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SWORN BOOK OF HONORIUS
Liber Iuratus Honorii
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
CHILDREN OF LUCIFER
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
CYPRIANA: OLD WORLD
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
VERDANT GNOSIS: CULTIVATING THE GREEN PATH
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
VERDANT GNOSIS II: CULTIVATING THE GREEN PATH
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
A BOOK OF THE OFFICES OF SPIRITS
The Occult Virtue of Plants and Some Rare Magical Charms & Spells Transcribed ... from a Sixteenth Century Manuscript on Magic and Necromancy.
From a manuscript by by John Porter, transcribed by Frederick Hockley, With an Introduction by Colin D. Campbell.
1st 2011 102pp Teitan Press 4to h/b. Illus. Ltd. ed. 800 copies.
A Book of the Offices of Spirits is the first ever publication of this Solomonic text or grimoire which, in common with the better-known "Goetia," is essentially a catalog of demons, giving their name, description, rank in the infernal hierarchy, number of attendant legions, offices (abilities), as well as a variety of magical rituals for their conjuration and other purposes. The text has its origin in a magical manuscript written by one John Porter in 1583, which was itself probably drawn from earlier European sources. In the early nineteenth century the Porter manuscript came into the possession of the British occult fraternity, "the Mercurii," and a transcription of key sections was compiled by John Palmer. Palmer's transcription was in turn copied by the renowned occult scholar Frederick Hockley, and this transcription, along with another anonymous late nineteenth century manuscript copy, for the basis for the present work.
Colin D. Campbell, author of The Magic Seal of Dr. John Dee has edited and written an Introduction for the book in which he examines the history of the manuscript, its place in the Goetic canon, and its relevance to contemporary occultists. £37.50
ABRAHAM THE JEW ON MAGIC TALISMANS
From a manuscript by Frederick Hockley
1st 2011 102pp Teitan Press. Illus. Ltd. ed. 800 copies.
Abraham the Jew on Magic Talismans is a previously-unpublished manuscript by Frederick Hockley, probably transcribed by him circa 1850 from an earlier work. The manuscript deals with the creation of talismans, and is divided into two parts, the first of which details methods for their manufacture "under the fixed stars" and the second "under the twenty-eight mansions of the moon." Both sets of concepts were popular in mediaeval and later European astrological and magical practice, having apparently been incorporated into them from Arabic astronomical and astrological treatises composed during the "Golden Age" of Arabic science from the middle of the 8th to the middle of the 13th centuries
This first published edition comprises an Introduction in which Silens Manus explores the history of the manuscript, and its relationship with other early magical works, notably those of Cornelius Agrippa. It is followed by a typeset transcription of the text of the manuscript, with explanatory footnotes, etc., and a reproduction of various relevant passages from the 1651 edition of Agrippa's Three Books of Occult Philosophy. The final section is a facsimile of the original manuscript, printed on special coated paper that gives a photograph like quality to the reproduction. £44.99
INVOCATING BY MAGIC CRYSTALS AND MIRRORS
1st 2010 92pp Teitan small hardback. Col. illus. Numbered edition of 600 copies.
Invocating by Magic Crystals and Mirrors contains a full colour facsimile of an original manuscript by Frederick Hockley, a transcription of the text, an Introduction by R. A. Gilbert, and other related material.
Invocating by Magic Crystals and Mirrors is one of Hockley's own writings. In it he describes the philosophy and method of "crystallomancy" ("crystal gazing" or "scrying through crystals or mirrors"), a practice which has long been associated with ritual magic. John Dee and his seer Edward Kelly were of course famous proponents of the system during the Elizabethan years, and after a period of relative obscurity it had found a new popularity in Spiritualist circles during the nineteenth century. Hockley's is a short work, that is reproduced from an original manuscript, dated 1869, that he presented to Barbara Honywood, a well-known society Spiritualist of the time. Honywood was said to have mediumistic powers, and it seems likely that Hockley prepared and gave the manuscript to her in the hope that it would excite her interest in the process, and perhaps help induce her to act as his "seer." £38.50
CLAVIS ARCANA MAGICA
Frederick Hockley, With an Introduction by Alan Thorogood.
1st 2012 84pp Teitan Press h/b. Illus. No d/w as issued. Ltd. Ed. 650 numbered copies.
Clavis Arcana Magica is an unusual text for Hockley in that it is largely concerned with what might be considered "black magic." As Alan Thorogood describes in his Introduction, it gives instruction for the performance of a number of magical workings, the details of which were said to have been obtained for Hockley via his seer Emma, during a series of scrying operations undertaken between 1853 and 1856. The workings are preceded by instructions including the form of the "call to the crystal," the exorcism and the discharge. The first working outlines a method to call the spirits of five material substances or organisms for the purpose of receiving cognate visions, the second is a variety of praestigia for the revivification of animal as well as plant species, the third outlines the construction of a talisman which permits the operator to enter the “spirit state” while asleep, and the fourth is necromantic ritual said to be "of marvellous power and force." This first publication of the text comprises an Introduction by Alan Thorogood, followed by a typeset transcription of the text of the manuscript, with explanatory footnotes, etc., and a facsimile of the original Hockley manuscript. £37.50
DR. RUDD’S NINE HIERARCHIES OF ANGELS
Frederick Hockley, John Dee et al. Edited with an Introduction by Alan Thorogood.
