Book Review: The Red Book (Liber Novus) by Carl Jung

Hermetic Library anthology artist David Shoemaker has posted a review of Carl Jung’s The Red Book (Liber Novus), over on the College of Thelema of Northern California site, which may be of interest, at “Book Review: The Red Book (Liber Novus) by Carl Jung”.

"As one might hope, the content of the book is as impressive as its form. The central motifs of the text concern Jung’s attempt to “recover his soul” in a series of visions, journeys to Hell, “lectures” from various entities he encounters, and dialogues with characters as diverse as the prophet Elijah, Salome, and the Holy Guardian Angel-like magician Philemon. (Fans of Gematria will enjoy the fact that Philemon (rendered in Greek) has the same value as “Persephone” and “thrice-great”.) In the course of fleshing out these visions, Jung presents a number of ideas and themes which resonate powerfully with those of Thelemic philosophy, and the Hermetic corpus generally. Among the most prominent of these is the intensifying relationship between Jung and Philemon, essentially Adept and Angel, which resulted not only in visionary experiences, but in Jung’s later attempts to translate these experiences into cogent scientific theory and psychoanalytic practice. Many years after the completion of the Red Book, near the end of his life, he wrote of this process:

“The years, of which I have spoken to you, when I pursued the inner images, were the most important time of my life. Everything else is to be derived from this. It began at that time, and the later details hardly matter anymore. My entire life consisted in elaborating what had burst forth from the unconscious and flooded me like an enigmatic stream and threatened to break me. That was the stuff and material for more than only one life. Everything later was merely the outer classification, the scientific elaboration, and the integration into life. But the numinous beginning, which contained everything, was then.” (p. vii)”

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Pathways in Modern Western Magic

You may be interested in Pathways in Modern Western Magic edited by Nevill Drury, a new and inaugural title under the academic imprint Concrescent Scholars from Hermetic Library fellow Sam Webster's Concrescent Press.


"This exciting multi-authored volume provides a fascinating overview of the many different pathways that help define esoteric belief and practice in modern Western magic. Included here are chapters on the late 19th century Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, the influential Thelemic doctrines of Aleister Crowley, and the different faces of the Universal Goddess in Wicca and the Pagan traditions. Also included are chapters on Neoshamanism in Europe and the United States—and an account of how these traditions have in turn infl uenced the rise of techno-shamanism in the West. Additional features of this collection include insider perspectives on Seidr oracles, hybridised Tantra, contemporary black magic, the Scandinavian Dragon Rouge and Chaos magic in Britain—as well as profiles of the magical artists Ithell Colquhoun, Austin Osman Spare and Rosaleen Norton.

Contributors: Nikki Bado • Jenny Blain • Nevill Drury • Dave Evans • Amy Hale • Phil Hine • Lynne Hume • Marguerite Johnson • Thomas Karlsson • James R. Lewis • Libuše Martínková • Robert J. Wallis • Don Webb • Dominique Beth Wilson • Andrei A. Znamenski

Nevill Drury, editor of this collection, received his PhD from the University of Newcastle, Australia, in 2008. His most recent publications include Stealing Fire from Heaven: the Rise of Modern Western Magic and The Varieties of Magical Experience (co-authored with Dr Lynne Hume).” [via]

"Pathways in Modern Western Magic launches a new imprint in the Concrescent family of books. This imprint specializes in peer-reviewed works of scholarship in the fields of Esotericism, Pagan religion and culture, Magic, and the Occult.

Concrescent Scholars present their views from within and without the Academy. Here will be heard the Voice of the Academic, and also the Voice of the Practitioner, the native of the sometimes alien, sometimes intimate, spaces of the Esoteric. Paraphrasing the Buddhologist Stephan Beyer, we are mindful that Scholars of the Esoteric do not deal with Esotericism so much as they deal with Esotericists. Real lives are behind these words and each one has a voice to contribute.

These young scholarly fields need a forum in which to mature. This is one such forum where the voices of both academic and the practitioner will be heard in new collections, monographs, and translations that further the discipline.

We take advantage of the recent revolution in publishing technology and economics to bring forth works that, previously, might only have been circulated privately, or been prohibitively expensive.

Concrescent Scholars is dedicated to bringing together all who work, learn, and live in the Esoteric that they may flourish materially, intellectually, and spiritually.” [via]

Beelzebub and the Beast

Beelzebub and the Beast [also] by David Hall is a “an engrossing comparative study of two of the Twentieth Century’s most colourful gurus, George Gurdjieff and Aleister Crowley.” The title is due to be available in October from Starfire Publishing with a deluxe edition available in November. Pre-orders are available in the US and Canada through J D Holmes and elsewhere directly from the publisher.


