The Winds of Wisdom


REVIEW – THE WINDS OF WISDOM


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Earlier today a good friend delivered me Shoemaker’s new book “The Winds of Wisdom”.  I have now sat with it for approximately three hours which in this case is a fair amount of time being that the book is only about 120 pages – but as with much in life it’s about quality and not quantity.

The book itself is nicely made, bound in an azure blue buckram with gold gilded spine and cover with matching blue ribbon and limited to 500 copies.  Available for purchase directly from Nephilim Press at www.nephilimpress.com.

The first thing I should point out is that this book is by no means a comprehensive overview of the Enochian system nor does it make any pretense to be.  In fact, those without a working knowledge of Enochian may want to dedicate some time acquainting themselves with the system before approaching this book otherwise little will make much sense.  Shoemaker recommends Lon Milo Duquette’s book “Enochian Vision Magick” for this purpose.  I myself having not read this title (sorry Lon) cannot give an opinion – but knowing Lon’s expertise (having personally scyred several aethyrs with him) and being familiar with much of Lon’s writings – I’m certain this recommendation is sound.

The book gives little information outside of Shoemaker’s personal visions of each Aethyr.  However, that is the objective of this book and his visions are symbolically consistent with what one might traditionally attribute the aethyrs.  A few footnotes are added to each vision which elaborate upon the authors unique experiences and an “interpretive note” (about a page in length) is appended to the 7thAethyr – DEO.  Also provided is a recommended scrying method that (based upon personal experience) appears to be sound, practical and I’m sure effective.

There is also a rather explicit description of a sex-magick ritual used while scrying the 8th aethyr of ZID based upon techniques discussed in Crowley’s Eroto-Comatose Lucidity – chapter “15” (of 22) from liber CDXIV “De Arte Magica” – A document related to the Mysteries of the 9th degree OTO.

Interestingly, Shoemaker employs a system in which each of the aethyrs is attributed to one of the ten Sephiroth across three separate Trees of Life – each representing one of the Qabalistic worlds.  In this case Atziluth, Briah and Yetzirah; or the Archetypal, Creative and Formative stages leading up to manifestation from the highest to the lowest (YHV).  For those of you unfamiliar with the Four Worlds, they are derived from Isaiah 43:7 and only need to be referenced in a few of the standard Qabalistic resources to understand how they work – (If you are familiar with the formula of YHVH you have good start).  In any regard, this system is not that envisioned by Crowley who actually considered a couple different models and it’s debatable as to if he truly settled on just one.  (Crowley of course received the visions first and then later tried to project them unto the Tree of life).  Being that one’s experience of the aethyrs is a highly personal and therefore subjective matter it makes sense that different interpretations as to how to map the aethyrs unto the Tree would evolve.  Furthermore, it took me years to wrap my head around Crowley’s breakdown while the one suggested here immediately “fell into place” and I think easily adaptable by students of the western mystery schools.

In conclusion, I would recommend this book to anyone who is exploring the Enochian system.  Most especially those who intend on scrying the aethyrs.  You will of course need a few other resources and some time in actual practice before truly appreciating the material offered here – yet “The Winds of Wisdom” is one of the few resources you can turn to for a personal account of the aethyrs and this alone makes it worth picking up.  I am certain it will find a home on the shelf of many scholars, students and aspirants.  On a personal level, it’s my favorite of Shoemaker’s publications thus far – though easily the most specialized.

Frater Orpheus

The Holy Books of Thelema


REVIEW – THE HOLY BOOKS OF THELEMA –

HELL FIRE CLUB EDITION


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A new edition of the Holy Books is now available through Hell Fire Club Books a boutique book publisher out of England who produces high quality bindings and limited editions of titles of interest to the occult community.  What makes a Hell Fire Club production unique is the craftsmanship of one Eamonn Loughran.  A true master of his trade who lovingly crafts each book the old fashioned way.  That is, by hand one at a time, utilizing nothing but the traditional tools of his craft.

