from Problems on the Path of Return by Mark Stavish, M.A. in Vol 3 No 1 of Caduceus.

“How one makes these attempts at parallels between the Tree of Life and psychological models such as presented by Psychosynthesis is somewhat arbitrary. Exact matches across the board rarely occur. Function is what designates similarity, and function in Kabbalah is often a matter of perspective more than anything else. Several models exist for placing the Worlds on the Tree as well as their psycho-spiritual functions. The models put forth by Z’ev ben Shimon Halevi are quite different from the generally accepted Golden Dawn models of the psyche. However, since it is these models, derived from interpretations of late 19th and early 20th century British occultism that most students are familiar with, it is their designations of the Worlds and Sepherotic functions that will be applied.” [via]



Magick” by Klaxons from Myths Of The Near Future

“Magick, without tears
Magick, without tears
Magick, without tears
The magick-al veneer

The way to mother goose
The way to suck an egg
The way to golden dawn
The way to Koh Phangan

The glitter on the snow
the place to always go
Do what you will
Do what you will”


See Magick Without Tears, Book 4’s interlude on nursery rhymes, The Book of Lies chapter 69, the Golden Dawn Library Project, The Diary of a Drug Fiend (via Amazon), and, of course, The Book of the Law [also]

The White People and other Weird Stories

The White People and other Weird Stories, By Arthur Machen” by Tim Cumming is a review of a new collection of Golden Dawn initiate Arthur Machen, The White People and Other Weird Stories (Penguin Classics).

“Machen was a bestseller in his day, a member of the Golden Dawn, and intimately acquainted with the spiritualism, occultism, mediumship and excesses of the Decadent era. The Great God Pan (strangely omitted from this collection) and The Three Imposters were published in the 1890s, shocking society, and attracting invitations to lunch from Oscar Wilde.

Machen had already lived in London more than a decade, as he plied a trade as a freelance writer, translating Casanova and writing an essay on tobacco, before an inheritance allowed him to write what he fancied. Aubrey Beardsley and, later, Austin Osman Spare illustrated his works. But Wilde’s 1895 imprisonment turned the moral tide against Machen’s tales of supernatural horror. It wasn’t until the 1920s that his books began selling in large quantities. Alas, Machen had sold the rights decades before. TS Eliot was among those who secured him a Civil List pension against the poverty of his later years.

His great stories, and the key works in this collection, date from the Decadent 1890s. The haunted, hallucinogenic mix of spell workings, witchcraft and disguised sex magic in ‘The White People’ was hailed by HP Lovecraft as the second greatest horror story ever written (after Blackwood’s ‘The Willows’), and it bears the imprint of one who believed in the ‘wild improbability’ of what he wrote.” [via]

The Book of Law of the Venerable Secret Order of the Eye

I noticed a post over at Slashdot, “Copiale Cipher Decoded“, about how the breaking of the Copiale Cipher has revealed the previously coded instruction documents for the ritual of an 18th century secret order “that apparently had a fascination with eye surgery and ophthalmology.” Of course, for those interested in such things as secret orders, order with secrets and the Golden Dawn cipher manuscripts, this should be interesting stuff indeed.

“during the ceremony he should not think further about the shells but the core even at the end those symbolic actions out of which none are without meaning”

You can read the english translation of the decoded German original on the research site. There’s also an article over at the New York Times, “How Revolutionary Tools Cracked a 1700s Code“.

Pat Zalewski’s Alchemy and Golden Dawn Ritual

You may be interested in Alchemy and Golden Dawn Ritual, a newly available book by Pat Zalewski.

This is book 3 in The Golden Dawn Alchemy Series. Previous installments in the series were The Secret Fire: An Alchemical Study – The Golden Dawn Alchemy Series I by E.J. Langford Garstin and Hermetic Alchemy: Science and Practice – The Golden Dawn Alchemy Series 2 by Paul Foster Case

Enochian Chess set … sold!

