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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

MARCH 2009, ADDENDUM

NEW BOOK:

THE SERPENT AND THE EAGLE:

AN INTRODUCTION TO THE ELDER RUNIC TRADITION

By Chris Travers

Signed Copies: Paperback

$15.95

BOOK BLURB:

The Serpent and the Eagle is the most transparent and accessible book on Runes available today. By exploring the rich lore from Germanic mythical sources as well as comparative studies, this work provides a solid basis of understanding the Runes as well as fruits of the author's own research unavailable elsewhere.

The first part of this book is a basic overview of most important elements of Germanic cosmology. In this work, the structure of the World Tree, space, time, and social order are explored in detail as they relate to the Runes.

The second part explores the structure and meaning of the Elder Futhark using a variety of methods. The meanings of the Runes are made accessible and enough information is provided to help the seeker explore this subject further.

The third part of this book explores practice. Here one will learn how to explore the Runes using meditation, get answers to questions using divination, and use the Runes to create changes in your life. Anyone interested in Runes, whether a novice or an advanced student, will find a wealth of information and insight in this book.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Chris Travers has over 15 years of experience studying and working with Runes. He is a Master in the Rune-Gild, and initiatory organization dedicated to seeking knowledge of the Runes. He has studied history and European pre- history at the Evergreen State College.

For over a decade, Chris has lead various Runic study groups, written papers in journals like “Runa Magazine”, and been active teaching topics related to Runic Studies. He works professionally as a computer software engineer and lives in the Pacific Northwest.

NEW BOOK:

THE WEISER CONCISE GUIDE TO ALEISTER CROWLEY

by Richard Kaczynski , James Wasserman (Editor)

List Price: $12.95

Paperback: 128 pages

Publisher: Weiser Books (April 1, 2009)

BOOK BLURB:

In addition to the fascinating biographical sketch drawn by Richard Kaczynski, author of the classic biography Perdurabo, this book offers Crowley’s teachings in his own words. A carefully chosen series of his instructions for concentration, meditation, magick, invocation, even sex magick are included. Crowley’s descriptions of the teaching Orders A:.A:. and OTO are presented, along with the Creed of EGC. In addition, a suggested reading list of Crowley’s “top-eleven” most important books is enhanced by an extensive bibliography for further in-depth research. This is the first and only introductory book that does not pretend to “improve” upon the Master’s writings, but attempts to showcase them into a coherent introduction to his spiritual system.

A practicing occultist whose mastery of western magick and eastern mysticism was unsurpassed by any of his contemporaries, and who continues to be an icon for many of today's practicing magicians.

  • . The founder and prophet of the new religious movement of Thelema, best known by its oft-misunderstood catchphrase, "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law."

  • . A prolific poet whose Collected Works, by age thirty, filled three volumes, and whose last published work, Olla, was subtitled Sixty Years of Song.

  • . A maverick mountaineer whose numerous innovations and world records in the sport are acknowledged by even his most vocal critics.

  • . An adventurer whose exploits in the far east were serialized by Vanity Fair magazine as "A Burmese River."

  • . An impresario who took the violin troupe, the Ragged Ragtime Girls, on a tour of Russia.

  • . A British secret agent who marshaled his literary and occult connections to the service of his country, including (reputedly) the invention of the "V for Victory" sign as a magical antidote to the swastika.

  • . A ranked chess master who could trounce many players without even looking at the chess board.

  • . A pioneering entheogenic explorer who conducted psychedelic experiments with mescaline.

  • . Producer and star of The Rites of Eleusis, a series of ritualistic plays featuring an innovative blend of magick, drama, music and poetry.

  • . One of the most unjustly vilified men in the history of journalism, garnering headlines like "The Wickedest Man in the World" and "A Man We'd Like To Hang."

