Monday, 17 October 2011

Jack Parsons, Babalon, Witchcraft

Jack Parsons is still a name that is not widely known in witchcraft. Despite pre-dating Gardnerian Wicca and the later traditions, his ideas and writings have not gained the recognition that they rightly deserve.

What is most striking is how modern Jack seems, a rocket scientist whose discoveries literally put man on the moon. His writing is clear and empassioned, and cuts to the core of what witchraft is. A free thinker, rebel and libertarian who argued for sexual freedom and women's rights before it was fashionable. A bohemian who experimented with drugs, new ways of living, and dared to dream of what human potential could acheive.

Jack Parsons is the bridge between the generation of Crowley and the revolutionary potential unleashed in the sixties. It seems that the same revolutionary spirit is returning with the occupy movement and the increased profile of the psychedelic movement. Jack would be in favour of the renewed vigour being felt in magick and wider culture in these critical times. 

We discuss his work in The Red Goddess in relation to the Babalon Working and the emergence of Babalon into the modern world. His legacy has still not fully unfolded.

We've been talking for the past few years about Babalon, Jack and Witchcraft to audiences of pagans, witches and thelemites. This is a story that needs to be repeated. To that end, here is another field recording from Scotland this time made at the Wyrd Shop on Edinburgh's Royal Mile. A good introduction to Jack, and a different version to any of the writing that we have previously published on the subject. Again, we stress that this is a rough field recording made on simple equipment. We hope that the ideas presented in this way will impact upon more people and that both witchcraft and magic will acknowledge his ideas and take them forward.

Friday, 14 October 2011

Strewn with petals

Today we unwrapped the Bibliotheque Rouge paperback proofs for both Datura and Pomba Gira.
The shocking pink of the Maria edition of Pomba Gira should enliven the most staid of occult bookshelves!

The sumptuous  hardback edition  of Pomba Gira is causing quite a stir, and the fine edition is in preparation with our binders. Our further congratulations are due to author Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold for creating this important work.

We are very pleased to be able to make Datura available in a paperback edition as poetry of this quality deserves a wider recognition and readership. The next volume in this series, Mandragora, is already flourishing in the care of our poetry editor Ruby Sara.

Both paperback titles will be ready to ship in another couple of weeks, we hope to have copies with us for the Day of the Dead conference in Glastonbury which we are eagerly anticipating..

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Woodsmoke and Wormwood

It was back in March 2010 when we went on a Black Pilgrimage travelling from Cornwall to Scotland. This was the first opportunity to put some of the ideas from XVI before different audiences.

We were told by the skeptics that these ideas were not relevant to magic. That the esoteric did not mix with ecology and politics and engagement with the world.
Others thanked us for putting it into words.
For daring to say it.

Now we can all see the fissures crazing their way across The Tower.
Europe is in disarray. Greece set to default. Italy a sham. Spain's youth taking to the streets. Wall Street is occupied. Oil spills and ecological disasters are multiplying. These are not the acts of some recession, depression or slump that we can print our way out of with paper promises.

You are watching a civilisation end.

It is not a banking crisis, it is the devouring of resources with the madness of any monotheism.
There is no infinite economic growth on a finite resource planet.

As magickians we need to engage with the raw forces unleashed in these moments.

Take action to direct where the cards will fall.

To that end I'm posting a set of field recordings of my 'Seeing Through Apocalypse' speech shot with a digi cam that eventually gets the focus right. It gives a feel for the crackling fire and the icy night in a Scottish farmhouse way out in the back of beyond. No fancy cut fades and edits, just a small group of individuals trying to understand what is coming through human psychology, the eschatology of John Dee, and the urgings of Babalon. The polished version is to be found bound into the book, but this document too says something of it and maybe that way the ideas will get out to more people, which is always our aim.