1st 2013 180pp Teitan Press. Illus. Ltd. Ed. 880 copies.
The first ever facsimile publication of this manuscript version of Dr. Rudd's Nine Hierarchies of Angels which was compiled by Frederick Hockley during the 1830s. The manuscript comprises three distinct but connected texts; "Dr Rudd’s Nine Hierarchies of Angels" (a work in part at least derived from a seventeenth century manuscript "Janua Magica Reserata"), the English translations of John Dee’s angelic keys, and the invocations of the angels relating to the 'table of the earth.' The book includes a comprehensive Introduction by Alan Thorogood, followed by a typeset transcription of the text of the manuscript, with explanatory footnotes, etc., and a facsimile of the original Hockley manuscript with color preliminary pages. As is now well known, Frederick Hockley (1808-1885) was an occultist and freemason whose interests included scrying, ritual magic, alchemy and spiritualism. In later life Hockley was associated with the Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia and his peers considered him to be one of the great occult scholars of his time. One of the founders of the Golden Dawn, W. Wynn Westcott, held Hockley in such high regard that he posthumously and imaginatively claimed Hockley as one of the Order's most outstanding Adepts. £44.99
OF THE ARTE GOETIA
1st 2015 280pp Teitan Press hardback. Black cloth with gilt design stamped on front cover. Ltd. ed. 720 numbered copies.
Of the Arte Goetia is a significant new study of the text known as The Goetia by Colin Campbell, author of The Magic Seal of Dr. John Dee. In this work Campbell examines the evolution of "The Goetia", from the proto-Goetia of Wier's Pseudomonarchia Daemonum, through the first English translation in Scot's Discoverie of Witchcraft, and on to the English-language manuscripts from which most modern editions are drawn. Campbell reproduces the significant passages of each of these sources side-by-side, highlighting their differences, and allowing him to correct a number of errors, lacunae or redactions that the comparisons reveal. His researches also shed light on a number of obscure internal references, the meaning of which only becomes apparent when the viewed in the context of the historical development of the texts. Whilst largely an historical/textual exploration, Campbell also includes a short chapter in which he reflects on approaches to working with the forces of the Goetia. £49.50
ARS NOTORIA - THE NOTARY ART OF SOLOMON
Translated by Robert Turner, Transcribed and with Additions by Frederick Hockley.
Edited & Introduced by Alan Thorogood and with an Essay by Robin Cousins.
1st 2015 approx 300pp Teitan Press. Illus. Ltd. ed. 650 copies.
An important new edition of the Ars Notoria, the well-known mediaeval magical work (often termed a grimoire) that was designed to equip the practitioner of the magical arts with "knowledge of every science, of all arts and all learning ... in other words everything that is within human capacity to know." This Teitan Press edition is drawn from a manuscript by Frederick Hockley (1809-1885), which itself is based on the 1657 edition by Robert Turner. The volume begins with an Introduction by Alan Thorogood, in which he examines the history of the Ars Notoria, the different versions of the text, and the context in which Hockley prepared his manuscript version. This is followed by "The Philomath," a significant 24 page biographical study (with bibliography) of Robert Turner, the original translator of the Ars Notoria and a major figure in post-Elizabethan British occultism, about whom little has been known until now. Then there is a complete transcription of Hockley's manuscript of the Ars Notoria, edited with explanatory footnotes and in comparison with other versions of the text (including Turner's and the Latin critical edition). The book ends with a 140pp facsimile of the original Hockley manuscript. £47.50
THE PAULINE ART OF SOLOMON
Transcribed and with Additions by Frederick Hockley.
Edited & Introduced by Alan Thorogood.
1st 2016 approx 232pp Teitan Press h/b. Illus. Ltd. ed. 650 copies.
A significant new edition of this well-known magical text, comprising an Introduction by Alan Thorogood, a typeset transcription of Hockley's manuscript, and a black and white photo facsimile of the original Hockley manuscript. Traditionally, The Pauline Art, was one of five books (along with the Goetia, Theurgia Goetia, Ars Almadel and Ars Notoria) which were gathered together to form the compendium Lemegeton, Clavicula Salomonis Rex or the Little Key of Solomon the King which seems to have first circulated in manuscript form at the very end of the seventeenth century. This edition reproduces a transcription of a 1715 manuscript of The Pauline Art which was made by Frederick Hockley in 1838. The Pauline Art is in two sections, the first of which concerns the spirits of the twenty-four hours of the day, whose functions are "to do all things that is Attributed to the 7 Planets," their seals, and method of conjuration, whilst the second is concerned with the angels of the 360 degrees of the zodiac, with the primary purpose of determining the names and invoking the guardian angel or genius. Either deliberately or otherwise the text of the Hockley manuscript is abbreviated, and the accompanying diagrams for the most part incomplete. Thorogood addresses these issues in his Introduction and transcription, either supplying the wanting material, or indicating where it can be readily found. Importantly Thorogood provides a detailed history of the text, identifying many of its major sources (some for the first time), as well as offering corrections to a number of significant errors that had crept into the manuscript version over the years. £49.50
THE CAMBRIDGE BOOK OF MAGIC
A Tudor Necromancer’s Manual
Paul Foreman (attrib)
1st 2015 138pp Texts in Early Modern Magic h/b in d/w. Frontis.
