Sunday, December 1, 2019

YULETIDE'S ALMOST HERE!


WELCOME to the Edge of the Circle Newsletter. This newsletter has come about as an effort to reach out to the Pagan/ Occult community (particularly in Seattle where we are based) to inform the community of what events are happening at our store. Without further ado, welcome, and enjoy.
Regards, Erica (Raven) Branch-Butler, Editrix- golanv1@yahoo.com


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ARS NOTORIA:
Grimoire of Rapid Learning by Magic, with the Golden Flowers of Apollonius of Tyana:
(a Mediaeval grimoire designed to enable students to master any subject very rapidly)
by Stephen Skinner and Daniel Clark, Translated by Robert Turner
Hardcover: 425 pages
Publisher: Golden Hoard Press Pte Ltd (SI) (August 31, 2019)
List Price: $96.00


FROM THE PUBLISHER:
In its influence, dissemination, length, and complexity the Ars Notoria is
the most important surviving treatise of ritual magic.” - Sophie Page.

The Ars Notoria is a mediaeval grimoire, or magician's manual, which was widely distributed and very popular in the 13th-16th century, but virtually unknown today. It is however still very relevant in the 21st century because it contains detailed techniques to enable the practitioner to absorb whole subjects very rapidly, and to understand very complex subjects on first reading, as well as remembering whatever has been read.

Of all the grimoires attributed to the Solomonic tradition of magic, one of the oldest and most enigmatic is the Ars Notoria. Like the many magic manuscripts this work was pseudepigraphically attributed to several famous individuals ranging from Solomon (who reputedly received the book directly from God via the hand of the angel Pamphilius), through its supposed translation by the magician Apollonius of Tyana who called it Flores aurei, or the Golden flowers, to Euclid of Thebes.

The Ars Notoria stands alone in its own category of angel grimoires, for while most other Solomonic grimoires are concerned with the evocation of spirits or demons, the Ars Notoria instead was concerned only with memory and the ability to understand and absorb whole subjects rapidly. It offered to grant almost instant proficiency in any of the seven Liberal Arts, making it a veritable student’s grimoire, a key to obtaining knowledge rapidly.

Yet despite its popularity and enduring history the Ars Notoria has never been printed in its complete form. From its early published Latin appearance in Agrippa's Opera Omnia to the first and only English translation by Robert Turner in 1657, all published versions of this work have omitted the most vital component of its operation, the notae, a set of complex pictorial illustrations that are the heart of its system. That is however until now. The present edition contains all the notae which have always been left out of other printed editions, without which the system just does not work.

For the first time ever the Ars Notoria is presented in its complete form. In this edition we present not just one but five complete sets of notae taken from various manuscripts, alongside a corrected edition of Turner’s English translation. We also present a complete facsimile of Yale University's Beinecke MS Mellon 1 in full colour, the earliest known manuscript of this work, with a complete copy of the 1620s printed Latin text. Detailed commentary is provided on its origins, content, possible authors, owners, methods of use, and practical considerations as well as comprehensive tables of the almost 100 notae variants. The progress of the Ars Notoria is traced from its Greek origins, via its flourishing 13th century monastic life to its supposed inclusion in the Lemegeton.





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THE HERMETIC SCIENCE OF TRANSFORMATION
The Initiatic Path of Natural and Divine Magic
by Giuliano Kremmerz
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Inner Traditions (November 12, 2019)
List Price: $30.00

A classic initiatic primer for the serious magical aspirant, available now for the first time in English

Details occult purification and preparations for the path of natural and divine magic

Explains how initiation into the hermetic science transforms the novice not only mentally but also physically, altering even the very fluids of the body

Offers a return to the original hermetic path of initiation, following the strict procedures and symbolism as defined in the spiritual practices of Pythagoras and his tradition

The main purpose of the hermetic science, as seen by Giuliano Kremmerz (1861-1930), Italian alchemist, hermeticist, philosopher, and member of the Ur Group, is to allow the adept to concentrate on the natural and divine magic that will allow him or her to develop the latent powers innate in every human being. The initiatory path this opens, one the author compares to the Royal Way of Alchemy, transforms the novice not only mentally but also physically, altering even the very fluids of his or her body. For Kremmerz, magic is the supreme science, the highest expression of what exists and what is possible.

With this book, first published in Italian in 1897 and available here for the first time in English, Kremmerz sought to redefine magical initiation as well as other key components of the occult sciences. His aim was to bring the hermetic path of initiation back into alignment with the strict procedures and symbolism that defined the spiritual practices of Pythagoras and the heirs to his tradition. He visualized the initiate as a disciple who has escaped the stagnant water in which the rest of humanity is immersed and entered a state of non-ordinary consciousness, one that allows for the successful pursuit of realization and contact with the magical will.

In this transformative initiatory guide, Kremmerz details the occult purification and preparation the path of natural and divine magic requires. The spiritual course advocated by Kremmerz is arduous--to move forward on the path of true realization, one that will allow the initiate to “climb to heaven” while still alive, the aspirant must commit to total severance from everyday life. Yet Kremmerz’s words themselves serve to trigger the beginning of transformation within us, making the very act of reading this primer the first step on the path of initiation into the hermetic science.





