Ultraculture, Episode 10: Generation Hex at Alex and Allyson Grey’s Chapel of Sacred Mirrors… a shamanic transmission from 2005!
In this episode of the Ultraculture podcast, I’m sharing a bit of shamanic weirdness from the archives: The recording of the launch event for my first book, Generation Hex, in which about half of the book’s contributors appeared on stage together to share their insights and discuss the role of magick in youth culture. Represented were myself, Angelina Fabbro, Shaun Frente, James Curcio, Micki Pellerano, Atman and Rachel Haywire, introduced by the constantly gracious Alex Grey.
It was the Bush years, and we were just trying to keep the lights on. Some of our ideas may look naïve in retrospect, but it was an incredibly exciting time, a “cultural flashpoint” that I was privileged to be given a stewardship role of. (Here’s a touching blog post, via Binding the Occult, that explains a bit of the impact the book had at the time.)
Here’s an out-of-focus image of us, with thanks to James Curcio:
Here’s what occult luminaries were saying about Generation Hex at the time:
“As the Aeon of the fiery young god Horus gets off to an explosive start, Jason Louv has compiled these amazing true life adventures of fearless young magicians on the front lines of the Twenty-First Century Magical Renaissance to remind us that the only true and worthwhile rebellion is against everything you were ever told to believe. What is magic really? And how can it work for you? At a time of global change and crisis, this incendiary, inspirational book can show you how to step out of the turmoil, seize control of your own destiny and participate in the creation of a whole new world… Generation Hex is your invitation to the Party that might just bring the house down.” – Grant Morrison, author of The Invisibles
“Nothing could be more crucial at this moment in time than to create a manual of techniques for psychic and physical survival. Generation Hex reasserts the essential place of magic in our interaction with the universe.” – Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Psychic TV and Throbbing Gristle
“Wow, a book that gives the reader insights into how magic is actually lived. Generation Hex explodes with the energy and ethusiasm of its contributors: their highs and lows, their encounters with the weird and wonderful, the collisons of dream and daring with daily life. This book kicks major ass!” – Phil Hine, chaos magician, author of Condensed Chaos
“Permanent derangement!” – Peter J. Carroll, chaos magician, author of Liber Null and Liber Kaos
You can still find copies of Generation Hex on Amazon.
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