New, Rare and Interesting Items This Week at Miskatonic Books

Posted in Miskatonic Books with tags , , , , , , , on October 17, 2014 by miskatonicbooks

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Many of the books we carry are rare and we have a very limited quantity. All books are sold on a first come first serve basis.  All books are available for layaway.

We are always interested in buying Esoteric, Occult, Freemasonry, Alchemy, Golden Dawn, Hermetics, Ceremonial Magic, Witchcraft, Religious, Philosophy and Lovecraftian fiction. Feel free to contact us at miskatonicbooks@me.com

 

36 FACES The History, Astrology and Magic of the Decans by Austin Coppock (Special Hardcover Limited Edition in Custom Slipcase)

 

A special hardcover, handbound in full leather, with one of 36 unique talismanic enclosures depicting the genius of each of the decans, marbled endpapers, with custom slipcase.

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There is a thread that runs through over four millennia of astrological and magical history, a cord that binds ancient Egypt with the Hellenistic world, the Arabian empire, India, the European Renaissance and even touches the present. That thread is the Decans, a division of the earth’s sky into 36 sections. These 36 ‘Faces of Heaven’ are more than just a curious footnote in the history of archaeo-astronomy. First emerging in ancient Egypt, they have moved with the corpus of Hermetic material, reincarnating in the starry wisdom of culture after culture.

Ostensibly a gear in astrology’s encompassing clockworks, the Decans have also long been a key to accessing legions of spirits. For several millennia and in multiple cultures, magicians have looked at these 36 faces and seen gods, choirs of angels, hordes of demons, and a host of daimones staring back at them, each with its own unique powers. Far from going undocumented, this gallery of faces has been painted and drawn by a host of astrologers, sorcerers and artists, and they can be found on walls of Italian villas as well as in the pages of grimoires.

Weaving together astrology and magic, divination and sorcery, time and sky, this thread of esoteric history deserves more than the footnotes it has so far received. In this work, Austin Coppock follows the Decans through history, charting their trajectory through time and culture. Using the ring of keys which history provides, the 36 doors are flung open, revealing their mysteries to magician and astrologer alike. Each decan, its image, and its specific powers are examined in detail, as well as its permutations in the planetary aspects. Featuring original images specially created for each Decan by Bob Eames, 36 Faces is an invaluable resource for magicians, astrologers, and historians of magical semiotics.

 

ARS PHILTRON: Concerning the Aqueous Cunning Of the Potion And Its Praxis in the Green Arte Magica by Daniel Schulke (Limited Edition Hardcover)

Xoanon Publishing, 2008. Edition Codex Vasculum, Second Edition (special copy) Hardcover. 8vo. 304 pages. Casebound in black decorated rust-colored cloth. 33 illustrations. Colored endpapers. Lexicon, The greatly-expanded “Edition Codex Vasculum.” Limited to 720 “standard” numbered clothbound copies. Book is in fine condition. Click on the images tab above for more pictures.

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. Evocations to aspects of the Sabbatic Guardians Lilith and Cain are also given to empower the revelation and reification of the Philtre Arcana.” The author was a friend of the late Andrew Chumbley, and is presently both the Magister of the Cultus Sabbati, as well as the Verdelet of the Tradition. It is from the Cultus Sabbati, in common with Chumbley’s “Azoetia,” that this book draws its inspiration.

 

OPUSCULA MAGICA Volume 1: Essays on Witchcraft and the Sabbatic Tradition by Andrew Chumbley (Deluxe, Quarter Bound In Leather with Custom Slipcase)

One of only 242 deluxe limited edition hardcovers, quarter bound in leather with custom slipcase. Book is in fine condition with a near fine slipcase with light shelf wear else fine.

Opuscula Volume One contains nine essays written between 1990 and 2003, including one previously unpublished. This volume also includes an Author’s Introduction never before published, as well as an expanded version of the interview with Chumbley in The Cauldron. The essays reflect a degree of magical insight, clarity of vision, and creativity seldom equaled in occult writing to this day.

 

BEYOND THE MAUVE ZONE by Kenneth Grant (First Edition Hardcover) Import

This is a first edition hardcover. Published in 1999 by Starfire Publications. Book is in near fine condition in like dust jacket. Light shelf wear else fine!

The penultimate volume in Kenneth Grant’s Typhonian Trilogies, deals with various magickal systems and rites of sex magick, as worked by contemporary adepts such as Michael Bertiaux, Nema, Jeffrey & Ruth Evans, and Zivorad Mihajlovic (the Patriarch of the Ecclesia Gnostica Alba). The contents includes chapters on the Kaula Rite of the Fire Snake, the Rite of the K’rla Cell, the Fire Snake & Parasexual Orgasm, The Typhonian Bases of the Mysteries of Maat, and much more.

This book gives rare and detailed insight into the workings of these modern sorcerers. Also contains over 23 plates & illustrations, including artwork by Steffi Grant, Linda Falorio, Nema, Mark Bell, Mishlen Linden and many more.

 

THE NINTH ARCH by Kenneth Grant (First Edition Hardcover) Import

This is a first edition hardcover. Published in 2002 by Starfire Publications. Book is in near fine condition in like dust jacket. Light shelf wear else fine! Click on images tab above for more pictures.

One of only 1000 copies published.

Starfire Publishing, London, 2002. First Edition. Hardcover. Large 8vo. xxxviii + 604pp. The ‘standard’ or ‘trade’ issue of the first edition limited to 903 copies bound in black Wibalin cloth. Colour frontispiece of an artwork in pastel by Austin Osman Spare. 26 black and white plates of work by Kenneth & Steffi Grant, Pete Smith, Hiruyuli Fukuda, Alfred Floki, Brian Ward, Ellerina Mortier, Mark Bell, Morn Morgan, Sidney Sime and Judith Page. A coloured plate bound in at the rear reproduces the front panel designs of the dustwrappers of the nine books which make up Grant’s three trilogies. Index, glossary and appendices.

