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Thursday, September 1, 2016

BLESSED MABON!


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


WHO WE ARE: Edge of the Circle Books is Seattle's resource for Paganism & the Occult. This newsletter seeks to provide the Seattle community with a place to list events, post articles, and do a bit of networking.


Edge of the Circle Books strives to be your ideal Magical Pagan store.
Open 7 days a week, Noon 'till 8pm.A
Call: 206-PAN-1999


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ROSICRUCIAN TRILOGY:
Modern Translations for the Three Founding Documents
By Joscelyn Godwin , Christopher McIntosh , Donate Pahnke McIntosh
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books; Tra. edition (September 1, 2016)
List Price: Hardcover $45.00
List Price: Paperback $22.95


FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The Rosicrucian Trilogy features modern translations of Fama Fraternitatis (1614), Confessio Fraternitatis (1615), and The Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreuz (1616) with 30 original illustrations by Hans Wildermann.

Four hundred years ago, the publication of these 3 anonymous documents launched the Rosicrucian movement. The story of Christian Rosenkreuz and his secretive order, as told in the Fama Fraternitatis, had political repercussions that continue to this day, while The Chemical Wedding is a landmark in European fantasy fiction. This present book offers the 3 founding documents in reliable, readable, modern English. Fully annotated and with modern introductions, these new translations explain the historical context, shed light on the beginnings of the Rosicrucian Order, and bring this fascinating material to a wider readership.


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STRANGE ATTRACTOR JOURNAL FOUR
Edited by Mark Pilkington
Strange Attractor Press
320 pages A5 Paperback
List Price: $26.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The eagerly awaited fourth edition of the acclaimed anthology series.

From Haiti and Hong Kong to the fourth dimension and beyond: discover the secrets of madness in animals; voodoo soul and dub music; ancient peacock deities; Chinese poisoning cults; the history of spider silk weaving; heathen mugwort magic; sentient lightning; Jesuit conspiracy theories; junkie explorers; Dali’s Atlantis; the resurgence of Pan (in London’s Crouch End); anarchist pirates on Madagascar; an ancient Greek Rip Van Winkle; French anatomical waxworks; Arthur Machen’s forgotten tales and the full text of Alan Moore’s unfinished John Dee opera.

Featuring written and visual contributions from:

Richard Barnett, Mark Blacklock, John Cussans, Erik Davis, Paul Devereux, Roger Dobson, Joanna Ebenstein, Stephen Grasso, Gyrus, Ken Hollings, Mike Jay, Phil Legard, David Luke, Eleanor Morgan, Alan Moore, Steve Moore, Michael Neve, Andy Sharp, Robert Wallis, Sean Walsh.

Artwork by Joel Biroco, Julian House, Phil Legard, Eleanor Morgan, Arik Roper & Nathalie Tayton.


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FOR THE LOVE OF THE GODS:
The History and Modern Practice of Theurgy
By Brandy Williams
Paperback: 360 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (September 8, 2016)
List Price: $21.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Follow the Footsteps of History and Discover the Path to the Gods...

For the Love of the Gods tells the epic story of Theurgy, from its roots in ancient Egypt to its modern day practice. The lives and passions of the early Pagan philosophers come alive in these pages, immersing you in the bustling cities and diverse cultures that spawned Theurgy as we know it today. Theurgy is best understood when it is deeply experienced. The stories presented here re-create the experience of these ancient practices and show how they were passed down through generations of teachers and students of differing ethnicities, genders, and ages.

It's commonly believed that ancient Pagan Theurgy traditions were erased from the earth and replaced by monotheistic religions―but this is a myth. The way to the gods was never lost. For the Love of the Gods shares step-by-step instructions for Theurgic rituals, so that you can create relationships with the gods and love them as the ancients did. Discover how to offer devotionals, create living statues, invoke into yourself and others, and achieve personal communion so that you, too, may dwell in the happy presence of the divine.



