Thursday, July 22, 2021








Part One: Origins, Habit and Culture

By Wilmar Taal

Paperback Edition: Gloss laminate cover.Pagination: 318 pages extensively illustrated with drawings by JHW Eldermans from the original Gnome Manuscript and photographs by the author.

Publisher:Troy Books 

List Price: $28.95 


In 2000, the mysterious Dutch ‘Richel-Eldermans collection’ was donated to The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic in Boscastle where, in 2003, a Dutch speaking student assisted in deciphering some of the written materials in the collection. It was during this process that the student discovered a fascinating manuscript concerned with Dutch gnome-folklore, and alerted the Meertens Institute in Amsterdam who were happy to receive a copy of the ‘Gnome Manuscript’, as it became known, on CD-Rom.

Another Dutch student subsequently graduated on a study of this manuscript, but still there were too many questions and mysteries concerning the information J.H.W. Eldermans collected throughout his life. The staff of the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic were most interested in the contents of this manuscript, and so a decision was made to publish a series of books that present translations of the intriguing handwritten content, with comments on the origins of the manuscript and studies of the places described therein. The information was categorized and this first part as ‘Origins, Habit and Culture’ and focuses on where the gnomes came from, what they were doing and what they expressed. The second part will look deeper into the magic concerning gnomes, and the third part will deal with leftover writings by Eldermans.

Wilmar Taal is a Dutch cultural historian and author of ‘The Silent Listener – The Life and Works of J.H.W. Eldermans’ (Troy Books, 2018). He specializes in sagas, myths and the occult sciences. He lives in Koog aan de Zaan, The Netherlands, together with his wife, son and daughter and a spoilt rotten cat.


The Gnome Manuscript – Part Two:

Magical Workings with Nature Spirits

By Wilmar Taal

Publisher:Troy Books

Paperback Edition: Gloss laminate cover. Pagination: 393 pages extensively illustrated with drawings by JHW Eldermans from the original Gnome Manuscript and photographs by the author.

List Price: $29.95


The Gnome Manuscript by J.H.W. Eldermans has been a mystery for many years. The drawings and sketches of pentacles, talismans and amulets, ritual garments and tools and methods of magic, all graced by his graceful handwriting, have been a magnet to students of the occult, but the many texts in Dutch made it difficult to understand these writings. Wilmar Taal has taken on the task of categorizing, translating and commenting on this manuscript and the second instalment of The Gnome Manuscript will take you into the world of working magic with the little people…

Being the largest part of the trilogy, The Gnome Grimoire will not only bring you the well known Solomonic magic concerning gnomes, but also open the doors to the grey circuit, the circles of unknown witches and magisters who share their knowledge of gnome magic, and for the first time translated into English. It will enable the practitioner to prepare foods that gnomes are attracted to, to build contraptions that enables you to see gnomes roaming free in the fields or to gain the aid of a gnome during the search for hidden treasure. The Gnome Grimoire is your go-to book concerning the magic with gnomes, at least Dutch gnomes…

The book is profusely illustrated throughout with over 360 drawings, talismans and examples of handwritten text by Eldermans.




A Way of Norfolk Magic

By Val Thomas

Publisher: Troy Books

Paperback Edition. Pagination: 378 pages + 12 pages B&W photo plates.

List Price: $29.95 


Of Chalk and Flint: A Way of Norfolk Magic is a celebration of the county of Norfolk and its Nameless Tradition of magic and witchcraft. The spiritual energy which informs and powers this magic wells up from the land itself and from the Chalk and Flint which have shaped the landscape, its flora, its fauna, its culture and its history. This book therefore weaves a rich tapestry of herbs and creatures, of gods, dragons, Fair Ones and merfolk, of spells, rituals and seasonal devotions. It retells some of the old stories which shape the work of the Tradition and honours the ancestors who inspire it. Yet it is a book for the present moment, and shows how working closely with the land can be an integral and vibrant part of modern life. While the book is focused on Norfolk, the principles of the magic explored here are applicable anywhere in in the world. Thus, this book provides a valuable resource, both for those with an interest in Norfolk, and also for anyone seeking insights into natural magic, witchcraft and working with the power of the land.

