The Mirror of Elicona is a grimoire in the form of magical biography: a personal reflection on a series of encounters with a spirit who was, up until the close of the early modern period, perhaps frequently called upon by the magicians and cunning folk of the British Isles. The purpose of this Mirror is not only to make a small contribution to the development and appreciation of what might be called ‘proto- Goetic’ magic, but also to share something of the author’s own magical practice, which in the last decade has moved significantly away from ritualism to a more subtle appreciation and engagement with the spiritual hierarchies around us. This exciting manuscript could almost be read as a goetic love story, and so is very timely for this Valentine's Day.
About the Author:
Phil Legard’s main interests are the folklore, magic and psychogeography of rural areas. He has been involved in magic in one form or another since the mid-90s and has for the last decade worked extensively with the tutelary genii of Yorkshire. As a sonic expression of his esoteric interests he has recorded and performed music as Xenis Emputae Travelling Band, which was recently featured on the Tesserae compilation included with Abraxas Journal Volume 2. Phil has written a number of esoteric works including a commentary on the Libellus Veneri Nigro Sacer attributed to John Dee (Trident Books, 2010) and Psychogeographia Ruralis (Larkfall Press, 2007-2011). He is currently is working on an edition of the 17th century German magical text Theosophia Pneumatica for Trident Books, as well as collaborating with Joseph Peterson and Dan Harms on an edition of the 16th century Folger magical manuscript.