Thursday, 20 October 2016

HP Lovecraft Haunter of the Dark Part Two


Here is the second and final part of the H. P. Lovecraft short story, The Haunter of the Dark, narrated by Oliver St. John.

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HP Lovecraft Haunter of the Dark Part One

In episode 12 of this series we discussed the new book, Dreaming Thelema of Kenneth Grant and H. P. Lovecraft. The book features 17 surrealist paintings created as part of the project. It also includes three complete short stories by H. P. Lovecraft: Nyarlathotep, The Crawling Chaos, and The Haunter of the Dark, plus a reconstruction of the Lovecraftian Necronomicon. For this current podcast episode we depart from the usual lecture style of these talks to read all of one of the short stories, The Haunter of the Dark. The story is broadcast in two parts; the second part is given in episode 14. The two episodes have been released simultaneously, to mark the entry of the Sun into Scorpio and the commencent of the Samhain or Halloween season.

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Monday, 19 September 2016

Beyond Metaphysics: Lovecraft, Kenneth Grant and Gematria

The first ten minutes or so of this podcast comprises a lecture on the grade of Practicus, the third Initiated degree. We will be discussing various aspects of the grade work and Ordo Astri, the Order of the Star. There follows a highly entertaining, illustrated talk focussed on the new book, "Dreaming Thelema of Kenneth Grant and H. P. Lovecraft". This includes readings from two H. P. Lovecraft stories written in the 1920’s, "The Festival" and "The Call of Cthulhu". The final section concerns the Art of Gematria, and includes an unexpected appearance by Aleister Crowley!

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Friday, 17 June 2016

Thelema: Romance of the Magical Orders

Temple of Babalon Podcast, Episode 11: Thelema: Romance of the Magical Orders. "What is a valid magical Order?” “What is Thelema?” These are frequently asked questions. As there seems to be so much doubt and confusion around Thelemic magical Orders, Oliver St. John takes the bold step of defining what constitutes “validity” in so far as that can be ascertained. He also provide an in-depth examination of what Thelema really is, as opposed to what is commonly believed about it. There will be a discussion of the Rosicrucian ideal, the magical philosophy and cosmology of Thelema, and the Magisterium, in other terms, the secret rites of Initiation.

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Friday, 18 March 2016

The Interview: Magical Life and Work of Oliver St John

This podcast episode features an in-depth interview with Oliver St. John, who is usually the host of this podcast. Oliver St. John is the author of books on a range of esoteric subjects, including the magical philosophy of Thelema, Hermetic Qabalah, ritual magick, esoteric astrology and the Tarot. He is also the founder of Ordo Astri, an international magical Order, based in England UK. The guest host and interviewer for this episode is Heather Spare.

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