Monday, March 11, 2019



By Colin Campbell
Standard Edition Hardcover. Small quarto (6 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches: approx. 17.1cm x 22.2cm). viii + 280pp. Bound in high quality black cloth, with a gilt design stamped on the front cover, blind rules; gilt-lettered spine. Sewn, printed on acid free paper. Black endpapers. Diagrams and seals. Limited to 720 hand-numbered copies.
List Price: $ 64.95

Of the Arte Goetia is a significant new study of the text known as The Goetia by Colin Campbell, author of The Magic Seal of Dr. John Dee. In this work Campbell examines the evolution of "The Goetia", from the proto-Goetia of Wier's Pseudomonarchia Daemonum, through the first English translation in Scot's Discoverie of Witchcraft, and on to the English-language manuscripts from which most modern editions are drawn. Campbell reproduces the significant passages of each of these sources side-by-side, highlighting their differences, and allowing him to correct a number of errors, lacunae or redactions that the comparisons reveal.

His researches also shed light on a number of obscure internal references, the meaning of which only becomes apparent when the viewed in the context of the historical development of the texts. Whilst largely an historical/textual exploration, Campbell also includes a short chapter in which he reflects on approaches to working with the forces of the Goetia.


(2nd Edition: Revised & Enlarged).
by J. Edward Cornelius and A. Edward Drylie (Contributing Editor).
The softcover is 8vo. (Octavo: 9 x 6 inches: approx. 22.9cm x 15.2), [vi] + 382pp. Color laminated wrappers. B/w illustrations. Sewn, printed on acid-free paper.
Edition limited to 418 numbered, the first hundred of which include a bookplate signed by the editors.. New Book. Fine (no dust jacket issued). (45747)
List Price: $32.50

Comprising nearly 400 pages and many thousands of listings, this new edition of The Aleister Crowley Desk Reference is the most comprehensive alphabetical guide to the writings of "the Beast" ever created. While its primary purpose is to allow the reader to trace the various appearances in print of any published work by Aleister Crowley, it is much more than a simple cross-reference, and the listings are enlivened with bibliographical and historical detail that is sure to delight and amuse even the most jaded Crowleyphile. The sometimes baffling system of "Liber" numbers and classifications are clearly laid out in a series of Appendicies.

The principal editor of the text, J. Edward Cornelius, is of course well known in Thelemic circles, not least for his editorship of the "Red Flame" series of journals in which "The Aleister Crowley Desk Reference" first appeared. Contributing editor, Andrew Drylie, is also an authority on Crowley's works and was co-author of the "Crowley Cross-Index" (1976), the first modern work to systematically explore the publishing history of his texts.


by Rosaleen Norton & Gavin Greenlees, With an Introduction by Keith Richmond.
The book is a hardcover, large quarto (12.25 x 9.25 inches: approx. 31 x 24cm), 128pp. Quality red cloth binding with gilt design by Norton and titling on the upper board, and gilt titling to spine. Sewn, printed on heavy weight acid-free art paper. Black and white frontispiece, and 31 mostly full page black & white plates, plus several smaller drawings. Colour endpapers with printed design by Norton. Glossy dust jacket.
Edition limited to 650 numbered copies.
List Price: US $99.95

The first US edition (and the first-ever complete facsimile edition) of this magnificent book of occult-inspired artist Rosaleen Norton's drawings, with poems by Norton and her lover Gavin Greenlees.

The original edition of The Art of Rosaleen Norton was published in Sydney, Australia, in 1952 and immediately sparked a furore on account of its unabashedly occult and erotic imagery, and its iconoclastic jabs at the status quo and the authorities who defended it.

The artist, Rosaleen Norton, was no stranger to controversy. Born in New Zealand in 1917, she moved to Australia with her family when still a child and began drawing at the age of three, going on to study art at the prestigious East Sydney Technical College after leaving school. She worked briefly for a weekly newspaper, but soon abandoned regular employment and commenced a succession of part-time and temporary jobs which enabled her to devote herself both to her art and to her growing fascination with the occult. An accomplished artist and natural rebel, her bohemian lifestyle, unconventional beliefs, and her challenging and often sexually-charged artwork attracted the condemnation of moral conservatives. Despite previous exhibitions of her work in Adelaide and Sydney proceeding without problem, police raided an exhibition of Norton’s art in Victoria in 1949 and she was subsequently charged with exhibiting “obscene articles.” Norton won that case, but following its release in 1952 her book The Art of Rosaleen Norton was soon banned from importation into the USA on the grounds of obscenity and also had a restricted circulation in Australia, with a court ruling that some of the plates were "obscene and an offence to chastity and delicacy." The publisher could only legally sell copies The Art of Rosaleen Norton that had the offending plates "blacked out." More arrests and charges against Norton followed, culminating in 1960 with the destruction, by judicial order, of several of her paintings. Prior to that no other serious Australian artist had ever been subject to such outrageous bureaucratic vandalism. The popular focus on Norton’s occultism and the sexual nature of some of her paintings meant that her artistic talents were largely ignored. Most knew her only as “the Witch of Kings Cross,” one of Sydney’s more colourful eccentrics. She died in December 1979, leaving the world a rich and unusual artistic legacy that is only now starting to be appreciated.

