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THE WICKED SHALL DECAY
Charms, spells and witchcraft of old Britain
Even after the practice of witch-hunting and persecution began to wane, malefic sorcery was greatly feared as a baneful and pernicious influence, particularly in rural areas during the 18th and 19th century. The arsenal of folk-magical armaments against such powers included charms, spells, rituals, sigils, and magical squares, as well as the use of magical herbs and words of power. Many of these practices resembled in method and materiel the very evil they were meant to combat, embodying in themselves a savour of the sinister and demonic.
Accessing a diverse array of historical and folkloric sources, A.D. Mercer's The Wicked Shall Decay gathers together a collection of obscure British magic featuring curses, anti-witchcraft spells and hedges against malevolent power. Greatly treasured in their day for their efficacy, these rites document a widespread tradition of ‘dark folk magic’ of value to the research of both scholar and esoteric practitioner alike.
1st 2018 112pp Scarlet Imprint. Bound in a shimmering 'sandstorm' cloth, foil blocking on front and spine, textured ebony endpapers. Ltd. ed. 1000.
Jinn Sorcery by Rain Al-Alim is a compilation of jinn conjurations and rituals translated from rare Arabic manuscripts in the author's private collection.
Following an introduction summarising traditional beliefs about the world and nature of the jinn, the author proceeds to give a brief outline of the Middle Eastern occult methods for summoning these beings, techniques of dream divination, the mandal and invocation. The main body of the work comprises translations into English of numerous rituals and operations selected from manuscripts, primarily from Egypt and Morocco, in the author's collection. £35.00
DR. FAUST'S MIGHTIEST SEA-SPIRIT
1st 2018 183pp Enodia press hardback. Ltd. e.d 500 copies.
Dr. Faust's Mightiest Sea-Spirit is an anthology of four Faustian Grimoires dealing mainly with the subject of spirits of the sea and of the water. This is the first time that these texts are published in English and we are also proud to be the first to print the Manuscript Beschworung und Ruf des Meergeistes Doctors Faust (Darmstadt Hs-831) among them. The overall importance of this publication is in the unique magical techniques found in these texts, the expansion of the spirits' mythos found in other catalogues like the Ars Goetia and in the availability of this crucial text within the Faustian Tradition. The four texts included are:
Dr. Faust's Greatest and Most Powerful Sea-Spirit
This is one of the most important and unique grimoires of the Faustian tradition. It deals with spirits best known from Weyer's Pseudomonarchia Daemonum and the Lesser Key of Solomon (Forneus, Vepar, Cerberus, Furfur and Zaleos). The techniques of this text are unique, and it is considered one of the clearest examples of the use of esoteric imagination within a ritual setting.
Conjuration and Call of the Sea-Spirit of Doctor Faust (Darmstadt Hs-831)
This manuscript deals with the conjuration of the water spirit Quirumudai who is to serve the magician as a familiar spirit. It instructs the magician on how to perform a pact with this spirit and to attaint his help whenever he is needed.
Veritable Jesuit Coercion of Hell
This text is not to be confused with Verus Jesuitarum Libellus. It deals with the conjurations of the spirit Tarafael to have him bring the magician different sorts of treasure from the depths of the sea and on how he can retrieve such in case the gold is buried on the earth.
Arcanum Experientia Praetiosum
This grimoire deals specifically with the subject of dream incubation, common in Graeco-Egyptian magic but rarer in Solomonic and Faustian magic. £59.99
GEORGE BATAILLE - THE SACRED CONSPIRACY
The Internal Papers of the Secret Society of Acéphale and Lectures to the College of Sociology
Edited, introduced and with commentaries by Alastair Brotchie & Marina Galletti
1st 2018 480pp Atlas Press hardback. Illus.
This book collects together, for the first time in any language, a representative selection of texts by Georges Bataille, and the writers associated with him, in the years leading up to the Second World War. At a pivotal moment of history when an enormous catastrophe was obviously inevitable, Bataille confronted the most intractable problems of human existence head-on. How to live an integrated existence in a ruthless, absurd and indifferent universe? How to oppose repressive social structures given the failure of the democracies, the political left, and with the rise of the Nazi ideology?
The texts in this book comprise lectures given to the "College of Sociology" by Bataille, Roger Caillois and Michel Leiris, and a large cache of the internal papers of the secret society of Acéphale founded by Bataille in 1937.
