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CULTS OF THE SHADOW (Enhanced Edition) by Kenneth Grant (Starfire, 2013)

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CULTS OF THE SHADOW (Enhanced Edition) by Kenneth Grant (Starfire, 2013)

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CULTS OF THE SHADOW (Enhanced Edition) by Kenneth Grant (Starfire, 2013)

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Grant, Kenneth. Cults of the Shadow (Enhanced and Corrected Edition). London: Starfire Publishing Limited, [2013]. 

Limited to 1500 copies. Enhanced Edition. Sewn hardcover, 268 pages with a color frontispiece by Steffi Grant, a twenty-page section of plates, illustrated endpapers and a full-color dust jacket. This republication integrates the errata from the 1994 Skoob edition within the text, and incorporates further corrections noted subsequently in Kenneth Grant's personal copy of the book. Many of the plates have been rephotographed, and some are presented in color for the first time. A fine copy in like dust jacket.

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This is the third volume of Grant's first series of Typhonian Trilogies. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Cults of the Shadow brings the first Typhonian Trilogy to an end with a discussion of the Left Hand Path in magic, making reference to both Crowley and Spare’s work, as well as to Voodoo and Tantra. Kenneth Grant said that Cults of the Shadow explores obscure aspects of occultism that have been frequently, and mistakenly, associated with the negative and sensational phenomena of so-called ‘black magic’. In his magical mythos, the Left Hand Path is seen as having an ancient history, but has been shunned because it involves a use of the sexual energies as a means of awakening the Serpent Power or Fire Snake, the key to cosmic consciousness, and also of controlling and directing the occult forces of the subconscious mind. Present-day exponents, according to this book, include Aleister Crowley, with his Cult of the Beast and the Scarlet Woman; Charles Stansfeld Jones, with his curious qabalistic researches; Austin Osman Spare, the artist who evolved his own system of sexual sorcery based upon ancient secrets of Witchcraft; and Michael Bertiaux, with his Cult of the Black Snake.