The Art of Rosaleen Norton was reprinted in Sydney in 1982, but with a number of changes and omissions. This Teitan Press edition is the first US publication of the book, and the first reprint to include a complete facsimile of the original 1952 edition. The facsimile is prefaced by a new 40 page historical Introduction by Keith Richmond who played a key role in organizing the “Occult Visions of Rosaleen Norton” retrospective of Rosaleen Norton’s art that was held in Sydney in 2000, and has also edited a collection of her short stories, Three Macabre Stories (1996 & 2010), and a collection of her magical and autobiographical writings Thorn in the Flesh (2009).

Friday, March 1, 2019


Graphic by Erica (Raven) Branch-Butler
Spring Equinox-
Alban Eilir 
(Light of the Earth)
The Spring Equinox 2019 is on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 (in 18 days).

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A Medieval Treatise on Astral Magic
Translated with an introduction by Dan Attrell and David Porreca
(Part of the Magic in History Series)
384 pages, Hardcover Edition, 31 b&w illustrations
2019, Penn State U Press.
List Price: $39.95

The Picatrix, of Arabic origin, is the most complete handbook of the theory and practice of magic of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Here is a very welcome English translation of the Latin version that was read by Marsilio Ficino, Pico della Mirandola, and Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa. Porreca and Attrell have made the text a pleasure to read and have provided useful notes to explain everything that is obscure or exotic.” —Charles Burnett, Professor of Arabic/Islamic Influences in Europe, Warburg Institute
A manual for constructing talismans, mixing magical compounds, summoning planetary spirits, and determining astrological conditions, Picatrix is a cornerstone of Western esotericism. It offers important insights not only into occult practices and beliefs but also into the transmission of magical ideas from antiquity to the present. Dan Attrell and David Porreca’s English translation opens the world of this vital medieval treatise to modern-day scholars and lay readers.
The original text, Ghāyat al-Ḥakīm, was compiled in Arabic from over two hundred sources in the latter half of the tenth century. It was translated into Castilian Spanish in the mid-thirteenth century, and shortly thereafter into Latin. Based on David Pingree’s edition of the Latin text, this translation captures the spirit of Picatrix’s role in the European tradition. In the world of Picatrix, we see a seamless integration of practical magic, earnest piety, and traditional philosophy. The detailed introduction considers the text’s reception through multiple iterations and includes an enlightening statistical breakdown of the rituals described in the book.

Framed by extensive research on the ancient and medieval context that gave rise to the Latin version of the text, this translation of Picatrix will be an indispensable volume for students and scholars of the history of science, magic, and religion and will fascinate anyone interested in the occult.


A Sourcebook of British Magic
by Daniel Harms and James R. Clark
Hardcover: 360 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (February 8, 2019)
List Price: $65.00

For a Spirit that Walketh And Dozens of Other Spells from an Unknown Cunning Man~

A magical miscellany from the collection of an anonymous benefactor received in Oxford's Bodleian Library in 1634.

Discovered among the antiquarian stacks of the Bodleian Library, this authentic work of seventeenth-century English magic has been meticulously transcribed and annotated by Daniel Harms and illustrated by James R. Clark, who previously collaborated on the bestselling Book of Oberon.

With a comprehensive introduction, annotations, and more than one hundred figures and illustrations, this beautifully reconstructed historical work is filled with never-before-published rituals for calling forth demons, fairies, elementals, and other spiritual beings. This elegantly bound book provides new insights into a fascinating tradition, where a sorcerer or cunning man was paid to perform magic for uncovering theft, combating witchcraft, hunting for treasure, healing, or bidding a spirit to fulfill one's commands. Additionally, the unknown scribe who created the manuscript included brief excerpts from other important magical sources as well as several lists of spirits, some of which specify spirits not mentioned in other published materials. As an additional feature, this deluxe edition retains the red type found in the original manuscript to emphasize keywords. With more than fifty spells and extensive annotations and appendices for contemporary practitioners and collectors, this is an essential work of magic from a unique and compelling source.

A breathtaking work of English magic with scholarly annotations and vibrant reconstructions of the original art.

This edition of an essential seventeenth-century manuscript, thought to be a practical grimoire that was used by a working cunning man, includes fascinating commentary that situates the material in the context of its time. With detailed notes on Thomas Allen and other key figures who actively collected and preserved priceless occult manuscripts, this introductory material also explores the genesis of the Bodleian Library at Oxford, the cultural rifts that resulted from the state's break with Catholicism, and a unique explication of the customs and mores of the era's intellectuals. Readers will also gain valuable insights into how this grimoire compares to other works of magic from the seventeenth century, detailed commentary on the period's cosmological and theological views, and a description of the attitudes toward demons, angels, fairies, and other spirit entities. These annotations by one of the foremost experts in the field provide nuanced perspectives on the milieu in which the original manuscript was created and used, a welcome addition for those who are interested in the enigmatic provenance of such an important work.


