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Thursday, December 1, 2016

YULE!!!


BLESSED YULE!
John Albert Bauer (4 June 1882 – 20 November 1918)



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
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Pagan Portals
PAN:
Dark Lord of the Forest and Horned God of the Witches
By Melusine Draco
Series: Pagan Portals
Paperback: 96 pages
List Price: $9.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Those who have grown up with Pan as a playmate remember how, back in the day, it would be possible for a young child to disappear into the woods with only a dog for company for hours on end without there being a hue and cry raised in its absence; and it was on those woodland rides and pathways - summer or winter - that Mélusine Draco often encountered Pan.



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OCCULT PARIS:
The Lost Magic of the Belle Époque
By Tobias Churton
Hardcover: 528 pages
Publisher: Inner Traditions (November 3, 2016)
List Price: $29.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
How fin-de-siècle Paris became the locus for the most intense revival of magical practices and doctrines since the Renaissance




  • Examines the remarkable lives of occult practitioners Joséphin Peladan, Papus, Stanislas de Guaïta, Saint-Yves d’Alveydre, Jules Doinel, and others\
  • Reveals how occult activity deeply influenced many well-known cultural movements, such as Symbolism, the Decadents, modern music, and the “psychedelic 60s”


During Paris’s Belle Époque (1871-1914), many cultural movements and artistic styles flourished--Symbolism, Impressionism, Art Nouveau, the Decadents--all of which profoundly shaped modern culture. Inseparable from this cultural advancement was the explosion of occult activity taking place in the City of Light at the same time.

Exploring the magical, artistic, and intellectual world of the Belle Époque, Tobias Churton shows how a wide variety of Theosophists, Rosicrucians, Martinists, Freemasons, Gnostics, and neo-Cathars called fin-de-siècle Paris home. He examines the precise interplay of occultists Joséphin Peladan, Papus, Stanislas de Guaïta, and founder of the modern Gnostic Church Jules Doinel, along with lesser known figures such as Saint-Yves d’Alveydre, Paul Sédir, Charles Barlet, Edmond Bailly, Albert Jounet, Abbé Lacuria, and Lady Caithness. He reveals how the work of many masters of modern culture such as composers Claude Debussy and Erik Satie, writers Arthur Rimbaud and Charles Baudelaire, and painters Georges Seurat and Alphonse Osbert bear signs of immersion in the esoteric circles that were thriving in Paris at the time. The author demonstrates how the creative hermetic ferment that animated the City of Light in the decades leading up to World War I remains an enduring presence and powerful influence today. Where, he asks, would Aleister Crowley and all the magicians of today be without the Parisian source of so much creativity in this field?

Conveying the living energy of Paris in this richly artistic period of history, Churton brings into full perspective the characters, personalities, and forces that made Paris a global magnet and which allowed later cultural movements, such as the “psychedelic 60s,” to rise from the ashes of post-war Europe.


About the Author:
Tobias Churton is Britain’s leading scholar of Western Esotericism, a world authority on Gnosticism, Hermeticism, and Rosicrucianism. An Honorary Fellow of Exeter University, where he is a faculty lecturer, he holds a master’s degree in Theology from Brasenose College, Oxford, and is the author of many books, including Gnostic Philosophy and Aleister Crowley: The Beast in Berlin. He lives in England.



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TANTRIC KALI:
Secret Practices and Rituals
By Daniel Odier
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Inner Traditions; 1 edition (October 24, 2016)
List Price: $14.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The mythology, rituals, meditations, and practices used in Tantric worship of the goddess Kali in the tradition of Kashmiri Shaivism

Reveals the practices of Vamachara, known as the Left-hand Path but more accurately translated as the Path of Shakti

  • Includes a Kali ritual from the Nirrutara Tantra, translated here for the first time


  • Presents devotional chants, meditations, and mudras specific to Tantric worship of Kali


According to traditions going back to pre-Vedic times, Kali sprang from the third eye of the Goddess Durga as a destructive and terrifying manifestation of feminine power sent to lay waste to the forces of evil. Throughout India to this day, Kali is worshipped as the destroyer of bondage, capable of liberating her devotee from all rules and subjugation.

