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Earth Magic

Earth Magic by Rik Garrett, with whom you may be familiar from contributions to the Visual Pool and other posts here about his work, is due for release March 23rd, 2014 from Fulgur Esoterica.

Rik Garrett Earth Magic from Fulgur Esoterica

“Artist and photographer Rik Garrett’s Earth Magic explores historical and personal relationships between witchcraft, femininity and nature through a series of images created using the traditional wet plate collodion process. Of it, Rik says:

‘With Earth Magic I’ve envisioned a matristic, nature-based world; a female-centric, ritualistic community completely apart from the rest of society. This is a history of ‘witchcraft’ devoid of ‘witch hunts’, a race of women who draw their energy and inspiration from the Earth itself. What if there were a truth to the myths of Amazons and the books like Aradia, Gospel of the Witches? What if the fierce Maenads of Greek mythology still existed today, hidden from view? What if these truths were presented faithfully?’

First produced as a small handmade edition that quickly sold out, here Earth Magic has been revised and expanded to include new images and sigils. The original negatives have been rescanned at high resolution and the black and white images processed using a special technique to better convey their dark, otherworldly, quality. The original small format has also been enlarged to create one of the most dramatic books we have yet produced. In Earth Magic we see an evocative meeting between contrasting forces and a celebration of the primal feminine.” [via]

Rik Garrett Earth Magic from Fulgur Esoterica figure

I:MAGE An Inaugural Exhibition of Esoteric Artists at Store Street Gallery on May 19-25, 2013 in London

Fulgur Esoterica has announced I:MAGE An Inaugural Exhibition of Esoteric Artists which will be running from May 19-25, 2013 at the Store Street Gallery 32 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London UK.


An Inaugural Exhibition of Esoteric Artists

LONDON, 19th-25th May, 2013

I:MAGE is a selling exhibition hosted by FULGUR ESOTERICA that brings together for the first time an international group of artists working in the esoteric genre.

Ranging from the work of progressive women such as Ithell Colquhoun and Steffi Grant, to the dark symbolist themes of Agostino Arrivabene and Denis Forkas Kostromitin set against the contemporary exploratory audio-visual practices of NOKO, I:MAGE promises to be a landmark exhibition.

Held in the heart of London at the Store Street Gallery, this show will cover two floors and over 1600sq ft of exhibition space. A full colour catalogue will be available.

To mark this occasion a week of special evening events and art-related projects will be held in collaboration with Treadwell’s Bookshop, next door.” [via]

“The Artists

Michael Bertiaux
Jesse Bransford
Ithell Colquhoun
Peter Dyde
Denis Forkas Kostromitin
Cristina Francov
Rik Garrett
Steffi Grant
Barry William Hale
Francesco Parisi
David Chaim Smith
Austin Osman Spare

and special guest
Agostino Arrivabene” [via]

Abraxas 3

Abraxas Issue 3, International Journal of Esoteric Studies, is now available for pre-order in two editions, from Fulgur.

Abraxas issue 3 from Fulgur

“Hardback Special Issue £55.00
250 copies only: sewn hardback in jet-black cloth, stamped in crimson, custom fitted dust-jacket. With an ORIGINAL signed and numbered full-colour offset lithograph print by Denis Forkas Kostromitin entitled Main de Gloire commissioned especially for this issue.

Standard Issue £15.00
sewn paperback” [via]

Abraxas No.3 offers 176 large format pages of essays, poetry, interviews and art. Printed using state-of-the-art offset lithography to our usual high standard, Abraxas 3 is richly illustrated and employs a variety of papers.

Contributions for this third issue include:

SPECIAL FEATURE Aleister Crowley: The Palermo Collection
Caves of Sorcerers: The American Beginnings of Crowley’s Art
William Breeze
Crowley The Painter in Cefalù and the Origins of the Palermo Collection
Giuseppe Di Liberti
Aleister Crowley, Painting, and the Works from the Palermo Collection
Marco Pasi
An Inventory of the Palermo Collection
Marco Pasi

Essays, plus
The Secret School vol. I, II, III
Christina Mitrentse
Saint Spider
Francesco Dimitri
Tomáš D’Aradia
Do Me Dada Style
Adel Souto
Sufism: A Theurgic Perspective
Zaheer Gulamhusein
A Place Apart
Christina Harrington

