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THE LUMINOUS STONE
Lucifer in Western Esotericism
Michael Howard and Daniel Schulke (eds)
1st 2016 156pp Three Hands Press. Illus.
The Arcanum of the ‘fallen angel’ Lucifer evokes such concepts as heresy, rebellion, pride, liberation from the bonds of demiurgic oppression, and impetus for human evolution. Meaning ‘light bearer’, Lucifer has, from his earliest origins, been hailed by religious and artistic countercultures as a patron saint of enlightenment —the essential quality embodying overthrow of ignorance and the inspired process of revelation. Allied to ancient Gnostic cosmological conceptions, the fallen angel has also found dominion within occult traditions and philosophy. Lucifer has also, in many mystical traditions, assumed a female form in the guise of Lucina, Lucia and Diana Lucifera. In his guise as the Serpent of Eden, he bestowed a magical philosophy of the Luciferian Woman, she who was not born of the clay, and was therefore especially receptive to the forbidden powers which would render one ‘as God.’
Yet, outside most occult contexts, Lucifer is commonly conflated with the Christian figure of Satan, or the Devil, a relic of early Christian propagandists eager to repudiate and tarnish rival polytheisms. Ironically, this conflation of deific forms is where Christian dogma and some contemporary forms of Satanism are in agreement.
The nine essays found within The Luminous Stone examine the evolution of the light-bringer in both traditional and contemporary occult contexts, shedding light on the Luciferic magical philosophies of such occult orders as the Fraternitas Saturni, the Order of the Morning Star, and the Cultus Sabbati, as well as the eroto-salvific Christianity promulgated by the Abbé Boullan. Also examined is the concept of Lucifer as the Witches’ God, present both in folklore and in the modern witchcraft revival, as well as his link with individual revelation, and the nature of the critical interplay between Light and Darkness necessary of Luciferian illuminism. Contributors to this third volume in the Western Esotericism in Context series include Frater U:.D:., Robert Fitzgerald, Michael Howard, Ethan Doyle White, Fredrik Eytzinger, Richard Gavin, Raven Grimassi, Lee Morgan, and Madeline LeDespenser.
1st 2016 560pp Three Hands Press h/b in d/w. Illus by Raven Ebner. Ltd. ed. 729 copies.
From ancient times to the present, humanity has wielded a plenitude of formulae for the making and manipulation of magical images. In esoteric traditions where image magic is particularly deep rooted, the most prevalent motif is the poppet, that doll through whose agency the witch gains influence over the enfigured victim. Though such effigies popularly exact their curses by point of thorn and pin, image-magic includes far more than vengeful maleficia, being a complex sorcerous art also including healing, love, sexual power, fertility, protection, and magical knowledge. In its highest forms, the ensouled effigy serves as holy Icon. These divine images, lovingly carved by the priests of many faiths, make present the multitude of gods on earth, becoming the focus of that form of veneration known as idolatry.
Although often considered the preserve of magical and priestly adepts, great tradition attends also the making of poppets by common-folk, whether Christian or heathen, high or low-born. This folk knowledge was especially sought out in times of great desperation, the resultant manikins used to magically improve mans lot and wreak revenge upon his oppressors.
Many years in the works and thoroughly researched, Effigy is an exhaustive compendium of image magic, viewed particularly through the lens of witchcraft, and the sorcery and folk magic of Britain. £64.99
A ROSE VEILED IN BLACK
Art and Arcana of Our Lady Babalon
Edited by Robert Fitzgerald and Daniel A. Schulke
1st 2016 264pp Three Hands Press h/b in d/w. Illus. inc. col. Ltd. ed. 1092 copies.
The Lady Babalon is one of the more enigmatic figures in the Cult of Thelema. She is a manifold deity in the sense that She is a divine harlot, an initiatrix, a creator and a destroyer. In representative form, the letters of Her name encompass an heptogrammic star; yet She lies beyond mere representation, and Her star signifies only the powers of Her train and not the station of Her immanence. She is the unsignified, a cipher conveying manifestation, and yet the veritable seal of the invisible Order of Illuminated Adepts. In Her subtle and etheric anatomy flows the life-blood of the Saints – the All-Living – and in this is Her deepest mystery, for, as it is written, in the Gospels, and in Aleister Crowley's Liber 418, “The Blood is the Life.”