Paul Foreman was a sixteenth-century necromancer who used the traditional prayers and liturgy of the pre-Reformation church in an effort to coerce and control angels and demons to do his bidding. Or, at the very least, he was an early owner of the manuscript that, in this edition, bears his name. The name ‘paul foreman’ appears close to the front of the manuscript, apparently in the same hand as the rest of the treatise. The Cambridge Book of Magic is a collection of 91 ‘experiments’ in Latin and English, whose contents ranges from comparatively innocent tricks (making a silver coin look like a bronze one, for example) to more disturbing sorcery designed to torture one’s enemies, taking in some bizarre magical operations on the way (such as a procedure for making a magical bird by keeping flies in a jar). Although ritual invocations of angels and demons predominate, the text also includes naturalia such as the manipulation of astrological forces and the creation of monsters, and a strong strand of herbalism which recurs throughout the text. The Cambridge Book of Magic was probably written between 1536 and 1541, and certainly between 1532 and 1558, by a man learned in the liturgy and practice of the church. He was not a priest but he was probably in minor orders, and could have been an ex-monk making use of his magical learning in the local community after his ejection from a monastery in 1536 and 1539. This possibility is suggested by some of the contents of the text, as well as the fact that the manuscript originally came wrapped in a leaf from an illuminated medieval gradual, probably from a monastic context. The Cambridge Book of Magic gives a glimpse of the medieval tradition of ritual magic at the very cusp of the English Reformation, and as such it has the potential to advance our understanding of the relationship between religion and magic at this crucial period. The original text is printed alongside a complete translation of the Latin portions of the text, and a rendering of the English portions into contemporary English spelling. £24.99
THE MAGITIANS DISCOVERED VOLUME 1
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.
THE MAGITIANS DISCOVERED VOLUME 2
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.
THE MAGITIANS DISCOVERED VOLUME 3
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.
TRUE BLACK MAGIC
La Véritable Magie Noire
Joseph Peterson (trans)
1st 2017 224pp CreateSpace p/b. Illus.
A classic grimoire, or source-work of magic. Le Véritable Magie Noire, or the book of True Black Magic, is an influential early printed grimoire, containing many interesting features. It is one of many variants of The Key of Solomon (Clavicula Salomonis), but printed as a chapbook, or example of Bibliothèque bleue. As such it was small, cheap, and easy to hide or carry as an amulet. All these were important factors that lead to its popularity and worldwide distribution. For those familiar with the edition of the Key of Solomon edited by the influential occultist S. L. Mathers, much of the content looks familiar. But it has some unique features that draw our attention. In particular, it preserves some older elements not included in the Mathers edition, incl. spells for love, and hindering romantic rivals. This new edition includes a new English translation and complete French text. £11.99
THE ARRAS WITCH TREATISES
Magic in History Sourcebooks
Andrew C. Gow
2016 144pp Penn State Press trade p/b.
This is the first complete and accessible English translation of two major source texts--Tinctor's Invectives and the anonymous Recollectio--that arose from the notorious Arras witch hunts and trials in the mid-fifteenth century in France. These writings, by the "Anonymous of Arras" (believed to be the trial judge Jacques du Bois) and the intellectual Johannes Tinctor, offer valuable eyewitness perspectives on one of the very first mass trials and persecutions of alleged witches in European history. More importantly, they provide a window onto the early development of witchcraft theory and demonology in western Europe during the late medieval period--an entire generation before the infamous Witches' Hammer appeared. £19.99
UNDER THE DEVIL’S SPELL
Witches, Sorcerers and the Inquisition in Renaissance Italy
1st 2008 188pp Syracuse University Press trade p/b. Illus.
Reconstructing the activity of the ""Tribunal of the Faith"" in Italy during the period 1400-1600, this compelling book analyzes the ideology of its judges and takes a closer look at Italian witches and their clientele. For the first time, the English reader, student, and scholar alike will be offered direct access to this little-known world through a large selection of translated Inquisition trials from the rich State Archives of Modena. From the voices of the men and women who practiced the occult arts or resorted to them on a daily basis, magic and witchcraft will emerge as an integral part of social life in early modern Italy and a means for contact and communication between diverse cultural spheres. £24.99
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
Magic as a Political Crime in Medieval and Early Modern England
A history of sorcery and treason
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
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
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