Magick and Photography

by Douglas Grant From the Archives, Ashé Journal #2.3, 2003. The magical implications of photography first appeared with the introduction of modern man and his technology into the world of primitive man. To this day, when a camera is introduced into some primitive cultures, the natives immediately disperse for fear that their souls will be […]

Zimbu Xototl Time

by Phil Hine (paintings by Toshi) From the Archives, Ashé Journal #2.3, 2003. William S. Burroughs’ 1969 novel The Wild Boys introduces several themes into the author’s magical universe: the struggle to escape the mechanisms of social control; the search for transcendence of the biological trap of duality, and the narrator’s ability to rewrite (and thereby destroy) […]

Burroughs-ian Gnosticism: In His Own Words

By Sven Davisson From the Archives Ashé Journal, Vol 4, Issue 3, 469-483, Fall 2005. Burroughs explicitly linked his philosophy to Manichaeism—a third century Persian religion.  Manichaeism was founded by a young preacher, Mani, in the early to mid third century of the common era.  Mani was heavily influenced by Gnostic Christianity—calling himself a “disciple of […]