Poetry, plus
Tread Well
Robert Yates
In the Bookshop
Stephen Alexander
Designing the Hermitage
Paul Cowlan
of the stars, and two
Paul Hardacre
Hunting Amber (For Johs Pedersen)
Paul Cowlan
Casting Song
Siofra McSherry

Images and typography
8 English Rituals
Sara Hannant
Geraldine Lambert
Santiago Caruso
Rik Garrett
Paracelsus: of the Umbratick Evester
Joseph Uccello

Jesse Bransford: An Interview
Pam Grossman
The Eglantine Breath: An Interview with Denis Forkas Kostromitin
Robert Ansell” [via]


In addition to a new lower price on the newest issue, Fulgur is also running a half price special on the sewn paperback edition of Issue 2, to celebrate the launch of the newest.

Abraxas issue 2 special offer from Fulgur

BABALON – February image for Magical Calendar


“BABALON – February image for Magical Calendar

Did I mention here that I’m working on a year long Magical Calendar project?
See this month here: rikgarrett.com/store/shop/february-babalon/


The Hermetic Library visual pool is a visual scavenger hunt for images of a living Western Esoteric Tradition. If you would like to submit your work for consideration as part of the visual pool, head over to the Hermetic Library visual pool or contact the librarian.

Magical Calendar

Magical Calendar is a new project by Rik Garrett, contributor to the Hermetic Library visual pool, who co-created with Jane Garrett the Occult Guide site I’ve posted about before. If you want to find out more, contact Rik via the Magical Calendar page, or watch for updates on his blog.


Lilith by Rik Garrett, the Magical Calendar print for January, limited to 13


“Inspired by the astounding Calendrier Magique, created by Austin De Croze and Manuel Orazi to document the year in magic for 1897, I am releasing a limited number of specially created prints each month for the year of 2013.

2013 is the perfect year for this project, immediately following the “apocalypse” that has been the topic of much debate. As “apocalypse” means “the lifting of the veil,” I look forward to depicting a post-apocalyptic world of mystery and secret knowledge passed down through the ages.

Images will be composed of photographs that I have taken, retouched via photocollage and other mixed media approaches. Prints will be museum quality archival inkjet reproductions, signed and numbered in very small editions.

I will be releasing information regarding each monthly image on the third Friday of each month, at which point the limited number of prints will be immediately available. Those who have purchased prints in the series previously will have access the the purchase information one day early, in order to assist those attempting to collect the entire year’s worth of images.

Each month’s print will be made available on the second Friday of the previous month. In order to account for the holidays, the January print is planned to be released one week early, on December 7th.

Each print will be 13×19 inches, printed as an archival inkjet print on rag photo paper with no optical brighteners, signed and numbered in very limited editions. The price of each print is planned to be $200 USD.

January’s Lilith print will be limited to a very small edition of only 13. In order to assist those who wish to collect the entire year’s worth of prints, those who purchase any print will have early access to purchase others throughout the year. For example, if you purchase the January print, you will have the ability to purchase the February print one day before the general public.

As an additional bonus, anyone collecting the entire year’s calendar will also receive for free an additional 13th print not available for purchase otherwise.” [via]

Mapping the Occult City includes M Dionysius Rogers, David B Metcalfe and Rik Garrett

I’ve previously mentioned the Mapping the Occult City pre-conference, but now that the speakers list has been finalized I thought I’d mention there’s involvement from a number of people you may be already familiar with from the library including Hermetic Library fellow M Dionysius Rogers, anthology artist David B Metcalfe, and frequent contributor to the visual pool Rik Garrett. So, not only is the conference itself sounding pretty interesting in and of itself, there’s a lot of great people involved as well. If you’re in Chicago or can get there, the pre-conference is Friday, Nov 16th, and does not require AAR membership to attend or participate.

Occult Guide

Occult Guide is a new web community created by Rik Garrett, who has been a contributor to the Hermetic Library visual pool and is the creator of the blog Occult Chicago, and Jane Garrett.


“Welcome to Occult Guide, an interactive mapping website dedicated to locations of occult interest around the world. Intended as a resource both for travelers and for those exploring their own cities, Occult Guide features locations of historical as well as contemporary significance.

