I'm not promising anything, but I am actually paying attention to this blog and to the email contact given in CP texts again. Future queries should hopefully be answered in less time than it took for me to respond to, or even notice, the last couple.
As for resuming actual publishing activity, that remains to be seen. To be honest, I've lost a lot of interest and enthusiasm for the subject matters that CP has dealt with in the past; additionally, much of the original rationale for the project has been made redundant by the increasing availability and decreased cost of storage space and Internet bandwidth; web-posting and downloading a 20+ megabyte set of page images is a far more reasonable proposition now than it was ten years ago.
I will let the last two entries stand; they were an indication of where I was when I posted them. I will, however, attempt to keep such primarily personal matters out of what updates this blog receives from now.
Just uploaded a minor improvement of Mathers, Kabbalah Unveiled, mainly fixing an issue with page headers in one section, but making a few other stylistic changes and re-arranging my endnotes slightly.
While I have no intention of ever issuing a re-set (the thing runs to over 2000 pages and the typography is such as is likely to defeat most of the more readily available OCR software), complete page images of Knorr von Rosenroth's Kabbala Denudata, the seventeenth-century compilation of Christian Cabala from which Mathers took the Latin translations of the three minor tracts from the Zohar which form the bulk of Kabbalah Unveiled, are also on Scribd:
It was largely in order to preserve pagination and avoid making an unreadable mess of the whole thing that my many sarcastic notes to Mathers' Introduction were omitted in the CP release. Having had some training in formal logic and philosophy of language, it is difficult to remain calm when I see someone translate "qui non est" with the literally meaningless "is negatively existent" and then sink deeper and deeper into a metaphysical and semantic swamp in the process of explaining, or rather making excuses for not explaining, what he means by "negative existence."
Posted by dancingstar at 16:26
Finally got round to giving a once-over to William Stirling's The Canon, for the first time since about 2004 (the copies which other people have put on Scribd appear to be the original 2003 release). Largely limited to correcting some minor typos, re-setting the whole in something that isn't Times New Roman, re-scanning some of the pictures on a slightly less broken scanner and giving it cover and back board designs that doubled the file size (but meh, disk space and bandwidth is cheaper now than it was in 2003, and half-title pages don't make for good thumbnails).
Aleister Crowley in the "Curriculum of A.'.A.'." described this as "the best text-book of Applied Qabalah" (it had previously been favourably reviewed in The Equinox, some years after its original (1897) publication). Possibly this was meant as "the best available example of how you can prove anything with 'Cabala' (Stirling's preferred spelling) if you try hard enough." To obtain equivalences, the author routinely adds or subtracts one from the numerical value of a word or phrase (or alternatively, adds or subtracts one for every word in the phrase), squares or extracts square roots, divides or multiplies by 2, 4, the square root of 2, half the square root of 3, pi, 9.5, &c., &c., &c., rounding up or down depending on what suits his case, arbitrarily includes or omits Greek definite articles, in at least once instances uses the higher value of a Hebrew 'final' on one word in a phrase but not in another, and generally makes Kenneth Grant's use of Gematria look rigorous.
Oddly, the domain aiwaz.net, where I found the illustrated HTMLs of this work on which the CP release was originally based, is still hosting material on sacred-geometry themes, though the copy of The Canon vanished from there years ago.
Posted by dancingstar at 13:37
Should probably have done this when I started the blog. Meh. The following list includes works issued on both the Celephaïs Press and Unspeakable Press (Leng) imprints; there was originally a distinction of a kind in my mind between the two labels but it has become increasingly blurred since I started using the latter name on works being generally published. Most hotlinks in the entries below are to copies on Scribd. With the exception of Massey's Book of the Beginnings which I intend to ultimately re-set, uploads of page images, either scanned by myself or lifted from elsewhere on the Web, are not included below. Provided I remember, this entry will be updated as new titles are released, hence it is linked in the "permanent (?) links" box of this blog.
"Nature Worship and Mystical series." Ten volumes (often questionably attributed to Hargrave Jennings), comprising:
- Phallism: A Description of the Worship of Lingam-Yoni &c. &c. &c. (Crux Ansata) (based on 1892 "second edition")
- Ophiolatreia, or Serpent Worship
- Phallic Objects, Monuments, and Remains
- Cultus Arborum, or Phallic Tree Worship
- Fishes, Flowers and Fire and elements and deities in the phallic faiths
- Archaic Rock Inscriptions
- Nature Worship
- Mysteries of the Rosie Cross
- Phallic Miscellanies
- The Masculine Cross, or a History of Ancient and Modern Crosses (not to be confused with two earlier works of a similar title).
-- Phallic Worship: A description of the Mysteries of the Sex Worship of the Ancients, with the History of the Masculine Cross (title on cover simply The Masculine Cross).
-- Secret Symbols of the Rosicrucians (English translation by George Engelke). Withdrawn for copyright reasons. See also Hartmann, Cosmology &c.
Arnold, Edwin: The Song Celestial (Bhagavadgita).
Avalon, Arthur. See under John Woodroffe.
Burton, Richard Francis: The Kasidah of Hâjî Abdû el-Yezdî (based on a 1924 illustrated edition).
Campbell, Robert Allen: Phallic Worship: an outline of the worship of the generative organs &c. &c. &c.