The College of Sociology was a semi-public reading and discussion group attended by the cream of Parisian intelligentsia in the ominous atmosphere of the oncoming war. Bataille and Caillois produced some of their greatest texts for these sessions. Acéphale was its "dark", occulted side, a genuine secret society that conducted torch-lit rituals in a forest at night intended to confront death itself. Until the remarkable discovery a few years ago of its internal papers — which include theoretical texts, meditations, minutes of meetings, rules and interdictions and even a membership list — almost nothing was known of its activities. This book reveals the history of one of the strangest associations in "literary", or any other history.
In these texts the narrative of a desperate adventure unfolds, of a wholly unreasonable quest: "What we are starting is a war." Bataille risked all in this undertaking, and death was not absent from it; with a few fellow travellers he undertook what he later described as a "journey out of this world”. £24.99
A BOOK OF THE MAGI
Lore, Prayers, and Spellcraft of the Three Holy Kings
1st 2018 120pp Reveller Press paperback.
This book traces the cult of the Magi through their lore: their history, art, legends, rituals, and devotions. It examines their political and social influences as well as their cultural and religious impact, showing them to be cast both as legitimisers of established power structures, and as figures who foment profoundly radical dissent.
Cummins presents and weighs historical prayers to the Three Holy Kings for their mythic structures and ritual possibilities. In particular this book discusses historiolae found in these prayers – appeals to mythic actions or origins, often by imitation, fit for both devotional meditation and operative sorcery.
Finally, this text collects, analyses and explores the spellcraft of the Three Wise-Men: examining the various magical operations calling on Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar found in grimoiric handbooks of magic and folk custom alike. These include workings for travelling, for conjuring spirits, for detection, for protection, for healing, and even for dominating authorities.
Overall, A Book of the Magi makes a case for the veneration of the Magi as a loci and catalyst for furthering a folk necromantic practice of working with ancestral magicians. It does this by examining the history, devotion, and magic associated with the Three Kings, as well as demonstrating how components from old manuscripts can be explored and incorporated into a personal practice through awareness of context and careful ritual design.
A Book of the Magi is the third volume in the Folk Necromancy in Transmission series, conceived by Alexander Cummins and Jesse Hathaway Diaz. £13.99
THE WITCHING OTHER
1st 2017 160pp Atramentous Press. Evergreen colorset dust jacket, two colour foil block, red and gold, foil block to front case, head and tail bands, Napura endpapers bordering 100 gram munken cream paper, ribbon. Ltd. ed. 891 copies.
Explorations and Meditations on the Existential Witch. To propose there is something ‘other’ to the witch might seem counter-intuitive, especially so since conjugating the witch into witching suggests particular agentive actions and decisions have already been made about the topic. One where the action of witching is then further hyphenated with the other must then result in increasing this level of obfuscation to new heights. Yet in Peter Hamilton-Giles’ most explorative book to date he suggests by explicating the Witching-Other a wholly new and more profound way for understanding the witch is revealed, one which opens up the possibility for establishing an altogether more intimate and innovative relationship. This has the potential to liberate the witch icon from the shackles of history and practitioner narratives, and because of this Hamilton-Giles has preferred to concentrate on metaphysical absences than physical presences. Why this is an important re-directive proposition is that it allows individuals to move towards creating an identity which does not necessarily rely on historical location or accounts alone, but rather looks to the person’s ability to unfix or unsettle the taken for granted so as to discover progressive ways for developing a new rationale about the witch. £45.00
1st 2017 88pp Xoanon. Illus. in colour. Letterpress dustwrapper. Ltd. ed. 727 copies.
Khiazmos articulates the paradoxical arcanum of Opposition - an essential dynamic force of Sabbatic Witchcraft - which animates the Art of Magic itself, through aphoristic formulae. Like the mystical formats of the riddle, parable, and koan, the book utilises strategies of arcane, recursive exposition to embody transcendent truths about magic, the spirit world, the stance of the sorcerer, and the Sabbat of the Witches. The living book, as conceived in the Vision of the Scribe, possessed the power to transcend its material corpus, and simultaneously wrote and unwrote itself as it was read, creating the titular absence of pages. The magical insights expressed through the various modalities of the book are borne of dream and the contemplative nexus informing the stance in the midst of the cross-ways, the projection of the Sorcerous 'I' beyond the point at the Circle's heart. In accord with the great magico-literary corpus of the Sabbatic Tradition, Khiazmos resounds with the voice of its author, in Speech and Silence, in Image and Sigil. Including ten automatic drawings by the Author in full colour, and featuring an Afterword by Frater A.H.I. and Soror I.S. of the Cultus Sabbati. £85.00
Magic, Witchcraft and the Poison Path
Daniel A. Schulke
Second Revised Edition 2018 192pp Three Hands Press. Illus.
