Books

Ordo Astri is the publishing imprint for books designed to assist in the path of Initiation into the Hermetic and Thelemic Tradition.

Books: Liber 373 Astrum Draconis

Coming Soon (Sun entering Gemini 2017 e.v.)

By Oliver St. John

Liber 373 Astrum Draconis Book CoverThe Tantra of the West is here revealed to the practical Thelemic magician through seven initiatory degrees of the Dragon Star. “Hail! ye twin warriors about the pillars of the world! for your time is nigh at hand.” Who or what, then, are these twin warriors? They have arisen and are entwined about the axis of the universe; they manifest all phenomena. The division invoked by a magical Act of Will may arise as a dual force, symbolised on the Tree of Life by the two pillars or Moon and Sun of dreaming and waking consciousness. Liber 373 is suitable for the Thelemic aspirant of the grade of Philosophus, or anyone that dares to know, to will and to keep silence! It is also a course in magical Initiation that includes knowledge lectures, rituals, yoga, meditation, invocation, skrying and tasks to perform. Included here is also a newly revised version of the book concerned with the Dedication of a Sanctuary or Temple.

Format: 6×9 perfect bound paperback.


Books: The Phoenix and other Stellar Rites of Initiation

By Oliver St. John

Available Now: (Easter) Friday 14, Anno V-3 (2017)

The Phoenix and other Stellar Rites of InitiationThis book redefines the Magick of Light for the New Aeon. Liber CMXXX is the rite of admission to the first degree in the Golden Dawn of a Thelemic magical Order. It is the key to forging the correct inner plane contacts. The first degree is that of Neophyte, corresponding Qabalistically to Malkuth. The most important Initiations are those that take place on the central or middle pillar of the Hermetic Tree of Life. We therefore include with this book the admission to the grade of Zelator, The Ceremony for making the Khu perfect or Liber XXV, and Liber Zain, a modern version of the Bornless Ritual to attain the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel. The three ceremonies of Initiation each come with new or extended commentaries. The “flashing colours” are particular to the Magick of Light that is, in turn, the central operational factor in theurgical rites. The diagrams and illustrations, reproduced in colour, are integral to this book.

A discursive commentary and background to The Phoenix can be read on our blog here.

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Format: 6×9 full interior colour PBK


Books: The Flaming Sword Sepher Sephiroth

By Oliver St. John

Volume One and Two Available

Ordo Astri Books: Flaming Sword Sepher Sephiroth Volume OneThe Flaming Sword consists of more than 1000 pages, in two volumes. In addition to the substantial Sepher Sephiroth there is an introductory guide to the use of the book, tables of Hebrew, Greek and Enochian values, prime numbers, and a complete set of Magical Kameas with corrected and redrawn planetary seals and sigils.

The Flaming Sword is the result of many years of practical work and research by the author. Greek words from the New Testament and Hermetica are included, in addition to the usual Hebrew words; the entire Enochian vocabulary of John Dee is included, as well as Latin, Sanskrit, Arabic and ancient Egyptian. Where appropriate, Gematria with detailed Qabalistic notes has been provided. The book also serves as a veritable grimoire for those engaged with the more specialised work of the Egyptian Book of the Law, Liber AL vel Legis, and the Thelemic or ‘93’ current. The Flaming Sword provides multiple solutions to all of the riddles of Liber AL, as well as some of the most cryptic passages.

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Format: 6×9 high quality paperback, in two volumes
Volume One: 684 pages
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Volume Two: 584 pages
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Books: The Enterer of the Threshold

By Oliver St. John

Ordo Astri Books: The Enterer of the ThresholdThe Enterer of the Threshold is a book that everyone that genuinely seeks Initiation into magick should study. Initiation works through the formula called the Enterer of the Threshold. The Probationer must enter the pyramid of Malkuth from ‘outside’ to truly become a Neophyte. They must square the infinite circle of all that they are and can ever be. The 0=0 is the most important grade in the Order because it lays the foundation and provides the magical link between the Outer World of Darkness and the interior world of Illuminated Souls or inner plane Adepti. It is the aim of magick to forge contacts with the latter. The pyramid of Malkuth must first be constructed through the effort of the Probationer, then realised through contact made with the inner planes. The Probationer degree is all about the circle of the infinite—for it has no number or sephira. This is not something that only concerns the Probationer that is awaiting full admission to the Order, for the squaring of the circle applies to every grade and every sephira of the Tree of Life.