“The Ninth Arch” contains the text and commentary on the “Book of the Spider,” a ‘received’ text revealed to members of the Nu Isis Lodge of Grant’s Typhonian O.T.O. The work completes Grant’s trilogy of trilogies (The Magical Revival, Aleister Crowley and the Hidden God, & Cults of the Shadow) + (Nightside of Eden, Outside the Circles of Time, Hecate’s Fountain) + (Outer Gateways, Beyond the Mauve Zone, Ninth Arch).

The Ninth Arch is an extended analysis of and commentary upon Liber OKBISh, The Book of the Spider, a transmitted text which was received in the course of Workings of the New Isis Lodge in the 1950s. Grant’s novella Against the Light (Starfire Publishing, London, 1997) cast some of the themes of Liber OKBISh into fictional form.The New Isis Lodge was the final name given to a magical group developed by Kenneth and Steffi Grant over several years in the late 1940s and early 1950s. The main body of work by New Isis Lodge extended over the years 1955 to 1962, and it was on the basis of his experiences within this Lodge that Grant was later to publish his monumental series of nine volumes which has come to be known as the Typhonian Trilogies.

 

OUTSIDE THE CIRCLES OF TIME by Kenneth Grant (Deluxe, Signed, Quarter Bound in Morocco in Custom Slipcase)

One of only 111 deluxe, signed, quarter bound in morocco leather in custom slipcase. Book is in near fine condition. This is number 63 of 111. Click on the images tab above for more pictures of this unique rare title.
Plus a signed and inscribed postcard by the publisher.

Starfire Publishing, London, 2008. 332 pages, with a frontispiece, a section of twenty-six plates (many in colour) and illustrated endpapers. Sewn hardback with boards bound in black cloth, protected with an attractive full-colour dust-jacket designed by Steffi Grant.

Outside the Circles of Time was first published in 1980. It has been newly typeset, with some of the original illustrations now in colour, and augmented with previously unpublished artwork by Steffi Grant. The fifth volume in the series of Grant’s Typhonian Trilogies, this is a work that covers an extremely wide area and exposes – to quote from the jacket of the 1980 edition – “a network more complex than was ever imagined: a network not unlike H.P. Lovecraft’s dark vision of sinister forces lurking at the rim of the universe”. Outside the Circles of Time explores a complex of such ideas, from Blavatsky’s Secret Doctrine, Crowley’s Book of the Law, Lovecraft’s Necronomicon, and Frater Achad’s researches. It also explores the work of Soror Andahadna, a contemporary Priestess of Maat whose work has parallels with that of Frater Achad some decades previously when he announced the inauguration of the Aeon of Maat in 1948. On the more orthodox premise that each Aeon lasts 2,000 years, we are at the beginning of the Aeon of Horus, so the Aeon of Maat might appear a long way off yet. However, the following passage from Outside the Circles of Time puts the matter in a different light:

Myths and legends are of the past, but Maat should not be thought of in terms of past or future aeons. Maat is present now for those who, knowing the ‘sacred alignments’ and the ‘Gateway of Inbetweenness’, experience the Word ever coming, ever emaning, from the Mouth, in the ever new and ever present forms that are continually being generated from the mystical Atu or House of Maat, the Ma-atu . . .

But the book is not simply or even primarily about the Aeon of Maat. It is a potent weaving of a host of apparently diverse strands into a broad, deep and powerful current. Though Grant’s volumes in the Typhonian Trilogies have each a unique flavour, Outside the Circles of Time seemed to herald a jump into a different dimension. To round off this synopsis, the closing paragraphs are taken from the Introduction. They convey at once the direction and flavour of this rich and powerful book:

One final point is here relevant, and I state it without apology. It is not my purpose to try to prove anything; my aim is to construct a magical mirror capable of expressing some of the less elusive images seen as shadows of a future aeon. This I do by means of suggestion, evocation, and by those oblique and ‘inbetweenness concepts’ that Austin Spare defined as ‘Neither-Neither’. When this is understood, the reader’s mind becomes receptive to the influx of certain concepts that can, if received undistortedly, fertilize the unknown dimensions of his consciousness. In order to achieve this aim a new manner of communication has to be evolved; language itself has to be reborn, revivified, and given a new direction and a new momentum. The truly creative image is born of creative imagining, and this is – ultimately – an irrational process that transcends the grasp of human logic.

It is well known that scientists and mathematicians have evolved a cryptic language, a language so elusive, so fugitive, and yet so essentially cosmic that it forms an almost qabalistic mode of communication, often misinterpreted by its own initiates! Our position is not quite as desperate, for we are dealing primarily with the body-mind complex in its relation to the universe, and the body-aspect is deeply rooted in the soil of sentiency. Our minds may not understand, but in the deeper layers of subconsciousness where humanity shares a common bed, there is instant recognition. Similarly, a magician devises his ceremony in harmony with the forces he wills to invoke, so an author must pay considerable attention to the creation of an atmosphere that is suitable for his operations. Words are his magical instruments, and their vibrations must produce not a merely arbitrary noise, but an elaborate symphony of tonal reverberations that trigger a series of increasingly profound echoes in the consciousness of his readers. One cannot over-emphasize or over-estimate the importance of this subtle form of alchemy, for it is in the nuances, and not necessarily in the rational meanings of the words and numbers employed, that the magick resides. Furthermore, it is very often in the suggestion of certain words not used, yet indicated or employed by other words having no direct relation to them, that produce the most precise definitions. The edifice of a reality-construct may sometimes be reared only by an architecture of absence, whereby the real building is at one and the same time revealed and concealed by an alien structure haunted by probabilities. These are legion, and it is the creative faculty of the reader – awake and active – that can people the house with souls. So then, this book may mean many things to many readers, and different things to all; but to none can it mean nothing at all, for the house is constructed in such a manner that no echo can be lost.