Table of Contents: 


Chapter One – The Lord and Lady of Norfolk

Chapter Two – Sacred Places: Stories within the Landscape

Chapter Three – Spiritual Beings

Chapter Four – The Quest of the Year

Chapter Five – Materia Magica

Chapter Six – Magical Tools

Chapter Seven – Operative Magic

Chapter Eight – A Sense of Community: Covens, Moots and Magical Groups

Chapter Nine – A Treasury of Talent

Chapter Ten – A Harvest of Norfolk






Witchcraft, Hermetics &

The Hidden Wisdom of the Magical Arts

By Kerry Wisner

Publisher: Troy 

 Paperback Edition: gloss laminate cover. Pagination: 300 pages, 90gsm cream paper stock, plus 20 pages of black and white photographic plates, plus line drawings and figures by the author.

List Price: $28.95 


We are delighted to welcome Kerry Wisner to Troy Books and present the The Willow Path – Witchcraft, Hermetics

and the Hidden Wisdom of the Magical Arts. The book is the first of a forthcoming trilogy The Geassa, which presents a codification of his training and practice of the Art, focusing on Traditional Witchcraft.

Deep in the New England forests a stone circle lays hidden, nestled in a clearing high atop a mountain of granite. Formed in the pattern of the many old stone walls which dot the region it is here that the Willow Path emerges from the land itself. In nature there exists an underlying current; a continuity of wisdom and consciousness that manifests in the Magical Arts. 

With roots reaching to Basque Witchcraft, the Willow Path is a form of the Magical Arts that incorporates techniques drawn across the rich tapestry of Western Occult practices. From the oral teachings of traditional Witchcraft, combined with Hermetics, the Willow Path blends these into a cohesive magical practice. Much of this material has never been published as it represents the actual methods taught to the author through personal instruction and intensive training. 

This book discusses:

  • The other worlds and realms employed in the Art

  • The Stang, or Witches Staff, as the tree rising through the Worlds

  • Sun and Moon tides

  • The Witches Foot and elemental forces

  • Tools of the Art

  • Companions of the Art: Familiar Spirits

  • The Miller’s Stone and Cloak of Danu: the use of Numbers, colors and the directions

  • The Wheel of Tlachtga, and much more.

The Willow Path is a culmination of teachings that seek to carry the heritage and wisdom of the Magical Arts forward allowing one to shape reality as one would bend the osiers of a Willow itself.




Witch Rites Revisited

By Nigel G. Pearson

Troy Books

Paperback Edition, Pagination;  186 pages.

List Price: $23.95 


An initiate of both Traditional and Modern Witchcraft, the author gives here the actual rites and rituals of a working Coven, from an insider’s point of view. These rites were developed by the Coven themselves over a period of nearly a quarter of a century and give a fascinating insight into the actual workings of an initiate-only Coven. As the Coven itself has ceased practice and is no longer in existence, and a significant period of time has elapsed, the secrecy surrounding these rites may now be lifted and they are here offered as working examples, which other Covens may benefit from.

As well as giving a brief, historical overview of the origins of the Coven and the parent group it derived from – which in itself is fascinating reading –  the rites detailed cover devotional, magical and festive rituals, rites for the Greater and Lesser Sabbats, rites for the God and Goddess, rites of passage and workings for solitary practice. Wherever possible, background information is given, explaining the origins and inspirations for these rites and how and why they came to be written.

In addition, there are two appendices, detailing more unusual rites practised by the Coven. In Appendix I, the author gives a unique ritual – developed from information received via trance and dream work – that takes the practitioners on a mystical journey to the mythical island of Avalon, seeking knowledge of the return of the Old Ways and what they may do to aid this return. Appendix II gives details of magical rites practised by an inner group of the Coven, working with ceremonial magic techniques and the Egyptian deities Isis and Ra.

There are many books around these days, dealing with the rites of modern Witchcraft, but very few are written from an initiated insider’s point of view. The author has 40 years of practical experience in working the Craft and, for many of those years, was the Priest of the Coven whose rites are discussed here. He helped to craft and write a great many of them and was instrumental in formulating others with the rest of the Coven.

This is a highly unusual and individual book, giving as it does a glimpse of the inner life of a single Coven over a period of nearly 25 years, its working practices and magical ethos.



The Wisdom of the Runes

By A.D. Mercer

Troy Books. Paperback Edition. Gloss laminate cover. Pagination;  162 pages.

List Price: $22.95 



‘Runa – Wisdom of the Runes’ presents what is, without doubt, the most misunderstood, probably the most cynically abused set of runes in the history of runology. The Armanen runes have been ignored by scholars, abused by right wing extremists, and largely forgotten by students of the occult. Nevertheless, the Armanen runes are in many ways the quintessential esoteric rune row. Originally conceived of by the nineteenth-century German mystic Guido von List, the Armanen runes offer us the most esoterically charged futharks ever encountered.

As well as exploring their true history, Runa discusses the deeper significance of the Armanen runes with the intention of returning the runes to their rightful place at the zenith of true runic magic as well as their true meaning as symbols of transformation granting access into the deeper unconscious and what may lie beyond.

Runa examines each rune in detail, before embarking on a detailed exploration of the relationship between the Armanen Runes and Yggdrasil, the Germanic and Nordic world tree directly link the two, in this respect Runa is a unique text, as it is the only text to directly link the two, exploring the importance of this connection, which cannot be overstated.


Wednesday, July 14, 2021


 New  From  Scarlet Imprint:



by Peter Grey

The Star Edition - Standard Hardcover 

Standard Hardback Edition 

The STAR edition. Limited to 777 copies; bound in black cloth, emblazoned with the Cross of St Peter on front and back boards, grey textured endpapers, and silver dust jacket. 128 pp.

List Price: $72.00

Bibliotheque Rouge Edition - Paperback

Sewn paperback, silver cover with black foil, 150 gsm paper, 128 pp.

List Price: $32.50 


The Two Antichrists is a monograph by Peter Grey on the figure of Antichrist in a post-Christian and progressive Thelemic context. Opening with considerations on the future of witchcraft and its relation to radical ecology, Grey returns to the Babalon Working of Jack Parsons and L. Ron Hubbard, and considers a series of little examined texts from science fiction and the outer fringes of Scientology which form a ‘Babalon Apocrypha.’ By reading across these sources, the familiar story is revealed to have hidden depths and dimensions. Exploring the role of Antichrist in relation to Parsons and Hubbard, Grey provides insights into the initiatory drama of Thelema: of Satanic rites, Abyss and Angel. The Two Antichrists observes the long shadow cast by the monolith of Scientology, and Parsons’ eclipsed sodality The Witchcraft. Looking to the future, he envisions an emergent space witchcraft, infused with the spirit of Do What Thou Wilt. The book concludes with a series of non-denominational rituals and revised Antichrist workings. The work is a fusion of inspiration, research and ritual, from which Grey draws the first lines of his vision of witchcraft in the dusk of our world.


The Two Antichrists is a monograph by Peter Grey on the figure of Antichrist in a post-Christian and progressive Thelemic context.

Opening with considerations on the future of witchcraft and its relation to radical ecology, Grey returns to the Babalon Working of Jack Parsons and L. Ron Hubbard, and considers a series of little examined texts from science fiction and the outer fringes of Scientology which form a ‘Babalon Apocrypha.’ By reading across these sources, the familiar story is revealed to have hidden depths and dimensions. Exploring the role of Antichrist in relation to Parsons and Hubbard, Grey provides insights into the initiatory drama of Thelema: of Satanic rites, Abyss and Angel. The Two Antichrists observes the long shadow cast by the monolith of Scientology, and Parsons’ eclipsed sodality The Witchcraft. Looking to the future, he envisions an emergent space witchcraft, infused with the spirit of Do What Thou Wilt. 

The book concludes with a series of non-denominational rituals and revised Antichrist workings. The work is a fusion of inspiration, research and ritual, from which Grey draws the first lines of his vision of witchcraft in the dusk of our world.

The work stands as a companion to Lucifer: Praxis (forthcoming 2022), and continues the trajectory initiated with The Red Goddess and pursued through Apocalyptic Witchcraft. The work was completed on Winter solstice 2020. 

§ 1   A Vision from the Abyss

Past Futures and Futures to Come

Malachite Green

Triumph over the Moon

The Terrible Equation and the Aperture

§ 2   The Babalon Apocrypha

The Perfect Initiate

The Triangle of Art

Unknown Pleasures

Admissions and Affirmations

The Atomic God-Man

Schemes and Pyramids

Eldritch Philadelphia

The Two Antichrists

The Manifesto of the Antichrist

Against God

Thelemic Witchcraft

Two Years of Fury

The Disastrous Star of the White Scribe

Alpha and Omega

§ Appendices

i. Tetelestai

ii. The Reformed Antichrist Rite

iii. The New Antichrist Rite

iv. The Remote Station

v. The Eleventh Hour



New From Hadean Press:


A Discourse on Trolldom and Runes in the Northern Tradition 

by Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold 

Hardcover Edition : 

The hardcover edition is covered in Wicotex Brillianta moss green cloth, printed on Munken premium cream 90gsm paper, with Sharade Lustra Bronze endpapers and bronze foil stamping on cover and spine. Limited to 500 litho copies. 348 pages

List Price:$72.50 

Paperback Edition: 

348 pages. List Price: $36.95



In TROLLRÚN: A Discourse on Trolldom and Runes in the Northern Tradition, Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold opens the door to landscapes little known outside of Scandinavia. These landscapes are populated by mythical beings and land spirits which offer a quite different approach to the Northern Tradition than what is usual. Here the Aesir have taken a backseat in favour of discussions on the wider tapestry of Northern wisdom, such as trolldom, seidr and the legacy left by the Black Books of magic under the larger theme of ‘What the Trolls told’, comprising the first part of TROLLRÚN. This is followed by a presentation of the Elder runes, runology, and rune magic, all rooted in Scandinavian ideas of the use of runes and their magic. TROLLRÚN views this landscape through the eyes of the cunning arts, where the ice, the frost, the midnight sun, and the majestic mountains and fjords become the orchestra of TROLLRÚN’s wisdom, drenched in the powerful atmosphere of the magical north. 


Introduction by Johannes Gårdbäck 

A Presentation of Trollrún by Claude Lecouteux


Chapter One: The Northern Tradition 

Chapter Two: Old Norse Cosmology 

Chapter Three: Trolldom

Chapter Four: Magical Beings of the North 

Chapter Five: A Genealogy of Trolls 

Chapter Six: The Northern Observance 

Chapter Seven: The Stars and Wells of Yggdrasil 

Chapter Eight: The Way of Seidr

Chapter Nine: The Black Books of the North 


Chapter Ten: Origin of the Runes 

Chapter Eleven: Magical Runes and Runic Magic 

Chapter Twelve: Runic Cryptology 

Chapter Thirteen: The Secret of the Runes 

Chapter Fourteen: Bureus and the Noble Runes 

Appendix A: On the Symbolism of the Rune-drum 

Appendix B: The vargulf and Lycanthropy in the North 

Appendix C: Correspondences between runes and Trees of the North 





by James Udung (Deillumine Ra) with art by Louis Solomon-Felix 

A Guides to the Underworld staple bound booklet 

Cover image and interior artwork by Louis Solomon-Felix 

Published May 2021.

20 pages.

List Price: $4.95 


One of the essential tools used in Hoodoo folk practice is the mojo bag which acts as a container of magical force(s), similar to a spirit box or pot. They serve as amulets or better still as charm bags and are commonly used in hoodoo folk practice, with its origins rooted in West Africa. A Hoodoo Doll-Baby, Dolly, Poppet, Effigy, is a representation of a person made in the likeness of the target and is one of the most essential tools used in Hoodoo sympathetic sorcery. In Hoodoo Mojo Bags & Baby Dolls author James Udung describes the construction, preparation and use of these tools in this follow-up to his Hoodoo Graveyard Sorcery.



Thursday, July 1, 2021

The Sultry Heat of Summer...


WELCOME to the Edge of the Circle Newsletter. This newsletter has come about as an effort to reach out to the Pagan/ Occult community (particularly in Seattle where we are based) to inform the community of what events are happening at our store. Without further ado, welcome, and enjoy.

Regards, Erica (Raven) Branch-Butler, Editrix-

WHO WE ARE: Edge of the Circle Books is Seattle's resource for Paganism & the Occult. This newsletter seeks to provide the Seattle community with a place to list events, post articles, and do a bit of networking.

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Meet-ups, talks, book signings, public rituals, etc—all are welcome here.

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This group is specifically for sharing events of interest to the local community, it is not meant for discussing magical paths and traditions, or asking general questions about magick or paganism. Please remain civil, do disparaging posts about groups or individuals. Off topic posts WILL be moderated.

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A Map to the Magical Body

by Laura Tempest Zakroff, Christopher Penczak (Foreword)

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.

Publication date: 06/08/2021

Pages:    216

List Price: $17.99 


Embodied Witchcraft for Wisdom, Connection & Power

This book is a guide to the most magical tool in your possession—your body. Not just your physical flesh-and-blood body, but also your symbolic Witch body, the conduit for bringing the material and metaphysical worlds together. Within these pages, you will explore hands-on magical practices, exercises, and sigils related to your Witch Lungs, Heart, Bones, Mind, and the spiraling path of your inner Serpent.

Magic flows most freely when you are in tune with your intuition and the power of your true self. Through dozens of activities, prompts, spells, and rituals, Anatomy of a Witch helps you connect with the seen and unseen worlds, your ancestors, and your living community. Discover the profound correspondences between your body, the mythos of tarot, and the five elements. Practice rituals and activities for protection, warding, rebalancing your home, and embracing your body, despite the limiting beliefs that society foists upon us. This book teaches you how to tap into your personal power as you make a pilgrimage to the inner workings of your true self.

Includes a foreword by Christopher Penczak, bestselling author of The Temple of Witchcraft series.




by Jason Mankey 

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Llewellyn Publications (June 8, 2021)

Language ‏ : ‎ English

Paperback ‏ : ‎ 304 pages

(Llewellyn) 9781644111321 , 

List Price: $21.99  


Discover the History, Magick & Myths of the Horned One...

Explore the deep spiritual roots of the Horned God and discover rituals and activities designed to help you get closer to him.Throughout history, horned deities have been honored as gods of nature, sex, fertility, passion, sacrifice, death, and rebirth. The Horned God of the Witches reveals the origins and features of their most common guises―Pan, Cernunnos, Herne, Elen of the Ways, the Green Man, and even the Devil.

Whether you are interested in the Wiccan Horned God―a more contemporary composite of several deities―or in one of his many other forms, these rituals for meeting the powerful deity will help you achieve your magical goals. With hands-on techniques for divination, creating an altar, working magick, spiritual lovemaking, and receiving the gifts of the Witchfather, this book supports a transformative deepening of your relationship to the divine.



by Don Webb 

Publisher: Inner Traditions (June 8, 2021)

Paperback, 352 pages

List Price: $24.99 


A guided initiation to becoming an adept in Vampyre energy magick

• Explains how a Vampyre is not a blood-sucking mythical figure but a shaman who is skilled in gathering, using, and storing energy for magical power and personal liberation 

• Reveals how to gather and store energy from the world around you and shares magical techniques, manifestation methods, and practices to utilize the energy you have collected 

• Looks at servitors and familiars, vampyric runes, dream architecture, money magick practices, and sex magick techniques as well as advanced practices such as healing with vampyric magick 

In this initiatory guide, Don Webb explains how to learn from the myth of the vampire to gather, use, and store energy for magical power, manifestation, and personal liberation. A Master of the Order of the Vampyre within the Temple of Set, the author shares a 9-month process to awaken and initiate you as a Vampyre and allow you to actualize your hidden potential. 

Webb begins by explaining how to gather energy from the world around you and store it in the body, in artifacts and talismans, and in groups of people, such as a coven. Through the 9 stages of initiation, the author offers guided magical techniques, manifestation methods, and experiments to utilize the energy you have learned to gather and store. He also examines familiars, Vampyric runes, money magick practices, and sex magic techniques. Sharing more advanced practices, Webb looks at the creation and destruction of egregores and how to fight off psychic vampires—those who steal your power and energies. Achieve greater self-knowledge, a deeper connection with the energies that surround you, and the power to manifest your deepest desires by walking the path of the Vampyre.



Of the Lords Who Wander 

by Gary St. M. Nottingham

Avalonia Publishing,  (March 14, 2021)

Paperback, 138 pages, with numerous seals and photos of the author's work. 

List Price: $24.99  


“The talisman I created using the very methods Gary has outlined in this book helped guide me, inevitably, to both my inner and outer gold.  It took me on a journey to arrive at my own microcosmic sun.”  - Benjamin Turale, The Temple of Mercury

 An essential practical guide to the art of talismanic magick, Liber Sigillum expertly guides you through the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to incorporate the creation and empowerment of planetary, elemental and angelic talismans into your work. A talisman can act as a battery of power for the magician, emanating will and intent across planes of existence as well as the everyday world. Just as fascinating for the curious newcomer as the experienced practitioner, this critical but often overlooked aspect of the Western Magickal Corpus is made accessible to all. Author Gary St. Michael Nottingham translates his many years of valuable practical experience into clear and straightforward practical exercises and examples.

 Drawing on the age-old wisdom of the Corpus Hermeticum, grimoires, Agrippa's Three Books of Occult Philosophy and the Picatrix, this exceptional work not only teaches methods for the physical creation of talismans, the importance of the celestial conditions and how to call upon both angelic and demonic powers as necessary, but also the crucial nature of personal emotional engagement and focus. The author's experience shines through the original development of techniques he shares in this volume in print for the first time. Whether you are just starting on a ritual magic path or are a seasoned practitioner of witchcraft and the occult yourself, Liber Sigillum is bound to become a treasured and oft-consulted companion.

“We are created in the likeness of God therefore those powers which make up God are expressed within ourselves, even if they lie dormant or are not apparent.  It is this which allows us to approach the realms of the Gods, and like Prometheus 'steal their Fire' as we challenge our fate with the very powers of the Gods themselves.  No other being in creation can do this... for it is the fate of man to challenge the Gods, even with their own power. For mankind is not a snivelling wretch, burdened with sin and Christian guilt, but a glorious being made in the image of God and bearing his powers. Therefore let us not forget how the Corpus Hermeticum tells us.... ‘For the human is a God-like living thing...’ ”

- Gary St. Michael Nottingham in Liber  Sigillum



CHAPTER 1: God is in All Things

CHAPTER 2: Of the Body: its Material and Construct

CHAPTER 3: The Magic of Numbers

CHAPTER 4: As I Do Will… So Mote It Be

CHAPTER 5: Of the Lords Who Wander








CHAPTER 6: Of the Mansions of the Moon

Further reading


About the Author:

Gary St. M. Nottingham’s commitment to the study and practice of the alchemical arte, ritual magic, grimoires and spirit conjuration means that he can often be found peering at bubbling flasks or a shewstone – or otherwise engaged in deepening his knowledge and understanding of such matters.  His practices also draw on the work of the 17th-century astrologer William Lilly and the arte of horary astrology.

He organised the legendary Ludlow Esoteric Conference (2004-2008), helped produce Verdelet occult magazine, has taught many free day workshops on basic occult skills and is a popular speaker at esoteric conferences.

The seven volumes of Foundations of Practical Sorcery are an unabridged collection of Gary’s much sought-after previously published work, updated and made available to a wider readership at last.  Ars Alchemica, Ars Angelorum and Liber Sigillum may be seen as companion volumes to this central work.  

Gary was raised in south Shropshire, where, during his mid-teens, he became involved with a small Coven, thereby gaining an excellent grounding in a wide selection of magical practices.   Following the conjuration of a spirit, and asking it for help that manifested when least expected, he subsequently became involved with a group of practising alchemists. 

He has a background in horticulture, enjoys spending time in the garden and playing chess.



A Catholic Grimoire 

by José Leitão

Paperback , 352 pages 

Avalonia Publishing, 12/10/2020

List Price: $40.00 


A Catholic Grimoire compiled from the writings of Ângelo Sequeira, for the acquisition and sustenance of Grace, the Blessing of the Virgin, the succour of her Divine Son our Lord, and the patronage of one hundred and twenty Saints.   English translation by José Leitão. 

Precious Apothecary is a translation of Botica Preciosa, a Catholic Grimoire compiled by Ângelo de Sequeira Ribeiro do Prado (1707-1776) who was perhaps the most important Brazilian missionary in history. The Botica Preciosa (1754) was his first book and is a collection of prayers, devotions and exercises to the Lady of the Rock and 120 other Saints. Suffused with the author’s missionary purpose the book also contains the consecrations and blessings for oils, flowers, statues and food, as well as exorcisms and prayers for many ailments intended for situations where no priests were available. This is a leading work of pragmatic religious practice in which Sequeira addressed the devotional needs of the ordinary people, and thereby gained a significant following in both Portugal and Brazil.

 This work presents an exceptional insight into practices outside the influence of a Protestant narrative, offering a window into the multifaceted world of baroque Catholicism, heresies, deviations and Rigorist movements within this. The Catholic Pantheon of Saints is introduced, together with its hierarchy and the techniques needed to access and work with them. The book also includes extensive instructions on the creation and consecration of the materia sacra/ magica, rarely found outside of liturgical literature.

 This grimoire presents a system which will appeal to Catholics (and other Christians) with an interest in magic, and those exploring pre-contemporary forms of spirit work from within a Christian framework. It is likewise essential reading for occult scholars and practising magicians interested in exploring Christian Magic, seeking sources for folk magic and expanding their knowledge of the grimoire tradition.



On the Multiplicity of Unity

On Ângelo Sequeira

On the Jacobeia

On the Lady of the Rock

To Conceptualize a Catholic Grimoire

Meditation on Content

On The Current Book

Jesus, Mary, Joseph

Christian Doctrine

Prayers for the day

Devotions to Our Lady






Devotions to our  Lord Jesus Christ

Remedies for the  souls in Purgatory



Way of visiting  the Stations of the Cross

Spiritual Remedies

General prescription of the vocations of the Saints

Instructions for the sick and dying

Practices for Mass



Holy Offices

Office of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary our Lady conceived without original sin

Office of the glorious Patriarch St. Joseph

Various Blessings

Various Prayers



Primary Sources

Secondary sources


About the Author: 

José Leitão is a scholar and researcher on the history of Portuguese Magic, currently associated with the University of Coimbra (Portugal). His current research focuses on the mapping of the practice, circulation and conception of Learned Magic in Early Modern Portugal, using as his main database the records of the Portuguese Inquisition.

Besides his current work, José also holds a PhD in Physics and Material Science from the Delft University of Technology and a Master’s degree in Theology and Religious Studies, with a major in Western Esotericism, from the University of Amsterdam.

Being a Saint Cyprian devotee (in his aspect of scholar and knowledge pilgrim), José is mostly known for his collections and translations of Saint Cyprian related literature, having produced the first English translation of the contemporary Portuguese version of The Book of Saint Cyprian (published by Hadean Press, 2014). Besides this, he has also published a collection of folktales relating the perception and use of this same book by rural Portuguese populations and would-be magical treasure hunters, published as The Immaterial Book of St. Cyprian (Revelore Press, 2017); a collection of text by the Early Modern Valencian polymath Jerónimo Cortez entitled Bibliotheca Valenciana; and the Opuscula Cypriana, an extensive collection of Saint Cyprian-related literature from the 17th century up until the 1920s (both published by Hadean Press, 2017 and 2019 respectively).



The Evolution of the Black Madonna

by Nic Phillips

Paperback, 240 pages,  6.14 x 9.21in or 234 x 156mm (Royal 8vo) Case Laminate with colour illustrations

Publisher, :Avalonia (February 26, 2021)

List Price: $24.99


In this exceptional study of the Black Madonna, author, scholar and artist Nic Philips leads you on a pilgrimage through the history, myth, practice and modern relevance of her many images around the world and asks astute questions about how they have been interpreted and misinterpreted over the centuries. As though restoring the artefacts themselves, he gently strips away layers of supposition and imposition to show the truth beneath, but also looks to the value of the later meanings and significance accrued by these sacred portrayals of a Black Virgin.

Starting with one of the most famous of her statues in Chartres, France and then casting light on the less explored phenomenon of syncretic worship within the African and Indian diasporas, we learn how the mysterious Black Madonna became equated with Dark Goddesses such as Kali, the primal fury of the Vodou Lwa Ezili Dantor , and Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico.  Taking us into an in-depth exploration of a figure who has been interpreted as both Mary Magdalene and various Orisha, this expertly-researched book shows what a powerful figure this Dark Mother remains throughout the world as a symbol of the strength and liberation of the oppressed.

 Whilst many existing books on this subject have focused mainly on myths which have grown within the European Grail tradition, Breaking Chains embraces both a personal journey and an objective approach to finding the real power behind the Black Madonna, not only mythically and historically but politically. In a fascinating and accessible work, including his own extraordinary paintings inspired by statues and stories around the world, Nic Phillips shows that the Black Madonna is the focus for a living, breathing, evolving movement, and is perhaps even more relevant today than ever before.

About the Author: 

Nic Phillips is an English artist and writer with a degree in History and Archaeology from Cardiff University.  He spent 12 years in Wales, before moving to Glastonbury, Somerset, to work at one of his most cherished heritage destinations, Glastonbury Abbey. Nic began exploring the landscape of the West Country from a young age with regular holidays in Cornwall which would eventually inspire some of the paintings in his book Celtic Saints of Western Britain (Avalonia, 2015). After illustrating two tarot decks with Kim Huggens exploring the Divine Masculine and Feminine, entitled Sol Invictus and Pistis Sophia, Nic developed his art on a larger scale.  He launched Nic Phillips Sacred Art and studying and creating Eastern-inspired icons, alongside depictions of the Goddess, as well as numerous saints, in a distinctive modern style.

All of his artwork can be purchased as prints, cards, and more, directly from the artist through his website, Facebook, and Etsy store.



Chapter 1 Chartres: A Black Virgin no longer

Chapter 2 The Virgin of Le Puy: Racially Black?

Chapter 3 Mountain Mother: Our Lady of Montserrat

Chapter 4 Standing in the Shadow of Guadalupe

Chapter 5 The Black Madonna in Vodou

Chapter 6 Syncretism and the Black Madonna in the Americas

Chapter 7 Mother Kali: Black Madonna at the Periphery, Dark Goddess at the Centre

Chapter 8 The Romani Saint and the Magdalene

Chapter 9 The Historiography of the Black Madonna

Chapter 10 Conclusion – Why do People need the Black Madonna?





21 Rituals, Spells, and Amulets for Abundance, Prosperity, and Wealth

by Elhoim Leafar

Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser, 07/01/2021

Pages:    192

List Price:$18.95 


A practical guide to prosperity magic using amulets, talismans, and rituals.

Elhoim Leafar, author of The Magical Art of Crafting Charm Bags, offers a clear, basic treatise on the magic of prosperity and manifesting positive abundance. No prior magical experience is required, although the material is also suitable for adepts.

The book is divided into two sections: The first section guides the reader through some basic, if simultaneously sophisticated, magical theory including the power of attraction. Readers are encouraged to develop a magical mindset. The second section puts theory into practice. Leafar features 21 (3 x 7, a very magical and auspicious number, as adepts will immediately recognize) rituals, amulets, and talismans for creating and living the life you desire.

Techniques are derived from diverse influences blending modern paganism with Afro-Caribbean and Latin American magic, reflecting the author’s background and making the material accessible to readers walking a variety of magical paths.

About the Author:

Born in Venezuela to a family of spiritual and magical healers, Elhoim Leafar how lives in New York City, where is manifesting his best life. He is a testimonial to the techniques described in his book. Leafar is a shaman, diviner, and traditional magician who is influenced by old folklore, modern pagan spirituality, and traditional Afro-Caribbean mythology. He teaches throughout New York City, making annual appearances at WitchsFest and New York Pagan Pride. 




by Ana Juan 

Boxed deck (2¾ x 4¾) includes a 78-card deck and instructional booklet.

Fournier/ Llewellyn Worldwide 

List Price: $24.95 


Capturing the sophisticated energy of the feline personality, this charming deck by Spanish painter Ana Juan brings its own sensibility along for the ride. These sketchbook-style illustrations capture the imagination with lively movement and amusing facial expressions. The careful use of color makes for cards that pop in all the right ways, the artistic equivalent to a purring cat on your lap. Loosely following Rider-Waite-Smith symbolism, this deck is equally at home as a reading deck or as a new, frolicsome edition to your collection.




Designed by Paula Palmer, with art by Pamela Colman Smith 

(U.S. Games Systems, Inc.)

List Price: $22.95 


This unique 78-card poker deck features Rider-Waite Tarot images. The deck includes 22 Major Arcana, 52 Minor Arcana combined with their matching playing card indices and four Knights, which may be used as Jokers.

The deck also includes a 56-page booklet featuring instructions for two tarot games and traditional card meanings from the Rider-Waite Tarot.




featuring the Radiant Rider-Waite Tarot 

by Virginijus Poshkus, with design work for this edition by Joe Boginski 

Pocket Size, 78 Card Deck, 60 Page Guidebook 

U.S. Games Systems, Inc,  

List Price: $22.95 


Printed on luminescent holographic cards, this shimmering tarot deck accentuates the vibrant colors of the Radiant Rider-Waite® for dynamic readings. Includes 78-cards and 60-page booklet of traditional tarot meanings in a handy small size that packs a big punch.




by Rachel Paul,  Georges Barbier 

Imprint:Lo Scarabeo/Llewellyn Worldwide, June 2021

Boxed Deck - Large, 4 x 5 x 1 IN

List Price:$19.95


Feel the passion and love emanating from the Amor et Psyche Oracle and behold the stunning art that draws on ancient Greek myth and imagery. The oracular word or phrase on each card make this the perfect divinatory resource for answering questions related to romantic relationships and the course of your love life. With text by Rachel Paul, cocreator of the Barbieri Unicorns Oracle, and the Tarot of the Little Prince , this archetypal oracle will help you relate to the mythological energies in your life.




by Ana Tourian

80 Card Deck, with two alternate cards, and 148-page guidebook.

Publisher U.S. Games, 01 Jul 2021

List Price: $22.95


Tarot experiences, like any other, begin as shapeless and void as the abyss. As we evolve and develop our relationship with the cards, we move from dark chaos to an ordered, illuminated cosmos. In both the Major and Minor Arcana, Ana Tourian has created a beautifully nuanced tarot deck designed to mirror the journey of the soul through the universe. Includes 80-card deck with two alternate cards, and 148-page guidebook.

Ana Tourian is an artist, illustrator and art director. After years of working in a creative agency she was called back to sculpting and illustrating. She is the creator of several internationally acclaimed tarot and oracle decks. Ana is an avid tarot lover and has been reading the cards for over twenty years.  She lives with her two children, her husband, and her dog, Charley in New Jersey, where she enjoys hiking.



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Erica (Raven) Branch-Butler, Editrix, Edge of the Circle Books Newsletter