Fremont, CA: The Technology Group, 1990. First Edition, Third Printing. Softcover. Quarto. 11 x 8.5 inches. iv + 51pp + xiv adverts. Beige card covers lettered in black on upper cover, black plastic strip binding. Comprises a collection of short essays on magick and kindred subjects, most if not all of which were written by Frater Zarathustra (Nelson H. White: 1938 - 2003) co-founder with his wife Anne White (Soror Veritas) of the "Hermetic/Gnostic Magickal Order, the 'Temple of Truth' (T.'. O.'. T.'.)." Essay titles: The Inner Path to Peace and Light; Solitude; Light; 'Demonic Possession' - past and present; Astral Projection Training, Portal Method; Externalism; 'Editing' History; Masters, Ascended, Descended and Otherwise; 'Free' is Usually Worth it; 'Channeling' and other forms of Delusion; Lights, Camera, Inaction; Free Spirit - Fierce Heart; Persistance; Of Diamonds, Gold and Paste; Bad Choices; Tools of the Trade; Books: Time Machines Made from Paper; Crimes and Herisies (sic).
There is also a short Introduction, Acknowledgements (which notes that four of the essays were previously published); an 8 page "Recommended Reading List" with often acerbic comments by the Whites, and 14 pages of adverts which are largely devoted to their own publications. The Whites were active in the Southern California Occult scene for over 20 years, and were instrumental in the formation and operation of several Esoteric Churches and Magickal Orders. For a time they were associated with Poke Runyon's Ordo Templi Astarte and in 1973 founded their own magical Order, the T.'. O.'. T.'., based in Pasadena, where they also ran the Magick Circle bookstore. In 1974 they began publishing the "White Light" - the Order's journal focused on ceremonial magic, which ran quarterly for some 15 years. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s they edited, wrote and published dozens of different books on ritual magick, the Kabbalah, and the occult in general. They were innovative in the use of technology: copying, word-processing, computing etc. and its application to the occult, preparing indexes to previously unindexed works like Barrett's "The Magus", Waite's "Book of Ceremonial Magic" etc. as well as in the production of facsimiles of grimoires, which probably explains the choice of the name of the imprint under which they published: "The Technology Group." The various editions and printings of The Technology Group's publications were tiny, so despite this being a "third printing" it is, like almost all their publications, genuinely uncommon. The production values are quite basic, with simple typography and layout, and reproduction by xerox, so in terms of presentation it is only a little better than a modern "fanzine." Very light signs of wear else a tight, clean VG+ copy. Item #66425