Veneficium’s principal concern is the intersection of magic and poison, originating in remotest antiquity and reaching into the occult traditions of present day. Beyond their functions as agents of bodily harm, poisons have also served as gateways of religious ecstasy, occult knowledge, and sensorial aberration, as well as the basis of cures. Allied with Samael, the Edenic serpent of first transgression whose name in some interpretations is ‘Venom of God’, this facet of magic wends through the rites of ancient Sumer and Egypt, through European Necromancy, Alchemy, the arcane the rites of the Witches’ Sabbath, and modern-day folk magic.
The second edition of Veneficium is now properly contextualized within a trilogy of forthcoming books entitled Triangulum Lamiarum (‘Triangle of the Witches’), each of which concerns a specific ontological aspect of witchcraft. Veneficium, of course, treats the occult parameters of poison, toxins, and venom, and their presence in witchcraft and allied magical arts.
Newly released, the second edition of Veneficium contains the first edition in its entirety, but there are some notable expansions and evolutions:
A new typographic design for the entire book, to be used for the whole of the trilogy
Slight expansions of certain chapters
One additional chapter
PILLARS: THE SCALDING OF SAPIENTA
1st 2018 208pp Anathema Publishing hardback. Illus. Ltd. ed. 600 copies.
The theme of this upcoming issue could not be more Luciferian in essence, as it is the very foundation of Luciferian praxis and applied tenets. In layman's terms, it revolves around the concept and application of “Sacrifice” in the pursuit of Truth, to reach Henosis with the Divine-Within.
The Scalding of Sapientia is a compendium of personal operations, insights, journal entries and excerpts, detailed compilations and interpretations, notable turning points in one’s occult journey, and specifically, the zeniths and nadirs one can experience when undertaking such a colossal mission that may come with realizations that may either make or break one’s persona in the Cosmogony of the Possible. Contributors: Denis Forkas Kostromitin, Sarah Sheil, Gabriel McCaughry, Robert W. Cook (Norot), Nukshean, Chris Undirheimar, Paul Waggener, Johnny Decker Miller, Verónica Rivas, Mitchell Nolte, David S. Herrerías, Helene M. Arts, Ulric Gestumblindi' Goding, Camelia Elias, Adrian Baxter, Craig Williams, Graeme de Villiers, Johannes Nefastos, Shani Oates, Cristian Drăhiciu, (Vaenvs Obscvra), William Malone, Néstor Avalos, Carl Abrahamsson. £58.00
TRINITY STAR TRINITY
1st 2017 48pp Scarlet Imprint hardback in d/w. Azure silk cloth with textured black endpapers. Ltd. ed. 216 copies.
Katy Bohinc’s Trinity Star Trinity is a long poem dedicated to the divine feminine, written in response to her experiences and encounters with faith and deity during a sojourn on the islands of Lesvos, the home of Sappho; Samos, the birthplace of Hera; and Patmos, where St John wrote the Book of Revelation. Bohinc ‘embraces Sappho’s conception of desire – rather than John’s defamatory take,’ and the poem bears witness to her interest in astrology, triangles, and early mathematics. Yet the esoteric nature of this material is made startlingly tangible and present by the candid language of the poem, and in its formal structure. Above all, ‘its beauty comes from how the language might rise off the page.’
With Trinity Star Trinity Katy Bohinc has reclaimed the ancient form of the ode or chant in an Oulipian mathematical reinvention which transports faith and the trinity to an expanded dimension: three cubed, or 27 poems of 27 words each. £25.00
THE DEVIL’S SUPPER
1st 2017 276pp Anathema Publishing h/b. Bamberger Kaliko “Metallic Graphite” bookcloth, blind deboss on cover, silver foil stamp on rounded spine, colour interior, and Neenah Red and Leno embossed endpapers. Illus. by Lupe Vasconcelos (also featuring numerous historical B&W art pieces), printed on Cougar Natural 160M archive-quality paper. Ltd. ed. 500 copies.
The Devil’s Supper is a critical enquiry into popular culture, past and present. The text explores the myths and realities of the so called Witches Sabbat. Using trial depositions , source documents, contemporary poems and literary accounts, a hidden history is unfurled, offering a totally unique understanding of this occulted enigma. From Fasting to Feasting, the mystery of ritual, sacred Vessels of Transformation is exposed. The myriad masks of the Devil are fully removed, layer by layer in celebration of his multi-faceted and ingenious complexities. Along the way, we explore the philosophical and theological enquiries that have long held us in their thrall. We tackle the weighty topics of evil, who the Devil really serves and how this impacts upon the true virtue of the Grail as panacea or poison, overturning prescribed opinion to discover the real thread that binds these enigmatic elements together and how these things are even connected within occulted custom, lore, tradition and law. £49.99
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