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A MODERN GUIDE TO HEATHENRY
Lore, Celebrations, and Mysteries of the Northern Traditions
by Galina Krasskova
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books (December 1, 2019)
List Price: $24.95

An accessible yet in-depth guide to this increasingly popular pre-Christian religious tradition of Northern Europe.
Heathenry, is one of the fastest growing polytheistic religious movements in the United States today. This book explores the cosmology, values, ethics, and rituals practiced by modern heathens.

In A Modern Guide to Heathenry readers will have the opportunity to explore the sacred stories of the various heathen gods like Odin, Frigga, Freya, and Thor and will be granted a look into the devotional practices of modern votaries. Blóts, the most common devotional rites, are examined in rich detail with examples given for personal use. Additionally, readers are introduced to the concept of wyrd, or fate, so integral to the heathen worldview.

Unlike many books on heathenry, this one is not denomination-specific, nor does it seek to overwhelm the reader with unfamiliar Anglo-Saxon or Norse terminology. For Pagans who wish to learn more about the Norse deities or those who are new to heathenry or who are simply interested in learning about this unique religion, A Modern Guide to Heathenry is the perfect introduction. Those who wish to deepen their own devotional practice will find this book helpful in their own work as well.





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THE LORE OF OLD ELFLAND:
Secrets from the Bronze Age to Middle Earth Paperback – November 8, 2019
by Linda Raedisch
Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (November 8, 2019)
List Price: $17.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
~Folktales, Stories, Recipes, and Crafts from the Lands of Elves and Faeries

Stories of the Elven tribes have been told throughout history, and for some people in the modern world, encounters with elves continue to this day. This book explores the magical territory of Elfland, sharing tales of elves and faeries from Old Norse sagas, Danish ballads, and Tolkien's Mirkwood. From the mound people of Luneburg Heath to the Elf-maids of the Black Forest, The Lore of Old Elfland brings the shrouded activities of the elves into the light. With recipes, crafts, and an Elven herbal, author Linda Raedisch invites you to realize your own vision of Elfland―a vision that is sure to fill your spirit with unexpected wonders and astonishing delights.




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RUSSIAN BLACK MAGIC:
The Beliefs and Practices of Heretics and Blasphemers 1st Edition
by Natasha Helvin
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Destiny Books; 1 edition (October 22, 2019)
List Price: $16.99 (Destiny Books)


FROM THE PUBLISHER:
A rare look into the history, theory, and craft of the black mages and sorcerers of Russia

Examines practical rituals and spells, the demonic pantheon, places of power, offerings and sacrifices, Hell Icons, and instructions for cemetery magic

Provides insight into the fundamental ideology of black magic practitioners, from the universal laws of magic to the principles of morality

Details how the Russian practice of black magic preserved ancient pagan traditions and evolved as the antithesis of Christianity

Born in the Soviet Union and descended from a matrilineal line of witches, Natasha Helvin offers a rare look into the secret practices of Russian black magic, passed down from teacher to disciple for generations both orally and through their grimoires bound in black. Drawing from her own experience, Helvin provides insight into the fundamental ideology of black magic practitioners, from the universal laws of magic to the principles of morality. She explains a mage’s view on fate and predestination, how the world was created, and their relationship with the demons that grant them their power. She examines the demonic pantheon as well as how a black sorcerer is able to influence the forces in the universe and pass on his or her powers and knowledge to further generations.

Exploring the history of occult practices in Russia, including how Christianity had a profound effect upon magic and witchcraft, Helvin shows how attempts to forcibly convert the Russian population to the Christian faith were widely resisted, and instead of these ancient pagan practices disappearing, they blended with Christian belief. Authorities repainted old pagan gods as demons in order to eradicate ancient traditions. Black magic became labelled as defiantly anti-Christian simply for preserving the old ways, and as a result, some branches of black magic evolved as a reaction against enforced Christianity and practitioners proudly accepted the label of “blasphemer” or “heretic.”

Through this book, readers can explore the Left-Hand path of Russian magic and its spells and rituals. The author explains about cemetery magic, sacrifices, the creation of Hell Icons, and places of power, such as crossroads, swamps, and abandoned villages, as well as the best times to practice black magic, how to choose the best grave for your spell, and how to summon demons. Providing many concrete examples of spells, Helvin demonstrates the broad range of what can be accomplished by those who practice the black arts, if they commit themselves to the craft.