 

Arcane Wisdom Announces LIBRA NIGRUM SCIENTIA SECRETA (THE BLACK BOOK OF SECRET KNOWLEDGE) by Brian Keene and J.F. Gonzalez

Posted in Miskatonic Books with tags , , , , on October 8, 2014 by miskatonicbooks

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LIBRA NIGRUM SCIENTIA SECRETA (THE BLACK BOOK OF SECRET KNOWLEDGE) by Brian Keene and J.F. Gonzalez (Signed Limited Edition Hardcover) 

No paperback, digital or trade hardcover will ever be produced of this edition. One of only 400 signed and numbered hardcover copies. Bound in high quality Pellaq embossed Crocodile pattern, french marbled endpapers, unique signature sheet, color frontis piece and lavishly illustrated. Book will be signed by both authors and artist Alex McVey.
Two of the biggest names in modern horror, and creators of two of the most popular mythologies in current weird fiction.
Now, for the first time, the secrets of each author’s mythos are revealed.
LIBRA NIGRUM SCIENTIA SECRETA (THE BLACK BOOK OF SECRET KNOWLEDGE) is a fictional treatise examining the back-story behind the mythos of Brian Keene and J.F. Gonzalez. Drawing inspiration from sources as varied as H.P. Lovecraft’s Necronomicon to J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion, this profusely-illustrated work of art is a dream come true for devotees of both author’s works. Part spell-book, part history, and part religious text, Libra Nigrum Scientia Secreta reveals the secrets behind Hanpa, the Thirteen, the Dark Ones, the Labyrinth, and much more.
Through n arrangement with the publisher, this volume will be the only edition of this work ever published, making it a true collector’s item. The book will be issued in a Hardcover limited edition of 400 copies, 26 lettered edition and 10 Ultra editions. There will be no paperback, digital or trade hardcover published…EVER.
The ultra edition of this title sold out in two hours and we only have a few more copies of the 26 copy lettered left.
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New, Rare and Interesting Items This Week at Miskatonic Books

Posted in Miskatonic Books with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 27, 2014 by miskatonicbooks

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Many of the books we carry are rare and we have a very limited quantity. All books are sold on a first come first serve basis.  All books are available for layaway.

We are always interested in buying Esoteric, Occult, Freemasonry, Alchemy, Golden Dawn, Hermetics, Ceremonial Magic, Witchcraft, Religious, Philosophy and Lovecraftian fiction. Feel free to contact us at miskatonicbooks@me.com

 

NICHOLAS FLAMEL’S HIEROGLYPHICAL KEY (Deluxe BRAZEN SERPENT EDITION Bound in full leather)

Full leather hand bound in a Cambridge style binding with hand marbled endsheets. Includes a folding plate of the Hieroglyphical Figures. Leather color may vary slightly from book to book. Limited to 26 copies only.

Nicholas Flamel’s Hieroglyphical Key. Summary of Philosophy and his, Testament. The quality of the emblematic engravings in the Ouroboros Press edition are exquisite and are reproduced in crisp offset printing. A few very special Cambridge style bindings are being bound up by Michael Atha of Restoration Books and full leather scarlet bindings will be available from Ars Obscura.

 

THE BOOK OF AZAZEL by E. A. Koetting (Limited Edition Hardcover)

Limited to only 666 numbered limited edition hardcovers. This being number 269. Book is in fine condition.

From the author:

“That which follows is the entirety of what I learned from the Demon during a ninety-day journey through hell, with Azazel as my guide. To Azazel… I can only trust that when this work is completed, he will set me free. Azazel is the embodiment of all that is forbidden, all that is secret, and all that I would sacrifice everything for. He called upon me to perform this damnable Operation: to commit myself to Him entirely, in order to possess all that is His. But fear overtook me. I didn’t feel ready to drink from that cup, and so I drank from many others, flirting with the power that I knew could only be found in the blackest of rites and through the most obscene pacts. The Demon’s call would not be silenced, and it forced me out of the serenity of Ascent, leaving me with no choice than to embrace the power of darkness, in a depth and intensity that I had never before imagined. The Book of Azazel initially seemed to mark my return to the Left Hand Path, to the sinister spirituality responsible for catapulting me into the knowledge and application of my own godhood. As the grimoire unfolded, day-by-day, what the Demon Azazel revealed to me obliterated every assumption that I’ve ever made, and has left me with little else to say. The magnitude of Azazel’s teachings have left me speechless, for the first time in decades. What is recorded in this book: the rituals, the evocations, and the revelations.. says all that can ever be said, and much, much more. It has also left me with the conviction that real power – the kind that can crumble nations and raise empires out of the sand – can only be found in the forbidden, in the demonic, beyond the horizon of damnation. And so I tremble as I present The Book of Azazel.”

LIBER FALXIFER II The book of Anamlaqayin by N.A-A.218 (Limited Edition Hardcover)