Twelve essays and rituals of Babalon by scholars, practitioners, and allies of Thelema, together with original art. Contributors include: Amodali, Richard Kaczynski, Barry William Hale, Caroline Wise, Robert Fitzgerald, Daniel A. Schulke and Sarah Lindsay. £44.99
HANDS OF APOSTASY
Essays on Traditional Witchcraft
Edited by Michael Howard and Daniel A. Schulke
1st 2014 384pp Three Hands Press Hardback in Dustwrapper. 26 b/w illus. by Timo Ketola. Ltd. ed. 1000 copies.
Old-style Craft, also known as traditional witchcraft, endures as a distinct body of archaic magical practices in present-day Britain, North America and Australia. Originally nameless, such bodies are related to a variety of historical magical streams, most notably the practices of the Grimoires or ‘black books’, folk-healing, and popular magic of the early modern era. Typically, such groups operate in secret, with strict means of initiatic succession, and practice sorcery characterized by a dual ethos of healing and harming. Though an internally contentious issue, the word witch is accepted as a descriptor for practitioners of this art, as is anti-witching for practices of removing curses and binding magical malefactors.
Hands of Apostasy addresses such crucial Old Craft topics the Devil, Initiation, the relation of witchcraft to the grimoire corpus, the mysticism and magic of herbs, folk-charming, the nocturnal flight, the Romantic movement, the witches’ cauldron, and the powers of moon and tide. Full list of contents: The Magic of History: Some Considerations by Andrew Chumbley, A Family Craft Tradition by Douglas McIlwain, Killing the Moon: Witchcraft Initiations in the Mountains of the Southern United States by Corey Hutcheson, Pentacles of Wood by David Rankine, Moon-Raking in the Old Craft by Cecil Williamson, The Cauldron of Pure Descent by Martin Duffy, Spirits and Deific Forms: Faith and Belief in British Old Craft by Melusine Draco, Waking the Dead: The Ancient Magical Art of Necromancy by Michael Howard, The Witching Hour by Peter Hamilton Giles, The Man in Black by Gemma Gary, Origins and Rationales of Modern Witch Cults by Andrew Chumbley, Mirror, Moon and Tides by Levannah Morgan, The Traditional Witchcraft of Ellan Vannin by Manxwitch, Unchain the Devil! by Radomir Ristic, Where the Three Roads Meet: Oneiric Praxis in the Sabbatic Craft by Jimmy Elwing, Pharmakeute: Witches as the Plant People of Old Europe by Raven Grimassi, Conjure-Charms of the Welsh Marches by Gary St. Michael Nottingham , The Blasphemy of Things Unseen by Daniel A. Schulke and Romantic Age Roots of Traditional Witchcraft by Lee Morgan. £39.99
SALOMONIC MAGICAL ARTS
Translated and Introduced by Fredrik Eytzinger
August 2013 280pp Three Hands Press hardback in dustwrapper. Illus. Ltd. Ed. 1200 copies.
“Water, I exhort you olansgält. Lucifer, I exhort you with all your company, that you will bring my belongings back again. May the thief never come to peace, neither at night nor at day, sleeping or awake, riding or on foot or by any means, until he returns what he has stolen...” - From A Spell To Catch Thieves
Amid the great genres of European magical books are the Scandinavian Svartkonstböcker or ‘Books of Black Arts’, the privately-kept practical manuals of magic used by rural charmers and practitioners of folk magic. Incorporating charms, prayers, and curses, as well as medicine, alchemy and physical experiments, many of these books survive today in universities and private collections. While bearing some relationship to the corpus of European grimoires which feature angelic and demonic magic, the Svartkonstböcker as texts of magic are in a class all their own.
Salomonic Magical Arts consists of two such volumes, originally handwritten in the early eighteenth century. Named The Red Book and The Black Book by one of their owners, they passed through the hands of priests and cunning men before coming to rest in academic institutions. Invoking a variety of spirtual powers ranging from Christ to Beelzebub, its magical formulae, numbering in excess of 450 individual receipts, serve as a testament to the endurance of sorcery in the early modern era. The book will also be of interest to students of magical herbalism, alchemy, folk medicine, and animal husbandry, as many of these currents intersect in the pages of this magical manual. Published in Swedish in 1918, Salomonic Magic Arts is here made available in English for the first time.
Introducing the work is a substantive introduction by the translator, which places the book in its cultural and magico-historical context, including Swedish cunning-folk traditions (trolldom) the European grimoire tradition, traditional magical healing, pagan belief, and the relationship between folk magic and the church. £49.99
THE CHILDREN OF CAIN
A Study of Modern Traditional Witches
2011 344pp Three Hands Press h/b in d/w. Illus. inc. colour.
