Welcome to The Primal Grimoire. This forum is designed for people who wish to work with the occult writings of Kenneth Grant, Austin Osman Spare, Aleister Crowley and others.

General and Administrative

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The Primal Grimoire exists to promote the study and development of the work and legacy of Kenneth Grant and others working in similar areas of the occult.

1 1 Introduction
by Michael Staley
Aug 11, 2013 13:27:49 GMT
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206 786 Greetings from Memphis
by purplepiepete
Jul 16, 2024 19:46:29 GMT

Kenneth Grant - Magical and Mystical Development

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No New Posts Early years and contact with Crowley - 1 Viewing

Grant first came across Crowley's work in the early 1940s, and Crowley's work remained a strong influence in the subsequent development of his own work. Discuss here the relationship between the work of the two men.

9 107 Locations in the Amalantrah Working: Nepta
by Michael Staley
Apr 11, 2024 17:49:10 GMT
No New Posts The Influence of Spare

Kenneth and Steffi Grant met Spare in the late 1940s, and they remained supportive friends and assistants until his death in 1956, becoming exponents and promoters of his work thereafter. Discuss here the influence of Spare on Grant's work, as well as the relationship more generally between Spare and the Grants.

14 138 Spare's Death Posture
by x51
Mar 8, 2023 17:54:45 GMT
No New Posts Eastern Mysticism and Advaita

Grant described Eastern Mysticism as his first love, and he immersed himself in Advaita in the early 1950s, devoted to such sages as Ramana Maharshi, Thakur Haranath and Anandamayi Ma amongst others, writing articles for Asian journals throughout the 1950s and 1960s, many of which were subsequently published in At the Feet of the Guru. Discuss here any aspects and developments of eastern mysticism, advaita and related subjects.

15 145 Recommendations: Favorite translation/editions?
by oek
Oct 6, 2021 10:02:25 GMT
No New Posts The Influence of Achad

In November 1950, Grant made typed copies for Gerald Yorke of much of the correspondence between Yorke and Achad in 1948/49. As the series of the Typhonian Trilogies progressed, Grant re-evaluated Achad's work, becoming increasingly interested in the Incoming of the Aeon of Maat on 2nd April 1948. This board is for discussion of the influence of Achad on Grant's work.

2 28 Aspects of Frater Achad's "New Aeon"
by The Double-Wanded One
Feb 16, 2022 5:48:11 GMT
No New Posts New Isis Lodge

Grant began experimenting with group or lodge work from the late 1940s, gathering experience which finally flowered as New Isis Lodge in the mid 1950s. Some of his experiences in the Lodge were set out in 'Hecate’s Fountain' in 1992. This is the forum to discuss all aspects of the work of the Lodge, and how it influenced his subsequent work.

10 108 New Isis Lodge and the Thunder Dragon
by Gregory Peters
Sept 4, 2021 19:30:50 GMT
No New Posts Collaboration with John Symonds

Together with John Symonds, Grant edited and published several major works by Crowley, amongst them 'The Confessions of Aleister Crowley' in 1969, 'The Magical Record of the Beast 666' in 1972, and 'Magical and Philosophical Commentaries on The Book of the Law' in 1974. Discuss here anything relating to their collaboration or to the works they produced.

4 49 The Magical Record of the the Beast 666
by Michael Staley
Aug 20, 2021 11:55:30 GMT
No New Posts The Typhonian Tradition

Grant developed the Typhonian Tradition initially from the works of Gerald Massey, enriching it with his knowledge and experience over many years, and elaborating it in his monumental Typhonian Trilogies. This is the forum in which to discuss the Typhonian Tradition itself; discussion of the books should be in the section below for the Published Works. What do you understand by the Typhonian Tradition? How do you think it developed?

38 359 Liber SoVoT (Set Ovo Typhonis): My admission ritual for 0°
by kalpanam783
May 29, 2024 15:21:32 GMT
No New Posts Sources and Influences

There were many sources and influences which colour Grant’s work, for example Crowley, Massey, Spare, Blavatsky, Lovecraft, Bertiaux and many more. Discuss here any influences which you perceive.

30 336 Liber Pennaenumbra and the Horus Maat Current
by Basil
Apr 18, 2024 19:32:18 GMT
No New Posts Other

This forum is for considering any aspect of Grant's development which does not fit in any of the forums above in this section of the site.

43 462 Grant and Ithell Colquhoun?
by x51
Mar 12, 2023 21:49:04 GMT

Kenneth Grant - Published Work

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No New Posts The Carfax Monographs

Ten of these were produced by Kenneth and Steffi Grant over the course of several years from the late 1950s to the early 1960s, across a variety of subjects. Discuss here the Monographs, how they arose, the influence they have had, etc.

4 18 Extra Copy of Carfax Monographs
by x51
Oct 3, 2022 17:21:33 GMT
No New Posts The Typhonian Trilogies

These nine volumes were published across 30 years, from The Magical Revival in 1972 to The Ninth Arch in 2002. Discuss here the contents of any of these volumes, or the development of the series as a whole.

