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The Primal Grimoire

The Primal Grimoire is a new web-based forum organized around the work and legacy of Kenneth Grant and the Typhonian Mysteries, and so may be of interest.

“The discussion site ‘The Primal Grimoire’, focusing on the work of Kenneth Grant and the Typhonian Tradition, is now open for access and participation. The site guidelines are at present informal and common-sense: be courteous, remain on-topic, and do not post copyright-infringing material. Posts will be moderated where such simple criteria are not understood.

There are at present three boards. The first concentrates on Grant’s magical and mystical development, with a number of sub-forums each covering a phase of development. The second covers Grant’s published work, with sub-forums for such categories as the Typhonian Trilogies, the Nightside Narratives, the Carfax Monographs. The third board focuses on Grant’s legacy and how it might develop.” [via]

Beelzebub and the Beast

Beelzebub and the Beast [also] by David Hall is a “an engrossing comparative study of two of the Twentieth Century’s most colourful gurus, George Gurdjieff and Aleister Crowley.” The title is due to be available in October from Starfire Publishing with a deluxe edition available in November. Pre-orders are available in the US and Canada through J D Holmes and elsewhere directly from the publisher.

 

 

“David Hall, who died in 2007, will be a familiar name to many as one of the founders and editors of SOTHiS, the substantial and diverse Thelemic magazine which was published from the United Kingdom in the 1970s. David was passionately interested in the work of Gurdjieff as well as that of Crowley, and in the early to mid 1970s he wrote this penetrating study comparing the work of both men. Unfortunately it failed to find a publisher at the time, although publication was referenced as forthcoming in Kenneth Grant’s Nightside of Eden. (Muller, 1977)

Crowley took an interest in the work of the Greek-Armenian occultist G. I. Gurdjieff, and visited Gurdjieff’s Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man in Fontainebleau in 1924 and 1926. There have been other comparative studies of the work of the two men, the most recent being The Three Dangerous Magi by P. T. Mistlberger (O Books, 2010).

Examining in turn the life and work of the two men at various levels, the author discerns a common source. Commenting circa 1919 on the first chapter of The Book of the Law, Crowley wrote ‘Aiwaz is not as I had supposed a mere formula, like many angelic names, but is the true most ancient name of the God of the Yezidis, and thus returns to the highest Antiquity. Our work is therefore historically authentic, the rediscovery of the Sumerian Tradition’. Similarly, the author here shows that the roots of Gurdjieff’s work can be traced to the same source.

With a full-colour wrap-around dustjacket, a substantial Foreword by Alistair Coombs, plates, tables and line-drawings throughout the text, a Bibliography, a comprehensive Index, and an Afterword about the author, this book will be of considerable interest to many.” [via]

 

“Limited Edition of 750 copies only. A Fine Hardcover Volume, illustrated end papers, and in a custom full color dust jacket based on the painting, MELEK TAUS by Stuart Littlejohn, which features the Peacock Angel emerging from a Yezidi arch, plus a substantial Foreword by Alistair Coombs, with plates, tables and line drawings throughout the text. Michael Staley has constructed a comprehensive index and bibliography, and has also written an Afterword about the author. 350 pages. Octavo.” [via]

Aleister Crowley: Prophet of the New Aeon at Treadwell’s, London, on Monday April 9th

“Aleister Crowley: Prophet of the New Aeon” is a full day presentations and readings related to the Book of the Law at Treadwell’s, London, on Monday April 9th, with proceeds going “to help preserve the Abbey of Thelema, Cefalu.” There’s been a bit about this around already, but here it is again in case you hadn’t seen it yet. Also check out the primary site for the event.

The c.n.p.o* for the Study of Self “Entelechy” presents:

ALEISTER CROWLEY: THE PROPHET OF THE NEW AEON
– A whole day of lectures relating to The Book of the Law –

To be held on Monday 9 April 2012 – at Treadwell’s, London.

The fantastic program includes:

Part I
11:00 Welcome

11:10 am – 11:35 am
The “Save the Abbey of Thelema” project by Anna Apostolidou, chairperson of the c.n.p.o. “Entelechy”

11:40 am – 12:05 pm
“Law, Truth & Desire: Crowley, Badiou & Lacan” by Katerina Kerasoti-Kay, D.Phil.

12:05 pm – 12:25 pm
Reading Liber Al, Chapter I by Caroline Wise

12:25 pm – 13:30 pm
Break

Part II
13:30 pm – 13:50 pm
“The Abbey must be built” by Peter Grey, owner of Scarlet Imprint Publications

13:50 pm – 14:10 pm
Reading Liber Al, Chapter II
by Paul Feazey

14:10 pm – 14:30 pm
“The Cult of Nuit: the star goddess of ancient Egypt, mother of Seth and all the gods.” by Mogg Morgan, owner of Mandrake of Oxford Publishing

14:30 pm – 14:40 pm
“Thelemic Geographica”
by Anna Apostolidou

14:40 pm – 15:00 pm
Break

Part III
15:00 pm – 15:20 pm
“Aleister Crowley: Prophet of a New Aeon, priest of Ancient Gods” by Paul Feazey, owner & editor of LAShTAL.COM

15:20 pm – 15:40 pm
Reading Liber Al, Chapter III by Peter Grey

15:40 pm – 16:10 pm
“Flashings of the Fire: Transmission of a Magical Current” by Michael Staley, Head of Ordo Typhonis (The Typhonian Order), and Founder of Starfire Publishing

16:10 pm – 16:30 pm
Discussion

Two Grimoires

You may be interested in Two Grimoires [also] which is coming from Starfire Publishing, and available for pre-ordering in the US through J D Holmes.

“This long-awaited title will at last be published in September 2011, and is now available for ordering ahead of publication.

Two Grimoires is a sumptuous, sewn hardbound book, Octavo format, 156 pages, with a full colour dustjacket, and limited to 1000 copies. Included is a 48 page section of colour plates, a colour frontispiece, and a black and white endpiece. The core of the book is the publication for the first time of two elaborate book dummies by Spare which he produced during the years 1905 and 1906. Each consists of more than twenty finely-drawn pen, ink and watercolour images, in some cases accompanied by brief captions. Internal evidence suggests that they were intended for publication, but were never completed. Their publication here is accompanied by two finished pictures by Spare from the same period, incorporating elements from the grimoires. Accompanying the grimoires are an Introduction by Michael Staley and two illustrated essays of commentary and preliminary analysis by William Wallace and Stephen Pochin.”

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“The first of these grimoires, entitled The Focus of Life & The Papyrus of Amen-AOS, is dated 1905-6. Much of the lettering remains in pencil, some of it giving clues to the underlying meaning of the imagery. An important element of this grimoire is that it features an early form of the ‘exteriorisation of sensation’ which Spare subsequently developed into the Sacred Alphabet which is a feature of The Book of Pleasure.

The second, slightly later notebook is The Arcana of AOS & the Consciousness of Kia-Ra, dated 1906. This is in some ways the more finished of the two notebooks, and picks up some of the imagery from the earlier notebook as well as adding some new elements.”