Tuesday, 24 September 2013

The Rule of Three?

Three new online independent reviews of Apocalyptic Witchcraft  appeared this week and underline the important message of this book. Despite the controversial nature of the text, it is gaining a readership amongst very diverse members of the witchcraft and magical community.



For those still unsure, or even wary about Apocalyptic Witchcraft, these reviews should serve as a good introduction to the ideas it embodies:

The first is an erudite and scholarly response on the Eternal Haunted Summer website:

...Peter Grey is interested in restoring the cultus and practice of witchcraft in the modern world as a practice of “sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll”; the only difference is that by “rock ‘n’ roll,” Grey’s book tends to mean “poetry,” but otherwise, “sex” and “drugs” should be brought back, brought forward, and brought out far more than they have been or should have been in more recent decades.  Further, the cleaning-up of the public image of witchcraft and the distancing of itself from some of these things which the overculture has considered unpalatable should be avoided at all costs, and an unapologetic approach should be taken to these matters wherever they might arise... 

...In addition to the many other excellent chapters in this book, I must give particular compliments to Grey on the subject of lycanthropy in the chapter “A Wolf Sent Forth To Snatch Away A Lamb” (pp. 112-135).  In both academic and occult/pagan/polytheist literature on lycanthropy and werewolf traditions, there are very few treatments in existence at this point that are as compact, insightful, honest, and accurate in overall terms as that of Grey in this book...

Full review can be read here:

http://eternalhauntedsummer.com/issues/autumn-equinox-2013/apocalyptic-witchcraft/

The second review is on a personal blog which gives a very thorough breakdown of the book for those who are not sure what to expect:

...I believe that this book is another important milestone within the world of Occult Publishing and Witchcraft in general. For those who are already on the fence and have some inkling as to what this book relates to, my whole recommendation and this post can be summarised quickly and simply: it’s an important work, if you are the least bit interested, order a copy at the next available opportunity...

Full review can be read here:

http://theluciferianrevolution.wordpress.com/2013/09/19/review-and-summary-apocalyptic-witchcraft-part-one/

The third is another personal response:

..There is so much contained in this book whether Wiccan, traditional, atheist or polytheist you will get something out of it and gain a better perspective on witchcraft in general. I recommend this book to any practioner the way I would Art of War to someone interested in military strategy...

Full review can be read here:

http://holdasown.tumblr.com/post/62061146023/book-review-apocalyptic-witchcraft-by-peter-grey

We have also had a lot of private correspondence about the book from very established members of the community and the perennial heretics! Let us just conclude by saying that this book is gaining a strong following and most importantly being put into practice.  Our thanks to the writers and readers who are bold enough to engage with these ideas.

We are the witchcraft.

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

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Scarlet Imprint: Forthcoming title

Dear Friends,

We have been busy since Serpent Songs and Apocalyptic Witchcraft working on our next title. Today we can announce the first details of a major work to be launched later this Autumn, 2013.

The Testament of Cyprian the Mage by Jake Stratton-Kent is the third and final volume in the Encyclopaedia Goetica series and represents a lifetime's work as a practicing goetic magician.



The full title of the book is: The Testament of Cyprian the Mage: Comprehending the Book of Saint Cyprian and his Magical Elements and an elucidation of the Testament of Solomon.

The book tackles two of the critical strands of the Grimoire tradition, the Iberian Cyprian books and the Testament of Solomon, the foundation text of the Solomonic grimoire tradition. Stratton-Kent elucidates their context, meaning and critically how they can be integrated into a modern magical approach. Crucial to this is the identity of the Four Kings and the role of the Decans.

This is a two volume work, printed in red and black ink throughout, beautifully illustrated, filled with charts, tables and hand drawn seals. Full details of the editions and their contents will be anounced with the opening of the pre-order. 

If you are interested in pre-ordering the standard hardback or fine edition, please email us and ask to be added to our subscriber list.

His True Grimoire began the Encyclopaedia Goetica series with the first working version of the famed Grimorium Verum reconstructed from several sources. This is the best place for anyone looking to work with the grimoires to start, and the cornerstone of any serious magical library as it gives the complete working system for spirit contact, construction of tools and not only spells but the principles behind them. A clear and concise work intended for use and highly regarded in the community.



The True Grimoire is available in paperback and digital Bibliotheque Rouge editions: http://www.scarletimprint.com/truegrimoire.htm

Jake Stratton-Kent can be heard here interviewed about The True Grimoire by The Occult of Personality podcast: http://occultofpersonality.net/podcast-61-jake-stratton-kent/


The second book in the series is Geosophia - The Argo of Magic, a two volume work of unparalleled ambition. It traces the development of magic from the Greeks to the grimoires, laying bare the chthonic roots of goetic ritual. Like The True Grimoire, it is both a scholarly and eminently practical work. Geosophia equips the modern grimoire magician with an arsenal of techniques and approaches that will transform their personal art. It has been called by Midian Books one of the two outstanding books of the millenium, the other work they cited was our Apocalyptic Witchcraft.

Geosophia is available in paperback and digital Bibliotheque Rouge editions:
http://www.scarletimprint.com/geosophia.htm

As The Testament of Cyprian the Mage  is such a major undertaking we wanted to share news of this title with you in advance of the pre-order which will open later in the Autumn. Jake's work has built a major following and the hardback editions (Geosophia pictured below) sell very quickly and become highly sought after on the secondhand market.



Jake Stratton-Kent is arguably the most important modern writer in the grimoire tradition, approaching the texts as a practitioner he presents them not as historical curiosities, but as part of a continuous magical tradition. He opens up the possibility for the committed student to pursue the mysteries for themselves.





Preparing a book of this magnitude for print requires intensive work and as a result we have been keeping silent. We will of course announce on our website and twitter feed in advance of sending the pre-order subscriber email .

Our best to you all this New Moon,

Peter and Alkistis