Just yesterday Weiser Antiquarian sent out an email about their catalog #92 New, Used & Rare Books: A Miscellany which included a boxed Enochian Chess set produced in very limited numbers by Adam McLean back in 1988. Even at over $600, that set is already sold; which both surprises me and doesn’t surprise me. It was certainly the item from the catalog that caught my eye, but, seriously, over $600 for a papercraft Enochian Chess set?! I mean … it’s enough to make me seriously think about actually following through with making some sets like I’ve imagined doing recently.

Adam McLean’s Enochian Chess set was No. 6 in the Hermetic Research Series, and is out of print. You can see some images of the pieces and pawns over at the Alchemy Web Site.

For some reason, Enochian Chess has been on my mind recently. Of course, there’s a bit about that in the venerable The Golden Dawn: The Original Account of the Teachings, Rites & Ceremonies of the Hermetic Order (Llewellyn’s Golden Dawn Series). And, there’s also used copies of Enochian Chess of the Golden Dawn: A Four-Handed Chess Game (Llewellyn’s Golden Dawn) available for those seeking more information, and some okay illustrations for those looking to construct their own sets, without having the chops to do their own artwork; but, it still requires effort of the mundane-crafty kind that some might not possess.

There is some information in the library about Enochian Chess; mostly in David Richard Jones’ Invisible College which recently was added to the site, such as OFFICIAL RITUAL By G. H. FRATER D.D.C.F., THE CONCOURSE OF THE FORCE: ENOCHIAN OR ROSICRUCIAN CHESS, a section for Rosicrucian Chess in Bookmarks for Enochian Gfx-L and Michael Arndt’s Chess Boards. But, it’s all still really DIY.

I’ve definitely imagined a papercraft set produced by the Museum of Lost Wonder, in the same style and attention to detail as the Tomb of Illumination, a papercraft tomb of Christian Rosenkreutz which I’ve posted about before. How awesome would that be? Pretty darn, I’d say.

But, I’ve been looking over some of the work I’ve done in the past and thought that, although it would be a big stretch and a really big project, I could do a pretty awesome set if I put my mind to it. I’ve imagined making an downloadable PDF for an Enochian Chess set available at the library a couple of times, but I’ve also been thinking of producing some sets with nice boards, boards with a plexiglass surface and felted underneath; and, I’ve been thinking about how I’d go about making some nice pieces. Heck, everyone is all over kickstarting things these days, and I can imagine doing something like that to help support the library. I wonder if anyone would be interested in that? Maybe a kickstarter campaign with a full PDF and instructions for a papercraft set at the low end and at the upper end an actual set hand made and ready to play? Anyone?

Aleister Crowley Freemason? Revisited. David Richard Jones.

“Aleister Crowley was for a great part of his life a regular Freemason and his life and work reflect the great lessons taught in Freemasonry. His magick, his work in the Golden Dawn, A∴A∴ and O.T.O., including the Book of the Law reflect Masonic ideas and ideals and his work cannot really be fully understood without the context of Freemasonry.” [via]

Aleister Crowley makes number 4 on a list of eerie recordings

Aleister Crowley makes number 4 on a list of eerie recordings, with mentions of A∴A∴, Ordo Templi Orientis and The Book of the Law at “Top 10 Eerie Recordings

“We have already covered lists of historic recordings and incredible recordings, so now we are presenting you with a list of eerie recordings. These all feature themes or sounds that are spooky in one way or another.”

“4 The Great Beast
Aleister Crowley was an English occultist, writer, mountaineer, poet, yogi, and possible spy. He was an influential member of occult organizations, including the Golden Dawn, the A∴A∴, and Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.), and is known today for his magical writings, especially The Book of the Law, the central sacred text of Thelema. He gained notoriety during his lifetime, and was denounced in the popular press of the day as ‘The wickedest man in the world.’ The recording above is an incredibly rare one – the speaker is Crowley and he is reading from some of his magickal [sic] writings.”