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Carnivalia Witchboards

You might be interested in Carnivalia’s Witchboards, talking boards, crafted by Chas Bogan. These are creative options for those looking for talking boards not produced by a commercial board game company. In addition, there are a number of articles and links about talking boards, including “Talking Board History” and “Talking Boards For Modern Magick: Rituals & Sigils“, that may be of further interest.

Carnivalia's Phantom Hour talking board
Phantom Hour talking board

“The swirling colors composing the background for this board are hypnotizing. From such an eerie atmosphere emerges a familiar icon, that of the winged hourglass. Etched onto many a tombstone, this symbol exists to remind us that time is fleeting. Often this symbol represents the Angel of Death, whose gaze is ever upon us, and whose mighty wings will at some unknown moment sweep down and claim us for the afterlife.

The font for this project was inspired by the antique Ouija board popularized by Fuld. Similarly, the characters for ‘Phantom Hour’ invite playfulness, yet are a touch sharper, with tiny curls (or hooks) at their tips.

This winged hourglass transgresses time, and may serve you in understanding the past, as well as where you may be headed in the future. Imagine it functioning as a psychopomp, bringing from the phantom realms to your fingertips the messages that the dead wish to tell you.” [via]

 

Carnivalia's Peacock Twins talking board
Peacock Twins talking board

“It’s deep purple and indigo hues set a soothing mood, ideal for inspiring the type of meditative state favored by mediums and anyone eager to delve into his or her unconscious mind.

In many cultures the Divine Twins play an important mythic role, representing the power of opposites brought into Divine union. Here we see the twins as the Middle Eastern Yezidi peacock angel Melek Ta’us, who in the Feri tradition of Witchcraft is said to be the twins manifested as one being.

I have always loved the symbolism of two peacocks to represent the love shared between men. Here they are looking deep within each other’s eyes… their hearts aflame. They are equals, and are completely present with each other. They are the Blue God… the God Self within each of us… and they are here merging in Divine love. Their nature is the Black Heart of Innocence and through their union love is renewed.” [via]

 

“This is a quality artisan product, and all elements, from its unique design to its decorated planchette, are handcrafted at Carnivalia’s studio by artist Chas Bogan. Its wooden board measures nineteen by thirteen inches. The underlying image is protected by layers of clear varnish, creating a smooth finish that is ideal for easy movements of the planchette and will protect your board for generations as your relationship to this heirloom matures.” [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]

The Slayer of Souls

You may be interested in “The Slayer of Souls” by Robert Chambers, an occult romance which includes, among other things, a fictional reference to the “Yezidee” or Yezidi.

The Yezidi are mentioned in various sources, not the least of which are in the works and life of Sir Richard Francis Burton, including The Kasîdah of Hâjî Abdû El-Yezdî [PDF], and in an unpublished section of Aleister Crowley’s introduction to the New Commentary to Liber Legis:

“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.” [via]

Although it’s not a direct reference, to that passage by Crowley, Hymeneaus Beta notes in the Editor’s Introduction of Magick: Book 4, Liber ABA the connection between this “God of the Yezidis”, as that likely was used to mean at that time, and Melek Ta’us, the peacock angel of the Yezidi. The connection is more certainly what Crowley meant because further on in that unpublished introduction to Liber Legis there is mention of “Aiwaz” meaning “Messenger”, which is one of the characteristics of Melek Ta’us.

One of the places that I’ve encountered the deity Melek Ta’us is as he appears within the Feri Tradition, and discussion can be found about that online of which one example is at Feri Tradition: FAQ. There’s a lot more about the Yezidi and Melek Ta’us (also transliterated variously as Tawûsê Melek, Malak Tawus, or Malik Taws, Melek Taus …) online.

But, after that digression, back the the work of Chambers:

There’s an interesting review The Repairer of Reputations: The Slayer of Souls by Robert Chambers from pornokitch where they’ve been reading through Chambers’ works, trying to decide whether history has been just or unjust to Robert Chambers.