"David Hall, who died in 2007, will be a familiar name to many as one of the founders and editors of SOTHiS, the substantial and diverse Thelemic magazine which was published from the United Kingdom in the 1970s. David was passionately interested in the work of Gurdjieff as well as that of Crowley, and in the early to mid 1970s he wrote this penetrating study comparing the work of both men. Unfortunately it failed to find a publisher at the time, although publication was referenced as forthcoming in Kenneth Grant’s Nightside of Eden. (Muller, 1977)

Crowley took an interest in the work of the Greek-Armenian occultist G. I. Gurdjieff, and visited Gurdjieff’s Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man in Fontainebleau in 1924 and 1926. There have been other comparative studies of the work of the two men, the most recent being The Three Dangerous Magi by P. T. Mistlberger (O Books, 2010).

Examining in turn the life and work of the two men at various levels, the author discerns a common source. Commenting circa 1919 on the first chapter of The Book of the Law, Crowley wrote ‘Aiwaz is not as I had supposed a mere formula, like many angelic names, but is the true most ancient name of the God of the Yezidis, and thus returns to the highest Antiquity. Our work is therefore historically authentic, the rediscovery of the Sumerian Tradition’. Similarly, the author here shows that the roots of Gurdjieff’s work can be traced to the same source.

With a full-colour wrap-around dustjacket, a substantial Foreword by Alistair Coombs, plates, tables and line-drawings throughout the text, a Bibliography, a comprehensive Index, and an Afterword about the author, this book will be of considerable interest to many.” [via]

"Limited Edition of 750 copies only. A Fine Hardcover Volume, illustrated end papers, and in a custom full color dust jacket based on the painting, MELEK TAUS by Stuart Littlejohn, which features the Peacock Angel emerging from a Yezidi arch, plus a substantial Foreword by Alistair Coombs, with plates, tables and line drawings throughout the text. Michael Staley has constructed a comprehensive index and bibliography, and has also written an Afterword about the author. 350 pages. Octavo." [via]

Thracian Magic

You might be interested in Thracian Magic by Georgi Mishev, via Avalonia Books, which is just now available for pre-order and due to release Sep 21.


"Thracian Magic is a truly unmissable work which opens the treasure trove of Balkan folklore and magical practice to a wider audience for the first time, and in doing so expands the horizons of European magic to new levels. This unique and ground-breaking book combines scholarship and practice, as Georgi Mishev provides a thorough and detailed overview of the magical practices of Bulgaria and the surrounding Balkan countries, tracing them from the ancient world through Christian and Islamic overlays to their existing forms.

Drawing on numerous ancient sources including the Hittite ritual texts, Greek Magical Papyri, Derweni Papyrus and many others, the author demonstrates the continuity of magical practice in Balkan communities for millennia. At the same time he also presents a huge wealth of folklore and practices from the Balkan peninsula never previously available in English.

The enduring worship of the Great Goddess is considered in depth, both as figures such as Hekate, Artemis and Bendis, as well as in forms such as the Mother of the Sun, the Mountain Mother, the Virgin Mistress of fire and the She-Wolf, and her transmission into various saints such as the Mother of God, Fiery Marina, Petka and Nedelya.

Key figures including Orpheus, Musaeus, Eumolpus, Zalmoxis, Rhesus and the nymph Thrake, and their roles in the transmission of the ancient mysteries are discussed to help demonstrate the distinctive flavour found in folk practices of the Balkan Peninsula.

By exploring the contrasting roles of the healer (as valued member of the community) and the magician (as necessary evil) in Bulgarian traditional culture, together with their continued practice through family lines, the author demonstrates the way that traditional practices have survived and even flourished alongside the Christian church in a way not seen in western Europe.

Chapter Keywords: Thracian Magic, Bulgaria, Balkans, Rituals, Orpheus, Orphic, Musaeus, Eumolpus, Zalmoxis, Rhesus, Prophetess of Dionysos, Thrake, Mystery Tradition, Secret Knowledge, Healer, Healing, Magician, Concept of the Goddess, Mother of the sun, Mountain Mother, The Virgin Mistress of Fire, She-Wolf” [via]

Clavis Arcana Magica

You may be interested in Clavis Arcana Magica, a previously unpublished manuscript by Frederick Hockley, with an introduction by Alan Thorogood, published by Teitan Press and currently available through Weiser Antiquarian.


