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John Madziarczyk

1st 2016 354pp Topaz. Illus.

The Magitians Discovered Volume 1 analyzes who the authors of the anonymous material were, their worldview, and what their motivations were in compiling and adding the anonymous material as well as the cultural context of the material. It deals with topics such as how the work of John Dee was regarded by thinkers in the 17th century, antiquarian history in general, and the historical school of Swedish Gothicism, and how these were used by the anonymous authors.

It also deals with the tradition of aerial spirits used in Liber Juratis and the Heptameron, as well as with the tradition of the Shem-ha-mephoresch in magic, including an analysis of the Semiforas' in "Liber Razielis".

Other topics include Scottish fairy lore, Paracelsan medicine and metaphysics, corpse or mumial medicine, and 17th century theories on the Antediluvian world, the Prisca Theologia, the Book of Raziel, and the nature of Giants.




John Madziarczyk (Ed)

1st 2016 418pp Topaz House. Illus.

The Magitians Discovered  Volume 2 consists of the anonymous material added to the 1665 edition of the Discoverie of Witchcraft, Scot's also out of print "Discourse on Devils and Spirits", along with the sections from Scot's original “Discoverie” that deal with ritual magic, talismans, and amulets. The anonymous material consists of a treatise on the nature of ghosts, elemental spirits and demons, and sympathetic magic, as well as nine chapters of ritual material. These include a ritual to summon the Wild Hunt, a ritual to summon a thunder elemental from the mountains of Norway, instructions on how to summon a personal genius, aerial spirits in general, and how to construct an imaginary magic circle. The ritual material also includes a picturesque account of a reanimation of a corpse that proved to be much used in subsequent English occult publications.

The selections from Scot's original Discoverie that are included contain instructions for summoning the demons and spirits into crystals, summoning the fairy Sibyllia, a ritual for finding treasure, rituals for calling up the spirits of the dead and binding them in crystals, sections from Johan Weyer's "Pseudomonarchia Daemonum", as well as instructions on constructing amulets for healing and protection drawn from the tradition of Christian folk magic.

This is supplemented by excerpts from two works believed to be written and translated by one of the authors of the anonymous material. The first excerpts are from a treatise on mumial or corpse medicine translated by one of the authors. These include one hundred aphorisms on natural magic, which are derived from the thought of Paracelsus, Ficino, and Robert Fludd, as well as Twelve Conclusions on the nature of the body and the soul related to the aphorisms.

The second work that is excerpted from is an antiquarian dictionary compiled by the author which has many entries with esoteric content. Dealing with Scotland and Scottish place names, the work ranges far and gives unique descriptions of Greco-Roman pagan gods in relation to the Scottish Antiquarian school of history, as well as antiquarian origin stories about the Scots. The excerpts preserve the esoteric content of the work, as well as the relevant antiquarian sections, while not including more prosaic entries.




John Madziarczyk (Ed)

1st 2016 354pp Topaz House. Illus.

The Magitians Discovered Volume 3 consists of supplementary texts from outside of the “Discoverie” that shed light on the anonymous material. These include excerpts from the “Heptameron”, Agrippa's “Three Books of Occult Philosophy”, Agrippa's “Fourth Book”, Robert Burton's “Anatomy of Melancholy”, John Dee's “A True & Faithful Relation”, and Olaus Magnus' “Description of the Northern Peoples”.

The texts in volume three are a combination of excerpts from authors and texts actually referenced by the anonymous material, such as the Heptameron, Agrippa, Olaus Magnus, and John Dee, as well as authors and texts referenced by volume one. These include "Anatomy of Melancholy" by Robert Burton, "The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns, and Fairies" by Robert Kirk, and the "Danish History" of Saxo Grammaticus

The selection of John Dee's spiritual diaries from "A True & Faithful Relation" consists of the full account of the reception of the geographical correspondences of the aires, the full sections from which the demon and angel names of the anonymous material were drawn, as well as theoretical sections about the nature of the wisdom of Enoch and the aerial spirits given by the angels

The selection from the Heptameron and pseudo-Agrippa's fourth book reproduce in full sections which the anonymous authors only included in fragmentary form.