The mid twentieth century witnessed the birth of popular occultism in the West, including an interest in witchcraft. At the forefront of popular witchcraft was Wicca, a recension of ceremonial magic and nature worship advanced by Gerald Gardner and Alex Sanders, now widely regarded as a religion. However, lesser known streams of the witch current thrived in the shadows, having older historical roots, and linked to an ancient body of practice – witch bottles, knotted cord spells, curses, exorcisms, sexual magic and charms ranging from the conjuration of angels to protection of livestock and hearth. This was Traditional Witchcraft, whose origin in part lies with the corcery of the cunning folk of Britain and Colonial America. Though largely avoiding the popular occult limelight, from 1970 onward, elements of Traditional Witchcraft experienced a partial emergence into the public through such publications as Paul Huson’s Mastering Witchcraft, the writings of Robert Cochrane and Evan John Jones, and Andrew Chumbley’s Azoetia: A Grimoire of the Sabbatic Craft. Based on over forty years of research and private collaboration with practitioners, Michael Howard’s Children of Cain is the definitive history of Traditional Witchcraft and its key operatives in Britain and the United States. Supplemented with diverse photographs and illustrations, many appearing for the first time, th book artfully encompasses the unique legacy of Traditional Witchcraft – those who bear the Mark of the Exile as a sign of hidden power: the Children of Cain. £39.99
THE BARON CITADEL
The Book of the Four Ways
1st 2015 256pp Three Hands Press. Illus. by Carolyn Hamilton-Giles
As the governor of the Dead and the burial ground, the Baron Samedi is one of the most distinctive and potent loa of Haitian Vodou. An imposing figure in black raiment, he is most often pictured as a corpse. His other magical domains, less discussed in esoteric literature, include disruption, obscenity and —importantly for the practicing sorcerer—not only the arts of Magic but the very fabric of which it is made.
Emergent from the spiritual crossroads of traditional Vodou and English witchcraft is the Baron Citadel, a working grimoire exploring the nature of magical time, Self, Other, and the essential power-rudiments of sorcery itself. Simultaneously an emanation of the Baron as the Lord of all Crossroads and an embodied magical chronologue through which the sorcerer gains access to the powers and directions of the Path, the Citadel is both magical theory and an embodied sorcerous architecture.In it are discussed the hidden powers of the retinue of the Dead, the esoteric doctrine of the dirt track and its relationship to the sorcerer, and the thirteen daimon-cohorts of the Baron or 'retinue' which constitute the Citadel’s indwelling genii, subroutines and operative forces. The whole is set in equipoise to the powers of Opposition and Unity embodied in that most magical of places, the Crossroads. The whole is densely illustrated throughout with the bewitching images of visional esoteric artist Carolyn Hamilton-Giles.
This Book of the Four Ways can be regarded as a preparatory rite before embarking upon any major magical work. By concentrating on the nature of summoning, the focal challenge for all practitioners is how to initiate dialogue with daimons from unseen worlds. The Baron Citadel represents the consummate reified version of the crossing-point for this to occur. As spirit and book, the Citadel presents the methodology for establishing a sorcerous discourse between the physical and metaphysical. Unique in its endeavor the grimoire not only orientates the reader by inculcating a sorcerous pedagogic philosophy, but also makes available for the very first time the ritual procedures for keeping the Way open.
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WITCHCRAFT AND SORCERY OF THE BALKANS
1st 2015 152pp Three Hands Press. Illus.
With its geographic diversity of rocky edifices, deep river valleys and dense forests, Europe's Balkan mountain region has been characterized as a natural fortress. This natural multiformity is mirrored by an ancient admixture of magical beliefs and practices present in the region for thousands of years. Among the many specialist types of Balkan magic is Vesticarstvo, a sorcery drawing its power from Balkan folk belief, relict shamanism, and medieval heresy. This traditional magic, which has also been referred to as The Balkan Craft, is present today in many forms, and uses of thousands of charms, rites, and spells in the rural communities where it survives. A quintessential embodiment of this power is the zmajevit covek or ‘dragon-man’. Part human, part serpent, he possessed supernatural heredity and the power to curse, cure, and traffic with supernatural beings. Often incorporating the ancient powers of the pre-Roman Gods, the Queen of the Fairies, elemental spirits, and the ancestral retinue, the vital corpus of Vesticarstvo lore is a little-explored area of occult study. Drawing from both historical sources and present survivals, the present volume examines its history, beliefs, and rituals, including a complete English translation of De Intorkatura, an age-old rite of magical combat, as well as several other Balkan witchcraft rituals never before translated into English.