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.

Frederick Hockley (1809-1885), was an occultist and freemason whose interests included scrying, ritual magic, alchemy and spiritualism. In later life was associated with the Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia. Hockley’s peers considered him to be one of the great occult scholars of his time in fact he was held in such high regard by one of the founders of the Golden Dawn, W. Wynn Westcott, that he posthumously claimed Hockley as one of the Order’s most outstanding Adepts.” [via]

Great Ball at Satan’s

Great Ball at Satan’s from a screen adaptation of The Master and Margarita

"Vladimir Bortko has become the first Russian film director to start shooting of renowned Bulgakov’s novel and not to stop half-way. All the others Russian directors once engaged in the production of Master and Margaret have actually turned out to be unable to finalize their projects. The rumors say, it is due to some mysticism… The Master and Margaret begins with two story lines: the Devil and his retinue show up to make mischief in 1930’s Moscow while Matthew the Evangelist attempts to uncover the truth about Pontius Pilate and the Crucifixion of Jesus in Jerusalem in A. D. 33. Halfway through the novel, Bulgakov unveils a third story line set in Moscow, in which the love-stricken Margarita bargains with the Devil to be reunited with her lover, the Master, a tormented writer-hero who pines away in an insane asylum. Bulgakov gradually weaves the three scenarios together, all the while exercising devilish lampoonery and wit to satirize Soviet life under Stalin. Because public discussions of religion and critiques of the government had long been punishable by a trip to the gulag, the themes addressed in Master and Margaret very rarely surfaced in the Soviet Union: many Soviet citizens read the Gospel story for the first time in Bulgakov’s narrative.” [via]

Fulgur Esoterica

You might want to check out the recent redesign of the site for Fulgur Limited, which site is now titled Fulgur Esoterica. The small print on the site still mentions Fulgur Limited, so it isn’t clear to me that this is a complete identity change, but may be specifically about creating a new site to better fit with an overall mission beyond just books, but to be active in the broader realm of esoterica.

"Twenty years ago, on an especially dark and stormy summer night, FULGUR was born. To celebrate our birthday I am delighted to announce a completely new website for the company, developed by Kaitlin Reeves of FORM & FUNCTION. FULGUR ESOTERICA refines our founding principles and supports our continued initiative to represent esoteric artists working within the genre. With this aim in mind, I am delighted to now be representing Francesco Parisi, Denis Forkas Kostromitin and Peter Dyde. Each of these artists has a commitment to producing work of exceptional quality, and we have several extraordinary projects in progress that will be announced over the coming months." — Robert Ansell via Fulgur Esoterica newsletter [via]

"The creation of Fulgur is my response to the present state of occult publishing. The modern impetus seems to be the inauguration of important ideas without magical regard for presentation. Crowley and Spare both acknowledged the talismanic aspect of book production. The majority of their works are commensurate with the quality of the original idea, and were published at the most auspicious magical moment. Therefore my desire for FULGUR is to flesh the Current and bring magical creativity to design (through inspiration). I would also hope our publications will prove a matrix for new ideas and embody a talismanic regard for production in both materials and publication dates…" — Robert Ansell, writing to Kenneth Grant, October 29th, 1992 [via]

Christ and the Mega Therion

You may be interested in Christ and the Mega Therion a book compiled by T Allen Greenfield, and that includes materials by Greenfield and Frater Achad, Charles Stansfeld Jones. It’s not clear what unpublished materials are in the contents from the description, but this may be worth checking out.

"Being a shocking attempt to reconcile the visions of enlightenment from one age into another, including a previously little-known essay by Frater Achad, some tales of the Aeon of Osiris and others of the Aeon of Horus, that the Son of Righteousness shall shine in the Mythos of the Aeon of the Crowned and Conquering Childe. Contains previously unpublished material from Frater Achad (Charles Stansfeld Jones) and T Allen Greenfield." [via]

A review of Occult Traditions

You may be interested in a review of Occult Traditions [also], edited by Damon Zacharias Lycourinos, and published by Numen Books, recently posted by Darren Scriven at “'Occult Traditions' A Review!" [HT Sorita d’Este]. You may recognize a number of the essay authors compiled in this book, and a number of these essays are about the Greek Magical Papyri. You can find a section with the Papyri Graecae Magicae in the collection of the library.

"There is much more to be read within these chapters, and for an all-rounder on occult traditions, I can see this book taking a prominent place on the bookshelf of many an occultist library. This was a very enjoyable and illuminative read, and I can’t recommend this title enough!