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Pagan Portals
THE CAILLEACH
By Rachel Patterson
Paperback: 104 pages
Publisher: Moon Books (July 29, 2016)
List Price: $9.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The Cailleach - goddess of the ancestors, wisdom that comes with age, the weather, time, shape-shifting and winter. Within the pages of this book Rachel Patterson gives the reader an introduction to the mysteries, myths, legends and magic of the ancient hag goddess The Cailleach, drawing upon ancient legends, stories told and her own experiences.







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BIRD MAGIC:
Wisdom of the Ancient Goddess for Pagans & Wiccans
By Sandra Kynes
Paperback: 312 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (August 8, 2016)
List Price: $19.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Connect to the Great Goddess through the Magic of Birds...

Birds have been symbolic of the Great Goddess for millennia, representing her power and connection to the mysteries of life, death, and spirit. Bird Magic teaches you how to commune with the Goddess, incorporating her into your magical life through exercises, crafts, meditations, and more.

Working with bird magic helps awaken your intuition, tap into subtle energies around you, and strengthen your bond with the natural world. Providing an encyclopedic listing of more than sixty bird species―highlighting each one’s history, folklore, location, appearance, and magical wisdom―Bird Magic shows how they can enhance your spiritual and personal life. With in-depth information, helpful illustrations, and hands-on guidance, this book will be your go-to reference for years to come.


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THE AWAKENING GROUND:
A Guide to Contemplative Mysticism
By David Chaim Smith
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Inner Traditions (July 28, 2016)
List Price: $ 29.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Author David Chaim Smith offers a guide to the practice of mystical contemplation from the perspective of a highly unusual form of non-dual Kabbalah, unfettered by both religious mythology and psychological reductionism. The path articulates the ultimate quest for meaning, which seeks to pass through the clutter of the mind's conceptual associations to nakedly and directly recognize the innate essentiality of all things known as the light of En (no) Sof (end), or the Infinite. Most mainstream conventional schools of Kabbalah hold such a radical aspiration to be inapproachable at best, and heretical at worst.

  • The work introduces six stages that articulate how the mind breaks through its own restrictive habitual reflexes to awaken to the ground of En Sof, which is the mind's essential nature~


  • Each stage is illustrated by the author's own original works of art and line diagrams~


  • Draws upon obscure sources such as the 13th-century Kabbalistic text Fountain of Wisdom, various alchemical and gnostic texts, and the writings of Isaac the Blind~



The author reveals how meaning never remains static--its nature is to move, transmit, and display--yet its precious potential becomes buried under layers of mental constructs. He explains how the mind's habits and reflexes impose structures of containment that try to make sense out of phenomena, but these very structures actually obscure their essence completely. Smith's experiential path to gnostic awakening reveals how, in the wake of the lesser concerns of the conceptual mind, primordial purity shines in resonances of vast poetic beauty, if a sensibility of wonder, awe, and delight is cultivated.
Contemplation begins with intellectual understanding. As contemplation deepens, the mind shifts from the accumulation of data to the unfolding of direct gnostic apprehension. This dissolves the idea that outer and inner or personal and cosmic distinctions exist, allowing phenomena to return to its basis as a single, uninterrupted continuum. As the mind becomes dwarfed by the sheer immensity of this vast wholeness, the character of meaning begins to change. Meaning's fullness shapes the mind rather than the mind's reflexes and habits shaping meaning. The fullness opens beyond the experiences the mind relies upon to define both itself and the world, but paradoxically only arises within those experiences as their basis. Once this basis is recognized as the root of the paradox, the awakening ground becomes clear.

Offering a step-by-step analysis to the ecstatic aspects of contemplative revelation, David Chaim Smith explores how to ride the razor's edge of the paradox to coax the mind from the sleep of habituation towards the culmination of gnosis. Although the process is described within the traditional symbol system of kabbalah, its import is a truly radical exponent of extreme mysticism.


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MEDIUM:
A Step-by-Step Guide to Communicating with the Spirit World
By Konstanza Morning Star
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (August 8, 2016)
List Price: $15.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Learn and Perfect Your Spirit Communication Using a Straightforward, Step-By-Step Process...

With precise detail, a wide variety of exercises, and a wealth of expertise, Konstanza Morning Star shows how to develop your innate gift of spirit communication. Discover how mediumship works, how anyone can use it, and how to build a strong spiritual foundation so that your abilities will flourish.

