Category Archives: Colin Campbell – De Arte Magica

Observing the Lunary Sphere

Hermetic Library fellow Colin Campbell has a new post about the moon and ‘combustion’ within Goetia and the grimoire tradition at “Observing the Lunary Sphere“:

“I was doing some research recently that I thought would be interesting to share, and I use the term ‘interesting’ loosely. Several manuscripts on a variety of topics note that operations should be performed during the waxing phase of the moon, and only on even numbered days of that period.” [via]

Doktor Faust

Hermetic Library fellow Colin Campbell has posted “Doktor Faust” over on his blog about his engagement with a volume called Magia Maturalis et Innaturalis by Dr Johann Georg Faust, the inspiration for Doctor Faust tales, which has been made available online by the Bavarian State Library.

“Firstly, there is a great amount of detail around demonology, which should not be surprising given the popular conception of Faust as having sold his soul. Page 26 of the first book contains a listing of the four demon kings of the cardinal directions (or “winds”), given as Urieus [sic: typo or mistranscription of Uriens], Paymon, Egyn, and Amaymon. These of course match those given in The Offices of Spirits (whose source is ultimately Folger MS V.b.26), as well as in Livre de Espirits (Trinity MS O.8.29), and other manuscripts. They are given differently in Goetia, save for Amaymon. Page 28 also makes note of the three great infernals, Lucifer, Beelzebub, and Satan, in the same order as Offices and many other manuscripts, as well as Astaroth and Beherit (Berith).

Quite interesting was the discovery of a version of the hexagonal Seal of Solomon in the fifth book (page 18), which is dedicated to sigils., as well as a variant of the Sigillum Dei (page 100). I have not yet begun to dig much deeper, but thought I would at least share, so if you are interested, you can begin your own foraging…” [via]

Colin Campbell reviews Frederick Hockley’s Clavis Arcana Magica

Hermetic Library fellow Colin Campbell has posted a review of Clavis Arcana Magica at “Review: Clavis Arcana Magica“. The book is a previously unpublished manuscript by Frederick Hockley, with an introduction by Alan Thorogood, recently published by Teitan Press and currently available through Weiser Antiquarian.

“The contents themselves remind me quite strongly of Dee’s work, a magical practice still based in tradition but which has clearly taken a personal turn from the more well-worn path of the Renaissance influences that formed the corpus of Hermetic literature. In fact, if you had laid the names SOL, TARUOM, MANBET, ADA and ELTESMO before me, I would have suggested they were from Dee’s Enochian and not Hockley’s work at all! The end of the work even includes a name in “Angelic Language”, something also strongly connected with Dee’s philosophical corpus.

There are a number of magic seals and circles containing various names given unto him by his Crowned Angel, a name and function that conjures up (pun intended) echoes of the “Holy Guardian Angel” of modern occultism. Similar to Dee as well, most or all of these are difficult to decipher or deconstruct beyond taking them at face value. This should not be understood as a detraction from the work, but a parallel to similar practices that have been widely adopted. To me, it shows that he had at this point begun to formulate his own personal magical system: the hallmark of both the adept and the delusional. In this case, given Hockley’s expertise and depth of knowledge in the field, I obviously side with the former.” [via]

Review: In the Center of the Fire

Hermetic Library fellow Colin Campbell has posted a review of James Wasserman’s In the Center of the Fire: A Memoir of the Occult 1966-1989 [also] over on his blog at “Review: In the Center of the Fire

“Wasserman’s In the Center of the Fire: Memoirs of the Occult, 1966-1989 strings together like a fantastic rough and tumble road movie, an occult version of Easy Rider. Wasserman lays it bare; everything — personal, professional, sacred and profane. A long time advocate of the practice of keeping a magical diary, the work clearly shows the fruits of Wasserman’s careful notes in reconstruction.” [via]

“I found it a fantastic read to peek (perhaps just a bit) into a historical period in the emergence of the modern OTO, a time that few speak about even now.” [via]

Colin Campbell reviews Richard Kaczynski’s The Forgotten Templars

Hermetic Library fellow Colin Campbell reviews Richard Kaczynski‘s The Forgotten Templars.

“For the most part, people equate O.T.O. with the most famous of its members, and second Grand Master, Aleister Crowley, but beyond that knowledge of the founders drops off precipitously. In fact, Crowley was not even a founding member, though it is argued that he really did ‘get the ball — pun intended — rolling’ as it were. Those more familiar with the history might be able to come up with Theodore Reuss, but fewer still would be capable of listing out names like Klein, Harttman, Kellner, or Krumm-Heller.” [via]

A Book of the Offices of Spirits

A Book of the Offices of Spirits is now available from Teitan, via Weiser Antiquarian.

A Book of the Offices of Spirits

The Occult Virtue of Plants and Some Rare Magical Charms & Spells

from a previously unpublished
Sixteenth Century Manuscript
on Magic and Necromancy
by John Porter

transcribed by
Frederick Hockley

With an Introduction by
Colin D. Campbell

“York Beach, Maine, USA: Teitan Press, 2011. First Edition Hardcover. Small quarto. (6 3/4″ x 8 3/4”) 100pp. Bound in heavy black cloth with a gilt design on the front cover, and gilt title to the spine. Black “coffin silk” endpapers. Printed in red and black on acid free paper, sewn. Edition limited to 800 numbered copies. $50.00″

“‘A Book of the Offices of Spirits’ is the first ever publication of this Solomonic text or grimoire which, in common with the better-known ‘Goetia,’ is essentially a catalog of demons, giving their name, description, rank in the infernal hierarchy, number of attendant legions, offices (abilities), as well as a variety of magical rituals for their conjuration and other purposes. The text has its origin in a magical manuscript written by one John Porter in 1583, which was itself probably drawn from earlier European sources. In the early nineteenth century the Porter manuscript came into the possession of the British occult fraternity, ‘the Mercurii,’ and a transcription of key sections was compiled by John Palmer. Palmer’s transcription was in turn copied by the renowned occult scholar Frederick Hockley, and this transcription, along with another anonymous late nineteenth century manuscript copy, for the basis for the present work.”

Recent Colin Campbell post about the Grimoire of Aleister Crowley

Colin Campbell has posted over on his blog a review of the Grimoire of Aleister Crowley: Group Rituals in the Age of Thelema.

“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 of guy. Okay, there are certain rituals that are greatly enhanced by the presence of another person, like the tango, but aside from those… and a few others…. Alright, I guess it made me admit to myself just how much group work I participate in despite my self-proclaimed (and self-perceived) mindset. My name is Colin, and I… I find benefit in social interaction. There, I said it. Eleven steps to go.”