WELSH WITCHES AND WIZARDS
1st 2009 182pp Three Hands Press trade paperback.
The widespread belief in witches and wizards in Wales reflects a land steeped in legend and myth since ancient times. The witch’s power to harm people, livestock and crops was greatly feared; for this reason country people consulted with so-called ‘cunning men’ and ‘wise women’ who had the power to negate their spells with counter-magic. Cunning-folk practitioners were also consulted for love spells, to find lost property or missing persons, exorcise ghosts and banish evil spirits. The figures of both witch and wizard form part of a broader folk-magic continuity in Wales. This popular belief in witchcraft bears little relation to modern neo-pagan Wicca, and there is little evidence of its linkage to a nature religion based on a pre-Christian fertility cult.
This book describes the historically-attested Welsh practitioners of folk magic and witchcraft – the Dark Sisters and the Toadmen, the Druids and Wizards, the Cunning Men and Faery Doctors – and the charms and spells they used. Also examined are surviving pagan beliefs associated with holy wells and the cult of the sacred head, and the mysterious and sometimes sinister ‘creatures of the night’ such as faeries, lake monsters, dragons and Black Dogs. It will be of interest to students of the occult and folklore, as well as those who have followed Mr. Howard’s fascinating work over the years. £15.99
WEST COUNTRY WITCHES
1st 2010 224pp Three Hands Press trade paperback. Illus.
In 1930 a correspondent writing to the Western Morning Post newspaper confidently asserted “We live in an age when those old twilight beliefs are disappearing”. The beliefs in question were various aspects of popular superstition and the supernatural once widely accepted by people in the West Country. In response to this assertion, a correspondent called Padely Silvanus said he lived on the border of Dartmoor and could introduce the previous writer to a haunted bridge that nobody would cross at night. He could also take him to a dell where faeries were still seen to dance, a place on the moor where an earthbound spirit dwelt and caused terrible accidents, introduce them to a well-known and universally respected lady who had seen a pixy and heard the Wish Hounds in full cry, and take them to visit a witch in her cottage, but at the risk of them being ‘overlooked’ (ill-wished or bewitched). Silvanus’ letter encompassed the surviving belief in ghosts, faeries and witches that for centuries has given the West Country its reputation as a place where the paranormal is an everyday event.
This second volume of Michael Howard’s Witchcraft in the British Isles series examines the sorcery and witchcraft of Devon, Cornwall, Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset. Rich in magical lore and folk traditions, the West Country has always had an aura of mystery and magic, reflected in the various races and their spiritual beliefs who have occupied it down the centuries. £15.99
SCOTTISH WITCHES AND WARLOCKS
1st 2012 Three Hands Press.
In the village of at Cullen in Forfarshire, an arrest warrant was served in January 1657 for one Margaret Philp, accused of practicing witchcraft. Her servant, Isobel Imblaugh, testified she had seen her mistress have dealings with a spirit taking the form of a talking hare. Imblaugh said she had seen Philp put out a bannock, a jug of beer and a piece of meat for the sprite, and the next morning all was gone. On another occasion the spirit-hare allegedly entered the house through an open window and drank beer left out for it in a bowl. Far from an isolated account, magical traffic with such spirits was well-documented into the 19th century, when Highlanders left offerings of milk at prehistoric burial mounds and standing stones for the faeries known as brownies. Magical intercourse with fairies was but a small part of Scottish witchcraft belief, which also held that witches stole milk from their neighbor’s cows, raised storms to drown those at sea they disliked, produced wasting diseases to make their enemies fall ill or die, keep a baby inside its mother’s womb beyond her normal term, and transform themselves into animal forms so they could roam the countryside causing mischief and mayhem.
Scottish Witches and Warlocks examines the folk beliefs and magical practices of early modern Scotland, constellated especially around witchcraft. Treating matters of spirit-conjuring, herb-magic, and the Diabolical pact itself, it includes accounts of such peculiar personages as Isobel Gowdie, the Aberdeen Witches, Dr. John Fian and the North Berwick coven, Sir Robert Gordon of Gourdeston, and the Witches of Auldearn. Containing a number of illustrations, it is the third book in Michael Howard's Witchcraft in the British Isles series.
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MYSTICISM: INITIATION AND DREAM (OCCULT MONOGRAPH NO. 1)
Andrew D. Chumbley
1st 2012 56pp Three Hands Press h/b. in d/w. Ltd. ed. 1000 copies.
