The Art of Invocation (Book of Calls)


Audio lecture on the art of invocation related to western hermetic Qabalah. By Steven Ashe

The material from this audio lecture informs the text of a whole chapter dedicated to Invocations in my Complete Golden Dawn Initiate available in paperback, hardback and kindle formats.

Some nice Crowley quotes and pointers on the modus operandi of magical invocation which you’ll have to dig to find elsewhere.

The formula of invocation relies heavily upon enchantment and glamour, employing specific terms and metaphors, combined with appropriate rhythm and metre to provoke a response within the individual. Just as watching a horror movie can inspire fear and a mournful romance can inspire tears, the delivery of the invocations and calls employed by the occultist can call forth a response within the individual particularly tailored to a specific mood. This is an art more sophisticated than the recitation of verbal affirmations or any ‚Äėthink your way to success and happiness‚Äô program. The invocations seek to appeal to deeper levels of the human consciousness than the intellectual mind

Aleister Crowley: Man, Myth & Magick

AC Man Myth & Magick Aleister Crowley: Man, Myth & Magick. Now available on Amazon Kindle (with a ‘look inside the book’ option) for $2.99 …. Paperback edition¬†available from Amazon

Kindle Version Available Here

Cliff Truesdell’s audio presentation of the text will be available in a few days.

Ask almost anyone their view on Aleister Crowley and opinions will polarize: he was a genius; a psychopath; a drug riddled sex maniac; a champion of sexual freedom against the restrictions of Victorian prudery and hypocrisy; he was a secret agent; a lost-soul poet; a playboy with little better to do than dabble in magic; a lifestyle imitator of Oscar Wilde and Richard Burton; a drug addict; a narcissistic sadist; a visionary artist. Few commentators are qualified to critique Crowley’s esoteric motivations and ambitions and simply dismiss him as a Black Magician who had fallen from the path. But if he did fall, why? Exactly where did he imagine the path led in the first place? And how far did he actually succeed in his life-long mission to overthrow the established order and herald a new age of Magick? Ashe thinks he knows and has written a narrative that presents a lively biography from the perspective of understanding Crowley’s roots in the magic of the Order of the Golden Dawn. Crowley was not the first of the great English magicians and certainly will not be the last. This work has been written for the general audience with a simple elegance, but has enough surprises to delight the most hackneyed Crowley expert. A revealing and concise introduction to the legend of Aleister Crowley.

Book Review: Liber L vel Bogus РRichard T Cole (Editor РSadie Sparkes) 

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(Advance Review Copy – Liber L vel Bogus – Richard T Cole.)

Readers unfamiliar with the importance of Aleister Crowley’s Book of the Law among the subculture of occultists, spiritualists and pagans might be surprised to learn that the work has been taken up by hundreds of thousands of people as the founding document of their school of spiritual philosophy, termed Thelema by Aleister Crowley.

To thousands of others who subscribe to the Crowley inspired post Golden Dawn explosion of Magick (Crowley & Cornelius Agrippa’s spelling) the Book of the Law represents a document which they believe established Crowley’s inner-plane contact with the spiritual entities who backed the Order of the Golden Dawn.

Those critical of Crowley’s occult methodology regard the events of 8th, 9th and 10th of April as a drug fueled exercise in spiritual self deception. Crowley himself was dubious about the ‘instructions’ supposedly received by his wife via mediumship from the gods in the period prior to the reception of the spiritualistic channeled text itself. The events of this period have been written about countless times. For the first time Richard T Cole discusses Crowley‚Äôs psychological state, stating that a conservative appraisal of his autobiographical confessions would award him 38/40 on Robert D Hare‚Äôs Psychopathy Checklist.

The author points out that, over thirty years after the event, when discussing his ‚ÄėConfessions‚Äô with Jackson Burke in 1938, taped for a later broadcast by a San Fransisco radio station, Crowley is still bragging about raping a servant girl at knife-point: obtaining an alibi at the tobacconists to avoid retribution. He proudly notes the girl‚Äôs genuine accusations were disbelieved against the word of a young gentleman and she was cast out onto the street and made homeless for her ‚Äėlies‚Äô, later dying a paupers death after turning to Prostitution.

