Magic and Mystery: Now Available!

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This particular work is written from the perspective of sometimes quite severe skepticism towards folklore of various kinds, from the disorganized and tribal (and often antiquated) to the then-modern, medical, and “scientific.” Amusingly, some of its then-accepted scientific conjectures are now themselves classed as pseudoscience and hokum.

The span of subjects covered here is quite massive; of greatest interest are probably tidbits about fairy lore and homeopathy, which are fairly lengthy. Most of the text is broken up into very short segments of not much more than a paragraph or two on each subjugated subject.

138 pages.

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The Dwarfs of Mount Atlas: Now Available!

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This is a nice little anthropological booklet that details the presumed existence of a tribe of abnormally small tribe of individuals living in some of the mountainous regions of the Atlas range in central Morocco. Funnily, it is technically possible such a group existed at the time, potentially having splintered off genetic pygmy groups in Central Africa. If such is the case, sadly, it is entirely likely the group succumbed to genocide or disease.

This tribe was apparently, if real at all, worshiped by some of the local inhabitants and was considered to have various magickal qualities including the imparting of good luck to locals when present. A fairly important bit of lore for those of us who are inclined to believe in the spiritual; things are not always entirely as they seem.

48 pages.

Occultism in the Shakespeare Plays: Now Available!

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This quite short work is an excellent example of the type of Theosophical writing common in its era; a remarkably detailed study of some of Shakespeare’s plays and the occultism and references to omens, witches, and so forth present therein; it labels “The Tempest” as the most outwardly occult (which I happen to agree with) and also speaks about “Julius Caesar”, “Macbeth”, and a few other works. It should be noted that the Baconian tradition of Shakespeare was also studied within Theosophy and the topic of theater is of note within the occult because of its lycanthropic importance; the concept of illusion and deliberate misrepresentation of reality.

 

37 pages.

General Update: Lesser Keys, Createspace, Etc

Alright blog readers!

1. Over the coming weeks an edition, finally, of the infamous Lesser Keys- that grimoire compilation of compilations- will be finalized. My artist, the talented Rita Metzner (who already illustrated the Ars Goetia for me) is working through the symbols in the Theurgia Goetia and the single illustration in the Almadel. Once those are done it will be extremely simplistic to craft an edition since the Goetia and Paulina are already available and in final form. I would like to note that my edition will not contain the Ars Notoria, as it does not belong to the same era or manufacture of the other four books.

2. A quick update on Createspace- they still haven’t fully switched into KDP/Amazon so my hope (my dear hope) is to release aforementioned edition the old way. Otherwise it might take a bit longer as I have to figure out how to make paperbacks separate from ebooks via KDP.

3. Almost 200 copies of the Book of Styxhexenhammer have already sold in less than a month. This is considerably higher than anticipated.

4. I have some ideas for authored works but I want to at least knock three edited works out of the way by the end of the year also, to make it a round 155 editions total.

A fun (and busy) last quarter of the year approaches!

The Black Pullet: Now Available!

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This work never got its own entry either. Now in a proper format, this work primarily revolves around the usage of a series of magical talismans, as part of a larger story (Napoleonic in origin and era) in which the author has been saved by a Turkish mage from an angry group of Arabs. The author then is instructed in magic, including how to raise a hen which will create eggs made of gold.

The invocations and talismans are meant to be considered literal and the back story appears to have been used to justify the odd content. It should be noted that ascribing works to Napoleon, a Napoleonic soldier, or related things, was common for half a century thereafter due to his fascination with pre-anthropological ruin-diving.

82 pages.

Herbal, Homeopathic, and Folk Medicine Books for Sale

The following is a continuously edited list of texts related to herbal medicine, homeopathy, and quack doctoring, which I have edited and released. This list will be updated over time as new titles become available.

PRIMITIVE PHYSIC
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An extensive mid 18th century text of folk and herbal medicine.

MAGIC PLANTS
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A short tract detailing the philosophy of natural magic and herbalism.

THE WITCHES’ PHARMACOPOEIA
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A very good work on herbal and similar imagery in witch lore.

GUNPOWDER AS A WAR REMEDY
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A WWI homeopathic work of note suggesting the use of small doses of tincture of black powder.

CANADIAN HERBAL
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A combination receipt book for disease and herbal guide.

THE USEFUL FAMILY HERBAL
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A short herbal with a large number of (often odd) recipes.

COUNTERBLAST TO TOBACCO
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A very short tract on the spiritual and physical evils of tobacco, by King James the first.

WEEDS USED AS MEDICINE
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A government bulletin listing several dozen common and noxious medicinal species.

VALUABLE HERBAL PRESCRIPTIONS
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A homeopathic work listing some late 19th century remedies and various species used therein.

ASTROLOGICAL PHYSICIAN
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A work that proclaims the ability to treat and diagnose ailments using astrology.

THE TREE OF LIFE
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Carey’s work likening the spiritual and biochemical and proposing his prophetic vision of quasi-eugenic utopia.

HYPNOTISM
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DeLaurences’ work on mesmerism and hypnotism along with its applications in medicine. Pure Victorianism!

THE FAMILY NURSE
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An excellent manuscript covering herbal remedies, ointment crafting, poisons, and more.