In Tantric Kali, Daniel Odier presents the mythology, practices, and rituals of Kali worship in the Tantric Kaula tradition within Kashmiri Shaivism. He reveals the practices of Vamachara, commonly known as the Left-hand Path but more accurately translated as the Path of Shakti. In this tradition the body itself is Kali’s temple, and it is therefore unnecessary to reject or deny the body to know union with the divine. Instead, nothing is regarded as pure or impure and there is complete freedom from rules. Focused on working directly with forbidden emotions and behaviors, this path allows the seeker to transcend obstacles to liberation through sexual union. According to the Kaula Upanishad, “In your behavior do the opposite to what the norms dictate but remain in consciousness.” This is the essence of Tantra. Kali is absolute reality: manifested as woman intoxicated by desire, she frees the tantric practitioner from all desire except union with the divine.

The author includes an evocative ritual from the Nirrutara Tantra--never before translated into any Western language--containing devotions to the 64 yoginis according to Matsyendranath, founder of the Kaula path. Offering devotional chants, meditations, and mudras specific to Tantric worship of Kali, this empowering book provides practices and teachings for those on the Tantric path to liberation.



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LOVE MAGIC:
Over 250 Spells and Potions for Getting it, Keeping it, and Making it Last
By Lilith Dorsey
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books (December 1, 2016)
List Price: $16.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
This is really “the big little book of love magic.” Magical maven Lilith Dorsey has packed into this fun, informative, and practical book over 250 spells, potions, rituals, and recipes devoted to all facets of love and sex.

Based on years of magical experience and prodigious research, this book includes sections on such topics as self-love, marriage, fertility, erotic adventures, the ethics of love magic, and more. The spells are drawn from a wide diversity of magical traditions and focus on an equally diverse situations. There are spells for finding love, keeping love, and healing yourself so that you are ready for love. The book also includes rituals for invoking goddesses of love. Dorsey considers and discusses all facets of the romantic experience.

Let's face it we are obsessed, inspired, delighted, and in love with love. And here is the go-to book for every spell you will ever need for finding and keeping romance, passion, sex, marriage, fertility, and love in your life. Rooted in serious scholarship while still exploring the weird, wild, and wonderful side of love magic, this book provides expert advice and genuine spells that work to bring you your heart's desire.


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RAINBOW BODY:
A History of the Western Chakra System from Blavatsky to Brennan
By Kurt Leland
Paperback: 500 pages
Publisher: Ibis Press (November 1, 2016)
List Price: $26.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
If you've ever had questions about the inconsistencies between chakra systems or wondered where the names, colors, locations, and other associations came from--you'll find the answers here, along with 24 tables and 28 black-and-white illustrations showing how the Western chakra system developed from the mid-19th through the 20th century, many from rare and forgotten sources.

Based on the teachings of Indian Tantra, the chakras have been used for centuries as focal points for healing, meditation, and achieving a gamut of physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits, from improved health to ultimate enlightenment. Contemporary yoga teachers, energy healers, psychics, and self-help devotees think of the chakra system as thousands of years old. Yet the most common version in use in the West today came together as recently as 1977.

Never before has the story been told of how the Western chakra system developed from its roots in Indian Tantra, through Blavatsky to Leadbeater, Steiner to Alice Bailey, Jung to Joseph Campbell, Ramakrishna to Aurobindo, and Esalen to Shirley MacLaine and Barbara Brennan.



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THE KEY OF SOLOMON THE KING:
Clavicula Salomonis
By S. L. MacGregor Mathers, Joseph Peterson (Foreword)
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books; Reprint edition (November 1, 2016)
List Price: $24.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
A magical grimoire of sigils and rituals for summoning and mastering spirits, The Key of Solomon the King is the most famous, or infamous, of all magick books. It has influenced everything from the revival of magick and the Western Mystery Traditions (tarot, alchemy, astrology, etc.) to fictional works such as Lovecraft's The Necronomicon.

