Saturday, September 18, 2010

FREEMASONRY and its ANCIENT MYSTIC RITES - By C. W. Leadbeater



FREEMASONRY and its ANCIENT MYSTIC RITES -- By C. W. Leadbeater

A classic book on the subject of Freemasonry, C. W. Leadbeater has written numerous books on esoteric topics - This book, originally written in 1926, is an in depth study of the rites of the Mystery schools of ancient Egypt, Greece and Judea from the middle ages to the 20th century - and shows how these ancient rites have since emerged in this century as Freemasonry.

Based on his vast knowledge of the esoteric and almost every Masonic record available to the historian at the time, Leadbeater relates little known facts about the Mystery schools and their practices and beliefs - the origins of these schools are now for the most part "lost in the mists of antiquity".

Contents include:

The Origins of Masonry: Authentic School / Anthropological School / Mystical School / Occult School / Knowledge of the Occultist / Occult Records / Sacramental Power / etc.

The Egyptian Mysteries: World Teacher / Gods of Egypt / Isis & Osiris / Animal Dieties / The Practice of Embalming / Brothers of Horus / Consecration / Degrees of the Mysteries / etc.

The Cretan Mysteries: Unity of the Mysteries / Creatan Race / Worship in Ancient Crete / The Throne Room / The Three Columns / Models of Shrines / The Alter Objects / etc.

The Jewish Mysteries: Jewish Decent / Jewish Migration / The Prophets / Builders of the K.S.T. / Recasting the Rituals / Essenes and the Christ / Kabbalism / etc.

The Greek Mysteries: Eleusinian Mysteries / Greek Mysteries / Greek Gods / The Lesser Mysteries / Greater Mysteries / Hidden Mysteries / School of Pythagoras / Three Degrees / etc.

The Mithraic Mysteries: Zarathustra & Mithraism / Mithraism in Rome / Mithraic Rites / Roman Collegia / Work of King Numa / Colleges and the Legions / etc.

Craft Masonry in Medieval Times: Evolutionary Methods / Withdrawal of the Mysteries / Christian Mysteries / Repression of the Mysteries / Crossing of Traditions / etc.

Operative Masonry in the Middle Ages: Temporary Custodians / Decline of the Collegia / The Comacine Lodges / The Compagnonnage / German Stonemasons / etc.

Transition from Operative to Speculative: The Reformation / First Minutes / Scottish, English and Irish Minutes / Grand Lodge / The Recomposition of the Rituals / etc.

Other Lines of Masonic Tradition: Secret Societies / Templars / Preservation of Templar Tradition / The Royal Order of Scotland / Brothers of the Rosy Cross / etc.

The Scottish Rite: Origins / Jacobite Movement / Oration of Ramsay / Chapter of Clermont / Council of Emperors / Spread of the Scottish Rite / Frederick the Great / etc.

The Co-Masonic Order: Restoration of an Ancient Landmark / The Succession of Co-Masonry / The Co-Masonic Rituals / The Future of Freemasonry / etc.

Gramercy Books N.Y., 1998 Edition - 241 Page Hardcover Book - No Illustrations - Price: $15.00

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Author C. W. Leadbeater in Masonic Regalia 33*

Saturday, September 4, 2010

SEVERED: The True Story of the Black Dahlia Murder - by John Gilmore


SEVERED: The True Story of the Black Dahlia Murder

By John Gilmore
The grisly 1947 murder of aspiring starlet and nightclub habituĂ© Elizabeth Short, known even before her death as the “Black Dahlia,” has over the decades transmogrified from L.A.'s crime of the century to an almost mythical symbol of Hollywood Babylon/film noir glamour-cum-sordidness.
SEVERED, a true-crime book published on the strangest of all “unsolved” murders in the annals of modern crime, offers the documented solution to the case as endorsed by law enforcement and forensic science experts. It is appropriate that hard-boiled, Hollywood-born author John Gilmore, whose father was an LAPD officer at the time of the murder, should be the one to unravel the multilayered mystery of this archetypal Los Angeles slaying, having begun his painstaking investigations into the case over thirty-five years ago.
Gilmore tells several previously unrevealed stories at once, each filled with its own bizarre elements through which SEVERED transcends the true crime genre. One is the tale of victim Elizabeth Short, small-town beauty queen with big hopes, who seemed to float through her tragically futile life as an alluring yet doom-laden enigma. Another is the tangled inside story of the police investigation and the remorseless, Hearststoked press hoopla that paralled it. Finally Gilmore reveals the twisted psychology and down-and-out life story of the actual murderer— as well as the startling circumstances and gruesome details of the killer's indirect confessions to him. SEVERED contains a thirty-two-page photo section with many never before-published photos from the life of Elizabeth Short and from the case, including graphic crime scene and postmortem police photos.
"The most satisfying and disturbing conclusion to the Black Dahlia case... " -- David Lynch