“The Holy Books of Thelema” are being offered as a five-volume set and is everything we have come to love and cherish about HFC productions… that is a first-rate production from end to end.   Yesterday I finally had the opportunity to view these books (being offered in three formats) first hand and they are truly impressive; living up to all the hype and some.

I may be biased towards my interest in Thelema but I do believe these represent Hell Fire’s finest and most important work to date.  These books feel like living talismans with an energy all their own – a testament to the many hours of labor lovingly poured into each volume.  Never before have the Holy Books of Thelema been produced in such a high-quality fashion and I must believe that somewhere out there Crowley is grinning from ear to ear.  Books of this quality are bound to outlive their owner and to be collectable for centuries to come…

Those whom are acquainted with the true first editions will find much to be familiar. The layout and the font are nearly identical and each page is framed in a manner similar to the first edition… However, here they are framed in red as opposed to gold. (I should also point out that the errors and typos which plagued the early editions have here been corrected – trust me I hunted for them). Showing attention to detail, (and a nice little touch) – as per the original editions each of the first three volumes concludes with an “ownership” page exclusive to that Grade/volume. All five volumes feature red and black ink throughout which looks stunning and volume 5 includes color images of what I believe to be Crowley’s personal Stele. There is also a nice but brief introduction in volume one and a few (but very good) footnotes sprinkled throughout.

For those of you who care these (per original) are a “fill” as opposed to “kill” edition.  Not asking for or wanting to stir any controversy I asked the editor why this choice was made – he avoided all politic and simply stated it was how Crowley himself published it each time and that he believed “fill” to be the general consensus for the vast majority of the Thelemic community… with this I had no choice but to agree.



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Detail of the new edition


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The new edition next to the original from 1909


Now for some of the details… they are being offered in three formats, each a five volume set – The first three volumes closely replicate the true first editions published by Crowley in 1909 for the A∴A∴ – However this set includes two additional volumes.  The fourth contains the majority of the “class A” documents not originally included by Crowley in the first three volumes which were designed specifically for use by Aspirants in the earliest stages of their  A∴A∴ work.  Volume five is a unique presentation of Liber AL, with the manuscript on one side and a matching typescript on the other.  Described as The Temple Edition, it was inspired by a 93 publishing edition from 1975.


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The three formats: Vellum, Emerald and Sapphire


So my conclusions… all three sets are outstanding! Head, shoulders and a couple of torsos above anything attempted thus far.  When considering the amount of labor and cost involved with such an endeavor it is unlikely we will ever see such again anytime soon – this alone should appeal to the collector.

The Vellum editions in particular are of outstanding quality but best left to the most serious collectors among us and for this reason they sold out before they were even produced.  The French marbled endpapers on the Emerald set were my favorite of the three and at 220 GBP represents a solid investment, (only a few of these left so you may want to purchase sooner than later here).  The final set, issued in dark blue Sapphire, are the best bargain.  At only 156 GBP I think they are a steal and for this reason I assume the more popular of the three. 

Which ever you choose don’t fret, all three versions feature the same quality paper, printing and binding.  They in fact appear to be nearly identical in every way save for the following… Vellum editions come in a special silk lined box/slip case (see images) while the other sets come with more of a traditional, but still very nice, slip case. Each set also utilized different end pages, slightly different volume numbering on the spine, and different grades of leather for the covers.  Yet all options and material are top of the line and made in the classic Hell Fire tradition.


FORMAT 1:

Handbound in English Goatskin Vellum and limited to only 11 Sets. Printed in black and red inks throughout onto high quality Rives Tradition 120gsm cream paper, handbound in English goatskin vellum produced by William Cowleys (established 1860), marbled papers by Payhembury. All five volumes are securely contained in a full leather clamshell box bound in Scottish Pentland goatskin with silk linings. (SOLD OUT)

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FORMAT 2:

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Handbound in Emerald Kid Morocco and limited to only 31 Sets. Printed in red and black inks throughout onto Rives Tradition fine 120gsm cream paper with French marbled endpapers. All five volumes are securely contained in a green cloth slipcase.