Purported to have been penned by King Solomon himself, the book provides instruction for incantations, rituals, and sigils used to call upon and control spirits and demons. Those practicing magick have used it extensively through the centuries, but its true origins and purpose have been lost in the mists of time.

No library of the contemporary occult student or practicing magician is complete without this tome. It remains a standard of esoteric lore by which others are measured. This edition includes a new foreword by noted esoteric scholar Joseph Peterson.



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TECHNIQUES OF HIGH MAGIC:
A Handbook of Divination, Alchemy, and the Evocation of Spirits
By Francis King; Stephen Skinner
Paperback: 256 pages
Published by Golden Hoard Press Pte Ltd, 3rd Revised edition edition, United Kingdom (2016)
List Price: $24.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Self-initiation into practical magic with clear instructions on how to perform invocation and evocations, achieve astral projection, make effective talismans, or practice divination using either geomancy, tarot or I Ching. Useful for a complete beginner or those further along the path.

  • A complete beginner's guide to understanding and harnessing the mysterious forces of nature.


  • Provides tools for self-initiation into the ancient and secret traditions of ceremonial magic.


  • Explains various divination systems and how to perform ancient rituals that open the doorway to secret and arcane knowledge.


True magic can be defined as the art and science of using little-known or forgotten natural forces in order to achieve changes in consciousness and the physical environment. It concerns a wide body of doctrines and techniques, including the conjuring of spirits and non-human entities; the manufacture and consecration of wands, swords, talismans, and other tools of the magus; ritual divination; and the exploration of universes other than that with which we are familiar. The masters who taught others these ancient arts are gone, but Techniques of High Magic provides the practical and lucid instruction necessary for self-initiation into these secret traditions.

Emphasizing the ordered nature of the universe and the power of will directed by imagination, Francis King and Stephen Skinner introduce the reader to magical practices, rituals, and instruments that have been used for centuries. They explain systems of divination such as the I Ching, the Tarot, and geomancy, as well as techniques of astral projection and elementary alchemy. Their disciplined approach to magical practice includes easy formulas and diagrams that will help the initiate navigate an ancient and potent universe of gods, angels, and spirits--the world of High Magic.



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THE SEARCH FOR ABRAXAS
By Stephen Skinner and Nevill Drury
Paperback: 152 pages
Publisher: Golden Hoard Press; 3rd edition (May 11, 2016)
List Price: $14.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
An exploration of the connections between magic, the qabalah, psychedelic experiences, the world of Austin Osman Spare, astral projection, surreal fantasy art and the Gnostic meaning of the god Abraxas.



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THE SECRET OF THE TEMPLE:
Earth Energies, Sacred Geometry, and the Lost Keys of Freemasonry Paperback
By John Michael Greer
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (December 8, 2016)
List Price: $19.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Over thousands of years, the priests and sages of the ancient world discovered that the design and location of certain structures had beneficial effects on the crops that sustained life. A body of traditional lore evolved, using architecture and ceremonies that made use of these wholly natural but mysterious effects. In The Secret of the Temple, John Michael Greer painstakingly rebuilds a body of lost knowledge that has been used to accumulate and direct energy throughout history, and can be used again today.

The Temple of Solomon was only one of many ancient structures that drew on the temple tradition. The insights of this tradition have been passed down through those in society tasked with protecting ancient wisdom, secret societies like the Knights Templar and the Freemasons. But over time, as cultures and technologies changed, the meaning of these cryptic symbols and rituals became obscured . . . until now. This book explores the esoteric body of knowledge that shaped the world of our forebears, gave rise to the world’s most awe-inspiring temples and cathedrals, and continues to fuel speculation about powerful forces at work in our world.


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TRANCE DANCING WITH THE JINN:
The Ancient Art of Contacting Spirits Through Ecstatic Dance
By Yasmin Henkesh
Paperback: 408 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (December 8, 2016)
List Price: $22.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Explore the living tradition of trance dancing, the practice of connecting with the subtle energies and secret knowledge of spirits through rhythmic movement to music. Written by an expert teacher who has trained and performed with top dancers in Paris, London, and Cairo, this meticulously researched, hands-on book delves into the history and modern practice of ecstatic dance. Discover a range of religious and spiritual trance dance traditions―from Egyptian zar ceremonies to Sufi whirling dervish techniques―and the entities you can contact through them. You’ll also find a detailed how-to section that provides a safe, effective, and fun way to connect with the ethereal realm from within your own home.

