Kenneth Grant and the Typhonian Tradition

Authored by: Henrik Bogdan

The Occult World

Print publication date:  December  2014
Online publication date:  December  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415695961
eBook ISBN: 9781315745916
Adobe ISBN: 9781317596769

10.4324/9781315745916.ch33

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Abstract

The presence of the British author Kenneth Grant (1924–2011) looms large over the history of modern occultism. Apart from having collaborated with, and later promoted the works of influential occultists such as Aleister Crowley (1875–1947) and Austin Osman Spare (1886–1956), Grant is known as the expounder of a particular current in contemporary occultism usually referred to as the ‘Typhonian Tradition.’ This current can best be described as both a synthesis and re-reading of history through the lenses of an occultist worldview composed of such diverse traditions as Thelema, Neo-Vedanta, Hindu Tantra, Western Sexual Magic, Surrealism, ufology, and Lovecraftian gnosis; but the Typhonian Tradition as described by Grant in his ‘Typhonian Trilogies’ can also seen as a practical epistemological system aimed at spiritual enlightenment and the transcending of the illusion of duality.

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