Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The Mythology of Ancient Britain and Ireland: Now Available!

This short work is yet another creation series entry; essentially in part supplementary to Anwyl's "Celtic Religion" in the same set. It is partially linguistic in nature and traces the development of post-christian British Isle spiritual systems and folklore (especially in the Arthurian sense) from prior religious figures; namely, deities of various sorts.

The origin stories of both Britain and Ireland are also explored in some detail, and the work is, as a whole, quite well made.

55 pages.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

The Mythologies of Ancient Mexico and Peru: Now Available!

This is yet another edition from the creation series of the early 20th century; and indeed it is one of the best pieces within the set.

The entire first chapter meanders through the concept of pre-columbian Nordic or Irish influence on Northeastern tribes in the Americas and then differentiates that with the Mexican )Aztec) and Peruvian (Inca) cultures. The two are then expounded on at length and largely contrasted; for example while the Aztecs probably sacrificed hundreds of thousands of people during their extremely brief period of existence as a local empire, the Inca rarely engaged in the practice. At all times this work compares both cultures to Christianity (as was the habit in the early 1900s) and exhibits a somewhat sympathetic view towards both cultures.

55 pages.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Swedenborg and the Sapienta Angelica: Now Available!

This intermediate-length text is essentially three short works in one; the first third of the work is an autobiography of Emanuel Swedenborg and the second a brief overview of some of his more important works. In both, there are bits of his overarching philosophy listed and described briefly. The final section is a fairly lengthy bibliographic appendix listing both his works and the works of those about him available at the time.

The man himself is rather an enigma; he began receiving religiously themed visions and dreams and abandoned secular philosophy, inventing, and basic science, in favor of theological and spiritually philosophical work, which he wrote profusely. A small religious sect has sprung up around his teachings (which adherents appear to regard similarly to how Mormons see Joseph Smith.) His detractors consider Swedenborg to be either opportunist or madman. However, his genius cannot be denied; he developed the basic idea of neurons long before modern studies of the brain and was notable in his engineering finesse.

86 pages.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Christ Or Buddha? Now Available!

This short work of Rosicrucian lore essentially serves one purpose; to differentiate Eastern and Western occultism, favoring the latter and refuting the concept that- at least in the Rosicrucian path- Buddha or Eastern esoteric concepts held supremacy over the conception of Jesus Christ.

When we analyze this work it is important to note that it was a fairly common criticism of occult movements at the time that they were not Christ-centric enough; Heindel's prescribed work here (through Annett Rich) is an answer to the concerns of religious folk at the time. I must personally note that the initial manuscript was riddled with typographical errors and grammar mistakes and I redacted them all.

36 pages.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

General Update: The Final Stretch And Amazon's Slow Processing Times

Alright everyone time for a new general update!

Editing by and large has been going about as normal, but you might have noticed a slowdown in actual work output... why?

Well the answer is simple; Amazon used to process files and give them their check for copyright etc within 72 hours of file uploads; at a maximum this meant a week to finalize everything because even if it got a copyright double-check, only another three days at most was needed, since it takes me at most five to ten minutes to respond to copyright queries, as I always keep links to the source files just in case of such a thing.

Now, 72 hours is less than the MINIMUM time it takes for the file to either be accepted or queried by Amazon; it's usually closer to five working days; in other words, a whole week. The book I posted here yesterday had taken no less than ten days to process and be allowed. Edition 280- "Christ or Buddha"- is as we speak still being reviewed, and will also take at least nine days total; it got a copyright query, thus at least doubling the review time.

While I can understand Amazon slowing down some of its services due to pandemic, I am still flabbergasted why all these large tech firms (Youtube and Facebook also) can't seem to keep pace with things using a remote workforce; moderation staff tend to be offshored anyways, and can work from home. Delivery times are so slow that paperback sales collapsed for several weeks (and have partly recovered now) necessitating I release a couple dozen new works on KDP to make ends meet; while this worked, it was a hassle.

In happier news I just got done with the 281st work so I am now in the final stretch of completing the third and final mandatory part of my extremely long term literary crusade. Once I hit the 300th edited work, I intend to take some time just to organize files and even longer-term projects both authored and edited, because after that I can take it a bit more easy. I also want to compile works within occult subgenres to provide collected critical editions with more notes, fleshed out bibliographic material, and commentary.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

The Mystical Interpretation of Christmas: Now Available!

This short work is another by Heindel, a decidedly Rosicrucian, and sometimes quite odd, title, comprised of five short lectures which range from a basic refutation of outright atheistic skepticism, to an embracing of the concept of earth spirits (salamanders, fairies, etc) a la Hermetic lore.