Praise:

This is a must-read book. Keep Ms. Henkesh’s book in your reference library for the well-researched richness of its information and its understanding of the many types of zar.”―Sahra C. Kent (Saeeda), dance ethnologist and founder of Journey through Egypt

Yasmin writes beautifully and with great joy. She has done impressive research . . . into the mystifying corners of the supernatural and into the remarkable interfaces between body and mind.”―Robert Lebling, author of Legends of the Fire Spirits

Through a deep exploration of myth and science, history and belief, [Henkesh] reveals a compelling insight into these unusual yet ancient practices. Definitely a valuable resource.”―Laura Tempest Zakroff, fusion and sacred dance pioneer, performer, instructor, and author of The Witch's Cauldron



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TAROT FOR ONE:
The Art of Reading for Yourself
By Courtney Weber
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books (November 1, 2016)
List Price: $19.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Courtney Weber has been teaching Tarot and speaking at Tarot symposia around the country for a decade. In response to the numerous requests she has received over the years, Weber created Tarot for One, a personal workbook and resource guide designed to help form interpretations directly applicable to self-readings.

In Weber’s clean, clear style, this book explores the Fool, the Major Arcana, the Court Cards, Cups, Wands, Swords, and Pentacles, as well as what she calls the tough cards, reversals, practice spreads, and next steps. She includes common associations as well as extensive exercises to unlock readers’ own interpretations for connecting personal journeys with the archetypal Tarot. Readers will learn to let the voice of the Tarot come through without overlaying too much of their own “stuff” during a reading.

Tarot for One includes dozens of original Tarot spreads and layouts, which have been repeatedly proven both fun and effective in Weber’s classes and workshops. It also contains tips on finding a deck, honing a Tarot practice, and avoiding common self-reading pitfalls. This is the essential guide for your personal journey with the Tarot.


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THE WISE FOOL TAROT
By Cade Burkhammer
Product Details:
Deck: 85 cards (Including a jester for every suit and extra Major Arcana cards)
Booklet: 140 pages, black and white.
List Price: $39.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The Wise Fool Tarot by Cade Burkhammer is designed to evoke deeply personal contemplative stories that encourage awareness and influence the evolution of the psyche. The Wise Fool tarot exists to spark dormant wisdom, hidden truths, and to demonstrate the responsibility for new freedoms and the growing concept of life. It has 85 original cards painted by Cade Burkhammer, including a 140-paged book.

The Wise Fool Tarot (WFT) is based on the mysterious dogma of the traditional Tarot Major and Pip cards. It is a combination of beautifully detailed artwork and clever conglomerations of various esoteric and contemporary perceptions of the human experience. It consists of 88 paintings on 12x18 inch wood. WFT is a colorful, inspiring, funny, and dark contradiction. There are seven added cards: two Devils, two Worlds, and a “Muggle” card preceding the Major Fool. Four Pip Fools are added in order to keep in check the powerful suit and element they represent.


There is the Fool’s story running throughout both the Major Arcana cards and the four individual suites of Minor cards. The four suites have a list of about 20 characteristics unique to their suit such as direction, element, time of day, age, color, etc. The Minor cards are designed to play poker games with if so desired.








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AFTER TAROT KIT
By Corrine Kenner, Pietro Alligo, Giulia F. Massaglia
Publishers: Llewellyn, Lo Scarabeo, 2017
List Price: $29.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
What happens to the Fool a few seconds after putting his foot over the cliff? Find this and many other answers in this revolutionary "After Tarot".

After Tarot explores what the cards would look like just moments after the usual scenes with which we are most familiar. For instance, what would happen to The Fool moments after putting his foot over the cliff? Find out in the revolutionary After Tarot.

Kit includes 78-card deck and a 160-page guidebook.








