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In the Center of the Fire: A Memoir of the Occult 1966-1989 Hardcover – June 15, 2012
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"This book will be of interest to anyone curious about the New York occult scene of this period, as well as to some students of occultism and modern popular culture." Bradford Lee Eden, Library Journal November 1, 2012
About the Author
James Wasserman has been a member of Ordo Templi Orientis since 1976. He has been described as a "founding father" of the modern O.T.O. and has played a key role in numerous seminal publications of Aleister Crowley's literary corpus. He is responsible for the widely celebrated Chronicle edition of The Book of Going Forth by Day, The Egyptian Book of the Dead. His numerous writings and editorial efforts maintain a focus on spirituality, creative mythology, secret societies, history, religion, and politics. He is a passionate advocate of individual liberty.
He has appeared in numerous documentaries on The History Channel, National Geographic, and The Discovery Channel, addressed the National Press Club on esoteric symbolism, and been a guest on Coast to Coast AM, Thelema Now! and other radio broadcasts and podcasts.
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I only have two criticisms of this book, neither of which deserve the deduction of a star from its rating. Firstly, the book seems to end rather abruptly. Brother James goes into his struggles with heroin addiction at the end of the book and describes some of the troubles with his wife at the time, though these seem to have been resolved by the end. He also mentions his later marriage to Nancy. This book reads almost like a novel, which kept me very engaged during the entire read and got me emotionally invested in its characters. I really want to know how and why Brother James and Sister Wileda's relationship ended and how his subsequent marriage to Nancy began.
More importantly, Brother James mentions that Brother Dan became head of A.'.A.'., but doesn't go into the details of how this came to be. One can only assume that it is because Brother Dan was the highest ranking member of A.'.A.'. at the time of Motta's death, but I'd like more details on this--what grade did he hold? What grade did others hold? How does this make other A.'.A.'. claimants (such as groups that claim to descend from Phyllis Seckler) invalid?
Overall, this book was a very engaging and fantastic read. Nowhere else can you find such an in-depth look at modern O.T.O. and A.'.A.'. history in print. If you are an initiate of either order and are interested in seeing how things got to where they are today, make sure to pick up this book.
This is a must read for all Thelemites and O.T.O. initiates. James Wasserman gives a brutally honest accounting of his life and the ups and downs of himself and the O.T.O., and it's legal battles to establish itself as the true heir of Aleister Crowley's Order.
Being only 10 years younger then the author it was a trip down memory lane. Being a member of the Order it made me humbled and proud to be a part of that tradition. It renewed my love of the Order and my brothers and sisters in it.
Having also read Martin Starr's, Unknown God, W.T. Smith and the Thelemites, I found it interesting the way the local O.T.O. bodies still have similar conflicts and triumphs including those I've seen within my own local body. Human nature is human nature and the path to Divine consciousness can be filled with trials.
The book covers James Wasserman's early life and his introduction to the flailing O.T.O. and it's revival through Grady McMurtry. It covers the founding of New York's Tahuti Lodge and the modern occult publishers. James Wasserman's publishing company Studio 31, gave us the Necronomicon.
It ends with the O.T.O. winning legal recognition and copyrights, the death of Grady McMurtry and the elevation of the new O.H.O Hymenaeus Beta.
The Appendices include works by Jack Parsons, the Caliphate Letters, early Tahuti Lodge papers and some nice rituals.
If you are looking for blood thirsty Satanic rituals glorified in movies and feared by preachers this book will disappoint. If you are looking for a true, honest historical account of the modern occult and the men and women associated with it this book is for you.
Being a long time member of the O.T.O. in good standing, I found this book to be nothing less than a well full of inspiration, genuinity, and a perfect snapshot of the times it was written about. I highly recommend this to any and all Thelemites out there who have a historical interest in the O.T.O. and A.'.A.'.. Wasserman's honesty in his exposition of the events that went down back in the day is highly admirable. And his interactions with some of the prominent people that we hear so much about even today are incredibly interesting, elightening, and give the reader a closer connection to those figures that are seemingly wrapped in so much mystery.
I LOVED IT! (And so did my wife).
Love is the law, love under will.
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