Mr Cole makes mention of the instance of a young Crowley torturing a cat to death in nine different ways to explore the popular myth of its having nine lives. The shadow of psychopathy cannot be far from the mind of the critical reader. At the root of this callous pathology, Mr Cole suggest the incident of the accident with fireworks and two pounds of gunpowder which put the just turned lad of sixteen in a coma for ninety six hours and most likely damaged his brain’s pre-frontal lobes leaving him with the moral responses normally associated with those of a psychopath or sociopath.

This may explain much concerning Aleister Crowley’s later Messianic ambitions. Psychopaths can be most selective concerning the issue of Truth. I have even met one who, on a bad day, will swear blind that the sky is not blue for the sheer hell of it. Aleister Crowley’s ‘truths’ include visiting a museum with his wife that had been closed after flooding for two years (a fact originally noted by Glenn Wright writing as Jess Karlin, years ago on alt.magick & alt.tarot); finding there an ancient Egyptian funerary Stele that he had discovered himself on a previous visit when the Boalak Museum was actually open to the public and the evolution of a piece of ‘automatic writing’ to the status of New Age Bible. The latter via the process of it being used to evidence Crowley’s ‘inner plane contact’ with the Secret Chiefs in order to placate the appetite for spiritual auhenticity of anally retentive superior officer in the Golden Dawn tradition, George Cecil Jones. The whole thing is so much more complex than having an imaginary friend!

Liber L vel Bogus is a splendidly enjoyable work with all sorts of intriguing excerpts from the Yorke-Warburg records peppering its lively account. Also, Mr Cole’s exploration of the events of March 1904 uncover a wealth of material to demonstrate that Crowley was experimenting with techniques of sexual magic some eight years before his induction into the OTO where the ‘sovereign secret’ was supposed to have been revealed to him according to the ‘official’ history. In addition to this, the author lists such tales of chicanery in the manipulation of primary source documents in the care of the Warburg Institute that one is inclined to give credence to the notion that certain facts have been concealed and, at some time, removed from the records. Very disturbing indeed.

I do appreciate how Mr Cole has refocused to centre stage the importance of the Stele of Boulak (sic) to the workings which were undertaken with Crowley’s wife Rose around mid March 1904. Several Golden Dawn rituals were performed experimentally and dispensed with prior to Rose suggesting an invocation of Hoor. Subsequent to this a ritual known only as B2 was devised and written which contains references to the symbolism of the Stele which Crowley’s later accounts report Rose discovering in the Boulak Museum days later. A telling anachronism in the evidence that is presented in Liber L vel Bogus.

According to the present work, the Book of the Law existed in differing typescripts and Aleister Crowley only produced the physical evidence of a manuscript as late as 1909. Even then, as noted above, the manuscript carried the watermark of copy paper first produced commercially in 1905. Richard T Cole presents evidence that its originator was, for years, determined to distance himself from authorship; Crowley first prepared Liber L vel Legis for publication as an appendix to volume three of his poetic ‘Collected works’ trilogy (my first Crowley purchase, back in the 1970s) as an example of ‘automatic writing’ at its finest under an anonymous authorship attribution.

Mr Cole presents a compelling case for one argument he advances, which is that the chapters as presented are not necessarily representative of the sequence in which they were originated. Citing the material from B2 and the Rose Kelly authored Invocaion of Hoor (a rite Crowley makes reference to in his hand written journal as an initiative to “become Ra-Hoor-Khuit”) the author makes a case for Chapter Three of the Book of the Law being the initial piece of automatic writing ‘received’. Certainly there are places in Crowley’s notebooks (OS27/The Book of Results) where Crowley waxes lyrical in true Book of the Law timbre and pace during the period of the 19th-20th April 1904 following the Invocation of Hoor.

Whatever the truth concerning the origins of Liber L vel Legis, the Book of the Law itself is a splendid literary work in its own right. It succeeds in blending metaphysical noetics and poetic eloquence with blasphemy and blood-lust. Whether through deliberate subterfuge or unconscious filtration, Aleister Crowley buried ciphers and keys within the text which reveal a knowledge of the biblical cult of Hadad and the system of Seven Palaces referred to (but not satisfactorily focused upon) in Golden Dawn hermetic teaching. There are passages which reveal familiarity with Zen and Buddhist thought. Even impressions of the angry IHVH of the Old Testament. In short, a composite of Crowley’s reflective unconscious.

