Series 2 Episode 7: We open with the first part of ‘Liber 930’ from Phoenix–and other Stellar Rites of Initiation, the Neophyte ritual. Our discussion begins with ‘The Way to Bubastis or Way of Knowledge’. The Left-hand path is frequently identified with heterodox practices that are sometimes condemned as ‘immoral’ by the profane. We begin, therefore, with the Egyptian festival of the goddess Bastet, which outsiders deemed lewd. We continue with ‘Star and Snake of Egypt’, where we ride the cosmic serpent to the innermost regions of the Temple of Hathoor, working our way through the labyrinth until we emerge to ‘open the doors of heaven’, as did the priest Ankh-af-na-khonsu. We conclude the episode with the ‘Oracle of Babalon’ as received by the Elizabethan mage John Dee, with a commentary that we hope shall throw a light on this remarkable but little understood received text.
© Oliver St. John 2021. The Spanish classical guitar music is ‘Prelude in E major’, composed by Francisco Tàrrega, performed and recorded by Oliver St. John.
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