Medium is a beginner-friendly book designed to help you gain strong and clear spiritual perception through a nine-step process. It takes you inside the medium’s mind and body, demonstrating how to actually experience contact with a spirit person through clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairsentience, and other spiritual senses. Featuring instructions for creating and conducting a home practice circle, assisting a “stuck” spirit to move on to the light, and much more, this is a book no aspiring medium should be without.



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LLEWELLYN'S COMPLETE BOOK OF TAROT:
A Comprehensive Guide
By Anthony Louis
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (August 8, 2016)
List Price: $24.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Comprehensive and easy to use, Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Tarot contains everything you ever wanted to know about tarot. Join Anthony Louis as he explores tarot history, shares card meanings and spreads, and provides detailed guidance that educates and inspires, whether you’re a beginner or an advanced reader.

Discover basic reading techniques for a wide variety of systems, including Marseilles, Rider-Waite, and Thoth. Identify the meaning of associations, correspondences, reversals, and dignities, and experience the ways that tarot interacts with astrology and personal spirituality. Combine tarot reading with Kabbalah, numerology, Jungian psychology, journaling, and storytelling while exploring card selection, creativity, tarot ethics, and specialized spreads. Focusing on the use of tarot for insight, empowerment, self-understanding, and fortunetelling, Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Tarot provides centuries of accumulated wisdom that will enable you to make optimal use of one of the most powerful spiritual tools ever developed.


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THE SAGE TAROT DECK:
A Modern Oracle
By Sage Lee
Collector's First Edition
Publisher: Transformational Change Institute, LLC, 2016
List Price: $35.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Over seven years in the making, The Sage Tarot is not a copy of the Rider-Waite deck and while the artwork is stunning, it is not a deck that focuses on artwork only. This is a beautiful, symbolically rich contemporary deck that rewards the deepest level of study yet can be used by beginners. It's designed for use, not just for collection.

The Deck uses fine art and sculpture from history and inspiration. Many of the cards are based on:

  • Classical Greek sculpture
  • Renaissance painting
  • Assyrian and Egyptian Art
  • The Circus


Information and additional features in the deck:

  • All Hebrew letters and the zodiac/planetary signs are printed on the Majors.
  • The Royalty are designed as families which share symbols and environments when laid in a row.
  • The Pips show the astrological correspondences, allowing you to read more deeply.




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GAIAN TAROT:
Healing the Earth, Healing Ourselves
By Joanna Powell Colbert
2016 Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
Box set 6″ x 9″ x 1 3/4″ | 78 art cards | 184 pp
List Price: $34.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Gaia (Mother Nature) is the primal Greek goddess said by ancients to have given birth to the sky, sea, mountains, and all of creation. This beautiful 78-card contemporary and mythical Tarot set with accompanying spiritual guide has a focus on the healing of the earth and of the self. The Major Arcana cards represent 22 soul lessons and archetypes that grew out of the religious and mystical worldview of Renaissance Europe. The Minors illustrate elements, numbers, and people. Interpretations include uprights and reverse divinatory meanings, themes, exercises, symbolism, journal questions, affirmations, and ten spreads. Sometimes the cards illustrate part of the world we live in, sometimes they show the realms of spirit, and sometimes they inhabit the borderlines between the two. Gaian spirituality understands that humans, plants, animals, stones, and stars are all inextricably linked—when one strand is pulled, the entire web is affected. Especially intended for those who practice earth-centered spirituality.




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TAROT APOKALYPSIS KIT
By Kim Huggens and Erik C. Dunne
Publisher: Llewellyn, Lo Scarabeo, August 2016
Boxed Kit, 78 Cards, 480 page Guidebook
List Price: $34.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Revelations of truth and light await the reader of the Tarot Apokalypsis Kit, the follow-up to Erik Dunne’s popular Tarot Illuminati. With richly detailed illustrations inspired by ancient spiritual practices, these cards possess all the vivid color of stained glass and the wisdom of our higher awareness. From the Eleusinian mysteries of Greece to the deserts of ancient Egypt, from the beauty of classical Rome to the Shiva rituals of India, this deck highlights the pathways of the spirit found in the great mystery traditions of the world.