Liber L vel Bogus by Richard T Cole should not upset anyone with any common sense or a fair comprehension of what constitutes reasonable doubt. The only people this might upset will be those looking to Crowley as a religious guru or leader … the kind of people he would despise and point to as sheep for the fleecing. A great book. Thoroughly absorbing and in parts highly entertaining.

New Paradigms for Accessing Ancient Lore

Also currently publishing on the Ashe & Ashe Facebook group.

New paradigms in the realm of esoteric description and commentary have always fascinated me.¬† Particularly so, when those freshly presented models hark back to almost prehistoric levels of antiquity.¬† I’ve previously been impressed by models of the Tree of Life which cater for the notion of a (pre-Copernicus) Geocentric reality map of the Tree as opposed to a solar oriented model.¬† That was an interesting model, forcing a refocusing from the post-Copernican viewpoint to a more traditional mindset to consider the mysteries from.¬† The diagrams of Isaac Luria’s Tree of Life possess the similar need for intellectual paradigm shifts in order to appreciate their subtleties.

We are currently experiencing a revolution in the field of Esotericism and the ‘old guard’with their lineages and official teachings¬† are fast becoming irrelevant. The majority of the historic teachings are generally freely available in pdf format and, often, seekers applying to many of the traditional mystery schools find themselves too sophisticated in their self schooling to learn much from those generally profiting from the trade of marketing their mastership.

This has been a good thing for those writing in the field of independent studies.¬† Plenty of room for those exploring unorthodox paradigms to investigate hitherto overlooked avenues of arcane thought. Bethsheba’s ordering of the Letter paths in the Zohar Code has proven to be most revealing, for their shifting values by gemetria (Hebrew letter/number value) demonstrate an exquisite mathematical harmony as the paths of the Merkabah Wheel rotate.¬† The painstakingly faithful diagrams illustrating The Zohar Code are all Bethsheba’s work and are currently being animated for a short film on the Zohar code currently in pre-production.

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Bethsheba’s Merkabah

My first take on Bethsheba’s (Alrah’s) work consisted of my exposure to these rotations of Hebrew number values based on a reduction of the familiar ten sephiroth of the Hebrew Tree of Life to a condensed – and more traditional – diagram of seven palaces. ¬†The Seven Palaces model is referred to in many Rosicrucian and Golden Dawn inspired teachings, with the three Supernal sephirothic triad bound into the highest palace and the lowest two Sephiroth of the Tree (Yesod and Malkuth) bound together in the lowest.¬† In actual fact, the Seven Palaces of the Merkabah operate only directly in the Three worlds of Atziluth, Briah and Yetzirah, so Malkuth – being of Assiah – is not yet of concern.¬† Essentially though, the 22 Hebrew letters find themselves reallocated to paths upon the seven palaces which are, in some cases, different to where a Qabalist with experience of the Hebrew Tree might expect to find them upon the diagram.

Why then should they be allocated thus?¬† As referred to earlier, Bethsheba’s demonstration of the gemetria values when the letters/paths combine with one another gives a perfect proof of their correct attribution as they are presented in her diagrams.¬† Appended to this blog entry, a couple of examples of the word derivatives which Bethsheba’s excellent cryptographic work has uncovered along with their consequent number values.¬† This synthesizing of letter paths connected to letter palaces yields a fascinating combinatorial system of 50 (word) Gates with numerological equations of their own.¬† Further to this we have the calculations of the Merkabah Wheel providing the key to the 364 day Calendar of the Temple of King Solomon.

Readers will have to have to look up The Zohar Code or look elsewhere for works by Beth touching upon this matter. For those able to see it, this solution to Crowley and Zohar cryptography¬† leads to a sophisticated systemisation on the Lost Name of God (BaraHadad) restored to the palaces – with substantial historic and contemporary Biblical scholarship to back it up. ¬†Because the Occultist Aleister Crowley commented upon and concealed the keys to his¬†knowledge¬†of the system of Seven Palaces within his published works, Bethsheba (writing as Alrah Fraser) has commented upon this aspect of lore from the Zohar surfacing in the woks of post Victorian Golden Dawn Hermetic literature. in her book Aleister Crowley’s Secret Temple.