Enochian Magic and Modern Occulture
(SUNY series in Western Esoteric Traditions)
by Egil Asprem
Series: SUNY series in Western Esoteric Traditions
Paperback: 230 pages
Publisher: SUNY Press (January 2, 2013)
List Price: $26.95

An exploration of John Dee’s Enochian magic of angel contact, its reinterpretation over the years, and its endurance to the present day.

This fascinating work explores John Dee’s Enochian magic and the history of its reception. Dee (1527–1608/9), an accomplished natural philosopher and member of Queen Elizabeth I’s court, was also an esoteric researcher whose diaries detail years of conversations with angels achieved with the aid of crystal-gazer Edward Kelley. His Enochian magic offers a method for contacting angels and demons based on secrets found in the apocryphal Book of Enoch.

Examining this magical system from its Renaissance origins to present day occultism, Egil Asprem shows how the reception of Dee’s magic is replete with struggles to construct and negotiate authoritative interpretational frameworks for doing magic. Arguing with Angels offers a novel, nuanced approach to questions about how ritual magic has survived the advent of modernity and demonstrates the ways in which modern culture has recreated magical discourse.


(SUNY series in Western Esoteric Traditions)
by Christopher McIntosh
Series: SUNY series in Western Esoteric Traditions
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: SUNY Press; Revised ed. edition (January 1, 2011)
List Price: $31.95

A searching study of Eliphas Lévi and the French occult revival.

This classic study of the French magician Eliphas Lévi and the occult revival in France is at last available again after being out of print and highly sought after for many years. Its central focus is Lévi himself (1810-1875), would-be priest, revolutionary socialist, utopian visionary, artist, poet and, above all, author of a number of seminal books on magic and occultism. It is largely thanks to Lévi, for example, that the Tarot is so widely used today as a divinatory method and a system of esoteric symbolism. The magicians of the Golden Dawn were strongly influenced by him, and Aleister Crowley even believed himself to be Lévi's reincarnation. The book is not only about Lévi, however, but also covers the era of which he was a part and the remarkable figures who preceded and followed him – the esoteric Freemasons and Illuminati of the late 18th century, and later figures such as the Rosicrucian magus Joséphin Péladan, the occultist Papus (Gérard Encausse), the Counter-Pope Eugène Vintras, and the writer J.-K. Huysmans, whose work drew strongly on occult themes. These people were avatars of a set of traditions which are now seen as an important part of the western heritage and which are gaining increasing attention in the academy. Christopher McIntosh's vivid account of this richly fascinating era in the history of occultism remains as fresh and compelling as ever.


by Israel Regardie, Lon Milo DuQuette, Christopher S. Hyatt (Editor), Delfina Marquez-Noe (Illustrator)
Perfect Paperback: 244 pages
Publisher: New Falcon; 1st edition (October 31, 2018)
List Price: 29.95

The Wisdom of Israel Regardie, Volume I, is filled with the rich wisdom and deep knowledge of the world famous occultist who was the personal secretary to Aleister Crowley for four years. This book contains the best of Regardie s introductions to his and other author s books spanning the decades of his career. It also has some of Regardie s best forewords and prefaces. This never before published compilation allows the reader to gain breadth and depth into many of Regardie s writings, thoughts and philosophies in one amazing book.

About the Author:
Israel Regardie (1907-1985) is a crucial figure in the development of modern occultism. At the age of 21 he traveled to Europe to work as Crowley's secretary, a period he writes about in his perceptive and sympathetic biography of the Beast, The Eye in the Triangle. This work describes (and is written despite of) their dramatic falling out which culminated in Crowley writing anonymously to every one whom Regardie knew or might come into contact with alleging all manner of extreme personal faults, no doubt intended to be as hurtful as possible. Regardie's commitment to magic and spiritual advancement continued unabated. He joined the Stella Matutina, a continuation of the Golden Dawn. As the operations of this group faltered Regardie came into possession of the Order's papers, starting in 1937, published them so that the system would be preserved forever. Hand in hand with his magical activities Regardie explored Freudian, Jungian and Reichian psychoanalysis, and became practitioner. For Regardie, magickal endeavour had to interface with spiritual awakening and psychological development. Regardie authored nearly a dozen original books including such substantial works as the Tree of Life, Garden of Pomegranates, The Philosopher's Stone and the Middle Pillar all of which were first issued in the 1930's. He worked to make the Golden Dawn system available and understandable to a new generation with new revised editions of the Golden Dawn and original works drawing upon the system in the 1960's, 70's and 80's. But his transmission of the Golden Dawn system went beyond just communication of information about the system, he also acted as ritual initiator permitting others the reactivation of the Order. Regardie did far more than publishing Eye in the Triangle to bring Crowley to the public eye. He made those parts of the Equinox relevant to magical instruction available in Gems from the Equinox, as well as having a hand in new editions of many of the most important writings such as 777, Law Is For All, Magick Without Tears, Legend of Aleister Crowley, AHA, Book 4, Holy Books, and World's Tragedy. A young occultist for whom Regardie acted as mentor/therapist/initiator was Alan Miller (1943-2008), better know by his pen name Christopher Hyatt. The younger man founded the Israel Regardie Foundation and did much to assist the older man in his retirement. He went on to operate a Golden Dawn temple and become a member of the Sanctuary of Gnosis of the O.T.O. His books were widely and enthusiastically received and he founded New Falcon books, a very important publisher of both classic occult works and new wave occulture. Its list featured works by Crowley, Regardie, Jack Parsons, Timothy Leary, Robert Anton Wilson, Lon Milo DuQuette, Pete Carroll, Phil Hine, Richard Kaczynski, Joseph C. Lisiewski, Stephen Mace, Stephen Sennitt etc etc.