The Second Book of Master Falxifer will delve further into the Necrosophic mysteries of Qayin, but will also cast a black light on some crucial aspects previously hinted at and at the same time veiled, in the first book of the Left-Handed Reaper. One of these all-important aspects concerns the identity of and the gnosis granted by the Hidden Mother of Our Bloodline, the Bride of Qayin. The work will once again present an extensive set of both worded and wordless manifestations of Sorcerous Gnosis and provide access to previously hidden keys to both low and high forms of Necrosophic Nigromancy, Necromancy, Ancestral Veneration, Herbal Demonology and give new detailed instruction about how the powers of the insignias, talismans and fetishes of the Lord of the Harvest can be further employed in order to achieve both temporal and spiritual power, victory and transcendence, all by walking in the fiery and blessed footsteps of the First Ones who traversed the Paths of Nod. Some of the topics presented within the Second Book of Our Master are: esoteric discourses revealing the mythic foundation of our Qayinitic Gnosticism, the Hidden Bride of Qayin, Her secret formulas of Calling and Names of Power, Her sigils of both high and low sorcery, the unified and transcendent aspect of the Twin-Flame of Sataninsam, the Dark Dead and their hidden and most fearful aspects, the cleansing, protective and empowering baths, the herbal formulas and activations of the 7 Key Sigils of Death, the Mysteries of the Black In Green, exploring the powers of the First Tiller and the workings of the Esoteric Sigil of the Green Skull, the rites of protection and concealment, instructions concerning the creation and employing of the Qayinitic Bone Talismans (i.e. Payes), specific fetishes of some of the most important aspects of the Master, like for example the Fetish of the Lord of the Mound and the Skull of the First Harvester, the role of the First Dead within the Cult and His Sigils of Calling, talismanic work against the law, the ensouling Tinctures of Qayin and His Rose-Crowned Bride, the secret Kelim of Baaltzelmoth, the Grand Kliffotic Sigil of the King of the Ravens of Death, further teachings concerning the Mighty Dead and the workings of the Altar of the Dead, prayers, invocations and talismanic forms used for the channelling of the powers of both the soul and the spirit of Qayin and much more.

Limited Edition Hardcover book in black cloth with a gold stamping of Sigil of Anamlaqayin on the cover, black endpapers, gold silk-ribbon bookmark. Fullcover dustjacket. 474 pages, numerous illustrations. First Edition of 1200 copies, each book consecrated and hand numbered. Book is in near fine condition

 

COSMIC MEDITATION by Michael Bertiaux (First Edition Limited Edition Paperback)

A metaphysical exploration of the universe, and the self, with the brilliant Michael Bertiaux, author of The Voudon Gnostic Workbook, as the guide. The book was originally privately published in a very small edition in the late 1970s. The text of this new edition has been extensively revised and augmented, with an added new Introduction and many especially prepared illustrations.

London: Fulgur Limited, 2007. First Edition Thus Softcover. Large 8vo. 100 pages. Original blocked card wrappers. Tipped-in color frontispiece , printed in red and black throughout.

 

WELSH WITCHES AND WIZARDS by Michael Howard (Limited Edition Hardcover)

One of only 300 hand numbered limited edition hardcover copies. This is 115 of 300 and is in fine condition

The widespread belief in witches and wizards in Wales reflects a land steeped in legend and myth since ancient times. The witch’s power to harm people, livestock, and crops was greatly feared; for this reason country people consulted with so-called ‘cunning men’ and ‘wise women’ who had the power to negate their spells with counter-magic. Cunning-folk practitioners were also consulted for love spells, to find lost property or missing persons, exorcise ghosts and banish evil spirits. The figures of both witch and wizard form part of a broader folk-magic continuity in Wales. This popular belief in witchcraft bears little relation to modern neo-pagan Wicca, and there is little evidence of its linkage to a nature religion based on a pre-Christian fertility cult.

This book describes the historically-attested Welsh practitioners of folk magic and witchcraft –the Dark Sisters and the Toadmen, the Druids and Wizards, the Cunning Men and Faery Doctors – and the charms and spells they used. Also examined are surviving pagan beliefs associated with holy wells and the cult of the sacred head, and the mysterious and sometimes sinister ‘creatures of the night’ such as faeries, lake monsters, dragons and Black Dogs.

 

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The Holy Guardian Angel. On the practice and experience of the Holy Guardian Angel edited by Michael Cecchetelli (Limited Edition Hardcover)

One of only 500 hand numbered hardcover limited edition copies! Book is in new unread condition.

From the publisher:

We did something different with this book. We sent out digital copies for review by practicing Occultists. They asked for no compensation and they will not receive anything from us. I thought that one review in particular really captured what the book is all about so well that I decided to include it here because I couldn’t do a better job of writing it up. It’s hard to improve on someone’s honest opinion. The following is taken from the Blog: The Digital Ambler, an Occult Blog.

” Whether you’ve already had contact with your HGA, or even already reached the grade of Ipsissimus in the Golden Dawn, or even are a newcomer to Hermetic magic generally, Fr. MC’s book “The Holy Guardian Angel” is going to be a wealth of information and practice for you. It’ll give you things to look forward to if you don’t yet have contact with your HGA, and it’ll give you plenty to chew on if you already do (or think you do). The book is one of the closest things we have to a textbook on working with the HGA especially when paired with things like the Book of Abramelin or Liber Samekh, but it’s also definitely one of the most approachable texts out there. To see the words and minds of these magicians put together in a single volume on a complicated subject is a treat, both intellectually and spiritually, and definitely a must-have for ceremonial magicians.

The text itself is 216 pages long, beautifully typeset and well-edited, making the reading of it a pleasure all on its own. The book is broken down into four parts: the nature of the HGA, what comes after contact and how to work with the HGA, different schools of thought about the HGA, and a whole section devoted to some of the important blog posts made during the 2011 pan-blogosphere debates on the HGA. Of course, MC himself is only one contributing author to the book, and that only in the final section; as he says in the introduction, he “realized no author had set about producing such a volume [on achieving K&CHGA], wherein are presented a diverse and varying cross-section of the beliefs on the subject, was because no single author could”. It’s a complicated subject with layers upon layers of interpretation, use, and philosophy, making writing such a book on such a spirit more daunting than any other series of tomes on almost any other part of magic.”

