The following resources may be of interest to those among the Knighthood, as well as those who seek to know more of the Order’s widely varied interests. The Order does not necessarily endorse the entirety of these resources, however all have much that we find inspirational or otherwise useful in our philosophies and practices.
Table of contents
The following books are recommended for further information on the philosophy and practices that underpin the Order of the Trapezoid:
- Flowers, Stephen E. - Lords of the Left-Hand Path
- Webb, Don - Uncle Setnakt’s Essential Guide to the Left-Hand Path
- Webb, Don - Mysteries of the Temple of Set
The above books can be ordered from Lodestar, the successor imprint to the renowned Rûna-Raven Press.
Additionally, Volume I of The Temple of Set, by Grandmaster Emeritus Sir Michael Aquino, contains a lengthy and detailed chapter on the reconsecration of the Order and its early history.
Excerpts from the Order’s Reading List
Bauschatz, Paul - The Well and the Tree
A study of time and destiny in Germanic cosmology, and one of the prime sources for the Order’s central rite, the sumbel (or symbel)
Chaney, Margaret - Tesla: Man Out of Time
A compelling biography of the true archetype of the Mad Scientist, constantly stepping outside the boundaries of what is considered even theoretically possible
Cook, Stephen and Russell, Stuart - Heinrich Himmler’s Camelot
The definitive historical study of the Wewelsburg Castle in Germany, the spiritual headquarters of Himmler’s SS and the site of the formal consecration of the Order of the Trapezoid in October 1982
Eliade, Mircea - The Myth of the Eternal Return
A key to the understanding of mythical traditions, and how to make them come alive in practice
Flowers, Stephen E. - The Secret King: The Myth and Reality of Nazi Occultism
The first part of the book covers both legend and fact concerning Nazi esotericism, while the second is a translation and analysis, with Michael Moynihan, of the works of Karl Maria Wiligut (Himmler’s spiritual advisor)
Livio, Mario - The Golden Ratio: The Story of PHI, the World’s Most Astonishing Number
Debunks many of the common yet incorrect ideas about the Golden Ratio and its prevalence, in order to reveal the even deeper truths about it
Lovecraft, H.P. - Collected Works
The fiction of Lovecraft is a foundational influence on the Order, inspiring both our internal mythology and ritual work. Lovecraft’s work is held forth by the Order as an exemplar of creating evocative neo-mythology
Ravenscroft, Trevor - The Spear of Destiny
Certainly more fiction than fact, this work is nonetheless significant for the dreams it inspires and the sense of Rûna it uses to draw the reader in
Thorsson, Edred - ALU
A quantum leap beyond its predecessor, Futhark, ALU is the recasting of the Understanding of a true Erulian after more than 40 years of academic and magical work with the Runes
Viereck Peter - Metapolitics: The Roots of the Nazi Mind
The definitive analysis of Nazi politics and philosophy in light of Germany’s esoteric and cultural traditions
Winkler, Franz - For Freedom Destined
Winkler explores themes of transcendence in Wagner’s Ring Cycle and Parsifal. The owner’s manual for those aspiring to mythical greatness
Music and Visual Art
Occult-themed Art from one of Germany’s premier tattoo artists
A new musical project combining Lovecraftian themes with progressive metal
The primary musical project of the Order’s currrent Grandmaster, exploring themes of Starry Wisdom within an ambient doom metal context
A seminal collection of sound recordings of atmospheric phenomena, which have also been used in Order ritual work at various points
Another musical project of the current Grandmaster, focusing on field recordings turned into otherwordly soundscapes
NASA’s entire collection of space-related recordings is now online, and generally free to use or modify
Cornell, James - The First Stargazers
Traces the origins of astronomical observations and their preservation, backed by archeological data instead of “New Age” nonsense. Cornell is a pioneer in the academic field of Archeoastronomy
Hinton, Charles - What is the Fourth Dimension
An influential work in the Order’s exploration of higher dimensions and their magical applications, particularly in the context of the Nine Angles
Hofstadter, Douglas - Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Entertaining and thought-provoking, this literary fugue in the style of Lewis Carroll explores the ways in which thoughts and consciousness loop back on themselves and create wholly unanticipated results
John-Stucke, Kirsten and Siepe, Daniela, ed.; Mythos Wewelsburg: Fakten und Legenden
The definitive study of the Wewelsburg in neo-mythology, as a collection of essays by various German historians with ties to the castle. Includes an extensive chapter on the Order of the Trapezoid and its role in the popularization of the Wewelsburg mythos.
