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THE TESTAMENT OF SOLOMON
1st 2018 72pp Oroborous hardback in dust wrapper. Ltd. ed. 750 copies.
Solomon, son of David is famous as being a master of magic and wisdom in many texts of Western Esotericism. His fame extends through Judiasm, Christianity and Islam. The Solomonic grimoire cycle is among the most cited and most used of magical texts and the Testament of Solomon provides a background for one of Solomon’s potent acts, the building of his temple. Dating from the First to the Third Century A.D. this apocryphal text describes how King Solomon summoned, bound and commanded a host of demons to build his temple through the use of a Magic Ring. In addition to the original text, the book also includes an appendix on the lore surrounding Solomon’s Magic Ring and an index of over a hundred names of angels, demons and gods mentioned in the text. £34.99
LE PETIT ALBERT
2017 178pp Oroborous h/b in d/w. 30 woodcuts, charts and talismans. Ltd. ed. 1000 copies.
The ‘Little Albert’ is a grimoire and book of secrets first published in France in 1700s. The text ranks as one of the most infamous books in the grimoire corpus, though much of its infamy stems from the 18th century hucksters who populated Rural Europe with copies of their merchandise. Although the tome is criticized by the likes of Arthur Edward Waite and Eliphas Levi before him, they nonetheless mention it many times throughout their several books. As a book of ritual magic it relies heavily on other sources, namely Paracelsus and Albertus Magnus. Yet in addition to the grimoire material consisting of talismanic images, cabalistic magic and ritual perfumes, the book also features many wortcunning remedies, and alchemical recipes.
Magic squares and tables showing planetary hours are common in grimoire literature but also tend to appear in almanacks, which were also very popular. The folk remedies and recepies are drawn from that curious literary genre known as Books of Secrets. The famous alchemical bibliographer John Ferguson wrote a defining book on the subject as did William Eamon whose later text laid bare many intricacies of the tradition.£39.99
OBEAH SIMPLIFIED, THE TRUE WANGA
Professor Myal Djumboh Cassecanarie
2018 139pp Society of Esoteric Endeavour hardback. Cloth binding, embossed endpapers. Ltd. ed. 193 copies.
This work was first published in 1895 in Trinidad and achieved instant obscurity, However, it seems that a bell was rung somewhere as 9 years later, on 8th April 1904 Aiwass instructed Crowley that, as well as the mantras and spells and the work of the wand and the sword, he should learn and teach "the obeah and the wanga" (Liber Al vel Legis / The Book of the Law, Chapter 1 verse 37). At that time, and for a very long time afterwards, the only sympathetic text by a self identified practitioner of Obeah was this work. It was the only book with the more obscure term "Wanga" in the title. It almost as if Aiwass was referring Crowley to this publication.
Christopher Josiffe, in Aleister Crowley, Marie de Miramar and the True Wanga, Abrasax No.4 established that the author also penned a series of works in Theosophical journals as Miad Hoyora. It seemed then that he was an Indian Theosophist who had moved to the Caribbean. The present work carries a substantial Afterword by Christopher which permits him to develop his research to reveal that the author was, in fact, a Scot called Ewen! He was a Theosophist who had worked as a chemist in India and then in Caribbean. It seems that wherever he went he showed great empathy for the darker skinned people around him. Whilst in India he wrote about the religious beliefs of the Koi people, hunter gatherers lived in the forests in the south and east. They were not Hindus and were believed by many to be the remnants of the original inhabitants of India. This article is reproduced in the Appendices of the book as well as other material by the author.
CLOTH BINDING, EMBOSSED AND PRINTED ENDPAPERS £55.00
ARTAUD 1937 APOCALYPSE
Letters from Ireland by Antonin Artaud
1st 2018 Infinity Land Press hardback. Pictorial boards.
