Hypnotism: Magnetism, Mesmerism, Suggestive Therapeutics: Now Available!

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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.

112 pages.

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Mystic Test Book of the Hindu Occult Chambers: Now Available!

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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.

126 pages.

The Esoteric Basis of Christianity: Now Available!

 

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.

44 pages.

The Tree of Life, Physical Regenesis: Now Available!

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This work is the first of a number of quack medicine, herbal, and spiritualist works with pseudoscience that I intend to release this year; it’s one of the strangest, suggesting overlap between the twelve signs of the zodiac and twelve inorganic materials that are used by cells (thus proving in the mind of the author, a spiritually significant connection.) Much like Dowers’ explanation of “radium” and its importance spiritually, Carey likens the human being to a steam powered apparatus, with the pores as vents and other various miraculous similarities.

While thus hilarious at times, it also contains Careys’ apparent post-revelational vision of utopia and a good deal of spiritual commentary on avoiding alcohol, overeating, sexual contact, and other corrupting forces in order to inevitably lead mankind to a higher plane of existence in which labor is automated and humans live a peace loving existence in visible company with angels.

52 pages.

Secrets of Black Arts!: Now Available!

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This interesting little volume is roughly similar in some ways to the Book of Forbidden Knowledge (which became and has remained one of my top selling titles.) It is a mix of different lore, delivered from a skeptical-but-not-atheistic position on subjects ranging from the divining rod (dowsing), to omens and apparitions, and the Salem Witch Trials- this last is covered in some degree of depth indeed, about 50 pages of content giving the backdrop, opinions of the era, and some of the names and trials of note from the entire series of events there.

A short treatment on Satan and demonology gives way to this more historical content and it is subsequently capped off with a two page ramble about the need to refute fire and brimstone ideology and irrational superstition. The original edition came with about ten pages of ads (removed in my edition) for other works which ranged from mesmerism and palmistry to brief annotated historical guides.

122 pages.

Mysticism and Occult Fiction Books for Sale

The following is a continuously edited list of texts related to mysticism, occult fiction, and post-antiquated mythology which I have edited and released. This list will be updated over time as new titles become available.

REMEDIES OF THE GREAT PHYSICIAN
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A work of christian healing, containing what may be seen as white magick invocations.
WHAT YOUR NEIGHBORS SAY: DREAM BOOK
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One part quack medicine, one part dream interpretation, one part folk remedies.

SEPHER BAHIR
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An elaborate work of Kaballah containing the opinions of scholars within Judaism related to Hebrew lettering, numerology, and cosmic lore.

SEPHER YETZIRAH
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An extremely important work within Kaballah with a series of statements on creation itself and how it parallels Hebrew letters and numbers as well as astrological lore.

HOW TO SPEAK WITH THE DEAD
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A work on channeling, mediumship, and Victorian necromancy.

VRIL; THE POWER OF THE COMING RACE
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An interesting fictional work that influenced Blavatsky and virtually all other early modern occultists and occult movements, as well as eugenics

THE NEW ATLANTIS
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Francis Bacon’s fictional account of Bensalem; has many prophetic and alchemical overtones

1900 OR: THE LAST PRESIDENT
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Ingersoll Lockwood delves into political fiction and accidentally predicts the modern era, replete with quasi-religious imagery.

MYSTIC TEST BOOK OF THE HINDU OCCULT CHAMBERS
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A DeLaurence work covering seances, telepathy, crystal gazing, and more.