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CECCOLI ORACLE
By Lunaea Weatherstone and Nicoletta Ceccoli
Publisher: Llewellyn, Lo Scarabeo, September 2016
Boxed Deck – Large, Book and 32 Cards
List Price: $19.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Celebrated illustrator Nicoletta Ceccoli draws in a style of provocative enchantment. These oracle cards provide insight into complex questions, where the dark mingles with the light and reveals the shades of gray that illuminate our most profound truths.















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"I’ve been reading Tarot for more than thirty years and reading professionally at Seattle’s Edge of the Circle Books for more than 15 years. My belief is that Tarot is best used for putting you in touch with your own subconscious, allowing you to make healthy decisions that can change your life for the better. My readings tend to be commonsensical, geared toward helping the client deal with issues and obstacles to wholeness in a way that brings a sense of self-empowerment.

Please inquire about Tarot Parties, classes and other events.

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Tarot Readings that Guide, Nourish and Refresh the Soul
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We are NOW located at: 1307 NE 45th St., between Brooklyn Ave NE and University Way NE, next to the Neptune Theatre, in the University District.


This concludes our Newsletter for this month.
Look for us again October 1st, 2016
Raven, Editrix, Edge of the Circle Books Newsletter



















Sunday, August 21, 2016

NEW TITLES FROM STRANGE ATTRACTOR PRESS, ABRACAX HOUSE

EDGE OF THE CIRCLE BOOKS
IS PROUD TO PRESENT
THE FOLLOWING NEW TITLES:










LOST ENVOY
The Tarot Deck of Austin Osman Spare
Edited by Jonathan Allen
Published by Strange Attractor Press in association with The Magic Circle, and supported by Arts Council England. Designed by Fraser Muggeridge studio, London.
336pp pages, hardback, 233mm x 174mm
Fully illustrated in colour, with over 200 images. Standard edition.
List Price: $52.50

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
In the Spring of 2013 a 79-card, hand-painted tarot deck created c.1906 by the mystic and artist Austin Osman Spare, was identified within the collections of The Magic Circle Museum in London.

Austin Spare’s life-long interest in cartomancy is well documented, yet very few of his own fortune-telling cards were thought to have survived. This compelling new example of the artist’s early work demonstrates his precocious involvement with the currents that shaped the British Occult Revival at the beginning of 20th century, and his interactions with some of the period’s lesser-known protagonists.



Magic Circle Museum curator and artist Jonathan Allen immediately recognised that Spare’s cards were not only art-historically significant, but also entirely unknown outside of The Magic Circle’s collections, and set about tracing the deck’s provenance, its place in the artist’s oeuvre and within the wider histories of cartomancy.



Lost Envoy reproduces Austin Spare’s tarot deck in its entirety for the first time, alongside new written and visual contributions from Jonathan Allen, Phil Baker, Helen Farley, Alan Moore, Kevin O’Neill, Sally O’Reilly and Gavin Semple.

The book is designed by Fraser Muggeridge studio, with a cover incorporating the vibrant back colours of Spare’s cards, a period binding common to many of the volumes found in The Magic Circle library and a gold deboss of the artist’s autographic ‘bird-head’ motif, as discovered within the deck itself. The numbered and debossed special edition contains several fold-out sections showing conspicuous alignment between cards.



Published by Strange Attractor Press in association with The Magic Circle, and supported by Arts Council England. Designed by Fraser Muggeridge studio, London.
















INFERNAL LEGENDSBy J. Collin de Plancy, Michael Coles (Editor), Anna Dorzhieva (Illustrator), Jean Christophe-Dufau (Translator)

Leather Bound in slipcase: This book is a handsome octavo volume bound in real tan leather, featuring a brown leather spine and corners. The book features full-color endpapers, an index and bookmark. Each book is delivered in a custom designer box.
Publisher: Abracax House, 2016
List Price: $69.50


FROM THE PUBLISHER:
In a series of fascinating short stories, famed occultist and demonologist author J. Collin de Plancy explores the world of infernal deal-making.