It is quite good; the symbolism of Christmas is covered in brief but comprehensive detail- the holiday of course goes beyond just its base pagan roots, as well as well beyond its Christianized form, either then in the early 20th century, or now in the early 21st.

29 pages.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Mysteries of the Great Operas: Now Available!

This is one of the best works I have edited thus far; and since I am rapidly approaching 280 edited works in total, that's not insubstantial.

Max Heindel, a Rosicrucian when he wrote this work, needs little introduction since his name is up in the ranks of Crowley or Steiner in terms of notoriety; suffice to say this little volume provides interesting- it not always invariably accurate- analysis of the symbolic and spiritual meaning of five significant operas according to a generally Rosicrucian and always occult frame of mind.

These operas are all explicitly and objectively spiritual anyways, and Heindel has managed to show their symbolic overlap with his own metaphor-rich spiritual system.

115 pages.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

The Religion of Ancient Greece: Now Available!

This little book is one of dozens of Creation Series titles made available in the early 20th century. I have edited about half a dozen prior; this one is definitely more academic even than the prior few, and delves at several points into the difference between Greek religion as conceived of in the then-recent past, and the then-modern period according to archaeology. Zeus here is just Zeus; not Jupiter, not an interchangeable deity from latter days as many modern voices believed.

It contains a fairly lengthy exposition on the major deities of Greek religion and their basic back-stories and is invaluable, potentially, to any pagan delving into the same.

43 pages.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

The Religion of Ancient Egypt: Now Available!

This is yet another of the works from the creation series of the early 20th century. It is as rigorous and dense as the prior edition on Assyria and Babylon; much of the content is a very detailed list of major deities, their basic histories, and a bit of their evolution over time (Egyptian religion is far from homogeneous- it continued to develop longer than any other system because of the longevity of Egypt as a various empire and regional power.)

Some detail on sacred writings and home practice involved with daily Egyptian life is also given.

62 pages.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria: Now Available!

This work is one of the most dense entries in the esteemed "Creation Series"- a series which contains as well several other works I have edited. It is mostly linguistic, but is also a work of religious history, and dwells mostly on some of the more important spiritual figures within the Babylonian/Sumerian pantheon. We must of course recognize that it was written long before Gobekli Tepe was discovered so the human timeline then basically terminated with Sumeria.

It is wonderful that this book admits to the Sumerian-Babylonian backdrop of Judaism (and thence Christianity) even while it occasionally refers to Genesis specifically.

83 pages.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

The Time Has Come: Most Titles to Become Available via Kindle

As people may have seen, shipping times on Amazon have become completely insane; I bought a book a couple days ago, and the expected shipping time is in late April.

The current pandemic has turned people into fearful slaves, and unfortunately those of us still awake have no choice but to play along, in order to make ends meet.

As such, I have begun exporting my paperback files to digital. There is, of course, no wait time on delivery for these ebook sales; ebooks are inferior to paperbacks in most ways; a paperback does not magically go away because of a power outage or because some tech firm asserted proprietary rights over your book on its device because you are suspected of wrongthink for political reasons.

However it is clear that if I am to continue into this dark age, which has now grown darker due to human ignorance and the willingness of people to allow governments to do dumb things in the name of progress, or pandemic control, I have no option but to finally move titles to digital.

It will take several weeks. I have moved all my authored works already but it takes a couple days to process.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Magic and Fetishism: Now Available!

This is a very dense little work which is almost entirely comprised of notes and segments on African and Asian tribal groups and their use of physical objects in a ritual context, often as little charms or "fetishes" as they were termed then. Importantly, the modern (and sexual) use of this term does not here apply.

Some of the stories are outright humorous; most of them are fairly academic- it is nice to note that this work managed to exclude some of the supremacism often found in contemporary works and seeks to simply list the usages involved; these range from good luck charms, to totemic sorts of rites, to those involving war, success, and protection from disease.

69 pages.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The Idea of God in Early Religions: Now Available!

This work is one of the main texts crafted by FB Jevons; a relatively well known academic in his day, who managed to create, here, a work which would remain relevant after a century- it is a combination of strict religious history with linguistic anthropology; a fascinating field that most would benefit from studying at least in a basic sense.

Religious evolution is explored here; the development of polytheism, the difference between a "god" in the community sense and the personal daemon or fetish, and other related topics. It refers to numerous other works and is rigorously academic.

116 pages.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Poems of Paganism: Now Available!

