Friday, 4 April 2014

Occulture event announced: Here to Go II


 
Scarlet Imprint will be speaking and performing at the Here to Go II conference in Trondheim Norway on Friday May 30 and Saturday May 31 as part of the Meta.morf  Biennale for Art and Technology.

Here To Go: Art, Counter-Culture and the Esoteric is an ongoing symposium and book series focusing on what has generally come to be known as «occulture», and contemporary artistic endeavors within the cultic milieu. The symposium presents internationally recognized scholars and artists from various artistic, adademic and esoteric backgrounds to shed new light on this often overlooked and misunderstood anti-movement.

On the Friday eve Alkistis Dimech will be giving a Butoh performance entitled Volant evoking the figure(s) of the ecstatic-demoniac-witch, the ‘woman in flight’. This piece will be accompanied by industrial music pioneer Z'EV.



Full line up for the evening event: http://metamorf.no/?p=604

20:00 PEOPLE LIKE US (UK)
21:30 Z´EV w/ ALKISTIS DIMECH (US/UK)
23:00 COTTON FEROX w/ ANGELA EDWARDS (SE/UK)


On the Saturday both Alkistis Dimech and Peter Grey will be giving presentations:

The Sabbatic Dance: Butoh’s interior landscape and the terrain of Witchcraft
Butoh is explicitly concerned with the body of flesh (nikutai) as the limen through which an interior realm is brought forth and revealed. This act of poïesis by the carnal body is analogous to the orgiastic dance of the witches, the core ritual expression in the mythos of the medieval sabbat. This talk will explore the common topography of Butoh and witchcraft as Alkistis has charted it in her magical and artistic praxis.

Secrecy and Revelation: A new vision of talismanic books
The book can function as an empowered magical object, but what is the process and purpose of creating such artifacts in a disenchanted culture?
Peter Grey lays out not a history, but a new vision of the talismanic book in a world obsessed with ideas of authenticity but bereft of meaning.

The full line-up for the day: http://metamorf.no/?p=602


 
10:00 – Martin Palmer: HTG2014 Opening Remarks
10:15 – Carl Abrahamsson: Paul Bowles: Expat magic
10:45 – Vicki Bennett: ‘We Edit Life’ – a journey through cut and paste collage creations by audio-visual artist Vicki Bennett (aka People Like Us)
11:30 – Break
11:45 – Z’EV: The 3-Fold Ear and the Energies of Enthusiasm
12:30 – Alkistis Dimech: The Sabbatic Dance: Butoh’s interior landscape and the terrain of Witchcraft
13:00 – Lunch and book launch
14:00 – Peter Grey: Secrecy and Revelation: A New Vision of Talismanic Books
14:30 – Angela Edwards: Taking Fine Art into the Esoteric Context in Action
15:00 – Break
15:15 – Jesper Aagaard Petersen: Operatiaon Mindfuck, Viking Edition: How Fear of the Satanic and Cartoon Exoticism Fueled the Prank of the Century
16:00 – Martin Palmer: HTG2014 Closing Remarks / Q&A

We would like to publically thank Carl Abrahamsson and Martin Palmer for making this happen.

We are very much looking forward to this event and our first visit to Norway.





Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Testament of Cyprian the Mage fine bound edition

First pictures of the fine bound edition of The Testament of Cyprian the Mage by Jake Stratton-Kent. We are delighted with the binding, a quarter vellum with double marble boards, slipcased and ribboned.

This luxurious edition is designed to complete the set of vellum bindings that comprise the Encyclopaedia Goetica series.

This is of course complimented by the standard hardback starry heaven edition and the soon to be released Bibliotheque Rouge paperback and digital editions (approx two to three weeks).

Full details of this important release can be seen here: http://www.scarletimprint.com/testamentofcyprianthemage.html

All pre-ordered copies will be sent this week.







 
Our congratulations to Jake Stratton-Kent on his acheivement and thanks to our readers for their ongoing support of our work at Scarlet Imprint. 


Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Scarlet Imprint: New Title - Tara Morgana




Dear Friends,
We are pleased to announce that our latest title,Tara Morgana, by Paul Holman, is available for pre-order in standard hardback and fine editions.  

