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  • Hardcover: 244 pages
  • Publisher: S. Weiser; 1st edition (1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087728217X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877282174
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,734,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Walter Five VINE VOICE on September 29, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Kenneth Grant is a Magus to be reckoned with. A pupil and secretary of Aliester Crowley, last student of Osman Austin Spare, Grant's credentials as a "Serious Occultist" are well based, and this is the first book he wrote on the subject, more than a quarter century after Crowley's Greater Feast.

This is possibly Grant's most lucid work. It's the first book in his "Typhonian Trilogy", and will give the serious student a lot of food for thought. Grant's propositions concerning "the cult of the Dragon" are very interesting, and fans of William S. Burroughs later works or Robert Anton Wilson will find much common ground.

That said, you're making quite an investment when you start collecting Mr. Grant's largely out-of-print works. The beginning student would be well reccomended to invest their interests elsewhere, advanced students would do well to review Mr. Grant's body of work generally, and invest in individual titles as their studies demand. In Ceremonial Magick, Mr. Grants works are very interesting, if ultimately dispensable.

I can give no reason for the inexplicably high prices (greater than $700?)being asked for the Skoob edition of this book. Let the potential buyer beware: A quick search of Amazon shows that some copies of the 1973 1st Ed. are selling for $100 or less (a relative bargain). However, new hardcover edition by Starfire Press with additional material is being published next month in April 2010, and should only cost about $60. This will be the second reprint of the various Typhonian books from Starfire, the first being the highly collectable Outside the Circles of Time. I highly reccomend the new Starfire Press edition to those who collect this sort of thing, their books are beautiful, well-made editions. Their editor Mr. Micheal Staley is taking his time on these new Starfire Press editions, and he is doing it *right*.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J.S.M. on October 26, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I give this book the maximum rating. Kenneth Grant goes farther than almost anyone in describing real mystic and theosophical truths from a left hand path perspective. The book, which is a left hand path take on the philosophy of Aleister Crowley and the OTO, lays out more in its first two chapters than many books, even somewhat secretive books published by small presses and not known to the general public, do--and this book was printed by a major press and generally available in the early seventies. Goes into many things that are only hinted at in people's thinking about the meaning of various segments of Crowley's thought, from what the relationship of various entitites to the A .'. A.'. and to the Book of the Law is to what the OTO's conception of sex magic was in relation to Tantric Hinduism. More to the point, Grant integrates all of these systems together, so it's not so much OTO concepts being contrasted with Hindu concepts as common ground being found between the two and then a sort of dialogue being produced between them, both describing a common experience and goal. Grant is able to consistantly do this on a number of topics, which makes this book so valuable and interesting.

I should say, too, that even though this edition is out of print that people can find copies of it using the internet if they're intrepid enough....google is your best bet.

With that said, I hope that this book comes into print again, along with the rest of Grant's nine book Typhonian Trilogies series.

Happy Hunting!
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By zz top on May 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
"The Knower of Truth should go about the world outwardly stupid like a child, a madman or a devil."

Mahavakyaratnamala

A lot of interesting points brought out in this book. For instance Crowley states quote "The Black Mass is a totally different matter I could not celebrate it if I wanted to for I am not a consecrated priest of the Christian church.

In this book Mr Grant points out the the fictional work of HP Lovecraft is similar to the Cabala

Like many of Mr Grants books he sites his admiration for Crowley Austin Spare and Lovecraft. He also refers to "the original Draconian cult or the typhonian cult."

See also
Aspects of Occultism

The Serpent Power: The Secrets of Tantric and Shaktic Yoga

This book draws a lot of info from The Magical Revival and it is cheap.
The Necronomicon Files: The Truth Behind The Legend
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7 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 30, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Yes, Kenneth Grant's books would cost you your first born on the black market if you were to get all of them. Pricey and out of print and only to become more so when he passes on in the near future.
Grant is obviously insane. If you have read any of his typhonian trilogies you would know this. His works on Austin Spare are quite a bit better, but its obvious he used Aos for his own means and painted him to fit whatever cosmology he was working on.
I mean his book are entertaining, but other than an image into the head of someone who has some problems, what else could you get from them?
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