I could not have said it better myself. Also Mike Cecchetelli has hand picked a group of celebrated Magicians for their expertise and ability to present even the most complex of subjects in a user friendly way that will be of great benefit to seasoned practitioner and novice alike. They are:

• A Solar Spark of Light And Fire – Darren Scriven
• Nine Pieces of Heart Advice For Those Seeking The HGA – Jason Miller
• The Descended Angel – Scott Michael Stenwick
• Never Again Alone – Rufus Opus
• After Abramelin: Working With Your Holy Guardian Angel – Aaron Leitch
• Passing Through The Void: Journey To Unite With Your HGA – Frater Ashen F.N.F.
• The Voice of Light: The HGA In The Ogdoadic Tradition – Derik Richards
• Knowledge and Conversation of The HGA: One Thelemites Perspective – Kevin Abblett
• Holy Guardian Angel(s)? – Conjureman Ali
• Holy Guardian Angels, Helpful Spirits and The Genius – MC
• 2 Years Later – The HGA Revisited – MC
And more.

 

THE SCORPION GOD by Mark Alan Smith (Signed Limited Edition Hardcover) Import

The standard edition is bound in shimmering mahogany silk and embossed in gold with the seal of the Book of Forbidden Wisdom and limited to only 999 signed and numbered copies. Printed on thick high quality paper and finished with black endpapers. Twelve powerful full page illustrations. Each copy of this edition will be individually consecrated by the author in order to open the gateways within the book through which the spirits of the Atlantean current may once again flow, unbound, in the world of man. Book is in new unread condition

2012 marks the changing of the aeon. It is the dawn of the Age of the Lightbearer. The Forbidden Gnosis and Power of Belial is manifested within the pages of The Scorpion God to herald this era of Re-Awakening and the return, in full, of the Primal Atlantean Current which empowered the Ancient Witchcraft, the First Faith of man.

The third volume of the Trident consists of the Six Books of the Forbidden Wisdom of Belial, which open the gates of the Depths to the soul who follows the Path of Flames in search of the Three Great Crowns of Divinity. As Lord of the Heights and the Depths, Belial grants keys to the hidden power of the Atlantean realm. The Gates of Amenta are opened both within the soul and throughout the inner planes, allowing the adept to follow the Path of Lucifer’s Flames as it descends into the realm of the Gods of the first incarnate race. Assimilation, at soul level, of the power of the Scorpion Godform of Belial is granted in order to facilitate this transition. This is the culmination of the Path of Flames which leads the Godsoul, forged from the spirit of man, beyond the Gate of Souls and back to the throne of Hecate.

 

THE ALTAR OF SACRIFICE by Mark Alan Smith (Signed limited edition hardcover) Import

 

One of only 999 signed and numbered hardcover copies. Book is in new unread condition

The First Volume of The Way of Sacrifice

Bound in black faux suede with copper lettering to spine and copper seal to upper board, 6 full page artworks. Over 150 seals and glyphs of the Arte, Note pages at rear. The Blood Pact edition, limited to 999 copies hand-numbered & consecrated by the author. This copy also signed by the author on the limitation page. “The Altar of Sacrifice” is the first volume of Smith’s new trilogy “The Books of the Way of Sacrifice”, a closely woven trilogy which consists of three inner books, “each revealing legendary power of the Olde Ways, attained through the Arte of Bloody Sacrifice. This is not solely a book of the Sacrificial Arte. It is the first gate, manifested and opened in blood, through which the Trident Kin reveal the Apocalyptic Keys. Created from flesh in bloody sacrifice, these keys unleash the Wrath of the Gods. The Volumes of Sacrifice are forged from a practice that was born of gnosis received beyond the Gates of the Final Judgment of the Soul, a pact undertaken in free will by the author with Lucifer, in the name of Hecate.

BOOK ONE: THE FIRST BOOK OF SACRIFICE – THE BOOK OF FLESH AND BLOOD

1 OPENING THE WAY OF SACRIFICE
2 THE FOUR LESSER FEASTS OF WITCHFIRE
3 BLOOD OF THE ATLANTEAN DRAGON KING
4 THE PATH OF ANCESTRAL VENOM
5 THE HORNS OF THAUMIEL
6 QUEEN OF BLOODFIRE
7 THE DRAGON GATE OF SACRIFICE
8 GATEWAYS OF THE PRIMAL AEON

BOOK TWO: THE BOOK OF THE TEMPLE OF FOUR PILLARS OF FIRE

9 TEMPLE OF THE ATLANTEAN TRIDENT OF WITCHCRAFT
10 OPENING THE BACKWARD WAY OF HECATE’S PRIMAL TEMPLE
11 KALAS OF WITCHFIRE

BOOK THREE: THE BOOK OF ATLANTEAN FIRE

12 SUMMONING THE DRAGON’S FIRE
13 GATEWAYS OF THE DRACONIAN BLOOD OF THE GODS
14 THE ELEMENTAL BODY OF THE TEMPLE
15 THE CHALICE OF SACRIFICE
16 MAGUS OF THE DARK STELLAR GATE

Labor Day Occult Book Sale. 15% Off Everything in Stock!

Posted in Miskatonic Books with tags , on August 29, 2014 by miskatonicbooks

From now through Monday September 1st we will be offering 15% off all of our in “stock items”. Everything is on a first come first serve basis and we cannot be held accountable for prior sale.

There is no minimum order and remember that all domestic orders are $5 shipping no matter what size the order.

To receive your 15% discount please use the coupon code  “labor” in the coupon code section at check out. This coupon code is not good with any other coupons and is only good for in stock items. No preorders please.

