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Magick & Occult

Magick and Occult BooksMagick has existed universally since ancient times. The forms of magick range from low sorcery, or spell casting, to high or ceremonial magic. All forms of magic are traditionally seen as secret arts, taught only to initiates. As Christianity made its way throughout Europe, low magic became the sorceries, witchcraft, and folk magic of rural populations, while high magick became an intellectual and spiritual pursuit of elaborate ceremony. High magick flourished in the late Middle Ages and Renaissance as a reaction to the growing power of the church-state. It was drawn from the Hermetic Arts, Neoplatonism, and from Oriental lore brought back to Europe by the Crusaders, and was nurtured by various secret societies and lodges.

Interest in magic was revived in the nineteenth century by occultists such as Eliphas Levi. Magical fraternities, reached a peak with the Order of the Golden Dawn in the late nineteenth century. Aleister Crowley, one of the greatest and most controversial magicians to emerge from the Golden Dawn, said that every intentional act is essentially a magical act.

Magick in the modern religion of neo-Pagan Witchcraft (including Wicca), includes both ceremonial and low magic. There are laws regarding use of magick for anything other than benefit or 'good' intentions.

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  • Embracing the Darkness: A Cultural History of Witchcraft

    As dusk fell on a misty evening in 1521, Martin Luther - hiding from his enemies at Wartburg Castle - found himself seemingly tormented by demons hurling walnuts at his bedroom window. In a fit of rage, the great reformer threw at the Devil the inkwell from which he was preparing his colossal translation of the Bible. A belief - like Luther's - in the supernatural, and in black magic, has been central to European cultural life for 3000 years. From the Salem witch trials to the macabre novels of Dennis Wheatley; from the sadistic persecution of eccentric village women to the seductive sorceresses of TV's 'Charmed'; and from Derek Jarman's punk film 'Jubilee' to Ken Russell's 'The Devils', John Callow brings the twilight world of the witch, mage and necromancer to vivid and fascinating life. He takes us into a shadowy landscape where, in an age before modern drugs, the onset of sudden illness was readily explained by malevolent spellcasting. And where dark, winding country lanes could terrify by night, as the hoot of an owl or shriek of a fox became the desolate cries of unseen spirits. Witchcraft has profoundly shaped the western imagination, and endures in the forms of modern-day Wicca and paganism. 'Embracing the Darkness' is an enthralling account of this fascinating aspect of the western cultural experience. Learn More
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  • Necronomicon: The Book of the Dead

    The Necronomicon is a system of experimental hyperchemistry wherein the Mechanicks, the Principles and Laws of MAgick and Necronomicon Physicks are demonstrated and explained at large, by a great Number of Experiments: With a full description of Fire-Tongue, the formulae of the Triple Blashphemy, the plants and incantations of the Black Earth are revealed here for invoking primeval forces, Ancient Races, terrifying monsters, aliens and other praeter-human intelligences. Learn More
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  • Plants of the Devil (hardback)

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  • Reasonances

    Reasonances is ​an anthology of selected essays, lectures and interviews by​ occultural pioneer Carl Abrahamsson. A subversive, creative, psychedelic collection of 23 essays spanning thirteen years at the forefront of occulture and magic​, followed an interview with the author by Sylvie Walder​. The unifying question of this diverse and stimulating collection can perhaps be stated thus: how does magic hack culture? Or perhaps even: what is the role and magic of the artist? Abrahamsson proposes strategies of engagement that ​draw from TOPY, Thelema and Satanism, with which he is intimately acquainted. His magic is that of the interzone, the hinterland, of the unseen forces that drive culture forward. Reasonances is therefore a nexus of heretical possibilities investigated with ​a ​calm reflection that goes beyond his native Scandinavian cool. It is with great generosity of spirit, a candour and lack of dogma that he outlines his understanding of magic as art. For Abrahamsson, boundless creativity is a necessary expression of Will. He suggests that we should be actively producing culture, artifacts, music, artworks, happenings. And that these ‘​facts on the ground’ could be understood as a Gesamtkunstwerk, the Mega Golem, that will leak into popular and unpopular consciousness. He wants us to reason, to act, to live with meaning. To do our Will. With an understanding of Magician as Artist, in a process of moving from what is hidden to what becomes seen, he employs a methodology that has become apparent in the thirteen years of work that this collection represents. Essays on the history of occult art, the formula of Babalon ​as supra-sexual transformation​, the mechanics of magic, and more, provide a complete vision of a magician who is engaged with ​counterculture, ​occulture​​ and incursions into the wider culture. Furthermore, he provides a constellation of ​Stars by which to navigate these evolving realms. Japanese masochist and master writer Yukio Mishima and German novelist Ernst Jü​nger are considered, as are Bulwer Lytton of Vril fame and Australian artist Rosaleen Norton. He ​twice ​interviews artist of light Kenneth Anger, and is found in conversation with Beat avant-garde filmmaker Conrad Rooks. He recites his death rune for mentor Anton LaVey, and eulogises his friend Lady Jaye. These ‘stars’​ are carefully observed with his astrolabe, enabling us to see into the past, comprehend where we are ​in the present, and project ourselves forward into a magical future. Learn More
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  • Serpent Songs

    Serpent Songs are the works and words of those who remain untamed, from Cunning Folk to Exorcists to Pellars to Sorgin and Witches and Mystics. A collection of fifteen essays are introduced and curated by Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold through whose contacts we encounter the worlds of lone practitioners and tradition holders, from both family and clan, and are allowed a rare glimpse into the workings of the more secretive proponents of the Craft. Traditional Craft is intimately bound to the spirit of the land. Serpent Songs contains the works of Cornish and Basque witchcraft, the relatively unknown Swedish Trolldom, the persecuted Bogomils, and the oft misrepresented Italian Stregoneria. Members of 1734, Clan of Tubal Cain, and a member of the Companie of the Serpent-Cross are among those who choose to share their experiences. Light is shed on such seminal figures as Robert Cochrane, Evan John-Jones and Andrew Chumbley amongst others, but more than illustrious ancestors, Traditional Craft is revealed as a living throng. These are the voices of those who work the art and this book details their practices, struggles and wayward journeys. Serpent Songs takes a crooked path through the landscape, from historical studies to practical acts, from lonely stone stiles set between deep hedges to the warm entrails of animals and forays into the caves and woods. These tresses are woven into an undulating nest of serpents. Serpent Songs is a wide ranging work that deals with the issues of witch blood, taboo, the other, the liminal state, fire, dream, art and need as vectors of the Craft. What emerges is not a narrow definition of what it means to engage in Traditional Craft, but a set of shared characteristics and approaches which become evident despite the cultural gulfs in place and time. This is a book of praxis, beliefs and their own definitions of the art itself rather than those applied to it by outsiders. These are the voices who for the most part operate in silence but now wish to be heard. Learn More
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