Thursday, April 19, 2018

Major Literary Update!

That happy time is fast approaching; the monumental 150 edition milestone is only two works away, and so it's time for an update and to lay out my plan for the coming stretch of about a month or two.

First and foremost, edition #149 (which I have formatted and completed the preface to as of this morning) will be on Malay magicm entitled "Shaman, Saiva, and Sufi." It's a fairly standard mid length Victorian work that I think people will enjoy. As for edition #150 I am split between a work on mysticism within islam, or else the Theurgia Goetia (which is half pictoral, meaning I'd edit it and have it re-illustrated, I hope, by my usual illustrator, while the next phase of my literary work begins.)

Secondly to the next phase of my literature, before I proceed beyond edition 150 there are two things I'd like to do.

1. Fix the cover art and format of a few dozen of my oldest works which are not up to par, along with the occasional noted grammatical error.
2. Render every edition into an ebook using the actual kindle file type, not pdfs, so that they translate better onto a digital notebook.

The process involved with those steps will take some weeks but presumably be worth the effort. I look forward to the final phase of this particular step in my literary workings.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Jewish Mysticism: Now Available!

One of a number of interesting spiritual works released by the same publisher in the 1910s, Abelsons' treatment of mysticism within Judaism here is quite good, expansive, and sometimes dense, but technically an introductory overview of magickal concepts within Kabbalah.

Speaking of the Yetzirah and Zohar among other works, it is somewhat a work of linguistic anthropology, which makes sense, since a lot of the theological and mystic concepts of Jewish spiritual lore are fundamentally derived from the Hebrew language and number systems.

123 pages.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

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

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.

Monday, April 2, 2018

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

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.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

General Update: Spring!

I figured it was about time for another update; as spring marches along I'm already requisitioning materials for my garden, so those of you who enjoy that series will get some new footage soon- along with massive improvements.

On the literary side, I am now about 75% complete editing DeLaurences' odd work "The Mystic Hindu Test Book"- this work covers astral bodies, spirits, crystal gazing, seances, and more; it's quite good after the second chapter (up to that point it is self advertizement and run on sentences.) At around 130 or so pages, it will be an important work here.

After that, I figure on completing a couple other DeLaurence works; they're all of similar length and have various eugenic-era spiritual content revolving around eastern tradition, spirits, and the like. I also have two short herbals and need to contact my illustrator for those to be completed. As promised the Theurgia Goetia will also soon be edited. I figure I can complete seven new works by the end of May at current projections.

Friday, March 23, 2018

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.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The New Chemical Light: Now Available!

This fairly beefy alchemical tract (technically two tracts in multiple sections) comes from the Alchemical Museum of Waites' time, originally penned by Sendivogius in the 1600s. It is strictly physical alchemy at work here, and strictly the more "authentic" path of the same, not like some works which are basically about just creating interesting medicines (few of which were safe!) or counterfeit currencies. Part of this work is in the form of dialogue between the alchemist and his mercury. In that sense it is vaguely like the much later work "On the Philadelphian Gold."

Here then the major concept of alchemy, that great work, is that of the four elements, three substances, two halves (male and female) thus joined creating the perfected substance that was believed to operate much like stem cells for the mineral world, literally, a sort of primordial material that could be purified out from other things and used to project matter. Importantly, Sendivogius references what some other contemporaries do, namely that this substance, while found in gross (literally vulgar, as in composted feces, etc) matter, to try and work with that same matter improperly will benefit the sage not at all.

99 pages.

Monday, March 19, 2018

All the Reasons Why We Need Gun Control: Now Available!

And now the monumental time is finally here; I wrote this, the ultimate compilation of all reasonable, constitutional arguments for gun control on both a legal and ethical basis. Indeed, there is no argument which can be formulated in favor of US gun control that you will not find in this book- it's simply impossible! Astonish friends and neighbors with your laundry list of pro-gun control arguments and win every debate.

Perfect as a gag gift to annoy your anti-constitution friends or relatives. Get one as a gift for your bitter vegan aunt, or your extremely indoctrinated millennial friend today!

"It costs 17.76 so you know it's patriotic!" -Me

300 pages.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Demonism Verified and Analyzed: Now Available!

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.

140 pages.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Aryan Sun Myths: Now Available!

This work is one of the best academic treatments of religious history that I have encountered. It spans a dozen cultures and many centuries in its pages, going from Babylon, Egypt, and ancient India, up through Greece, Rome, and into the then-modern period of the late 19th century.

Most of the lore here is in the form of historical quotation from Tacitus, Pliny, Caesar, and others, or else notations regarding the similarity between epic poems and literal mythology and the then-accepted trappings and symbols of Christendom. Indeed, the imagery of twelve followers (disciples), halos, resurrection, virgin birth, and many more such tropes, are originally pagan, and any actual historical Jesus is in all likelihood lost to history, because the subsequent writings on this figure were an amalgamation of a half dozen solar cults.

134 pages.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

General Update: Current and Planned Works for March

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!

Friday, February 23, 2018

The Tree of Life, Physical Regenesis: Now Available!

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.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Valhalla, Myths of Norseland: Now Available!

I was looking around trying to find more works which involved paganism, especially Norse or Egyptian, to release over time, and some time ago I found about a dozen good works; this is one of them, just in time for that happy point in the year where the Fimbulwinter begins to decline away!

