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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

NEW BOOKS FROM THREE HANDS PRESS AND SPECIAL EVENTS!

ADDENDUM: SEPTEMBER, 2013

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SPECIAL EVENTS AND NEW COLLECTIBLE BOOKS

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH, 7 PM

Cosmos, Chaos, and the Traditional Gnosis of the Left-Hand Path

In this talk, Dr. George Sieg addresses the Traditionalist reception of Left-Hand Path ideas, and the Left-Hand Path reception of concepts of tradition.



MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH

Black Lotus Kult presents:

BLK Celebration 2013 – “LOVE KULT”


An evening of Art, Music, and Ritual featuring; Hagen von Tulien, Kindle Cimmerian, Twilight Bellidanse, Dawn Von Nagy, Raqs Steady Eddie, Ariock Van de Voorde, Scarlet Marie and More!

The 5th Annual “BLK Celebration” will be a semi-public event on September 16th at Edge of the Circle Books and will include events at the store from 6-9PM.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

6:00-7:00PM – Meet and Greet and Book Signing. Open to public. A chance to converse and get some books/journals signed. Writers/Artist on hand will include Hagen von Tulien, Johnny Jakobsson, Dawn von Nagy, Ariock Van de Voorde and more. A VERY limited edition “BLK Celebration” print designed by Hagen will be made available. Wine and snacks will be served.

7:00-9:00PM – Ritual/Performance. Semi-Private. Invited guests may convene in the ritual chambers for an evening of evocative entertainment from Black Lotus Kult and Friends. Space is limited, and once invited guests are let in, we will allow additional attendees to enter as room permits. Performances will include the premier of a song from a Michael Bertiaux/Black Lotus Kult collaboration!

9:00PM--? – Carousing. Open to Public. After the performances are complete, we will head one door down to The Honey Hole (703 E Pike) for shenanigans.






EDGE OF THE CIRCLE BOOKS 
IS PROUD TO PRESENT
THE FOLLOWING NEW COLLECTOR’S TITLES
FROM THREE HANDS PRESS:
All prices subject to change without notice.



OCCLITH 0: OMNIFORM
By Joseph Uccello
Occlith Omniform 0 is 272 pages, printed on heavy art stock, Standard Hardcover
Full heavy gunmetal cloth with dust jacket, limited to 555 hand-numbered copies
List Price: $68.00


Know therefore that severall and various chips or fragments fell out in the cutting or carving of the great mysterie, whereof some became flesh, of which there are infinite sorts and formes: others were Sea-monsters, of wonderfull variety also; some became herbs; others fell into wood: abundance into stones and metalls.”
— PARACELSUS



FROM THE PUBLISHER:
“Since 1992, Xoanon and its sister publishing house Three Hands Press have pioneered the art of occult publishing, their practice driven by the philosophy that a truly magical book transcends the medium of its material embodiment. In part, this has been achieved through sublime qualities of exceptional content and artistry: original text, image, and type design which are undeniably possessed by the inspiring spirits which animate the volume. In the most potent of instances, the book coalesces by a hidden and vital anatomy, whose heart pulsates with life. Historically, the phenomenon of the magical book has appeared at the confluence of magic, mysticism, artistic inspiration and high craftsmanship. Nowhere is this as evident or beguiling as in the corpus of European alchemical texts, created in the ascendancy of movable type, where individual spiritual revelation came to inform both how the Royal Art of Alchemy was understood, and how books were made.”


“In collaboration with The Viatorium Press, and in the spirit of furthering the modern tradition of the Magical Book, we are pleased to announce Occlith Omniform 0 from award-winning artist, typographer and printer Joseph Uccello. Containing essential texts of the Paracelsian School of Alchemy, the whole serves as an animated sourcebook of essential Hermetic philosophy and Natural Magic, vivified through the letterpress-inspired type design and Uccello’s masterful ink and brush drawings. In addition to the lavishly-illustrated alchemical texts, Omniform includes an essential lexicon of alchemical terms, and an original Introduction by Uccello serves as the portal of ingress into this Corporeal Book.”






SALOMONIC MAGICAL ARTS
Translated and Introduced by Fredrik Eytzinger
Late August, 2013
Octavo, 280 pages, Salmomonic Magical Arts is illustrated throughout with sigils and rare photographs. The sigils and magical seals were drawn by Maria Olsson after the original source documents, especially for this first English edition.
Standard Hardcover , Full black cloth with dust jacket, limited to 1200 copies.
List Price: $64.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
“Water, I exhort you olansgält. Lucifer, I exhort you with all your company, that you will bring my belongings back again. May the thief never come to peace, neither at night nor at day, sleeping or awake, riding or on foot or by any means, until he returns what he has stolen…”

--From A Spell To Catch Thieves

Amid the great genres of European magical books are the Scandinavian Svartkonstböcker or ‘Books of Black Arts’, the privately-kept practical manuals of magic used by rural charmers and practitioners of folk magic. Incorporating charms, prayers, and curses, as well as medicine, alchemy and physical experiments, many of these books survive today in universities and private collections. While bearing some relationship to the corpus of  European grimoires which feature angelic and demonic magic, the Svartkonstböcker as texts of magic are in a class all their own.

Salomonic Magical Arts consists of two such volumes, originally handwritten in the early eighteenth century.  Named The Red Book and The Black Book by one of their owners, they passed through the hands of priests and cunning men before coming to rest in academic institutions. Invoking a variety of spirtual powers ranging from Christ to Beelzebub, its magical formulae, numbering in excess of 450 individual receipts, serve as a testament to the endurance of sorcery in the early modern era. First published in Swedish in 1918, Salomonic Magic Arts is here published in English for the first time.

Introducing the work is a substantive introduction by the translator, which places the book in its cultural and magico-historical context, including Swedish cunning-folk traditions (trolldom) the European grimoire tradition, traditional magical healing, pagan belief, and the relationship between folk magic and the church.








BY MOONLIGHT AND SPIRIT FLIGHT:
The Praxis of the Otherworldly Journey to the Witches’ Sabbat
Three Hands Press Occult Monograph No. 4
By Michael Howard
56 Pages - 6 Illustrations
Standard Cloth Hardcover with Letterpress Dust Jacket, limited to 1,000 copies.
List Price : $36.50

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The Devil read out a roster of those present from a black book. A fire was then lit and the Horned One sat on a throne to receive the worship of his followers. At his side was the leading female witch, a woman known as the Queen of the Sabbath. The witches saluted the Devil by means of the osculum infame or ‘obscene kiss’, which was given under the tail…

As has been established by historians such as Dr. Carlo Ginzburg and Éva Pócs, the topological elements of the medieval Witches’ Sabbat –the ecstatic nocturnalia of the lamiae — carry relics of the ancient spirit-cults and localized folk-beliefs of Europe. Elements haunting witchcraft-practices included the night-roving denizens of the Wild Hunt, the exteriorised or shapeshifted spirit-double, and the profaned sacraments of Christianity itself. Of particular interest in the present essay is the phenomenon of nocturnal spirit-travel and its connections to present-day occult practice as manifested within the Sabbatic Cultus of traditional witchcraft.

In this fourth book in the Three Hands Press Occult Monograph Series, British folklorist Michael Howard casts an eye over such elements as the ancestral horde, the flight of the Furious Host, and the entheogenic Witches Salve, each of which played a unique role in the Sabbat of the Witches. The mythos of the Sabbatic conclave, containing infernal and diabolical elements, is taken beyond its Christian pathology to connect it with actual practices in folk-magic.