De Plancy's characters run the gamut from the innocent to the most violent and hated figures of the day. The stories delve into the supernatural and explore people who tricked the Devil and those who came up on the losing end of infernal pacts. 


De Plancy even explores what happens when the Devil must preach the word of God and the consequences of asking the Virgin Mary to intervene on behalf of the righteous.


About the Author: J. Collin de Plancy was a famed 19th-century French occultist, demonologist, researcher and writer on supernatural topics. He published several works on occultism and demonology. Jean-Christophe Dufau is a book author and expert translator, whose works include the first English language translation of the full text of De Plancy's Infernal Dictionary and The Amusements of Cartomancy.














THE FALSE HIERARCHY OF DEMONS
Illustrated English Translation of Pseudomonarchia Daemonum
By Johann Weyer (Author), Michael Coles (Editor), Natalia Zasadzinska (Translator)

Leather Bound in slipcase: Each octavo volume is bound in red leather with a black leather spine and gold foil embossing. The English text is shown in black, side-by-side with the original Latin text in red. In addition, the book has a new index, bookmark and full-color endpapers. The book is delivered in a designer box.
Publisher: Abracax House, 2016
List Price: $69.50


FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Johann Weyer's "Pseudomonarchia Daemonum" is considered the great-granddaddy of demonic catalogues.

Many later works, including Scot's "Discoverie of Witchcraft" and the Goetia, are considered derivatives of Weyer's classic.

A limited quantity of this real leather-bound edition of "The False Hierarchy of Demons: Illustrated English Translation of Pseudomonarchia Daemonum" were produced. This new definitive translation of Weyer's four hundred-year-old encyclopedic work of demonology includes digitally enhanced and enlarged versions of de Plancy's 19th-century woodcuts from Dictionnaire Infernal, demonic seal reproductions and newly commissioned full-color illustrations from an international team of fantasy artists, each providing a unique modern vision of these infernal beings.



The "Pseudomonarchia Daemonum" was originally published as an appendix to the hugely popular "De Prestigiis Daemonum."


Since then, it has been used as the definitive reference and source for dozens of grimoires including The Lesser Key of Solomon and Dictionnaire Infernal.







Wednesday, August 10, 2016

NEW TITLES FROM HELL FIRE CLUB BOOKS: HRILIU,THEAGOGIA &PYRAMIDOS

EDGE OF THE CIRCLE BOOKS
IS PROUD TO PRESENT
THE FOLLOWING NEW TITLES
FROM HELL FIRE CLUB BOOKS:







HRILIU
A Symbolic Exploration of the Gnostic Mass
By IAO131
Deluxe Binding
English Sheepskin
Limited to only 220 hand-numbered copies
Available in a deluxe binding of Lincoln Green grained English sheepskin, bright yellow Kashgar silk endpapers, dark green and gold headbands, decorated in blind and gold tooling, each copy fully hand bound in our Hell Fire's own Bindery .
List Price: $112.50

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
In the name of the Lord of the Aeon & Dedicated to all Beings who seek the Light!

Ecclesiae Gnosticae Catholicae Canon Missae

Shewing forth in dramatic form the central Sexual/Magickal Secret
of the IX° of the ORDO TEMPLI ORIENTIS

Written to aid all in their experience of intimate devotion,
intense worship and profound Truth!

The simplest, most direct and most powerful of all magick ceremonies is the Eucharist, it is quite literally the transmutation of the material being into the divine, filling the individual with Love, leading eventually to becoming a divinity oneself…
This book is a long and profound study of Aleister Crowley's Gnostic Mass,
the most magnificent ritual celebration of the secrets of
Invocation...
Consecration...
Transformation...

Part I

General Symbolism
The Symbolic Dimensions of the Gnostic Mass
The Officers
Magical Energy in the Gnostic Mass
The Mass of Baphomet
The Basic Plot of the Gnostic Mass


Part II

A Detailed Analysis..
The Furnishings of the Temple
The Officers
The Ceremony of Introit
The Ceremony of the Opening of the Veil
Of the Office of the Collects which are Eleven in Number
Of the Consecration of the Elements
Of the Office of the Anthem
Of the Mystic Marriage & the Consummation of the Elements


About the Author:
IAO131 is the author of numerous books, journal articles and artworks
of a Magickal and philosophical nature.
His books ‘Fresh Fever from the Skies’, ‘Naturalistic Occultism’
and the ‘Thelema Sutras’ stand tall in a literature which already
boasts the works of many great occult writers
including Regardie, Frater Achad and Aleister Crowley himself.