More mistruth and rumor has circulated about Aleister Crowley than perhaps any other figure in recent history. When the reporter Henry Hall introduced him to readers of the New York World Sunday Magazine, he wrote, "Some said that he was a man of real attainments, others that he was a faker. All agreed that he was extraordinary." Crowley openly defied social conventions, challenging people to examine what they really believed, and why they believed it. He confronted blind faith with rational skepticism. Yet he likewise challenged the skeptic with scientific illuminism, a systematic approach to spirituality that he described as "The method of science, the aim of religion."

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Richard Kaczynski, PhD, has been a student of the western mystery tradition—and of Thelema and the works of Aleister Crowley in particular—since 1977. He has been a member of O.T.O. since 1987, and an international lecturer on magick since 1990. He is the author of the critically acclaimed biography Perdurabo: The Life of Aleister Crowley as well as the books Perdurabo Outtakes and Panic in Detroit: The Magician and the Motor City. Along with Hymenaeus Beta, he is co-editor of The Revival of Magick and Other Essays. Over the years, his writing has appeared in various magazines (High Times, Different Worlds, The Magical Link, Mezlim, Eidolon, Neshamah, Cheth) and books (Golden Dawn Sourcebook, Rebels and Devils). He currently lives in Maryland with his wife and cat.

CALENDAR: MARCH / APRIL

MARCH:

TUESDAY, MARCH 3rd First Quarter Moon

MONDAY, MARCH 9th 7-9PM Celtic Reconstructionist Group

TUESDAY, MARCH 10th Full Moon

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18th Last Quarter Moon

FRIDAY, MARCH 20th Spring Equinox Open Circle

Presented by Aquarian Tabernacle Church 7-9PM

THURDAY. MARCH 26th New Moon

SATURDAY MARCH 27th 7PM-9PM Celtic Studies Lecture

APRIL:

FRIDAYS APRIL 3rd-24th

OLOTEAS presents…

Skiing the Magickal Bunny Slope:

A Really, Really Introductory Course on Wicca, Magick and Everything.

The Spring session of 2009 will be held on five consecutive Fridays at Edge of the Circle Books:

April 3, 2009 from 7PM - 9PM

April 10, 2009 from 7PM - 9PM

April 17, 2009 from 7PM - 9PM

April 24, 2009 from 7PM - 9PM

May 1, 2009 from 7PM - 9PM

Edge of the Circle Books is located at 701 E Pike on Capitol Hill in Seattle.

Enrollment is open to all, but we ask that no new students attend after the first class date. If you’ve taken the class before, you’re welcome to come to any session you may have missed previously, or re-take any you found particularly interesting.

Please send email to dana@oloteas.org to let us know if you’re planning to attend (so we have some idea how many chairs to put out and handouts to make!).

This class is completely, absolutely, 100% free of charge! It is presented twice a year as a community service of OLOTEAS, and is supported by donations from our ritual events.

Many thanks to Edge of the Circle for offering us free space for the class!

These are some of the materials that are given to students of our Skiing the Magickal Bunny Slope classes:

A Brief Guide to Pagan Etiquette

Some Tips for Aspiring Herbalists

Magical Ethics

Basic Circle Casting

Correspondences - Key of Solomon

Magickal Weapons and Tools

Spellcraft

The Oracle™

The Tree of Life

Temple Arrangement

The Wheel of the Year

Glossary

Recommended Reading List

The next session of Bunnyslopes will be presented in October and will be over two consecutive Saturdays. This session will take place at the Horizon Oasis Temple at 1423 10th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122. This location is more accessible than the Edge of the Circle classroom for those that have mobility issues. The dates for the fall classes are:

October 3, 2009 from 10AM - 3PM

October 10, 2009 from 10AM - 3PM

Our Lady of the Earth and Sky

PO Box 20032

Seattle, WA 98102

Website: http://www.oloteas.org/

Email: oloteas@oloteas.org

THURSDAY, APRIL 30th 7-9PM, Beltaine Open Circle

Presented by Aquarian Tabernacle Church

2 comments:

Joseph Thiebes said...

The latest episode (#8) of Speech in the Silence podcast ( http://speechinthesilence.com ) features Richard Kaczynski reading two selections from the newly expanded edition of his book, "Perdurabo." Great stuff!

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