FORMAT 3:

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Handbound in Dark Sapphire Kid Morocco and limited to only 156 Sets. Printed in red and black throughout onto Rives Tradition 120gsm fine cream paper with French marbled endpapers. All five volumes are securely contained in a blue cloth slipcase


 

Frater Orpheus

The Golden Flower


REVIEW – THE GOLDEN FLOWER 


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About two weeks ago, I received a copy of the book “The Golden Flower” – a wonderful gift from my dear Brother (of no direct blood relations) Ricardo Flores and so I thought I would share my impressions with some of you.

First, I should point out that Ricardo’s writings are not at all your typical run of the meal Thelemic material which is too often a simple rehash or commentary upon Crowley… instead with Flores, who calls himself Koyote, we get a blend of his own personal experiences as a teacher in the Toltec tradition with Thelema (as well as other schools of thought). Much in the same way Crowley borrowed from and blended the teachings of several traditions in his quest, Flores has abrogated his way through life, keeping only those gems that spoke to his heart while facing his own trials and tribulations. In doing so the author has discovered his own unique path and now in the true tradition of the A.’.A.’. is sharing the light of his experiences in the hope that they may help guide others forward.

Too often in Thelema do we find Aspirants who simply want to repeat Crowley’s path – never fully embracing the spirit of the Law or without the fortitude to blaze their own internal path. Soror Meral use to say that you don’t make Thelemites, you find them. Books like this are far to rare in the Thelemic corpus and it brings me great joy to see the wings of Thelema spread in ways Crowley may have never imagined and for this reason alone many may enjoy this read.

The subject matter of this book is “Dream-work” and the author does not require of his readers some level of proficiency within Shamanistic or Toltec traditions in order to approach this book. Instead “The Golden Flower” is written in a straight forward manner that most anyone with a general understanding of occult matters may gleam some light. Flores explores various avenues and techniques of Dream-Working while explaining the sacred purpose of the dialog between self and sub-conscious yet does not clutter his message with the typical over-emphasis on Jungian psychology which is all the rage these days… instead more in the tradition of Corbin or even Hillman, the author never wanders far from the heart of a true mystic. In other words this is not another example of an author pontificating ad nauseam in intellectual circles that lead no-where. (we already have plenty of those) – In contrast “The Golden Flower” is clearly the work of a man who has walked the path and understands that these astral doorways are the same utilized by the HGA.

So, to whom would I recommend this book? First and foremost, to those working with vivid dreaming or beginning to explore the astral. But, also to those searching for something other than the same old tired approach or even those looking for an example of an adept who has embraced the Law and dared to make it his own… I for one enjoyed it… Thank you Ricardo! 

Frater Orpheus

You can order this book here…
http://www.koyotetheblind.com/the-golden-flower

 

Grady and his Thoth Deck

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This is a breakdown of how Grady McMurtry did Tarot readings.  I started collecting information on this topic a few years back and over time all the pieces have fallen into place.  I was able to reconstruct this from various sources.  One such source is a collection of readings recorded by Frater Zardoz in my private archives.  Thankfully Chris kept a few records of the reading Grady did while visiting the Sacramento area in the early 80’s.  I also found records in Grady’s own journals and other notes. I was also able to gather some details from first-hand witnesses.


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Grady doing readings at Ren Fair here in Norther CA circa 1979


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Grady doing readings at Ren Fair here in Norther CA circa 1978


Here is what we know… Grady used a Celtic Cross variant with complementary cards thrown across the read.  In this way, he would have a clearer picture of the forces at play as there would be a dual fold expression at each position. 

He utilized an 18-card spread, in which 9 of the cards were always thrown in the exact order and the other 9 varied.  Yet how he read the over-all layout remained consistent.  In other words, even though the order in which he placed his cards varied some, (as Grady felt it was important to go with the inspiration of the moment), once in position he would analyzed the positions in a manner not unlike how any reader might read a Celtic Cross variant. 