Contents

Conjuring Magical Assistants in the Greek Magical Papyri - Damon Zacharias Lycourinos

The Spell of Pnouthis as a Mystery Rite in the Greek Magical Papyri - Damon Zacharias Lycourinos

Waters Animating and Annihilating Apotheosis by Drowning in the Greek Magical Papyri - Aaron Cheak

The Hierarchical Cosmos Occult Theology as a Direct Continuation of Neoplatonism - Christopher A. Plaisance

From Roots to Fruits: A History of the Grimoire Tradition - David Rankine

A Source of the Key of Solomon- The Magic Treatise or Hygromancy, or Epistle to Rehoboam - Ioannis Marathakis

The Icelandic Tradition of Magic: Analysis of a Late-Eighteenth Century Icelandic Galdrabók - Christopher A. Smith

From Conjuror to Philosopher: A Comparative Analysis of Medieval and Renaissance Angel Magic - Christopher A. Plaisance

Dining with the Dead: A Canaanite View of Death and Necromancy - Tess Dawson

Composite Incenses and Incense Attributions: A Historical Survey - Ioannis Marathakis

The Science of Omens: Divining the Will of the Gods - Gwendolyn Toynton

Seth, the Red One of Chaos and Equilibrium - Damon Zacharias Lycourinos

Evolian Sex, Magic, and Power - Damon Zacharias Lycourinos

Wizards at War: Buddhism and the Occult in Thailand - Gwendolyn Toynton

Woman was the Altar: The Wiccan Great Rite: Sex, Tea, and Religion - Sorita d’Este

Treading the Spiral Maze: Changing Consciousness in Wiccan Ritual - Melissa Harrington

Akephalos Being an Attempted Restoration of the Rite of the Headless One, according to the Stele of Jeu the Hieroglyphist - Matthew Levi Stevens

The Holy Guardian Angel: A Golden Thread in the Tapestry of Being and Becoming - Companion Abraxas

The Eucharistic Feast of Agathodaimon - Companion Abraxas

The Rite of the Solar and Lunar Mysteries of the Altar of Eros for the Consecration of the Talismans of Helios and Selene (this needs to be moved so it is aligned with ‘The Rite’)

The Calling and Adoration of Aion, and the Spell of the Mystic Flame

The Hymnic Adoration and Invocation of Thoth” [via]

Book Review – The Forbidden Book by Guido Mina di Sospiro and Joscelyn Godwin

Hermetic Library fellow Mark Stavish recently reviewed Joscelyn Godwin, another Hermetic Library fellow, and Guido di Sospiro’s The Forbidden Book, a recently available for the first time in English fiction novel. Both the novel and the review may be of interest. Mark Stavish posted his review to Amazon and also to his email list, but gave me permission to share it with you here:

The Forbidden Book is a wonderful page turner in the style of Dan Brown’s DaVinci Code and The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason, only unlike these bestsellers, di Sospiro and Godwin deliver the goods, not only in story, but for many readers, in esoteric content as well. Opening with a bang, literally, and a large one at that, The Forbidden Book takes its readers into an occult world just below the surface of our own. Occult in both the general and specific meanings of the word in that not only are we introduced to the world of magic and alchemy, and sex magic at that, but also into a world view not generally known, that of Traditionalism. Our unlikely hero Leo Kavenaugh is of course a professor, and an instructor of Italian at that. The damsel in distress and love interest is the lovely Orsina, who was once his teaching assistant and now married to a wealthy industrialist. However, while the plot set-up is predictable, its unfoldment is clean and enticing all the way to the end as the mystery around the forbidden book, The Magical World of the Heroes, written by Cesare Della Riviera in 1605, unfolds and family secrets around forbidden power, incest, hubris and greed embodied in Orsina’s uncle Baron Emanuele are revealed. All of this is against the background of a modern Europe on the brink of civil war as religious tensions break through the veneer of cafe culture, and the politics of identity assert themselves via shade of Colin Wison’s book The Mind Parasites, where mind control is not about controlling all people, but is about controlling the right people.

For our readers, the Della Riviera’s book is a real work, not unlike the Hypnoerotomachia Poliphili which was translated by Joscelyn Godwin (1999), and formed the basis for Caldwell and Thomason’s novel. Many in the English speaking world first became introduced to The Magical World of the Heroes as it was mentioned in Introduction to Magic — Rituals and Practical Techniques for the Magus, Guido Stucco’s translation of the collected works of the UR Group, an Italian esoteric lodge centered around the teachings of Julius Evola. Evola, a self-styled Baron, advocated a philosophy which believed that the modern world is essentially decadent and that traditional norms, hierarchies, and values are the only means of restoring sanity through political and occult methods.

