By James Wasserman
In this bold exposé via a survivor of a distinct period within the long island occult scene, James Wasserman, an established proponent of the lessons of Aleister Crowley, brings us right into a international of candlelit temples, burning incense, and sonorous invocations. the writer additionally stocks an intimate examine the recent York Underground of the Seventies and introduces us to the corporate of such avant-garde luminaries as Alejandro Jodorowsky, Harry Smith, and Angus MacLise. A stone's throw clear of the Velvet Underground and Andy Warhol's manufacturing unit, William Burroughs' "bunker," and the mythical Chelsea lodge was once a scene way more esoteric than even perhaps they can have imagined.
When James Wasserman joined the O.T.O. in 1976, there have been fewer than a dozen contributors. this day the Order numbers over 4,000 contributors in 50 international locations and has been answerable for a chain of ground-breaking guides of Crowley's works.
The writer based manhattan City's TAHUTI hotel in 1979. He chronicles its early historical past and offers a window into the heyday of the big apple esoteric neighborhood. He additionally breaks his many years of silence pertaining to the most seminal occasions within the improvement of the fashionable Thelemic flow -- detailing his position within the 1976 magical conflict among Marcelo Motta and Grady McMurtry. lengthy slandered for his attempt to heal the transitority breach among the Orders of A.'.A.'. and O.T.O., James Wasserman units the list immediately. And, he meticulously chronicles the copyright contest over the Crowley literary estate--of which he used to be a massive participant.
This can also be a saga with a truly human tableau packed with gentle romance, passionate friendships, an abiding non secular starvation, possibility, ardour, and ecstasy. It additionally explores numerous hidden magical byways together with the rituals of Voodoo, Tibetan Buddhism, and Sufism. ultimately we're given a bird's eye view of the Sixties hippie tradition and its excesses of intercourse and medication, and rock n roll--along with the non-public variations and consequences this type of way of life introduced forth.
Reconstructed from own stories, magical diaries, a number of interviews, court docket transcripts, witness depositions, trial facts, and wide correspondence, this e-book elucidates a hitherto misreported and ill-understood nexus of recent magical heritage. It additionally stocks stories of a legendary second in American lifestyles as visible throughout the eyes of an enthusiastic player within the hip tradition of the day.