Take a look at the maps. Once you register and create a profile, you can:

submit locations in your own city for the worldwide maps
customize your profile, complete with blog, photo album and more
add friends
join in the discussion forums
create and join groups based on location or common interest
create and edit collaborative documents within groups” [via]


“A fully user-fueled website, Occult Guide shares locations of occult interest as a means of both celebrating historical traditions and advancing current study and practice. We encourage people of all paths to contribute to the site, creating a resource for all seekers of hidden knowledge.

Members can contribute locations to the global map, join discussion forums, or create groups with other users who share a common path or interest. If you have an interest in magick, Wicca, Paganism, Hermeticism, Satanism, Thelema, Theosophy, or other schools of thought — we need your help! Please join in the discussion here and submit locations to add to Occult Guide’s worldwide map.” [via]


“Occult Guide is a project by Rik and Jane Garrett, out of Chicago IL.

Jane has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Writing and a Masters of Library Science degree. Rik is a fine art photographer who also runs the Occult Chicago blog.

One day in June 2012, we were walking through town and discussing our upcoming honeymoon in Vienna. Jane said, “Wouldn’t it be great if there were an international site like the Occult Chicago blog, but with maps? That way you could find interesting places to visit no matter where you traveled.” We looked at each other and knew that we had to make this happen.” [via]

Ordo Adeptorum Invisiblum

Ordo Adeptorum Invisiblum” is a post over at the Occult Chicago blog (which is a blog by Hermetic Library visual pool contributor Rik Garrett), and the name of a specifically feminist Thelemic order founded in England in 1979 with headquarters for the US in Chicago in 1981. According to the article “Western Esoteric Family III: Magick” in Melton’s Encyclopedia of American Religions, the OAI was inspired by the “proclamation of the magical Aeon of Ma (or Maat) [made] in 1948 by Frater Achad (Charles Stansfeld Jones)” [via, also]. Occult Chicago also discusses how the OAI was influenced by the works of Aleister Crowley, Jack Parsons [also] and Nema, author of Maat Magick: A Guide to Self-Initiation and co-founder of Horus Maat Lodge. If you were a member of or know more about that order, you may consider getting in contact with the Occult Chicago blog and sharing your story. [HT Sarah Veale]

“The OAI also adopts feminist principles and practices—not the anti-male separatist variety—but in its non-sexist androgynous philosophy. Women are not the vehicle of a male seed, a male High Priest. They are magickal people in their own right. The history of female magickal energy is far older than that of the male, but it has been overshadowed by the masculine principle. The OAI seeks to rectify this by balancing the imbalance through women seeking to rediscover and reassert themselves, while male members minimize as far as possible their aggressiveness and dominance. In turn, this will lead to a more directly visible equality and non-hierarchical structure within the group and in rituals.” [via]

As an aside, Nema’s Liber Pennae Praenumbra, and a number of other works by Horus Maat Lodge members appear in the Received Wisdom section of the library and in the archives of Beast Bay.

Earth Magic solo show Chicago

Earth Magic solo show Chicago
Earth Magic solo show Chicago, originally uploaded by Rik Garrett.


“One night solo exhibition of my Earth Magic series in Chicago, June 21st. Show up and see how these prints from wet plate collodion negatives look in person!”



The Hermetic Library visual pool is a visual scavenger hunt for images of a living Western Esoteric Tradition. Images of your ritual or ritual space, images of sigils or tools, showing off your own library or special volume from the restricted stacks, sacred spaces and places, esoteric artefacts and installations, inspired paintings and people — these and much more are part of the culture and practice of magick. If you would like to submit your work for consideration as part of the visual pool, head over to the Hermetic Library visual pool or contact the librarian.

Earth Magic – exhibition and book


“Print from wet plate collodion negative.

Books available for advance order until December 19th!
Earth Magic books

Resistance Gallery – opening reception January 5th, London

Rik Garrett photography
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The Hermetic Library visual pool is a visual scavenger hunt for images of a living Western Esoteric Tradition.

Images of your ritual or ritual space, images of sigils or tools, showing off your own library or special volume from the restricted stacks, sacred spaces and places, esoteric artefacts and installations, inspired paintings and people – these and much more are part of the culture and practice of magick.