I found The Forbidden Book a fascinating and a wonderful first novel for this pair of brilliant scholars, showing that deep thinking, scholarly skill, and creativity can go hand-in-hand and create a novel that one can be pleasantly read in an afternoon or two. While I did not particularly enjoy reading The Forbidden Book in its electronic form, Disinformation has been bought by Red Wheel/Weiser and a paperback edition will be released in early 2013.

Review: In the Center of the Fire

Hermetic Library fellow Colin Campbell has posted a review of James Wasserman’s In the Center of the Fire: A Memoir of the Occult 1966-1989 [also] over on his blog at “Review: In the Center of the Fire

"Wasserman’s In the Center of the Fire: Memoirs of the Occult, 1966-1989 strings together like a fantastic rough and tumble road movie, an occult version of Easy Rider. Wasserman lays it bare; everything — personal, professional, sacred and profane. A long time advocate of the practice of keeping a magical diary, the work clearly shows the fruits of Wasserman’s careful notes in reconstruction.” [via]


"I found it a fantastic read to peek (perhaps just a bit) into a historical period in the emergence of the modern OTO, a time that few speak about even now." [via]

The Moonchild of Yesod is also available as a free download

I previously posted about The Moonchild of Yesod: A Grimoire of Occult Hyperchemistry by Karl Stone but I just noticed that the full text is available for free download in PDF format as well as due to be published in book form by The Imaginary Book. Speaking of which, the download page has an interesting manifesto of sorts talking about why they are making the book available via free download, which I quote in part:

"Yes, that’s right. This is a completely free download, in PDF form, of The Moonchild of Yesod: A Grimoire of Occult Hyperchemistry by Karl Stone, in its entirety.

Why are we doing this? Why are we “pirating” our own books? Are we insane? (Well, yes we are, but that’s beside the point!)

We live in a new world. The internet has enabled the free exchange and sharing of information in a way never before envisaged by anyone living before us. The reality is, people share books. They always have, and they always will. The internet has simply allowed this to happen on a greater scale than ever before. The big media companies can’t get to grips with this: they label it “piracy”, and claim it’s hurting their profits. They claim that every file shared is a sale lost. And, as a result, they lobby our governments to censor the internet, in an effort to protect their out-dated and almost extinct business model.

We at Imaginary don’t see it like that. We design and produce beautiful books. That’s what we love, and it’s what our customers love, too. We believe that those people who want to own a beautifully-designed, fine-bound, limited and signed collector’s edition will buy our books anyway.

But we also believe that information shouldn’t be the exclusive preserve of the wealthy and/or discerning collector. We also recognise that many people simply don’t care about owning a beautiful book to treasure: they simply want the knowledge it contains. And so, for all those people, we are offering an alternative: a radical new approach to publishing that blows the cobwebs off the dinosaur media conglomerates, and all other publishers.

This leaves us free to concentrate on what we love, and do best, designing beautiful books for the collectors amongst you, without having to worry about low-quality “pirated” editions floating around. Instead, we now control the quality of our digital files, ensuring you get a perfect copy every time.

It may be, of course, that some people who download this book will be so enamoured with it, that they rush to purchase a physical copy anyway…” [via]


Baba Yaga and the Wolf

You may be interested in Baba Yaga and the Wolf by Marek Colek and Pat Shewchuk, published by Tin Can Forest.


“‘This is a story told to me by my great grandmother. She lived in a time when the wilderness was everywhere, vampires roamed the treetops, and devils traded opium and vodka for human souls by the roadside.

My great grandmother lived to be a hundred and ten years of age, and until her dying day could walk a hundred kilometres through the rugged mountain trails near her home village. She knew witches who practised occult alchemy, and with her own eyes witnessed animals take human form. Baba Yaga and the Wolf is a true account from the old days, when the heavens and the underworld existed in closer proximity to the earth than today.’

Marek Colek,
Spring, 2010

Visually influenced by the dense forested landscape of British Columbia, Baba Yaga and the Wolf tells the story of Katerina and the journey she takes to the edge of the Underworld and its gatekeeper, Baba Yaga, in order to save her husband Ivan from a terrible fate.

