Martin and Michael will have a live discussion on Saturday entitled “The Occult History of Chicago.” Michael is internationally known through his books and art, but he was a young man with a dream when he arrived in Wheaton, IL in the 1960’s to report for his job with the Theosophical Society. He traveled frequently for lectures to Chicago, and fell in love with the city. Although readers of his work know about his Gnostic Voudon rituals, Church Orders and the work of the Ordo Templi Orientis Antiqua & La Couleuvre Noire and other groups he worked with over the years, Chicago’s occult history stretches back considerably further. Michael has an insatiable lust for knowledge, and being immersed in these bizarre legacies energized him and inspired him to discover more. Over the years, he has learned of the people, places and things of Hidden Chicago, and is eager to share these tales before they are lost.
This talk will cover the little-known “hot points” of the city’s esoteric history with a long-time participant/observer.
Martin P. Starr is an independent scholar of Western Esotericism and New Religious Movements with four decades of research and writing on the English synthetic occultist Aleister Crowley and his disciples Wilfred Talbot Smith, Charles Stansfeld Jones, C. F. Russell and Kenneth Grant. His current academic interests revolve around the interplay of Neo-Rosicrucianism, Independent Eucharistic Church Movements, Theosophy, and Freemasonry.
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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.