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Aleister Crowley and the 20th Century Synthesis of Magick, by Dave Evans

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Aleister CrowleyAleister Crowley and the 20th Century Synthesis of Magick, by Dave EvansAleister Crowley and the 20th Century Synthesis of Magick: Strange distant gods that are not dead today, by Dave Evans Hidden Publishing, 9780955523724, 108 pp. (incl. appendices), 108 pp. (incl. appendices)Aleister Crowley and the 20th Century Synthesis of Magick is based on Dave Evans’ master’s thesis from Exeter University and represents the second, revised edition (the first being an e-book published in 2001).Evans writes that "Crowley is a particularly attractive person to study, as, apart from the Elizabethan magician John Dee, no leading occultist has left such comprehensive personal diaries and writings. It is this intimate and minutely detailed material that facilitates deep engagement with the subject.” This certainly seems to be the case. Read More

Psyche’s list of chaos magick books

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Books, photo by az This list of chaos magick books was first published in an information pamphlet created for the Hamilton Pagan Harvest Festival in September 2007.Read these for a taste of the philosophy surrounding chaos magick: Chaos magick is first and foremost about achieving results, therefore, don't merely read these, do them: Read More

Postmodern Magic, by Patrick Dunn

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Postmodern Magic: The Art of Magic in the Information Age, by Patrick Dunn Llewellyn Publishing, 0738706639, 251 pp., 2005It's been years since I spoke with Dunn via an online mailing list - indeed, I didn't even realize he'd published a book! It was the book's sensible tone, straightforward approach and material that lead me to connect the dots and finally recognize why it seemed so familiar. The list was a central focus for a chaos magick group which began in the mid to late 1990s that remains active today, in an sense, though most of the core members have moved on, as Patrick seems to have done, after a fashion, though echoes of its influence are still heard. Read More

Two Tracts on Cartomancy, by Austin Osman Spare

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Austin Osman SpareTwo Tracts on Cartomancy, by Austin Osman Spare Two Tracts on Cartomancy, by Austin Osman Spare, with an introductory essay by Gavin W. Semple Fulgur Limited, 1558183442, 38 pp. (incl. list of illustrations), 1997Gavin Semple’s introductory essay makes up the main portion of this booklet. It, rather helpfully, gives an account of Spare’s introduction to cartomancy, and subsequently, his understanding and use of forecasting cards, placing it in context.Semple describes Spare’s fondness for gambling on the horse races, and how this lead to the creation of his own ‘Surrealist Racing Forecast Cards’ (among others); explaining that that "Spare was not about to swallow anyone else’s gnosis wholesale – the challenge for him was to formulate a symbolic arcanum which would elucidate the most abstract principles of magic in terms uniquely his own." Read More

How to charge a sigil playing video games

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Video game controller, image by dgoomanyOne of the most fascinating aspects about pop culture magick is the adaptability it grants you. Case in point, recently I’d been reading Disinfo’s Book of Lies, particularly the essays on Austin Osman Spare. The ideal state to be in to charge a sigil is one where the mind is blank, vacuous, and thus open to the influences of the sigil. I began to think about that and how pop culture could be applied to charging and firing sigils.  Read More

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