The first Card drawn was always placed in the center and as would be expected, the entire reading was based upon it.  However, the next 9 cards dealt would be placed in various patterns to ultimately form the “Cross”.  Yet when Grady reached the two “Columns” to the right, the cards were always placed side by side and from top to bottom.  The result being that the order drawn for the first 9 positions varied some but would remain consistent for the final 9 positions.  Grady did favor and repeat certain patterns, (see below), and the color chart I created below demonstrates this.

I have included a few pics to clarify… one is a simple illustration which guides you through three separate examples of Grady’s laying of the cards. (Just shuffle and follow the colors around) If you are an experienced reader you will get the hang of this in no time.

Finally, I should point out that Grady preferred the Thoth deck and cut the edges from his personal deck so that only the images remained.  (His personal deck survives in private archives) Though he was familiar with and often used Rider/Waite deck as seen in the images from Ren Fair.

Here is how Grady interpreted the cards once they were placed…

  1. Current situation – Base, signifier
  2. Counter force – Opposition
  3. Possible future A – (Goal)
  4. Possible future B – (Goal)
  5. Present attitude
  6. Present attitude (complement)
  7. Past – Cause
  8. Past – Cause (complement)
  9. Future potential
  10. Future potential (complement)
  11. Self – Interior motive
  12. Self – Interior motive (complement)
  13. Exterior forces
  14. Exterior forces (complement)
  15. Hopes & fears – Expectations
  16. Hopes & fears – Expectations (complement)
  17. Future – Result
  18. Future – Result (complement)

Love is the law, love under will

Orpheus


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Order of layout


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An example of a reading done for Boleskin House circa 1981. There are several of Grady’s readings recorded in the camps journal.  This is written in the hand of Frater Zardoz.


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An example of a reading recorded in Grady’s hand


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Another example of a recorded reading but this in an un-known hand with a few additional notes by Grady in his hand.


 

 

What exactly is a Clerk House?

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There are several ways in which the various lines of A.’.A.’. operating today differ.  Clerk Houses, which are found in branches of Grady’s lineage, are one of the more distinguishable differences – and for this reason I am often asked, “Just what is a Clerk House?” – Though not part of the traditional A.’.A.’. system, Clerk Houses have evolved to serve a purpose within Grady’s line.  However I should point out that not all members of Grady’s line go on to form Clerk Houses nor do most Clerk Houses choose to become public. 

The following article was written by Koyote (Ricardo Flores) of Ox and None Clerk House operating out of southern California. (http://www.koyotetheblind.com/ox-and-none-clerk-house)  Here Koyote succinctly discusses many aspects of the Clerk House.  Including symbolically but, maybe more importantly – how it functions and why.  If you have ever had any questions in this regard just read on…

What exactly is a Clerk House?

Traditionally, a “clerk house” is a store front or public face of a temple, an abbey, or an esoteric school. It is the administrative center of the operations of the school with the outside world. This is the meaning of the term since the middle ages across different spiritual traditions. From this Clerk-House, the spiritual school and abbey would be coordinating and administering both the dealings with the community and the teaching curriculum for the spiritual aspirants training at the school. The external function of this Clerk-House would be to administer both the business dealings with the community that would allow the school to survive and operate, and the actions performed to serve the outside community. So, it would be in this Clerk-House that all the accounting, inventory, paperwork, and student documents would be kept.

Chapter III, verse 41, of Liber Al vel Legis says: “Establish at thy Kaaba a clerk-house: all must be done well and with business way.” 

Crowley often thought of the Kaaba in the religious context of Islam. The word “Kaaba” means “cube”, and it is the center stone around which the temple is built. Crowley wanted Thelemites to think of his house by Loch Ness, Boleskine, their religion’s Kaaba. He wanted Boleskine to be to Thelemites as Mecca is to Islam. However, initiates of the A.’.A.’. understand that vertical initiatory work is internal. In this light, the verse above is interpreted in the context of the first main task of the Order: to raise your kundalini and consciousness to the center of your Ruach, your mind, and from there enter into conscious communication with the Star, which is your true Self and whose orbit is your Will.

