Dionysos and Immortality: Now Available!

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This little booklet is a good overview of a few centuries of interesting Greek history, specifically looking at the change in its religious system as the region went from a relative backwater to a technologically advanced major trading center and military power. The rise of individualism, as a replacement for the old aristocratic system, and its considerable impact on spirituality- especially in regards to how the afterlife was conceived- is of great interest. This text is an oratory transcribed from one of the famous Ingersoll Lectures.

39 pages.

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A World of Wonders: Now Available!

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This is an excellent book written under a pseudonym by Catharine Gore, a socialite best known for novels involving women being prim, proper, and exhibiting aristocratic tendencies. The folkloric and mythological content here is predominantly presented for the purposes of explaining why it is false and discredited- however my own interest was piqued even more by a few examples of “debunked” lore now being accepted upon further review; in the 1840s Central Africa was not really explored, for example, and tales of “dwarves” (pygmies) there “at the origin of the Nile” according to ancient records seemed to be mere legend; but we now know that such tribes do indeed exist!

More than fifty chapters here are dedicated to everything from spirits and lycanthropy, to astrology, alchemy, possession, and more.

241 pages.

The Sacred Book of Death: Now Available!

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This particular book is one of the better works of L W DeLaurence, and is entirely centered around the concept of death- attendant to this, it speaks of Hindu, Christian, and generally occult materials, ruminating on social issues like suicide and alcoholism, while also promoting spiritism and mediumship. It culminates with two bizarre chapters at the end of the book which describe invocations used to secure familiar spirits, while warning the reader that using them to harass their neighbors is not in keeping with enlightened thought.

244 pages.

Sex Worship: Now Available!

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This intriguing work is, in my opinion, the best broad introductory guide to the fascinating (and expansive) subject of the worship of the human genitals and of reproduction, as the basis for (or a basis of) religion and religious practice. The subject can be sub-divided into various subtopics such as serpent veneration, archaeological remains of generative type, the cultus arborum, and so forth- this work briefly describes them and provides a good index to further reading, going to (painstaking and great) lengths to repeatedly disavow “obscenity” and “debauchery” and assuring the reader in typical early 20th century fashion that it intends itself only as an academic work. It is as amusing in its dryness towards the subject as it is historically interesting. The topic of the degree of influence the lingam and yoni had on the development of human religion is still hotly debated today, though some of the claims of the era have been widely accepted even by adherents.

102 pages.

In Ghostly Japan: Now Available!

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This is an excellent compilation of folk tales and proverbs and miscellany related to Japan, written by the famous Lafcadio Hearn at the tale end of the 19th century. It has the value of being not only academically intriguing but interesting in the sense of the tales it compiles; the tradition of floating lamps out to sea for the deceased, the use of incense as a parlor game, and bizarre, macabre stories of ghosts, vengeful spirits, and superstitions of many types. I highly recommend this particular text for its fantastic content.

144 pages.

Grand Grimoire, Imperial Ritual of Magic: Now Available!

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This is a very exciting work; it combines segments and content from a half dozen sources, and was allegedly crafted by none other than Rosicrucian heavyweight Swineburne Clymer at the dawn of the 20th century. Despite the “grand grimoire” label most of the interior material comes from the Clavicle of Solomon and a variant of the Black Pullet and deals with magical talismans and rings- it also contains a section on mediumship via planchette. It was presumably used as a companion to lectures or lessons as every other page was initially blank, probably for note taking.

It represents a fairly modern “true” grimoire since the compiled material here is fundamentally similar in style and structure to works such as the Petit Albert and Egyptian Secrets of Albertus Magnus.

89 pages.

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This work is a broad overview of a couple centuries of Greek philosophy from the era of Thales and similar figures, up through the age of Socrates. It importantly contains a section explaining the sophists, and the non-pejorative origin of that term, as well as some of the various theories and intellectual meanderings of the philosophers, like the concept of Atomism. Most Greek philosophy was at least overlapped somewhat with their religion and so the spiritual significance of the topic is key here.

77 pages.

A Lyric of Fairy Land and Other Poems: Now Available!

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This is a second short collection of magic-related poetry by A E Waite. Unlike “Lucasta”, which was named after his wife, this collection deviates from the more romantic side of poetry and is slightly melancholic in nature; one of the inclusions here is a sort of short stage play containing interaction between a man and a fairy, and appears to be a symbolic reference to the changing of the seasons and the death which comes with the entrance of winter. As his other poems, it is fairly obviously heavily influenced by mid 19th century romantic-era poetic works.

67 pages.

Lucasta; Parables and Poems: Now Available!

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This nice collection of magic-related poems comes from none other than AE Waite of tarot deck fame, notable as well for compiling English fairy lore, and for his famous Book of Ceremonial Magic. Most of these poems are quite good, and I have attempted to retain their format entirely. A few typographical errors were corrected and that is the only meaningful change save for the foreword and cover art.

The topics vary somewhat but every one of the pieces of poetry here is related to fairies or magic in some manner, and it is clear that Waite took significant inspiration from traditional romantic-era English poems.

70 pages.

Pantheism; Its Story and Significance: Now Available!

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This short work is part of the well regarded religion series of its era and delves partly into the evolution of religious systems “towards” pantheism and partly into a refutation of the belief that certain figures from before Spinoza conform, at least literally, to the pantheistic doctrine. A bit about the life and beliefs of Spinoza himself complete this work, which is rigorously academic in tone.

54 pages.