Zero Equals Two is a blog on magical news and culture sponsored by U.S. Grand Lodge, O.T.O. A diverse collective of contributors comb the worlds of magick, art, science, history, philosophy, and more every day for articles and events of interest to Thelemites and other modern free-thinkers and explorers, collecting them on this blog for your enjoyment.
2022-12-01Birthday of Steffi Grant
Steffi Grant was born December 1 in 1923, in Berlin. After marrying former Crowley secretary Kenneth Grant in 1948, she would provide most of the artwork illustrating the many books he produced during his lifetime.
Sadly there is not much information about her to be readily found online. There are some mentions in this Fulgur thumbnail:
2022-12-01The Greater Feast of the Prophet of the Lovely Star
“On 1 December 1947, Crowley died at Netherwood of chronic bronchitis aggravated by pleurisy and myocardial degeneration, aged 72. His funeral was held at a Brighton crematorium on 5 December; about a dozen people attended, and Louis Wilkinson read excerpts from the Gnostic Mass, The Book of the Law, and “Hymn to Pan”. The funeral generated press controversy, and was labelled a Black Mass by the tabloids. Crowley’s ashes were sent to Karl Germer in the US, who buried them in his garden in Hampton, New Jersey. – Wikipedia
2022-11-30Volume 2 of Cross-disciplinary Occult Journal Available
TUMZANTORUM is a cross-disciplinary occult journal. The anthology highlights a variety of paths including Typhonian, Spiritist, Left Hand Path, Tantric, Hermetic, Masonic, Rosicrucian, Voudon Gnostic, Thelema, Witchcraft and others. It is a showcase for occultists, writers and artists who are engaged with their own praxis and development.
Volume 2 includes essays and art by
MICHAEL BERTIAUX, SEAN WOODWARD, KYLE FITE, HAGEN VON TULIEN, DON WEBB, ALEXANDER RYBALKA, PAVEL ITZKOV, JUDITH PAGE, ROBERT ANDERSON PLIMER, EDUARDO REGIS, BARRY HALE, EDGAR KERVAL, ANDRE CONSCIENCIA, DANIEL B. GRIFFITH, CARLOS DEL CASTILLO JIMENEZ, ADAM WETTERHAM, BILL DUVENDACK, CHRISTIE SMIRL CHARLIE MARTINEAU, EARL S. KEIM III, ZALMAT BERNSTEIN, TESSA MACADAMS & E.S. ELOHAEL.
and can be purchased here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0B55L2JJW.
Volume 3 is currently in production. For more information visit:
2022-11-30Hadean Press Opens Pre-orders For The Grimoire Encyclopaedia
England’s Hadean Press has opened pre-orders for another new title, *The Grimoire Encyclopaedia: A convocation of spirits, texts, materials, and practices* by David Rankine. The posted announcement says:
“The Grimoire Encyclopaedia is a work of unparalleled magical scholarship which expands the field of grimoire study far beyond its previous boundaries. Including one hundred chapters on individual grimoires and important books, and eight huge appendixes, these volumes provide a fresh panoramic view and the most extensive collection of resources ever gathered on the grimoire tradition. David Rankine offers a comprehensive system of exploring the grimoires, from an intensive spirit list to a detailed look at magical tools, magic circles, and more. Spanning hundreds of years and including texts both familiar and strange, this resource will become an instant classic in the field of grimoire studies.
“The full table of contents is available to view on the product page, as well as the list of the one hundred grimoires which are catalogued in this work. The Grimoire Encyclopaedia is a two-volume set, but each volume can be purchased individually. The first hardcover edition is limited to five hundred copies strict. Please note this is a pre-order; we expect this title to begin shipping in April. Pre-orders are open on our main site here, and on the EU site here.”
2022-11-29New Biography of Leonora Carrington
The Tarot of Leonora Carrington is being published by RM Verlag today. A new biography of Carrington, Surreal Spaces: The Life and Art of Leonora Carrington by Joanna Moorhead will be published by Thames and Hudson i 2023. The Guardian ran an extensive piece on Carrington over the weekend. The article ends:
“A feminist and environmentalist, Carrington was less interested in Freudianism as a door to the unconscious than other surrealists were, instead leaning on her own ideas around other worlds and magical transformation. All of which are present in her tarot deck. “They were meant for divination, as a meditative device for changes in consciousness,” says Aberth. “I think she associated the very act of art-making as a kind of practical magic which has the ability to inform people and transform. The interesting thing about her tarot cards is that they are a personal statement. She borrows canonical imagery but makes personal choices.”
“’Spirituality was very fundamental to her. She was a seeker all her life and Leonora was always searching, always going out of her comfort zone, looking for where mystery of life might be revealed. She went through periods of intense interest in Buddhism, the Kabbalah, tarot. All these worlds around that felt closer when she took you with her, including the worlds of plants and insects.
“’I think she was way ahead of her time in terms of her interests. If you look back to her paintings in the 1940s she is very, very tuned in to ecological issues.’
“Moorhead sees Carrington’s tarot deck less as a tool of divination than as a compass. Only a handful of the cards bear the date of their painting in 1955, and there is evidence that suggests she may have been working on the project for decades. ‘There’s a suggestion that she finished the deck in the 1990s with the intention to make 15 decks, a project she never realised.’
“Like Gabriel Weisz Carrington, who also describes the deck as a ‘compass’, Moorhead sees the cards as something else than traditionally conceived. ‘She didn’t see it as a game, or for divination, but as a model of the universe.’”
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