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SCOTTISH WITCHCRAFT
A Complete Guide to Authentic Folklore, Spells, and Magickal Tools Paperback – November 8, 2019
by Barbara Meiklejohn-Free
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (November 8, 2019)
List Price: $17.99


FROM THE PUBLISHER:
~Hear the Call of the Highlands for Powerful Magick, Healing, and Divination

Take a journey through the magickal folk traditions of Scotland. Barbara Meiklejohn-Free, a Scottish hereditary witch, shares her own spiritual awakening into the craft and shows you how to integrate these practices into your own life. Discover the secrets of divination, scrying, faery magick, and communication with ancestors. Explore herb and plant lore and specific rituals to address what you most desire. Filled with inspiring anecdotes, craft history, and step-by-step instructions, this book will help you begin a new chapter of spiritual discovery.

About the Author:
Barbara Meiklejohn-Free (United Kingdom) was born and raised in the Highlands of Scotland. She is an author, singer, drummer, flautist, and storyteller—all of which she employs in weaving together the ancient craft of the shaman, seer, and mystic. After the passing of her spiritual mentor, Barbara was bestowed the title of Highland Seer. She is also the cocreator of the Dark Goddess Oracle Cards, Witches' Kitchen Oracle Cards, and Witches' Wisdom Oracle Cards.




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SEW WITCHY:
Tools, Techniques & Projects for Sewing Magick
by Raechel Henderson
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (November 8, 2019)
List Price: $24.99


FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Enhance your witchcraft by putting needle and thread to fabric. Part sewing manual and part grimoire, this fun and easy guide turns every craft project into a magickal ritual. Packed with easy-to-follow instructions and photographs, Sew Witchy presents a wide variety of projects that complement and improve your practice, from dream pillows and spell bags to cords and altar cloths.

With spells grouped by type, this book encourages you to enhance familiar spells with sewing supplies and try spells that infuse mundane sewing tasks with magickal intent. You'll also find a comprehensive list of the magical correspondences for sewing tools, notions, and fabrics. Perfect for any skill level or magical path, this enjoyable and colorful book explores the historical and cultural uses of magic and sewing from all over the world.



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REVOLUTIONARY WITCHCRAFT:
A Guide to Magical Activism
by Sarah Lyons
Flexibound: 168 pages
Publisher: Running Press Adult (November 5, 2019)
List Price:$16.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
A fiery, intersectional guide for activists and witches alike, Revolutionary Witchcraft is an empowered introduction to the history and practice of politically-motivated magic.

From the politically charged origins of the word "witch" to the present-day magical resistance, this bold handbook explores the role of witchcraft in our modern world. Author, activist, and practicing witch Sarah Lyons takes readers on a journey through a leftist history of magic -- from the witch hunts of early modern England, through the Salem Witch Trials, and up to our present moment. Pairing mystical acts, including sigil magic and soul flight, with core organizing tactics, like power mapping and protests, Revolutionary Witchcraft offers a blueprint for building a politically grounded magical praxis.

From social justice to environmental activism, this radical reimagining of political activism addresses today's most pressing problems with empowering, inclusive rituals and magical actions. Each chapter introduces a key concept, like dreaming big, experiencing magical initiation, and joining the revolution, supported by a surprising historical case study on the power of mystical action. Full of actionable ideas for magical organizing, and an appendix packed with customizable spells, Revolutionary Witchcraft is the perfect companion for the magical uprising.

About the Author:
Sarah Lyons is a writer, activist, occultist, and witch. She has practiced witchcraft for over ten years, and her work and writing has appeared in Teen Vogue, Vice, Buzzfeed, Broadly, Slutist, and New York Yoga Life, among others. Sarah is an active member of the Democratic Socialists of America, serving on the New York City chapter's Ecosocialist Working Group.





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WITCH’S WHEEL OF THE YEAR:
Rituals for Circles, Solitaries & Covens
by Jason Mankey
Paperback: 408 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (December 8, 2019)
List Price:$29.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Make your sabbat celebrations more meaningful and enjoyable with this exceptional book full of unique rituals designed to perfectly fit your needs, whether you're a solitary practitioner or part of a group. Jason Mankey provides three all-new rituals for every sabbat, one for solitaries, one for covens, and one for large gatherings. Each is flexible enough for you to pick and choose the components that best suit your situation.

Explore the history and traditions of all eight sabbats and discover why and how rituals became such an important part of Witchcraft. Learn the ins and outs of ritual practice, including guidance on planning, decorating, presenting, and adapting. The Witch's Wheel of the Year is incredibly versatile for any Witch looking to enhance their craft and their connection to the sacred sabbats.




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IN BETWEEN TAROT
by Franco Rivolli (Artist), Janine Worthington (Author)
Boxed kit (5¼ x 8¼) includes a 78-card deck and a 160-page guidebook
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (November 8, 2019)
List Price: $35.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Following the outstanding success of After Tarot and Before Tarot, this deck explores what it would look like to see in between two consecutive cards in the deck. The space in between is a sacred, liminal realm, symbolic of transition and rejuvenation. When you look in between the Emperor (IV) and the Hierophant (V), for example, you see a wholly new interpretation of what these cards mean. This deck and the accompanying guidebook will provide you with fascinating readings that work with the energy of tarot in a completely new way. Includes a 78-card deck and a 160-page guidebook.