"My god this is a frightening tale...." -- Kenneth Anger

AMOK BOOKS - 230 Page Paperback - Illustrated b&w - Price: $15.00
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MEGATHERION: Magickal World of Aleister Crowley - by Francis King



MEGATHERION: The Magickal World of Aleister Crowley -- By Francis King

Aleister Crowley (1875 –1947) was the synthesizer of what he termed as “Magick”, a system of occult philosophy and technique outlined in such classic texts as THE BOOK OF THE LAW and MAGICK IN THEORY AND PRACTICE.

In this highly readable account of Crowley’s occult progress, Francis King examines each of the three main sources of Magick – other planes of existence, human will-power and the links between macrocosm and microcosm - this brings new light to Crowley himself and does much to explain the continued respect and admiration for his writings after all these years by such diverse individuals as occultists, artists, writers, musicians, film makers and others. Includes 12 pages of black and white photographs.

CONTENTS: The Magical Decade/ The Golden Dawn/ The Book of the Law/ Towards the Silver Star/ Choronzon/ The Rites of Eleusis/ Book Four/ Western Tantrism/ The Departure and Later Life of Neuburg/ Sexual Wisdom/ America/ Leah Hirsig/ The End of the Abbey/ Wanderings of a Magician/ Twilight of a Master/ A Magical Revival and a Death/ The Aftermath

Creation Books 2004 Edition - 193 page paperback - illustrated black and white - Price: $15.00

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PORTABLE DARKNESS: An Aleister Crowley Reader - Edited by Scott Michaelsen



PORTABLE DARKNESS:
An Aleister Crowley Reader

Edited with Commentary by Scott Michaelsen

Forewords by Robert Anton Wilson and Genesis P. Orridge

Aleister Crowley was a brilliant man and a major intellectual figure in the occult world - This is a collection of some of his best writings with commentary that illuminates his notoriously complex and impenetrable theories.

As an intellectual and mystic he devoted his life to the study of the Qabalah, Gematria, Numerology, Astrology, Myth, Glyphs, Yoga and Linguistics. His intense methodical exploration of such an immense and arcane range of knowledge has yielded a huge and challenging body of literature.

In this book editor Scott Michaelsen has sifted through his vast amount of writings in search of those works which best display the razor-sharp insight for which Crowley has become known.

The selections are thematically organized and accompanied by Michaelsen's enlightening commentary - an indispensable lexicon for the novice and adept alike - making Crowleyan philosophy both accessible and intelligible.

Solar Books 2007 Edition - 293 Page Paperback - b&w photographs- Price: $15.00

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Friday, September 3, 2010

DIRT: Two Extreme Erotic Novels in One Book - by Diane Bataille and Marcus Huttning


DIRT: Two Extreme Erotic Novels in One Book

The Whip Angels - by Diane Bataille (Wife of Georges Bataille 'Story of the Eye' author)

Linda's Strange Vacation - by Marcus Huttning

About this book:
'The Whip Angels' and 'Linda's Strange Vacation' are long-lost forbidden classics of explicit literary erotica, first published clandestinely in 1950s/60s Paris, and now restored to their original place in the history of extreme erotica. Both books are rites-of-passage stories throbbing with stunning sexual manias, lusts and perverse twists.

'The Whip Angels' blazes with erotic excess and incandescent cruelty as Victoria is schooled in the ways of whips and bondage by incestuous guardians. Attributed to Diane Bataille (wife of Georges Bataille, author of 'Story of the Eye').

'Linda's Strange Vacation' starts out as Linda arrives at her uncle's beachside villa for a 'vacation' and is immediately seduced by Lola the mistress of the house - she is then introduced to more and more increasingly bizarre activities - climaxing in an orgy of staggering diversity.

Two erotic novels published in one edition.

Creation Books 2001 Edition - 255 Page Paperback - No Illustrations - **ADULT CONTENT** - Price: $15.00

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