PYRAMIDOS:
Self Initiation in the Aeon of Horus
by David Mattichak
Limited to 93 copies
Published Vernal Equinox 2016
Bound in silver-grey cloth hardcovers, titles printed via letterpress then stamped in silver with the seal of the A.’.A.’. black Fabriano endpapers, book printed onto quality paper with sewn sections.
List Price: $52.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Pyramidos: Self Initiation in the Aeon of Horus

A superb work on the magick arte with over 400 pages and diagrams, including 15 illustrations and a complete bibliography of references.
The Pyramidos Ritual is a fundamental component of Aleister Crowley's comprehensive system of magick. This truly original magick ceremony is an effective initiation ritual and forms a cornerstone in the practice of modern Hermetic magick. The Pyramidos Ritual, based on the Neophyte initiation ceremony of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, is drawn on throughout the magical practices of the Great Beast 666, and is one of his most dynamic ceremonial compositions.

Pyramidos traces the history and development of this fundamental magical ceremony from its earliest origins in the famed Golden Dawn Cipher Documents, through Crowley's first attempts to codify a system of magick in the Order of the Lamp of the Invisible Light to the final composition of the Pyramidos Ritual as the jewel in the crown of Crowley's own magical order.

The Pyramidos Ceremony is included in its fully expanded form and the symbolism of the ritual is explained in detail. There is also a comprehensive examination of the Golden Dawn Neophyte Ceremony. Pyramidosis is a handbook for the performance of this central ceremony of modern Hermetic magick as well as incorporating several complete magick ceremonies which are discussed in the text.

Pyramidos Synopsis.

Overview:
Pyramidos examines Aleister Crowley’s Pyramidos Ritual DCLXXI from its origins in the magical instructions of the hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn to its use as the Neophyte Initiation Ceremony of Crowley’s magical order A.’.A.’.. The Golden Dawn system of symbolism is detailed to provide an in-depth description of the original ceremony of First Initiation upon which the Beast based Ritual 671. The complete text of the Pyramidos Ritual is included along with several of the earlier ceremonies that were incorporated in its composition. Pyramidos: Self Initiation in the Aeon of Horus includes 15 illustrations and a comprehensive bibliography.

Detailed Synopsis:
Part One is a detailed examination of the sources of the Pyramidos Ritual. It includes a comprehensive description of the Formula of Light that formed the basis of the magical ceremonies of the Golden Dawn.

Chapter One: explores the provenance of the Pyramidos Ritual with a history of the Golden Dawn Neophyte Ceremony and its associated instructional “Z Documents”.

Chapter Two: examines the Golden Dawn Z Documents in depth and explains their influence on the development of Ritual 671.

Chapter Three: gives a clear and detailed description of the Hall of the Neophytes of the Golden Dawn with complete explanations of the officers, stations, implements and ceremonial forms of the Neophyte Ceremony.

Chapter Four: is a detailed examination of the ceremony used for opening the Hall of the Neophytes by the Golden Dawn.

Chapter Five: explains the symbolism of the introduction of the candidate for initiation and his passage through the temple via the Gates of the Elements.

Chapter Six: is a detailed account of the closing ceremony for the Hall of the Neophytes of the Golden Dawn.
Part Two explores the influence that the Golden Dawn Equinox Ceremony had on Crowley’s magick and gives a detailed retelling of the Beast’s initial attempts to establish his own magical order prior to the establishment of Thelema with the reception of the Book of the Law in 1904.

Chapter Seven: explores the Golden Dawn Equinox Ceremony and provides a detailed description of its symbols and its influence on Crowley’s work.

Chapter Eight: provides a history of the Order of the Lamp of the Invisible Light which Crowley attempted to establish in 1900 and the influence that this had on the development of Ritual 671.

