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Magic, Witchcraft and the Poison Path
by Daniel A. Schulke,
August 15, 2012
Publisher: Three Hands Press
Binding: Hardcover with dust jacket
Veneficium concerns the intersection of magic and poison, originating in remotest antiquity and reaching into the present day. Beyond their functions as agents of bodily harm, poisons have also served as gateways of religious ecstasy, occult knowledge, and sensorial aberration, as well as the basis of cures.
Allied with Samael, the Edenic serpent of first transgression whose name in some interpretations is ‘Venom of God’, this facet of magic wends through the rites of ancient Sumer and Egypt, through European Necromancy, Alchemy, the arcane the rites of the Witches’ Sabbath, and modern-day folk magic.
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Of particular note to this study are the herbs of the so-called ‘Devil’s Garden’, bearing relation to the witchcraft concepts of the Graal of Midnight, the Witches’ Supper, and the Unguentum Sabbati, the flying ointment of the witches which has exerted fascination over scholar, historians, and practitioners alike.
Beyond consideration of the toxicological dimensions of magical power, the concurrent thread of astral and philosophical poisons are also examined, and their resonance and dissonance with magical practice explored. Veneficium will be of interest to students of magic, witchcraft, alchemy, botanical folklore, medicine, and occult pharmacology.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Daniel A. Schulke is director of Xoanon Publishing Limited, which has produced such titles as Azoëtia, Qutub, and Viridarium Umbris, and celebrates it twentieth anniversary this year. He is also Director of Three Hands Press, a publisher producing fine occult editions. Both publishing endeavors have been instrumental players in the emergent field of modern grimoria, or manuals of magical practice.
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AT THE THE 2012 ESOTERIC BOOK CONFERENCE:
The 2012 Esoteric Book Conference will be in Seattle on September 15th and 16th, 2012. Get your tickets!
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GENIUS LIBRIS: THE BOOK AS AURATIC OBJECT
With Daniel Schulke and Robert Ansell
For more than 500 years the printed word has been the most enduring and successful of information technologies. At once familiar and functional, books are indispensable repositories of image, text and ideas. And yet certain books would seem to transcend ink and paper and possess an otherworldly, mythic aura. In this presentation Robert Ansell and Daniel Schulke jointly examine the ritual qualities of human-book interaction and the cult of aesthesis that distinguishes a magical book from a book on magic. Structured with multiple approaches to the subject and illustrated with both historical and modern examples, this talk aims to explore the relationship between the talismanic book and Time itself.
2012 ART EXHIBIT:
Daniel A. Schulke works primarily in the medium of pen and ink and oil and canvas. His imagery draws from a number of esoteric spiritual traditions including Natural Magic, Alchemy, Spiritualism, and the mythos of the Medieval Witches’ Sabbat. Paintings in the current exhibition are studies for imagery in development for a witches’ Mutus Liber, or book-without-words.
Standard hardcover edition with dust jacket, limited to 1,250 copies.