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New, Rare and Interesting Items This Week at Miskatonic Books

Posted in Miskatonic Books with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 21, 2014 by miskatonicbooks

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ZOROASTER’S TELESCOPE by John Leary (Deluxe Vellum Hardcover Edition)

Lamp of Knowledge Vellum Edition : Small octavo, full Imperial Vellum over boards with gilt title and device. Hand marbled endsheets and silk bookmark. Illustrated with woodcuts, tables and a fold-out plate of THE URN. Limited to only 28 copies

Published by Ouroboros Press
Book is in “new” unread condition

From the publisher:

Zoroaster’s Telescope is a wonderfully strange book of oracle magic. Written in 1796 by André-Robert Andrea de Nerciat, a French author of Libertine genre, the text later appeared in a collection of German folk literature compiled by Johann Scheible from which this English translation was made. The 18th century was an active time for occultism; magicians and fortune tellers of note were spread throughout Europe, often playing significant roles in historical or political events. This was the era of the Count of St. Germain, Cagliostro, Antoine Court de Gebelin, Etteilla, Louis Claude de Saint-Martin, Emanuel Swedenborg and Adam Weishaupt whom were known for their visionary and magical prowess or accuracy at divining the future. It is a curious fact that the two genres of eroticism and the occult often overlap as is the case of the author of the present text, but this did not prevent him from giving advice on bodily desires of food and love as well as moralizing on the disadvantages of non-restraint.

While ancient divination systems such as geomancy and hepatoscopy have been around for centuries the 18th century was giving way to new forms of occult sciences such as the Odic Light and Magnetism of Baron Carl von Reichenbach and Franz Mesmer. Tarocco the Tarot game from Italy was also just coming into its own as a system of fortune telling with the publication of Le Monde Primitif Analyse et Compare avec le Monde Moderne by Antoine Court de Gebelin in 1781, and the publication of Maniere de se recreer avec le jeu de cartes nomees Tarots by Jean Francois Alliette in 1783. Etteilla produced his own Tarot cards not long after after this publication. Even though the present author André-Robert Andrea de Nerciat seemed to hold a rather dim view of activities such as Tarot and Palmistry as revealed twice in his text, he appears to have high regard for his particular amalgamation of divinatory of kabbala and spiritual astrology. Some of his statements appear as though they might be in direct contrast to actual Jewish thought such as the day starting with the first ray of light, making one ponder what the sources for some of his ideas might be.

This unusual fusion of religious and mystical ideas presented within a divination system are illustrated in the text by various woodcuts and instructive Tables. These woodcuts have their own charm, with their visual “beehive” theme but are necessary for understanding how the oracle works. These woodcuts have names like The Great Mirror, The Great Guide, and The Urn which call to mind a romantic notion of Kabbala and magic.

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THE GRIMOIRE OF TIAMAT by Asenath Mason (Bound in blood red goatskin) The Adeptus Draconis Edition

The Adeptus Draconis Edition of the Grimoire of Tiamat boasts a full red goatskin binding, gold foil stamping to the cover and spine, a black place marker ribbon, red and black hand marbled French endpapers, and raised ribbing on the spine. One of only 15 copies produced!!!! Book is in new unread condition.

Tiamat is the Primal Dragon Goddess, “the first one, who gave birth to the gods of the universe”, the Mother of Everything, the self procreating womb, the source of all life and all manifestation. The work described in this book was inspired by the Babylonian epic known as the Enuma Elish, one of the oldest Creation myths in the world.

All Ritulas described in this book were performed and tested, and their results have been verified to prove their efficacy.

 

THE ROSICRUCIAN MANIFESTOS (Bound in Scarlet Leather Deluxe Limited Edition Hardcover)

 

ROSENCREUTZ EDITION: Full scarlet leather with raised spine bands gilt title and Rose Cross device. Handmarbled endsheets and silk ribbon bookmark. Limited to 120 copies only. Book is in new unread condition.

The Rosicrucian Manifestos describe the early life of Christian Rosencreutz, his pilgrimage to the East in search of occult knowledge and his eventual founding of the mysterious Brothers of the Rosy Cross. The enigmatic and axiomatic writing style places the texts firmly into the western esotericism and includes critiques upon the ‘closed minds’ of society, be it political, religious or intellectual and includes the legend of the founder CRC and gives very detailed descriptions of the Hidden Symbolical Vault wherein the secrets of the order were secured along with the body of Christian Rosencreutz laid in restful repose under an Everburing Lamp. The appended Letter from the Brothers of R.C. describes the Invisible Magical Mountain of the Adepts, how to get there and what to expect while ‘visiting’. One of only 777 copies. Book is in fine unread condition.

 

ALEISTER CROWLEY, THE GOLDEN DAWN AND BUDDHISM by Gerald Yorke (Limited Edition Hardcover)

York Beach, Maine USA: The Teitan Press, 2011. First Edition Hardcover. Octavo (9 x 6 inches, approx 23.5 x 15.2cm). 344pp. Bound in fine black cloth, with gilt titling etc to the spine, Yorke family crest in gilt to upper board. Sewn, printed on acid-free paper. Colour frontispiece, and 16 pages of black and white illustrations. Edition limited to 930 numbered copies.

A series of 20 essays by Gerald Yorke, who for four years was one of Aleister Crowley’s closest followers, and remained a lifelong friend. Although in later life he embraced Buddhism, Yorke was one of the handful of people who laboured to preserve the legacy of “The Beast” after his death in 1947, and through his work as a publisher’s advisor he was also instrumental in the publication of many of the most important works of his times on the occult, yoga and Buddhism. Yorke’s profound practical as well as theoretical knowledge of these subjects is reflected in these essays, some of which are published here for the first time. They are accompanied by a biographical Introduction by Keith Richmond, a Reminiscence by Timothy d’Arch Smith, and a revised version of Yorke’s Crowley Bibliography by Clive Harper. The book concludes with a lengthy Interview with Gerald Yorke by David Tibet, undertaken shortly before Yorke’s death in 1983. Illustrated dustjacket.

 

ALETHEIA. Astrology in the New Aeon for Thelemites by J. Edward Cornelius (Limited Edition Hardcover)

Black Jackal Press, 2011. First Edition Hardcover. Small 8vo. xxii + 136pp (xx). Black cloth spine with red papered boards, spine lettered in gilt, upper board lettered in black, appendix, illustration, blank note pages at rear. Edition limited to 418 numbered copies.

