Diana L. Paxson provides a clear and concise history of Asatru - a living religion that encompasses the magical practice of the Norse and Germanic peoples - and also provides thorough instruction on how to practice it and make it a part of everyday life.
A potpourri of past and present magick and occultism featuring Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Aleister Crowley, William Burroughs, Kenneth Anger, Anton LaVey, Austin Osman Spare, Hymenæus Beta, Ben Kadosh, Freya Aswynn, Andrew McKenzie, Rodney Orpheus, ONA, William Heidrick, Terence Sellers, Zbigniew Karkowski, Carl Michael von Hausswolff and Leif Elggren (KREV), Lionel Snell, Stein Jarving, John Alexander, Tim O’Neill, Peter Gilmore, Phauss, Frater Nigris, Jack Stevenson, TOPYUS, Nemo, Philip Marsh, Beatrice Eggers, Fetish 23, Harry Smith, Jayne Mansfield, Pythagoras, Carl Abrahamsson and much more.
Stockholm: Trapart, 2017. Limited Edition. This new issue draws extensively on the last year’s conference, Psychoanalysis, Art & the Occult, held in London last year, and also includes the usual impressive list of authors and artists that Carl assembles so well. As to the symposium, one purpose was to seek to stitch together the ongoing split between psychoanalysis and the occult with contributors Gary Lachman, Dr. Stephen Reisner, Peter Grey, Alkistis Dimech, Val Denham, Carl Abrahamsson, Dr. Ingo Lambrecht, and others. Limited Edition. 248 pages. Octavo.
Fiery the angels fell; slow thunder rolled around their shores, burning with the fires of Orc.' Whether in recent popular culture, or back across countless centuries, angels have perpetually enthralled and even terrified us. 'Every single angel is terrible,' wrote the German Romantic poet Rilke: 'and so I hold myself back from the dark bird-cry of my anguished sobbing.' For sceptics, angels may be no more than metaphors: poetic devices to convey, at least for those with a religious sensibility, an active divine interest in creation. But for others, angels are absolutely real creatures: manifestations of cosmic power with the capacity either to enlighten or annihilate those whose awestruck paths they cross. Valery Rees offers the first comprehensive history of these beautiful, enigmatic and sometimes dangerous beings, whose existence and actions have been charted across the eons of time and civilization. Whether exploring the fevered visions of Ezekiel and biblical cherubim; Persian genii; Arab djinn; Islamic archangels; the austere and haunting icons of Andrei Rublev; or Wim Wenders' Wings of Desire and the more benign idea of the watchful guardian angel, the author shows that the ubiquity of these celestial messengers reveals something profound, if not about God or the devil, then about ourselves: our perennial preoccupation with the transcendent.
The tale of Taliesin and the magical cauldron of Cerridwen speaks from the heart of the Celtic Pagan tradition. In From the Cauldron Born, you are invited not only to read the story but to live it. You are invited to resonate with the magic of the witch mother Cerridwen and her cauldron of inspiration. You are invited to become Taliesin, the prophetic spirit with the radiant brow. You are invited to awaken to a lucidity of spirit born from the archetypes of sacred myth.
Gilgamesh is considered one of the masterpieces of world literature, but until now there has not been a version that is a superlative literary text in its own right. Acclaimed by critics and scholars, Stephen Mitchell’s version allows us to enter an ancient masterpiece as if for the first time, to see how startlingly beautiful, intelligent, and alive it is.
A description of Glastonbury that remains one of the most evocative and poignant accounts of this wild yet holy place; a power center polarizing with distant Jerusalem and linking and harmonizing the Christian way with the primeval and pagan past of England.
A thorough, academic look at the past, present, and future of Norse polytheism. Welch highlights many Norse goddesses as well as other divine females of the Norse pantheon - Valkyries, Norns, Giantesses, Disir - and in a straightforward manner, makes a definitive case for the primordial goddess.
Reflecting the spirit of East Indian myths, legends, and fables, these illustrations were compiled by one of the nineteenth century's foremost Orientalists. Edward Moor published The Hindu Pantheon in 1810, and this new volume draws upon his exposition of India's religious iconography to offer a spectacular array of images of Hindu deities.
The Kalevala is the great Finnish epic, which like the Iliad and the Odyssey, grew out of a rich oral tradition with prehistoric roots. During the first millennium of our era, speakers of Uralic languages (those outside the Indo-European group) who had settled in the Baltic region of Karelia, that straddles the border of eastern Finland and north-west Russia, developed an oral poetry that was to last into the nineteenth century.
The Key to the Kalevala was originally published in Finland in 1916. Now this insightful and detailed exploration of the ancient origins of Finnish mythology is available in English. Students of the ancient traditions and mystical teachings will find no better introduction to the profound esoteric meaning of the Kalevala, the Finnish National Epic, than Ervast’s book.