by Israel Regardie, James Wasserman, Christopher S. Hyatt (Editor), Delfina Marquez-Noe (Illustrator)
Perfect Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: New Falcon; 1st edition (October 31, 2018)
List Price: $29.95

The most important thoughts of Israel Regardie lie within the pages of this book. This unique compilation of essays and commentaries span his early career right up to his passing thru the veil. Every student and master will find The Wisdom of Israel Regardie, Volume II, both valuable and fascinating. Israel Regardie was a fascinating figure and larger than life philosopher, capable of kindness and humor while defending truth and justice. His writings capture his capacity for both intellectual rigour and a refreshing sensitive insightfulness. This is the very best of Regardie, an instant classic, and a must read for the esoteric student.


An Introduction to Gaulish Celtic Polytheism
by Segomâros Widugeni, Manny Tejeda-Moreno (Editor)
Paperback: 143 pages
Publisher: ADF Publishing, Inc; 1 edition (August 17, 2018)
List Price: $14.95

Ancient Fires is a seminal text by one of the foremost figures in Gaulish Polytheism today. The book is one of the most complete attempts to explore Gaulish devotion practices and extends effectively our current understanding of the spiritual underpinnings of the Gaulish polytheistic revival movement. The book explores not only the hearth culture prevalent in Gaul but also introduces the reader to Gaulish deities and modern devotional practice. Segomâros Widugeni is one of the best known figures in Gaulish Polytheism, having been practicing for almost two decades, and in other related communities for more than 30 years.

About the Author:
Segomâros Widugeni is one of the best known figures in Gaulish Polytheism, He is also the author, under the pseudonym Aedh Rua, of the book Celtic Flame, on Irish Polytheism. He holds two Master’s Degrees, one in 20th Century German History and the other in Library Science. He speaks two Celtic languages.


Reciprocity and the Gods
by Kirk S Thomas, Manny Tajeda (Editor), Cathy Wayman (Editor), Yung Pham (Illustrator)
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: ADF Publishing; 2 edition (December 9, 2015)
List Price: $14.95

In Sacred Gifts: Reciprocity and the Gods, Rev. Thomas, Archdruid of Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship (ADF), explores the development of personal relationships with Gods and Spirits. He describes the subtle and complex integration of personal commitment, devotion and reciprocal offerings that begin and sustain with the Gods and Spirits. Sacred Gifts is all about reciprocity (the give and take of life) and how the religions of the ancient world relied upon this gift exchange to even exist. Just as people give to each other in life, so may we give to the Gods and Spirits, expecting blessings in return. The book researches the history of reciprocity across various ancient Pagan cultures and organizes the common nature across them. Sacred Gifts explores this timeless way of looking at our dealings with the Gods mirrors how our own society holds together even today. We give love and aid to our friends and family, and they return the favor. And we can give love and aid to the Spirits so that They can return the favor to us. I give so that you may give. We give so that They may give.

About the Author:
Rev. Kirk S. Thomas is a Senior Priest and the Archdruid of Ár nDríaocht Féin, A Druid Fellowship. Born in Richland, Washington (state), he first discovered Paganism in the late 1960’s through Sybil Leek’s book, Diary of a Witch. He is a graduate of the University of New Mexico with a BFA in Theatre Arts (1975), has a Diploma from the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London (1985), and completed his MA in Celtic Studies from the University of Wales, Trinity St. David (2011). He is also past President and current member of the Board of Directors of Cherry Hill Seminary, a Pagan institution that exists to train folks in the skills of Pagan Ministry. His present passions include the priesthood, Celtic studies, Indo-European cosmology and sacrifice, ADF liturgy (written and performed), primal ecstatic trance work, magical healing, Harner Shamanism, singing, teaching, and Pagan festivals.


Uthark, Adulruna, and the Gothic Cabbala
by Thomas Karlsson
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Inner Traditions (February 12, 2019)
List Price: $30.00

Reveals the occult wisdom and multidimensional layers of meaning hidden in the Nordic Rune stones

Explores the practice of the Uthark divination system encoded within the traditional exoteric Futhark system of reading the runes

Traces the relationship between the rune stones and numerology, the Cabbala, alchemy, Gothicism, and sigil magic

Examines the history of the runes and the ancient spiritual mysticism of Odin

Uncovering the dark side of the Nordic rune stones hidden beneath their traditional interpretation, Swedish scholar and runologist Thomas Karlsson examines the rune work of Swedish mystic and runologist Johannes Bureus (1568-1652) and professor Sigurd Agrell (1881-1937), both of whom devoted their lives to uncovering the secret uses of rune stones concealed from all but the highest initiates.

