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The Art and Magic of Austin Osman Spare

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Over at Cvlt Nation, Mick has curated and written a brief but informative history of Austin Osman Spare and his work.

via Cvlt Nation:

[In 1906] Spare published his first political cartoon, a satire on the use of Chinese wage slave laborers in British South Africa, which appeared in the pages of The Morning Leader newspaper. During this same time, he was working diligently on A Book of Satyrs, which included nine satirical illustrations ridiculing the Church and politics. In 1907, Spare created his most infamous piece, ‘Portrait of the Artist.’ This black and white self-portrait was later purchased by Jimmy Page.

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Is Thelema a Religion or not?

Well is it? via IAO131 Aleister Crowley

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

One of the ever-present questions in the discourse about Thelema is whether or not it is a religion. I think this question is most poetically answered by someone – I believe the credit goes to Jake Stratton-Kent – who said:

“There is religion in Thelema for those that require it. There is also freedom from religion in Thelema, for those that require it.”

In short: Yes… and no. All I can attempt to do is elaborate on this position to make it a bit more clear.

Before going too far in depth, it should be said that – according to anthropologists, sociologists, theologists, and the like – Thelema would most definitely be classified as a “religion.” It has a “Bible” (Liber AL vel Legis), a moral code (Do what thou wilt), a Prophet (To Mega Therion), a set of practices (Magick), and even a “pantheon” (Nuit, Hadit, Ra-Hoor-Khuit, Hoor-paarkraatet cetera).

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“They” Told Me to Write This

Who are “they”? Good question. Grey Aliens? Beings from the Sirius star system? Harvey the white rabbit? Fuck if I know. They appear to refract differently through the nervous system of everyone who comes into contact with them. I actually started referring to them as hynagogic light entities after they started showing up in my peripheral sleep states. The whole scene started crackling right after I began performing magick. I summoned them and they came, rebuilding the structure of my soul on a near nightly basis—which often felt like computer updates being rapidly downloaded into my psyche. Seriously, that’s how it went down from my perspective, I started doing magick and they started installing the sorcerer software pack into the very fiber of my being.

This went on for months before they finally finished. They showed me what they’d been working on and of course I didn’t understand it even remotely, but they seemed quite proud of themselves.… Read the rest

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Aleister Crowley: A Passion for Evil? – Disinformation: The Podcast

Disinformation: The Podcast: Episode 12 — Aleister Crowley: A Passion for Evil?

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This episode features an interview with playwright John Burns.  John’s latest work, Aleister Crowley: A Passion for Evil, is being performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this summer.

We discuss little known aspects of Crowley’s life, including his childhood and his experiences as a mountaineer.  We also discuss the recent Disinformation documentary Aleister Crowley: In Search of the Great Beast 666, which attempts to dramatize Crowley’s history through filmmaking.

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Battle of The Secret Chiefs – Out There Radio: Episode 11

Out There Radio – Episode 11: Battle of the Secret Chiefs

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“Aleister Crowley, I’m calling the cops…”   Today we explore the famous occult group known as the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. We’ll discuss its history and current forms with our special guest Austin Gandy. Austin is one of the southeast’s leading experts on the occult, and after listening to this show, you will understand why.

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