Carlile, Richard: Manual of Freemasonry (based on 1845 and later 1-volume edition).
Crowley, Aleister. CP editions of works by this author are not linked here, for reasons which have already been explained, with the exception of:
-- (et al.): The Equinox vol. III no. 1 ("The Blue Equinox.") [In public domain as first published in USA prior to 1923.]
Fabre d'Olivet, Antoine: The Golden Verses of Pythagoras Explained &c. (English trans. by N. L. Redfield).
-- Rivers of Life, or Sources and Streams of Faiths of Man in all Lands (2 vols. plus chart, maps and tables).
-- Short Studies in the Science of Comparative Religions, embracing all the Religions of Asia.
Fuller, J. F. C.: The Star in the West: a critical essay on the works of Aleister Crowley.
Gardner, Gerald Brosseau et al.: "The public contents of the Book of Shadows."
Hartmann, Franz: (ed. / trans.) Cosmology or Universal Science &c. &c. &c. (Secret Symbols of the Rosicrucians).
-- "The Principles of the Yoga-Philosophy of the Rosicrucians and Alchemists" (extract from In the Pronaos of the Temple of Wisdom).
Higgins, Godfrey: Anacalypsis, or an attempt to draw aside the veil of the Saïtic Isis &c. &c. &c. (front matter and first few chapters of vol. I only)
Hinton, Charles Howard: The Fourth Dimension (includes the pamphlet "A Language of Space")
-- Scientific Romances (first series)
-- Scientific Romances (second series)
How, Jeremiah: "On the Antient and Primitive Rite" (excerpt from the author's The Freemason's Manual).
Howard, Clifford: Sex Worship: an exposition of the phallic origin of religion.
Huxley, Thomas Henry: Hume, with helps to the study of Berkeley (Collected Essays, vol. 6).
Inman, Thomas: Ancient Faiths and Modern
-- Ancient Pagan and Modern Christian Symbolism exposed and explained (based on second edition).
-- The Indian Religions, or results of the mysterious Buddhism (based on second edition)
-- Phallicism, Celestial and Terrestrial (includes the supplement of illustrations)
-- The Rosicrucians, their Rites and Mysteries (based on fourth edition)
King, C. W.: The Gnostics and their Remains, ancient and mediæval (based on second edition)
Klein, Sydney T.: Science and the Infinite.
Knight, Richard Payne et al.: Two Essays on the Worship of Priapus.
Lovecraft, Howard Phillips: The Call of Cthulhu.
-- The Festival.
Mathers, S. L. "MacGregor" (ed. / trans.): The Kabbalah Unveiled.
Mead, G.R.S.: Chaldæan Oracles (Echoes from the Gnosis, VIII & IX).
-- (ed. / trans.): Hermetica (extracted from his Thrice Greatest Hermes).
-- (ed. / trans.): Pistis Sohpia, a Gnostic Miscellany (based on second edition).
Pike, Albert: Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite (includes the later "Digest-Index")
Rocco, Sha (Abisha S. Hudson): The Masculine Cross and Ancient Sex Worship.
Sellon, Edward: Annotations on the Sacred Writings of the Hindus (also includes his papers "Linga Puja" and "Sakti Puja")
Spencer, Herbert: First Principles (based on sixth edition, the last revised by the author).
Stirling, William: The Canon: an Exposition of the Pagan Mystery perpetuated in the Cabala as the Rule of all the Arts.
T[ripudians] S[tella], Frater (pseudonym of the present writer): "Bibliographia Enochia"
-- "Hinton's Cubes" (instruction in making the things)
-- "Levity's Vestments: a study in creative plagiarism" (a.k.a. "The Sources of the 'Charge of the Goddess'").
-- (ed.) "The Angelicall Alphabet of Dr. Dee" (mostly consists of excerpts from Dee's spirit diaries).
-- (trans.) "Ecclesiæ Gnosticæ Catholicæ Canonis Missæ redactio in linguam Latinam" (original by Aleister Crowley)
Tucker, Prentiss: The Lost Key: an Explanation of Masonic Symbols.
Villars, Abbé N. Montfauçon de: Comte de Gabalis, or Discourses on Secret Sciences (English translation by "The Brothers" but shorn of their waffling and redundant commentary)
Vivekananda, Swami: Bhakti Yoga
-- Raja Yoga (includes a translation with commentary of the Yoga-Aphorisms of Patanjali).
Waite, Arthur Edward: Real History of the Rosicrucians
Ward, J. S. M.: The Craft Degrees Handbooks (originally published in three separate volumes in the "Masonic Handbook Series")
Westcott, W. Wynn (ed. / trans.): Chaldæan Oracles.
Westropp, Hodder M. & Wake, C. S.: Ancient Symbol Worship (a.k.a. Phallism in Ancient Worships).
Woodroffe, John: The Garland of Letters: Studies in the Mantra-S'âstra.
-- S'akti and S'âkti: Essays and Addresses on the S'âkta Tantra-S'âstra (based on third edition).
Yarker, John (ed. / trans.): Lecture of the Antient and Primitive Rite (originally published in two volumes as Masonic Charges and Lectures and Lectures of a Chapter, Senate and Council).
Posted by dancingstar at 12:41