Karlsson begins by examining the Uthark system of divination--the Left Hand Path of the runes--that lies hidden under the traditional Futhark system. According to the lore of Uthark, a cryptographic ruse was used to make it impossible for the uninitiated to know the true order of the runes. Exploring Agrell’s decryption of the Uthark system, Karlsson reveals similarities between the numerology of ancient mystery cults and the Runic tradition. He explains the multidimensional meaning of each rune from the Uthark perspective, their relationships with the nine worlds of Norse cosmogony, and the magical powers of rune-rows and the three aettir rune groupings. He details how to create your own magically-charged runes, direct and activate the force of the runes, and use them for rune meditation, divination, sigil magic, galders (power songs), and rune yoga.

Karlsson also examines the secret dimensions of the 15 “noble” runes, the Adulrunes, based on the theories of Johannes Bureus. Using his knowledge of the Cabbala and alchemy, Bureus created magical symbols with the Adulrunes as well as one symbol containing all 15 Adulrunes, which Bureus called the “Adulruna.” Karlsson explains Bureus’ spiritual system of initiation, the Gothic Cabbala, revealing the connections between old Norse wisdom and the Cabbala. He explores Bureus’ Adulrune practices and explains how Bureus outlined seven levels of meaning for each rune, with those initiated into the highest rune levels able to conjure spirits and raise the dead.

Covering more than just rune practices, Karlsson’s exploration of the dark or night side of the runes provides a comprehensive guide to Norse spirituality and the ancient spiritual mysticism of Odin.


Embodying Ancient Beliefs and Practices from Antiquity to the Present.
Vol I. Deities and Kindred Beings
by Randy P Conner
Series: Pagan Heart of the West (Book 1)
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Mandrake of Oxford; Deities and Kindred Beings ed. edition (January 21, 2019)
List Price: $28.00

The Pagan Heart of the West challenges current academic notions that paganism died when Christianization occurred; that the transition from paganism to Christianity was a fairly easy, nonviolent one; that persons once pagan were happy to accept the new religion because it fulfilled them or because they viewed it as superior - as if the Inquisition never happened; and that all things pagan are in fact Christian prior to the mid-twentieth century, even though they demonstrate little or no connection to the Christian New Testament. Likewise, Pagan Heart challenges narrow conceptions of "the West."

Applying Indigenous and decolonial theories, together with Michel Foucault's conception of subjugated knowledges, Pagan Heartsuggests that instead, paganism should be explored as an ancient and indigenous set of common beliefs and practices, at once ubiquitous and local, that includes the reverence of deities; the veneration of nature; rites celebrating the seasons and the life cycle; practices of healing, divination, and magic, often guided by ritual specialists; and arts and philosophies giving expression to pagan figures, concepts, and narratives.

In this first of five volumes, Pagan Heart focuses on the utilization of theories that contest absolutist language supporting the so-called death of paganism; and on the worship and veneration of ancient deities and kindred beings. Like the other volumes, this volume demonstrates that paganism has not only persisted over the course of millennia, but that it has also undergone metamorphosis and innovation.

Most importantly, Pagan Heart emphasizes that the ancient gods did not die when Christian authorities forbade their worship and sought, in N. Scott Momaday's terms, to commit deicide, but instead that they continue to exist and thrive.

  • pagan/paganism
  • indigenous
  • gods
  • goddess
  • subjugated knowledges
  • earth-centered
  • Isis
  • Thor
  • ritual specialist
  • fairies


by Etteilla (Author), Lorambert , Julius Laisne, Lo Scarabeo
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; Limited edition (January 8, 2019)
Boxed deck includes a 78-card deck and instructional booklet. Limited-Edition, Numbered Deck.
List Price: $34.95

Also known as the Tarot of Princesses, this is one of the most beautiful decks inspired by Etteilla, the 18th century French occultist who was one of the most popular tarot readers of his time. The French style of art and symbolism blends in with an Egyptian and classical style, while the cards follow the insightful meanings that the French tarot readers gave to them. This limited-edition, numbered deck is part of Lo Scarabeo's Anima Antiqua series (Ancient Soul), and has been scanned and printed with the utmost care from originals found in the greatest collections of rare tarot decks.


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Monday, February 25, 2019



Edited by Eamonn Loughran
Two Book Set in Slipcase. Limited to only 88 copies.
Full colour 273 page facsimile in full dark green sheepskin leather with marbled endpapers,
Gold Titles and Cover Embossed with a design of witches Athames taken from a page of the original notebook.
Publisher: Hell Fire Club Books
List Price of copies in Stock: $214.95 
*NOTE from ROBERT: “If I ever get this title again, the price will go up. Probably to around $256.00”

Brightness of brightness,
Sky of our mortality
Home of our hopes,
Height of our fear,

Send us a sign,
A sign of benevolence,
Show forth our Government
Answer our song!”

Born in 1926 and coming from a poor working-class family in the North of England, Alex Sanders was exposed to the folk magic of his grandmother Mary Bibby and the Spiritualism of his mother Margaret from an early age. Alex Sanders practised healing and country magic in his early years, working in an industrial chemists laboratory, during this period he discovered the Sacred magic of Abramelin edition issued by S.L.MacGregor Mathers and also the writings of Aleister Crowley. Soon after the Second World War Alex Sanders found employment in the John Rylands Library in Manchester where he discovered a 19th century copy of the ‘Key of Solomon’ and the writings of Eliphas Levi.