Tara Morgana is a work of pure magical writing. The title comes from the fusion of the Tibetan devi with Morgan Le Fay who is pursued as a mirage throughout this haunting text. Part magical diary, part dreamscape, part Situationist dérive through the landscape, Tara Morgana is an enigmatic record of ritual practice from the poet, whose work has been described as: indefinable ... laconic, occultist, and attached to the line of revolutionary and subversive yearnings. This is not a book about magic, rather, it is a magical book. Contemplation of the work reveals a wealth of hidden treasures, or as Holman says, each dreamed text is a terma in the mind.
Paul Holman is a lucid poet whose writing, with its concise yet elusive energy, takes us down into the tunnels, ghosts broken urban spaces where decay is overwritten with the ingress of the wild. He encounters denizens of the underworld, the magical subculture and down and outs. It is a work of echoes and memories whose reflections coalesce in dreams that can be recovered and manifest in the present. In his Afterword, Holman spells out aspects of the artistic and magical method he employs.
The book is splintered by a sequence of photographic images: glimpsed spirit portraits, apparitions captured in the play and decay of light, giving it an otherworldly aspect. Tara Morgana is a truly esoteric and numinous text, a beautifully realised work that leads us on two parallel journeys of poetry and image, through the world and work of living magical artists. Both poet and photographer are engaged in games of chance and fate, applied as a discipline to the creative process. It is precisely this rigour that gives both an intensity and a gnomic quality to their respective works.

This is a text to be spoken aloud. Mystical conjunction of word and image are resolved in breath and voice. The act of anagnosis opens the reader to the magical operation through the transformative medium of sound, and returns us to the mystery of beginning(s) and becoming(s). As Holman writes in The Memory of the Drift:

‘I had no choice
but to undo the spell
which language had cast
upon me when, in
the days of autonomia,
I first met one by whom I
was to be consumed
and then made
afresh: she taught me
that an operation
performed upon the
tongue must transform
the world.’

The text is introduced by Andrew Duncan, a respected poet and cultural critic, and by Peter Grey, giving insights into both the literary and magical character of Holman's work.
Paul Holman has been engaged for some twenty years upon The Memory of the Drift, a shifting but ultimately circular work which is both a record of operations and a process in itself.
Four previously issued sections were gathered in paperback by Shearsman Books in 2007. Tara Morgana is book five, but this work stands alone. He co-edited the Invisible Books imprint with Bridget Penney through the 1990s, publishing work by Bill Griffiths, Stewart Home, Veronica Forrest-Thomson and others. He is a long-standing member of the Field Study mail art group.

Paul Lambert is a photographer of found situations. His images are the result of finding rather than waiting, discovering rather than creating. The photographs themselves are kept as raw as possible, with little or no enhancement or manipulation. In his collaboration for Tara Morgana he shows a secret side of the city, captures spirits emerging and the dramatic tensions of light and shadow, during what became a two month photographic odyssey. He states that ‘In theory there are infinite journeys but in practice only one...The lens in skilfull hands functions as the third eye.'






Contents

Andrew Duncan: Her stomach crammed with nettles ...
Peter Grey: His feet neither bound nor free
I: Magnetic sword
II: And all in armour
III: "Hours, clouds, ghosts"
IV: Births give cataclysms
V: "Daisy and Mollie"
VI: "The memory of a bewildering romance"
VII: In a dead tone
VIII: "Worn out, washed out, clouds"
IX: "A call of spirits"
X: Dustless and space pervading
Afterword


The standard hardback edition

231 exemplars
Large octavo (160 x 240 mm), landscape format, 112pp and bound in a fine ivory cloth.
The boards are stamped with a Blue She-Wolf device as guardian of the book, as is the dust jacket.
£40 plus postage.

UK pre-order

European pre-order

 
USA, Canada and Worldwide pre-order


The fine edition

40 exemplars
Quarter bound in black morocco, ivory cloth boards embossed with the device of the Blue She-Wolf, and custom marbled endpapers.
All edges silvered, and finished with a silk ribbon marker. The book is presented in a slipcase.
£160 plus postage.

UK pre-order

European pre-order

USA, Canada and Worldwide pre-order

We expect to ship pre-ordered copies of this title in the second half of April with the fine edition to follow.
If you have any problems with the links, the information can be seen on our website here: www.scarletimprint.com/taramorgana.html


Other book news

Thank you for your many emails congratulating JSK on his latest work. We hope to see many of you at the second launch party at Labyrinth Books to celebrate the culmination of his monumental Encyclopaedia Goetica in Glastonbury on the eve of the Occult Conference.
We can confirm that the fine edition of The Testament of Cyprian the Mage is being finished at the binders and we will email those who have reserved copies as soon as we have a shipping date for this.
Finally we can announce that Bibliotheque Rouge editions of The Testament of Cyprian the Mage and Serpent Songs will be available in approximately three weeks time.  