We might symbolise the process of oneiric spiritualisation as a "siderealisation" — a translation of the flesh to the stars — back to the domain of the Gudean goddess, back to the domain of the primordial smaragdine book.
Written as an undergraduate as SOAS University of London in 2001, Mysticism: Initiation and Dream would foreshadow the concerns of Andrew Chumbley's later doctoral research on the transcendental nature of the magical dream. In the course of his exposition, the concepts of the Initiatic Dream are traced to furthest antiquity, epitomized by the participatory nature of the Mystic within the Oneiric Realm. The axiomata of Dream Reification and Rarefaction are introduced as defining processes of this twilight pilgrimage, both of a gnostic and illuminative character. At the time of his matriculation, Chumbley had already established a solid reputation as an occult author and practitioner of widely varying spiritual disciplines. His highly-acclaimed books Azoëtia (1992) and Qutub (1995) arose not only from the solid foundation of magical practice and theory, but also from a highly complex mystical dream-praxis, perfected for many years. Though forming the core of his coursework, Mysticism - together with the bulk of his SOAS essays - were written in a transcendent dialogist style altogether in concord with the body of his occult work. Drawing upon sources as diverse as the dream-vision of Christian saints, Sufic oneiric texts, and Bonpo termas, Chumbley here presents an arcane cartography of the dream as the eternal vessel for the perichoresis of matter and spirit. £34.99
THE DEVIL’S RAIMENTS (OCCULT MONOGRAPH NO. 2)
1st 2012 96pp Three Hands Press h/b. in d/w. Ltd. ed. 1000 copies.
Clad in the black robe, or daubed in black unguent as a consecration of wisdom, we are one with the hidden and secret realm of Night, and when so enveloped become the fertile void wherein we may receive the inspiration of the Muse or Genius.
In occult literature, the Vestments of the Art Magical are poorly understood, principally because few save the body of initiates behold them. The robe, mask, hood, mantle, garter, and veil, constituting the exterior arrayments of the witch, trace their pedigree to a number of magical sources, each constituting a mystery of form and function.
These mystical underpinnings often possess a deeper arcanum, being both emblematic of specified witch-powers and serving a hidden ritual purpose. In The Devil’s Raiments, Martin Duffy examines the relationship of the sorcerer to that which clothes him, with particular emphasis on the witch-cult. Also explored is the modern perception of the witch as the Naked Enchantress, as well as the some of the older historical rationales for the portrayal of nudity in witchcraft. The text is illustrated with five original drawings by Sussex artist Steve Damerell. £34.99
BY MOONLIGHT AND SPIRIT FLIGHT (OCCULT MONOGRAPH NO. 4)
The Praxis of the Otherworldly Journey to the Witches’ Sabbat
1st 2013 56pp Three Hands Press hardback in dustwrapper. 6 illus. Ltd. Ed. 1000 copies.
The Devil read out a roster of those present from a black book. A fire was then lit and the Horned One sat on a throne to receive the worship of his followers. At his side was the leading female witch, a woman known as the Queen of the Sabbath. The witches saluted the Devil by means of the osculum infame or ‘obscene kiss’, which was given under the tail…
As has been established by historians such as Dr. Carlo Ginzburg and Éva Pócs, the topological elements of the medieval Witches’ Sabbat –the ecstatic nocturnalia of the lamiae — carry relics of the ancient spirit-cults and localized folk-beliefs of Europe. Elements haunting witchcraft-practices included the night-roving denizens of the Wild Hunt, the exteriorised or shapeshifted spirit-double, and the profaned sacraments of Christianity itself. Of particular interest in the present essay is the phenomenon of nocturnal spirit-travel and its connections to present-day occult practice as manifested within the Sabbatic Cultus of traditional witchcraft.
In this fourth book in the Three Hands Press Occult Monograph Series, British folklorist Michael Howard casts an eye over such elements as the ancestral horde, the flight of the Furious Host, and the entheogenic Witches Salve, each of which played a unique role in the Sabbat of the Witches. The mythos of the Sabbatic conclave, containing infernal and diabolical elements, is taken beyond its Christian pathology to connect it with actual practices in folk-magic. £34.99
WISHT WATERS (OCCULT MONOGRAPH NO. 5)
Aqueous Magica and the Cult of Holy Wells
1st 2013 136pp Three Hands Press h/b in d/w. Illus. Ltd. ed. 1000 copies
Curse tablets, defixiones, were formed from sheets of lead, inscribed with the ill intent of the curse, and the name of the victim. The tablet would often be rolled, or folded, before being stuck through with a nail; a magical act of defigo; ‘pinning down’ or ‘fixing’ one’s will and intent upon the target of one’s work. Such an act is not isolated to malefic working, and is cognate with the ‘creative act’ and fertility; giving life unto the magician’s will. In curse magic however the act embodies the triune powers of torment, fixing and intent-enlivenment. The completed defixio was then, in further conjuration of the Underworld virtues and dark intent upon the victim, buried in the ground, or dropped into the chthonic waters of a well.
