First published in French in 1911, this practical guide to the art of spagyrics also outlines the ancient yet forgotten Hermetic foundations of herbalism. The author provides botanical and medicinal classifications for over 600 plant species and detailed instructions for spagyric extracts, tinctures, elixirs, liquors, oils, unguents, salts, aquae vitae, and quintessences.
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The Dionysian themed frescos of Pompeii’s Villa of the Mysteries constitute the single most important theurgical narrative to have survived in the Western esoteric tradition. No other practitioner account of the ritual process for conducting a mystery rite has survived down to today. The frescoes’ vivid and allusive imagery illuminates both the ritual activity of the participants as well as its esoteric import.
Arising from within the unique interface between Greek and Roman culture in Southern Italy, the frescoes attest to the survival of an unbroken initiatic tradition of Bakkhic mystery rites on the Italian peninsula stretching back to the fifth century BCE.
Taking an interdisciplinary approach, Peter Mark Adams draws on current scholarship on dithyrambic performance; the ritual dress of Greco-Roman priestesses; classical philology and the comparative ethnography of rites of higher initiation.
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Greg’s Occult of Personality
In each episode Greg Kaminsky, the creator of the great “Occult of Personality” podcast, presents again a book of his choice.
Greg Kaminsky is a scholar of the Western esoteric tradition, with a graduate degree in Medieval Studies, focusing on Renaissance Cabala. Greg became an initiate in several traditions including Illuminism and Freemasonry. Greg is also host and producer of Occult of Personality, a highly regarded and long-running podcast.
The book is presented by Ursula Cserenyi.
From her very early childhood on, Ursula Cserenyi‘s life was filled with spiritual experiences. Later she found the appropriate words in books. Occultism and esotericism have been a part of her life for more than 20 years. Her interests included Wicca, Theosophy, Ritual Magic, Thelema, Shamanism and other paths.
Today she feels a strong connection with Josephine McCarthy’s Quareia work and Babalon, the Red Goddess.
This book will introduce you to foundations and practical methods of Draconian magic as a path of self-initiation. You will learn how to start your practice on the Path of the Dragon, establish contact with gods and spirits that will assist you in this work, build your personal temple, prepare tools for your rituals, and design your own workings and exercises.
There are instructions that will help in your astral travels and dream magic, teach you how to work with seals and sigils, enhance your magical senses, and show you how to use gates and doorways to the Other Side. Practices such as blood sacrifice and sex magic are discussed in a practical way as well.
You will read here about the Draconian Tradition, as well as the Left Hand Path in general, learning what it means to be a Draconian Initiate.
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Aleister Crowley is beyond doubt the most influential occultist of the 20th century. While he is hailed as one of the giants of the esoteric sciences, very little attention has been devoted to Crowley’s years as a Cambridge undergraduate (1895 –1898), when the author wrote and published an incredible amount of verse: this
poetry, firmly planted within the vogue of the day, tells the tale of his doomed love affair with actor and female impersonator Jerome Pollitt and of his first steps towards occult sciences.
The four works included in this anthology of early poetic production are Aceldama: A Place to Bury Strangers In, Jezebel and Other Tragic
Poems, Songs of the Spirit and The Tale of Archais: A Romance in Verse. In these verses, the reader will find many facets of the young Crowley
CHRIS GIUDICE and Kamuret Press are devoted to producing fine editions of literary and other works focused on esoteric and decadent content from the turn of the 20th century. These genres have been sorely neglected in past decades, often falling out of print shortly after their historical publication; yet they provide vital context for topics that are currently enjoying an unprecedented revival in mainstream and popular culture. Dedicated to providing high-quality, carefully edited and annotated publications, Kamuret Press collaborates with specialized scholars and authors to create books that stand as valuable primary sources and fill a significant gap in the English-language book market as well as collectors’ items for the connoisseur in the form of deluxe editions.
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