Format: 6×9 perfect bound paperback
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Books: Magical Theurgy—Rituals of the Tarot

By Oliver St. John

Available in paperback and hardback editions

Ordo Astri Books: Magical Theurgy - Rituals of the Tarot (hardbound)Here is a complete course in Hermetic Magick, covering the extended use of elemental mudras or Godforms, meditation and Tantra-yoga, plus examples of simple and advanced magical rituals. The book also includes a complete guide on how to make and charge magical talismans, with illustrations of the Kameas or Magic Squares and sigils of the planetary spirits. When approached in the right way, divination is a magical means of opening and extending lines of communication between the temporal and eternal worlds. The most important function of the Tarot, however, is as an Initiatory device. The core of this book is the Grand Tarot Operation, a 30-day Theurgic operation aimed at mystical and magical Initiation. The book includes more than 20 photographs of the elemental mudras or Godforms being correctly performed.

Format: 6×9 paperback or hardbound format: 6×9 dustjacket; blue linen boards; gold foil stamp lettering on spine; white end papers.

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Books: Ritual Magick—The Rites and Ceremonies of Hermetic Light

By Oliver St. John

2016 Edition

Ordo Astri Books: Ritual MagickThe 500 pages of Ritual Magick—The Rites and Ceremonies of Hermetic Light take theory into practice, revealing the unique system of magical Initiation of the O∴ A∴

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The Kemetic and Thelemic stellar rites of the Order are collected together here in nine volumes, taking the aspirant from Probationer to Adeptus Minor and beyond. The 2016 Edition contains an entire volume of Enochian Magick, including a detailed guide to Initiation and the system of Thirty Aethyrs, as well as an exposition on Enochian Sexual Magick. The book now includes many advanced operations, such as Goetic Evocation and a full ceremonial Thelemic Mass—which now includes the Song of the Stele of Revealing. The rituals and other practices are accompanied by lucid explanatory texts and are illustrated throughout. Ritual Magick is a lavish and beautifully presented book (large 8.27” x 11.69” format) with full-sized fine art drawings and hundreds of graphic illustrations and diagrams.


Books: The Law of Thelema—Quantum Yoga

By Oliver St. John

Hardback, dustjacket; illustrated throughout

Ordo Astri Books: The Law of Thelema – Quantum YogaWith this book, the author discloses the Quantum Yoga treatise, or “Reification of Starlight”, that was not included in The Ending of the Words, first published in 2007 e.v.

The work was tempered by correspondence with Kenneth Grant, who inspired the experimental magical operations that led to the book’s conception. In the words of the author, the Law of Thelema—Quantum Yoga, presents “the secret teachings of the Typhonian Tradition, heretofore never revealed”. The  text to The Ending of the Words has also been updated to include the events of 2015 e.v. that fulfilled the prophecy encrypted in the third chapter of the Egyptian Book of the Law, Liber AL vel Legis.

Format: 6×9 Hardbound collectible, dustjacket; blue linen boards; gold foil stamp lettering on spine; white end papers. View / order book from author’s website here.


Books: The Ending of the Words—Magical Philosophy of Aleister Crowley

By Oliver St. John and Sophie di Jorio

2016 Revised Edition

Books: The Ending of the WordsThe 2016 Revised Edition is now available in perfect bound paperback (Crown Quarto) and in a full colour Special Edition (Crown Quarto). The book’s first (2007) edition is also available as an Amazon Kindle eBook. The Ending of the Words examines Liber AL vel Legis, the magical transmission received by Aleister Crowley, through the lens of practical research. The book introduces the Law of Thelema, as given by the goddess Nuit to a Theban priest, and places it in the context of the ancient wisdom tradition, as well as that of an atomic age. The Ending of the Words is a unique publication offering direct insights into the magical Law of Thelema, and an open commentary on esoteric knowledge that has for centuries been kept hidden from the public eye. The book includes a comprehensive glossary of Egyptian, Qabalistic and Thelemic terminology essential to the study of the Book of the Law.

