Treadwell's Book of the Month
Echoes from the Primal Grimoire: Kenneth Grant, H.P. Lovecraft and Magical Reality in the Quantum Universe – Richard Ward
New York, USA: Von Zos, 2016. 115 pages, hardback, white cloth, dust jacket. Standard edition, limited to 400 copies, hand-numbered.
Richard Ward examines the role and influence of H.P. Lovecraft’s weird fiction – specifically his Great Old Ones mythos – upon Kenneth Grant’s Typhonian system of magick. ‘The Primal Grimoire’ was a term coined by Grant to encompass a diversity of texts – the ostensibly fictional works of Lovecraft, Arthur Machen and Sax Rohmer, channelled communications during his group’s magical workings, and Grant’s own Typhonian Trilogy book cycle. The Primal Grimoire is thus regarded as a single repository of knowledge, outside time and space.
It is with this last in mind that Ward proposes an explanation for the magical universe of Grant’s Typhonian current via quantum theory, and how quantum mechanics may make a magical reality possible.
Mary Wollstonecraft of Store Street
Mary Wollstonecraft ( 1759 -97) wrote her famous long essay Vindication of the Rights of Woman in 1792, whilst living on Store Street in Bloomsbury, London. This the same street that is now home to Treadwell’s. Tonight’s lecture honours our former neightbour, whose aura we hope to inhabit. If her ghost walks our street, we hope she blesses our work today.
Sometimes called the first feminist philosoper, Wollstonecraft argued passionately and persuasively that women should be educated as rational beings, so as to be able to contribute to society and flourish independently. She was opposed marriage on principle, as it rendered women chattels, and so had two children outside of marriage. Those who knew her remembered that she was sometimes dressed a bit scruffily for the time, as she was more interested in the world of ideas. She eloquently decried the fact that girls were taught that their value lay in their looks, and that their minds thus became obsessed with their appearance: “Taught from their infancy that beauty is woman’s sceptre, the mind shapes itself to the body, and, roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison.”
Mary Wollstonecraft died young and was survived by her beloved partner William Godwin, a forefather of the anarchist movement, and by her baby Mary, who would grow up to write Frankenstein.
Charismatic speaker Suzi Feay brings this thoughtful, independent-minded woman to life, revealing a person with a complicated personal life and a meaningful intellectual life. She is a well-known literary journalist, thinker and writer, and she returns following her sold-out lecture on Shelley & the Supernatural.
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Welcome To Treadwell's
Treadwell’s is a bookshop and cultural centre for people interested in esotericism, culture, religion and spirituality. We are a boutique-sized browser’s paradise. Paganism, wicca, thelema, and druidry, but also literature, history, culture and classics. We sell secondhand and new books, rare and unusual, as well as bargain finds.
If you are looking for information on any aspect of Western pagan spirituality or the esoteric traditions of Europe, we can help.
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We look forward to meeting you,
Christina, Marco, Livia, Johnny, Brooke, Mary, and Martin.