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Aleister Crowley wrote the Gnostic Mass in 1913. He described it as “the central ritual, public and private, of the O.T.O.,” the first of the ancient orders of antiquity to embrace the teachings of The Book of the Law. Received in 1904, The Book of the Law proclaims a new set of spiritual directives for the modern era.
A stone’s throw away from The Velvet Underground and Andy Warhol’s infamous “Factory,” William Burroughs’ “bunker,” and the legendary Chelsea Hotel was a scene far more esoteric than perhaps even they could have imagined. In this daring exposé by a survivor of a unique era in the New York occult scene, James Wasserman, a longtime proponent of the teachings of Aleister Crowley, brings us into a world of candlelit temples, burning incense and sonorous invocations.
To say Christopher S. Hyatt, Ph.D. will not ever have mass appeal is an understatement. His radical approach to self-transformation doesn’t come sugarcoated. Rather, Dr. Hyatt exposes every hypocrisy and forces you to face yourself as you are, not as you wish to be.
Though he passed away in 2008, his “take-no-prisoners” approach to self-actualization lives on through the articles in this book, many written by his friends and colleagues incuding Timothy Leary, Dr. Israel Regardie, James Wasserman, Lon Milo DuQuette and Robert Anton Wilson.
From the strange symbols on a one dollar bill to the secret signs of the Knights Templar and Freemasons, invisible societies, and the world of magic and alchemy, The Book of Secrets (Weiser Books/March 2011) is a comprehensive introduction to the world of secret and esoteric knowledge throughout history. It offers a doorway into the initiated secret traditions of the fascinating unseen spiritual world: its symbols, secret societies and seers.
Yoga today connotes many images and ideas – from holy men on a high mountaintop to throngs of young women toting designer mats. Yoga, meaning “union,” is actually a many-layered discipline designed to help an individual attain health, serenity, focus, and ultimately, union with the Divine. Aleister Crowley was one of the first Europeans to practice yoga and believed the practice was essential to spiritual growth, stating that “Magick is a Pyramid built layer by layer. The work of the Body of Light – with the technique of Yoga – is the foundation of the whole.”