Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Blood of the Earth magazine review

Review of  The Blood of the Earth fresh off the press from Living Traditions magazine:



When I began studying magic in the late 1960’s the relationship between magic and ecology was nebulous, to say the least. While there was a discussion of the importance of respecting the earth the focus of ritual magic was on invocation and evocation (among other practises) and there was little room for real ecological considerations.


Even within the Wiccan movement of this period ecology seemed low on the scale compared to spiritual concerns with nature reduced to abstract concepts. As time progressed the importance of a non-dualistic approach to the world increased as the “theological” foundations of esotericism and paganism came under scrutiny. The significance of the earth as imbued with spirit and a living ecological worldview as part of magic became to become better known.






Greer is both a very well respected author on magic and a futurist, his work hence encapsulates the new generation of engaged magician. He decries both the escapist approach of much spirituality as
well as the reductionist tendencies of modern materialism. The focus on this work is on the issue of oil production and the way in which Western society lives in total denial about the severe limitation of this resource. This dangerous self-delusion occurs both on an individual and industry basis. The oil industry indulgences in magical thinking as it places Capital as the creator of oil and the greater salvation of the problems of man in obvious contradiction to the limited and finite nature of oil as a resource.We cannot consider the modern dilemma without considering the ethical ramifications of technology and progress. Greer also examines the nature of magic as an archaic use of the imagination not as seen as a variation of science as many modern magicians seem to express.
Greer offers an excellent discussion of philosophy, Neo-Platonism and Theurgy and its value in the past and now. Also discussed is the nature of initiation minus the hype and occur mystification, indeed Greer’s style overall while erudite is down to earth avoiding undue occult speak.
   


Greer likens the illusions of materialism and the peak oil industry to the wonders and sights of lesser magic as opposed to true Theurgy. He offers an insightful discussion of when our beliefs and psychological structures contradict the facts from the ecological crisis to strange tales of UFO cults and the danger such self-deception can hold.

His guide to practical magic is different from what most would expect and very challenging and thought provoking. Greer continues looking at the value of reading, knowledge and myth including modern myths such as that of the machine.

The Blood of the Earth is a very unusual book, it is not the type of title you would expect from a magician or futurist, yet one that really gets to the heart of modern ecological issues. At first it is difficult to get a handle on since Greer is taking such a new road in this field, yet if you persevere you will be richly rewarded.

http://www.livingtraditions-magazine.com

And the book is of course here: http://www.scarletimprint.com/bloodoftheearth.html




Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Blood of the Earth: Black Gold fine bound edition

First glimpse of the fine bound edition of The Blood of the Earth by John Michael Greer.







Full black nigerian goat,  double gilt blocked with weeping sun device.
Commisioned marbled oil and gold endpapers.
Gilded edges, slipcased and finished to the highest standards.


Pre-ordered copies are being wrapped and will ship over the next few days.
There are still some copies of the fine edition unclaimed.  


We also have the hardback in stock as well as paperback and digital Bibliotheque Rouge editions.

Full details here: www.scarletimprint.com/bloodoftheearth.html

Monday, 16 April 2012

Lucifer in the Grimoires

Lucifer is clearly present in the Grimoire tradition. Often discarded as autocratic, christian, inpenetrable or simply 'old aeon' the grimoires are being re-assessed by a new generation of magicians.  

In this talk Peter Grey dissects one of the most notorious of the grimoire rituals, through Grand Grimoire, Red and Black Dragons, paring back the layers of artifice to a raw shamanic confrontation ‘In the skin of the Beast’. An exegesis with far reaching implications for grimoire magicians and their dealings with Lucifer.






Original source material for the Grand Grimoire and Red Dragon can be found at Joseph Peterson's excellent Twilight  Grotto: http://www.esotericarchives.com/

Our edition of Black Dragon (translated by Michael Cecchetelli) is available here in hardback, paperback and digital editions, a very curious text:

http://www.scarletimprint.com/crossedkeys.htm


 

 If you enjoyed this presenation, come and take part in the Pleasure Dome event this year 2012.

Tickets available now.

http://www.scarletimprint.com/events.htm











Hail Lucifer!





Friday, 6 April 2012

For he on honeydew hath fed..

We are pleased to reveal the panoply of delights that await you at:




 
Six speakers, two dancers, ritual, theatre, poetry and a magic lantern show comprising the best occult short films. A major visionary event for the European magical community.

Our confirmed speakers are:

Carl Abrahamsson
A recent focus in Abrahamsson's writings/lectures has been the multicoloured area between art and the occult: their many intersections and often vital offspring. In 2011, he "initiated" an occult art project which deals with the creation of a "mega-golem": one magical being consisting of artworks. His talk at the Pleasure Dome will touch upon this, in relation to a tradition of visionary art.

Al Cummins
Cut-up - the manipulation of existant material to form new / the sundered newspaper, the exploded ticket / aleatoric juxtaposition, dada hagiography, dub literature / paeans to Atropos, lady of the sacred scissors - patron of mosiac, collage and chimeras / the Fate who widens the windows of the soul. / a talk on cut-up by cut-up. / fragments of poetry, prose, lecture and improvisation / "...divided for love's sake, for the chance of union." / a celebration of chaos, beauty and the spaces dilated. / paired like lips, two scissor blades make one cut.

Alkistis Dimech
BABALON: Embodiment of Mystery.

Peter Grey
Apocalyptic Witchcraft.

Stuart Inman

On surrealism and magic. (Details forthcoming).

Levannah Morgan
Kenneth Anger is a magician who produced an extraordinary series of short films between the late 1940s and 1981 including INAUGURATION OF THE PLEASURE DOME, SCORPIO RISING, INVOCATION OF MY DEMON BROTHER and LUCIFER RISING.Initially working withn Aleister Crowley's magickal system he developed a system of uniquely cinematic magick: films which were created as magickal rituals and which work on their audiences as such. Anger was also the muse and an inspirer of the Luciferian counterculture of London in the 1960s. Every image, every detail of these films as a magickal meaning and purpose. From the orgiastic Rite of Pan which is INAUGURATION OF THE PLEASURE DOME, through the Geburic "attack on the sensorium" (Anger, 1966) of INVOCATION OF MY DEMON BROTHER, to the lyrical expression of Anger's personal Lucifer mythos in LUCIFER RISING these films are a brilliantly luminous form of creative magick. In this talk I will look in detail at how Anger created this magick and how it works, and will demonstrate that Anger should be regarded as one of the leading magicians of the 20th century.

Performances by:

Michael Azzato
Returning to give another Egyptian Sha'abi dance after his flamboyant performance at the Summer of Love.

Orryelle Defenstrate-Bascule
The Ancient Greek bard Orpheus torn limb from limb by the Maenads, wildwomen in the retinue of Dionysos. A disembodied head, alone on the currents, adrift on the elements, found by the Knights Templar and become their oracle… A head, having learnt presence, wise and carnal, desires to make a new body... This ritual theatre performance features live song and dance accompanied by a stop-animation film.

Lila Liltih
Tantric dancer and Goddess devotee Lila Lilith will be performing.

Poetry Readings:

Paul Holman,
Chris Page

others tbc.



Buy your tickets here

This is a not for profit event created by and for the magical community.

Psychedelic poster art copyright Lee Noble 2012