BLK Celebration 2018 – Michael Staley presents “Kenneth Grant’s New Isis Lodge”

We’ve known Michael Staley for over 20 years, and have had the honour of watching him speak on a variety of esoteric subjects.

At this year’s BLK Celebration, it is our pleasure to announce that he will present –

“Kenneth Grant’s New Isis Lodge”

In early 1955 Kenneth Grant launched New Isis Lodge, writing rituals, gradework, visualization exercises and instructional papers for the various Degrees, and later published the Manifesto of New Isis Lodge. At the centre of it was Nu-Isis, a compelling vision which was synthesised from Thelema, Advaita Vedanta, and Spare’s Zos-Kia Cultus, and which was subsequently developed throughout Grant’s Typhonian Trilogies. This talk examines the mystical and magical experiences out of which Grant fashioned his conception of Nu-Isis, and the structure of New Isis Lodge which he subsequently developed.

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

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BLK Celebration 2018 – Caroline Wise presents “Nuit, Isis and the Nu-Isis Lodge”

We had the honour of viewing the Caroline Wise production of a Florence Farr play in Seattle, Washington and we later performed a special Elen of the Ways ritual for her at a past Black Lotus Kult Celebration.

It is our great pleasure to announce that Caroline will present at BLK Celebration 2018

She will bring to us – “Nuit, Isis and the Nu-Isis Lodge”

There has been speculation and misunderstanding about the Nu-Isis Lodge over the decades. Caroline discusses the rituals of the Nu-Isis Lodge, their structure and purpose. She also explores the goddesses Nuit and Isis through the Typhonian Thelemic lens, showing their relevance to magicians – especially women magicians – today. Will include a visualization exercise based on one of the rituals.

Please see the BLK Celebration’s Facebook page HERE to let us know you are coming and to read updates and details regarding these events.

 

Caroline Wise instigated the republishing of Kenneth Grant’s books at Skoob Esocterica in 1989, which led to previously unpublished works coming into the light, including Grant’s novellas.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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Caroline in the Spare Room

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.

News on Kenneth Grant’s Nightside of Eden

“Despite appearances, and according to the author’s own testimony, the thesis of Nightside of Eden is basically simple.” -David Hall

After the hectic Seattle Esoteric Book Conference and BLK Celebration “season”, followed by a magical retirement, we are now settling back in, getting some work done, and getting caught up on affairs. From all this activity, are behind on reading, but we made the time to stop by the BLK Library this week to start on Beelzebub and the Beast by David Hall.

Beelzebub and the Beast by David Hall

Beelzebub and the Beast by David Hall

Hall was one of the founders and editors of the Thelemic magazine SOTHiS. Today Starfire Publishing posted a review from a 1978 issue of SOTHiS (Vol II, NO.2) where Hall tackles Kenneth Grant’s Nightside of Eden. The opening volume of the second of the Typhonian TrilogiesNightside was a turning point for many of Grant readers where they either “broke through” or lost the plot entirely. Hall’s review does well to right the path of the later.

 

See the full review on Starfire’s website at http://www.starfirepublishing.co.uk/Nightside_Review.htm

For more on Hall’s Beelzebub and the Beast,

see http://www.starfirepublishing.co.uk/beelzebub_and_the_beast.htm

We are also very excited to share the announcement that Grant’s Nightside of Eden will be republished later this year! Starfire has done an admirable job in getting Kenneth Grant’s work back in print, in beautiful enhanced editions (new typeset, errata from previous editions and corrections from Grant’s own notes included, rescanned artwork, etc)

Read more on this at http://www.starfirepublishing.co.uk/Nightside_of_Eden.htm and make sure you are on Starfire’s mailing list for pre-order announcements!

“Nightside of Eden is an explication of the Cult of Choronzon and an initiated exposition of the Mysteries of the Left-Hand Path in relation to Western Occultism. Here, for the first time, the head of a genuine Magical Organization reveals the esoteric doctrines of the ‘black’ magic of the Left-Hand Path, as well as the practical application of psycho-sexual formulae of which very little is generally known.” – from the Starfire preview.