Inseparable from the ancient cults of saints and spirits of place, the natural springs and wellheads of the British Isles have come to be famed loci of healing, divination, and spiritual revelation. Some, possessing long traditions of votive and sacrificial offerings, have assumed powers of spirit-guardianship, or, indeed, divinities of water. Other such wells are the repositories of eldritch lore connected with the cult of the skull and the Holy Head. Additionally, bodies of magical practice have developed around some wells, serving a variety of magical purposes, including blessings and curses, healings and the dispensation of prophetic power. In almost every case, there is a specific magical relation between the waters as a medium of spirit, and the surrounding feature of the land. £34.99
THE LEAPER BETWEEN
1st 2012 Three Hands Press trade paperback.
"You ketch a hopping toad and carry that in your bosom till that's rotted right away to the back-boon. Then you take and hold that over running water at midnight till the Devil he come to you and pull you over the water… and then you be a witch and you kin dew all mander of badness to people and her power over 'em."
So spoke Tilly Baldry of Huntingtoft, an English wise-woman of the 19th century, describing the ritual of obtaining the witches amulet known as the toad-bone. Known to rural folk magicians and secret societies such as the Society of the Horseman's Word, the exacting ritual of killing a toad to obtain the bone of power has been documented in various forms and cultural milieus for two millennia, though its origin is likely far older. Focusing on extant forms in Britain and Europe, Chumbley traces the metamorphosis of the toad-bone amulet from its beginning as a talisman for controlling animals to its ultimate manifestation as a conduit of diabolic power of the 'Toad-Witch'. The first academic study of this little-known aspect of folk magic, The Leaper Between is here presented in unabridged form, newly typeset in several fine bindings worthy of its fascination. It will be of interest to students of comparative religion, magic, and folklore alike. £12.99
The History, Astrology and Magic of the Decans
1st 2014 336pp Three Hands Press h/b in d/w. Illus. Ltd. ed. 432 copies.
There is a thread that runs through over four millennia of astrological and magical history, a cord that binds ancient Egypt with the Hellenistic world, the Arabian empire, India, the European Renaissance and even touches the present. That thread is the Decans, a division of the earth’s sky into 36 sections. These 36 ‘Faces of Heaven’ are more than just a curious footnote in the history of archaeo-astronomy. First emerging in ancient Egypt, they have moved with the corpus of Hermetic material, reincarnating in the starry wisdom of culture after culture.
Ostensibly a gear in astrology’s encompassing clockworks, the Decans have also long been a key to accessing legions of spirits. For several millennia and in multiple cultures, magicians have looked at these 36 faces and seen gods, choirs of angels, hordes of demons, and a host of daimones staring back at them, each with its own unique powers. Far from going undocumented, this gallery of faces has been painted and drawn by a host of astrologers, sorcerers and artists, and they can be found on walls of Italian villas as well as in the pages of grimoires.
Weaving together astrology and magic, divination and sorcery, time and sky, this thread of esoteric history deserves more than the footnotes it has so far received. In this work, Austin Coppock follows the Decans through history, charting their trajectory through time and culture. Using the ring of keys which history provides, the 36 doors are flung open, revealing their mysteries to magician and astrologer alike. Each decan, its image, and its specific powers are examined in detail, as well as its permutations in the planetary aspects. Featuring original images specially created for each Decan by Bob Eames, 36 Faces is an invaluable resource for magicians, astrologers, and historians. OUT OF PRINT
On the Orphic and Pythagorean Underworld and the Pythagorean Pentagram
Johan August Alm
1st 2013 264pp Three Hands Press hardback in d/w. Ltd. ed. 625 copies.
The magical doctrines of the ancient Orphics and Pythagoreans are poorly understood by modern scholars, in part because they were secretive in their own time. Well-known for speaking in riddles and complex ciphers, its adepts were bound by strict taboo and silence, the breaking of which was punishable by death. The enigma of the cult’s teachings was further shrouded by centuries of suppression, and, in some cases, appropriation or misrepresentation, by the growing forces of Christianity. What remains today are the fragments of its lost books, together with the words of those who, for good or ill, wrote about them. In an original interpretation and synthesis apt for today’s student of ancient mysticism and the occult, August Alm advances a new conception of these ancient mystery-cults and their sublime doctrines of Chaos, Darkness and Light.
