In the Center of the Fire: A Memoir of the Occult 1966-1989

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Nicolas-Hays, Inc., 24 мая 2012 г. - Всего страниц: 336
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In this daring expose by a survivor of a unique era in the New York occult scene, James Wasserman, a longtime proponent of the teachings of Aleister Crowley, brings us into a world of candlelit temples, burning incenser, and sonorous invocations. The author also shares an intimate look at the New York Underground if the 1970s and introduces us to the company of such avant-garde luminaries as Alejandro Jodorowsky, Harry Smith and Angus MacLise. A stone's throw away form the Velvet Underground and Andy Warhol's Factory, William Burrough's "bunker," and the legendary Chelsea Hotel was a scene far more esoteric than perhaps even they could have imagined.

When James Wasserman joined the O.T.O. in 1976, there were fewer than a dozen members. Today the Order numbers over 4,000 members in 50 countries and has been responsible for a series of groundbreaking publications of Crowley's works.

The author founded New York City's TAHUTI Lodge in 1979. He chronicles its early history and provides a window into the heyday of the Manhattan esoteric community.

This is also a saga with a very human tableau filled with tender romance, passionate friendships, an abiding spiritual hunger, danger, passion, and ecstasy. It also explores several hidden magical byways including the rituals of Voodoo, Tibetan Buddhism, and Sufism.

Reconstructed from personal memories, magical diaries, multiple interviews, court transcripts, witness depositions, trial evidence, and extensive correspondence, this book elucidates a hithero misreported and ill-understood nexus of modern magical history.

 

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Introduction
1962
1966 TO
1966
APPENDICES
On the Road
On the Mend
Portland and the Abbey of Thelema
On the Road Again
1 7 TO 1977
PART FOURI 1979 TO 1989
The Founding and Early Years of TAHUTI
The Constitutional Conflicts and the First Motta Trial
Analysis by a Master of the Temple lJack Parsons
The San Francisco Lawsuit
Gradys Death and Bill Becomes Caliph
Gurneys Death
The Beat Goes

Weiser Publishing and The Commentaries otAL
Meeting Marcelo Motta in Brazil
California and Grady McMurtry
Harry Smith and the Game Changes
1977 TO 1979
Application for the Guild of Drama and Thaumaturgy
Glossary
Contact Information
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James Wasserman has been a member of Ordo Templi Orientis sincer 1976. He has been described as a "founding father" of the modern O.T.O. and has played a key role in numerous seminal publications of Aleister Crowley's literary corpus. His writings and editorial efforts maintain a focus on spirituality, creative mythology, secret societies, history, religion, and politics. He has appeared in numerous documentaries on The History Channel and The Discovery Channel, addressed the National Press Club on esoteric symbolism, and has appeared on many radio broadcasts and podcasts.

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