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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 JANUARY 1st, 2017
Raven, Editrix, Edge of the Circle Books Newsletter

















Sunday, November 20, 2016

NEW FROM ANATHEMA, STARFIRE & THREE HANDS PRESS!

EDGE OF THE CIRCLE BOOKS
IS PLEASED TO PRESENT
THE FOLLOWING NEW TITLES



PILLARS Volume I:
Perichoresis -Anthological Edition
Curated, assembled and edited by G. McCaughry via Anathema Publishing.
EDITION SPECIFICATIONS:
Hardcover Book. Format: 7.5 x 9.5 inches. 368 pages. Gold Foil-stamp on cover and spine, Blind Deboss on Matador Pescara Black leather (Spanish finish). Antique #80 Eclipse endpaper. Sewn & Glued binding. Printed on 160m Enviro paper. Numerous color plates. Fine typography, and elegantly illustrated throughout. + All copies of the Book shall be hand-numbered & glyphed.
List price: $87.95


FROM THE PUBLISHER:

The Gods, Dead and all other entities do as they will, reveal as they will for it is not their concern how Fire wrapped in flesh chooses to contact them, only that contact is established and Will is both strong an true. She may come to you after meditation, or Her voice will be heard upon the wind as you walk forlorn through woodland groves and forest-thickets. There is no limitation to where or what we receive in terms of wisdom. It may be a dream, of an incense, an impression of an arbour to take a wand from, a prayer to speak as devotion or even something as simple as an hour of the day in which you concentrate a thought on Her. Her wisdom is undeniable, Her call inescapable, for She is the revealer of the Arckanum of the Lunar-Night of both Zenith and Nadir.”
~Ash Nostro Morg, The Four Graces of Hekate


Being the Anthological Edition of the inceptive trilogy of PILLARS occult periodical journal. Be it: Issue.1 'Psychopompos,' Issue.2 'The Golden Eitr' and Issue.3 'The Ebon Kteis.' Curated, assembled and edited by G. McCaughry via Anathema Publishing.
It has been a long time coming, and a personal dream of mine, to finally be able to re-publish the material that made PILLARS journals great from the get-go. Underlining once and for all, how much our esteemed Contributors, were paramount to the ongoing evolution of Anathema Publishing’s vision. Compiled under various over-arching themes, that, however seemingly cryptic at times, do share common threads, exuding definite passion & devotion for the Mystery Arte.
The end result is a book overflowing with potent texts, crucial information, inspirational works, gorgeous art pieces, and so much craft featured therein (Articles, Poems, Incantations, Magickal Procedures, Academic Studies, Seals, Sigils, full page illustrations, et cetera)! All beautifully bound in a thick, slightly oversized, Hardcover book of utmost quality, and a most stunning presentation design by artist José Gabriel Alegría Saboga.
It has been decided that there shall be but only one official iteration of this Anthology, for the sole logical reason that the customary 'Standard' editions of PILLARS were the ones published a few years ago (which are now sold-out), and that 'Perichoresis' in itself, IS the 'Deluxe' edition of those three journals combined.
* Note that this Book shall be THE definitive and Deluxe Edition of PILLARS Volume 1,
and shall never be re-printed. Strictly Limited to 393 copies [Final].

PILLARS - Perichoresis [Anthological Edition]
LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS
CONTENTS (Texts & Visuals) by:
Shani Oates, Yoann Lossel , Sarah Anne Lawless, Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold, Asenath Mason, Ash Nostro Morg, Vaenus Obscura, José Gabriel Alegría Sabogal, Kyle Fite, Xonia Abyssos, Stewart Clelland, Angela Edwards, Matthew Venus, Mitchell Nolte, Lukasz Grochocki, Pierre Perichaud, Glyn Smyth, Leon Ka, Alexander L. Brown, Robin-the-Dart, Hagen Von Tulien, Humberto Maggi, Antithesis, Nikolai Saunders, Andrieh Vitimus, Edgar Kerval, Néstor Avalos, Orryelle Defenestrate-Bascule, S. Ben Qayin, Kevin Foy, Paul McCarroll, Matthew Wightman, Lupe Vasconcelos, Santiago Caruso, Abby Helasdottir, Natalia Drepina, Members of the Temple of THEM, Semjaza 131, Patrick J. Larabee, Mogg Morgan, Akherra Phasmatanás, FN Vegas, G. McCaughry, Samuel Araya, Krist Mort.