A foundational part of these ancient Greek mystery-cults was the concept of Tartaros. As the abyss of primeval darkness and chaos, Tartaros was, in its most ancient conception, the birthplace of the human soul and the cosmos itself. This vast and incomprehensible dominion held at its center a great fire, an Axis Mundi about which the universe was arranged. In later eras, it passed into myth as a vast and voidful underworld; a place of binding for condemned souls and the enemies of gods, sealed fast with barriers of bronze and iron. Christians later appropriated it as a partition of their own concept of eternal punishment, a division of hell which constrained no less than the fallen angels.
An equally enigmatic Pythagorean cipher is the symbol of the Pentagram, or five-fold star, whose form has been revered in western magic for some three millennia, but whose origins and original attributes are shrouded in mystery. Its attribution to the four elements, joined together with aither, was popularized in the middle ages and is its best-known meaning in modern occult sciences. However, its earlier Pythagorean usage was related to health and well-being, and almost certainly adumbrated another retinue of arcana, one which was ancient even at the time of Pythagoras.
Exhuming the scattered fragments of these two elder doctrines of Tartaros and the Pentagram, Alm examines their reverberation as occult –and occluded-- concepts through centuries of philosophical thought, in a line connecting the shadowy teachings of such ‘dark traditions’ as the Orphics and the Pythagoreans, later penetrating the adyta of Neoplatonism. Arguing for a new undertanding of the Pentagram, he connects its fivefold mystery to the great powers of Tartaros, and also to such terrifying gods such as Hecate, Nyx, Erebos, Typhon, Cerberus, and the Erinyes. This strand of mystery touches upon such related concepts as the high theogony implicit within the Platonic Solids, the shadowy influence of the Cult of the Idaean Dactyls on Pythagoreanism, the Light which is rooted in Darkness, and the magical pathology of the ‘Unrooted Tree’. £39.99
THE AFFLICTED MIRROR
A Study of Ordeals and the Making of Compacts
1st 2013 176pp Three Hands Press h/b in d/w. 10 Illustrations by Carolyn Hamilton-Giles. Ltd. ed. 666 copies.
A shared feature of genuine magical practice and religious experience is the impression of ‘Otherness’, an entic arena of alienation and unfamiliarity. Contrasted with the more comfortable and known spheres of the Self, this ‘state apart’ provides not only inspiration and wonder, it is the dwelling-place of the gods and the prime source of gnosis, direct experience with the divine. The Afflicted Mirror, based on a research paper presented at the 1996 AAA Anthropology of Religion inaugural conference in Kansas, suggests that for the metaphysical domain to become significant it must distort its appearance so as to attract our attention. This leads not only to validating the existence of the ‘Other’ but also illustrates its influence on how we shape the world. Providing groundbreaking insight on the magician’s actuated relationship with spirits and Gods, The Afflicted Mirror offers a pioneering examination of a topic often overlooked by scholars. As an original phenomenological model, Peter Hamilton-Giles’ The Afflicted Mirror unites such diverse spiritual states as the mysticism of the Seer, the religious ecstasy of the Saint, and the spirit-conjurations of the sorcerer. £39.99
1st 2013 248pp Three Hands Press h/b in d/w. Printed in two colours. Prof. illus. throughout by Liv Rainey-Smith. Ltd. ed. 1400 copies.
Written in the great tradition of the medieval bestiaries, Robert Fitzgerald's long-awaited new work Arcanum Bestiarum re-imagines the animal menagerie in the context of bestial mystery and atavistic power. Written for the modern magical practitioner and zoophile, the 272-page volume examines the occult virtues and totemic majesties of fifty animals, theriomorphs, and their kindred. Correspondences with deific powers, atavistic wisdom, and mythopoetic emanation are examined, especially in light of the tutelary powers all animals possess.
The Tetramorph – essentially an animalic ‘crown of creation’ – is here transformed into the far broader and innovative concept of the ‘Theriomorph’, or, the Zodiak Entire of Creation as an apotheosis of the animal form and zoötype… One of the greatest of virtues possessed by the Human is its bestial heritage, both spiritually and genetically. These attributes are often seen as primitive, chaotic and dangerous to civilized culture by the custodians of moralism and religion today, but the fact remains that it is our animal heritage that makes us what we are, or, more accurately, what we should and can be.
