Because King James’ Demonology has risen up so quickly in sales I have decided to expedite several other works on the topic of demonology and try to get a couple of them released before the end of the year alongside the work I need to do before Halloween; namely Sickness in Hell, Cultus Arborum, and the Greater Key of Solomon.
The first work is entitled “Demoniality” and was written in the 17th century by a “Father Sinistrari”- the work was translated from its original Latin in the 1870s, and is actually fairly short- which you wouldn’t know looking at the nearly 300 page original; indeed, the typeface used and the fact that it combines, on every other page, the Latin original with the English, means that this work will probably be no more than 150 pages when properly completed. It ruminates on sex with corpses, Incubi and Succubi in general, stories related to the same, the nature of the Devil’s Mark, witchery, and other related topics- it’s quite good. I have already begun editing this particular manuscript.
The second is Robert Brown’s “Demonology and Witchcraft.” This work is substantially longer and was released in 1889. This is a much more christianized style of work than most I am used to editing but worthy nonetheless of inclusion into the growing occult catalog I’m fielding here.
The third is Walter Scott’s “Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft.” This 1830 work requires little explanation due to its general notoriety, suffice it to say it covers just about everything that could possibly be related to demons and witches. It is a substantially long work and will take quite a bit of time.
This was a one-day editing work alongside some material I got done for Sickness in Hell and the Greater Key; a little work by Roger Bacon on processing antimony to make the infamous red oil of the philosophers, using also lead, in a way quite similar to the work of Hollandus on the topic of Saturn.
The process here is quite literal so those who desire more how-to and less metaphoric alchemical lore will probably appreciate this specific tract. The medical applications of the final result of this work are considered here to be quite prolific- ranging from treating gout to preventing or stopping mania and fever.
This is one of the most important works within Medieval literature. Ascribed to Aristotle in his dialogue and letters to Alexander the Great, it actually dates to the 10th century or thereabouts and was originally composed in Arabic.
The Secretum Secretorum, or Kitab Sirr Al-asrar, delivers a lengthy and varied expose of truths and philosophical murmurings on topics ranging from medicine and dietary strategy, to governance, to battle and social mobility. In an era where most reigning monarchs were seen as tyrannical and absorbed entirely with the quest for wealth, sex, and expanded borders, this guide seems like a massively advanced philosophical tract by comparison. This edition has been rendered into fully modern English from extremely archaic English. It covers spiritual topics, physical topics, and much more.
The Turba Philosophorum is one of the foremost philosophical and alchemical texts of all time; probably comparable in popularity to the Rosarium Philosophorum.
It is delivered in the form of a dialogue between various great antiquated minds in science and philosophy, despite the fact that it was created no earlier than perhaps the late 800sAD and probably in the early 900s. It expounds and elaborates upon alchemical principles and truths that would become commonplace centuries later in virtually all Renaissance era works of this type.
I utilized Waite’s (now public domain) translation of this work, and modernized it completely, significantly improving the formerly cramped format of the same.
It is an exciting time of year and Halloween is getting closer by the day- the slow decline of my garden and the beginning of changing color on the leaves of the trees is a fine thing to behold. It looks like this year, unlike last, I will have achieved my three main goals at least two weeks before that special spooky day; namely, the release of Sickness in Hell, the release of the Greater Key of Solomon, and the release of the Book of Forbidden Knowledge.
Sickness in Hell is now almost half complete- I topped off the eighth chapter today and developed an expanded, better plot for the ninth, which would have contained material from the 11th, 12th, and 13th chapters of the original manuscripts. I can now guarantee that this work will be done by late September unless I fall into a coma or off a cliff.
The Greater Key is going well, and I have compiled about a third of the material itself into proper form without editing anything beyond the introduction just yet. Once it’s all in a good format and I get an idea of the length I can begin editing. I hope to have it done by the first week of October.
The Book of Forbidden Knowledge I haven’t worked on in three days but no worries; it’s far shorter than these other works.
In the meantime I have finished the Turba Philosophorum; which is probably as popular and important as the Rosarium Philosophorum and Twelve Keys of Basil Valentine. I’ve also formatted the Aurifontina Chymica although I have not begun editing it. For the time being I have stalled out on the Secret Book of the Black Arts although I hope to have this done in November at latest. As for Letters of Demonology and Witchcraft, it is a substantial work of about 300 pages so that will be a long time coming; maybe early 2017. I have work to do on Cultus Arborum as well.
Just so people know what they’re looking forward to here I figured it was time for another general update.
Having released half a dozen new works in alchemy, I think I’ve sated my appetite for the philosopher’s stone for a while- I’ve proceeded to begin working on literally half a dozen works at the same time, in addition to Sickness in Hell (which is now roughly one third complete.) Because they are not all the same in length (especially considering format and the size of text used!) they will surely not all be done at the same time. Because I tend to do a massive amount of work on a text and, if it isn’t short, subsequently lose interest for a while in the subject matter, I have a tendency to rotate the work that I do weekly, so that it stays fresh in my mind and helps my concentration.
Thus the following works are on my plate.
1. The Greater Key of Solomon: An extremely popular and important work compiling various Solomonic manuscripts together, originally released in its modern form by Mathers in the late 1800s. This grimoire is probably third in popularity only behind the Lemegeton and the Grand Grimoire. I can’t get a good indication of its final length until I’ve gotten more of it done because the typeset used was tiny. I estimate 150 to 200 pages. I have completed everything up to the preliminary introduction of the first book.
2. Cultus Arborum: This one is shorter (about 100 pages) and was released in the same series as the Ophiolatreia. It concerns phallic tree worship. I’ve gotten about 10 pages of this edited.
3. The Book of Forbidden Knowledge: An early 1900s manuscript combining aspects of talismanic magic, folk rites, folk medicine, and fortune telling. It is quite dense, and will stretch to an estimated 80 pages, 15 of which are done now.
4. The Secret Book of the Black Arts: Not to be confused with Cavendish’ work which comes a century later. I am 20 pages into this 200+ page work.
5. Secretum Secretorum: A roughly 70 pages pseudo-Aristotelian tract professing to be an antiquated work in which Aristotle guides Alexander the Great. In reality it is likely a Medieval tract simply attributed to the same. This one is fully formatted but it will take a long time to work through the extremely archaic English it contains.
6. Aurifontia Chymica: The second longest alchemical work I’ve seen, second of course to the Rosary of the Philosophers. At about 140 pages it will take a little time. I’ve formatted part of it and not yet begun editing.
Here are three short works of alchemy compiled together, for the purpose of length; each one was too short to release on its own. That being said, it’s one of the most significant possible triplicities of alchemical lore that could possibly be released at all.
It contains “The Immortal Liquor Alkahest” of Philalethes, “Everburning Lights” by Trithemius, and “Philosophic Fire” by Pontanus. Philalethes’ work, in the form of question and answer, spells out what alkahest is, where it comes from, and how to obtain it (namely, from human blood and urine.) Trithemius’ work is ascribed to him but was made later, containing the simplistic backstory that Trithemius gave a scrip to someone whom the author met with, discovering the secret of creating phosphorescent lamps which could give off light for thousands of years. The third text, by Pontanus, is itself a key of alchemy- namely because it is the only text to tell the reader the nature of alchemical fire and where to research it (specifically, they are recommended to read Artephius’ work.) With these three texts combined, alchemy becomes substantially easier to understand.