Monday, 18 March 2019

Aleister Crowley and the Aeon of Horus now available on Kindle.

Ten years on from its initial publication, Aleister Crowley and the Aeon of Horus is available in Kindle format.I'm still very proud of it and feel the sections on the Babalon Working, Jung and the Seven Sermons, Leary in the Algerian desert, Loch Ness, UFOlogy, the Montauk legend, and the L Ron Hubbard appendix are pretty damn good.

There are filmed lectures of mine where I have dealt with topics featured in the book. I have posted them on this blog before over the years but I'm gathering them together again together now as part of the promotion for the new format. 

The Babalon Working.

A Rune Soup interview about Jack Parsons on the anniversary of his death.

Crowley and Jung: the Book of the Law and the Seven Sermons.

Crowley and Jung: imagery, music and text.

Aleister Crowley and the Loch Ness Monster.

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Occult Battle of Britain book now available globally

After eight and a half years of work, my book The Occult Battle of Britain is now available as a paperback in the UK and globally in the Amazon Kindle format.

The writing process went in cycles. In the middle of the ebb and flow, I got a number of other books out as well. 

When the date for the February 2019 Glastonbury Occult Conference was set, I realised I had an opportunity to launch the book in fine style if I could finish it in time. I think I've now got fairly good at back-engineering projects in order to launch them at events and conferences, so I fully engaged with the process from September 2018 on the weekend of the Glastonbury Dion Fortune Conference, which seemed an obvious time to fully commit to what was involved. 

There was further emotional leverage as I was being given the option of also completing the decade of my fifties by getting 3 books out in a 12 month period, concluding shortly before my 60th birthday. The potential satisfaction in this was obviously immense so it helped to intensify my efforts. I succeeded.

Don't expect this level of manifestation from me on a regular basis! It may well be that there is something a bit arbitrary about the big decade birthdays but they do carry emotional power and I have certainly found that there has been something very distinct about each decade of my life. My fifties began in Cairo with me writing my Crowley book. It has been a remarkable experience to go back to it again as I prepare a Kindle edition. It has further helped to frame my fifties. I mention all of this to commend the process of getting creative and dynamic about the great cycles of life.

During the writing of The Occult Battle of Britain, I road-tested the material with public lectures. When launching it in Glastonbury 2019 I gave a presentation featuring some of its contents and also spoke on some of the intense processes involved in leading me to immersion in such a topic at a specific book-launch function. 

There are a number of videos which cover different aspects of the enormous perspective I have attempted to communicate through the book.

When giving the above presentation I still thought I would include some of my personal stories of engagement with the Dion Fortune material in the book but later felt it would unbalance the work to its detriment.

Putting on this event in Abbey House Glastonbury on Dion Fortune's birthday in December 2018 was a tremendously satisfying boost for the writing I was then doing, moving into a ever-more intense phase as I faced my self-imposed deadline.

Some of the material on Fortune and Wiligut was featured in the 2016 lecture but I re-framed it for my Occult Conference audience and as part of the process of launching the work with a clear statement of the way in which I was offering up a unique combination never presented in quite this way before.

Later on the same day, at the specific book-launch function, I talked of some of the wild and controversial experiences that led to my interest in the subject and enabled me to view it from a unique vantage point that I would hope is obvious to anyone who reads the book.

This is the back cover blurb.

The Battle of Britain is one of the great epic pivotal stories of world history, which has been told in numerous books, looking at every fact, every nuance, in considerable detail. It has become mythological. There remains a hidden background to the drama of 1940, involving what could be termed an ‘Occult Battle of Britain’.

The Nazis had their own Grail Castle, in the form of Himmler’s Wewelsburg. For the first time, this Black Camelot is placed alongside Glastonbury, renowned for its Arthurian associations.
The story can best be understood as the culmination of a rebirth of Glastonbury that had begun fifty years earlier. Wewelsburg was likewise the product of decades of development. Tracing the two lines in Glastonbury and Germany together reveals an astonishing, otherwise hidden, story and perspective.

