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Scintillations in Mauve

An Introduction to the Work of Kenneth Grant

British magician Kenneth Grant (b. 1924) is a much-admired figure in the world of Thelema and post-Crowleyan British occultism. Exponent of a distinct magical gnosis and writer of many books, he has produced a formidable and highly creative body of work, expressing approaches which have evolved throughout the years. At the heart of this work is the series of Typhonian Trilogies, commencing with The Magical Revival in 1972 and culminating in The Ninth Arch in 2002. In this talk Michael Staley will discuss the fundamental aspects of this work, as well as the ways in which Grant set out to develop Thelema and creative occultism in the light of the Typhonian or Draconian Current.

Grant’s work has grown out of an extraordinary life. He had a passion for magic, mysticism and comparative religion by the time he met Aleister Crowley in 1944 -- a contact which made a profound impact upon him. Later, he and his wife had a close association with the occult artist Austin Osman Spare. Spare’s work also had a huge influence upon Grant, but it was through his own magical and mystical experience that Grant was able to assimilate the work of these two and many others including Woodroffe, Massey, Blavatsky, and Lovecraft to form a vision that suffuses all his work but finds its most profound flowering in the Typhonian Trilogies.

This lecture focuses on Grant’s work as expressed in the Typhonian Trilogies, and lays the foundation for a forthcoming series of talks which will focus more closely on specific elements of his work.

Michael Staley is a prominent member of the magical order headed by Kenneth Grant, edits the well-respected journal ‘Starfire’, and is the founder of Starfire Publishing Ltd. Steeped in Thelema since the late 1960s, he speaks from time to time on aspects of the work of Aleister Crowley, Kenneth Grant, Austin Osman Spare, and others.


Michael Staley | talks


Date and Time:

17 December 2008 at 7:15 pm


2 hours



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