This manuscript deals with the creation of talismans, and is divided into two parts, the first of which details methods for their manufacture under the fixed stars and the second "under the twenty-eight mansions of the moon."
With illustrated endpapers, color frontispiece, and a full color dust jacket designed by Steffi Grant. 142 pages. Octavo. Kenneth Grant began writing the novel in the mid 1980s. He developed it in order to explore, in a fictional setting, many of the themes of ‘The Book of the Spider’. The original intention was that Against the Light be published before The Ninth Arch, and this was achieved in 1997. Now that the Ninth Arch itself is to be republished later this year, it is fitting that the publication of Against the Light again precedes it. This new edition of Against the Light has been re-set, and incorporates the corrections and additions which Kenneth Grant noted in his copy of the 1997 edition. New illustrated endpapers have been designed to include diary entries by the author from 1985 when the novel was started. Also, some early plot notes; the first draft of a cover blurb from 1995; and a gloss where Grant gives the meaning of symbols on the front of the dust-jacket, and a colored frontispiece that reproduces the bust of Mephistopheles, a mysterious and compelling figure, which is an integral feature of this novel, and which appears elsewhere in Grant’s work
Gnostic poet, painter, writer, and magician Aleister Crowley arrived in Berlin on April 18, 1930. As prophet of his syncretic religion "Thelema," he wanted to be among the leaders of art and thought, and Berlin, the liberated future-gazing metropolis, wanted him. There he would live, until his hurried departure on June 22, 1932, as Hitler was rapidly rising to power and the black curtain of intolerance came down upon the city.
Pat Zalewski wrote this short book to provide a basic introduction to Alchemy for those that choose to work within the Golden Dawn from a strictly traditional perspective. This book is the first attempt to publicly analyze the Outer Order rituals with an alchemical frame of reference completely within the context of Golden Dawn teachings. This is the condition used by Pat for the expansion and development of the higher teachings, i.e., they must enrich and inform everything else in the Golden Dawn or they cannot be part of the established Tradition. This book provides a thought provoking alchemical journey through the First Order rituals that is certain to entertain and to enlighten.
"Goetia [refers to] all the operations of that Magick which deals with gross, malignant or unenlightened forces." Goetia is sometimes thought of as a wild card, something that can get out of control, something which expresses the operator’s lower desires to control others and improve his own personal life. And, in fact, this potential loss of control, this danger, the desire for self improvement and great power is exactly what attracts many people to Goetia while horrifying and repelling others.
The Altar of Sacrifice is the first of The Books of the Way of Sacrifice. The first volume in this closely woven trilogy consists of three inner books, each revealing legendary power of the Olde Ways, attained through the Arte of Bloody Sacrifice.
This volume begins with an exploration of the mystical traditions that influenced Dee's work—the Fifty Gates of Binah, the legends of Enoch, and the Book of Soyga. It presents an in-depth study of the forty-nine Tables of Loagaeth (Speech From God), the forty-eight Angelical Keys (or Calls), and the drama surrounding them as chronicled in Dee's journals.
This masterwork is the most comprehensive analysis of John Dee's Angelical language ever undertaken. Most Enochian dictionaries merely present word lists—this encyclopedic textbook presents a wealth of original material and expands upon (and corrects) previously published information. It is designed so readers can actually learn the language and use it in their own magick.
This is a source work of medieval magic that gives complete sets of zodiacal lames, characters, and planetary sigils, with full details for their manufacture and consecration, often omitted by later writers. Paracelsus is essentially concerned with the practical applications of magic, especially with regard to healing, rather than the extravagant fantasies of theorists.
The work examines Wortcunning and Sabbatic-alchemical gnosis as manifested through the medium of potion-making. Its text treats of the eight principal Sabbatic-alchemic philtre types, their pharmacoepia and formulation.
Best-selling occult author and magician, Lon Milo DuQuette, wraps his turban on to become--"Baba Lon"--answering letters and questions of magick and mysticism (sent for over 20 years by both adepts and idiots, saints and psychotics). This is DuQuette at his best and most outrageously candid.
When the Rosicrucians of old announced themselves to the world in 1614, they described their primary mission as healing. Dr. Israel Regardie 1907-1985 remained true to that purpose. He wrote several books on healing, thereby distinguishing himself from most other practitioners of the Western esoteric tradition at least those working within the Golden Dawn and Thelemic magical currents he so eloquently promulgated in his numerous writings. Dr. Regardie brought somatic consciousness to the forefront of his work in the occult community. He shared his philosophy of the necessity of physical health as part of one s spiritual discipline. His teachings gradually spread among more and more people and yoga and diet have become important parts of modern spiritual practice. The utility of relaxation is based on the simple premise of economics. If you re filled with unconscious tensions that inhibit the flow of blood to your vital organs, you cannot possibly make full use of your body s energy. Magick presupposes a link between the physical and the spiritual. As above, so below. What Regardie is telling us is that if we can learn to overcome the tensions of our social world and the daily stress of life born of the fight for survival and the restrictions of our upbringing and cultural conditioning we can free ourselves to be vital, powerful, functioning people living up to our true potential. In Crowley's words: that in us may be health and wealth and strength and divine pleasure according to the Law of Liberty.