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Format: Crown Quarto pefect bound paperback with black and white illustrations; Crown Quarto Special Edition perfect bound paperback with full colour internal photographs and graphics on high grade white paper.


Books: Dreaming Thelema of Kenneth Grant and H. P. Lovecraft

By Oliver St. John

Paperback; full colour interior on white photographic paper

Ordo Astri Books: Dreaming Thelema of Kenneth Grant and H. P. LovecraftIt is all too easy for admirers of the work of Kenneth Grant to be detained permanently in his creations, such as the Tunnels of Set schema, or simply transfixed by the stylistic cliché. This book drives a wedge straight to the heart of what Kenneth Grant’s cosmic vision was really about. We know that American writer H. P. Lovecraft had no mystic pretensions, though he did say the dream that inspired the short story Nyarlathotep “might have been prophetic”. Kenneth Grant made much use of Lovecraft’s work, using it to reformulate the ideal of Thelema. The book is primarily concerned with art and magick; it is not a book about art, but a book that is a work of art in itself, featuring seventeen full colour reproductions of Surrealist paintings created as part of this unique project. Also included are three complete short stories by H. P. Lovecraft: Nyarlathotep, The Crawling Chaos, and The Haunter of the Dark, plus a reconstruction of the Lovecraftian Necronomicon.

We present two of the paintings included in this volume, plus a detailed description of the methods and underlying theory in our blog post, here.

Formats available:

6×9 Perfectbound; full colour interior illustrations on white photographic paper
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Books: The Magical Art of Surreal Romanticism

By Oliver St. John

Available in hardback and paperback editions; full colour

The Magical Art of Surreal RomanticismThe book is an in-depth illustrated study that takes in the use of occult methods such as automatism in the arts and literature, and compares the results with the Left-hand path or way of retroversion of the senses as termed by Kenneth Grant and typified by the work of artist Austin Osman Spare. True automatism is an inexorable condition of mind and soul that to all intents and purposes is exercised outside and beyond the will of the person, whether they are destined to become a master, a magus, or merely another victim swallowed up by an incomprehensible universe. Automatism was not an invention of the Surrealists, or of Sigmund Freud, but has always existed in magick and alchemy. In many respects this book is a vindication of the work of English scholar and mystic, Thomas De Quincey, who spoke of a more sublime form of divination by which magnetism may call up from the darkness, “sentiments the most august, previously inconceivable, formless, and without life”, so exalting their character as to “lodge them eternally in human hearts”. The book includes six high quality full colour reproductions of fine art, including rarely seen drawings and paintings by Austin Osman Spare and Ithell Colquhoun.

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Books: Hermetic Astrology

By Oliver St. John

Available in paperback and hardbound editions

Ordo Astri Books: Hermetic AstrologyThe primary aim of this book is to explain esoteric or magical astrology in a simple and concise way. The veriest beginner will quickly gain an understanding of their natal horoscope, while those already well-versed in the subject will find here magical and esoteric applications for the art that rarely, if ever, appear in textbooks on astrology. Here is a complete course in astrology covering astrological symbolism, chart interpretation, the dignities of signs, houses and planets, aspects and astrological timing. Esoteric knowledge is revealed concerning the Part of Fortune, the Dragon Stars or Nodes of the Moon, the Egyptian Ka or double, the Holy Guardian Angel and the Evil Genius, Outer Gateways and the use of the natal chart as a Master Key of Life.

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Format: 6×9 paperback or hardbound format: 6×9 dustjacket; blue linen boards; gold foil stamp lettering on spine; white end papers.


Books: The Mystic Tarot and the Trees of Eternity

By Oliver St. John

Available in paperback and hardbound editions

Ordo Astri Books: The Mystic Tarot and the Trees of EternityThe Mystic Tarot and the Trees of Eternity is an advanced, visionary treatise on the Tarot. Each of the twenty-two chapters is divided into two sections, the Light-path and the Night-path, and is headed by a luminous commentary on the relevant Qabalistic text from the Sepher Yetzirah. The methods include Theurgic, Goetic and Enochian magick. Following Tantrik tradition, the book’s narrative is centred on the ‘Island’ to the west of St. Ives in Cornwall. The book thus has a distinctly elemental nature, reflective of changing weather and seasons as focussed through the lens of Tarot and Tree of Life correspondences. The book embraces the work of Aleister Crowley as well as the Nightside or Typhonian conjurations of Kenneth Grant, providing rare insights into the interior magical worlds of Thelema.

