BLK Celebration 2019 – Michael Staley presents “Achad and the Aeon of Maat”

At BLK Celebration 2019

Michael Staley

will present

“Achad and the Aeon of Maat”

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Frater Achad (Charles Stansfeld Jones) announced the Inauguration of the Aeon of Maat in April 1948. The work of Jack Parsons was moving in a similar direction shortly before this time. In the early 1970s Margaret Ingalls received Liber Pennae Praenumbra, ‘The Book of the Foreshadowing of the Feather’, cast as a communication from Maat. Some years later, Kenneth Grant expanded on this in his book Outside the Circles of Time (1980), drawing parallels between the work of Achad and that of Margaret Ingalls, and tracing links with the Amalantrah Working of 1918.

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In this talk, Michael Staley looks back at Achad’s development and output, tracing the emergence of a current which takes in his work with Crowley as his ‘Magical Son’, his discovery of the Key to The Book of the Law, his divergence and subsequent estrangement from Crowley, and his work in the Universal Brotherhood, culminating in the incoming of the Aeon of Maat. He goes on to consider the relevance of this current today.

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The Incoming of the Aeon of Maat:

Correspondence between Frater Charles Stansfeld Jones, Gerald Yorke, and others, 1948-49

will be published this year from Starfire. Click HERE for details.

Michael Staley

Michael Staley

Michael Staley is the founder of Starfire Publishing. He knew Kenneth Grant for more than forty years, becoming his publisher in the mid 1990s, and across a number of years republished the Typhonian Trilogies in new editions.

Michael lives in north-west London with his wife Caroline Wise.

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This year’s BLK Celebration will be held in Orlando, FL on Nov 1 & 2. For details, please click HERE

Tickets on sale NOW at – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blk-celebration-2019-tickets-66741233827

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BLK Celebration 2019 – Vadge Moore presents “The Thelemic Ordeals”

At BLK Celebration 2019

Vadge Moore

will present

“The Thelemic Ordeals”

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Vadge Moore (photo by Justin Larwick/Larwick Photography)

 

The Ordeals are described in Liber AL vel Legis, and are given greater detail in James Beck’s Book of Codes (by way of Aiwass).

In this lecture, Vadge illustrates this path with reflections from his personal experiences.

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Vadge Moore’s musical career started in the Bay-area music scene in the 1980’s. This eventually led to his joining The Dwarves in 1988.

Vadge started creating art to express his other literary and esoteric interests via his Chthonic Force project. CF saw collaborations with cultural architects Monte Cazazza and Boyd Rice, as well as other figures who balance entertainment with controversy such as Thomas Thorn and Peter Sotos.

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This year’s BLK Celebration will be held in Orlando, FL on Nov 1 & 2. For details, please click HERE

Tickets on sale NOW at – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blk-celebration-2019-tickets-66741233827

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BLK Celebration 2018 – Q&A with Michael Bertiaux, Michael Staley and Black Lotus Kult

BLK Celebration 2018 is coming next week to Chicago, IL – 14-16 Dec. Read further posts below on this page, or click HERE for details.

As part of the Centennial Celebration at the Occult Bookstore, we will see a special Q&A session with

Michael Bertiaux

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Michael Staley of Starfire Publishing

Michael Staley

and members of Black Lotus Kult.

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This is a unique opportunity to tap into these minds and learn about Occult Art, Writing and Publishing, Gnostic Voudon, The Typhonian Tradition, Austin Osman Spare and a variety of other topics.

This will occur late Friday evening, after the launch of Servants of the Star & the Snake

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Brian Butler restores Kenneth Anger’s triptych version of ‘Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome’

Anger is an energy.

Anger is an energy.

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.

Cults of the Shadow!

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.

Starfire Journal, Volume I, Issues 1-5

Starfire Journal, Volume I, Issues 1-5

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.

AC&THG Deluxe

AC&THG Deluxe

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

“The Bartzabel Working” returns tonight

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.

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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 –

http://imagenoire.com/brian-butler-evoking-bartzabel-spirit-in-paris-following-aleister-crowleys-directions/

Brian Butler Performs Aleister Crowley’s “The Bartzabel Working”

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.)

Bartzabel Working by Brian Butler from Brian Butler on Vimeo.

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

Photo from The Bartzabel Working by Luke Gilford

Photo from The Bartzabel Working by Luke Gilford