Antonin Artaud's 1937 apocalyptic journey to Ireland and his writings from that journey form an extraordinary moment of accumulating disintegration and tenacious creativity in his work. After publishing a manifesto prophecy about the catastrophic immediate-future entitled The New Revelations of Being, Artaud abruptly left Paris and travelled to Ireland, remaining there for six weeks and existing without money, travelling first to the isolated island of Inishmore off Ireland's western coast, then to Galway, and finally to Dublin, where he was arrested as an undesirable alien, beaten by the police, and summarily deported back to France. On his return, he spent nine years in lunatic asylums, including the entire span of the Second World War. During that journey to Ireland - on which he accumulated signs of his forthcoming apocalypse, and planned his own role in it as 'THE REVEALED ONE' - Artaud wrote letters to friends in Paris and also created several magic spells, intended to curse his enemies and to protect his friends from Paris's forthcoming incineration and the Antichrist's appearance at the Deux Magots cafe. To André Breton, he wrote: 'It's the Unbelievable - yes, the Unbelievable - it's the Unbelievable which is the truth.' Many of his writings from Ireland were lost, and this book collects all of his surviving letters, drawn together from archives and private collections, together with photographs of the locations he travelled through. This edition, with an afterword and notes, marks the seventieth anniversary of Artaud's death. £23.00
Julio Cesar Ody
1st 2018 80pp Scarlet Imprint. Illustrated by Morgan Singer. Black cloth stamped with dagger device, textured red endpapers and black dust jacket. Ltd. ed. 900 copies.
With Magister Officiorum, Ody has produced an essential text for those who want to practice Solomonic magic. The result of patient and extensive magical work, this is a record of attainment informed by the Western magical tradition, Espiritismo and Obeah. The subjects covered in this study include: the place of evocation, the magical circle and the book, the ritual tools and regalia, including the black handled knife, the brazen vessel, robes, and the pentagonal and hexagonal figures. Also addressed is ritual purity, and the necessity of authority in the art of commanding spirits.
Ody gives clear explanations of the process of ritual and the methods by which to ensure success in evocation – understood as a physical interaction between magician and spirit. Further, he demonstrates principles of magical working that are not explicitly given in the typically terse instructions of the grimoires. Also given is a method for the obtaining of a key to be used in the eventual binding of a King; how to bottle spirits; a working with the vessel and skull; and a rite for obtaining a patron spirit under the auspices of Lucifer. The rites given are suitable for solo practice and group workings, notably using the model of the séance (black table spiritism) in order to establish spirit cults. As a result the text will be of aid to both novitiates and experienced practitioners alike.
Magister Officiorum gives accounts of spirit workings, including Lucifer, Buné and Gemon, and includes a suggestive catalogue of spirit contacts with Acham, Paymon, Astaroth, Frimost and Malphas that demonstrate the author's aptitude in the work. £25.00
THE MORIBUND PORTAL
1st 2018 96pp Three Hands Press. NEW. Ltd. ed. 500 copies only. Spectral resonance and the numen of the gallows. Beyond its vulgar function as a means of execution, the Gallows has long served as a source of occult power. From the severed appendage of the thief that becomes the Hand of Glory, to the fallen seed that spawns the mandrake root, the Hanging Place is awash in the sinistral ambiance of ancient sorcery. Richard Gavin weaves together threads of folklore, spiritism, and occult philosophy to create a tapestry of grim vitality. The Moribund Portal: Spectral Resonance and the Numen of the Gallows examines the subtle yet potent symbiosis that exists between the incarnate world and the realm of the Dead. This book’s exploration of the liminal space between firmament and earth, where Odin perceived the runes and Christ witnessed the celestial kingdom, illuminates the macabre portal through which one may glimpse the Otherworld.
