Monday, 18 January 2010

Babalon and the Witchcraft

Peter Grey and Alkistis Dimech will be speaking at the Pagan Federation Spring Conference on Saturday March 6 in Bude, Cornwall.
We are delighted to accept this invitation to speak to a Pagan audience on Babalon and the Witchcraft.



This will be an hour long presentation entitled Darker than you think, covering the Babalon Working and beyond, placing Jack Parsons in the context of a Witchcraft he began to articulate before his death. We will also be presenting our own Work in the light of this tradition.

Magic and witchcraft remain strong in the West, and we look forward to meeting more of our readers at this event.

This is a well organised and established event taking place in a 19th century Manor House.
Accomodation is available for those travelling down to the event.

The Museum of Witchcraft at Boscastle will be opening specially on the Sunday for conference attendees. We would recommend taking the trip to see the Richel Collection, library and mandrakes.

More information on the conference can be found here:

http://www.paganfederationdevonandcornwall.co.uk/pages/conference2010.htm

Friday, 15 January 2010

Diabolical heretic edition

Diabolical heretic edition
Fine bound
66 exemplars



We are delighted to share with you the first photos of the heretic edition of Diabolical.

Each book is quarter bound in black morroco, as goat is the appropriate spirit offering
for such an infernal collection.
The boards are finished in a virulent marbled paper in blood, coal and burning orange
which has been specially commissioned for this title.
Cthonic endpapers enfold book blocks which have been printed up by an artisan printer
on heavy paper stock with gilded edges.
Copies are all slipcased.
The result is a strikingly contemporary book that would meet with the approval of any aspiring Cornelius Agrippa or Gilles de Rais.

More information available at www.scarletimprint.com

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Frost cracked seeds

Despite England being embittered in ice and snow the first Glastonbury Occult Conference was an outrageous success.
For too long the town has been abandoned to an amorphous paganism, but in the dead of winter the magicians crept back in.
It seems insane that Glastonbury with it's profusion of associations with magic, from Dee to Dion Fortune has not held a single magickal event of note. We have now, as the dominant gynocracy swanning up and down the High Street would say, reclaimed it.

It is high time that there were events in the UK outside of the ring-pass-not of the M25.
For us it was a pleasure to be back in the West.
We would like to see this fire spread to Scotland, the North and across Europe.
It can be done.

Jamie gets our praise, not simply for his Brazilian tequilas, but for daring to create this first event.

We would like to credit those who were bold enough to support this event and we are prepared to name names: Magic Box and Labyrinth Books, Hadean Press, Midian Books and Hellfire Club Books. Our readers who made it to the event, we cannot thank enough. You are making the magical revival happen and we count you as both peers and friends.


Jake Stratton-Kent compered, and gave deeper insight into his work as a Necromancer including reading from both The True Grimoire and Diabolical (his essay in Diabolical is for us, the clearest exposition of the practice of Goetic work in print). He also demonstrated still further the connections between the traditions of Greek magic and the Grimoires.

It was a pleasure for us to bring our Goddess to Glastonbury in all Her red spendour. For those who asked about the publication of the new material debuted in our speech 'Seeing Through Apocalypse' it will form the basis of two essays in a forthcoming collection.

It takes a hard frost to split the seeds lying dormant in the ground, but new growth is now assured.

There will be another Conference next year.