With Love,

Peter and Alkistis


Thursday, 27 February 2014

Testament of Cyprian the Mage Launch Parties



Dear Friends,

A reminder that we have two upcoming launch parties for Jake Stratton-Kent's Testament of Cyprian the Mage.






The first is this Saturday, March 1 2014 starting at 7pm at the world famous Atlantis Bookshop on Museum Street London. The wine will inevitably be flowing.
If you would like to attend, please send an rsvp to atlantis@theatlantisbookshop.com

We are delighted by the ongoing support that Atlantis have offered to Scarlet Imprint, and the  denizens of occult London and farther afield who choose to come and partake in the celebrations with us.   

 

If you have never attended a launch, please don't be shy, it is a relaxed atmosphere in which to socialise, and we are always welcoming to new faces. Please introduce yourselves to us.




 
A second launch party will occur on the eve before The Occult Conference in Glastonbury (#sefcon)
on Friday March 21 at Labyrinth Books, undoubtedly the best bookshop in the vale of Avalon.
Details of these and other events are on our website here: http://www.scarletimprint.com/events.htm

Jake will of course be in attendance at both events signing books. 

These are a brace of books very much worth celebrating, making Jake Stratton Kent arguably the most important magician of his generation. He has rendered an incredible service to the spirits, our understanding of magical history and the future direction of our tradition. Goetia has been restored to the status that it deserves.

We look forward to seeing you at these events. 

http://www.scarletimprint.com/testamentofcyprianthemage.html

Friday, 21 February 2014

Bruxaria: A Manifesto of Apocalyptic Witchcraft - Portuguese translation


 A Manifesto of Apocalyptic Witchcraft - Portuguese translation

1      Se a terra está envenenada,  a bruxaria deve responder.

2      Não é o nosso modo de vida, mas a própria vida que está ameaçada.

3      A  bruxaria é a nossa ligação íntima à teia da vida.

4      Nós somos a bruxaria.

5      O nosso mundo mudou para sempre.
        Os caminhos percorridos não correspondem.
        A bruxaria singra neste reino limiar, lunar e sem trilhos.

6      Somos tempestade, fogo e sangue.

7      Não seremos negados.

8      A bruxaria é o recurso dos despoderados, dos famintos e dos abusados.

9      Se não tens preço, não poderás ser comprado.
        Se não queres,  não poderás ser subornado.
        Se não temes, não poderás ser controlado.

10    A bruxaria é magia popular, a magia das gentes para as gentes.

11    Chamamos o fim da pretensa respeitabilidade.

12     Não nos desarmaremos.

13     Estamos em Guerra.

14     Escolhe, então,  tornar-te uma Máscara.

15     Os sem nada a perder,  ousarão tudo.

16      Existe uma bruxaria, sob muitos nomes.
          Há um só sabat, numa só montanha.
          Há muitas maneiras de voar.
          Não há espectadores no sabat.
  
17     A bruxaria é uma força,  não uma ordem.
         A bruxaria é rizomática, não hierárquica.
         A bruxaria desafia a organização,  não o significado.
         Nós tão-somente estamos marcados

18     A bruxaria é poder,  tido no êxtase,  no sexo e na provação.

19     A bruxaria é a sexualidade selvagem.
         Na bruxaria é a mulher que inicia.
         Desafiamos o homem a ser um igual a esta mulher.

20      A bruxaria é a arte da intenção.

21      A bruxaria é a beleza, que é terror.

22      A bruxaria traz de trás o mito, e veste os símbolos do (seu) tempo.
          A bruxaria não confunde mito e história, dispõe deles para transformar o futuro.
          A bruxaria conhece o chão que pisa.

