Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Grimoire Gathering 2010

Imprint are pleased to announce that we are supporting the Grimoire Gathering 2010.

The event is taking place on Saturday September 11 2010 in Shropshire on the Welsh Borders.
We will be selling books and our author Jake Stratton-Kent will be speaking on The True Grimoire.

The full line up for the day is:

David Cypher on Agrippa & the Four Books of Occult Philosophy
David Rankine on The Key of Solomon
Jake Stratton-Kent on the Grimorium Verum
Geraldine Beskin on Frederick Hockley, Magician

This promises to be a serious event, given the credentials of the speakers and the heritage of the organisers.
If you are a committed student or practitioner in the grimoire tradition this is an essential event.

The website for the event is still under construction, but tickets are available online now at a very reasonable £10 a head.


Friday, 19 March 2010


Cornwall is always going home. Not England, for those that don’t know. Sacred despite the secondhomes and pylons and clay tips and the reliably ugly architecture that the Methodists left us. A land which refuses to be tamed. A collision of raw elements, salt, sea, air, granite and the weeping blood of metals. It is no surprise that magick still thrives here, at the edges.

Speaking at the Pagan Federation South West was an opportunity for us to confront the false divide between pagans and magickians. Jack Parsons with his vision of The Witchcraft shows one solution to this problem. Certainly reciting the Hymn to Pan in its entirety did make some people very uncomfortable, which is just what it should do. But there were plenty of the 200 pagans in attendance who recognised and resonated to the call. It was a real recognition for us to hear our speeches described as the clearest exposition of traditional witchcraft they had ever heard by one of the elders of Cornish Witchcraft. We have much in common and much to learn from each other. For those who were unable to attend, we will be covering some of the same material in our presentation at Seattle this year. For those looking for Jack Parsons material then we can direct you to The Red Goddess and Parson’s now out of print essay collection Freedom is a Two-Edged Sword.

We were also able to have good conversations with the attendees on everything from Michelet to anarchism to Andrew Chumbley. Again we were able to meet more of our readers, and connect with them, something we feel is of real importance. Those who made the effort to travel the seven hours from London showed real devotion.

Good to also finally meet Ariel whose poetry will be appearing in Datura, and find her still as sprightly as when she was a slip of a girl and Philip K Dick slyly pinched her bottom.

For those who still believe paganism is wary of upsetting people, a fluffy option for the muddleheaded, then the appearance of Penglaz, a horse skull headed oss put that right. Averse pentagrams in the ritual, and a veritable nightmare on the loose showed a real resurgence of paganism is happening in Penwith. The same wild sense was present that we have felt at Padstow on May Day, at the bonfire in Lewes, and anywhere that misrule bursts forth. More of this is needed.

We felt very welcomed at the event and appreciated the sense of community which the PFSW have built up over the years. Our thanks also go to Levannah Morgan for the work she has put into this event, and for inviting us to speak.

The mountains were still crowned under the burden of snow as we crossed into Scotland. The other end of the island and another Celtic homeland. We would like to thank David and Geo Trevarthen for their hospitality, honey mead and stimulating conversation during our stay in the Borders.

The brothers and sisters who invited us into their farm to share food with them showed the warmth of their hearts. With my back to the spitting sparks of the wood burning stove I put forward some of the radical material which will find its way to print in XVI. The people we met here are survivors, living as they should, and receptive to the hard truths we proposed. We spoke deep into the night. Here was another living magical community who have supported our books from the first, it was important for us to make the effort and give something back to them. Plenty of magickal signs were there for us when we left from the hare lolloping and gyrating off through the wire fence to the barn owl ghosting across the road.

Before talking in Edinburgh we took the pilgrimage to visit Rosslyn. The Templars have all fled, and their Vinland progeny have worn the road smooth to the door. Most come clutching the most unreliable guidebook to the chapel, that is, after the bible. Rosslyn itself melts, the stone gone fondant soft. It was not built to last. Something the masons must have known as they carved every intricate inch with ambiguous flora and heretical fauna. A corrugated roof covers a structure gutted beneath the buttresses. The greened ceiling stonework is now stripped back. The floor torn up. Beneath the apprentice pillar? Dust. It seems more like a maze than a labyrinth, full of dead ends and false passages. The heresy is elsewhere now, a fluid and electrical phenomena discharging dramatically where it is least expected, the grail always carried onwards. Best to leave this curious building to the tourists for another two hundred years until it has been forgotten again and the magic has crept back in.

In Edinburgh we reprised our talks on The Witchcraft at the Wyrd Shop. The mixed audience of magicians and witches clustered into the room to hear us responded enthusiastically to our ideas. Another clear sign that the artificial divisions can be destroyed, that it is the animating revolutionary spirit of magick which endures. More connections have been made on this trip than we ever thought possible.

Geo took a photo of us on Canongate beneath the canting arms of a bone-fire. An apt symbol for our trip. There are fires burning and more fires to kindle from seemingly dry bones.

Opening the Petals

We have just posted an interview with Ruby Sara, the editor of the forthcoming anthology Datura on the Scarlet Imprint site.

Poetry is central to magick.

This is why:


Thursday, 4 March 2010

Underworld Apothecary

For those working with the Grimorium Verum and in need of magickal supplies we can recommend the Underworld Apothecary, an online botanica run by Jake Stratton-Kent.
Virtual doors have just opened on this underworld, with all the inks, oils, washes and powders needed for hoodoo or grimoire practice.

It is often difficult to find these supplies, especially in England where botanicas are rare. It is also important to be able to trust the people who are preparing and working with the herbs and substances. We can think of no better person than JSK in this respect, given his unrivalled knowledge and continuous practice. This is a personal recommendation from Scarlet Imprint.

Jake Stratton-Kent is the most notorious necromancer in England, with 37 years of experience working in the grimoire tradition.

A profile of JSK, interviews and published works can be found here

His second volume of the Encyclopaedia Goetica is in preparation and will be published by Scarlet Imprint in 2010.


Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Black Pilgrims

We are putting the finishing touches to our speeches for Cornwall and Scotland.
As ever, we enjoy the opportunity of actively engaging with our readers.
Simply publishing books is not enough, if we are to support the grassroots magickal revival.

Cornwall is close to our heart, one of the last vestiges of wild magic and witchcraft on an increasingly tracked and crowded island.
It is good to be able to speak to a pagan and witchcraft audience about the neglected work of Jack Parsons.
We see much in common between serious magick and serious witchcraft. Or if you are fluent in Cornish, 'proper-job witchcraft'.
This is also another opportunity to visit the Witchcraft Museum at Boscastle, an amazing resource, whose work we have long supported.

We will then be fleeing like displaced Templars to Scotland. For us it is a chance to follow in the footsteps of Earl Bothwell for reasons that will be clear to readers of The Red Goddess. Though the churchyard where he cursed James I with his coven is no longer there, the hungry sea remains. Rosslyn is also on our itinerary and has been on our pilgrimage list since before the atrocious prose of Dan Brown swamped it with credulous tourists.

If you want to attend these speaking events, please pre-book with our hosts, as space is limited.

Details are listed on our previous blog entries.

Subscribers will be receiving our much anticipated email for Datura on March 15.
If you are not on our list, do contact us to be added.