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Wormwood Star The Magickal Life Of Marjorie Cameron

Author: Spencer Kansa
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In the first ever biography written about her, Wormwood Star traces the extraordinary life of the enigmatic artist Marjorie Cameron, one of the most fascinating figures to emerge from the American Underground art world and film scene. Born in Belle Plaine, Iowa, in 1922, Camerons uniqueness and talent as a natural born artist was evident to those around her early on in life. During World War 2 she served in the Womens Navy, and worked in Washington as an aide to the Joint Chiefs Of Staff. But it was after the War that her life really took off, when she met her husband Jack Parsons. By day Parsons was a brilliant rocket scientist, but by night he was Master of the Agape Lodge, a fraternal magickal order, whose head was the most famous magus of the 20th century Aleister Crowley. Gradually, over the course of their marriage, Parsons initiated Cameron into the occult sciences, and the biography offers a fresh perspective on her role in the infamous Babalon Working magick rituals Parsons conducted with the future founder of Scientology, L Ron Hubbard. Following Parsons death in 1952 from a chemical explosion, Cameron inherited her husbands magickal mantle and embarked on a lifelong spiritual quest, a journey reflected in the otherworldly images she depicted, many of them drawn from the Elemental Kingdom and astral plane. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s Cameron became a celebrated personality in Californias underground art world and film scene. In 1954 she starred in Kenneth Angers visual masterwork, Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome, stealing the show from her co-star Anais Nin. The budding filmmaker Curtis Harrington was so taken with Cameron, he made a film study dedicated to her artwork entitled, The Wormwood Star. He then brought Camerons powerful and mysterious presence to bear on his evocative noir thriller, Night Tide, casting her alongside a young Dennis Hopper. Cameron was an inspirational figure to the many artists and poets that congregated around Wallace Bermans Semina scene, and in 1957 Bermans show at the Ferus Gallery was shut down by LAs vice squad, due to the sexually charged nature of one of her drawings. Undaunted, she continued to carve a unique and brilliant path as an artist. A retrospective of Camerons work, entitled The Pearl Of Reprisal, was held at LAs Barnsdall Art Park in 1989, and after her death some of her most admired pieces were included in the Reflections Of A New Aeon Exhibition at the Eleven Seven Gallery in Long Beach, California. Camerons famous Peyote Vision drawing made its way into the Beat Culture And The New America retrospective held at the Whitney Museum in 1995. And in 2006, a profile of her work was featured in the critically lauded Semina Culture Exhibition. The following year an exhibition of her sketches and drawings was held at the Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery in New York. With so much of her life and work shrouded in mystery, Wormwood Star sheds new light on this most remarkable artist and elusive occult icon.

Wormwood Star

Author: Spencer Kansa
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"Wormwood Star" traces the extraordinary life of the enigmatic artist Marjorie Cameron (1922-1995), one of the most fascinating figures to emerge from the American Underground art world and film scene.

Strange Angel

Author: George Pendle
Publisher: HMH
ISBN: 0547545363
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Now a CBS All Access series: “A riveting tale of rocketry, the occult, and boom-and-bust 1920s and 1930s Los Angeles” (Booklist). The Los Angeles Times headline screamed: ROCKET SCIENTIST KILLED IN PASADENA EXPLOSION. The man known as Jack Parsons, a maverick rocketeer who helped transform a derided sci-fi plotline into actuality, was at first mourned as a scientific prodigy. But reporters soon uncovered a more shocking story: Parsons had been a devotee of the city’s occult scene. Fueled by childhood dreams of space flight, Parsons was a leader of the motley band of enthusiastic young men who founded the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a cornerstone of the American space program. But Parsons’s wild imagination also led him into a world of incantations and orgiastic rituals—if he could make rocketry a reality, why not black magic? George Pendle re-creates the world of John Parsons in this dazzling portrait of prewar superstition, cold war paranoia, and futuristic possibility. Peopled with such formidable real-life figures as Howard Hughes, Aleister Crowley, L. Ron Hubbard, and Robert Heinlein, Strange Angel explores the unruly consequences of genius. The basis for a new miniseries created by Mark Heyman and produced by Ridley Scott, this biography “vividly tells the story of a mysterious and forgotten man who embodied the contradictions of his time . . . when science fiction crashed into science fact. . . . [It] would make a compelling work of fiction if it weren’t so astonishingly true” (Publishers Weekly).