Narratives of Witchcraft and Magic from 16th and 17th Century Wales
1st 2018 254pp Atramentous Press. Illustrated. Pictorial boards, no dust wrapper as issued. Authentic accounts of witchcraft accusations in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England and Wales are rare. There is of course a sensational pamphlet literature based on witchcraft trials but this source can be problematic, especially as the trial documents have disappeared. However, a rich archive of pre-trial documents relating to witchcraft accusations has been discovered in the records of the Court of Great Sessions of Wales. These unique documents are the complaints of those who believed themselves bewitched, the depositions of witnesses, and the examinations of suspected witches. The Court of Great Sessions had the power of life and death and sent many convicted felons to the gallows. We know exactly when the first prosecution for murder by witchcraft took place in Wales. In 1594 Gwen ferch Ellis of Denbighshire was tried for felonious witchcraft, found guilty and sentenced to be hanged. This case was something of a cause celebre. Remarkably the record survives of Gwen’s interrogation by the bishop of St Asaph as well as the depositions of her accusers. Written evidence survives from some 20 cases and these documents are printed in full for the first time. These texts reveal remarkable details and personalities that have remained hidden in the documentary record for over 300 years. In these cases we encounter cursers and healers, practitioners of image magic and love magic, confidence tricksters and believers in fairies. The book has a comprehensive introduction and detailed commentaries on the cases. There is a definitive list of prosecutions with abstracts of indictments. A calendar of slander cases involving accusations of witchcraft provides a glimpse of witchcraft accusations that never resulted in prosecution as well as an insight into the vocabulary of witchcraft. The study makes a vital contribution to the understanding of witchcraft beliefs in one of the ‘dark corners’ of the British Isles. £55.00
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
1st 2018 304pp Anathema publishing. Illustrated by José Gabriel Alegría Sabogal. ele Legatoria Bronze bookbinding Cloth from Italy. Gold foil blocking on rounded spine and on the cover. Colour interior, with fully illustrated Endpapers. Thoroughly illustrated throughout by José Gabriel Alegría Sabogal, Fine typography, printed on Cougar Natural 160M archive-quality paper. Individually hand-numbered. Ltd. ed. 500 copies. (h)Auroræ is a mystifying, albeit utterly profound journey. Part ontological synthesis, philosophical rambling, magickal diary, visual grimoire, inspired mystical poem, revelatory/individuation process, and part alchemical vessel of expression, the book exists under the umbrella of what the author refers to as Gnostic Luciferianism. First and foremost, however, (h)Auroræ exists as an act of eternal remembrance. £49.99
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
THE IDEAL TOWER
1st 2018 134pp Society of Esoteric Endeavour 31.5cm x 16cm hardback. Illustrated. Quarter lambskin, marble dust and resin tower affixed to front board, 160 gm mould made paper with natural texture, decorated endpapers, dustwrapper. ltd. ed. 120 copies.
The mystical tower is an archetype expressing human aspiration to the Divine. This book describes that archetype and some of its incarnations in actual towers of stone. The reader is led into the tower and up through its stages, the Vertical Pilgrimage. At each level the symbolism and sacred geometry is described and illustrated with a series of two page diagrams, the format of the book giving a one foot square double page spread. The relevant traditions of the esoteric nature of the compass directions and the associated lore of the Winds are explored.
These principles, which inspire European architecture, stretch back to the Classical times and earlier, its roots include pre-Roman Etruscan religion. But they express a relationship between humanity and the Cosmos which is universal.
Thus the Ideal Tower functions as a shared mind-temple by which we can relate to the Universe. It is a mind-temple made real, both by this book itself and in the form of those actual historical towers that make manifest its principles.
The latter are discussed in Book II which deals with a particular flowering of sacred tower building prompted by the Great Fire of London. The numinous nature of these churches has, by no means, gone unnoticed. They have inspired some of the best known psycho-geographical speculation in the form of poetry and fiction, notably Ian Sinclair's Lud's Heat and Peter Ackroyd's Hawksmoor. It should be noted that both gentlemen are major figures in contemporary British literature. Both discern occult mysteries relating to the London churches built by Hawksmoor, Wren and their colleagues. The Ideal Tower explains the esoteric principles that these architects used to create the buildings that later generations were to find so compelling and so mysterious. The occultism described in this book is a refreshing addition to the familiar themes of the majority of esoteric books which, though interesting, tend to be culturally marginal, and so do not give rise to so many buildings that can be visited in Central London! This work is the fruition of decades of research, both scholarly and artistic, which generated numerous images and diagrams. Needless to say the tower format of the book is perfect for their presentation. £150.00
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