The above image is of what's left of "Aleister Crowley's", Boleskine House, ravaged by fire the day after the winter solstice, the alarm raised at twenty to two in the afternoon. Today's Inverness Courier reports that the Fire Brigade have conducted their usual enquiries into the cause of the blaze and, despite their belief it was not deliberately started, they have no further clues to share.
On the (familiar) 22nd of November 2007, the Scotsman published an article, House of the unholy, detailing some of the history of Boleskine including Jimmy Page's acquisition, Led Zeppelin's "video" to The Song Remains the Same in which Page meets the Hermit from the Tarot, and the legend that the house stood on the spot of a former Kirk which burned down, killing the entire congregation.
|Still from the video, filmed at Boleskine|
Someone else interested in magick is J.K. Rowling, alleged creator of the Harry Potter series. Today's mail on line reports that on Monday past, 11/1, she sent a tweet celebrating the 9th anniversary of the conclusion of her writing of the books. It's been covered here before; she reiterated her unauthorised signing of a bust of Hermes to commemorate the occasion, in room 552 of Edinburgh's Balmoral Hotel. Apparently room 552 now carries an brass owl door knocker, whilst the article also reminds us of her recent £22million purchase of Johnny Depp's yacht. Depp is a 20th cousin of the current Queen who spends her summers at a different Scottish Balmoral. Note also that some equate Hermes with Thoth, a diety Crowley was keen on whilst the pair combined are associated by some with Hermes Trismegistus, the "mythical founder" of Hermeticism.
David Bowie - Outside Aleister Crowley And the Holy Grail