J. Edward (Jerry) Cornelius has studied astrology, magick, mysticism, religion and tarot since the 1960s. A fascination with the magick of Aleister Crowley drew him to join the Ordo Templi Orientis and the A.’.A .’. in the late 1970s, where he was mentored by Grady Louis McMurtry (1918-1985), one of Crowley’s leading American disciples. Following McMurtry’s death Cornelius became the head of McMurtry’s A.’.A .’. lineage, which he retains to this day, although he has relinquished his O.T.O. membership. He is well known for his publications on Crowley and magick, having been the publisher – and in many cases author – of the thirteen issues of “Red Flame, A Thelemic Research Journal,” the compiler of the Thelemic magazine “Cornelia,” and the author of the books “Aleister Crowley and the Ouija Board,” and “The Magickal Essence of Aleister Crowley.” This new book “Aletheia,” is a short, practical work on astrology, with the emphasis on its use as a tool for self-knowledge and mastery by the magician or mystic. Not surprisingly it draws from and builds upon the insights of Aleister Crowley, examining among other things the relationship between astrology and the Tree of Life, the Daimon (or “Holy Guardian Angel”), and the initiatory system as taught by Crowley. Chapters comprise: Introduction, Foundations, Our Daimon and Kundalini, The Three Fates, The Lot of Fortune and the Nodes, The Tree of Life is Constantly Growing, The Twelve Houses and the Tree of Life, Interpreting the Houses, The Planets, The Mystery of Chiron, Ceres and the Asteroid Belt, The First Four Houses and the Man of Earth, Aspects, Conclusion. New book thus Fine condition

 

36 FACES The History, Astrology and Magic of the Decans by Austin Coppock (Hardcover limited edition)

One of only 432 hand numbered hardcover limited editions

There is a thread that runs through over four millennia of astrological and magical history, a cord that binds ancient Egypt with the Hellenistic world, the Arabian empire, India, the European Renaissance and even touches the present. That thread is the Decans, a division of the earth’s sky into 36 sections. These 36 ‘Faces of Heaven’ are more than just a curious footnote in the history of archaeo-astronomy. First emerging in ancient Egypt, they have moved with the corpus of Hermetic material, reincarnating in the starry wisdom of culture after culture.

Ostensibly a gear in astrology’s encompassing clockworks, the Decans have also long been a key to accessing legions of spirits. For several millennia and in multiple cultures, magicians have looked at these 36 faces and seen gods, choirs of angels, hordes of demons, and a host of daimones staring back at them, each with its own unique powers. Far from going undocumented, this gallery of faces has been painted and drawn by a host of astrologers, sorcerers and artists, and they can be found on walls of Italian villas as well as in the pages of grimoires.

Weaving together astrology and magic, divination and sorcery, time and sky, this thread of esoteric history deserves more than the footnotes it has so far received. In this work, Austin Coppock follows the Decans through history, charting their trajectory through time and culture. Using the ring of keys which history provides, the 36 doors are flung open, revealing their mysteries to magician and astrologer alike. Each decan, its image, and its specific powers are examined in detail, as well as its permutations in the planetary aspects. Featuring original images specially created for each Decan by Bob Eames, 36 Faces is an invaluable resource for magicians, astrologers, and historians of magical semiotics.

 

OPHIOLATREIA: An Account of the Rites and Mysteries Connected with the Origin, Rise, and Development of Serpent Worship in Various Parts of the World (Limited Edition Hardcover with Real Snakeskin Spine)

 

One of only 200 hand numbered copies bound in cloth with a real snakeskin spine.

From the publisher:

We are proud to present to the public a resurrected and expanded edition of the occult classic “Ophiolatreia,” the definitive study of snake worship as practiced throughout the ancient world. Although the book is officially anonymous, it is believed by many to have been written by the 19th century Freemason, and Rosicrucian occultist Hargrave Jennings as part of his privately printed series of books titled “Nature Worship and Mystical Series” in which he developed his highly controversial theory of “Phallism” the belief that all religious traditions have their common origin in the worship of the sun, which Jennings believed was symbolized throughout the ancient world by pictures and carvings of both male and female genitalia. “Ophiolatreia” is considered a triumphal keystone of scholarly information from this series by many and a necessary source of reference for anyone who has even passing interest in the subject, as well as an important synthesis on the subject for anyone devoted to a serious study of the esoteric and occult significance of snake, sun and phallic worship. This fascinating book also includes the obscure article referenced in the main text in full: “Rough Notes on the Snake Symbol in India” by J.H. Rivett-Carnac to round-out the book with related study of snake symbolism, as well as an introduction by Errol Brent Culver covering the basic overview of known theory on the subject, and artwork illuminating the original plates by Lis Wright-Ivec.

The work is bound hard back with decorative red foil stamping and white cloth boards true to the original design of the first edition but with the added distinction of a decorative spine in real snakeskin. An expanded classic that would be a fine addition to any esoteric or occult library.

 

A MAGUS AMONG THE ADEPTS. Essays and Addresses by William Wynn Westcott (Limited Edition Hardcover)

York Beach, Maine USA: The Teitan Press, 2012. First Edition Hardcover. 8vo. xxii + 242pp. Quality black cloth with gilt facsimile signature on upper board, gilt titling to spine, frontis, index. Edition limited to 650 hand numbered copies.

“A Magus Among the Adepts” is a wholly new collection of thirty fugitive and unpublished papers by William Wynn Westcott. In the public mind Westcott is primarily associated with the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, and while the twelve papers in the first section of this collection includes three unpublished addresses to members of the Golden Dawn, as well as gathering Westcott’s correspondence concerning Mathers and Crowley for the first time, they also include writings on alchemy, rosicrucianism, and magic. Other aspects of Western Esotericism – symbolism, divination, Kabbalah, the Mysteries and Freemasonry – are taken up in the thirteen papers that make up the following three sections. In all of them Westcott’s facility with his varied subject matter – from Gnostic doctrines; Zodiacal signs; Egyptian Mysteries; Kabalistic Cosmogony; and the Number 666, to the lore of the Basilisk, the Mandrake and “Mystical Animals of Antiquity,” among much else – and his mastery over its content, is clear. The final section of this collection contains two entertaining essays in which Westcott reflects on his professional career as a coroner. His life as a whole is encapsulated in a new biographical introduction by R. A. Gilbert, who has drawn upon a wealth of contemporary and personal archives to provide a rounded and detailed portrait of every facet of this complex and enigmatic man.

