Aleister Crowley and Dion Fortune were two of the most controversial and powerful occultists of the 20th century. Crowley was regarded by many as a creature of the night, albeit one whose soul was streaked with brilliance; Fortune was viewed as one of the Shining Ones, who nevertheless wrestled with her own darkness. Between them they produced some of the best books on magick ever written, and their influence upon contemporary magicians has been profound.
Written by occult scholar Alan Richardson, this unusual and provocative book draws upon unpublished material to reveal little-known aspects of Crowley and Fortune’s relationship, and their role as harbingers of sweeping cultural changes—foreshadowing the women’s movement, the sexual revolution, and 1960s counterculture—as well as other surprising influences upon our present culture.
Instructions for the Magickal Retirement
You must first learn this ritual by memory so that you can speak the words
and perform the gestures freely and without hesitation of memory.
The retirement is for three days and three nights, in a location where
there are no distractions. You can drink water but eat no food. If deemed
necessary for your well-being, you may take nourishment in...
Alan Richardson and the late Billie Walker-John co-wrote The Inner Guide to Egypt with the help of an entity from the inner planes known as Kha'm-uas. Who exactly is this entity? What is this entity? How did the same entity appear to both someone in the South West of England and someone in sunny California? Co-author Alan Richardson explains.
Dion Fortune, one of the most striking, enigmatic, and least known women of the twentieth century, can be credited for much of what we consider to be "New Age" today. To get to the essence of her for the new reader, how can she be summed up? Alan Richardson, author of the forthcoming Aleister Crowley and Dion Fortune – Logos of the Aeon, Shakti of the Age, discusses just why we should credit DF.
In western ceremonial magick, there is often a tendency to view a magickal operation as something that is at odds with the natural order of the universe. This is very much the core of the western mindset, where nature is something external to oneself to be "conquered." Human individuality and the Will of the magician are thought to be somehow... read this article