23      A bruxaria honra os espíritos.
          A bruxaria encanta os perdidos.
          A bruxaria não esquece.

24      A bruxaria incorpora os nossos antepassados e santos, e traz-nos com eles.

25      A Ela é oferecido o sangue,  a nós,  o cuidado da cinza e dos ossos.

26      O exemplo que seguimos é o nosso.

27      A prática da bruxaria é a da revolução e a do poder da mulher.

28      A deusa que fala através de nós,  é conhecida pelos homens como Babalon.

29      A bruxaria concerna o mistério.
          Pelos portões do mistério atingimos o conhecimento.
          O conhecimento entra-nos pelo corpo.
          A forma mais alta deste conhecimento é o Amor.

30      Cada gota de sangue é sacrificada ao graal.
          O Amor não pode ser comprado com nenhuma outra moeda.

31      Buscamos e bebemos este vinho juntos.

32      A vontade é finita, a paixão renovada infinitamente.

33      A bruxaria é presente, ensanguentada e vivificada.
          A bruxaria é presciente, olha para o futuro.
          A bruxaria é oracular, não perderá a sua língua.
          O nosso tempo chegou.

 
Translation credit: Violeta F.C

Delighted to see this appearing in other languages.

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Testament of Cyprian the Mage: First pictures

These are the first pictures of the much anticipated Testament of Cyprian the Mage by Jake Stratton-Kent.







We had expected the books to arrive with us on Friday 14 but a powercut at our printer in Wales has delayed them. For those not in the UK, we have been experiencing climate chaos here, but all being well we now expect the books to arrive on Wednesday February 19.



We did however receive a box of ten sets of the books this morning and wanted to share some pictures with you all. We are very pleased with how they have turned out and are sure that you will be too.












It will be a busy week for us packing and sending out the pre-ordered copies so replies to emails may take a little longer than usual. We will send an email out to all our customers who are awaiting their copies to confirm that their books are on the way.

For those who are concerned, we can reassure you that Scarlet Imprint is safely above the floodwaters. 

Full details of the title can be found here: http://www.scarletimprint.com/testamentofcyprianthemage.html

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Cyprian the Mage update

A quick update on progress with The Testament of Cyprian the Mage by Jake Stratton-Kent. This week we received and approved the running sheets for the title. Two massive stacked slabs resplendent in red and black ink. Delighted with the printing and our continued partnership with our Welsh printer. This level of quality is yet another reason why we do not print in China. The detail is exquisite, and very necessary for elements such as the images from the fine pen of Oliver Liebeskind. As you would expect by now the paper is also exceptional. We will be approving the cover blocking and dustjacket presently.   

The book blocks have been sewn and the fine editions are now in preparation. We will keep you up to date with this and announce when we have a shipping date.

The standard edition on the other hand should be with us in the week commencing February 10. This has been a longer pre-order than usual for us, but is only ten days later than our projected shipping date of late January.

UPDATED: Printer suffered 24 hour power cut, expected books but not going to arrive with us now until Wednesday 19. Nothing we can do about this. Climate collapse is breaking the infrastructure. Apologies for the delay.


We are exceptionally pleased with this brace of books and are sure that you will be too. Pictures will of course follow.

Having dealt with the physical nature of the book we note that this has been a massive project for us. The books have taken six months of almost continuous work for us at Scarlet Imprint, which is a huge commitment of time and energy. This concludes the three volume Encyclopaedia Goetica cycle which began with The True Grimoire.



What needs to be stressed is that Jake Stratton-Kent has done something truly remarkable with these books. As an independent scholar and practitioner he has reframed our entire understanding of the Western Magical Tradition, placing the most maligned and misunderstood aspect of it - the grimoires - into a context that reveals them not as late aberrations but as the single continuous thread of tradition that we possess. This understanding will have profound implications for the understanding and practice of goetia, magic and witchcraft from this point onwards. He has also emphasised the importance of the dead in a living tradition, the necessity of a spirit focussed approach,  and championed the New World traditions not as cultures to be pillaged but as exemplars of living practice from which we can learn how to rebuild our own.




We offer our public gratitude to Jake for all that he has acheived, often in difficult circumstances. He also concludes these works with a challenge to those who read his works to pursue the many avenues that he has opened. This may be a Testament, but the Work continues.

While you are waiting for your books we would also like to share this interview between Jake and Gordon of the thought provoking runesoup website to listen to at your leisure.



Launch parties for The Testament of Cyprian the Mage are confirmed and we would be delighted for you to join us either at Atlantis Bookshop in London on March 1 or Labyrinth Books in Glastonbury on Friday March 21. Full details on our events page here: http://www.scarletimprint.com/events.htm