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MADAME LE MARCHAND’S CLASSIC FORTUNE TELLER
DELUXE BOXED KIT
by Le Marchand, Dorzhieva, Akins, & Coles
Publisher: (Abracax House)
List Price $84.50


FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Includes a “Tarot Le Marchand” card deck reconstructed according to Le Marchand’s instructions by Anna Dorzhieva, a standard playing card deck, 3 six-sided dice & 3 twelve-sided Astrological Dice, a little bag, the book “Introducing the Astrological Dice” by Victoria Akins, and the book “Madame Le Marchand's Classic Fortune Teller” that combines the celebrated 19th century Parisian fortune teller’s own The Amusements of Cartomancy (in which she defines a classic tarot system) and The Fortune Teller & Dreamers' Dictionary (in which she describes methods of divination using dice and standard playing cards, as well as dream interpretation), all in a handsome foil-stamped padded organizer case.






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This concludes our Newsletter for this month.
Look for us again JANUARY 1st, 2020!!!
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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

ORPHIC HYMNS GRIMOIRE & MYSTAI: DANCING OUT THE MYSTERIES OF DIONYSOS


NEW!

ORPHIC HYMNS GRIMOIRE
and
MYSTAI: DANCING OUT THE MYSTERIES OF DIONYSOS




ORPHIC HYMNS GRIMOIRE
by Sara Leanne Mastros
Mastros Publishing
Hardcover With Color Illustrations $79.95
Black & White Paperback $39.95

Orpheus, the famed oracle-orator hero of Greece, began to teach a new religion at the dawn of the Archaic Age. Deeply rooted in ancient paganism and mystery traditions, Orphism taught a doctrine of peace-seeking, reincarnation, universal brotherhood, and ecstatic liberation. The followers, like their leader, worshiped their gods with poetry and song. Eighty-eight of these ancient hymns have survived to the present day, and are called The Orphic Hymns. They've been translated into English many times, most familiarly by the Neo-Classicist Thomas Taylor in 1792.

Sara Mastros’s stunning new translations render them in modern English in rhymed couplets suitable for both oration and singing. Orphic Hymns Grimoire is a guide to building devotional relationships with the Greek gods. Designed for the working magician and practicing pagan, this book highlights the hymns as part of a living tradition of western mysticism, magic, and art. In addition to the translations, the book includes notes and commentary, as well as illustrations, rituals, and translation notes. The paperback edition has black and white “coloring book” style illustrations, while those in the hardback are in full color.






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MYSTAI
Dancing Out The Mysteries of Dionysos
by Peter Mark Adams
Publisher: Scarlet Imprint
4vo (210 × 290 mm, Landscape), 192 pp
38 Images Including Full Colour Photographs of The Restored Frescoes

Standard Hardback Edition, with color illustrations
Limited to 900 copies; bound in purple cloth, blind debossed and stamped in gold, textured Pompeiian red endpapers.
List Price: $79.95

Bibliothèque Rouge Edition, Full Colour, Paperback
Premium Paperback, 170gsm Paper
List Price: $39.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The Dionysian themed frescos of Pompeii’s Villa of the Mysteries constitute the single most important theurgical narrative to have survived in the Western esoteric tradition. No other practitioner account of the ritual process for conducting a mystery rite has survived down to today. The frescoes’ vivid and allusive imagery illuminates both the ritual activity of the participants as well as its esoteric import.

The frescoes, created in the most private rooms of the extensive Roman villa, were never meant to be seen by anyone other than the members of the all-female Bakkhic thiasos who conducted their most secret rites within them. Buried and preserved for posterity by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 CE, these stunning proto-Renaissance images guide the viewer through the consecutive stages of a theurgic rite of initiation into the mysteries of Dionysos.

Arising from within the unique interface between Greek and Roman culture in Southern Italy, the frescoes attest to the survival of an unbroken initiatic tradition of Bakkhic mystery rites on the Italian peninsula stretching back to the fifth century BCE.

The recent restoration of the frescoes has provided a fresh opportunity to elucidate the ritual processes hidden in plain sight. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, Peter Mark Adams draws on current scholarship on dithyrambic performance; the ritual dress of Greco-Roman priestesses; classical philology and the comparative ethnography of rites of higher initiation. With the same attention to detail which he demonstrated in The Game of Saturn, Adams reveals the stages of initiation encoded and accomplished in dance, gesture, ordeal and sign.

Adams interprets the frescoes through the distinct performative lens of the ritualist, throwing light, for the first time, on the significance of the ritual vocabulary and the phenomenology of ritual participation. We are pulled into the dance ourselves, and emerge transfigured by the experience.


The Dionysian themed frescos of Pompeii’s Villa of the Mysteries constitute the single most important theurgical narrative to have survived in the Western esoteric tradition. No other practitioner account of the ritual process for conducting a mystery rite has survived down to today. The frescoes’ vivid and allusive imagery illuminates both the ritual activity of the participants as well as its esoteric import.