A flambouyant and creative magical partnership with the beautiful Maxine Sanders secured both fame and a steady stream of disciples, Alex and Maxine lived for a time in London at Clanricarde Gardens where they both enjoyed (and endured) the attentions of the national media.

Alex’s personal generosity was legendary and came from his entire lack of concern for the material possessions with which so many are enamoured, he was a true magician: manipulating the forms and forces of this world but remaining unattached.

In spite of this he was a remarkably able material medium, capable of conjuring spirits as well as treasure!

In 1971 Alex Sanders moved to Sussex to continue his magical workings with the contacts of his ‘Ordine Della Luna’, its Inner Order of Deucalion and later in the 1980s with an Aztec spirit guide.

Under Maxine’s direction and with her express permission we reproduce the pages of the entire notebook, complete with her personal introduction.

The notebook contains material reflecting the hereditary witchcraft traditions of Northern England, the rituals and practices of both Gardnerian Wicca and later Alexandrian Witchcraft, as well as the teachings of Aleister Crowleys sexual magick, the ‘Key of Solomon’ and instructions for ritual and spiritual practices culled from surviving lineages of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.

In Alex’s hand, the notebook is a remarkable fusion of traditional hereditary witchcraft lore and the high magical teachings with which his personal work was so clearly identified..

He alone provides a veritable link between the folk magic practices of the cunning-men of previous centuries and the advanced spiritual practices of Abramelin and the Magick of Aleister Crowley.

The first page is a traditional Lancashire witches charm with magic symbols

The pages were originally torn by Alex to dispose of them but were salvaged by a disciple, taped together and sewn into a single binding; this was subsequently kept safely hidden by Maxine Sanders in an embroidered linen bag and remains in her personal collection to this day.

During his lifetime Alex Sanders was the most visible and influential figure both in the revival of traditional witchcraft as well as the teaching of advanced occultism in the world. After his death he remains not only one of the most enigmatic figures of the twentieth century (having left few traces of published literature behind him) but also perhaps the most prolific of all practical occultists.

Alex Sanders is considered by many to have been one of the most extraordinarily innovative and talented occultists of the twentieth century. Founder and initiate of a number of esoteric orders, practitioner of shamanic style spirit workings, witch, magician, psychic, all these aspects of Alex Sanders character have been well documented.

The pages of which the notebook it is composed were kept by Alex Sanders over a number of years probably up until the late 1960’s, indeed from an inspection of the sewing and the pagination, the original appears to be two distinct notebooks conjoined.


A Work Of Leaping Into The Spirit World
by Sean Woodward, Introduced by Mgr. Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold
Including original artwork from work inspired and directed by Michael P. Bertiaux
Publisher: Hell Fire Club Books
This edition is limited to 250 in root-textured cloth
Limited to 250 copies
List Price: $87.95

  • 33°, 97°, XVI°
  • Great Britain & Ireland
  • Ordo Templi Orientis Antiqua and La Couleuvre Noire
  • Ecclesia Gnostica Spiritualis
  • Rite Ancien et Primitif de Memphis-Misraim
  • Including his original artwork from work inspired and directed by Michael P. Bertiaux
  • Introduced by Mgr. Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold
  • Grand Master for Brazil
  • Ordo Templi Orientis Antiqua + La Couleuvre Noir

The work of Michael Bertiaux stands out as unique in the modern occult world due to its postmodern stance and Spiritist nerve that introduced to the world a magic of being rooted in ontology and phenomenology being brought into domains of radical magic where the practitioner gradually realizes that he is the artist and the world is his canvas as every tube of paint and every flask of dissolvent and every brushstroke is rooted in a possibility attached to the lattices and matrixes of creation, a 64 sided diamond that pulsates in the rhythm of death and becoming at each nanosecond the world comes into being as a renewed constant possibility, where we define the magician as artist in the meeting with what is not as well as what does affirm, and drives us towards realization, knowledge and the irrational at the same time.

I recall my own fascination and frustration with ‘The Voudon Gnostic Workbook’ when I came across it quite by chance in a bookstore in Oslo in 1991: it was a chaotic oeuvre and in the many pages certain chapter and lessons stood out as talking more clearly than others, a resonance with the parts of Bertiaux work that established rapport and generated a peculiar order in the apparent chaos.

It took time to realize where Bertiaux came from and the realization that he had simply presented a book of possibilities, a series of experiments, a tome of research, a ‘cookbook’ as he defined it himself when we meet in the late 90s generated the eureka necessary to realize the importance of Heidegger and the entire French tradition, not only in terms of Spiritism and occultism, but also the very philosophical frame of mind that would signify the French philosophical tradition. This means that Bertiaux was also presenting his work as an example of how the magician-artist can create his and her world, as the Voltiguer or leaper in the realities real and imagined, because as the creator of one’s reality and being, Zothyria and Krypton would as a possibility be as real and meaningful as any physical and material place because all that is, was once a dream, a flickering in the cosmic imagination. This means that the way towards explaining what the work represented by OTOA and LCN is about is to show by example, to show the 729 shades of the magician-artist as creator of his own magical reality.

