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Cults of the Shadow (Skoob Esoterica) [Hardcover]

Kenneth Grant
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  • Hardcover: 255 pages
  • Publisher: Skoob Esoterica; New edition edition (1 May 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1871438675
  • ISBN-13: 978-1871438673
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 13.2 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,375,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This work explores techniques and traditions of the "Left Hand Path", a complex magical system, retrieved from historic cultural dispesion. It discusses how this system aims to give access to, and mastery of, the subconscious mind's occult resources, and considers the system's Atlantean, voodoo, Chinese and tantric strands.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable 23 Jun 2014
This book is invaluable for the sincere student of the occult. Read this book early on in your lefthand path and you will save yourself incredible amounts of trouble. Extremly recommended!
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A VALUABLE BOOK!!!! 13 Mar 2001
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Kenneth Grant does it again!!! this book takes the reader through the evolution of the very earliest sumerian and african magickal belief systems to the modern day!! the connections grant makes between the beliefs of the ancients and the evolution of these beliefs and systems are a mind blower!! he also covers invaluable information over eastern practices concerning sex magick and quite plainly describes the way that these secret rites work!! Grant got into trouble releasing this information as it was meant only for people high up in the magickal orders, but he felt that this information should no-longer be hidden from those capable of understanding and using the "gifts" and "keys" presented in this book!! A MUST HAVE FOR ANY SERIOUS STUDENT OF MAGICK!!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars WEIVER KOOB 28 May 2012
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Having purchased this book, I received an email (automated, presumably) from Amazon, requesting that I review it.
Please note there should be nothing inherently of interest concerning my opinions about this book, which is excellent.
If you know something of this book and its companion volumes already, then you know what you are getting into with Grant.
If you do not know what you are getting into with Grant, then really it's your choice, but you might do better with the first book of the series.
To attempt a summary of the book via this medium would be foolish and unworthy.
Why simply praise it ?
I am not interested in making up other people's minds.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Secret Knowledge Here 3 April 2000
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This a great introduction to cults around the world who practice the Magick of the Left Hand Path. It shows that such practices spring up spontaneously, and therefore are somehow deeply imbedded in our consciousness, destined to spring up from time-to-time and place-to-place.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the 3rd of the Typhonian trilogies 11 Dec 2001
By PT - Published on
These Skoob books are great reprints of Kenneth Grant's earlier works. This one is originally printed in 1975. There are 9 books in the trilogies. Grant has been around for a while and already had a strong background in tantric and buddhist knowledge when he became Crowley's secretary.
He is believed to have been granted the OHO (10th and highest degree) in the O.'.T.'.O.'. and in that capacity founded an operative lodge called Nu Isis which explored and laid a foundation for many of his further works.
In regards to this particular book Grant takes an eclectic approach which attempts to find in gematria values hidden links which lie between the ancient rites of Egypt, Crowley's A.'.A.'., Theosophy, Vedic/Tantric, ancient African cults and voudon Gnosis. His chapter on Michael Bertiaux's Voudon Gnostic teachings is a good introduction to a great modern gnostic thinker/teacher.
Additionally the inclusion of several pages of illustrations by Austin Osman Spare, Steffi Grant(his wife)and others makes these books a worthwhile inclusion in a library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Typhonian Life Goes On 24 Jan 2013
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I now own 6 of Grant's 9 books of the Typhonian trilogies; and every one is a treasure trove of dark strangeness. I really wish someone would print some cheaper editions of them all, as the last two were only published in editions of 1500 each, and are very expensive now. But for anyone who wants to take a walk on the wild side of occultism, I highly recommend Grant's works. Pick up any one and give it a try. Egyptian death and sex magick, Kabbalah, Crowleyian workings, dark's all here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great work but misapplication of shakti. 19 Oct 2012
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Although this is a great work on the Typhonian/Draconian cult tradition that Kenneth Grant believes came out of Africa and Egypt, he understands shakti so extroverted, that it is somewhat a misapplication of it. Shakti, the force or power used when opening the chakras, is found within an individual's self. The consciousness of an individual is Shiva (the power welder), regardless whether the practitioner is male or female physically. The force or power within the person, is Shakti, whether they are male or female also. Kenneth Grant projects his Shakti outside himself into an 'other' female individual. This is the mishap since he should have focused on his shakti inside himself rather than seeing it as within a different person. This might be the fault of why Aleister Crowley never uttered the Word of Aeon since he projected (Jungian terminology) his Shakti into the ideal Scarlet Women he was trying to find all his life. His Scarlet Women should have been in his own organism.

For more information on Chakras, Shakti, etc. Look at Robert Svoboda's Aghora II: Kundalini, and Jan Fries' Kali Kaula.
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2.0 out of 5 stars overrated and indigestible works 17 Feb 2004
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Most criticism of Grant's work comes from the ranks of the Caliphate OTO who resent his strayings from 'orthodox' Crowley-worship. It is not my intention to uphold the rather overrated and unscholarly works of E.A. Crowley so my comments are somewhat independant. Grant's work is a peculiar mixture of occasional interesting insights mingled with various fragments of arcane lore, GD Magic, tantric flotsam, Lovecraftian bits and bobs stirred into a sometimes suggestive but ultimately indigestible soup. As regards Western Esotericism he depends upon the GD and Crowley which are verbose Edwardian pastiches of Hermeticism rather than the authetic current - so he lacks the depth of detailed knowledge as regards occidental traditions that are required of the true Magus. On oriental mysticism he is a bit more informed mainly by dint of reading Sir John Woodroffe's works on Tantra. The whole is cast in a macabre Addams Family aesthetic of a supposed 'Typhonian Tradition' that unfortunately seems to be just another modernist-romantic effusion of Grant's wayward fancy. Hardly the creative works of 'genius' his followers claim them to be these great tottering heaps of uncritical bric-a-brac, like the products of a 'goth' Blavatsky, are at best an occult curiosity for people stuck in the murk of a perpetual magical-spiritual adolescence, people who want to shock their parents etc etc. The overrall impression is one that comes across as slightly immature and decidedly unreliable. Best read for entertainment value only.I outgrew them around the age of 18...
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