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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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  • Ontological Graffiti

    Ontological Graffiti is Michael Bertiaux’s magnum opus. More than 40 years in development and a decade in production, this work now stands at over 470 pages and is without doubt his most substantial and important book yet. Ontological Graffiti provides for us a vibrant vudutronic, spiritualist, art-grimoire. It presents the strange narrative of certain magical work conducted at the infamous ‘Hyde Park Lodge’ in Chicago during the period 1965-1975. The lodge was a ‘ritual collective of occult initiates’ who would meet monthly under the directorship of Dr. Hector-Francois Jean Main. Ontological Graffiti contains the séances, lecture notes and descriptive texts for this intense period. This material accompanies the series of large acrylic magical paintings produced by Bertiaux, who was assigned to capture through his art the messages and images of various ‘transcendental consciousnesses’ which manifested during the course of their workings. The Lodge later discovered that rituals conducted using these paintings deepened the connection with the spirits, Loa, and ‘Other Minds’. In addition, the book also offers the reader countless drawings, collages and ‘passeports for contacting and travelling within the spirit realms. Everywhere in the Gnostic Continuum, ‘mind’ is active. The Hyde Park Lodge was able to tap into extra-dimensional, transcendental mind-forms, and develop methods to understand and make use of inner-plane communications. Ontological Graffiti details the work which allowed this ability, and serves as a magical record of a group of seekers discovering Gnostic and Vudu pathways and making use of the tremendous energy and knowledge gained from traveling them. Learn More

  • Aleister Crowley in America: Art, Espionage, and Sex Magick in the New World

    An exploration of Crowley’s relationship with the United States • Details Crowley’s travels, passions, literary and artistic endeavors, sex magick, and psychedelic experimentation • Investigates Crowley’s undercover intelligence adventures that actively promoted U.S. involvement in WWI Occultist, magician, poet, painter, and writer Aleister Crowley’s three sojourns in America sealed both his notoriety and his lasting influence. Using previously unpublished diaries and letters, Tobias Churton traces Crowley’s quest to implant a new magical and spiritual consciousness in the United States. In 1914 Crowley returned to the U.S. and stayed for five years: turbulent years that changed him, the world, and the face of occultism forever. Diving deeply into Crowley’s 5-year stay, we meet artists, writers, spies, and government agents as we uncover Crowley’s complex work for British and U.S. intelligence agencies. Exploring Crowley’s involvement with the birth of the Greenwich Village radical art scene, we discover his relations with writers Sinclair Lewis and Theodore Dreiser and artists John Butler Yeats, Leon Engers Kennedy, and Robert Winthrop Chanler. We experience his love affairs and share Crowley’s hard times in New Orleans and his return to health, magical dynamism, and the most colorful sex life in America. his role in the sinking of the passenger ship Lusitania, his making of the “Elixir of Life” in 1915, his psychedelic experimentation, and his run-in with Detroit Freemasonry. We also witness Crowley’s influence on Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. We learn why J. Edgar Hoover wouldn’t let Crowley back in the country and why the FBI raided Crowley’s organization in LA. Offering a 20th-century history of the occult movement in the United States, Churton shows how Crowley’s U.S. visits laid the groundwork for the establishment of his syncretic “religion” of Thelema and the now flourishing OTO, as well as how Crowley’s final wish was to have his ashes scattered in the Hamptons. Learn More

  • Godwin's Cabalistic Encyclopedia

    One of the most trusted reference works ever published on the Cabala, now available in a deluxe hardcover edition. This book is a complete guide to Cabalistic magic in which every demon, angel, power, and name of God every Sephirah, Path, and Plane of the Tree of Life and each attribute and association is fully described and cross-indexed by the Hebrew, English, and numerical forms. An invaluable reference tool for all Cabalists, pathworkers, magicians, and scholars, Godwin s Cabalistic Encyclopedia explores the most important terms from the Hebrew language, Freemasonry, the Cthulhu mythos, the Aurum Solis, and much more. Learn More

  • The Witching-Other: Explorations and Meditations on the Existential Witch

    The Witching-Other: Explorations and Meditations on the Existential Witch by Peter Hamilton-Giles instigator and co-founder of the Dragon's Column, this being the body of initiates that went on to contribute material that would eventually be featured albeit in edited form in Andrew Chumbleys' Dragon Book of Essex. Also Peter Hamilton-Giles has authored The Afflicted Mirror: The Study of Ordeals and Making of Compacts and The Baron Citadel: The Book of the Four Ways both of which were published by Three Hands Press. Standard Edition: 160 pages, Evergreen colorset dust jacket, two colour foil block, red and gold, foil block to front case, head and tail bands, Napura endpapers bordering 100 gram munken cream paper, ribbon. Ltd to 891 copies. Learn More

