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

By James Wasserman

In this bold exposé through a survivor of a different period within the manhattan occult scene, James Wasserman, an established proponent of the lessons of Aleister Crowley, brings us right into a international of candlelit temples, burning incense, and sonorous invocations. the writer additionally stocks an intimate examine the hot York Underground of the Nineteen Seventies and introduces us to the corporate of such avant-garde luminaries as Alejandro Jodorowsky, Harry Smith, and Angus MacLise. A stone's throw clear of the Velvet Underground and Andy Warhol's manufacturing facility, William Burroughs' "bunker," and the mythical Chelsea inn was once 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 individuals. this day the Order numbers over 4,000 individuals in 50 international locations and has been chargeable for a sequence of ground-breaking guides of Crowley's works.

The writer based long island City's TAHUTI hotel in 1979. He chronicles its early historical past and gives a window into the heyday of the big apple esoteric group. He additionally breaks his many years of silence bearing on some of the most seminal occasions within the improvement of the trendy Thelemic flow -- detailing his position within the 1976 magical conflict among Marcelo Motta and Grady McMurtry. lengthy slandered for his attempt to heal the transitority breach among the Orders of A.'.A.'. and O.T.O., James Wasserman units the checklist immediately. And, he meticulously chronicles the copyright contest over the Crowley literary estate--of which he used to be a big participant.

This is additionally a saga with a truly human tableau choked with smooth romance, passionate friendships, an abiding religious starvation, risk, ardour, and ecstasy. It additionally explores numerous hidden magical byways together with the rituals of Voodoo, Tibetan Buddhism, and Sufism. eventually we're given a bird's eye view of the Nineteen Sixties hippie tradition and its excesses of intercourse and medication, and rock n roll--along with the non-public differences and consequences one of these way of life introduced forth.

Reconstructed from own stories, magical diaries, a number of interviews, courtroom transcripts, witness depositions, trial proof, and huge correspondence, this e-book elucidates a hitherto misreported and ill-understood nexus of contemporary magical heritage. It additionally stocks stories of a legendary second in American existence as visible during the eyes of an enthusiastic player within the hip tradition of the day.

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