Volume three also includes the balance of the main text translated by one of the authors of the anonymous material. This deals with the practice of mumial or corpse medicine, particularly that of constructing a "magnet" from human fluids that can absorb illness. This practice is labeled "magical medicine" by the translator, and includes quite a lot of information on sympathetic magic.




1st 2016 11pp A4 journal. Prof. illus. Ltd. Ed. 2500 copies.

The Green Key is the central arcanum of Clavis Volume 4, contemplating the intersection of the plant world with the occult arts, and is 112 pages. Artists featured in this volume are Madeline VonFoerster, Marzena Ablewska, Robert Stephen Connett, Johnny Decker Miller, Santiago Caruso, Andrzej Masianis, Janelle McKain, Tom Allen, John Kleckner and Marlene Seven Bremner.

Articles in The Green Key include an analysis of Picatrix incense formulae by Catamara Rosarium, ‘Polyphasic Consciousness’, by Lee Morgan, Daniel A. Schulke’s ‘The Spirit Meadow’, Dale Pendell’s alchemical paean ‘Love Alchemy and Demon Work,’ Harold Roth’s article ‘Curating the Magical Garden,’ ‘The Fairy Springs’ by Radomir Ristic, ‘Old Crone Tree of the Dark Edges’ by Corinne Boyer, a new translation of a Norwegian conjuration of the Devil by Fredrik Eytzinger, ‘A Casket of Green Poyson, Newly Open’d’ by John Maplet, and a previously unpublished alchemical treatise by Ibn Umail, translated with commentary by Darius Klein. £34.99


Liber Iuratus Honorii

Joseph Petersen

2016 240pp Ibis h/b in d/w. Illus. NEW.

As the title testifies, students were sworn to secrecy before being given access to this magic text and only a few manuscripts have survived. Bits of its teachings, such as the use of the magic whistle for summoning spirits, are alluded to in other texts. Another key element of its ritual, the elaborate “Seal of God,” has been found in texts and amulets throughout Europe. Interest in THE SWORN BOOK OF HONORIUS has grown in recent years, yet no modern translations have been attempted - until now.

Purporting to preserve the magic of Solomon in the face of intense persecution by religious authorities, this text includes one of the oldest and most detailed magic rituals. It contains a complete system of magic including how to attain the divine vision, communicate with holy angels and control aerial, earthly and infernal spirits for practical gain.

Largely ignored by historians until recently, this text is an important witness to the transmission of Kabbalah and Jewish mysticism to European Hermeticists. £30.00


The origins of modern religious Satanism

Ruben van Luijk

1st 2016 632pp Oxford University Press h/b in d/w.

Children of Lucifer explores the historical origins of Satanism, the "anti-religion" that adopts Satan, the Judeo-Christian representative of evil, as an object of veneration. Ruben van Luijk traces its development from a concept invented by the Christian church to demonize its internal and external competitors, to a positive (anti-)religious identity embraced to varying degrees by groups in the modern West.

Van Luijk offers a comprehensive intellectual history of this long and unpredictable trajectory; a story that involves Romantic poets, radical anarchists, eccentric esotericists, Decadent writers, and schismatic exorcists, among others, culminating in the establishment of the Church of Satan by carnival entertainer Anton Szandor LaVey. Yet, he argues, this story is more than just a collection of colorful characters and unlikely historical episodes. The emergence of new attitudes towards Satan proves to be intimately linked to the Western Revolution―he ideological struggle for emancipation that transformed the West and is epitomized by the American and French Revolutions. It is also closely connected to secularization, that other exceptional historical process during which western culture spontaneously renounced its traditional gods in order to enter into a self-imposed state of religious indecision. Children of Lucifer, thus, makes the case that the emergence of Satanism presents a shadow history of the evolution of modern civilization as we know it. £25.99


The Power of the Cadaver in Germanic and Icelandic Sorcery

Cody Dickerson

1st 2016 80pp Three Hands Press.

Among the ancient Germanic peoples there existed a highly developed stream of magical belief and practice devoted to, and stemming directly from, the dead. While it is difficult for the modern mind to understand these beliefs, it was simply an acknowledged matter of fact that a tremendous wellspring of virtuous power dwelt among the physical remains of the once living, be they man or beast, long after the spirit abandons flesh.