In this light, we understand the Kaaba to be the cube at the center of your being, or the sacred magical altar around which you will construct the temple of God out of your own self, your life, your consciousness, and your body. This Kaaba is the most intimate and secret center of every person, and there we build a house where we will pray and commune with God, “a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”

It is, therefore, in the Lover’s grade that we attempt to balance the forces and powers of the Ruach, reconciling all opposites and putting the ego under control, in order to establish a firm connection with our true Self, and from there engage in conscious communication with our Higher Self of Genius. There, under that guidance, we then proceed to next phase of the Great Work which is the manifestation of your pure will in your life. 

In this initiatory blue print, to “Establish at thy Kaaba a Clerk-House”, means to set up an administrative center, a store front, at the center of your sacred cube. This sets the Clerk-House for the Adept with a dual function, as everything in the Ruach is subject to this duality: one inner, and one outer. The administrative function of the Clerk-House in the inner sense has to do with the ordering, balancing, and administration of the different parts of the Ruach. For the Adept, this means the reconciliation of all opposites and the mastery of all aspects of the mind, constantly endeavoring to bring all the elements of the lower and higher self to a state of balance and under the direction of the center, the Sun in Tiphareth, the True Self. This is the first part of the work of an Adept. It is secret and internal. This is “putting your house in order”, as Gurdjieff put it. With the house in order, the Master of the House comes. This is when we attempt to contact the Holy Guardian Angel in a conscious manner, and then establish the methods and conditions for such a communication to continue, acquiring a trusting and reliable source of teachings, guidance, and communion with the most sacred. This is why, in the Lover’s degree, and Adept who has made this contact no longer needs an external teacher, since she has already established a connection to the true Teacher, the real Guru who is a messenger of the sempiternal A.’.A.’. above the Abyss. From then on, your guidance is internal, and from there you derive your teachings, your gnosis, and your magick.

The second part of the task of an Adept is to establish this Clerk-House in the outer, in the world. This is done under the guidance of the Holy Guardian Angel. If the first part of the task was about finding the laws of your Star and entering into conscious contact with it, the second part is about manifesting those laws in your sphere of influence, in your world. This is part of the meaning behind “thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” In this phase of the Adept’s work, the task is to manifest the Clerk-House in the world. Each Clerk-House will be different, since each one is a manifestation of the innermost will of the Adept. This part of the task can take many years, or even a life time.

The Ox and None Clerk-House was officially established five years ago, and continues to orbit around the Star which gives its Light, Life, Love, and Liberty from the inner to the outer. As an outer expression of its Kaaba, the Ox and None Clerk-House administers and operates the training of its students, working as an abbey or esoteric school traditionally represented by a beehive. This image illustrates the manner of work and service taught to every student. We research and teach through different traditions from around the world, and many of our students are inheritors and initiates of different traditions, each one contributing to the understanding, the practices, and the technologies employed in our Clerk-House.

To sustain the efforts of the School, we produce works of art, books, street and stage performances, car washes, seminars and workshops.

To service the community, we bring to the community, free of charge, training in arts and craft, the sacred art of The Telling, free weekly lectures and teachings, sweat lodges and vision quests, dream circles, healing, cine forums, and readings for the dying. All of these are given as an offering to everyone. Other ways of service are in the planning stage.

The training itself is also free, but the student body is at maximum capacity at this time. The training is very engaging, committed, and exacting. At this point, we cannot accept new applicants, but everyone is welcome to participate in our weekly lectures, cine forums, and all the other community events we offer. If you live far from Riverside, our lectures and cine forums are broadcasted live on LiveStream, in the Koyote The Blind channel.

This is a very dynamic community of practitioners and students. It won’t be long until other students will open their own clerk houses and thus open the doors of the teaching to a wider circle, each one attracting very different people because everyone is learning to connect with their own Star and evolve their own life into a unique source of service to humanity.

Much has been accomplished in these first five years of the Clerk House, and in the 11 years of service of the School as the Xicoco Shamanic Arts. Tonight, we drink and celebrate for all my relations, and for the benefit of All Beings Everywhere!

Love is the law, love under will

Koyote The Blind


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