In ‘Keys to the Hoodoo Kingdom’ Monseigneur Woodward is doing exactly that, he is placing himself in the center of his own magical universe and is sharing with the reader the consequences of his voltiguerism and Spiritism as lodged in the lessons known as Lucky Hoodoo, a work that in its simplicity is also a work of tremendous impact and functionality. Also, in this book Sean is taking time to reflect on the various influences present in the creation of OTOA and LCN and as the book opens chapter by chapter an understanding of the ‘two Yggdrasils’, that were essential to Jean Maine, the commonalities between the Vodoun world view and the Nordic World view opens up in greater clarity and harmony as it fleshes itself out in the red and the black serpent of the solar Hoodoo temple in its ability to open the landscapes of possibilities and do, as the magical imagination should do, stimulate the creative potential of the magician-artist.

Sean is actually dedicating chapters to several key lessons in Bertiaux’s ‘The Voudon Gnostic Workbook’ and in this is giving them a context within the context and demonstrating the impact it had on his Being – and in this by Sean’s example and willingness to share, he is also generating solidity and temporarily of his being and ‘not-being’ into a particular and unique Sean-ness. This means that Sean is giving us a practical demonstration of what OTOA (Ordo Templi Orientis Antiqua) and LCN (La Coulevre Noir) is. By presenting this work from the perspective of a peculiar being in the world that generates new worlds and new connections by the will and magical imagination, painting the world from a given place in time and space, an angel of unique birth that will ever gestate new and different possibilities as yet another jump in the worlds of magical possibilities are made by standing still in the eternal dream…

Introduction by Nicholaj De Mattos Frisvold
The Hoodoo Kingdom
The Sorcerer as a Young Boy
The Avalon Working
Thoth the Atlantean
The Temple of the Loa
The Seventh Letter is G
The Cabinet of Currencies
Good UFOs, Bad UFOs
La Prise-des-Yeaux
Spider Sorcerers of London
Voudon Witchcraft in the Balkans
At the Monastery Door
The Cult of Choronzon
The Rite of the Red Temple
Bon-Po and the Black Snake
When Papa Leghba is Upon Me
The Tour-de-ZAL
Blood Sex Body Magick
The Monastery
Apprentice and Master
The Qubes of Kalfou
Navigating the Dreamscape
Gnostic Oracles
Transyuggothian Tremors
Children of the Winter Solstice
Pilgrimage to Zothyria
The Cult of the Deep Ones
You’re a Lucky Hoodoo
Transyuggothian Stele of the Black Pharaoh
Cosmic Leghba
Transyuggothian Transmission Station #7
The Master of Zothyria
Hoodoo N-Physics
Hierophant of the Deep Ones
Consecration Certificate of Tau Sean Woodward
Angels of the Basilica
97° of the Sovereign Sanctuary of the Rite of Memphis-Misraim
EQ Universe-B
Abbé of Other Worlds
Ghuedhe Gnosis
Les Clés de Carrefour
Holy Mother of LAMs


...To all aspirants for the first time… A rare glimpse into the most notorious of secret societies – from the inside, by Eamonn Loughran, edited by Shaun Johnson

or The Mystic Society of Thelema
Considered from an occult perspective
by Eamonn Loughran, Edited by Shaun Johnson
This edition is limited to 500 copies hardbound, cloth-bound , hand numbered.
Each incorporates 258 pages and over 140 colour and black and white illustrations with many being seen here for the first time.
List Price; $90.95

Here you will find first-hand information on the structure and meetings of the Hell Fire Club, the sexual-alchemical and neo-pagan symbolism of its customs and architecture, and a disclosure for the first time of the technology of self-discovery which lies at the heart of traditional Thelema.
Today the Hell Fire Club remains a society of equals, its members are both men and women of all ages, all are free to assay the journey of the soul and all convene in a sacrament of freedom honouring alike the sacred within us all.

Also included:
A facsimile of the incredibly rare ‘Hebrew Epistle’
of Dashwood’s daughter Rachel Frances Antonina.

Rare information on the 1940’s ‘Phoenix Nest’ group
which met at West Wycombe influencing the thought of occult researchers
including Aleister Crowley, Gerald Gardner, Robert Cochrane,
Evan John Jones and members up to the present day.

All is complete with ten detailed appendices and two select bibliographies

..The fragments of the Hell Fire Club’s inner teachings that are gathered here have come from all surviving streams, the names of the guardians of these truths are all but lost, only a strange heraldry remains: signs of Heart, Eye, Lamp and Anchor flaming vividly through the dark….”
Originally published and circulated in private amongst members
as a series of ‘Chapter Papers’, the material in this book vividly describes
the inner world of one of the most famous (some say infamous) societies in history.

The Hell Fire Club… It’s a group that elicits responses ranging from horror to fascination to macabre obsession. It smacks of secret society rites, mysteries revealed and revelled in, hedonistic excess and laudanum-soaked dreams; yet the sensationalist image of the Hell Fire Club quickly pales in comparison to the description of the oral tradition and the modern, continuing and resurrected tradition it has become in the hands of seekers wishing to preserve the teachings and symbols of the Club and who have at their hearts the desire for self-knowledge and truth. “Secret Symbols of the Hell Fire Club” takes the reader on a journey into the darkness of the infamous caves in which the secrets were originally given, and illuminates for those who wish to see the deeper meaning of the Mystery of Life within the sanctuary of their own soul.

