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THE GAME OF SATURN

Peter Mark Adams

1st 2017 320pp Scarlet Imprint large paperback. Illus.

The Game of Saturn is the first full length, scholarly study of the enigmatic Renaissance masterwork known as the Sola-Busca tarot. It reveals the existence of a pagan liturgical and ritual tradition active amongst members of the Renaissance elite and encoded within the deck. Beneath its beautifully decorated surface, its imagery ranges from the obscure to the grotesque; we encounter scenes of homoeroticism, wounding, immolation and decapitation redolent of hidden meanings, violent transformations and obscure rites.

For the first time in over five hundred years, the clues embedded within the cards reveal a dark Gnostic grimoire replete with pagan theurgical and astral magical rites. Careful analysis demonstrates that the presiding deity of this ‘cult object’ is none other than the Gnostic demiurge in its most archaic and violent form: the Afro-Levantine serpent-dragon, Ba’al Hammon, also known as Kronos and Saturn, though more notoriously as the biblical Moloch, the devourer of children.

Conveyed from Constantinople to Italy in the dying years of the Byzantine Empire, the pagan Platonist George Gemistos Plethon sought to ensure the survival of the living essence of Neoplatonic theurgy by transplanting it to the elite families of the Italian Renaissance. Within that violent and sorcerous milieu, Plethon’s vision of a theurgically enlightened elite mutated into its dark shadow – a Saturnian brotherhood, operating within a cosmology of predation, which sought to channel the draconian current to preserve elite wealth, power and control. This development marks the birth of an ‘illumined elite’ over three centuries before Adam Weishaupt’s ‘Illuminati.’ The deck captures the essence of this magical tradition and constitutes a Western terma whose talismanic properties may serve to establish an initiatory link with the current.

This work fully explores the historical context for the deck’s creation against the background of tense Ferrarese-Venetian diplomatic intrigue and espionage. The recovery of the deck’s encoded narratives constitutes a significant contribution to Renaissance scholarship, art history, tarot studies and the history of Western esotericism. Hardback sold out, this is the rouge paperback edition. £40.00

KHIAZMOS

Andrew Chumbley

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

THE WITCHING OTHER

Peter Hamilton-Giles

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

ENTERING THE DESERT

Pilgrimage into the Hinterlands of the Soul

Craig Williams

1st 2017 160pp Anathema. Sierra Tan backcloth, blind debs images to front and rear boards. Illus. endpapers. Ltd. ed. 400 copies.

“The landscape of the Soul is a feral hunting ground of shadows and light, each morphing into translucent bodies of nourishment or destruction, depending upon the topographic Vision of the desert dweller.  Entering the Desert explores the Terra Incognito of the Soul and reveals a primordial vision of a Pagan Sacramental Gnosticism of alchemical nature which if understood can open up the doorways to the Inner Sanctuary of Sacramental Vision.” £54.99

Magic as a Political Crime in Medieval and Early Modern England

A history of sorcery and treason

Francis young

1st 2017 254pp I.B.Tauris hardback in dust wrapper. Treason and magic were first linked together during the reign of Edward II. Theories of occult conspiracy then regularly led to major political scandals, such as the trial of Eleanor Cobham Duchess of Gloucester in 1441. While accusations of magical treason against high-ranking figures were indeed a staple of late medieval English power politics, they acquired new significance at the Reformation when the superstition embodied by magic came to be associated with proscribed Catholic belief. Francis Young here offers the first concerted historical analysis of allegations of the use of magic either to harm or kill the monarch, or else manipulate the course of political events in England, between the fourteenth century and the dawn of the Enlightenment. His book addresses a subject usually either passed over or elided with witchcraft: a quite different historical phenomenon. He argues that while charges of treasonable magic certainly were used to destroy reputations or to ensure the convictions of undesirables, magic was also perceived as a genuine threat by English governments into the Civil War era and beyond. £59.00

THE DEVIL’S SUPPER

Shani Oates

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

VERDANT GNOSIS 3

Catamara Rosarium, Marcus McCoy and Jenn Zahrt (eds)

1st 2017 152pp Rubedo Press trade p/b. Illus. The third in the series. Contents include: Plants Used in Cursing Magic: Northwestern Traditions in Folk Practices by Corinne Boyer, Symphonica: Black Henbane and the Choirs of the Dead by Cody Dickerson, Putting the Root Back into Footwork by Demetrius Lacroix, Appalachian Roots: The Folk Magical and Medicinal uses of Plant Roots in Appalachia by Rebecca Beyer etc. Also features original artwork by Willow Davidson, Jason Scott, and Morgan Singer. £18.99

VENEFICIUM

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

Additional images

An index

HARDBACK £39.99

PAPERBACK £18.99

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

Katy Bohinc

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