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Louis T Culling’s Complete Magick Curriculum revised and expanded

By Psyche | August 30, 2010

After more than forty years, Llewellyn Worldwide is re-releasing The Complete Magick Curriculum of the Secret Order G.B.G.: Being the Entire Study, Curriculum, Magick Rituals, and Initiatory Practices of the G.B.G., by Louis T. Culling.

The new edition has been edited, revised and expanded by Carl Llewellyn Weschcke, and, according to Donald Michael Kraig, is almost three times larger than the first edition, which was fewer than 130 pages. (This edition is 360 pages.)

From the book’s description on the publisher’s website:

Founded upon the revolutionary premise that High Magick can be distilled to a few powerful and efficient steps, Louis T. Culling’s original edition of this classic magick book broke all the rules. [...]

Carl Llewellyn Weschcke, publisher of Culling’s original edition of this book, offers illuminating commentary, definitions, and discussion points to render these profound magickal philosophies and practices even more accessible and relevant for contemporary magickal practice. This new edition is also an interesting philosophical commentary, answering a number of questions about historical occult orders and figures like Aleister Crowley.

The in-depth description offers more information on the last point: Continue reading »

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Aleister Crowley and Dion Fortune the focus of new book published by Llewellyn

By Psyche | January 18, 2010

Llewellyn Worldwide recently released a new book enigmatically titled: Aleister Crowley and Dion Fortune: The Logos of the Aeon and the Shakti of the Age, by Alan Richardson.

Richardson is the author of several other esoteric books, including one on Dion Fortune called Priestess: The Life and Magic of Dion Fortune, published by Thoth Publications.

So, what can we expect from this new book exploring the lives and works of two of the most…differently oriented people, shall we say? – of their time?

From Llewellyn:

Aleister Crowley and Dion Fortune were two of the most controversial and powerful occultists of the 20th century. Crowley was regarded by many as a creature of the night, albeit one whose soul was streaked with brilliance; Fortune was viewed as one of the Shining Ones, who nevertheless wrestled with her own darkness. Between them they produced some of the best books on magick ever written, and their influence upon contemporary magicians has been profound.

Written by occult scholar Alan Richardson, this unusual and provocative book draws upon unpublished material to reveal little-known aspects of Crowley and Fortune’s relationship, and their role as harbingers of sweeping cultural changes—foreshadowing the women’s movement, the sexual revolution, and 1960s counterculture—as well as other surprising influences upon our present culture.

I’m intrigued.

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The Thoth Companion, by Michael Osiris Snuffin

By Psyche | February 18, 2008

The Thoth Companion: The Key to the True Symbolic Meaning of the Thoth Tarot, by Michael Osiris Snuffin
Llewellyn Worldwide, 9780738711928, 216 pp. (incl. appendix, glossary, bibliography and index), 2007

The Crowley-Harris Thoth Tarot is perhaps the second most popular tarot deck after the Rider-Waite-Smith. Conceived and executed towards the end of Crowley’s life, the Thoth Tarot distills some fifty years of magickal study and practice. Its densely packed occult symbolism is not easily obtained from his treatise on the subject, The Book of Thoth, as it assumes a high familiarity with a variety of esoteric disciplines. Several books have been written endeavouring to illuminate its significance; The Thoth Companion represents the most recent attempt.

In the introduction Snuffin writes that the purpose of the present book is to Continue reading »

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