Colin Low

Dion Fortune / V.M.Steele

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Over the years I have given the literary output of Dion Fortune a goodly share of my time. I have read about three-quarters of her occult non-fiction and all of her occult fiction. In most cases I have read a book (e.g. The Mystical Qabalah, Psychic Self-Defense, The Sea Priestess,…

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HGA

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I  have found my Holy Guardian Angel to be sly and subtle. As I cannot be instructed in what I do not comprehend,  I must be led to comprehension via an accretion of vocabulary, new concepts and unfamiliar imagery.  I must become a fit receptacle, and so I must be…

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The Discarded Image

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Those who are interested in the esoteric and the occult tend to read books written by others in the field. I did this myself. Back in the early 70s I read a great deal by Crowley and Levi and the various authors of Golden Dawn teaching material (mostly S.L. Mathers).…

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The Extended Tree

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Most students of the Hermetic Kabbalah will know (sometimes obsessively) about the Golden Dawn and various splinter offshoots that carried that tradition into the period between the two world wars.  WW2 was hugely destructive to esoteric traditions in Europe. The history of the generation that began again after WW2 is…

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Paradise Lost/Gustave Dore

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I have spent months reading Paradise Lost, and because I tend to deep-dive into topics, I have been reading around the poem and the poet. The story of Adam and Eve in Eden is an amazing story that is fundamental to Judaism, Christianity and Islam  (although the story in the Koran…

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Sola Busca Tarot

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I was browsing Amazon and saw that Lo Scarabo had published a limited-edition print of the Sola Busca Tarot deck. So I bought a copy. The reason for my haste was three-fold. Firstly, it is an extremely early Tarocchi deck (it has been dated to 1491) and it is printed…

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Basilique Saint-Epvre de Nancy

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Many churches devote the space above a large doorway (the Tympanum) to a representation of Ecclesiatical Reality. What I mean by this is that the material world that we inhabit is viewed as an aspect of a larger reality, and that larger reality is dominated by divine personages whose life…

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Twin Peaks/Paradise Lost

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I have been studying Milton’s Paradise Lost while watching Season 3 of Twin Peaks (and subsequently re-watching Season 2). Like retroviral DNA they have swapped and intertwined and formed a strange composite in my head. Those with an interest in religion and esotericism will understand that there is always a larger…

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A Dark Song

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It is difficult to find interesting depictions of the practices of the WET in film. Perhaps my favourite is the Hammer production of “The Devil Rides Out” with Christopher Lee, who played a large part in bringing Dennis Wheatley’s book to the screen, to the extent of researching in the…