The book examines the use of two symbolic ‘Keys’ which unlock Dashwood’s notorious 18th century caves in surprising ways, shows the whereabouts of the legendary ‘secret passage’ in the caves and discloses the precise magical nature of the mysterious Rosicrucian lamps which lighted the passages and secret temples within. The book relates the symbolism and activities of the Club to magickal evolution and indicates the possible existence of both Orphic mystery cult and survivals of Etruscan witch cult within the Club as well as elements of Templar cosmology in the Hell Fire Caves.

Sir Francis Dashwood founded his Hell Fire Club in the middle of the 18th century and clandestine meetings were held variously at his house in West Wycombe, the caves dug under the church and at his second property Medmenham Abbey, originally a Cistercian house on the Thames built by the Templar Hugh de Bolbec in the 12th century.

Drawing its membership from the aristocracy, society ladies and satirical poets of the day, political hustlers, painters, scholars and revolutionaries, The Hell Fire Club still fascinates and summons the souls of spiritual seekers to tread the paths up to the church at West Wycombe and down again into the darkness of Sir Francis Dashwoods temple of sin…

Local legends abound as to the goings on in these caves, tales of ghosts, devils and secret passages have run like veins of gold through previous publications yet without their authors guessing the true nature of the secret nor its importance for humanity.

Whilst the essential connection between Dashwoods invoking ‘Do What Thou Wilt’ and the Rabelasian ‘Fay ce que vouldras’ has been noted over the last two centuries no-one has divined that the complex cave system dug at West Wycombe in the middle of the 18th century in fact largely follows the plan of
a mythical cave system described in Rabelais Book 5 (‘Gargantua and Pantagruel’ 1532), and that the immense six-sided mausoleum atop the hill at West Wycombe is a reflection of the six-sided Abbey of Theleme as first described in Rabelais, the measurements of which are Kabbalistic ciphers for parts of the Tree of Life.

Taking the labyrinthine caves together with the Mausoleum, the unusual church at West Wycombe, the symbolism of the House and the temples situated its gardens, Medmenham Abbey, and the large store of local oral legend the author weaves together an initiatory journey that may be taken either alone or in the company of others.

The text is remarkable in that it seeks to display not merely a history that is previously unknown, but a high philosophical, mystical and magickally potent interpretation of this extraordinary society which left its mark both architecturally in the immediate landscape and politically in the challenging of injustice, culturally in the promoting of liberty and spiritually in the establishment of a vision of unity.

Unique to this work is the inclusion of material gathered from local folklore, much of which had previously remained secret amongst families of local craftsmen and farm workers in Buckinghamshire, and the publishing of esoteric material relating to the painter and mystical occultist Maxwell Ashby Armfield (died 1972) whose articles on occultism and whose letters to Dion Fortune and Aleister Crowley survive, and his wife Constance Smedley who lived at West Wycombe in the 1940’s and whose activities influenced the secretive ‘Phoenix Nest’ group part of which survived up until the end of the last century.

Extraordinary to many will be the discovery that ‘Thelema’ as a precursor to the occult system of Aleister Crowley was not merely a historical curiosity, but a vibrant intellectual and social force swelling up from the humanists of Italy and France, through to the Enlightenment. This antique Thelema had a character quite distinct from that proposed by Crowley, it was an incredibly subtle and beautiful thread which connected all mankind no matter what their nature, and this thread continues today.

The essential motto of the Hell Fire Club: ‘Sacred to Liberty & Friendship’, and its corollary ‘Dare O Guest to set Wealth at Naught’, speak of a society that honours love, sets all free and discards the trappings of wealth that divide us. The Club was founded by one of the foremost members of the English aristocracy but found many common men and women amongst its members. Today the club survived precisely because common men maintained it, twenty years ago the oral legends were passed on from friend to friend over a glass of wine in one or two of the local taverns or in the upper room of a small cottage in West Wycombe, and without that would surely have disappeared from history.

Building on that store of local legend, gathering the symbols together from the various families and individuals who safeguarded them, the Hell Fire Club has not only survived but thrived!


Chapter 1 : Maxwell Armfield& The Phoenix Nest
Chapter 2 : On the Physical Appearance of the Chapter Room
Chapter 3 : On the Lamp in the Great Chamber its origins & symbolism
Chapter 4 : The Four Doves
Chapter 5 : On the Four Degrees
Chapter 6 : On Alchemy in the Chapter
Chapter 7 : On the Stewards Office, their Dress & Jewel: being the First Key Considered
Chapter 8 : The Second Key, or the Silver Star of the Priory of St.Francis: its application and meaning
Chapter 9 : The Platonic Solids
Chapter 10 : On the Mystery of the Abbott & the Ship of Fools
Chapter 11 : The Passing of the Sun
Chapter 12 : On the Inner Temple Lamp & the Small Temples Considered

Followed by ten detailed appendices and two bibliographies