The frescoes, created in the most private rooms of the extensive Roman villa, were never meant to be seen by anyone other than the members of the all-female Bakkhic thiasos who conducted their most secret rites within them. Buried and preserved for posterity by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 CE, these stunning proto-Renaissance images guide the viewer through the consecutive stages of a theurgic rite of initiation into the mysteries of Dionysos.

Arising from within the unique interface between Greek and Roman culture in Southern Italy, the frescoes attest to the survival of an unbroken initiatic tradition of Bakkhic mystery rites on the Italian peninsula stretching back to the fifth century BCE.

The recent restoration of the frescoes has provided a fresh opportunity to elucidate the ritual processes hidden in plain sight. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, Peter Mark Adams draws on current scholarship on dithyrambic performance; the ritual dress of Greco-Roman priestesses; classical philology and the comparative ethnography of rites of higher initiation. With the same attention to detail which he demonstrated in The Game of Saturn, Adams reveals the stages of initiation encoded and accomplished in dance, gesture, ordeal and sign.

Adams interprets the frescoes through the distinct performative lens of the ritualist, throwing light, for the first time, on the significance of the ritual vocabulary and the phenomenology of ritual participation. We are pulled into the dance ourselves, and emerge transfigured by the experience.


CONTENTS:

Introduction


I · The Performative Nexus of the Mysteries

Dionysos
Orphism
The mysteries i: Myesis
The cultures of dance i: The Korybantic dance
The mysteries ii: Telete
The cultures of dance ii: The circular chorus
The mysteries iii: Epoptai
The cultures of dance iii: The chorus of the stars
The deixis of sacred choral dance


II · The Mysteries in their Campanian Social Milieu

Dionysos in Campania
Dionysian thiasoi and lineage holders


III · Reading the Frescoes’ Implicit Narratives

The Villa of the Mysteries
The rooms and their frescoes
Designing an esoteric narrative
Modes of visuality
Imagistic modes of religion and the theatre of memory
Heterotopias and the interstices of initiatory space
Chronotopic inversion
The frescoes’ exotopic female gaze


IV · The Initiatory Drama of the Mysteries

Reading the frescoes

The north wall

i · Family group of itinerant initiatrix
ii · Ritual of purification
iii · The rural idyll
iv · The ‘alarmed woman’

The east wall

i · The Korybantic scene
ii · The epiphany of the gods
On the epiphanies of gods
Monosandalos
Ariadne as protomystēs
Ariadne’s thread
iii · The initiatory crux

The south wall

i · Of this men shall know nothing
The role of entheogens in Bakkhic ritual
ii · The dance of the bakkhe
iii · The robing of the bride

The West Wall

The Domina

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Saturday, November 9, 2019

NEW FROM HELLFIRE CLUB BOOKS!!


NEW FROM HELLFIRE CLUB BOOKS!!




CUNNING MAGIC & CELESTIAL ART
by Robert A. Priddle
- Hardcover folio bound in full Bordeaux book cloth, with illustrated title label on front, and gold embossed spine - $82.50
Limited to only 200 folio copies bound in full Bordeaux book cloth.
List Price: $82.50


FROM THE PUBLISHER:
This important new study focuses on the origins of modern occultism in the ‘Cunning Traditions’ during the transitional period of English magic, and the formation of a global view of western esotericism.

There is one book that has had an enormous impact upon occultism and esoteric philosophy in the modern period, it is ‘The Magus’, first printed in 1801 by the English magician Francis Barrett.

The continued popularity of ‘The Magus’ as a textbook grimoire for both the aspiring occultist and learned magician is well known, its place in the transmission of occult knowledge and practise from the ancient world to the present day is beyond question, but how many of us really understand the circumstances behind its actual creation and the private influences and secretive individuals to whom Barrett went for guidance?

England in the late 1700s and early 1800s had a remarkably fertile and closely connected constellation of wizards, herbalists and cunning men whose personal guidance was sought in the context of the magical arts, many produced manuscripts and talismans of their own and a few were operating so publicly that their reputations were a household name: Ebenezer Sibley, Dr. John Parkins, and a host of lesser known regional characters who operated by private consultation.

Whilst copies of the ‘Keys of Solomon’ were known to have circulated very early on in the transition of magic from the middle ages up to the modern period, the actual passage of the broader curriculum of occult studies from the late 1700s and on (such as was largely codified in the creation of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn in the Outer in 1888) is less clear. What is remarkable is that one book, and the single individual whose brilliance created it, are responsible.

‘The Magus’ of 1801 is a seemingly vast grimoire of medieval magics, divinatory tools, spirit magic techniques and arcane ciphers, it draws upon Agrippa, Pietro d’Abano, the alchemical literature of Georgius von Welling, traditional astrology, geomancy etc etc and seems to be a stand-alone repository of the initiatic tradition. But from what sources did the young Francis Barrett draw?

R.A.Priddle places Barrett not only in the transmission of magical manuscripts in London, through such well known personages as Ebenezer Sibley and John Denley, but also within the context of such lesser known figures as the Lincolnshire astrologer and cunning man Dr. John Parkins, the person of one ‘Griffith’ who actually engraved the plates for what was to become the first textbook of magic in English.