A deity whose beginnings are twisted and tangled in the origins of Slavic folklore, Baba Yaga has been interpreted as many things: as a patron goddess of the land and those who toil upon it; a benevolent guide, spinning tales of life from the flesh and bone of the dead; and as a guardian of the Underworld, a sentinel tasked with keeping the souls of the dead from being redistributed to the newborns of the living world—unless she desires it to be so. Hidden in a cottage that sits upon hen’s legs, buried in the deepest corner of a dark and inhospitable forest, Baba Yaga can at once be a saviour to those who seek her out, or a manipulator, tricking unknowing souls into giving that which is most precious, most prized.

In Baba Yaga and the Wolf, Marek Colek and Pat Shewchuk, drawing inspiration from early Russian animated films, Slavic mythology, and symbols and pictography associated with the many iterations of the Baba Yaga mythos, have given new breath to an age-old cautionary tale of being careful to voice that which one most desires in a world where every leaf on every branch on every tree might be aware of such wants and the darkness that exists at their root.” [via]

The Moonchild of Yesod

You may be interested in The Moonchild of Yesod: A Grimoire of Occult Hyperchemistry, or Typhonian Sex Magick by Karl Stone which is to be published around Lughnasadh 2012 in a limited edition of 418. Turns out this is the first title from The Imaginary Book Co. which appears to be based in the UK, though they don’t mention that on the site.


At €81 that’s about US$ 100, so there’s quite a premium on this book which binding seems pretty standard for a hardcover and I’m not sure why the price is so dear. But, it’s being given quite a send up by the publisher.

"Very rarely does a genuinely original occult book appear: this work, The Moonchild of Yesod (subtitled ‘A Grimoire of Occult Hyperchemistry, or Typhonian Sex Magick’), is just such a book. With an extraordinary use of language, the author builds on the work of Mme. Blavatsky, Aleister Crowley, and Kenneth Grant to construct a Magickal Mirror that opens a genuine Gateway to Beyond.” [via]

And I’m not sure what to say about the cover blurb, except … no, I’ll just quote it without comment. You decide for yourself.

"Oracular gnosis, is the hypostatic precipitation of phantasma within the non-spatial stellar dimensions of the initiate. Traffick with praeter-human intelligences are received as a concussion of ‘shadow signatures’ which colour (Kalas) the magickal mirror experientially as a Somatonoësis.

Magickally, the crystallisation of this phantasma is a Lunar sexual operation. It occurs within the oneiric womb of Yesod, which receives the praeter-human spermatozoon via the lens of Daäth (The gateway to the ‘Outer Ones’). Within this siderialised amnion, the spectral tinctures undergo a form of hyper-chemistry, whereby the colours (Kalas) out of space arouse a convolvulus within the ‘Astral Light’, manifesting an antheridial embryonate, the Moonchild (Homunculus), which consolidates it’s prescience upon the substrate of the terrestrial sphere. The Moonchild is the vehicle of the Magickal Will i.e. making the word, flesh.

This grimoire is both a Theoretical and Practical exegesis of initiation, sexual magick, qabalah and sorcery. It elucidates the tangential and oblique method, whereby contact with the subtle occult forces are amplified from the deep soundless recesses of non-spatial stellar loci as a physicality (Somatonoësis). Such transmissions are approached indirectly and inferred by the magickal engine of the qabalah, whereby their gateways are represented as tauroid gestalts (Sephira) to the ‘Outer Ones’. Such traffick can be used for mystical or magickal operations depending upon how the practitioner utilises these subtle intrusions (Kalas) of phantasma inspissated within the alembic of the adepts occult anatomy as a Somatonoësis.” [via]

Arcanum Bestiarum: Of the Subtil and Occult Virtues of Divers Beasts

Three Hands Press just announced Robert Fitzgerald’s Arcanum Bestiarum is available for pre-order.

"Robert Fitzgerald’s long-awaited new work Arcanum Bestiarum has just been announced for pre-order. Written in the tradition of the medieval bestiaries, but re-imagined for the modern magical practitioner, the 272-page volume examines the occult virtues and totemic majesties of fifty animals. Correspondences with deific powers, atavistic wisdom, and mythopoetic emanation are examined, especially in light of the sapient powers of tutelage all animals possess. 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 which are particularly rich in the lore of animals as spirit-helpers. The text is graced with over fifty original woodcut illustrations by Liv Rainey-Smith, prepared especially for this title in close collaboration with the author. Original woodblock prints from this book will be available this year at the Esoteric Book Conference in Seattle, in conjunction with the book’s publication.” [via]