On 19 April the emerald issue of CONJURE CODEX bursts forth as green shoots of spring, thrusting up through the decay of western civilisation. Here we reveal the taproots of magic in a celebration of flourishing traditions, both old and new.
From our editorial:
The enclosed articles do double duty; they are sufficient unto themselves while providing insights relating to wider topics. Susanne Iles elucidates the Grimoire of Armadel, an important text for which Mathers only consulted one manuscript. Here Susanne explains the omissions in the published text; note too the importance of the ‘First Character’ to the ritual process, mirroring the True Grimoire. 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, wrongly neglected by a previous generation of occultists, 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. This foundation text of Solomonic magic, a major portion of Western magic in general, is important in many respects; its C6th roots demonstrate the critical role of the ancient synthesis in shaping Western magic.
Conjure Codex Volume 1 Issue 2 Multiple Authors. ISBN 978-1-907881-29-9 Full colour Paperback. Published in March, 2013. 200 pages.
Table of Contents
Becoming the Green Mystery Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold
Jesus Malverde: Angel of the Poor Jamie Alexzander
The Grimoire of Armadel: A Meeting with Betel Susanne Iles
The Testament of Solomon with an introduction by Jake Stratton-Kent
The Grimoire of Saint Cyprian or The Prodigies of the Devil Translated and with an introduction by José Leitão
The Love Spells of the Petit Albert Translated and with an introduction by Talia Felix
Cities of Life and Death Gavin ‘The Fox’ Marriner
Against the Interim: A Guide to Cutting Out Bureaucracies with Cut-Up, Trance, and Pain Kent Cockerell
The Three Purifiers: The Asperging Herbs of the True Grimoire Alexander Cummins
The Saint, the Magus, and the Devil Humberto Maggi
We are very pleased with this second issue of Conjure Codex, the 'emerald' issue, signifying a loose theme that developed shortly after we arrived in France at the beginning of last year, when our chrysopoeia resulted not so much in gold as it did green. Le monde vert exploded around us, offering new plant allies, clear night skies, and a binding connection to the spirits of this land. This issue is for them.