In the Center of the Fire: A Memoir of the Occult 1966-1989 by James Wasserman

By James Wasserman

In this bold disclose by way of a survivor of a distinct period within the big apple occult scene, James Wasserman, an established proponent of the lessons of Aleister Crowley, brings us right into a international of candlelit temples, burning incenser, and sonorous invocations. the writer additionally stocks an intimate examine the hot York Underground if the Seventies and introduces us to the corporate of such avant-garde luminaries as Alejandro Jodorowsky, Harry Smith and Angus MacLise. A stone's throw away shape the Velvet Underground and Andy Warhol's manufacturing unit, William Burrough's "bunker," and the mythical Chelsea resort used to be a scene way more esoteric than even perhaps they can have imagined.

When James Wasserman joined the O.T.O. in 1976, there have been fewer than a dozen contributors. at the present time the Order numbers over 4,000 contributors in 50 nations and has been answerable for a sequence of groundbreaking guides of Crowley's works.

The writer based manhattan City's TAHUTI resort in 1979. He chronicles its early heritage and offers a window into the heyday of the new york esoteric community.

This is additionally a saga with a really human tableau full of smooth romance, passionate friendships, an abiding religious starvation, risk, ardour, and ecstasy. It additionally explores a number of hidden magical byways together with the rituals of Voodoo, Tibetan Buddhism, and Sufism.

Reconstructed from own thoughts, magical diaries, a number of interviews, courtroom transcripts, witness depositions, trial facts, and large correspondence, this booklet elucidates a hithero misreported and ill-understood nexus of recent magical history.

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