Clavis Journal, Vol 3: Cipher and Stone from Ouroboros Press and Three Hands Press, due in September, but available for pre-order, in standard and deluxe editions, may be of interest.
“At 216 pages, the new volume of Clavis features an outstanding grouping of authors and image-makers. Articles in this issue include ‘Our Lady Babalon and Her Cup of Fornications” by Gordan Djurdjevic, and esoteric astrologer Austin Coppock’s paean to dark and baneful starlight, “Death From Above”. Three adepts of the German magical order Fraternitas Saturni give voice to the magisterial arcanum of Saturn in the article ‘Listening to the Voice of Silence’. We are pleased to include ‘Rite of the Graal Evolute’, a previously unpublished ritual and art by the late English magus and scholar Andrew D. Chumbley. Gemma Gary invokes Bucca, the Cornish Witch-God in image, rite and magical exposition; Robert Hull examines the Qabalah of Quantum Physics in ‘Unity and Division’. Michael Howard explores the role of the first artificer of metal in ‘Masonic Mysteries of Tubal-Cain’, and Henrik Bogdan considers the esoteric role of Secrecy, the very flower of the Occult itself, in occult orders. In addition, we are also pleased to include rare occult texts relating to cheiromancy, witchcraft and the lore and magic of Mandragora – the Shrieking Root of the sorcerers.
CLAVIS 2 journal features haunting and provocative visuals from many contemporary artists imaging the esoteric: by Benjamin Vierling, Madeline von Foerster, Richard Kirk, Carolyn Hamilton-Giles, Tom Allen, Hagen von Tulien, Jamie Sweetman, Billy Davis, John Kleckner, Carlos Melgoza, Joseph Uccello, Raven Ebner, Brigid Marlin, Timo Ketola, Ilyas Phaizulline, José Luis Rodríguez Guerra, and many more.”
O’ Great Depths, O Starres!
How long until your grace?
The priestess watches with a veil of lace
Must the lion lay with the lamb of scars?
O’ distant Night Sky
With the vast Sea mirroring you
To Rise and Fall, into your eternity for I
The sublime light of the darkest blue.
Archangels I follow thee
Through this treacherous path
The Starres have laid out for me
O’ protect me from Blackened Wrath
If in the rearing of an edifice
We form one stone that makes the perfect whole;
To us ‘twould be the beau-ideal of bliss
And prove glad unction to the work-worn soul.
A Temple with proportions just and true
Can but erected be by Masons skilled,
Instructed by an Architect who knew
Exactly how to tell them what to build.
And he taught us—however small the stone—
To plumb and level by th’ unerring Square—
To make it pattern, so that all might own
‘Twas strong and beautiful beyond compare,—
With Chisel and with Gavel we have wrought
To gain “Well Done,”—The Tongue of Good Report.
— Charles F Forshaw, 1916
Avalonia UK has posted a call for papers (and artwork & photography) to The Bosom of Isis, an “anthology exploring the history, myths, worship and resurgence of the goddess Isis” with a deadline for submissions on September 19th, 2014.
“The Bosom of Isis is an anthology exploring the history, myths, worship and resurgence of the goddess Isis. Isis (Aset, Iset) is arguably one of the most important ancient goddesses, honoured by peasants, artisans, pharoahs and aristocrats. Evidence for her worship can be found from the earliest dynasties of Egypt, through her proliferation in Europe during the Greco-Roman period and more recently as part of the resurgence of the Divine Feminine through the Western Mystery Tradition into modern Paganism and Goddess spirituality. Isis was the mother of Horus, the sister-wife of Osiris, the twin sister of Nephthys and daughter of Nuit and Geb. She is a protectress of children, goddess of magic and closely associated with rulership, with the meaning of her name being ‘throne’.”
Vault of Adepts by Jordon Stratford’s Laudanum Studios is a crowdfunding effort to create a game which is described as “Penny Dreadful meets Arkham Horror in this pen and paper RPG of secret societies in 1900 London. Occult schemes in the age of absinthe.”
“VAULT OF ADEPTS is a pen and paper Role Playing Game of secret societies set in 1900 London. These occult Lodges attracted the elite of London society — poets and politicians, actors and heiresses, alchemists and aristocrats scheming against a backdrop of cut glass, in the age of absinthe.
You play one of these eccentric characters, choose a faction and an agenda — do you want to proceed through the mystic Grades to achieve enlightenment? To take over? To destroy from within? – and speed from location to location to secure ancient knowledge, spread rumours, and foil your opponent’s efforts.
A séance gone horribly wrong. A gentleman approached after a Mason’s meeting with an inquiry if he’d be interested in something more…unconventional. A book dealer looking over an incoming tome, and knowing more than he lets on. Somewhere in London, between Scotland Yard and the Blind Beggar, is the key to someone’s lifelong obsession. Seek it out. But will you use it, sell it, or destroy it?”
“macabre faery tail interupted by rambunctious trollz” is a track added by zornia fangorn in the Hermetic Library audio pool.