Here I would suggest that Crowley’s sexual magick is a striking illustration of what Georges Bataille calls the power of transgression, which is a central aspect of eroticism, religious ritual and mystical experience alike. Transgression, Bataille argues, is not simple hedonism or unrestrained sexual license; rather, its power lies in the dialectic or “play” (le jeu) between taboo and transgression, through which one systematically constructs and then oversteps all laws. Perhaps nowhere is this more apparent than in the case of eroticism. Not a matter of simple nudity, eroticism arises in the dialectic of veiling and revealing, clothing and striptease, between the creation of sexual taboos and the exhilarating experience of overstepping them. So too, in ecstatic mystical experience or religious rites (such as blood sacrifices, carnivals, etc.), one must first create an aura of purity and sanctity before one can defile it with violence, transgression or the overturning of law. “The prohibition is there to be violated;” rules are made to be broken, for it is the experience of over-stepping limits that brings the blissful sense of continuity and communion with the Other.

Hugh Urban, Unleashing the Beast: Aleister Crowley, Tantra and Sex Magic in Late Victorian England (via iopanosiris)

magictransistor:

Saint Bede the Venerable, Saint Isidore of Sevilla, Saint Abbo of Fleury. Cosmography, Walters MS W73. 1100s.

Created in 12th century England, this manuscript was intended to be a scientific textbook for monks, designed as a compendium of cosmographical knowledge. The complex diagrams that accompany the texts help to illustrate this knowledge, and include visualizations of the heavens and earth, seasons, winds, tides, and the zodiac, as well as demonstrations of how these things relate to man. Most of the diagrams are rotae, or wheel-shaped schemata, favored throughout the Middle Ages for the presentation of scientific and cosmological ideas. Moreover, the circle, considered the most perfect shape and a symbol of God, was seen as conveying the cyclical nature of time as well as the logic, order, and harmony of the created universe.

havesexwithghosts:

Pinups posters on Yeonjune Jung’s wallpaper in AA Bronson’s House of Shame at the Gwangju Biennale. Photo by Mark Jan Krayenhoff van der Leur.

the-art-of-yoga:

“…the Real Self is dangerous: dangerous for the established church, dangerous for the state, dangerous for the crowd, dangerous for tradition, because once a man knows his real self, he becomes an individual.” 
—Osho

the-art-of-yoga:

“…the Real Self is dangerous: dangerous for the established church, dangerous for the state, dangerous for the crowd, dangerous for tradition, because once a man knows his real self, he becomes an individual.”

—Osho

Elijah Burgher’s painting THE PATTERN OFG ALL PATIENCE 4, 2014,
for AA Bronson’s HOUSE OF SHAME

Elijah Burgher’s painting THE PATTERN OFG ALL PATIENCE 4, 2014,

for AA Bronson’s HOUSE OF SHAME

Fritz Grögel made this wonderful logo for AA Bronson’s HOUSE OF SHAME!

Fritz Grögel made this wonderful logo for AA Bronson’s HOUSE OF SHAME!

Elijah Burgher’s THE PATTERN OF ALL PATIENCE 2
for AA Bronson’s HOUSE OF SHAME

Elijah Burgher’s THE PATTERN OF ALL PATIENCE 2

for AA Bronson’s HOUSE OF SHAME

Elijah Burgher’s SERPENT, THE HERO, 2014
for AA Bronson’s HOUSE OF SHAME

Elijah Burgher’s SERPENT, THE HERO, 2014

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Elijah Burgher’s KING OF THE FOREST, 2014
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Elijah Burgher’s KING OF THE FOREST, 2014

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Elijah Burgher’s EDEN, REPEAT, 2014
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Elijah Burgher’s EDEN, REPEAT, 2014

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Elijah Burgher’s BACHELORS OF THE DAWN, 2014
for AA Bronson’s HOUSE OF SHAME

Elijah Burgher’s BACHELORS OF THE DAWN, 2014

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Elijah Burgher’s ARTIFICIAL NIGHT, 2014
for AA Bronson’s HOUSE OF SHAME

Elijah Burgher’s ARTIFICIAL NIGHT, 2014

for AA Bronson’s HOUSE OF SHAME

Elijah Burgher’s  A WHITE RAINBOW, 2013
for AA Bronson’s HOUSE OF SHAME

Elijah Burgher’s  A WHITE RAINBOW, 2013

for AA Bronson’s HOUSE OF SHAME