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Wednesday, February 15, 2017



By Michael Bertiaux
London: Fulgur Esoterica, 2016. Limited Edition.
List Price: $125.00

Ontological Graffiti provides for us a vibrant vudutronic, spiritualist, art-grimoire. It presents the strange narrative of certain magical work conducted at the infamous ‘Hyde Park Lodge’ in Chicago during the period 1965-1975. The lodge was a ‘ritual collective of occult initiates’ who would meet monthly under the directorship of Dr. Hector-Francois Jean Main.

Ontological Graffiti contains the séances, lecture notes and descriptive texts for this intense period. This material accompanies the series of large acrylic magical paintings produced by Bertiaux, who was assigned to capture through his art the messages and images of various ‘transcendental consciousnesses’ which manifested during the course of their workings. The Lodge later discovered that rituals conducted using these paintings deepened the connection with the spirits, Loa, and ‘Other Minds’. In addition, the book also offers the reader countless drawings, collages and ‘passeports for contacting and travelling within the spirit realms.’

Everywhere in the Gnostic Continuum, ‘mind’ is active. The Hyde Park Lodge was able to tap into extra-dimensional, transcendental mind-forms, and develop methods to understand and make use of inner-plane communications. Ontological Graffiti details the work which allowed this ability, and serves as a magical record of a group of seekers discovering Gnostic and Vudu pathways and making use of the tremendous energy and knowledge gained from traveling them.

-Michael Bertiaux


By Dr. Tomas Vincente
Introduction by David Beth, Artwork by Mitchell Nolte
Complete with ritual instructions
Theion Publishing, 2017
Bibliographic details: 144 pages, 165×235 mm, printed on wood-free high quality Design paper (115gsm), incl. 3 full-page greyscale illustrations by Mitchell Nolte.
Standard Edition: bound in black fine cloth, front embossing, lettering on spine, headbands.
Limited to 700 copies only.
List Price: $62.95

This book of Left Hand Path theory and practice has been eagerly awaited since the first news about its coming-into-being was announced last year. We are certain that Dr. Vincente’s tome will meet the highest expectations and demands of all serious practitioners of the magical Art.

“The book you are about to read is a genuine expression of this chthonic current [of the Left Hand]. With the fictitious esoteric mythos created by H.P. Lovecraft as a launching point, Dr. Vincente brilliantly traces the essence of a primordial Gnosis through the Egyptian Death mysteries and the European witch cult unearthing the most occulted dimensions of both. With the mind of a scholar and the initiatic intuition of an occult master the author fleshes out the true significance of both esoteric environments for the serious practitioner of the Left Hand Path. […] [T]his book is sustenance for the rare individuals who can still hear the calling of the Faceless God. May the seals be broken and may the Dae-Men begin to stir on their crosses.”
~ From the introduction by David Beth

Through the lens of Lovecraft’s fiction, Dr. Vincente establishes hitherto unexplored connections between the European lore of the Witches’ Sabbath and the archaic fertility cult of the ram-headed Banebdjedet, a totemistic representation of Osiris in his netherworld aspect – Osiris as the Black Sun. It is the daemon of the depths, the Faceless God, who serves as the bridge between these two esoteric currents. This dark psychopomp, who reveals the mysteries of the Black Sun, was fictionalized by Lovecraft as Nyarlathotep. The Egyptians knew him as Anubis, and in European witch lore he is described as the black man of the Sabbath, the initiator of the witch cult. Thus the book has a triple focus – Lovecraftian, Egyptian and Sabbatic. It is not a question of extracting a complete occult system from Lovecraft’s stories, or drawing exact correspondences between entities of his Mythos and gods and spirits of paganism. There is no system to be decoded. Instead there are traces, insinuations, echoes of a genuinely primal vision. Supporting his arguments with the strategic use of qabalistic methods, Dr. Vincente achieves a careful balance between esoteric hermeneutics and scholarly methodologies, so that the reader is always drawn back to the concrete realities of magical practice. A set of powerful rituals of initiation, sexual gnosis and sorcery will enable the discerning initiate to operate effectively within the sinister dimensions of this counter current.

Witches’ Sabbath (Detail from Illustration for The Faceless God by Mitchell Nolte, (c) 2016, Theion Publishing)

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