Kingsepp, Eva - The Power of the Black Sun
An academic paper that includes an analysis of the Order’s use of scholarly information and neo-mythology in its approach to the Wewelsburg mythos
LaVey, Anton Szandor - The Devil’s Notebook
Included here for LaVey’s essay on the Law of the Trapezoid, as his main public writing on the topic
LaVey, Anton Szandor - The Satanic Rituals
“Die Elektrischen Vorspiele” includes an introductory essay that was LaVey’s first public hint at the Law of the Trapezoid and the Order that bears its name. The rite is designed to influence the Is-To-Be via magical techniques inspired by Wilhelm Reich, Charles Hope Hodgson, and the film Metropolis (1927). “The Unknown Known” expands on Hanns Hörbiger’s Welteislehre (doctrine of Fire and Ice) to examine recurrence as a cosmological principle.
“The Ceremony of the Nine Angles” and “The Call to Cthulhu” were written by Michael Aquino, and are foundational examples of how to apply Lovecraft’s ideas in true black magical work.
Pauwels and Bergier - Morning of the Magicians
The source of much esoteric speculation—and popular fantasy—in the 1960s and 1970s. Includes chapters presaging Erik von Daniken’s “ancient aliens” theories, as well as a very influential account of various fact and fiction concerning Nazi occultism. To be taken with a huge grain of salt a la The Spear of Destiny, but nonetheless intriguing as an exemplar of how to capture the popular imagination and build neo-mythology through the pull of Rûna
Wolfram von Eschenbach - Parzival
A prime source on the Grail mythos, perhaps even the true account, with a depiction of the Grail as a mystical stone that fell from the heavens (rather than the more watered-down conception as a mere cup or plate).
Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (1920 film)
One of the prime visual inspirations for LaVey’s Law of the Trapezoid; strange angles bend the perception of reality throughout
The Keep (1983 film)
A dark being is imprisoned in the caverns beneath an ancient fortress, and a contrasting Being of Light is summoned by its release. The film is a sophisticated visual and philosophical study in infernal geometry and dualism as a conflict mediated by a third harmonizing principle that arises from their interaction.
The Maltese Falcon (1941 film)
The definitive representation of the Grail Quest on film, in a striking film-noir visual style inspired by German Expressionism
Metropolis (1927 film)
The creation scenario for the robot Ultima Futura, in a mad lab beneath an electrified pentagram, is a foundational influence on the ritual aesthetic of the Order and of Die Elektrischen Vorspiele
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975 film)
The true Initiate must be able to see the humor in even his most serious pursuits
Pi (1998 film)
A glimpse of the Objective Universe as nothing but mathematical relationships is dangerous to behold.
Fiction on Topics of Trapezoidal Interest
Lovecraft, H.P. - Haunter of the Dark
One of the works cited by Anton LaVey in his original announcement about the existence of the Order
Lovecraft, H.P. - Dreams in the Witch House
A primary source for the magical application of mathematical studies
Grabinski, Stefan - The Motion Demon
A Polish contemporary of Lovecraft, Grabinski was obsessed with what modern technology was doing to mankind’s grip on reality
Long, Frank Belknap - The Hounds of Tindalos
Another source often cited by LaVey, Long’s tale of an angular gateway to another dimension has greatly inspired the Order in its neo-mythology.
Leiber, Fritz - Our Lady of Darkness
A fictional(?) occult science Megapolisomancy drives a writer of weird tales to obsession, as he wrestles with the idea of whether various elementals he is encountering are real or merely aspects of himself seeking expression.
Webb, Don - Through Dark Angles
What if Lovecraft had been an actual black magician? He might have written a collection of stories like this that draw on a wide variety of topics of Trapezoidal interest, expressed by one who Knows the Angles.
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