Special attention is given to the zoomorphic aspects of alchemy, which historically used the bestial emblemata as veils of the stages of the Great Work, as well as shamanism and witchcraft, bodies of knowledge particularly rich in the lore of animals as spirit-helpers. The work is an emergent strand of magical investigation long part of the author’s private life, where he has worked in the ecological field of wildlife rehabilitation, especially raptors.
The text is graced with fifty-five original woodcut illustrations by artist Liv Rainey-Smith, prepared especially for this title in close collaboration with the author. Amongst the more ambitious renderings in the work are the occult cryptofauna Homunculus, Manticore, Ouroboros, and Basilisk, as well as animals prominent in the ancient dawn of magick: the Bear, Goat, Viper, Peacock, and more. Completing the design elements is an original typeface designed for the work by calligrapher Gail Coppock, serving to illuminate this grimoire of the Magician’s Primal Eden. £49.99
CLAVIS ISSUE 1
CLAVIS is a journal of the advanced occult disciplines, produced by esoteric publishers Ouroboros Press and Three Hands Press.
Contents for issue 1: Cover Art by Thomas Allen Kopera, Shaddai's Gate by Frater A.I., Nebiros Et Ars Necromantica by Johnny Jakobsson, One Beyond Twelve: The Thirteenth Spirit, Judas and the Opposer by Martin Duffy, Beyond the Paths of Frustration: Daath Gnosis by Craig Williams, Diablo Stigmata by Daniel Schulke, The Vision of George Ripley Illustrated by Joseph Uccello, The Grosvenor Grimoire, an Ashmolean Manuscript, Visionary Artwork by Rima Staines and Sasan. £25.99
CLAVIS VOL. 2
1st 2013 pp A4 journal. Prof. illus. Ltd. Ed. 1600 copies.
Over 200 pages of occult text and images, Clavis 2 features more than twice the content of the inaugural edition, with an international fellowship of contributors. Author and scholar Henrik Bogdan discusses the nature of Secrecy in Occult Orders and Dr. Gordan Djurdjevic explores both the perils and allure of sex magical workings with Our Lady Babalon. In its first major English manifesto, the German magical order Fraternitas Saturni entreats the magical gnosis of Saturn. Esoteric Astrologer Austin Coppock explores baneful celestial powers in his essay “Death From Above”, and Michael Howard writes of the Freemason’s Artificer. There is also an unpublished ritual and art by Andrew D. Chumbley; research on Arabian magical Talismans; a rite from Cornish Witchcraft practitioner Gemma Gary, and the Faustian essay “Theatre of Personality” by Aaron Piccirillo examines the magic of self-fashioning. Occult imagery by Madeleine Von Foerster, Billy Davis, Brigid Marlin, Jamie Sweetman, Richard Kirk, John Kleckner, Jose Luis Rodriguez Guerra, Benjamin Vierling, Joseph Uccello, Raven Ebner, and a host of others. £29.99
CLAVIS JOURNAL VOL. 3
1st 2014 192pp 4to p/b. Prof. illus. Ltd. ed.
This issue explores the respective themes of ‘Cipher and Stone’. Articles include: ‘Through the Gate of Horn: Occult Fiction and the Primordial Image’ by Richard Gavin, accompanied by the Esoteric Images of Scott Finch, ‘The Triangular Manuscript of the Count of St. Germain’, by Nick Koss, ‘Powers Secured and Sealed: Miraculous Rings in Occult Praxis’ by William Kiesel, ‘The Call of Fire: The Hermetic Quest of René Schwaller de Lubicz’ by Aaron Cheak, PhD., Stuart Südekum’s essay on the hidden Tarot of A.E. Waite entitled ‘The Secret Tradition in Silence’, Art Conservator Derek Elmore’s reflections on his work with the images of Austin Osman Spare, Andrew Larson’s ‘Opening the Oracular Eye: Bowl and Lamp Divination in the Greek and Demotic Magical Papyri’, Fredrik Eytzinger’s ‘The Incarnation of Denis Lindbohm’, John Major Jenkins writes of the Astrotheology and Magical Invocations in a 7th century Mayan text. Additional works on alchemy, ancient astrology, and more are also included. Artwork by Miriam Escofet, Rory Alan MacLean, Austin Osman Spare, K. Lenore Siner, Claudia Avila, Mike Davis, J.G. Winther, Ken Henson, Benjamin Vierling, Mitchell Nolte, Joe McGown and Gail Coppock. £29.99
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