This little collection of poems is essentially about romance and love and extols the virtues of the pagan; some of this is archaicism- the language used is deliberately made to sound older than the late 19th century, in which everything pagan (in the sense of the Roman, Egyptian, Greek, and Norse, mostly) was considered commendable.

The collection itself is quite good; the poetry is highly listenable and easy to recite should one be intrigued by the idea. Much like the fascination of occultists with theater in this same era, poetry was perhaps a close second right behind in terms of use.

59 pages.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Religions of Ancient China: Now Available!

While it is quite short, this booklet manages to condense thousands of years of Chinese religious history into a very few pages- noting, of course, that its original format doubled the page length, as such literature tended to do in its era.

It traces the progression (if we may term it that) from ancestor worship and spiritism through Confucius, Taoism, materialistic movements, and the then-modern era. It's well written, although we may place it more with rigorous history than with stringently occult titles, as it contains a multitude of dates and spiritual developments.

48 pages.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Frays Golden Recipes: Now Available!

At the dawn of the 19th century, most popular domestic tip books contained ritual magic or at least prayers and explicit superstition. By the time of this particular work in the late 19th century, those had disappeared leaving herbal medicine, simple tips, recipes, and so forth; indeed, the path from grimoire, to this type of text, to modern woodcrafting and recipe books is fascinating.

It contains a slew of herbal remedies for disease and injury, as well as tips for basic issues such as illness in livestock and so forth- although some of the remedies are not a great idea, some of them remain in alternative medicine even today. It ought to be noted that this booklet had a very long printing run; I have seen scans of editions post-dating this one by 20 years.

66 pages.

Friday, February 28, 2020

The Indigenous Drugs of India: Now Available!

This intermediate-length medical work is one part anthropological text, one part recipe book, and one part good medical history. About 90% of the entries here are herbal; but it lists some minerals and chemical compounds and even a couple of insect species, all of which were apparently sold through the Indian subcontinent as medical materials in the 1860s.

The fascinating blend of scientific rigor with what amounts to folklore here is spectacular; I'm a bit of a sucker for such works since I studied anthropology myself; the occultist may find this text useful since it is basically derived from a blend of ayurvedic, islamic, and pan-european medical practices and explicitly involves the spiritual side of life (which tends to be the case whenever mortality is addressed.) It contains both local and Latin terminology.

135 pages.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Abraham Lincoln the Practical Mystic: Now Available!

"Abraham Lincoln, the Practical Mystic", is one of the most odd works I have come across. A fusion of anecdotes and folklore with Lincoln worship, WWI era Germanophobia, and some really great actual story-telling, it is very much worth a read for historical and occult reasons.

Lincolns' dream interpretation has been the subject in and of itself of multiple books; this work manages to take that concept and condense it along with his religiosity, while relegating Abe Lincoln to a sort of American demi-god, literally proclaiming him to be a Moses-like visionary.

52 pages.

Friday, February 14, 2020

The Occult Family Physician: Now Available!

This fairly long book is a tome of medical and herbal lore which combines multiple distinct elements of literature into one semi-condensed volume. Often, in the 19th century, the Materia Medica was separate from social tracts or only contained herbs and their uses or recipes. This contains all of the above, as well as dietary content, all from the backdrop of the botanic method, which stressed proper living, "natural" remedies, and was altogether an objective improvement on the prior era of mercury based medicine, antimonial injections into wounds, and other pseudo-alchemical snake oil.

It is interesting to note that by this time, while lobelia (formerly heralded as a sort of cure-all) was continued in use for many complaints, it had lost ground against chamomile, st johns wort, artemesia absinthium, and a few other species which were rising in prominence.

Of interest as well here is a short tract against onanism ("self pollution"!) and material involving spiritism.

307 pages.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Jacobs Rod: Now Available!

This is a text in two parts; first a translated late 17th century work by Baritel, then an "addendum" (really its own short work) by the translator, regarding mesmeric and dowsing experiments by his wife and him and various energetic lore related to finding mines or water using a hazel rod or the use of "mesmeric passes."

The second text is oddly more fun than the first in this compiled work, but Baritels' own text is definitely worth a read, since it speaks at length on the concept of energized water among other arcane topics.

113 pages.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Fifteen Lectures on Medical Botany: Now Available!

The 1830s represent an interesting period in medical history in which the old mercury and leeches of the system of Galen were replaced by botanical and "simples"-based medical practice until the era of fully "rational" chemical and biological science began a half century later. The essential premise here is that former medical practice was dangerous (objectively true) and botanical treatment superior and more "godly" (debatable.) What I do not debate is that administering lobelia or capsicum is "probably" safer than dosing people up on mercury, antimony, or dangerously powerful emetics.