 

21st Century Witch Trials

Posted in Miskatonic Books on August 8, 2014 by chrisperridas

sadness_149Why must marginalized individuals be hurt by society?

Why single out those who have magickal thought processes?

Perhaps these questions are beyond our “civilized society” to answer.

Here is yet another example of “witches” being hurt and even killed for being different.

 

“In recent years, there has been a spate of attacks against people accused of witchcraft in Africa, the Pacific and Latin America, and even among immigrant communities in the United States and Western Europe. … This is becoming an international problem — it is a form of persecution and violence that is spreading around the globe … “

“A mob in Papua New Guinea burned alive a young mother, Kepari Leniata, 20, who was suspected of sorcery. Papua New Guinea finally repealed a 1971 law that permitted attackers to cite intent to combat witchcraft as a legal defense.”

“In Central Africa and its diaspora communities, is the advent of revivalist churches, in which self-styled pastor-prophets rail against witchery and demon possession. They often claim to specialize in the casting out of evil spirits, sometimes charging for the service.”

“In 2011: Saudi Arabia sentenced a man and a woman, in separate cases, to beheading after convictions for sorcery. In 2013: Saudi courts sentenced two Asian housemaids to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison on charges of casting spells against their employers.”

“A Lebanese television psychic, Ali Hussain Sibat, was arrested in 2008, while on pilgrimage to Medina, by the Saudi religious police for hosting a television show in his native Lebanon, “The Hidden,” where he would make predictions and prescribe love potions and spells.”

“In January, a Queens, N.Y., man was arrested for beating to death with a hammer his girlfriend, Estrella Castaneda, 56, and her daughter, Lina Castaneda, 25; Carlos Alberto Amarillo told the police that the women were “witches,” who had been “performing voodoo and casting spells” on him.”

“In 2010, a 15-year-old boy, Kristy Bamu, was tortured and killed in East London by his older sister and her boyfriend, both Congolese, who had accused him of sorcery after he wet his bed.”

The entire article: Here.

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Talismen

Posted in Miskatonic Books with tags , , , , , , on July 20, 2014 by chrisperridas

The dictionary definition of a talisman reads: “An object which is believed to contain certain magical or sacramental properties which would provide good luck for the possessor or possibly offer protection from evil or harm.”

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We tend to think of an item that is ornate, inscribed, a work from the hands of an artisan. There is nothing wrong with this, of course. In many cases, this supports struggling artists. However, what are some of the errors in this?

First, a purchased object can carry unknown and hidden properties that can not only be detrimental, but dangerous to the magickal practitioner. A case in point.

Years ago, a close friend sent a gift containing crystals. This was intended to be a wonderful gesture of kindness. However, as soon as the box was opened, a feeling of forboding overcame our home. Our very ill pet cat took a turn for the worse, and sadly succumbed. It took much prayer and meditation to remove this ominous obsession, and harm was done. This was an unintended consequence, and of the best and kindest intentions, but “something” bad came along for the ride on this material.

This writer has come to the conclusion that – and this is a personal choice – my talismen are collected and must contain a story and meaning for them to have the correct magickal powers. To the casual observer, they may appear to be “junk”, or worse. Here is an example.

On a trip to and from Nashville, TN, this writer made a detour to see the famous Kelly, Kentucky area where in 1955 a possible alien or other type of intrusion occurred. Now known as the Kelly Greenmen case, there were no “little green men”, of course. (The name of the town, “Kelly” has conjured the word “Green” by association.) The location is pretty barren, though. Just a place in the road now. This writer, unfortunately, found no magickal auras.

However, moving through nearby Hopkinsville, Kentucky, an amazing energy event overwhelmed me and my wife. A small park and walking trail along the road contained a memorial to the Cherokee Trail of Tears (more on this here). … … Or here.

On the day we passed through, we found the usual touristy trappings, but we looked beyond that. We walked the small walking path and felt the natural energy of that place. It seemed to have residual spirits from the many thousands who have paid their respects to those who died and cried in that horrific event.

On the fence of the barrier area where the memorial statues are protected, many talismen were placed. There were feathers, dream catchers, and so many other things of respect. It was aawesome, and inspiring that people still care. Walking about, I suddenly spied the lowliest of objects, a long splinter of wood laying loose on the ground.

It called to me in a special way.

Why? I cannot say, but it was a spiritual call. I picked it up, I said almost silently to the ghosts and spirits that were listening upon the wind a few words of respect for the tragedy, the moment, and the time and place where I stood that intersected with that other moment in late 1838 and early 1839. That small piece of discarded wood became integrated with that event and all those people with their fears, sadness, sickness, and grief. The long dead touched that item, and in that time and place, it became a powerful symbol.

I still have that item. I have never used its power, but I know that the potential of power resides within it, and stands ready should it ever be needed.

As with many potential conflicts, human or non-human, readiness and the potential power can head off a magickal attack, or lessen it when it does come. So collecting and keeping talismen is an important part of maintaining one’s readiness and personal magickal shielding.

The power of that talisman, that little piece of wood, is in the story. It is in the moment of interacting with the Cherokee Trail of Tears, and the trajectory of this writer’s life. In recalling that here in this blog, the magick is renewed and it is imparted to you the reader so that in a small way you can remember the dead who once lived and breathed, to keep their mortality immortal, and allow this writer to encourage you in your own personal quest for meaning.

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