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The Goetia is the most famous grimoire after the Key of Solomon. The owner of this handbook of sorcery was Dr. Thomas Rudd, the most important scholar-magician of the early seventeenth century, and a magical successor to Dr. John Dee.
The Goetia of Dr. Rudd explains how the 72 angels of the Shemhamphorash are used to evoke and safely bind demons—material that has not been made available in any previous edition. This rare volume contains a transcription of a hitherto unpublished manuscript of the Lemegeton and includes illustrations drawn from rare manuscripts held in the British Library.
Over the last thousand years there have been several distinct streams of Western magical practice. Running parallel are the grimoires, which focus on preparation and complex procedures to produce effective communication and interaction with spiritual beings, and the Books of Secrets, full of simple techniques using easily available ingredients. Both of these traditions have influenced many of the more recent magical traditions and practices that have developed in recent centuries. However, until recently the importance of the early Book of Secrets tradition has been largely ignored. Here magician David Rankine explains the rich, magical history behind these books.
Until nearly the end of the Twentieth Century, most neuroscientists believed that once a human brain was formed in childhood, it would remain pretty much the same throughout its life. in the 1980s, however, scientists changed their minds about brain change. We now know that the brain not only can rewire itself very quickly, it can also grow new cells. What does this have to do with Magick? Philip H. Farber, author of Brain Magick: Exercises in Meta-Magick and Invocation, explains.
Llewellyn is the worldwide leader in publishing and distributing the widest range of occult and New Age information. Simply put, nobody produces more material for this community than Llewellyn. Llewellyn has continually strived to publish books for all levels of students, from the beginner to the advanced. To that end, Llewellyn is proud to distribute intermediate and advanced occult and magick books from the Golden Hoard Press, featuring exclusive illustrated, hardcover editions of important grimoires and rare esoteric texts. From Enochian Magick to Feng Shui, Donald Michael Kraig discusses the first Golden Hoard Books that represent the start of this powerful relationship.
We may be the only self-aware physical beings on Earth (although, I’m not certain octopi wouldn’t give us a run for our money), but there are other places besides Earth. I’m not suggesting we discuss aliens, which may or may not exist and may or may not even visit Earth (although, I rather doubt it), but in a conversation on magic, it is crucial to discuss entities with non-physical bodies—beings...
Most magicians have a routine they follow prior to casting a spell: creating a ritual space, casting a circle, and consulting a Book of Shadows. From where do these practices come? David Rankine, co-author of The Veritable Key of Solomon, discusses how the Key of Solomon helped shape ritual as we know it today.
The Great Occult Schism
Have you ever noticed there is a distinct separation between modern Western occultism (i.e. Wicca, Thelema, Golden Dawn, Theosophy, the New Age, etc.) and the indigenous occultism practiced by the rest of the world? Our techniques are different in fundamental ways, and (historically) both sides have suffered from various... read this article