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Outer Gateways (Skoob Esoterica) Hardcover – 1 May 1994


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  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Skoob Esoterica; First Edition edition (1 May 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1871438128
  • ISBN-13: 978-1871438123
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 203,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The unearthly provenance of such disturbing messages as The Necronomicon is reaffirmed leading to a cognate treatment of Crowley's reception of The Book of Law.

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18 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Mar. 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is simply a masterpiece and filled with vital information!! anyone who is studying magick and are familiar with "The Book of the Law" by Aliester Crowley will find this a valuable "key" to that particular work. Also Grant brings to us a NEW TRANSMISSION FROM AN ALIEN INTELLIGENCE!! In a chapter entitled "The Wisdom of S'lba," he presents the actual text recieved!! the book also contain such information as: 1. Dream Control 2. Creative Gematria 3. The Forth Power of the Sphinx 5. Mystical, Magickal Gnosis, Magical Formulae, and 2 sections on the Qabalahs of S'lba he also opens up his book with a chapter entitled "The Primal Grimore." This book is for the advanced magician and contains "keys" found no-where else!! Amust have for any serious student of the occult!! The current is alive in Grant's books, while in other systems it has become dogmatic. This book also contains many illustrations by Austin Osman Spare, Steffi Grant,Aliester Crowley, and Grant himself!!! Beatiful masterpieces of occult symolizim. For those unfamiliar with Austin Osman Spare,, he was a great socerer and artist, grant explains many of this great socerers techniques in his books and anyone looking for a copy of Spares works will find a hefty price for these books!!! I would also like to let my fellow occultists know that most of Grants Books are out of print and very expensive when you do find them!!! one book i found in the z-shops "Aliester Crowley and the Hidden God" is in the hundreds$$$!!! another "Outside the Circles of Time" is extremly rare and costs aroun 500$$. All i can say is BUY THESE BOOKS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!!!!! This book is a MUST HAVE!!!!! I am thankful that Amazon.uk had it for me!!!! Thank You!!!!!!
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0 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A. BACK on 4 July 2006
Format: Hardcover
It IS a good book from what others say, I DO have the first edition(1980) SIGNED copy which according to readers is a rarity!

I've had it from new and I haven't even read it yet!

May just get round to reading it one day!

Austin...........
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
imaginal magickal musings on the cosmoi 5 July 2008
By Zane Ivy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is the second review I've written on this book. The first review seems to have been lost in cyberspace for some strange reason, or not. Anyway...a book's value is determined largely by the reader and the knowledge and expectations a reader brings to the reading process... IF you are interested in the history of the OTO and want to get a glance into the mind of Kenneth Grant, former student of Aleister Crowley, head of England's Typhonian O.T.O., and collegue/friend of Austin Spare, this could be a valuable book for you to read. It is NOT a "how to" book. It is a book of musings riffing on a number of themes; the "double current" tradition, aliens/UFOs, cosmic initiation, etc. He's a MAGE for goodness (or otherwise) sakes...it is not a book where you're going to get a reductionist-materialist's view of the way things are...or are going to be.

Grant's imaginal zone has been fed richly by the O.T.O. magickal tradition of course, but he also brings in ideas from advaita vedanta, Madhyamaka (Mahayana) Buddhism, UFOlogy, Wicca, American Indian traditions, alternative history, Western Mystery traditions, the channeled work of his own former lodge (the "Wisdom of S'lba"), and even fiction. His use of fiction is perhaps an example of the early stage of what has now become known as Synchromysticism.

In addition to those who are interested in the book for its magickal musings, others who might find this book of some value are those interested in conspiracy theory, the above mentioned synchromysticism, UFOlogy (he makes some interesting observations about this field that won't make the "nuts and bolts" crowd too happy), poets, artists, mythologyists, cultural historians, those studying NeoGnosticism, etc.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Outer Gateways: Worth Plowing Through 30 Mar. 2000
By "saboankh" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book reads like a mathematics text book. That being said, it is also an invaluable resource for Chaos magicians, practicioners of High Magick and followers of the left hand path. It delves into the numerology of Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos and it's relationship to Typhonian/Setian currents in history and religion. Grant uses Austin Osman Spare's books as a springboard for his ideas, and his admiration for both Spare and Crowley are obvious throughout. Although very difficult reading, the mind-blowing concepts and fascinating parallells drawn between fantasy and reality, magick and science and the past and the future make this book worth suffeing through for the serious and dedicated occultist.
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Crap 9 Oct. 2014
By roscoe billingsworth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
There is no discipline, tradition, or authentic methodology here. Waste of time for a serious person. Bad fiction. That's all.
11 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Muddle headed 16 Dec. 2001
By Beelial - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I had heard good things about this author and was very diappointed. Mr. Grant makes many claims in this book and adduces little evidence. His approach to Magick demonstrates a lack of discipline. There is no development of theme. The olther reviewer said this book read like a math text. I must respectfully disagree. Math books develope their arguments rigorously. Mr. Grant is as unrigorous as most guests on Art Bell.
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