C.F. Russell (Frater Genesthai), a student of Aleister Crowley, was given permission to start a magickal order in 1931. Called the Great Brotherhood of God and advertised with the claim of being a "shortcut to initiation," it ventured that ceremonial magick could be distilled to a few powerful and efficient steps. Louis Culling, head of its Southern California section, revealed its secrets-including dream recall, sex magick, rituals, the I Ching and more—in a slim volume in 1969, thirty years after the order closed.
Now, forty years later, Carl Llewellyn Weschcke (publisher of the original volume and one of the most knowledgeable occultists in the world) has edited, revised, and massively expanded the original, making it truly accessible and usable for contemporary magicians.
In my book, Modern Magick, I gave a brief introduction to one of the most important people in the history of magick, Dr. John Dee (1527–1608 or 1609). More than a magician, Dee was also one of the most interesting and fascinating figures of the Elizabethan Age. When he died, his home in Mortlake (a district of London on the southern bank of the... read this article