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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

ADDENDUM: AUGUST, 2012







THE KABBALAH, MAGICK, AND THELEMA 
(Selected Writings, 2)
By Phyllis Seckler (Author), David Shoemaker (Editor), Gregory Peters (Editor),
Rorac Johnson (Editor), Lon Milo DuQuette (Foreword)

Publisher: College of Thelema of Northern California / The Teitan Press; 1ST edition (2012) First Edition Hardcover. 8vo. xvi + 288pp. Blue cloth with gilt title etc. to spine. Dust jacket. Frontispiece photo portrait, black and white photo insert, Index. Edition limited to 666 numbered copies.

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Phyllis Seckler ("Soror Meral:"1917-2004) was introduced to the teachings of Aleister Crowley in the late 1930s and became a regular participant in the activities of Agape Lodge of the Ordo Templi Orientis in California, and rose to become a Ninth Degree member of the "Sovereign Sanctuary of the Gnosis," and an Adeptus Minor of the A.'. A.'. "

The Kabbalah, Magick, and Thelema" is the second volume of writings by Phyllis Seckler to be published by the College of Thelema of Northern California in association with The Teitan Press. Like the first volume, this collection is edited and introduced by three of Seckler's former students: Rorac Johnson, Gregory Peters, and David Shoemaker, but this second volume additionally includes a short Foreword by one of her best-known early A.'. A.'. students, Lon Milo DuQuette. In common with Crowley, Seckler found short, pithy essays, written in the form of "letters," to be an excellent and powerful teaching method, and the main body of this work comprises a series of these letters, covering diverse topics from kabbalah and the practice of ritual magic, through philosophy and spiritual enquiry to commentary on the Thelemic culture of the time.

Originally published in Seckler's journal "In the Continuum," they are here presented for the first time in book form, accompanied by redrawn and corrected diagrams.

The book also reproduces a number of important letters that passed between Seckler and other significant figures in the history of post-Crowleyan Thelema, including Karl Germer, Israel Regardie, Grady McMurtry, Gerald Yorke, and Marcelo Motta.

These letters, which cover matters as varied as the leadership succession of the O.T.O. and the thefts at Karl Germer's library, are published here for the first time, as are a number of related photographs. New Book. Fine in Fine dust jacket.

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ABRAHAM THE JEW ON MAGIC TALISMANS 
( To be engraven on the Seals of Rings made of various metals,
under the influence of the Fixed Stars and the Twenty-eight Mansions of the Moon )
By Frederick Hockley, With an Introduction by Silens Manus.

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
York Beach, Maine, USA: Teitan Press, 2011. First Edition Hardcover. Small Quarto. xvi + 46pp (vi), MS 40pp. Bound in high quality black cloth, with a gilt design stamped on the front cover, blind rules, and gilt title etc. on the spine. Printed on acid free paper, sewn, Color frontispieces. Edition limited to 650 numbered copies.

The text of a previously-unpublished manuscript by Frederick Hockley, probably transcribed by him in circa 1850 from an earlier work.
The manuscript deals with the creation of talismans, and is divided into two parts, the first of which details methods for their manufacture "under the fixed stars" and the second "under the twenty-eight mansions of the moon." Both sets of concepts were popular in medieval and later European astrological and magical practice, having apparently been incorporated into them from Arabic astronomical and astrological treatises composed during the "Golden Age" of Arabic science from the middle of the eighth to the middle of the thirteenth centuries.

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This first published edition comprises an Introduction in which Silens Manus explores the history of the manuscript, and its relationship with other early magical works, notably those of Cornelius Agrippa. It is followed by a typeset transcription of the text of the manuscript, with explanatory footnotes, etc., and a reproduction of various relevant passages from the 1651 edition of Agrippa's "Three Books of Occult Philosophy." 

The final section is a facsimile of the original manuscript, printed on special coated paper that gives a photograph like quality to the reproduction. Frederick Hockley (1809-1885), was an occultist and Freemason with an interest in Spiritualism who in later life was associated with the Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia. Hockley's peers considered him to be one of the great occult scholars of his time in fact he was held in such high regard by one of the founders of the Golden Dawn, W. Wynn Westcott, that he posthumously claimed Hockley as one of the Order's most outstanding Adepts. NEW book, fine condition. No dust jacket issued.


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A BOOK OF THE OFFICES OF SPIRITS. 
The Occult Virtue of Plants and Some Rare Magical Charms & Spells Transcribed
... from a Sixteenth Century Manuscript on Magic and Necromancy.
From a manuscript by by John Porter, transcribed by Frederick Hockley, With an Introduction by Colin D. Campbell.

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
A Book of the Offices of Spirits is the first ever publication of this Solomonic text or grimoire which, in common with the better-known "Goetia," is essentially a catalog of demons, giving their name, description, rank in the infernal hieararchy, number of attendant legions, offices (abilities), as well as a variety of magical rituals for their conjuration and other purposes. The text has its origin in a magical manuscript written by one John Porter in 1583, which was itself probably drawn from earlier European sources. In the early nineteenth century the Porter manuscript came into the possession of the British occult fraternity, "the Mercurii," and a transcription of key sections was compiled by John Palmer. Palmer's transcription was in turn copied by the renowned occult scholar Frederick Hockley, and this transcription, along with another anonymous late nineteenth century manuscript copy, for the basis for the present work.

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Frederick Hockley, and this transcription, along with another anonymous late nineteenth century manuscript copy, for the basis for the present work. Frederick Hockley (1809-1885), was an occultist and Freemason with an interest in Spiritualism who in later life was associated with the Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia. Hockley's peers considered him to be one of the great occult scholars of his time in fact he was held in such high regard by one of the founders of the Golden Dawn, W. Wynn Westcott, that he posthumously claimed Hockley as one of the Order's most outstanding Adepts. Colin D. Campbell, author of The Magic Seal of Dr. John Dee has edited and written an Introduction for the book in which he examines the history of the manuscript, its place in the Goetic canon, and its relevance to contemporary occultists. 

The book is a hardcover, Small quarto. (6 3/4" x 8 3/4") 102pp. Sewn, printed on acid-free paper. Bound in heavy black cloth with a gilt design on the front cover, and gilt title to the spine. Black "coffin silk" endpapers. Text printed in red and black.
Edition limited to 800 numbered copies




WE ALSO HAVE WONDERFUL NEW STATUARY!
They are ( from left to right) : The Horned God Cernunnos Bust by Neil Sims, The Goddess Hekate (Hecate) Statue based on the art of Marc Potts and The Mother Goddess Danu Bust by Neil Sims.




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