As they play, “Boujeloud,” a naked man sewn into the skin of a slaughtered goat, dances wildly, vibrating and whirling among the crowd, beating them with two oleander branches as they run to get away. It is believed that women beaten with the sticks will become pregnant within the year. Boujeloud and the musicians feed off of one another–the music gets louder and more frenzied, while Boujeloud madly gyrates and hurls himself through the bonfire. Later, “Crazy Aisha” enters the circle, danced by a group of little boys dressed as women. Later, more dancers join the circle and are possessed by the music, becoming entranced by its erratic rhythms.

Canned chatter

To read a newspaper is to refrain from reading something worthwhile. The first discipline of education must therefore be to refuse resolutely to feed the mind with canned chatter.

Aleister Crowley

Nowadays AC would probably write: To read a blog is to refrain from reading something worthwhile. The first discipline of education must therefore be to refuse resolutely to feed the mind with canned chatter.

Chuang Tzu

One day Chuang Tzu and a friend were walking by a river.
“Look at the fish swimming about,” said Chuang Tzu, “They are really enjoying themselves.”

“You are not a fish,” replied the friend, “So you can’t truly know that they are enjoying themselves.”

“You are not me,” said Chuang Tzu. “So how do you know that I do not know that the fish are enjoying themselves?”

Two traveling monks

Two traveling monks reached a river where they met a young woman. Wary of the current, she asked if they could carry her across. One of the monks hesitated, but the other quickly picked her up onto his shoulders, transported her across the water, and put her down on the other bank. She thanked him and departed.

As the monks continued on their way, the one was brooding and preoccupied. Unable to hold his silence, he spoke out. “Brother, our spiritual training teaches us to avoid any contact with women, but you picked that one up on your shoulders and carried her!”

“Brother,” the second monk replied, “I set her down on the other side, while you are still carrying her.

Quotes for today:

By imputing concepts of nastiness, dirt, shamefulnes, guilt, indecency, and
obscenity to the entire sexual process, it has poisoned the life force at it”s

(JW Parsons)

O read new meanings into old forms: “I must create a system, or be enslav’d by
another man’s. I will not reason & compare: my business is to create”

(W Blake)

The mysteries were organized for the purpose of assisting the
struggling creature to re awaken the spiritual powers which, surrounded by the
flaming ring of lust and degeneracy, lay asleep within the soul

(MP Hall)

Now Reading: The Unknown God, W.T. Smith and the Thelemites

By Martin P. Starr.
The first documentary study of Aleister Crowley’s contemporary followers in North America, told through the life of their de facto leader, Wilfred Talbot Smith (1885-1957). Smith (‘Frater 132’), the unacknowledged offspring of a prominent English family, emigrated to Canada where he encountered Charles Stansfeld Jones (‘Frater Achad’), and through him, the works of Aleister Crowley (‘Baphomet ‘and ‘Therion’). Although Crowley and Smith met only once, their twenty year correspondence proved to be a major link to the few and the faithful attracted to Crowley’s work in the USA and Canada. THE UNKNOWN GOD is a fascinating and complex human story, intimately interwoven with the lives of most of Crowley’s American disciples including C F Russell, Jane Wolfe, Max R Schneider, Jack Parsons, Louis T Culling, Frederic Mellinger and Grady L McMurtry as well as occult teachers like H Spencer Lewis (AMORC), Paul Foster Case (BOTA), and Wayne Walker (OM), Hollywood actors such as John Carradine and even the founder of the Mattachine Society, Harry Hay.

At Amazon: The Unknown God

And two more books;
“Progradior & The Beast: Frank Bennett and Aleister Crowley” and “The Magical Record of Frater Progradior and other writings by Frank Bennett” by Keith Richmond (Published by Neptune Press 2005).

On the Bookshelf: The Voudon Gnostic Workbook

Yes, finally I got my hands on “The Voudon Gnostic Workbook” (Michael Bertiaux’s)

“…in opposition to all humanistic culture, we are lured ever to the brink of chaos. We want to go where we are forbidden. We want to know what has been denied to us. We seek, in a word, the ‘more.’ And so the magician seeking the limits and then the limits beyond all those limits will constantly move closer and closer to the brink…”

“And as the magician stands on the brink of the final mystery, encounter, or total experience, he will find there is nothingness before him. He will experience the fundamental fear of all being, which is the fear of the totally unknowable.”

This is a rare occult title which sells on Amazon and Abebooks for up to £300. The book is in reasonable condition, apart from the fact that someone has written/scribbled on the title page and the inside of the back cover. But I can live with that.

The Voudon Gnostic Workbook
by Michael Bertiaux
ISBN: 0-939708-12-4

Shaved Neck

Great site which features posters from punk rocks shows in and around Tuscon, AZ from ’82-’84. A lot of Black Flag cover art and also other SST bands like the Minutemen An added bonus is the live audio MP3’s from a selection of shows and the great photos of Ed Arnaud.