“The Mechanics of Magic – Magical Machines Throughout Occult History”
Throughout the ages, select individuals have chosen to look deeply in to those aspects of our world that remain hidden, to more deeply understand how we affect change in this world beyond the standard mode of the masses. These individuals can see the connections between the physical realm and the spiritual, and through contact with the spirits these individuals have developed tools in our world that aid in the affecting of the world of spirit, and spiritual tools to affect our physical realm. These individuals are the Magicians, or the Mechanics of Magic. During this discussion, we will learn of many different types of magical machines created through the course of our vibrant occult history, from the sympathetic magics of ancient shamans, the curse tablets and other magica materia of the PGM, magical machines in the grimoire tradition, beginning with “Picatrix mechanix”, or the art of dialing in the perfect astrological elections to empower talismans. We will also discuss the concept of Art as a magical machine, specifically the multidimensional machines in the work of Michael Bertiaux. The discussion will conclude with a presentation of several examples of magical machines from the authors’ collection including a new device created specifically for this discussion.
Sashah Ruge is an artist, professional chef, and student of magic and the occult for over 30 years, with a particular interest in spirit communication and work via the grimoire traditions, LHP philosophy and magical techniques, both traditional Haitian Vodou and Esoteric Voudon, as well as a strong focus on the utilization of H.P. Lovecraft’s mythos in a mix of ceremonial magic and shamanism that has led Sashah to become the directing force within the Lovecraftian coven mentioned in Bertiaux’s writings. Sashah was consecrated as a Gnostic bishop by Michael Bertiaux and acts as Head of the Transyuggothian Brotherhood of Shamans, Aiding others in the quests of spirit contact from those outside our traditional spiritual boarders.
This year’s BLK Celebration will be held in Orlando, FL on Nov 1 & 2. For details, please click HERE
Kenneth Grant tends to get lumped in with H.P. Lovecraft and UFOs in the casual conversations of internet occultist. His work is far more complex and spans a wide variety of subjects.
Caroline will take us through a lesson on “the Goddess behind it all” as background to her talk on the Nu-Isis Lodge.
Caroline in the Spare Room
Caroline Wise instigated the republishing of Kenneth Grant’s books at Skoob Esocterica in 1989, which led to previously unpublished works coming into the light, including Grant’s novellas. She co-edited ‘The Secret Lore of London’ with John Matthews (Hodder and Stoughton 2016) and has contributed to several books on the goddesses of the Ancient World; on Austin Osman Spare, tarot artist Pamela Coleman Smith, and on magician Florence Farr, whose Egyptian themed plays she produced at The Rudolph Steiner Theatre in 1993. She gives talks and workshops on the goddesses in Britain, and in USA, Germany and Italy. She works with Starfire Publishing and has a special interest in the work of Kenneth Grant.
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Compiled and edited by Henrik Bogdan, Servants of the Star & the Snake is a collection of eighteen essays exploring the work of Kenneth and Steffi Grant.
Kenneth Grant: Servant-Satguru-Savant, by Martin P. Starr;
From Zos-Kia to the As-If: Kenneth Grant and Austin Osman Spare, by Michael Staley;
Advaita Vedanta in the Works of Kenneth Grant, by Henrik Bogdan;
Kenneth Grant and Lord Kusum Haranath, by Ruth Bauer;
From Central Africa to the Mauve Zone: Gerald Massey’s Influence on Kenneth Grant’s Idea of the Typhonian Tradition, by Christian Giudice;
Lam and the Typhonian Tradition, by Michael Staley;
Inside Outer Space, by Kyle Fite;
The Other Woman: Babalon and the Scarlet Woman in Kenneth Grant’s Typhonian Trilogies, by Manon Hedenborg-White;
The Nuclear Art of Steffi Grant, by Henrik Bogdan;
The Art of Darkness: Kenneth Grant and the Unity of the Soul, by Vadge Moore;
Kenneth Grant and Maat, by Nema;
Clarity versus Weirdness: A Vital Tension Within Magical Culture, by Ramsey Dukes;
Foundations of the Typhonian Trilogies, by Michael Staley;
Beyond Crowley: The Foundations of Sexual Magick, by Jan Fries;
Evocation of the Fire Snake: Kenneth Grant and Tantra, by Henrik Bogdan;
The Magic in Fiction, by Alistair Coombs;
The Role of H. P. Lovecraft in the Work of Kenneth Grant, by Stephen Dziklewicz;
Shakti in Chinatown, by Michael Bertiaux.
This launch event occurs during the BLK Celebration weekend, and is part of The Occult Bookstore’s Centennial celebration. All copies purchased at this event will include a signed and numbered certificate. Book contributors, including Michael Staley and Michael Bertiaux, will be present to sign copies.
“The subject of my talk is the Black Pilgrimage to Chorazin as it appears in fiction, apocrypha, Typhonian exegesis, and in the sorceries of the Lovecraftian Coven.
With our reawakening of Michael Bertiaux’s Lovecraftian Coven, we embarked on a nine month ritual to establish it’s current with that which lies Beyond.
To accomplish this we sought to embody within a vessel an egregore of the Black Man of the Sabbath, a mask of Nyarlathotep. Conceived as a moonchild, who would gestate through a nine month working. I will recount the pilgrimage of the Lovecraftian Coven and what slouches toward Chorazin to be born”.
As a member of the Ordo Templi Orientis Antiqua (O.T.O.A.), and the La Couleuvre Noire (L.C.N.), Zalmat Bernstein has been active with the work of Michael Bertiaux and Kenneth Grant’s Typhonian tradition for three decades. As an early evangelist of the Voudon Gnostic Workbook, he published articles as author of the Liber Atom website. In recent years he has been instrumental in starting a Monastery of the Seven Rays study group that broadcasts from a Theosophical occult library. Immersing himself in the source material from which these traditions drew inspiration enabled him to lead study groups on Theosophy, Madame Blavatsky’s Secret Doctrine, and the Western Esoteric Traditions for over a decade. This led to an additional calling, seeing him regularly performing the Eucharist, Zalmat is an ordained Catholic priest and the progenitor of the Society for the Reparation of the Astral Light (SRAL), a Gnostic Catholic Spiritualist society modeled after the work of Abbe Boullan. and he is helping to re-establish the current of Michael Bertiaux’s Lovecraftian Coven.
“Lovecraftian Mythos in the the Voudon Gnostic Universe: An introductory look into Bertiaux’s Lovecraftian Coven”.
This presentation sheds light on the foundation and practice of a system that utilizes Transyuggothian Shamanism, Zothyrian Logic, and Necronomicon Physics, and it explores how these weave into the world of Esoteric Voudon.
Sashah Ruge is an artist and a student of magic and the occult for over 20 years. His primary focus is in the grimoire traditions, LHP philosophy/magical techniques, and both traditional and esoteric Voodoo.
Sashah has a strong focus on the utilization of H. P. Lovecraft’s Mythos in a mix of ceremonial magic and shamanism that has led him to become the directing force within the Lovecraftian Coven mentioned in Bertiaux’s writings.
Sashah was consecrated as a Gnostic Bishop by Michael Bertiaux, and is one of two of Michael’s “Hyde Park Lodge” to be initiated into the NU Kult of LAM.