Hey everybody, I was wondering if anybody is familiar with the work of Kenneth Grant. I know he studied under Crowley and led the Typhonian branch of OTO. What I would like to know is whether his work directly correlates with Ufology. I've been reading 'Outside the Circles of Time' and have been impressed with his use of UFO folklore in Ceremonial Magick. Anybody have any info on this KG character?
i think he may have considered the abyss to be the gateway into the qliphotic realm. but i can't say for sure. i haven't read any of his books lol. never really had an interest, other than just finding out what he was about, but lost interest even in that.
I've read other conjectures about him an ET's. He didn't say as much himself, but left the above painting of LAM (also called "the way") which leads to a lot of speculation
Grant, i think, believed LAM was an ET, and that it was the duty of the OTO to work with LAM.
however, Grant had been expelled from the OTO (what is now, i think, considered the Caliphate OTO) after establishing a new lodge which he meant to dedicate to some particular frequency (typhonian or set) or some such. the original document naming him as the head of OTO was a fake. nevertheless, the Typhonian order was born and branched away from OTO (though still considered themselves the true continuation of Crowley's work). though Grant considers the "Typhonian" current/frequency to be something ancient that he's just picked up on
some of his theories include (i think) the idea that the kabbalistic qliphoth are forces from outside of our universe with whom we are meant to complete our evolution...but that one must be properly prepared for such contact in order to prevent insanity, loss of one's soul, etc. artists (or certain artists at least) are an exception to this rule somehow, i don't know.
there is much more to it than that, and i'm no expert in any of it, so check up on it and maybe ask a Thelemite or OTO member if they would point you toward good information. i don't consider myself either, so i don't know if that would really be helpful as my own interaction with such folks has been limited and this was a subject left out of any discussion.
but, if any of the information i've provided is accurate...then yes, Grant's work is related with ufology