Part Three is a detailed explanation of the Pyramidos Ritual, beginning with the complete text of the ceremony. The symbolism of the ritual is given in detail and the preparations necessary for its performance are discussed in full.

Chapter Nine: The complete text of Ritual DCLXXI vel Pyramidos including all of the words, signs and visualizations necessary for its performance.

Chapter Ten: explores the symbolism of the Pyramidos Ritual, giving a detailed account of the meaning and the intention behind each step in the ceremonial performance.

Chapter Eleven: offers some guidelines for the student to prepare to perform this important ceremony.


About the author:
D.G. Mattichak Jr. is a well-known occultist with over 30 years of experience in the study and practice of Hermetic ceremonial magick. He is an author, freelance writer and blogger and has written extensively on many occult topics including Qabalah, Tarot, magick as well as Thelema and the Aeon of Horus.

David took up the study of magick in 1980 and started the elementary practices of A.’.A.’. in 1981 and began to work with the Pyramidos Ceremony at this time. His early study in magick encompassed a variety of disciplines including the Golden Dawn system of magick, Hermetic qabalah, Tarot as well as the Solomonic grimiors and an enduring interest in the Sacred Magick of Abramelin. In 1983 David found a simple solution to the English Qabalah of the Book of the Law and devoted several years to studying this fundamental book of Thelema, later publishing his findings in A Comment on the Verses of the Book of the Law (2010, Rose Dog Books).

Throughout the 1980s David was involved with the Australian Wiccan movement and was one of the original organizers of the Mount Franklin Annual Pagan Gathering. This great Sabbat has celebrated Beltane in rural Victoria in Australia for over thirty years, making it one of the longest-running Neo-Pagan festivals in the world.

An early interest in astral travel encouraged David to make a complete investigation of the twenty-two Paths of Sepher Yetzirah in 1996. These astral explorations of the planes that correspond to the twenty-two Tarot Trump cards resulted in a series of visions of the Paths which were published as The Sword & The Serpent (2012, Lulu).

In the past decade David has written on occult and spiritual topics for a number of publications and has been keeping a popular occult inspired website; AnkhafnaKhonsu Esoterica since 2009, providing in-depth discussion of the practice of magick, Thelema and occultism. Inspired by the growing interest in Aleister Crowley and his magick in recent years, David wrote Pyramidos: Self Initiation in the Aeon of Horus as a guide to using this classical work of ceremonial magick.








THEAGOGIA: EVOCATING THE GODS

(Spells of Evocation, Necromancy & Eroticism)
Divine Evocation in the Greaco-Egyptian Magical Papyri
By Christopher Plaisance
Limited to precisely 80 deluxe copies printed large format 104 pp with extensive notes and bibliography, hand bound in tan kid morocco leather, titles and front design stamped in matte black, black endpapers, black and gold headbands, pages folio sewn with black ribbon.
List Price: $139.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
A masterful exposition of the praxis, literature and origin of Divine Evocation in the Graeco-Egyptian Magical Papyri and related texts (The Chaldaean Oracles, the Corpus Hermeticum, the writings of Iamblichus) encompassing the nature of Impious Magic, Love Magic, Binding Spells etc. 




The Graeco-Egyptian Magical Papyri (PGM’s) are an extensive collection of magical literature from the ancient world and form one of the most important resources for the preservation and study of initiatic Egyptian Magic.
In this important monograph Christopher Plaisance explores the fine balance between ‘Goetia’ and ‘Theurgy’ suggested by the Divine Evocation spells, and explores the most complete example of ‘Evocation to Visible Appearance’ as it appears in the largest and most important of all ancient magical texts (PGM IV) and its relationship to coercive spells, necromancy and erotic magic.


About the Author:
Christopher Plaisance has a Masters Degree from Exeter University’s International Centre for the Study of Esotericism (EXESESO), he is a regular contributor to many academic journals and is currently engaged in research on Enochian Magic for a Phd at the University of Groningen.


Chapters include:

Methodology /Terms and Definitions

Spells of Binding and Constraint

Erotic Enchantments

Psychagogy and Necromancy

Evocating the Gods




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