The Avalonians.
Dion Fortune, Wellesley Tudor Pole, Frederick Bligh Bond, John Goodchild, Ronald Heaver, Alice Buckton, Rutland Boughton.

The Ariosophists.
Karl Maria Wiligut, Guido von List, Rudolph von Sebottendorff, Lanz von Liebenfels, Herman Wirth.

Winston Churchill, Adolf Hitler, H.P. Blavatsky, Rudolf Steiner, C.G. Jung, Aleister Crowley, Houston Stewart Chamberlain, Rene Guenon, Herman Goring, Victor Goddard, Wolfram Sievers, Heinrich Himmler, Hugh Dowding, , Anna Kingsford, Rudolf Hess.

Blue Glass Bowl, Ahnenerbe, Trithemius and the Age of Archangel Michael, the Spear of Destiny, British Israel, Lord of the World, the Silent Minute, Thule Society, Company of Avalon, Melchizedek, Nazi Tibetan expedition, Tintagel.

Friday, 1 February 2019

Occult Battle of Britain book coming soon

After over 8 years of work on this project, which I have repeatedly left and then returned to, whilst writing other books, this 440 page epic is now at the printers and only a few weeks away.

Plenty more details soon to follow.

Monday, 17 September 2018

Glastonbury Abbey William Blake Recitation

I began the Glastonbury William Blake Festival with an event in Glastonbury Abbey where I recited some strange words by the poet concerning King Arthur, who is, of course, supposedly buried there.

It felt like an interesting combination that has possibly never been done before. The intention was to provoke poetic mystical sensibilities rather than suggesting yet another theory about the historical Arthur. I am very happy with how it all went and the manner in which it served to open the portal to a remarkable three days.

Monday, 10 September 2018

Synchronicity Video Interview

I'm very happy with a half hour interview I recently did in Glastonbury's Library of Avalon on Synchronicity. Most of the material can be found in various books of mine and other video lectures and interviews but the format and timescale enabled me to be concise.

It is part of the latest edition of Matt Witt's Wake Up Screaming e zine. It's full of many contributions from other interesting people.

Monday, 20 August 2018

William Blake and the Glastonbury Gnosis video lecture

The Glastonbury William Blake Festival was a great success. For the fifth time in succession, I managed to back-engineer a book into manifestation for a conference, and this was the most satisfying example yet. The book-launch lecture, which was nearly 2 hours long, was filmed and is presented here.

I cover a lot of diverse material, including 18th century occult underground, the antiquarian vision, Gordon Riots and punk, Allen Ginsberg, Nicholas Roerich and Jose Arguelles, the Glastonbury Zodiac, Jerusalem as Shekhinah.

It was richly satisfying to engage with a lot of very talented people over the 3 days of the festival and help catalyze some great musical performances of Blake poetry and general recitations. A lot of the footage will be uploaded in the coming weeks.

It is hoped that we can come back for Part 2 next August, over the 3 days of the 50th anniversary of Woodstock.

My book is 211 pages long and sells for £13.99.

Buy the Book on Amazon UK

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Glastonbury William Blake Festival

Between Wednesday August 8th to Friday August 10th 2018.

We are having a free-floating sixties-style Happening in Glastonbury in a few weeks time.

On the afternoon of Wed August 8th, starting at 13:00, there will be recitations of Blake poetry around the Market Cross area by some very diverse performers. Some may be singing. There will be musical accompaniment. There is still an option of getting involved and performing. Contact me here or on the Facebook event page. The only rule is that all words spoken must be those of Blake.

On the evening of August 9th, I will give a lecture presentation in the Town Hall on William Blake and the Glastonbury Gnosis that will also serve as a book launch. More details to follow, with special posting of Yuri Leitch cover art in a few days time.

Friday August 10th will see a musical evening in the King Arthur pub in Benedict St. Some quality musician performers will present remarkable renditions of Blake poetry. There will be a special acknowledgement of Allen Ginsberg.