The restored and enhanced triptych version of Kenneth Anger’s Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome will play one night only (25/6/15) at the Max Linder Panorama in Paris. For those unaware, this classic occult film will interest Aleister Crowley/Thelema fans due to its content, as well as readers of Fulgur Limited’s recent Songs for the Witch Woman, as it features Marjorie Cameron as the Scarlet Woman.
Starfire Publishing has produced many fantastic works over the last quarter century, with a focus on the Typhonian tradition. First published in 1986, Starfire Journal has been the official voice of the Typhonian Order (previously known as the Typhonian Ordo Templi Orientis), and has shed light on many of the ideas brought forth in Kenneth Grant’s writings.
With Beyond the Mauve Zone (1999) and The Ninth Arch (2002), Starfire completed the final volumes of Grant’s Typhonian Trilogies. Starting in 2008, they then began to reprint enhanced editions of the previous out-of-print titles in this series; Outside the Circles of Time (2008), The Magical Revival (2009), and Aleister Crowley and the Hidden God (2013). Now comes the announcement of Cults of the Shadow, due this summer.
Although Grant’s works are all amazing, Cults holds a special place to many as their introductory vehicle into the wondrous world of Michael Bertiaux. This title explores Left Hand Path systems and histories, and looks into their manifestation in the works of Bertiaux, Aleister Crowley, Charles Stanfeld Jones and Austin Osman Spare. As with all Starfire reprints of Grant’s work, this will be an “enhanced” edition, with a new typeset, errata from the previous version within the text and notes taken from Grant’s personal copy included. In addition, these new versions have seen new art, interesting endpapers and, when possible, newly photographed versions of the original art. Many plates which were originally presented in black and white are now in colour. Fulgur Esoterica‘s presentations of Michael Bertiaux’s art speak volumes to the importance of colour in examining his work, and we feel many will be amazed when comparing the plates between new and old versions of Cults.
For more details on this title, head to http://www.starfirepublishing.co.uk/Cults_of_the_Shadow.htm
While on the subject of such things, some were caught sleeping at the pace of Starfire’s republication schedule, and a few of the much sought after deluxe copies of Aleister Crowley and the Hidden God are still available. We have nearly every Starfire deluxe in the BLK Library, and while all are spectacular, this volume really matches the physical object well to the content of the book.
To order, or read more, see http://www.starfirepublishing.co.uk/aleister_crowley_and_the_hidden_god_moredetails.htm
Starfire has also posted a link to Living Traditions Magazine‘s review of Aleister Crowley and the Hidden God at http://www.starfirepublishing.co.uk/HG_review.html
We saw some interest in our previous post regarding filmmaker/musician/artist Brian Butler’s Bartzabel Working production. A new performance of this work started this week in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower at Palais de Tokyo.
This will be followed by an evening at Club Silencio. This David Lynch designed club will host a screening of Brian Butler and Kenneth Anger films, followed by DJ set from Brian.
Aleister Crowley’s “The Bartzabel Working” is a ritual evocation of the demon of Mars. For more information and photos, see Image Noire’s site –
We had the privilege of meeting artist Brian Butler at the 2011 Esoteric Book Conference, and again as he came back to town to curate a film festival. Whether it be his evocative films or the ceremonial music performances of Technicolor Skull (w/Brian on guitar/electronics, and the legendary Kenneth Anger managing the theremin and visuals), Brian’s vision and execution is stunning. He should be on your list of artists to watch moving forward.
Earlier this month, Brian and friends conducted a public performance of Aleister Crowley’s The Bartzabel Working. This ritual evocation of Mars entered both occult and tabloid history as it was performed by Jack Parsons as a curse on Church of Scientology-founder L. Ron Hubbard (If you are unaware of the story behind this, and the dawning of the Babalon Current, you need to hit the library.)
Here are some great photos of the ritual, captured by Luke Gilford – http://purple.fr/diary/entry/kenneth-anger-and-brian-butler-s-technicolor-skull-debut-at-l-etrange-festival-paris
See http://www.starfirepublishing.co.uk/arcana_larger.htm for a large view of the ARCANA print by Kyle Fite available from Starfire Publishing.
This is a signed and numbered limited edition composite print comprising 21 of the Greater Arcana Tarot cards, using themes from Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot, Papus and Freemasonry.
Kyle’s work is featured in Starfire Journal, in books from Scarlet Imprint, and it hangs on the walls of the Black Lotus Kult Sanctum Sanctorum.
In our “Interviews” section, you may now find our discussion with the infamous Vadge Moore (see https://blacklotuskult.com/interviews/vadge). Vadge speaks about his music and writing, as well as Aleister Crowley, Michael Bertiaux, Kenneth Grant, The Dwarves and other things that go bump in the night.