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Format: 6×9 high quality paperback or hardbound format: 6×9 dustjacket; blue linen boards; gold foil stamp lettering on spine; white end papers.


Books: Hermetic Qabalah—A Foundation in the Art of Magick

By Oliver St. John

2016 Revised Edition

Ordo Astri Books: Hermetic QabalahThe textbook for our beginner’s practical course in Qabalah (see Initiation Workbook, below). Reawakening the Serpent Power allows the release of the energies required to transcend the ordinary perceptions of the mind for the attainment of the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel. The Angel or supranatural power of divinity can assist us to reopen the doorway to unity that marks the return to the Garden of Eden.

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The Serpent Power ascending the twenty-two pathways of the Tree of Life is the hidden key that, when directed by the will of the Holy Guardian Angel, can unlock the gateway that isolates the aspect of consciousness trapped in matter or Malkuth. Thus the way is opened for liberation by reunion with the immortal principle of spirit represented by Kether on the Tree of Life.

Format: A4 perfect bound paperback


Books: Hermetic Qabalah Initiation Workbook

By Oliver St. John

2016 Edition

Ordo Astri Books: Hermetic Qabalah Initiation WorkbookThis is the companion volume to Hermetic Qabalah—A Foundation in the Art of Magick, and is a complete course of practical instruction in magick. The symbol called the Hermetic Tree of Life is the Key to the Mysteries. It is only when the Hermetic Tree has become seeded in the astrosome of the magician, and with time, labour and care has rooted and flourished, that the rituals and practices may become a Gateway to true Knowledge.

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The practical work in this book is based upon systematic meditations upon the paths of the Hermetic Tree of Life following the downward course of the Lightning Flash from Kether to Malkuth. When this is accomplished perfectly, an astral double, resurrection body or Merkebah chariot is born. It is through the astral double that magical work is fully realised.

Through a one-year course of practical instruction the student learns how to create an astral double as a medium for forging the inner plane contacts that alone make real Initiation a possibility. The preliminary work includes the Wisdom of Breath, Ritual Sonics, the Assumption of the Godform and a powerful, modern variation of the Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram, as suitable for the New Aeon. Once these techniques are mastered, the student moves, step-by-step, to an advanced Hermetic magical operation.


Books: Stella Tenebrae Volume One Number 2

2017 Revised Edition

Ordo Astri Books: Stella Tenebrae Volume One No. 2The second number of Stella Tenebrae, Journal of Hermetic Magick. There is an emphasis on practical magick while a strong prophetic or oracular sense underscores some of the writing. There are full-length essays as well as knowledge papers. The practical work is supported by explanatory texts and related pieces.

Contents: The Aeon of Hormaku; Cults of the Fire Snake; Thoughts on The Law of Thelema—Quantum Yoga; Starlight Reification; The Alchemy Thoth Tarot Spread; Geomancy; The Saturnian-Uranian Current; The Enochian Ritual of the Pentagram; Ritual for Psychic Self Defence; The Kemetic Pillar; The Star and Snake; The Lord of the South; The Mystic Mass of Hormaku; Sexual Magick: the Real Secret; The Lunar Zodiac.

Contributors include Soror Astraea and Soror Stele Sophias.

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Format: A4, perfect bound paperback


Books: Stella Tenebrae Volume One Number 1
2017 Revised Edition

Ordo Astri Books: Stella Tenebrae Volume One No. 1The creative stream issuing from the Thelemic current or Hermetic Light cannot be set in stone tablets for all time—our methods and rituals are constantly evolving. This, the first number of Stella Tenebrae—Journal of Hermetic Magick, contains twelve essays and is fully illustrated throughout.  Subjects include the Qabalah, Extraterrestrialism and subconscious dream control or automatism, Tarot, Egyptian Gods and the Sethian Gnosis. The final piece, Lost Words of the Aeon, is the background story to the writing of The Law of Thelema—Quantum Yoga, our commentary on the Egyptian Book of the Law, Liber AL vel Legis.

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Format: A4, perfect bound paperback.


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