Zos Speaks! Encounters with Austin Osman Spare

Edited by Kenneth and Steffi Grant


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Over fifty years ago, Kenneth and Steffi Grant met the artist Austin Osman Spare. A mutual passion for weird art brought them together at a time when Spare, in the final decade of his life, had turned again to writing about his other passion – the occult. Zos Speaks! is an account of their meetings with Spare. In addition to the numerous letters and diary entries from the period this book also contains Spare’s last great literary works: The Logomachy, The Zoetic Grimoire and The Living Word. Here may be found a unique insight into Spare’s method of working with familiar spirits, “Delphic Oracles” and other strange formulae, including the legendary Witches’ Sabbath that Zos claimed to have attended on many occasions.

Compiled from the correspondence, diary entries, magical manuscripts, drawings and other works bequeathed by the artist to Kenneth and Steffi Grant in 1956, Zos Speaks! remains the essential source for students of Austin Osman Spare.



21 colour | 284 black and white
English text


Part I
Introduction – Steffi Grant
Correspondence and Diary Extracts 1949-1956 – Austin Osman Spare and Kenneth Grant

Part II
Foreword – Kenneth Grant
The Book Of Zos Vel Thanatos – Austin Osman Spare

1. The Logomachy of Zos

2. The Zoëtic Grimoire of Zos

The Formulae of Zos vel Thanatos
Of the White Sabbath
Doctrine and Credo
Synopsis of the Sabbath
The Affirmation Creed
Prayer of Communion
Prayer of Adoration
The Formula of Plotinus
The Communion of Auto-Ego of Zos
How to return Evil to its Source
Of Foretelling by Cards
(Foretelling by Familiars)
Metamorphosis by ‘Death Posture’
‘Transcendental Perspective’
Formula of Arrivism
The Theurgy of Zos
On Sorcery
Experiments in Occult Phenomena
Complete Thesis and Ritual of Magical Transitivity
Arbitrary Transference

3. The Living Word of Zos

This I AM (God) Stuff: Discourse to the Bewildered Well-meaning
On Psychology
On Consciousness
On Paradox
Beginning of the End to a Rebeginning
Illusion and Reality
One Thing Evolves another
Argument by Parallelism
On Perception
Mind and Matter
Man Forgets
The Law of Change
What is Truth?
The Ecstoicism of Zos vel Thanatos
Mind to Mind and How
Language – Words in General and in Particular
The Brotherly Harangue of Zos to the Striveless
Abstract Art
The Moderns and Art – Note re Sir Alfred Munnings
Discourse to the Next Moderns
On Reality
Thisness and Thatness
Spiritists Say…
Sword Dance of the ‘Ids’ in a Decaying World & Valediction
The Conclusions of Zos Delivered to His Other Selves

List of Books by Austin Osman Spare


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