Deeply examining the intellectual, economic and social context in which Barrett worked, and showing conclusively that Barrett used the circumstances surrounding him to the greatest possible advantage in the projection of his new vision of occultism onto the world stage, the author of this study R. A. Priddle brilliantly exposes how Barrett redefined the context of magic in the modern world and thus changed the relationship between man and the cosmos for the next two hundred years.

Barretts life is examined in detail and his association with one particular area of London, the district surrounding Marylebone, is shown to have had a profound influence upon him and his production of ‘The Magus’. Working originally as an apothecary whilst writing the manuscript of his book, Priddle suggests that the most likely tutor to the aspiring young Francis Barrett was the astrologer and publisher Ebenezer Sibley whose own production of esoteric manuscripts is now so well known. Sibley and Barrett lived within a few hundred yards of each other and the young man would almost certainly have sought him out as a teacher, perhaps even attended meetings of the ‘Mesmer Harmonic and Philosophical Society’ of which Sibley was an influential supporter.

After the publication of ‘The Magus’ in 1801 Barrett is supposed to have formed an occult school, this fact is stated in the book itself, but the circumstances surrounding Barretts stay in London, his association with Sibley, Parkins and Griffith suggests that the esoteric school was well under way in the 1790s probably at Sibleys home.

This small school of occult students, through the popularity of ‘The Magus’, later influenced European occultists and then American: the French magician Eliphas Levi visited England in the 1830s, and by 1835 a copy of ‘The Magus’ was lodged in the Philadelphia lending library.

To what extent the Mormon movement of Joseph Smith was influenced by Barrett we cannot say, although certainly a manuscript published as ‘The Edward Hunter Manuscript’ of the ‘Key of Rabbi Solomon’ which originated in Bristol and whose author travelled to America was certainly a Mormon connection.



Such was the influence of Barretts book (and a demonstration of the vivacity of esoteric groups) that a later edition of 1875 added to the success of at least two famous esoteric schools: the person responsible for its republication, Frederick Hockley (1809-1885), used the original engraved plates from the first edition, it is of great interest that these plates were held by the occult bookseller John Denley who bought them in 1818 and kept them privately until the grimoire was ready to rise again.

A detailed analysis of the contents and structure of ‘The Magus’ shows key differences in the contents of Barretts work and those earlier authors (such as Agrippa) to whom it is assumed he owes a debt. The originality of Barretts contribution is defined in well structured discussions, section by section, of the material. Most importantly it can be seen that the often subtle changes Barrett makes to the literary borrowings of the occult tradition (the raw material for his book) are in fact drawn from contemporary practice, such as in the formulation of the doctrine of the subtle medium (the governing mechanics of the magical process) Barret uses an example from folk idiom: the touching of a corpse to see if it bleeds in the presence of a criminal (a practice known as the Bahr Recht or ‘bier right’) which in this instance has a Welsh connection.

Barrett and his magical associate John Parkins both had connections with the cunning practices of Wales and the West Country, indeed the person of ‘Griffith’ who engraved the plates for Barretts published manuscript of ‘The Magus’ was himself connected to a web of country herbalists and almanac printers which spanned the countryside of England from South Yorkshire to London in the south and Herefordshire in the West. Whether there were any direct links to the traditional herbalists and apothecaries of Myddfai in Wales we do not yet know, but evidence is growing to support the thesis that there was a perceived ‘ancient Druidic college’ of magic up to the mid 1800s to which many occultists of the modern period are indebted.

Subsequent to the influence of the Cunning Tradition upon Francis Barrett and his work ‘The Magus’ was the influence that the book had upon other cunning men, such as the famous ‘Cunning Murrell’ or James Murrell of Hadleigh in Essex (1785-1860).



Murrell was reported to be a small quiet man who went about mostly at night, wearing iron goggles and carrying a basket and a whale-bone umbrella. Making his living chiefly as a shoemaker and chemists still-man, Murrell also practiced astrology, veterinary surgery and exorcism.

In ‘The Wizard of Yesterday’ (1900) Arthur Morrison provides a facsimile page of Murrells own spell book, it is in fact a drawing copying one from Book II of ‘The Magus’ proving its importance to the dissemination of magical information to the Cunning Folk themselves.

Essential to an understanding of Barrett’s influence here is the presentation of Cabala tradition in his work to the occult and magical community of the 1800’s. Barrett creates a wholly practical articulation of this often abstract theological system, again it is Barett’s influence upon such people as James Murrell that shows how effective his ‘cabala’ was to become. Barrett condenses the complex system of cabala and does this by showing his readers how to calculate the names of spirits but leaves out the manner in which those names are obtained. It may be that the method of obtaining the names of spirits was reserved for private students of his esoteric school, perhaps this is Barrett deliberately omitting certain secret formulae to restrict hem to the initiated. In any event the processes he keeps secret are necessary to an understanding and accomplishment of the work, Barrett must have had them and whether he passed them on to Denley and thence to Hockley, they undoubtably existed and were later adopted by esoteric schools from the ‘Society of Eight’ in the 1860s and later in the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.