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AGAINST THE LIGHT
Limited, Revised and Corrected Edition
By Kenneth Grant
London: Starfire Publishing, 2016. A FINE CLOTH COPY, sewn. With illustrated endpapers, color frontispiece, and a full color dust jacket designed by Steffi Grant. 142 pages. Octavo.
List Price: $49.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Kenneth Grant began writing the novel in the mid 1980s. He developed it in order to explore, in a fictional setting, many of the themes of ‘The Book of the Spider’. The original intention was that Against the Light be published before The Ninth Arch, and this was achieved in 1997. Now that the Ninth Arch itself is to be republished later this year, it is fitting that the publication of Against the Light again precedes it.

This new edition of Against the Light has been re-set, and incorporates the corrections and additions which Kenneth Grant noted in his copy of the 1997 edition. New illustrated endpapers have been designed to include diary entries by the author from 1985 when the novel was started. Also, some early plot notes; the first draft of a cover blurb from 1995; and a gloss where Grant gives the meaning of symbols on the front of the dust-jacket, and a colored frontispiece that reproduces the bust of Mephistopheles, a mysterious and compelling figure, which is an integral feature of this novel, and which appears elsewhere in Grant’s work.



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THE LUMINOUS STONE
Lucifer in Western Esotericism
Edited by Michael Howard and Daniel Schulke
Author(s), Ethan Doyle White, Frater U:.D:., Fredrik Eytzinger, Lee Morgan, Madeline Ledespencer, Michael Howard, Raven Grimassi, Richard Gavin, Robert Fitzgerald
Artist(s), Francisco Divine Mania, Hagen von Tulien
Publication Date: October 2016, Three Hands Press
Standard Hardcover : List Price $58.50
Trade Paperback : List Price $26.95
Limited to 800 copies

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The Arcanum of the ‘fallen angel’ Lucifer evokes such concepts as heresy, rebellion, pride, liberation from the bonds of demiurgic oppression, and impetus for human evolution. Meaning ‘light bearer’, Lucifer has, from his earliest origins, been hailed by religious and artistic countercultures as a patron saint of enlightenment —the essential quality embodying overthrow of ignorance and the inspired process of revelation. Allied to ancient Gnostic cosmological conceptions, the fallen angel has also found dominion within occult traditions and philosophy. Lucifer has also, in many mystical traditions, assumed a female form in the guise of Lucina, Lucia and Diana Lucifera. In his guise as the Serpent of Eden, he bestowed a magical philosophy of the Luciferian Woman, she who was not born of the clay, and was therefore especially receptive to the forbidden powers which would render one ‘as God.’

Yet, outside most occult contexts, Lucifer is commonly conflated with the Christian figure of Satan, or the Devil, a relic of early Christian propagandists eager to repudiate and tarnish rival polytheisms. Ironically, this conflation of deific forms is where Christian dogma and some contemporary forms of Satanism are in agreement.


The nine essays found within The Luminous Stone examine the evolution of the light-bringer in both traditional and contemporary occult contexts, shedding light on the Luciferic magical philosophies of such occult orders as the Fraternitas Saturni, the Order of the Morning Star, and the Cultus Sabbati, as well as the eroto-salvific Christianity promulgated by the Abbé Boullan. Also examined is the concept of Lucifer as the Witches’ God, present both in folklore and in the modern witchcraft revival, as well as his link with individual revelation, and the nature of the critical interplay between Light and Darkness necessary of Luciferian illuminism. Contributors to this third volume in the Western Esotericism in Context series include Frater U:.D:., Robert Fitzgerald, Michael Howard, Ethan Doyle White, Fredrik Eytzinger, Richard Gavin, Raven Grimassi, Lee Morgan, and Madeline Ledespencer.

Thursday, November 10, 2016