Sub-boards: Trilogies General, The Magical Revival, Aleister Crowley and the Hidden God, Cults of the Shadow, Nightside of Eden, Outside the Circles of Time, Hecate's Fountain, Outer Gateways, Beyond the Mauve Zone, The Ninth Arch

65 583 Beyond the Mauve Zone
by christibrany
Jul 9, 2024 19:43:30 GMT
No New Posts The Nightside Narratives

Grant started writing short stories and plays from an early age, but in essence most of his novels date from the late 1940s to the late1960s. Discuss here any of his novels, or any aspect of the series which particularly interests you.

7 71 Against the Light
by Michael Staley
Jan 28, 2021 16:30:41 GMT
No New Posts Poetry

Again, Grant was writing poetry from an early age, culminating in his three published collections Black to Black, The Gull’s Beak, and Convolvulus: Poems of Love and the Other Darkness. Discuss Grant’s poetry here.

4 30 Grant's poetry
by IGP=93
Jun 30, 2017 1:29:50 GMT
No New Posts Articles, Forewords, and Introductions

Grant wrote these throughout his career, ranging from a Forward to the attempted publication in 1948 of Crowley’s Liber Aleph, through to the articles on Indian Mysticism published in Asian Jornals from the early 1950s onwards, articles for the International Times in the late 1960s, and essays and shorter pieces for Man, Myth and Magic in the 1970s. Discuss here any aspects of these articles.

3 14 Kenneth Grant: A Bibliography
by Michael Staley
Aug 20, 2021 13:24:31 GMT
No New Posts Other

This is the forum for discussing any aspect of Grant's published work which does not fit into any of the categories above.

38 235 The Selected Letters of Kenneth Grant
by williamxiii
Apr 19, 2024 8:12:59 GMT

Kenneth Grant - Legacy

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What do you think is the legacy of Kenneth Grant's work? What influence has his work exerted? How do you think it might develop?

49 533 Typhonian Peaks
by chapter53
Jul 12, 2024 15:28:45 GMT

Aleister Crowley – Thelema

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No New Posts Antecedents of Thelema

Although Thelema is mentioned in The Book of the Law, it isn't something that originated in that Book, but has antecedents in such as Rabelais and his 'Abbey of Thelema', St. Augustine's 'Love, and do what you will', and the Tantric school of Svecchacara. This is the board for discussing these and kindred matters.

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No New Posts The Book of the Law

Crowley regarded The Book of the Law as the bedrock of Thelema. This is the board for discussion about all aspects of The Book of the Law.

2 8 Between the verses
by purplepiepete
Jun 22, 2024 23:52:59 GMT
No New Posts Development of Thelema

This board is for the discussion of the development of Thelema across Crowley's work.

1 4 The Future of Thelema from where we stand
by baghdasar93
Apr 17, 2024 3:28:36 GMT

Aleister Crowley – Mysticism and Magick

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No New Posts The Golden Dawn

Crowley cut his teeth in the Order of the Golden Dawn, and over subsequent decades marked in his diaries the anniversary of his first initiation. This is the board for discussing all matters relating to his early magical training and its impact on his subsequent development.

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No New Posts The Argenteum Astrum

The A∴ A∴ was establiished by Crowley on the basis of his experiences with the Golden Dawn. This board is for discussion of all aspects of the Order, and its continuation after Crowley's death.

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No New Posts Ordo Templi Orientis

This is the board for discussing all matters about the O.T.O. in Crowley's lifetime, and its development after his death.

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No New Posts Magick & Mysticism in general

The majority of Thelemites are not aligned to any Order, and this is the board for discussing Crowley's Magick and Mysticism in general.

1 5 Crowley and Advaita
by kalpanam783
May 19, 2024 0:06:24 GMT

Aleister Crowley – General

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No New Posts Biography and Events

This is the board for discussing events in the life and work of Crowley.

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No New Posts Literary Work

Crowley's literary output was diverse – poetry, plays, novels, short stories, and books & essays about aspects of Magick and Mysticism. This is the board for discussing any aspect of his literary works.

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No New Posts Other

This is the board for discussing anything about Crowley's life, work and legacy which does not fit into any of the preceding boards and catagories.

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Austin Osman Spare

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No New Posts Books

This is the Board for discussing the specific books of Spare's.

Sub-boards: Early Bookworks, Earth: Inferno, A Book of Satyrs, The Book of Pleasure, The Focus of Life, Zos Speaks!

1 15 The Austin Osman Spare Tarot
by Gregory Peters
Jun 28, 2024 5:19:45 GMT
No New Posts Artwork

This board is for discussing the development of Spare's art over the decades, or for discussing any individual types of art, or indeed any particular picture.

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This is the board for discussing any aspect of Spare's life.

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This is the board for discussion on any topics about Spare which do not fit in any of the existing boards.

1 1 Moved: The Austin Osman Spare Tarot
by Michael Staley
Jun 26, 2024 15:03:02 GMT

Contemporary occultism

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No New Posts Contemporary occultists

Use this forum to discuss the work of those authors and occultists which you find particularly interesting today. How does their work affect your own?

47 326 Hellier
by kalpanam783
May 17, 2024 14:26:38 GMT

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