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Maatian Current, Grant, et al

To: alt.magick.tyagi,alt.magick
From: (Tim Maroney)
Subject: Re: Maatian Current, Grant, et al
Date: 29 Dec 95 20:58:43 GMT

># Initiates in Seattle have recently channeled a new 
># English Gematria:"The Maatian Atu", numerologically verifying of the
># work of Soror Nema  & Kenneth Grant. (ny'rl'toth'p) writes:
>Please explain briefly how this was 'verified' (more gematric claptrap?)
>and of what this 'English Gematria' consists.
>Is it just me or does Kenneth Grant's writing (I've perused now about
>6 of his works in photocopy or original) need serious reworking to be
>made easily apprehendable?  He keeps moving from detailed gematric
>analysis to theoretical exposition (that he thinks this gematria
>supports), then back again.  Hasn't he figured out that it would be
>wiser, when possible, to footnote the number-games?  Does he write
>like this on purpose?

I share your concern. Kenneth Grant is something of an inspired
lunatic.  He has many fascinating ideas, many of which are utter
nonsense, but many others of which are extremely thought-provoking.

I have no argument with this approach -- we takes our seeds where we
can get 'em.

What makes him almost unreadable is his constant self-indulgent lapse
in gematric trance states on paper. Who really cares that Nyarlathotep
adds to 435, which is the number of the word Gwoop in the ancient
Sinaic palimpests, indicating a cylinder or scroll, which in the Outer
Mongolian Tantra is engraved with a snake whose name is Fribble, whose
name adds to 3,582, which is the Ophidic Current spelled out in Native
American pictoglyphs? Does all this really contribute something? I feel
like saying, "Yes, Kenneth, I'm glad you're having such a good time,
Kenneth, but weren't you supposed to be writing a book about
something?" He seems so proud of himself it would be a shame to be
mean, but one wishes there were some way of bringing the discussion
back on topic.
Tim Maroney.  Please CC all public responses to

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