In this short but powerful treatise, the author has gathered together disparate elements of faith, folklore and a multitude of fascinating practices related to the dead. In examining ancient and modern materials among the Teutonic peoples of Europe, we begin to distill  an understanding of the powerful significance reserved not only for the revenants of the departed, but their physical remains as well. From the folk charming traditions of the British Isles to the extravagant ritual sacrifices held in medieval Uppsala, Sweden, the book provides the reader a glimpse into to the core strata of the power of the cadaver, and its subsequent role in the sorcerous practices witnessed amongst the European diaspora.




Nicholaj De Mattos Frisvold

1st 2016 400pp Scarlet Imprint. Illus. Bound in vibrant red cloth, palm leaf stamped in green, embossed bitter chocolate endpapers. Ltd. ed. 736 copies.

Ifá: A Forest of Mystery by Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold is a major study on the cosmology, metaphysics, philosophy and divination system of Ifá, written by a tradition holder and member of the council of elders, known as the Ogboni society, of Abeokuta, Nigeria.

Ifá – an alternative name for its prophet Òrúnmìlà – is a religion, a wisdom tradition and a system of divination encoding the rich and complex oral and material culture of the Yoruba people. The Yoruba culture is grounded in memory, an ancestral repository of wisdom, that generates good counsel, advises appropriate ebo (sacrifice) and opens the way to develop a good character on our journey through life and in our interactions with the visible and invisible worlds.

The work is a presentation of the first sixteen odù of the Ifá corpus of divination verses explained in stories, allegories and proverbs reflecting the practical wisdom of Ifá. The work is both a presentation of Ifá for those with little knowledge of it, and a dynamic presentation of the wealth of its wisdom for those already familiar with Ifá. The deities and key concepts of Ifá metaphysics are discussed, including: Obàtálá, Ònilé, Sàngó, Ògún, Oya, Òsányìn, Yemoja, Èsù, àse (power), egúngún (ancestry), ìwà (character), and ore (head/consciousness/daimon). Notably, Dr Frisvold has created a work which celebrates the Yoruba wisdom tradition and makes a bridge with the Western world. It is of value for the light that it casts on the origins and mysteries of Èsù and òrìsà, and an important source for those practicing Quimbanda, Palo, Santeria, Vodou and the African Diaspora religions. Yet its lessons are universal, for it is the art of developing character, of attracting good fortune and accruing wisdom in life. £45.00


Alexander Cummins, Jesse Hathaway Diaz & Jennifer Zahrt (eds)

1st 2016 208pp Rubedo press trade p/b. Col. illus. inside covers. NEW.

Cypriana: Old World gathers the lore and praxis regarding the good Saints Cyprian and Justina of Antioch, the famed sorcerer-saint and the steadfast virgin-martyr, through bringing together diverse and divergent essays regarding Cyprianic traditions and practices. Recently the focus of a resurgence of interest in the English-speaking world, the Saints Cyprian and Justina stand at a crossroads of the Old and New Worlds, and form an intermediary nexus of Christian thaumaturgy and older pagan mysteries uniquely celebrated in European Magic and its permutations world-wide. Our Saints inspire through their patronage both the Devout and the Heretic alike to new sorcerous endeavors, and this volume coheres around Cyprianic history and the magic of the Old World of Europe. Includes original source material. Plus pieces by Jake Stratton-Kent, Joseph leitao, Cyprian books in Scandinavian magic etc. £20.00


Catamara Rosarium and Jenn Zahrt, PhD (eds)

1st 150pp Rubedo Press trade p/b. NEW.

Selections from the Viridis Genii Symposium. Verdant Gnosis is a poetic rendering of the Latin expression, Viridis Geniii, which refers to the collective spiritual intelligence of our botanical environment. Viridis means ‘green, verdant, growing’—all that is lush and nourishing; while genii is the origin of the words ‘genius’ and ‘genie’—the spirit, daemon, or guiding intelligence of an entity. Viridis Genii—the verdant gnosis—is thus the spiritual path of working with the intelligence of living nature. £16.99


Catamara Rosarium, Marcus McCoy & Jenn Zahrt, PhD (eds)

1st 166pp Rubedo Press trade p/b. NEW.

This second volume includes material by Daniel Schulke, Jesse Hathaway on the Mandragora etc. £16.99