More a compilation than an authored work, its authors main contribution is its rather helpful index, as the preface she includes is a lengthy allusion to Christendom and the then-interesting facet of classical lore that people tended to ruminate on Rome and ignore the far north- a tendency now inverted today. It is a collection of twelve Norse tales, in poetic form, all the way up to Ragnarok and past it with the Regeneration. In this respect it is a standard collection, but an important one, especially for those who keep predicting Ragnarok literally and forgetting that it isn't the end of history, just of a cycle.

110 pages.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Fama Fraternitatis: Now Available!

And here it is; one of the most important works I never originally thought to release an edition of- the famous Fama Fraternitatis, first worked into English by Thomas Vaughan, that selfsame work which inspired occult changes in its own era and long after.

Containing a great deal of content in only a few pages, for someone like myself the most interesting inclusions are those which overlap it with the type of occult of Trithemius and Pontanus among others- with everburning lights and strange mechanisms and symbology. The Fama Fraternitatis formed the backbone of what was represented as an order so wise in its era that members could prolong human longevity to centuries, make gold, cure any disease, and speak with spirits.

24 pages.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Alchemical Catechism: Now Available!

This short, sweet work is actually one of the better alchemical works I have edited, at least insofar as being easily understood in its explanations of topics within alchemy such as the inferred differentiation between the heating action of digestion (manure decomposing!), the anaerobic burn (a kiln) and open flame. It is in the form of questions and answers, and was first worked into this form by AE Waite, that madman of manuscripts himself.

Its interesting content regarding the generation of materia by the action of vapors within the Earth is a primitive forerunner to the modern understanding of volcanism and tectonics.

32 pages.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Ars Goetia: Now Available!

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!

106 pages.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Mysteries of the Rosie Cross: Now Available!

This work comes from a rather expansive (and otherwise mostly one-minded) collection of texts from the golden period of both real and quack-like academia involving occultism, from that special era in the 1890s; specifically, this is one of the better titles within the Phallism series that almost certainly was created by Hargrave at the time. Unlike most entries in that series, this one has nothing to do with symbology and everything to do with the Rosicrucians' own then-translated purported literary history, with some alchemy and other subjects tossed in. The only other entry in the series that deviates from that one taboo subject of reproductive spiritual material is Ophiolatreia (which I edited quite some time ago.)

It's quite good, actually, despite the fact that parts of it are a bit dense and difficult to fit into a linear sort of system; most of the content here was copied by the author verbatim into the work; some of that content is quite strange and fantastical, almost Atlantean. Nonetheless it is academically sound.

134 pages.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

February 2018 Editing Update!

I am pleased to announce that at this time, the illustrations for my upcoming edition of the Ars Goetia have been completed by the artist (Rita Metzner, who has previously illustrated a couple of herbals for me.) The work is good and so far the formatting is going smoothly; the final edition should be a fairly standard length, perhaps a bit longer than some editions because I choose not to compress images to two-to-a-page so the finer lines are more easily legible. I expect to complete and release it this month; but it must be carefully done, because this is the ultimate big daddy of grimoires and will eventually be combined with the three other (authentic) works of the Lesser Keys in an edition of that as well.

I am also more than 80 pages into the Rosicrucian text I began editing in January; work has been slower since the beginning of chapter four, since now all remaining text is taken from other sources and compiled in this particular work by its author (read; it is in older English than the first two chapters with frequent quotations which are sometimes not entirely proper in format and must be reworked.)

Assuming both works are done before this month ends it will be time for a couple more herbal works I feel, and then work must begin on re-illustrating a half dozen prior editions.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

The New Dream Book: Now Available!

This work is a bit longer and more fleshed out than some (even some fortune telling works.) Primarily a work of dream interpretation, it also covers prognostication by moles and card throwing, and contains a very simplified, extremely short oraculum of sorts that nonetheless does not follow any other prescribed method; due to its date of manufacture it might actually be the first work to utilize a chart-like grid oracle, which was then improved upon later.

As with other works of dream interpretation prior to the late pre-modern period (the forties and fifties mostly) its interpretations are used for fortune telling instead of, as is generally the case in the present, psychology and introspection. All around a great occult work!

102 pages.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Ars Goetia Update (And Other Stuff)

Alright literary world!

I'm happy to announce that the first slew of illustrations for the Ars Goetia have been completed as of yesterday; the illustrator sent them along. That's good, because there aren't a huge number more then to be processed- so the Goetia might be ready before the end of January and barring calamity will certainly be out by February sometime.

Meanwhile, my editing of the New Fortune Teller has been speeding along and it's almost done; I haven't yet decided on which work to do subsequent to it, but it will probably be alchemical in nature. Onward!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

First Post of 2018: General Update Time!

As of last night a most happy event has begun; the fabled return of the legendary "Morbid Stories" is at hand, and once the current slew of new entries is compiled, I'll be able to mildly re-edit the old ones, then create a two volume set mixing them all together. The original edition of the first Morbid Stories is, format-wise, not up to my modern standards, so it has to be remade anyways.

The first work of the year (which I am plowing through at high speed) is the "New and Complete Fortune Teller" (Also called the "New Dream Book.") This medium-length work dates to the dawn of the 19th century so that makes it one of the older fortune telling works. The vast bulk of its content is dream interpretation (almost 80 pages of it) followed by some divination by moles, some chartology by playing cards, and a much-shortened, simplistic oracle (called in this work a fortune table.) It fits in completely with the oracle and dream book traditions. In due time I need to create perhaps a book of books cataloging, categorizing, and explaining these intertwined traditions and their various literary cannibalism.

I hope to release a second work in January alongside the New Dream Book, but have not yet decided on which. I want to return to some alchemy soon also.