That happy time is fast approaching; the monumental 150 edition milestone is only two works away, and so it’s time for an update and to lay out my plan for the coming stretch of about a month or two.
First and foremost, edition #149 (which I have formatted and completed the preface to as of this morning) will be on Malay magicm entitled “Shaman, Saiva, and Sufi.” It’s a fairly standard mid length Victorian work that I think people will enjoy. As for edition #150 I am split between a work on mysticism within islam, or else the Theurgia Goetia (which is half pictoral, meaning I’d edit it and have it re-illustrated, I hope, by my usual illustrator, while the next phase of my literary work begins.)
Secondly to the next phase of my literature, before I proceed beyond edition 150 there are two things I’d like to do.
1. Fix the cover art and format of a few dozen of my oldest works which are not up to par, along with the occasional noted grammatical error.
2. Render every edition into an ebook using the actual kindle file type, not pdfs, so that they translate better onto a digital notebook.
The process involved with those steps will take some weeks but presumably be worth the effort. I look forward to the final phase of this particular step in my literary workings.
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One of a number of interesting spiritual works released by the same publisher in the 1910s, Abelsons’ treatment of mysticism within Judaism here is quite good, expansive, and sometimes dense, but technically an introductory overview of magickal concepts within Kabbalah.
Speaking of the Yetzirah and Zohar among other works, it is somewhat a work of linguistic anthropology, which makes sense, since a lot of the theological and mystic concepts of Jewish spiritual lore are fundamentally derived from the Hebrew language and number systems.
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This work is one of the better things that LW DeLaurence wrote. Containing fewer self-advertizements and a lot more how-to content, it dispels some myths about mesmerism and hypnotism, and proposes about a dozen methods by which various suggestive states can be induced- including the famous trick of hypnotizing a chicken using a chalk line or a finger (it apparently does indeed work.)
While some of the methods are now known not to function (at the time this was written- and it alludes to it explicitly!- the French were experimenting with spinning wheels and lights to induce anesthesia- one of the earliest- maybe THE earliest literary reference to this trope!) others are accepted even today. Some of its content would later be adapted into the 20s and 30s era “how to hypnotize your friends” style pulp works.
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This is one of the stranger works of the early 20th century. Written by the famous DeLaurence, it seeks to teach the reader how to use crystal gazing to contact spirits and help people with various issues, and to impart the secret of telepathy. It also covers the use of the seance to contact spirits, among other tricks within the spirit realm (while considering these spirits to be very much hermetic in form; that is, the sylphs, undines, etc.)
While some of the practices here are related predominantly to DeLaurence advertizing his own goods and services, it is true that some of them remain in use, and are of occult interest to this day.
I figured it was about time for another update; as spring marches along I’m already requisitioning materials for my garden, so those of you who enjoy that series will get some new footage soon- along with massive improvements.
On the literary side, I am now about 75% complete editing DeLaurences’ odd work “The Mystic Hindu Test Book”- this work covers astral bodies, spirits, crystal gazing, seances, and more; it’s quite good after the second chapter (up to that point it is self advertizement and run on sentences.) At around 130 or so pages, it will be an important work here.
After that, I figure on completing a couple other DeLaurence works; they’re all of similar length and have various eugenic-era spiritual content revolving around eastern tradition, spirits, and the like. I also have two short herbals and need to contact my illustrator for those to be completed. As promised the Theurgia Goetia will also soon be edited. I figure I can complete seven new works by the end of May at current projections.
This short work is one of Kingslands’ additions to Theosophy; an interesting little booklet which compares Christendom with the claimed mystery religion at the core of Theosophy itself.
The words of Jesus in the canonical scriptures, as well as of Paul and others, here, are used to show that Jesus was not a believer in the kind of legalistic superstition of quasi-modern church dogma- indeed, not only is this inarguably factual, it has now recently emerged into other schools of completely legitimate philosophy.
This fairly beefy alchemical tract (technically two tracts in multiple sections) comes from the Alchemical Museum of Waites’ time, originally penned by Sendivogius in the 1600s. It is strictly physical alchemy at work here, and strictly the more “authentic” path of the same, not like some works which are basically about just creating interesting medicines (few of which were safe!) or counterfeit currencies. Part of this work is in the form of dialogue between the alchemist and his mercury. In that sense it is vaguely like the much later work “On the Philadelphian Gold.”
Here then the major concept of alchemy, that great work, is that of the four elements, three substances, two halves (male and female) thus joined creating the perfected substance that was believed to operate much like stem cells for the mineral world, literally, a sort of primordial material that could be purified out from other things and used to project matter. Importantly, Sendivogius references what some other contemporaries do, namely that this substance, while found in gross (literally vulgar, as in composted feces, etc) matter, to try and work with that same matter improperly will benefit the sage not at all.