Alright book world.
Our first and most major update right now involves the long-awaited Lesser Keys edition I have been planning. The Ars Goetia and Ars Paulina are already finished and have been previously released in stand-alone form (every one of the LK books is itself a separate document; the LK itself is a compilation of texts following a tradition, sort of like the apocrypha usually being presented in compiled form.) As of Yesterday the inordinately short (nine pages in modern format) “Ars Almadel” is also complete. This work cannot be released on its own due to length constraints (the minimum page number is, I believe, 22 on Amazon) but will be compiled with the others.
That leaves only the Theurgia Goetia- it is a somewhat more complex work similar to the Ars Goetia, and contains a huge number of illustrations. I will have to toy with format for this work, since once done all four have to be in the same style 100%. It will definitely be done before the Christmas season begins, probably by the first week of December.
After that I managed to obtain two of the missing phallism works and will edit and release them after the year changes over- after the Lesser Keys I am taking a few weeks off from editing to compile some more source materials and roughly format them in a large batch, to make subsequent work easier and more formally standardized.
An example of the seals in the Theurgia Goetia. Courtesy of the illustrator, Rita Metzner.
I figured now was a great time to pitch a few of the edited works I’ve released since it seems we have entered another burning times in which allegation and presumption and emotion are superior to evidence, logic, reason, and enlightenment. While this is sad and means innocent people will suffer, it is hardly unprecedented even in modernity- remember that even extremely modern eras have been pockmarked by moral panics which are based not on evidence but emotion. I’d almost be more worried if this era did not contain at least a minor moral panic regardless of the stupidity of each such moralistic period of hand wringing and disingenuous he-said-she-said nonsense.
First we have DEMONOLOGY by none other than King James. Other than the Malleus Maleficarum itself this is the premier text of all moral panics in the history of mankind and probably killed tens of thousands of people- more than almost any text other than those that are themselves canonical within religious paths themselves. This work contains a great deal of odd material especially related to James’ own philosophy on witch hunts.
Second, we have Workmans’ DEMONOMANIA which rationalizes the witch hunts of yesteryear in an early sense while slightly missing the mark in some aspects of science as now generally recognized.
Third and finally we have a work on COTTON MATHER and witchcraft, which technically apologizes for and defends the perpetrators of the Salem witch trials on several grounds. A short work, it is nonetheless well written.
As we wait for the Lesser Keys I figured that revisiting a few works on persecution made sense, given the political climate of today.
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This work is an excellent look at some of the christian conceptions of demonology from its era, in the roaring twenties. Based on field work in China and India, mostly by the author but referencing other missionaries as well, it purports to prove that demons exist, that evil is the agency of Satan, and that mesmerism and psychology play a role in possession.
It contains several hundred of these anecdotes and speaks of strange idolatrous practices in typical early 20th century form, while listing polytheism and similar things as spiritually hazardous. Oddly, while proposing government moralism, it decries literal suppression of such beliefs in favor of mere coercion and education. It also attacks spiritualism.
Alright literary world, it’s time for a brief update as spring (very slowly) decides to encroach; this gives me a lot of ambition while suffering from cabin fever, although once it actually gets nice outside I do a “little” less editing and writing for a while mid spring.
I am currently about 90% of the way through “Aryan Sun Myths” and so that work will be ready and available within a week or so- “Demonism” I am half done with, so that would be the third week of March, roughly. A couple other works are planned for March: once Aryan Sun Myths is complete I’ll begin editing, I believe, the Theurgia Goetia, or perhaps the Paulina and Almadel (the two will be released together due to the lengths being too short to get the Paulina out solo); either way I’ll be contacting my illustrator, and by the summer all four books of the Lesser Keys will be available, I hope. After that it won’t be long before I release an edition of the same with a fairly elaborate foreword and some explanatory comments.
I have a few short alchemical works of note to process as well, along with the planned two herbals!
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I am extremely pleased to announce that the Ars Goetia, arguably the most infamous of all demonic works, has been completed; this edition has been re-illustrated by the talented Rita Metzner and has had some changes made to its format over some editions (for example, giving each of the 72 demons its own page for ease of use; some editions place the Seals in alternating columns or put the description of the demon above, not below them.) Not meant to be superfluous and flowery but rather a functional edition, I omitted some of Crowleys’ additions, which have technically nothing to do with the original literary tradition.
I am pleased to say my edition here is the apparently least expensive edition available anywhere in paperback format.
For those not aware of the content, it is summoning; specifically aforementioned demons, using a system involving a magical circle and triangle, various seals, and standardized invocations. These various grotesque demons can, the book claims, allow the Master to talk to animals, see strange visions, and generally gain power, love, wealth, and other things; the one working such rituals needs to be wary though, since some of these demons can cause illness just by being nearby, requiring a magical ring. Others are a bit less malevolent. This text is one of a number of works which was compiled into the Lesser Keys of Solomon, of Mathers and Crowley fame.
It should be noted that I intend to release the other books of the Lesser Keys of Solomon (minus the Notoria, which is not authentically part of the same period works) compiled together, but that the Ars Goetia is its own stand-alone work and needed to be released as such prior.
Stolas be praised!