  • The Occult Book: A Chronological Journey, from Alchemy to Wicca

    The things that people in the modern Western world consider occult , secret, forbidden or irrational - amulets and talismans, omens and divinations, spells and charms, good and evil spirits - are part of everyday life in many parts of the world and have been for generations. In this fascinating book, occult scholar and practitioner John Michael Greer shines light on 100 of the dramatic incidents, arcane knowledge and colourful historical figures from occult traditions over two and a half millennia, including: the earliest alchemists of ancient Egypt, Babylon and Greece; pagan rituals; the Philosopher's Stone; Kabbala; the first tarot; the Knights Templar; the Nazi Thule Party; fortune-telling trials; and the birth of modern witchcraft or Wicca. Each entry is illustrated with a stunning image or intriguing item of ephemera. Learn More

  • Traditional Magic Spells for Protection and Healing

    Presents more than 600 magical prescriptions for healing and protection from both pagan and Christian sources • Examines the practice of diagnosing illness through magic and explores ancient beliefs about curses and other evil spells and about devils, demons, and ghosts • Includes spells from the heavily guarded gypsy tradition of magic and healing, drawn from newly discovered materials Since the beginning of history, people have sought remedies for the many ills that have beset them, from illnesses afflicting the body to threats posed by evil and hostile individuals. In many folk healing and pagan traditions, it was believed that one must gain the assistance of the guardian spirit of a healing plant or substance through prayers or offerings before its chemical properties would be effective. Drawing on his extensive knowledge of ancient texts, Claude Lecouteux presents more than 600 magical prescriptions from both pagan and Christian sources from the last 2,000 years, covering everything from abscesses and shingles to curses and healing animals. He explores ancient beliefs about curses and about devils, demons, and ghosts and provides an in-depth look at protection magic, including protection of health, animals, and cultivated land, protection against curses, witchcraft, bad weather, and beasts, protection of a home, and protection while traveling. He includes spells from the heavily guarded gypsy tradition of magic and healing, drawn from newly discovered materials collected by two Romanian ethnologists who lived and traveled with gypsies in Transylvania in the mid-19th century. The author also reproduces rare texts on magic healing from the 14th and 15th centuries. Revealing the vitality of these practices in the remoter areas of Eastern Europe, Lecouteux shows how the influence of this pagan worldview is still detectable in the work of modern folk healers in France and Scandinavia. Learn More

  • Original Magic: The Rituals and Initiations of the Persian Magi

    A complete guide to the theory, practice, and history of Mazdan magic, the first organized system of magic • Provides a complete curriculum of magical study and initiation centered on exercises keyed to the sacred Zoroastrian calendar • Details advanced magical rituals and practices based on archaic Persian formulas, including fire rituals and divine invocations Stephen Flowers explores the history, theory, practice, rituals, and initiations of the Mazdan magical system practiced by the Magi of ancient Persia, who were so skilled and famed for their effectiveness that their name came to mean what we today call “magic.” The author explains how the religious branch of the Mazdan magical system, founded by the Prophet Zarathustra, is known in the West under the name Zoroastrianism. The author reveals how all other known systems of magic have borrowed from this tradition, providing the clues that enabled him to reformulate the original Mazdan system. He reviews what the Greeks, Romans, Hebrews, Christians, and Chinese said about the Iranian-Persian tradition of the Mazdans and their invention of a magical technology. He explains how the ultimate aim of the original form of magic was not only individual wisdom, self-development, and empowerment, but also the overall betterment of the world. The author details a complete curriculum of magical study and initiation based on a series of graded exercises keyed to the sacred Zoroastrian calendar. Providing a manual for the original magical system used by the members of the Great Fellowship, this book guides you toward the comprehensive practice of the Mazdan philosophy, the ultimate outcome of which is ushta: Happiness. Learn More

  • Of The Witches' Pact with the Devil

    Among the dark classics of esoteric witchcraft literature is Mario Guazzo's inquistor's handbook of 1608, Compendium Maleficarum. In addition to its contributions to the 'sinister traditions' of occult witchcraft, the pages of the book featured highly original woodcuts depicting the witches' Sabbat and magical intercourse between the devil and his adorants. Emerging in one of the darkest periods of religious history, it remains a haunting artifact of both the hatred and phantasmagoric imagination of European Christendom. The softcover is 24 pages, printed in two-color letterpress, with a letterpress cover printed on brown card with French flaps. Limited to 350 hand-numbered copies in total. Learn More

  • A Literary Selection from the Works of Marcelo Ramos Motta

    This volume of rare and selected literary works contains poetry from Marcelo Ramos Motta's Poesias, first published in Brasil in 1951 e.v. It is here translated from Portuguese into English for the first time. The volume also contains two screenplays and a novelet written under the pen name Mark Hellington. Both screenplays were produced by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in the late 1950s e.v, and his sci-fi novelet, The Silver Cube, first appeared in Future Science Fiction in 1958 e.v. These literary works present a further insight into the works of the Thelemic Initiate and visionary Marcelo Ramos Motta, and they shed a light into the creative endeavors of his earlier years. Contents Poesias I - Enchanted Land Ii - In the Night Iii - The Slaves Iv - The Free V - Last Ones The Works of Mark Hellington The Dictator (To Ride a Tiger) Children of the Sun The Silver Cube Learn More

  • 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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