Prelude

Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews Marvel’s Doctor Strange Prelude by Will Corona Pilgrim, &al. The first half of this book consists of three Doctor Strange comics in which Strange does not appear. They supply a story to establish the Kaecilius villain and Kamar-Taj setting of the related movie. I found them underwhelming at best. […]

Grimoire of Aleister Crowley

Hermetic Library fellow Colin Campbell reviews Grimoire of Aleister Crowley: Group Rituals in the Age of Thelema by Rodney Orpheus. It’s not that I didn’t expect Grimoire of Aleister Crowley: Group Rituals in the Age of Thelema by Rodney Orpheus to be great, which it is, I’ve just never considered myself a “group ritual” sort […]

Serpent Songs

Scarlet Imprint has announced Serpent Songs, a new anthology of voices of Traditional Craft, as available for pre-order. This was announced via their subscriber list, but embargoed until today, so I don’t have a link to the work yet but information on this should be available on their website shortly (and the Serpent Songs page is now up). This title will be initially available in a a couple of variously limited fetish editions with paperback and digital to follow.

Serpent Songs are the words and works of those who remain untamed, Cunning Folk, Exorcists, Pellars, Sorgin, Witches and Mystics.

A collection of fifteen essays are introduced and curated by Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold through whose contacts we encounter the worlds of lone individuals and tradition holders, from both family and clan, and are allowed a rare glimpse into the workings of the more secretive practitioners of the Craft.

Traditional Craft is intimately bound to the spirit of the land. Serpent Songs contains the accounts of Cornish and Basque witchcraft, the relatively unknown Swedish Trolldom, the persecuted Bogomils, and the oft misrepresented Italian Streghoneria. Members of 1734, Clan Tubal Cain and The Companie of the Serpent-Cross are among those who choose to share their experiences and perspectives. Light is shed on such important figures as Robert Cochrane, Evan John-Jones and Andrew Chumbley amongst others, but more than illustrious ancestors, Traditional Craft is revealed as a living throng.

These are the voices of those who work the art and this book details their practices, struggles and wayward journeys. Serpent Songs takes a crooked path through the landscape, from historical studies to practical acts, from lonely stone stiles set between deep hedges to the warm entrails of animals and forays into the caves and woods.

Serpent Songs is a wide ranging work that deals with the issues of witch blood, taboo, the other, the liminal state, fire, dream, art and need as vectors of the Craft. What emerges is not a narrow definition of what it means to engage in Traditional Craft, but a set of shared characteristics and approaches which become evident despite the cultural gulfs in place and time. This is a book of praxis, beliefs and their own definitions of the art itself rather than those applied to it by outsiders. These are the voices who for the most part operate in silence but now wish to be heard.

Contents

Prelude:The Other Blood – Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold
The Witch’s Cross – Gemma Gary
The Spirit of True Blood – Shani Oates
Lezekoak – Arkaitz Urbeltz
A Gathering of Light and Shadows – Stuart Inman and Jane Sparkes
The Fall and Rise of an English Cunning One – Tony MacLeod
Streghoneria: A Roman Furnace – Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold
But the House of my Father will Stand – Xabier Bakaikoa Urbeltz
Bucca and the Cornish Cult of Pellar – Steve Patterson
Exorcists, Conjurors and Cunning Men in Post-Reformation England – Richard Parkinson
The Liturgy of Taboo – Francis Ashwood
Trolldom – Johannes Gardback
The Bogomilian and Byzantine Influences on Traditional Craft – Radomir Rastic
But to Assist the Soul’s Interior Revolution: The art of Andrew Chumbley and aspects of Sabbatic Craft – Anne Morris
Passers-by: Potential, Crossroads & Waywaring on the Serpent Road – Jesse Hathaway Diaz
The Mysteries of Beast, Blood and Bone – Sarah Lawless”

Summary of the week ending Feb 9th, 2013

This last week I worked on various improvements to the Hermetic Library. I had conversations via email, social media and others with various people about the collections at the library. I posted and shared a variety of things via Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pilgrimage to Far-Distant Countries, Thelema and the Libri of Aleister Crowley, and elsewhere. […]

Review of Awake

Here’s my review of Chapter 3: Awake (The Ministry of Hate) [also], the new album by Hermetic Library anthology artist SickTanicK [also], released by Serial Killin Records.   You may be familiar with SickTanicK from his track “Path of Initiation” on the very first anthology album, Magick, Music and Ritual 1, back in Dec 2011. […]