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THE SECRET WISDOM OF THE QABALAH
Being The Mystical Foundations Of The World Order:
The Mystery Of Sex & The Birth Of Evil
by John Frederick Charles Fuller
Ash grey book cloth hardcover, with silver embossed front and spine.
List Price: $62.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

J.F.C. Fuller met Aleister Crowley after writing his ‘Star in the West’ (1907) an explication and elucidation of the importance of Crowleys poetical and magickal work in the current of Thelema.

Fuller was a very early member and supporter of Aleister Crowleys A:.A:. magickal order and worked tirelessly to assist the ‘Great Beast 666’ in the editing and publication of The Equinox to which he contributed the beautiful and remarkable ‘Treasure House of Images’.

As well as writing numerous important works on military strategy, the design and strategic use of the tank in warfare, for which he was praised by Adolf Hitler, J.F.C. Fuller was also a keen scholar of the occult forces that control world events.

His work on the mystical Qabalah shadows forth a strong belief in the presence and power of evil in the world today, his experiences both with Crowley and with the forces at work in Hitlers’ Third Reich before the outbreak of World War II can be seen described in his book.

J.F.C. Fuller was an expert in his field, with 45 books on strategy ( such as ‘The Organisation of Force’ and the ‘Nine Principles of War’) he was a highly prolific author whose ideas reached senior army officers on all sides, as well as the European public.

He explored the professional business of fighting, in terms of the relationship between warfare and social, political, and economic factors in the civilian sector. Fuller emphasised the potential of new weapons, especially tanks and aircraft, to stun a surprised enemy psychologically, a facet of his strategic thinking that was no doubt adopted quickly by the Fascists.

In fact the German Generals Lutz and Guderian adopted the tactics described by Fuller in the organization of the 1940 ‘Blitzkrieg’ attack on allied forces, an horrific form of military extremism that Fullers own Allied Generals were unwilling to adopt.



As well as his writings on strategy and occultism, Fuller also wrote an excellent introductory work on Yoga which is also of interest to students of the occult and Crowleys work in particular.

In ‘The Secret Wisdom of the Qabalah’ (1937) J.F.C. Fuller expounds a wealth of occult and esoteric knowledge in a clear and intelligent style, each chapter building a compelling picture of the hidden forces at work historically, culturally and within the being of the individual.

What is most remarkable about Fullers qabalistic study is that whilst it does not mention Aleister Crowley by name at all, it is absolutely certain that his finely crafted discourse points the student in the direction of the New Aeon and the person of his teacher, Aleister Crowley himself (The Great Beast 666) as the driving force behind all current manifestations of cosmic power.

Though Crowley and Fuller were later to separate, Fuller is noted as stating many years later that he believed Crowley to be “a genuine Avatar”, a being of supernatural origin manifesting in human form.



Fullers ‘Secret Wisdom of the Qabalah’ reveals the hidden doctrines of mysticism and magick which may be used for good or evil, and reveals the forces at work in the occult sciences and shows how religious and societal movements originate and why they decay.

This book is a veritable Key to both past and future occultism, and consequently is of profound significance in understanding the nature of those hidden forces, particularly the forces of evil which today seek to control the world.

Chapters include:

‘The Mystical Foundations of the World Order’
‘The Evolution of Satan’
‘The Mystery of Sex’
‘The Creation of Hell’
‘Man the Instrument of Redemption’
‘The Laboratory of Satan’
‘The Mystical Ordeal’
‘The Fourth Dimensional State’
‘The Mystic Way’






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LIBER PYRAMIDOS
Sub figura DCLXXI
~Being a facsimile of the Kenneth Anger typescript, introduced by Frater Orpheus 7◦ = 4▫, together with a critical text, commentary, and full color reproduction of Aleister Crowley’s original illustrated manuscript
Clothbound, wine color, large format hardcover, with gold embossed front and spine.
List Price: $97.50

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Included within this volume~

1) A newly photographed large format facsimile of the original illuminated manuscript produced by Aleister Crowley 666 in 1909 showing the true vibrant colours of the painted pages

2) A full-colour facsimile of the important annotated typescript of Liber Pyramidos kept by the cult film maker Kenneth Anger between 1940 and 1950, this typescript given to Anger by Jack Parsons. The typescript has annotations in the hands of Crowley, Gerald Yorke and lastly Kenneth Anger himself, thus revealing material lost in other copies which have faded over time (ie Warburg).

