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May 28 2012

Fragments from Outer Gateways

To say Kenneth Grant is a controversial figure in occultism is to push the boundaries of understatement to absurd new levels. There are many who call the man an outright fraud, many more who claim he was certifiably insane and still others who to this day will tell you that Grant’s work is irresponsible and dangerous. For all that Grant has many admirers and followers who covet his hard to find works which are routinely sold for hundreds of dollars on websites like Amazon. I was lucky enough to attend grad school in a town with a magnificent public library which was able to procure a copy of his Outer Gateways for me read.

I’ve posted fragments of this book before but as with all things Scribd the material was eventually removed. There is now another download available and the Grant material is far to rare for me to pass up posting it for readers when I can. In my original posting I neglected an important detail. I believe this is the first serious occult book that made the claim that horror writer H.P. Lovecraft was unconsciously channeling information from “The Primal Grimoire” which exists in the astral. In other words The Necronomicon is in fact in existence and accessible via ritual or altered states of consciousness. Donald Tyson has made use of this theory recently in his Necronomicon series which I honestly haven’t read though I did purchase his Necronomicon Tarot because I’m a collector of odd things.

The “Primal Grimoire” stuff is in the first chapter and is an interesting meditation on reality if nothing else. The rest of the book, if I may quote an anonymous Internet reviewer, reads like a mathematics textbook though I’d add one without any numbers or formula you could easily use. As is usual with Scribd this is only roughly half of the book but it’s free so who can complain?


Apr 1 2012

Liber Null and Psychonaut

I may have posted this audio fragment of Peter J. Carroll’s Liber Null and Psychonaut before but my next post will be a longer essay dealing with a question sent to me about the Lovecraft Mythos and it’s use in magical work so this is a excellent prologue to that. It serves as an introduction to the underlying philosophical symmetry between Lovecraft’s universe and the chaos magic world view, though it does not deal with Lovecraft in particular. Once you understand Lovecraft’s rational materialism and the mythos as the horror of discovering man’s insignificance and meaninglessness in reality the following becomes illuminating:

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Dec 5 2011

How to Make and Use a Magic Mirror

Were I to make a “magic mirror” I would use Donald Tyson’s excellent manual How to Make and Use a Magic Mirror as instruction. Of course, I actually have an old copy but people tell me they’re rather hard to find and quite pricey. I picked up a paper back in the 90s for around $7. Now on Amazon I see copies going for $30 and up.

Fortunately for you and sadly for them the YouTube set has never heard the saying T Know, To Dare, To Will, To Keep Silent. Thus you can find some good places to start – but be warned most Internet practitioners are sloppy to say the least. I advise using videos like the following as a starting off point but doing more research before trying this potentially dangerous experiment.

The following from “Cyberscribe” is one of the better videos, though his caviler attitude toward evocations and summonings is disturbing. The mirror doesn’t provide you with the protection he seems to think if you’re dealing with demonic or “evil” spirits but he does at least take the precautions necessary for this sort of operation. He also goes into the theory which is important to understand.

Jul 22 2011

Kenneth Grant’s Outer Gateways

Kenneth Grant’s controversial work continues to influence many occultists even while others claim grant was a fraud. Whatever the truth Grant’s works are notoriously hard to find and expensive when you do find the. The Connecticut library system actually does have several floating around – or did 10 years ago when I had them ordered from a small town branch miles from the college town I was in.

Outer Gateways is one of his more interesting works. A kind of Lovecraftian, neo-realism is presented her that touches on the fictional Cthulhu’s relationship with Crowley’s Liber 418, the Necronomicon as metaphor for The Primal Grimiore and the theory that UFOs are actually magical entities seeking contact with us. That’s just the first chapter.

Your best bet is to try to find it in a library unless you can afford paying more than $100 for a used book but here’s 177 of the 272 pages available for free. It’s a fun read and packed with enough information to keep you busy even if you can’t read the whole thing:

Kenneth Grant – Outer Gateways

Jul 22 2011

Franz Bardon’s Practice of Magical Evocation

Bardon’s works are modern classics of Hermeticism that everyone should familiarize themselves with. His book The Practice of Magical Evocation is especially useful for any who are serious about ceremonial magic or just the theory behind crafting magical rituals. For something this intellectually dense I prefer a hard copy but as of now there is a complete copy up on Scribd. How long it’ll be up is anyone’s guess:

Franz Bardon – The Practice of Magickal Evocation

Oct 8 2010

The Otherworld or Glimpses of the Supernatural

This book is volume II of Frederick George Lee’s theological exploration paranormal phenomenon using historical documents. The first volume will only be of interest to the devout Christian (and even many modern Christians will be offended by the views of Lee) but this volume is of interest to anyone investigating apparitions and materialization of ghosts and spirits, even with the authors theological bent. The original was published in the the late 1800s so don’t expect much New Age philosophizing as the book is written in a plain, newspaper journalism style that sets the stage for Charles Fort’s works (like Wild Talents) a few decades later.

Of interest to many will be his chapters on Spiritualism which gives some good history of the faith and discusses different types of mediumship in depth without the romance or hysterics found in other writings: