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A personal memoir of Initiation into the Mysteries, written by dedicated E. Qaballistic Magickian and High Priestess, Cath Thompson. Here Thompson candidly relates her encounters with the Western Magical Tradition, her own Man of Earth ceremony, and the ordeals and visionary experiences of the first thirty-five years of her journey with the English Qaballa.
Speculum Terræ presents a detailed analysis of one of the rarest kinds of magical paraphernalia: an authentic magical earth-mirror from 17th century Germany, originally used for divinatory practices as well as folk-magical purposes such as treasure-hunting. Frater Acher’s explorations of the background and historic ties of this curious little device turn into a fascinating treasure hunt in their own right as we rediscover the original expert interpretation of the mirror’s seal by the famous 19th century professor Richard Wünsch, and present its first complete English translation.
The worrying fact of a genuine Qaballa in English was first put to the occult reading public in 1979, in the Editorial of the final issue of Ray Sherwin’s periodical The New Equinox. The “order & value of the English Alphabet,” predicted in Liber AL vel Legis, had been obtained in the English Midlands by a magickian named James Lees in November 1976, who took over the publication of The New Equinox with the subtitle “British Journal of Magick” and published several articles about the English Qaballa in 1980-81, in five issues.
The reproduction of its advent and early development should therefore be of interest to a new generation of enquiring minds as well as to those who may be renewing an old familiarity.
The third issue of CONJURE CODEX is full to bursting with insights and revelations, presenting us with sorceries and wisdom from a range of cultures and eras.
“This Blue Conjure Codex is by far my favorite of the three. Apart from the fantastic essays on Conjure by all the Hadean notables like Jake-Stratton Kent, Alexander Cummins, and Nicholaj de Mattos Fisvold, we have BOTH translators of books of St Cyprian, Humberto Maggi and José Leitão, here to give background on the Christian side of the art.” — Jason Miller, Strategic Sorcerer and author of The Sorcerer’s Secrets: Strategies in Practical Magick. (Read the full review here.)
In the second issue of CONJURE CODEX, Susanne Iles elucidates the Grimoire of Armadel, an important text for which Mathers only consulted one manuscript. Alexander Cummins, writing on the purifying herbs of the latter grimoire, demonstrates further inter-relatedness while his articulate commentary sets a benchmark for other authors. The blue grimoires receive ample attention in this issue, with material relating to both the Petit Albert and Saint Cyprian. Two articles in this collection depict the quandary of urban magicians, offering solutions and implications. Meanwhile, the New World traditions are amply served by an account of Jesus Malverde, the so-called ‘narco saint’, and new magics are served by Kent Cockerell’s tale of cutting out deadweight, and what can grow when we do. Finally, the ancient roots of Western magic are represented by a readable and briefly commented version of the Testament of Solomon.
The first issue of CONJURE CODEX breaks new ground in presenting inter-related material from a range of traditions, embracing ancient cultures, the grimoires, New World traditions and others; by publishing new translations and rare texts alongside accounts of work in these traditions, and elucidations of them. We invite contributions including new translations and analyses of operative systems of spirit magic from around the globe.
This first volume in a collection devoted to the subject of the daimon/dæmon provides a comprehensive and detailed description of the intermediary spirits in the Western Tradition. Being a fundamental part of Magic, these spirits have important ramifications on the religions and philosophies from Late Antiquity through the present. Tracking the origins and developments of the concept of intermediary spirits under the terms “daimon/dæmon”, from Homer to Augustine and beyond, reveals a very rich fountain of knowledge with direct importance to the comprehension of the worldview shared by magical practitioners from every age and culture.
In Dæmonology: An Introduction With a Selection of Texts, Humberto Maggi brings together numerous threads into one cohesive whole, addressing the diverse uses of the concept of the intermediary spirit in the history and practice of Magic, and its correlates in other cultures.
First published in The Equinox: British Journal of Thelema, Volume VII 9-11 as ‘Liturgical Approaches to Invocation & Evocation’, Goetic Liturgy concerns the art of invoking gods in order to conjure spirits by “the Egyptian formula”. Both the formula itself, and example invocations and conjurations are given.
This is also a manual of ritual composition; for working within a defined liturgical frame, providing structure rather than setting finite limits. The deities involved in these rituals are – or equate with – Greco-Egyptian deities from the period of the ancient syncretism. These are underworld deities, as appropriate to goetic tradition. Thus these rituals are equally applicable frameworks for working with the magical papyri & ‘neo-archaic’ approaches to the spirit catalogues of the grimoires.
Out of print.
ISBN 978-1-907881-24-4 (Hardback).
Published in January, 2013.
In The Spellbook of Marie Laveau: The Petit Albert, translator Talia Felix presents the full text of the Petit Albert in the English language, and offers a compelling argument that the Petit Albert was most likely one of the spellbooks in Laveau’s arsenal, if indeed she was literate at all. At the very least, as Ms. Felix states in her introduction to the book, “it presents a period-correct view of the sort of magical knowledge that was likely to have influenced the real and genuine life and works of the famous Marie Laveau, and of New Orleans Voodoo as a whole.”
In The Pentacles of Solomon author and illustrator S. Aldarnay presents each of the Pentacles given in the Key of Solomon, precisely redrawn and with explanations of the divine names, the names of spirits, as well as the vesicles in English, Latin and Hebrew, in an attempt to make the individual’s use of the seals more effective. By presenting the pentacles in full the author hopes that people will be inclined to experiment more with them as the seals are able to bridge the gap between the high magic of angelic conjuration and divine names, and the folk magic which utilizes psalms and spiritual assistance for more day to day concerns.
Walking the Spectral Path is a personal journey into the world of ghosts. As an occultist and a ghost hunter, the author describes some of his own experiences in the spectral world while shining a new light onto this mystery, looking deeply into the phenomena from an esoteric perspective and describing new methods by which the paranormal can be investigated. Contains eleven photographs taken by the author at a haunted location.
Author Paolo Sammut is a UK based researcher primarily interested in esoteric and paranormal subjects. His main areas of focus include Ceremonial Magic especially Enochiana and the Typhonian tradition, Spagyric Alchemy, Psychic Questing and Paranormal research.
The Book of Coelius presents a new system of practical alchemy rooted in the Western Hermetic Tradition. Kameothic Internal Alchemy is a distillation of ceremonial, alchemical and African-American conjure magic utilizing the practical methods of Hoodoo paired with Spagyric Alchemy to create change in the external world by working upon the individual from the Outside-In. While the system has roots in antiquity, it is a new tradition begun by the author and his brothers in the Ordo Octopi Nigri Pulveri. This book is the training manual of that order.
Author Christopher Bradford covers such topics as the Language of the Birds, the use of the Picatrix, and describes alchemical tools of his own making, including the Staff of Imhotep. Bradford, himself trained in the Hermetic Tradition, offers here an exciting new system for the practicing magician.
The first of several compilations of the infamous Guides to the Underworld, THE SAINTS includes eight of our best-selling pamphlets: Saint Cyprian, St. Cyprian and the Sorcerous Transmutation, Saint Expedite, Saint Gabriel the Archangel, Saint John the Baptist, Saint Martha, Saint Michael, and Santisima Muerte. The pamphlets have been faithfully recreated in full colour, and include the cover page of each.
The Book of St. Cyprian: The Sorcerer’s Treasure
by José Leitão is an extensively commented translation of one of the most complete Portuguese grimoires attributed to St Cyprian of Antioch. A labyrinthic unveiling and re-veiling throughout the history of Western Iberian Bruxaria and Feitiçaria, Catholicism, the blood war of Old and New Christians, the slave trade and the Empire.
In this work, The Book of Saint Cyprian is revealed as a manifestation of vaster and pre-existent magical and folkloric traditions and is inserted into its proper cultural background, providing the reader with the keys to its unwritten content including the Book’s connection to the vast mythical corpus of the Mouras Encantadas.
A Handbook of Stellar Magick by Cath Thompson is a detailed exposition of arguably the single most significant development in practical magic since the first Elizabethan Age, namely, the synchronous employment of astrological principles in the structuring and timing of magical ceremonies.
The application of astrology to the performance of ritual was pioneered by James Lees and his group in the latter half of the 20th century as part of their wider study of English Qaballa; however, the system of Stellar Magick introduced here for the first time stands apart from all else. This book is meant to be useful to experienced mages and to first-time aspirants alike, and in furtherance of that intention a variety of different personal records from the O.'.A.'.A.'. archive have been included.
The Bibliotheca Valenciana contains translations of three of Jerónimo Cortez’s great works: the Non Plus Ultra Do Lunario, the Physiognomy and Various Secrets of Nature, and the Treatise of the Animals, presented and compiled for the first time into one English language volume.
By offering the historically underprivileged knowledge of the stars, the land, and of their own bodies, Cortez’s books quickly placed themselves in a revolutionary cultural crossroads from where they would influence local folklore, folk magic, and the grimoires of later centuries, such as the literary continuum of the Iberian Books of St. Cyprian. Today Cortez’s works not only have value as historical documents, but also as a powerful, rich and broad bridge offering access to the way our ancestors thought about and acted upon the world in which they lived, no longer in the role of passive victims of destiny, but as active directors of their reality.
In Pandemonium Jake Stratton-Kent offers a comparative study of the spirits of Le Livre des Esperitz, the Grand Grimoire, the Book of Offices, the German Honorius, Weyer’s Pseudomonarchia Daemonum, the Goetia of Solomon, Scot’s Discoverie of Witchcraft, and more. In doing so he explores the Trinitas, the spirits of the seven days, the spirit council, the four Kings, eighteen-ness, the Long Text Group, and ghosts in the machine.
Totally geared to emergent practice, leading us away from the prevalent focus on ‘tools and rules’, authors and manuscripts, towards a developing relationship with the dramatis personæ essential to the whole tradition.
The Magickal Language of the Book of the Law: an English Qaballa Primer by Cath Thompson is a full introduction to the English Qaballa, the system of initiatory magickal alpha-numeric correspondences revealed in the vocabulary of Liber AL vel Legis. The methods of E.Qaballistic working, and the most significant numeric symbols, are described in detail, and the unequivocal solution to AL II:76 is clearly explained. The effects of initiation by E.Q. and the reasons behind the Ordeal X are also dealt with. This book presents a genuinely consistent and coherent view of magickal reality underpinned by the integrity of pure numbers, and shows the reader how easily it may be attained.
The Serpent Tongue: Liber 187 is a workbook of English Qaballa by Jake Stratton-Kent, with an introduction by Lon Milo DuQuette and cover art by Stuart Littlejohn.
Included with the text are numerous tables, charts and diagrams, as well as instructions for creating Wakanaba sigils and EQ chants and spells. The book concludes with the EQ Ritual of the Pentagram, an invocation of Baphomet and the Rite of Primal Heaven, as well as a glossary of frequently used terms.
A personal, practical, and historical work, Maria de Padilla: Queen of the Souls is a detailed account of the life and death of the Spanish queen María de Padilla, her rise to popularity in the witchcraft of Spain and Portugal, and her later migration with the exiled witches to Brazil where she would become the queen of the souls in Quimbanda.
The text includes a comparative study of the symbolism of the sorcerous spirits called pombagiras with entities from other cultures, specifically the dakinis of Vajrayana Buddhism, as well as historical research on the origins of Quimbanda, and a collection of spells from the 17th century up to the contemporary chanted invocations used in Quimbanda.
In Obeah: A Sorcerous Ossuary, Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold teases open this Caribbean mystery and reveals a crooked path into the hidden world of Papa Bones and Sasabonsam with a short monograph concerning the history of this incoherent cult and the ways in which power is bestowed upon and wielded by the Obeahman.
The text includes the Kabalistic Banquette of Lemegeton, the Hypostasis of Abysina Clarissa and the Green Beasts, a Kabalistic Mass for Anima Sola Mayanet, a Call to Papa Bones, a Call to Spirit Guides, a Call to Anima Sola Abysina Clarissa, the Missale Ezekiel Sasabonson or the Conjuration of the Shadow-Self, and the Ritual Reptilica de Anansi, and offers insights into the Obeahman’s special relationship with the spirits of wood, water, and bone.
Seventeenth-century England was a turbulent place to live. It was a century of civil wars, regicide, food riots and plague — a time of millenarian prophets and threatening witches, of radical sects and experiments in Commonwealth. In the midst of all this, the astrologer-magicians of seventeenth-century England drew their charts of the heavens, divining answers and prescribing magical medicines.
In The Starry Rubric, Alexander Cummins shows how astrology and magic offered analysis, interpretation, and solutions — locating humanity in a shifting web of interrelation with the stars and, indeed, the cosmos as a whole. Through analysis and example, Cummins demonstrates the ways in which astrology and magic were crucial to early modern perspectives on human life, time, and meaning.
22 Paths of Inperfection: a flight manual for single-winged angels is a guide for traversing the corridors of doubt, depression, and elation. By following the paths through the Tree of Life, and putting the cards into a distinctly human perspective, this little book extends a helping hand to anyone seeking passage through the murky waters of their psyche and up into the wide sky beyond.
Matt Laws offers insights from over twenty years of working with the tarot on an ongoing journey of self-discovery. This is an honest and raw look at the twenty-two major arcana and how they relate to human concerns such as suffering, depression, and the spark that leads us to strange places in life. Inperfection is a play on words, referring to inner refinement through our imperfections. This is part one of the Inperfection series, and includes twenty-two black and white illustrations to go along with the twenty-two major arcana.
The Greater Key of Solomon is arguably one of the most influential grimoires in modern magical practice; however, like so many of the older books of magic, over the years many of the images, symbols and sigils found in the book have become distorted and malformed by time and human error. In Tools of the Greater Key author and illustrator S. Aldarnay has endeavoured to render the images found in the popular Mathers edition of the text clearly and cleanly, so that they might be of greater use to the modern magician, either as physical tools, or as a way of understanding the symbolic and ritualistic virtues of the objects contained within this famous magical text.