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Encylopædia Goetica Volume III,
Comprehending The Book of Saint Cyprian, His magical Elements,
And an Elucidation of The Testament of Solomon
By Jake Stratton-Kent
Scarlet Imprint, 2014
Starry Heaven edition, Limited to 800 exemplars.
A pair of royal octavo books comprising 592pp bound in a lapis night sky cloth, spangled with stars, with dustjackets.
Printed in black and red throughout on archival paper, and finished with embossed endpapers.
List Price: $181.50

The Testament of Cyprian the Mage is a two-volume work by Jake Stratton-Kent, comprehending The Book of Saint Cyprian and his Magical Elements and an elucidation of The Testament of Solomon.

The Testament of Cyprian the Mage is a two volume work of approximately 600 pages endowed with charts, tables, seals etc. and punctuated by specially commissioned pen and ink illustrations by Oliver Liebeskind. Lavishly bound and printed in red and black ink throughout, this is a work of enduring importance and a resource to accompany your ongoing study.

This is the final work in Stratton-Kent's acclaimed Encylopædia Goetica series which begin with The True Grimoire, a working reconstruction of the Grimorium Verum, and was followed by the monumental two volume Geosophia: The Argo of Magic which explored the necromantic Greek origins of Goetia.

The Testament of Cyprian the Mage is a fitting climax to this endeavour which has placed the author at the forefront of modern magic with a body of work that is both scholarly and aimed at practical application. All are standalone texts though benefit from being read as aspects of a single thesis: the importance of Goetia as the oldest continuous tradition of Western magic.

As Stratton-Kent affirms, 'Goetic Magic ... if properly understood would regenerate Western magic and underline its immense cultural significance, on a level equal to any spiritual tradition in the world.'

This understanding is clearly given in two volumes of lucid and fascinating exegesis with clear extracts from all the necessary works.

The Testament of Cyprian the Mage is an ambitious and far-seeing work, addressing two ends of the magical spectrum: the Testament of Solomon and a version of the Iberian Book of Saint Cyprian. In doing so, key aspects of magical practice are revealed.

This work draws upon these texts to create a clear understanding of the practice of grimoire magic, not as a discrete or degenerate subset of ceremonial magic, but one which is integrated with folk magic and witchcraft. In particular we discover a shared dramatis personae, the infernal pact, and a common terrain of Wild Hunt and Sabbat.

Within the text we encounter the Chiefs, Kings and Queens of the grimoire tradition; the magical role of the Decans and their stones and plants; lunar magic and magical animals; the gods of Time; the Sibyl and the Hygromanteia; Asmodeus and Oriens; Angelology, Theurgy, Conjunction and the Pact, the Angelic Vice-regent and thwarting Angels; Asclepius, Iamblichus and Neo-Platonism; Paracelsus and the Elemental Spirits; Necromancy, and the principles of spell work.

As Jake writes, 'A primary purpose of this book is to explore the implicit mythology of grimoire spirits and the contexts from which it derives.' It does far more. This is a fundamental revisioning of magic with profound implications for the magical revival which we are all engaged in.

Jake Stratton-Kent has been a goetic magician since 1972, making more than forty years of continuous goetic practice. His practical work integrates the magical papyri, Italo-French grimoires in particular the Grimorium Verum and African traditional religions with a focus on Quimbanda and Magia Negra. His interest in magic spans the ancient, medieval, renaissance, and modern as well as stretching from the West to the Middle East and crucially, the New World. His scholarly approach is backed with a personal relationship with the spirits, which is rare to find in the modern world.

Draconian Grimoire of the Black Sun
By Asenath Mason
“Veritable œuvres de la Magie” 4
Aeon Sophia Press, 2014
73 pages, 120 grams paper text block, cloth bound hardcover, sigil stamp on front cover
List Price: $56.50

"Liber Thagirion" is a small grimoire which was written especially for the Monographic Grimoire Series by Aeon Sophia Press. The book includes rituals and meditations that will guide the reader through the mysteries of the Black Sun from the perspective of the Draconian Initiate and are designed for a solitary practitioner of Draconian self-initiatory magic. Among them you'll find invocations of Sorath, Belphegor, meditations with the Black Sun and rituals of the Adversary.

By Vadge Moore
Aeon Sophia Press
Paperback, 190 pages
List Price: $ 32.50

  From the pen of Vadge Moore, one of American counterculture's most notorious debauchees, comes a tome devoted to all the base, depraved, wicked and vile aspects of the animal Man. Asserting that the savage, primal elements of the human spirit are, in fact, the proverbial Lead from which spiritual Gold can be spun, Moore takes us on a tour through Hell; the passage of which - for those bold enough to undertake it - can lead to a Heaven of a decidedly different nature than that posited by orthodox religion.

    To achieve his aims of sanctifying the depraved, Moore takes as his starting-point the ancient Greek concept of the chthonic - a term denoting Hell, Hades or the Underworld, and all those aspects of Man himself which are associated with such places. To Moore, the chthonic is an impetus from which to trace the myriad manifestations of the primitive, primordial, uninhibited beast in Man throughout history; and also the means by which to tie them together into a cohesive, practical philosophy. Throughout Chthonic: Prose & Theory, Moore explores all things chthonic in the history of art, literature, philosophy and religion, tracing its lineage from the Bacchanalian and Dionysian cults of Ancient Greece and Rome, to Eighteenth Century France and beyond. He analyzes the chthonic in the works of the notorious Marquis DeSade, and its influence on the post-modernist muse Georges Bataille, as well as in the lives and philosophies of Twentieth Century icons such as occultist Aleister Crowley, psychologist Carl Jung and Church Of Satan founder, Anton LaVey.

    Through cross-disciplinary scholarly research, Vadge Moore presents a solidly-grounded philosophical worldview centered around the chthonic - an unapologetically dark, nihilistic mysticism which does not require the dependent counterbalance of a benevolent "God" to assert itself. Chthonic: Prose & Theory delineates Moore's idiosyncratic, previously unexplored means by which to approach an all-inclusive understanding of the Absolute; not by self-effacing penitence and sublimation to a supposedly munificent God, but through the sin-drenched Left-Hand path of the Devil. Join him in the descent!

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