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Starfire: A Journal of the New Aeon. Volume II Number 4 (New)
by Staley, Michael (ed)
Book ID: 9781906073107, 1906073104
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Though Starfire is as Thelemic in focus as ever, this latest issue has an eclectic mix of articles and short stories, reflecting the richness and diversity of Thelema. The front cover design shown here to the left features a glorious image by Kyle Fite; click on the image for a larger view of the artwork. The contents of this issue are very diverse, and include:
- Scintillations in Mauve: An Introduction to the Work of Kenneth Grant by Michael Staley -- a preliminary survey of some key elements in the substantial body of mystical and magical work which Kenneth bequeathed us for further development;
- Images of the Mystery by Gary Dickinson -- a consideration of the origins and implications of Crowley's drawing 'The Way', better known simply as LAM;
- The Ophidian Sabbat by Daniel Schulke -- some considerations of the body of lore and sorcerous praxis which comprise the Sabbatic path;
- Sermon from a Haunted Cellar by Richard Gavin -- an essay on some of the implications of working within the Typhonian Tradition;
- The Unity of Toltec and Thelema by Eric N. Peterson -- a consideration of the common ground between the Toltec tradition and Thelema;
- On Toltec Art by Koyote the Blind -- an essay by a Toltec adept on the significance of art in the Toltec tradition;
- Shades of Grey by Richard Gavin -- a short story woven around Lam;
- Maranatha and Beyond by Stephen Dziklewicz -- a sequel to the author's essay on Maranatha in the previous issue of Starfire;
- From Aiwass to Lam by Richard Ward -- an essay on Crowley, praeterhuman contact, and the magical path of the Divine Fool;
- Echoes of Silence by Alistair Coombs -- an analysis of the background to Blavatsky's The Voice of the Silence and Crowley's Commentary on the book which he considered a masterpiece;
- Grid Sigil Magick by Robert Podgurski -- considerations concerning the ramifications of a sigil which was revealed several years ago to the author;
- The Emergence of Lam by Michael Staley -- some considerations of Lam from its emergence in the Amalantrah Working and beyond;
- Sleeping Buddha by Hector Djoun -- a short story about a Buddhist academic and his awakening following an encounter with a Pythoness;
- Two Fragments on Ataturk by Ithell Colquhoun -- reminiscences on the genesis and subsequent life of Crowley's son;
- Book Reviews by various contributors. Reviews include Brother Curwen, Brother Crowley by Henrik Bogdan; Perdurabo by Richard Kaczynski; Aleister Crowley and the Aeon of Horus by Paul Weston; A Cockney Visionary by Jerusalem Press; Vudu Cartography by Michael Bertiaux; A Gathering of Masks by Robert Fitzgerald; Voudon Gnosis by David Beth; Austin Osman Spare: The Life and Legend of London's Lost Artist by Phil Baker; and more.
The Sworn Book of Honorius: Liber Iuratus Honorii
Honorius of Thebes
Ibis Press / Nicolas-Hayes
As the title testifies, students were sworn to secrecy before being given access to this magic text, and only a few manuscripts have survived. Bits of its teachings, such as the use of the magic whistle for summoning spirits, are alluded to in other texts. Another key element of its ritual, the elaborate Seal of God, has been found in texts and amulets throughout Europe.
Interest in The Sworn Book of Honorius has grown in recent years, yet no modern translations have been attemptedunt...
Jailbreaking the Goddess: A Radical Revisioning of Feminist Spirituality
Allen, Lasara Firefox
Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
"Jailbreaking the Goddess
is an important contribution to the writings on Goddess tradition and feminist spirituality. . . . I love her political savvy, her sensitivity around issues of diversity and cultural awareness and appropriation, and her unabashed celebration of pleasure, sensuality, and life!" -- Starhawk
Jailbreaking the Goddess is a revolutionary revisioning of the feminine divine. Where the maiden, mother, crone archetypal system is tied to female biology and physic...
The Blazing Dew of Stars
Smith, David Chaim
London: Fulgur Limited, 2013. Limited to 1001 copies only. Square landscape folio. For those who have had the joy of handling and experiencing The Sacrificial Universe
released last year, this new book will continue that fine tradition. The Blazing Dew of Stars
is a complex mystical text which speaks with many voices to introduce the practice of Kabbalistic contemplative alchemy. The volume offers glimpses of a rare view of direct application and immersion into the Real, intertwini...More
The House of Owls
Yale University Press
For a quarter century, Tony Angell and his family shared the remarkable experience of closely observing pairs of western screech owls that occupied a nesting box outside their forest home. The journals the author recorded his observations in, and the captivating drawings he created, form the heart of this compelling book a personal account of an artist-naturalist s life with owls. Angell s extensive illustrations show owls engaged in what owls do hunting, courting, raising families, and exercisi...More
Beyond the Mauve Zone. Enhanced Edition.
London: Starfire Publishing, 2016. Limited Edition. A new, enhanced edition of BEYOND THE MAUVE ZONE, fully corrected by Michael Staley using Kenneth Grant's personal copy with his annotations. The volume has also been re-set, and includes a new index that should prove most useful. A FINE CLOTH COPY in illustrated dust jacket. Custom end papers. Colored frontispiece, and twenty-four page plate section with the majority of the images being in color. 324 pages, indexed. Octavo. This is the eighth,...More