3) An introduction to the history of the annotated Anger typescript by Frater Orpheus 7◦=4▫. A discussion of the origins and circumstances behind Crowleys attainment follows: “Crowley’s journals from this working were originally published in the work known as John St. John in The Equinox volume 1:1 in 1909. In this journal, Crowley clearly describes the working and re-working of Liber Pyramidos which he refers to as the “perfect ritual of self-initiation” and even further… “if one could only dare to hope it! – to thee 8=3 attainment”. It was during this 13 day Magickal working that Crowley began to contemplate, among other things, the Dweller on threshold and his motto as V.V.V.V.V. etc… In reading John St. John one is able to detect a subtle shift in Crowley’s “thinking”. This can be understood as that shift from John the man to John the Saint. A hint to Crowley’s meaning behind the title John St. John. In other words, it was during this period of time, while working with Pyramidos, in conjunction with certain yoga practices focusing on the Vishuddha Chakra, that Crowley first began to attain to the Grade of 8◦=3▫, (the clues are always there for them whom have eyes to see them).”

4) A structural analysis of the manuscript rituals which compose the textual history and variant practices of Liber Pyramidos and its relationship to the highly secret A⸫A⸫ ‘ThROA’ ritual. The structural analysis of Pyramidos is composed of the following main sources and numerous secondary ones:

i) The manuscript at the North Western Library

ii) The so-called ‘Frank Bennett’ version

iii) Liber ThROA

iv) The Magickal Record John St John (Equinox I:1)

5) A working reflection of the Pyramidos process by a brother of the Astrum Argentum and a presentation of the ritual as a series of initiatic states.



“Within our Order, there are only two official initiations, and both, regardless of the situation in the past, are exclusively given in the form of self-initiation. Their full value is in the Aspirant’s work with himself, as the perfection of the ritual does not lie in the perfection of its performance for it is unattainable. At the end of his Probation, if he satisfied all the elements of his Grade, the Probationer is given to pass the Ritual of the Pyramid, or Liber DCLXXI vel Pyramidos, which confirms him as a Neophyte. In the same way, a Neophyte passes through the Ritual CXX, of Passage through the Duat, or Liber Cadaveris, which establishes him as a Zelator. It would be wrong to assume whether the ritual of the Pyramid is the final act of the Probationer, or it is the introductory chapter of a Neophyte. Perhaps both conclusions are equally correct. These rituals contain the mysteries that an Aspirant’s unconscious will roll and shape further during the Grades, and it cannot be said with certainty what kind of performance would be considered as appropriate.

The ritual of the Pyramid, or Pyramidos hereinafter, is built on the basis of the dramatic ritual, where an Aspirant assumes specific godly forms and passes through a certain process of transformation. This process of change will accompany him all along the region of the Golden Dawn, to the achievement of the Adeptus Minor. This process will, of course, only modify its form, depending on the Grade, but the same essence is present both in the Probationer and in the Philosophus; it is about a subtle, inner experience that initiates a major change, soon to be realized. It should not be confused with Liber ThROA, which is a group ritual of initiation in which, besides the initiate, roles also have officers of the Order. But is there anyone else in the great Pyramid, except an Aspirant? Is he not all alone, is the Pyramid not constructed for him and himself only? Above all, the Aspirant should comprehend the formula and essence of the ritual, and that his contemplation on all this should be part of his work on the Grade.



Many discussions were conducted around the secret word of a Neophyte. What can be found in public records is the first and the last letter of that word, and the numerical value of 93. M….M. Although every careful researcher will find how it was derived, it is more important to outline the principle based on which the whole thing works. The word is never pronounced in the outer, and it is never transmitted in the way as it is done with other words. Above all, one should take into account that M….M is not a word but a formula, which only represents or resembles a subtle inner story, and it is necessary to obtain it through one’s Zelator in its proper form. The secret word is the axis of the whole of this initiation, which is fully nourished by the vibration of that word. It never gets transmitted, except to the Neophyte of the A∴A∴ and there are strong reasons why it is so. First and foremost, the very process of finding this word starts much earlier than in Pyramidos, if nothing else then precisely at this point, now reading these words represents the achievement and valuable process by itself. The very word is the mental arabesque about settling the Aspirant’s soul inside the Pyramid, imprinting his mind into its monumental heart. This word is the formula of conversion of two entirely different currencies; those elemental and those spiritual ones. This word is a translator, which יהוה turns into יהשוה, it is a formula that explains life itself. This word, like magical words of the old times used by a necromancer to raise the dead, will imprint the soul into dead things and make them alive. It is symbolically responsible for our true awakening, our true initiation. And as every Pyramid is a tomb of the body, so it is equally a cradle of the soul. And here, a born man occupies the place of other unborn.



The word is not hiding from the Probationer, but from “his” Binah, and we will have an opportunity to discuss more about this brilliant tale later. It can be openly noticed that phenomenon of the words in the A∴A∴ has a very special place. As a Neophyte, the Aspirant receives from his Zelator the hidden word, then, as an accomplished Adept he receives the name of his Angel, and finally, as Magus, he obtains the word of Æon. All three Grades are pervaded by acceptance of certain words which fulfill the utmost domains of human existence, the words under which the whole Universe shakes, as the ether through which these vibrations are transmitted, from Yesod to Chokmah.” (Frater Aureus)