A package of goods from supporter Robert Mitchell, Jr’s PTDICE shop has arrived at the Reading Room, including an older version of the Cabal Fang book, various zines, patches, and a set of PTDICE for rolling workout routines.
“Telecult Powers, the candle burning duo of Witchbeam & Mr. Matthews, known for their ritualistic live shows and previous releases on Baked Tapes, Draft, Pizza Night and more, bestow upon us their new album “Black Meditations”, a six part sonic meditation on the connections between man, myth & magic. “Black Meditations” taps into the world of folk magic, reaching out to the spirit world through sonic practice, with the duo praying at an altar of bizarre electronic instruments handcrafted by Mr. Matthews. Through this “Hoodootronix” music Telecult Powers taps into the current in which the spirits of Atlantis, Rexino Mondo, In Search Of…, Dionysus cults, old witchy Hollywood, Mort Garson, Louise Huebner, Nik Raicevic, Bruce Haack, Bebe and Louis Barron, and Discordians draw from. Featuring guest appearances by Lala Ryan from Excepter, Rachel & Grant Evans, Kate McGuire, The Road Chief and liner notes by Carl Abrahamsson”
“Lala Ryan from Excepter plays flute & candle rituals on Incident at El Yunque.
Rachel Evans (Motion Sickness of Time Travel), Grant Evans (Nova Scotian Arms), & Kate McGuire perform vocals and The Road Chief plays kosmische guitar on A Wish For Ouisch.
Liner notes by Carl Abrahamsson, the Swedish writer & photographer.
All hardware used by the band handcrafted by Mr. Matthews.
Mastered by Jeremy Bible.
A1 Incident at El Yunque
A3 Oerg-8 & The Mothership
B1 Take a Sip From Our Devil’s Cup
B2 A Wish For Ouisch
B3 Never Ending Empires”
Natural Sorcery: Fifty Years in the Feri Tradition by Cora Anderson, a 2nd edition of Fifty Years in the Feri Tradition with additional material including annotations, due in December 2014 from Marion Street Press, may be of interest.
Profound and insightful, this revised and expanded 20th-anniversary edition of Fifty Years in the Feri Tradition is filled with information not available anywhere else and is the definitive text on the Anderson Craft. Written as a gift to her husband, the blind poet and shaman Victor Anderson, on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary, this guide from Cora Anderson distills their work and teachings in the fairy faith of the Old Religion, explaining the thealogy, physics, and social structure of the Anderson Craft. Natural Sorcery is a practical, working grimoire that discusses the guardians, symbols, and ethics of the still-living oral Feri Tradition in a highly personal, conversational style. This special, limited edition also features annotations by members of the Andersons’ final coven. Anyone interested in this deep and secretive tradition need look no further than this book by one of its most influential teachers.
The Isis Oracle: Divination Plate and Speaking Stones by Surcadiana may be of interest.
“Hand painted and stained 11.5″ wooden divination plate used to read the casting the 28 howlite dyed turquoise stones. Howlite can prepare the user to receive wisdom from the divine. It is a stone used to calm energies prior to meditation or readings. It can be used to access past lives and to aid in journeying. Each stone is hand painted with a different hieroglyph plus one blank. The board is used to divine answers to questions through spreads, the casting of the stones and as a spirit board using the blank as a planchette. The plate can also be used for offerings or charging talismans, jewelry, spell work, etc. Several mystery schools are represented and many divination techniques are possible with this system. Instruction book included teaches how to cast the stones and read their energies. Techniques for several spreads are also included.”
Magic and Masculinity: Ritual Magic and Gender in the Early Modern Era by Frances, part of the International Library of Historical Studies series, from I B Tauris, may be of interest. Dan Harms posted a review over on his blog.
“In early modern England, the practice of ritual or ceremonial magic – the attempted communication with angels and demons – both reinforced and subverted existing concepts of gender. The majority of male magicians acted from a position of control and command commensurate with their social position in a patriarchal society; other men, however, used the notion of magic to subvert gender ideals while still aiming to attain hegemony. Whilst women who claimed to perform magic were usually more submissive in their attempted dealings with the spirit world, some female practitioners employed magic to undermine the patriarchal culture and further their own agenda. Frances Timbers studies the practice of ritual magic in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries focusing especially on gender and sexual perspectives. Using the examples of well-known individuals who set themselves up as magicians (including John Dee, Simon Forman and William Lilly), as well as unpublished diaries and journals, literature and legal records, this book provides a unique analysis of early modern ceremonial magic from a gender perspective.”