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Thursday, December 16, 2010


A Gathering of Masks

By Robert Fitzgerald 

A Gathering of Masks Book CoverAleister Crowley's obscure Liber 231 remains one of his most enigmatic received magical texts, and one whose genesis directly concerns the workings of astral magic and trance-mediumship. A Gathering of Masks is the summation of direct magical workings with the Genii of the Domes, the spirits governing the revealed mystery of Liber 231, and serving as the wards of the Major Arcana of the Tarot. Fulfilled by the author over a period of a decade, the twenty-two evocations of the Genii of the Domes reveal a patterning of power and gnosis heretofore little-explored in the practice of the Art Magical.
The book commences with the author's Introduction, entitled "By Seal and Sphere: A Treatise on Astral Magic". The heart of the work is comprised of twenty-two oracles, each of which is accompanied by a commentary and a unique Queen Scale sigil derived from the Work. The book also includes several illustrations by artist-author Barry William Hale of Fulgur Limited. Of interest to scholars of Thelema and practitioners of ceremonial magic, Gathering stands as an outré magical record of the Divinatory Art.
A Gathering of Masks is 128 pages, octavo format, with three full-page illustrations and 22 magical diagrams. 
Standard hardcover cloth with letterpress dust jacket, limited to four hundred sixty-two copies :  List Price: $100.00, 144 Pages


By Ida Craddock, Edited and with an Introduction by Vere Chappell.  

Philadelphia-born Ida Craddock (1857-1902) was a forceful public exponent of women's rights and sexual freedom whose interest in Theosophy and Spiritualism led her into a profound involvement with the occult. Attacked by conservatives as promoting obscenity and immorality on account of her reforming activities, Craddock became the focus of an organised campaign of persecution. Facing a lengthy prison sentence that she did not expect to survive, she instead took her own life, at age forty-five.

After her death, Craddock's work on sexuality and occultism attracted the interest of a small number of well-known figures, including Aleister Crowley, who wrote that she possessed "...initiated knowledge of extraordinary depth. She seems to have had access to certain most concealed sanctuaries.... She has put down statements in plain English which are positively staggering."

Amongst her papers, Craddock left two manuscripts, "Lunar and Sex Worship" and "Sex Worship (Continued)" that had been commissioned by her patron, the Spiritualist W. T. Stead. They are effectively studies of sexuality in religion and mythology, as viewed through the prism of Craddock's own experiences and beliefs.  

This Teitan Press edition of Lunar and Sex Worship is the first ever publication of "Lunar and Sex Worship" and "Sex Worship (Continued)." It comprises the complete text of both works, edited and introduced by Vere Chappell, an expert on the life and work of Craddock.  

The book is a hardcover, octavo sized (9 x 6 inches, approx 23.5 x 15.2cm), xviii + 318pp. Sewn, printed on acid-free paper. Heavy blue cloth binding, with gilt titling etc to the spine. Black and white frontispiece photo-portrait. Pictorial dust jacket. Edition limited to 650 numbered copies.

Publisher: The Teitan Press
Price: US $48.95

Issue 85 of IDUNNA Magazine- Autumn, 2010 
List Price $6.00  
With Issue 86 ordered and on the  way!

Idunna is the quarterly journal published by the Troth. The journal is named for the Norse goddess Íðunn, whose golden apples keep the gods and goddesses ever vibrant. With this journal and our other worthy actions, we revivify these Gods and Goddesses, and restore them to their vital role in our world and our lives. We come together now to forge again the Hammer of the North that is our own Troth.

Idunna publishes material on all aspects of pre-Christian Germanic religion and culture. We cover both the ancient religions of the the Norse, Anglo-Saxons, Goths, and continental Germans, and the various modern revivals of these old ways, collectively known as Heathenry. A typical issue of Idunna is 48 pages long, and includes articles and essays, poetry, fiction, artwork, regular columns, announcements of upcoming events, and book and music reviews. Each issue has a theme, announced a year in advance, although not every piece in an issue must necessarily fit the theme.

More from  Ring Of Troth ; we also carry their  Our Troth Volumes I and II in both Hardback and Paperback.   


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