This manuscript concerns the chemical components of alchemy more than the actual crafting of any sorcerers’ stone or elixir itself; indeed, it is the general recipe for the precursor materials needed to work the great work itself. The formula is fairly explicit but most of the secondary content used to “prove” the point is religious in nature and heavily metaphorical. Overall, a fine alchemical work of note, from one of the less well known figures within the period. It is slightly similar to some of Hollandus’ work.
This very short tract is an excellent primer to alchemy; it’s actually more an explanation of the veils and hidden meanings of the terms used by other works than it is a process in its own right- the author is anonymous, but Waite dug it up and managed to translate it. Altogether, when paired with other longer, more literal works, it’s of far greater value than its general obscurity suggests.
Within the realm of alchemy a heavy amount of metaphor is typically used, but Freher’s short tract here is exceptional perhaps for its willingness to state that the spiritual, here, and the chemical are deliberately overlapped- that isn’t to say it’s as transparent as glass; the text specifically (at the end, obviously!) says there is more that could be said, omitted because it’s superfluous- a common cliff-hanger style in literature dealing with alchemy.
Though short, this work has as much detail on the rudimentary process of refining base materials into the stone of the philosophers (elixir)- here more a spiritual matter than physical, as the Rosarium Philosophorum.
Alright literary world!
I am approaching the end of two new short political works; “Against Communism” and “Against Corporate Media.” As promised I have two other political titles I plan to release as well this month. I have decided to break apart my efforts into segments over the coming months also. April will be herbal month; two and possibly three new works will be edited then. In May, it’s time to return to grimoires and work through the Ars Goetia (as a stand-alone release) and to begin working on the other books of the Lesser Keys. A modified version of my Ars Notoria will be wrapped up into this bundle.
June and July will bring a slew of psychic works and a new literary category. After that, I plan to return to my own titles and begin hammering Sickness in Hell II out.
These plans are malleable, but the year ahead looks like some good stuff.
This work is Rydberg’s finest- an academic compilation of subjects ranging from a treatment of the burning times, and of religious philosophy (dualism, specifically) to short passages on some cryptids of note, to various meanderings through the high ritual magick and alchemy of the era spoken of. Clearly hostile to Catholic lore, Rydberg manages to choke back his disdain of that church long enough to give it a fair shake at explaining its constant pogroms through especially the era of King James.
Its third section is a strange sort of quasi-fictional tale involving a group of men time traveling to the dark ages and confronting a sorcerer who is under the belief that he himself conjured them, written partly in the first person.
It seems that “Cultus Arborum” has received as good a reception as King James’ Demonology did- that is- a very good one. As such, I have decided to fast track the Ophiolatreia (serpent worship) and Phallism (Crux Ansata) which are two other works from the same printing series at the end of the 1800s. At least one of my literary fans stated that they were eagerly awaiting the former.
Sickness in Hell is still on the tenth chapter. Being more than half done I decided to ponder the course of the plot for a few days before going back to write the next three chapters, which are going to likely be the most important; that’s where you get the plot twists and true insanity of the work.
In extremely happy news I have now completely formatted the Greater Key of Solomon and begun editing and proofreading the same; a process that is about 20% done. The real work will begin once that stage is complete because it’s a heavily illustrated grimoire and will require several weeks at least to craft the images, let alone to scan and digitize them and make them fully complete. I am hopeful to have the work done by the beginning of October, along with Ophiolatreia, with Crux Ansata and Sickness in Hell rounding out the works I hope to release before Halloween. I have decided that until these works are done, the Book of Forbidden Knowledge, while extremely good, will have to wait until November unless I discover that work is going faster than I anticipate.
I have additionally acquired about a half dozen new works on top of several dozen I already planned to work on through roughly March or April of 2017. My workload is additionally higher because I am completely overhauling my home garden and creating a great deal of content on Youtube, which has now become a sort of side job of its own.