Thelema by Colin D Campbell

Thelema by Colin D Campbell

What exactly is Thelema? Is it a religion? Is it a philosophy? Is it a cult? In Thelema Colin D Campbell offers some answers to these questions. Campbell is indeed well-placed to comment upon Thelema. He has been studying and teaching elements of magickal practice for over twenty-five years and is the author of the universally credited commentary on Aleister Crowley’s 1904 – 1911 texts titled A Concordance to the Holy Books of Thelema (2003). The Master Therion As is the case with all theological constructs Thelema has its own central figurehead, or master/teacher, who is credited with establishing its precepts and constructs. In the case of Thelema it is… Read More

The Ultimate Guide to The Thoth Tarot by Johannes Fiebig

The Ultimate Guide to The Thoth Tarot by Johannes Fiebig

Aleister Crowley was a somewhat notorious, hard-nosed, occultist, poet, mountaineer and artist who was born in the small town of Leomington Spa, United Kingdom in 1875. Crowley died at the onset of the UFO – a fact not missed by many of his followers, in the coastal town of Hastings in 1947. He left behind him a huge library of published works and a magickal legacy that grows with every year of his passing. Aside from his poetry, fiction and magickal texts, Aleister Crowley bequeathed to those that follow him a number of important occult ideas which are central to his Thelemic philosophy. These include the belief that humanity is… Read More

Aleister Crowley: The Beast In Berlin by Tobias Churton

Aleister Crowley: The Beast In Berlin by Tobias Churton

The city of Berlin in the 1930s was fertile ground for advante-garde philosophers, artists, musicians and freethinkers—but it did not remain that way for long. By the end of the decade, it had turned very dark and the city that had once personified the very essence of social freedom was transformed into the epitome of political insanity. In those few, precious years of personal and sexual liberation—before Berlin revealed its Shadow side, the city was an extremely fertile place for artisans of all persuasions to espouse their freedom philosophy. In this state, Berlin was a magnet for a diverse wave of individuals keen to enjoy its excesses. One of those… Read More

Nightshades by Jan Fries

Nightshades by Jan Fries

Interest in the Tree of Life—an esoteric glyph, drawn from the Jewish Kabbalistic philosophy—has grown significantly over recent decades. As a universal map of spiritual consciousness, it can be found in connection with a large number of differing spiritual traditions. However, most of them describe the Tree of Life in fairly traditional esoteric terms. Unknown to many, and in juxtaposition to this, there also exists what many refer to as a ‘Dark Side’ to the Tree. It is a place that few people are openly prepared to explore. Kenneth Grant is one of the few magickians to work with the back side of the Tree. It is with reference to… Read More

The Magickal Union of East and West by Gregory Peters

The Magickal Union of East and West by Gregory Peters

When Aleister Crowley established the Aeon of Horus in 1904 with his channelled Book of the Law, he set in motion a magickal current that literally changed the world. Whilst the Aeon of Horus has most certainly conformed to the early expectations that Crowley had of it over one hundred years ago the Thelemic community has singularly failed to manifest anything remotely useful in the way of deeper insights into the 93rd Current. Does The Magickal Union of East and West break this depressing trend? The Magickal Union of East and West: The Spiritual Path to New Aeon Tantra was written by a long-term student of the Western Mystery Tradition, Thelema… Read More

Wormwood Star by Spencer Kansa

Wormwood Star by Spencer Kansa

Between January and March 1946, the rocket scientist and occultist Jack Parsons, along with Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, performed a ritual developed by Aleister Crowley with the intention of manifesting a form of the divine feminine power known as ‘Babalon’. The ‘Babalon’ archetype appears in Crowley’s Liber Al (Book of the Law), where she epitomises the female sexual current as expressed via the liberated and sensually aware woman. This was something of a dangerous and challenging concept to society back in its day! The result of the ritual swept Parsons completely off his feet when he met Marjorie Cameron—a divinely sensuous woman with striking red hair and blue eyes… Read More

Perdurabo by Richard Kaczynski

Perdurabo by Richard Kaczynski

In recent years the legendary Aleister Crowley has attracted a growing fascination from a wide range of people for his life and his magickal work. This has led to a large number of books detailing his life and his spiritual philosophy. Some of the Crowley biographies have been good—others have been scurlious hatchet jobs, but each has brought to our awareness a different perspective on this somewhat flawed genius. The question that is asked by any newcomer to the life and works of Aleister Crowley is where does one attain an accurate, insightful and balanced interpretation of Crowley’s life, his magick and spiritual philosophies? Many people make the mistake on… Read More