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The Red Goddess by Peter Grey

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On Thursday May 4th, 2017 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will 
review and discuss "The Red Goddess" (2007) and "Lucifer Princeps" 
(2015) by Thelemic magician Peter Grey. The Red Goddess is devoted to 
establishing the history and mistique of the Thelemic composite pagan 
goddess "Babalon", which he correctly derives from Ishtar and Astarte. 
This evolution is for the most part well-researched and well reasoned 
from a Thelemic perspective, although Grey is critical of Crowley and 
seems to think that Babalon is too good for the Beast. Most importantly 
he supports the Divine feminine in magical religion. In "Lucifer 
Princeps" he does the same for Lucifer on the male side of the magical 
religious pantheon. In this case he works from Isaiah back to the Book 
of Enoch, correctly concluding that Lucifer was originally Semyaza and 
of Canaanite origin. With the exception of his interest in Simon Magus 
Grey seems to ignore the early Christian Gnostic contributions to Magick 
but his books are nonetheless readable and thought provoking -- so tune 
in and we shall look at our magical history through a glass darkly.

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