Cameron

Author: Yael Lipschutz
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A key underground figure of Los Angeles' midcentury counterculture, Cameron (1922-95) created a body of visionary painting and drawing that won her equal esteem among the Californian assemblage artists and the occult world of that time. Her powerful personality led to a number of roles in key underground movies such as Kenneth Anger's Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome, and her features adorn the cover of the first issue of Wallace Berman's Semina. Today, her delicate melding of Surrealism and mysticism has been rediscovered by a younger generation of artists. This volume, published for an exhibition at MOCA LA, includes pieces formerly thought lost, ranging from early paintings to drawings, sketchbooks and poetry, as well as ephemera, collaborations and correspondence with individuals such as her husband, Jack Parsons (the rocket pioneer, cofounder of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and acolyte of Aleister Crowley), and mythologist Joseph Campbell.

Book Of Lies

Author: Metzger, Richard
Publisher: Disinformation Books
ISBN: 1938875109
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New package for a cult classic. First published in 2003, The Book of Lies was hailed as a 21st grimoire and instantly became a cult classic. Now reformatted for the next generation of magicians and all counterculture devotees, it gathers an unprecedented cabal of occultists, esoteric scholars, and forward thinkers, all curated by Disinformation's former "wicked warlock" Richard Metzger. This compendium of the occult includes entries on topics as diverse and dangerous as Aleister Crowley, Secret Societies, Psychedelics, and Magick in theory and practice. The result is an alchemical formula that may well rip a hole in the fabric of your reality: Terence McKenna asks if we contact "aliens" with the smokable drug DMT Daniel Pinchbeck recounts his psychedelic and magical experiences Techgnosis author Eric Davis writes about H.P. Lovecraft Robert Anton Wilson writes about the similarities between Aleister Crowley and Timothy Leary Donald Tyson's "The Enochian Apocalypse Working" ask if the seeds of the end of the world sown in the Elizabethan era. Other contributors or subjects written about include Brian Barritt, Vere Chappell, Ida Craddock, Joe Coleman, Nevill Drury, Stephen Edred Flowers, T. Allen Greenfield, Gary Lachman, Anton Lavey, Peter Levenda, Grant Morrison, Michael Moynihan, Rosaleen Norton, Jack Parsons, Austin Osman Spare, and Tracy Twyman. It's all here and more!

Sex And Rockets

Author: John Carter
Publisher: Feral House
ISBN: 0922915970
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A biography of the century's most strange men, Parsons was a primary architect of modern rocket science and co-founder of Jet Propulsion Laboratory - a crater on the moon was named after him. His secretive interests, however, were more bizarre and involved him in underwriting the notorious Aleister Crowley whose Book of the Law he considered to be the new Holy Book. Parsons also held numerous soirees where weird black magick rituals were performed under the eyes of none other than L Ron Hubbard who then made off with his money and his wife. Stranger than fiction

Out There

Author: Spencer Kansa
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The Transcendent Life and Art of Burt Shonberg

Freedom Is A Two Edged Sword

Author: Jack W. Parsons
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Written around 1950, these essays are now, decades later, still strikingly prophetic. His introductory essays on Magick and Witchcraft are classics of lucidity. This volume makes available for the first time all of Parsons' surviving essays, edited by his wife and student, Cameron, in collaboration with Frater Superior Hymenaeus Beta, the head of the O.T.O.

Black Leather Lucifer

Author: Jack Hunter
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Kenneth Anger: author of Hollywood Babylon, true disciple of Aleister Crowley, former mentor to both Bobby Beausoleil and Mick Jagger, amongst others - and one of the most original and talented film-makers of the 20th Century. BLACK LEATHER LUCIFER presents revelatory texts on the occult, mind-altering, homo-erotic, synaesthetic and pop-culture tropes to be found within such classic underground films as Anger's Fireworks, Inauguration Of The Pleasure Dome, Scorpio Rising, Kustom Kar Kommandos, Invocation Of My Demon Brother, and Lucifer Rising. It includes a complete filmography, and is illustrated with over 50 illuminating photographic images, including 16 in stunning full colour. BLACK LEATHER LUCIFER was adapted from the previous publication Moonchild (Creation Books, 2000).

The Key Of The Abyss

Author: Anthony Testa
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 1430301600
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The Babalon Working In 1946, Jack Parsons went alone into the Mojave Desert and made contact with a force he identified as the Mother of Abominations in the Book of Revelation. Parsons recorded the event in what became one of the most notorious documents in the history of Western Occultism; Liber 49, the Book of Babalon. A star from heaven fallen 1n 1909 Aleister Crowley performed a ritual that mirrored an event described in the Book of Revelation; the opening of the Abyss. He spoke the words that evoked the Abyss, allowing the Demon Choronzon to manifest on Earth for the first time in recorded history. The Black Pilgrimage With Liber 49 as his guide, Parsons began a series of ritual experiments that would continue throughout the remainder of his tragic life. In 1949 he went "into the Sunset" to the edge of the universe and there received the Secret of Secrets, the Key to the Abyss. Includes Concorance with English Kabbalah values for Liber Al vel Legis and Liber 49