Friday, 24 June 2011

It keeps getting hotter

Stephen Grasso is a great late addition to the line-up for our Summer of Love on August 21 in Brighton, and a timely reminder to pick up your tickets as soon as you can. 

Details of his talk below to whet your appetite...

Smoke and Mirrors

Writer and witchdoctor Stephen Grasso unveils the hidden occult landscape of the City of London. Dark rum hits old stone at the crossroads and we enter heavy Voodoo terrain, tuning into the dub echoes of history. The mysteries of the boneyard and the buried river slide into focus. The lunar temple of St Pauls Cathedral opens its doors for witchcraft, and the chained giants of the Guildhall break their bonds. The nefarious cyclopean towers of the square mile are struck by lightning and wicked houses are marched on by zombie chimney sweeps and the intranquil dead. Our Lady of the Thames pulsates outside of time bringing life and freshness, and opening the way to the rebel territories south of the river where sorcerers dream and conspire. The wanton Green pushes up through grey paving slabs and a parliament of trees sits in judgement. The primal jungle under London speaks its mind. Senses are washed clear and duplicitous spells are undone. All cities have magic.

We will also be rounding up some decks so that we can add Stephen to our DJ line up alongside Nous. 

Les Mystères Soundsystem

Stephen Grasso digs through the crates and conjures fire in the dancehall with a selection of rare vinyl cuts from the African Diaspora magico-religoius traditions. Expect Haitian exotica, Cuban Lukumi mambo, Brazilian Orixa bossanova, New Orleans second line, Mardi Gras Indian funk and Obeah reggae. Yes, occult music you can cut
a rug to.

Stephen has of course graced the pages of both Devoted and XVI and many other publications, from Strange Attractor to Generation Hex. An engaging speaker and sharp dresser, we think he will be a great addition to throw into the mix.  

More Scarlet Imprint updates very soon on Crossed Keys, which we expect from the printer next week. The Red Goddess is soon to go to press and further details on Pomba Gira

Friday, 10 June 2011

Occultists and Fascists

We were approached recently to contribute to Troy Southgate's Black Front Press whose last published work was a Crowley anthology.

After a little research, we were disturbed to find their rather murky history hidden beneath the anti-corporate, anti-capitalist and permaculture ideals.

 Though we are very happy to promote the independent esoteric and occult authors and publishers whose work and dedication invigorate and stimulate our community, it is entirely another matter to contribute our energy to a project which would seem to be attempting to use a multiplicity of voices from the occult scene to promote the ideas of the so-called New-Right. 

First port of call is Wikipedia:

Of course, the accuracy of Wikipedia is always up for debate, but then there are plentiful online interviews:

Or perhaps this article on Co-opting the Counter Culture: Troy Southgate and the National Revolutionary Faction:

We find it impossible to ignore statements like this on the main site:

"Race defines who we are, it provides us with an identity and exists for a damn good reason. Without maintaining this essential diversity, something you can find throughout nature, the world will become increasingly drab, standardised and monotonous and the only people left on the planet will inevitably form part of a coffee-coloured mush of uniform humanity. National-Anarchists wish to preserve the different races of the earth and believe that multi-racialism ends with the dissolution of all races. Racial separatism is the only way that the organic balance can be restored."

Our emphasis is in bold, and our disgust is profound. 

What is clear in magickal history is that racial mixing has been incredibly beneficial. Let us consider the influences of Persian, Arabic, Chinese, Indian, Tibetan, Jewish and Greek magick that characterise the Western Tradition. Not to mention Africa, which has enriched Europe and the New World. This is proved by the material on Palo Mayombe, Quimbanda, Voudou et al. We could go on. Knowledge comes from exchange and inter-pentetration of peoples, cultures and ideas. And the mingling of knowledge and blood is as old as man and woman. The idea of purity of race and culture is a relatively recent innovation in the quest for meaning amongst the ruins.  

We have sought to print writers, some of whom we disagree with, as we hold that there is much to gain from a plurality of voices, perspectives and experiences. However, this does not mean that we ever support giving fascists a platform, or having our own voices co-opted to that end. 

To be clear we are not implying that those who write for this Press hold fascist views. Nonetheless, those who choose to write for these publications must be clear that they are providing an intellectual fig leaf for an ideology which would otherwise struggle to be taken seriously. 

There is a Spanish proverb, 'Tell me who you walk with and I will tell you who you are'. 

All blood is mixed in the cup. 

In Nomine Babalon

Peter Grey and Alkistis Dimech