Occult London Of The 70's

Lord Lucan

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#1
Browsing Twitter earlier this evening, I came across this supremely interesting and ongoing thread about this fabulous book below:
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The thread begins: 'My flatmate has this amazing 1970 book which is basically a directory of various occult services and where to get them so had to share some of the amazing adverts in a thread (May add to it as I read through it).'

Follow it here as more is added: https://twitter.com/AdamScovell/status/1178371405597032448?s=19

Do any of our members here have any recollection of this book or the interesting folks mentioned within it? Does anyone else have a copy? Has anyone used their services?
I think this would make for some fascinating reading.
 

MrRING

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This might be something that the FT folks could reprint for their own profit. It seems quite interesting!
 

JamesWhitehead

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There was certainly a busy, occult underground back then. I remember there were lots of small ads for groups with names such as The Golden Wheel, which promised to connect you to witches, pagans and diviners in your area. I assumed it overlapped with what would now be called "swingers" and alternative lifestyles. In outlets, such as News from Nowhere in Liverpool, you could find self-published cyclostyle weirdness by the ton. I suppose it would have an almost antique curiosity-value now.

Yithian's linked page reveals the compiler of the Aquarian Guide to be a Ms (Françoise) Strachern, which turns out to be a pen-name of Francesca Rossetti, pictured here. :cooll:
 
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