186 pages.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The Lost Keys of Freemasonry: Now Available!

This is the second piece of literature ever crafted by Manly P Hall. It is a very good guide to the basic premise of Freemasonry- the symbolic tale of Hiram Abiff forms the basic symbolic core of its tenets, along with some other themes explored herein. It is notable that Hall was not a Mason at the time of writing this work but was apparently applauded by the order anyways, despite barely being an adult.

There is an interpretation of the fabled Emerald Tablet of Hermes here that is notable as well.

78 pages.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

The Initiates of the Flame: Now Available!

Manly P Hall is a fairly famous name in mysticism and was a prolific author, whose works were hashed around in various compilations and in stand-alone booklet form for a half century. This is his very first literary entry, penned when he was barely an adult, back during the roaring twenties.

It is essentially a broad work of philosophy and initiation and forms the backbone of his lifes' literary works- rendering everything to the occult, and to the overarching concept, we might say, of the great work itself. It is fully re-illustrated by our usual Rita Metzner, whose work can be seen here on her Instagram page. The symbols of Freemasonry and associated orders are, here, explained fairly fully, and it goes on to expound upon alchemy, among other topics. Highly recommended.

69 pages.

Myths and Legends of Flowers, Trees, Fruits, and Plants: Now Available!

This excellent book is full length and contains a laundry list of fascinating legend and folklore about botanical species- it specifically dwells a lot on Greco-Roman, Arthurian, and then modern (largely European, sometimes American) lore. It is of great interest noting how humans have lopsidedly created stories about some species so much more than others; the rose, the oak, and maize especially.

It's hard to single out a story that was my own favorite because there are so many; Saint Patrick of course comes to mind; the explanatory story of how he converted Ireland involves explaining the trinity using a shamrock as opposed to conversion by force (I like the fictional, botanical account better.)

266 pages.

Monday, January 13, 2020

A Call for Help on Amazon

Whether because they have shifted (hopefully temporarily) their algorithms on site related to search, or because of some sort of direct suppression of my content in the same, my paperback sales on Amazon collapsed on the 10th of January, with an over 50% reduction in total output. Digital sales have not seemingly been affected. This indicates a high chance of the former; Amazon has altered its algorithms for some search terms and some of my works have been buried beneath competitors which are more expensive, as Amazon prioritizes cash flow.

Sometimes you will have random days where sales drop precipitously, but never for three days running. Something is afoot. When things are afoot I don't get upset, I look for solutions.

Since Amazons algorithms are in part based on the ratings and reviews present on works, at this time, I ask everyone who has purchased any of my works to leave an honest rating and if possible a short review of the work. Kindly note (I'm talking to you, KDP staff!) I am not asking for fake reviews or for anyone to game the system; only those who have actually purchased my works, to take a few minutes to help out an entirely independent creator who has released over 260 distinct works on Amazon thus far.

To be clear this hurdle will not stop me from continuing the work of releasing more books- but it might cause me to look into additional literary avenues. As always, a main-line tech firms' own decisions hazard the loyalty of its creator base; Amazon has always had my support in part because it was so irreplaceable- but as we all know, profitability is a big basis for that determination. For me, even more, it is a spiritual quest to protect and expand occult knowledge.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Esoteric Buddhism: Now Available!

AP Sinnett is the author of this fascinating book- his probably most well known, and one of the better written.

The number of topics covered within it are vast but there are two especially which concern the modern occultist perhaps most of all; the treatment of nirvana, devachan, and the general concept of the afterlife and reincarnation cycle first and foremost, and second to it, a bit about the history of the central Buddha of Buddhism itself. Some of the concepts elaborated on by Sinnett were, here, for the first time, de-westernized, that is, understood in the sense that Easterners actually practiced Buddhism. On some other topics, the mark is missed, but the work itself is quite good.

The fervent absorption of Eastern lore not previously understood or in some cases even quantified by the European and American spheres had begun in fervor by the 1880s.

173 pages.

Monday, January 6, 2020

American Medicinal Leaves and Herbs: Now Available!

This interesting little work is another of the botanically important circulations produced at the dawn of the 20th century by the US Department of Agriculture- it is fully illustrated by Rita Metzner, whose Instagram you can see here. It lists over 30 species of note that grow within the region of the continental United States- mostly native plant life, with a few European garden escapees. The number of uses is quite large; from expectorants and purgatives to general balms. That is all secondary however as the work was mainly meant for farmers and rural dwellers to be able to identify and exploit species in order to prevent continued US reliance on imports of plant material which were used within a clinical setting as medicine in an era before modern standards and preparations.

67 pages.