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Abraxas: Issue 5

Abraxas: Issue 5, edited by Christina Oakley Harrington and Robert Ansell, from Fulgur, is due to release on March 20th, 2014, in limited paperback and even more limited hardback editions, which includes many new works that will certainly be of interest, including a contribution by K Lenore Siner, who you may recogonize from her participation in the Hermetic Library visual pool.

Abraxas issue 5 from Fulgur Esoterica UK

Abraxas Issue #5 offers 180 large format pages of essays, poetry, interviews and art.

Printed using state-of-the-art offset lithography to our usual high standard, contributions for Abraxas #5 include an interview by Pam Grossman with Greek artist, Panos Tsagaris; an analysis of Aby Warburg’s Mnemosyne Atlas by Silvia Urbini, a visual interpretation of the Dionysian mysteries by Arrington de Dionyso; a substantial essay from Shasha Chaitow on the grandfather of esoteric art, Joséphin Péladan; an introduction to the art of Michael Bertiaux by Ariock Van de Voorde; reminiscences by Caroline Wise of her friend Olivia Robertson (1917-2013), and much more…

CONTENTS

Editorial, Christina Oakley Harrington
Olivia Robertson: A Visionary Life, Caroline Wise
A Brief History of the Use of Spirits in European Occultism, Stephanie Spoto
Mycology, Madeline Cass
De Vermis in Se, Max Razdow
John Augustus Knapp: Modern Master of Occult Illustration, Ken Henson
Marrasio’s Masque, translation by Merlin Cox, illustrated by Gromyko Semper
Black and White & Gold All Over: An Interview with Panos Tsagaris, Pam Grossman
Musings on Breath, David Blank
The (Not Entirely) Lost ‘Art of the Apothecary’: Abramelin Oil and Ancient Perfumery, Ioannis Marathakis
Blind Love, K Lenore Siner
Victor Brauner at the Crossroads of Magic and Chance, Jon Graham
La Villa dei Misteri, Arrington de Dionyso
Esoteric City: Theological Hermeneutics in Plato’s Republic, Edward Butler, with photography by SF Said
Sonnet, Comte de Saint-Germain, translated by Sebastian Hayes
Nihilalia: In conversation with Bea Kwan Lim, Randall Morris
A Brief History of Witchcraft: Inquisitors & Witches, Ian Pyper
Games of Fate: Aby Warburg’s Mnemosyne, Plate 23a, Silvia Urbini
Oversoul, Joanna Pallaris
Hidden in Plain Sight: Joséphin Péladan’s Religion of Art, Sasha Chaitow
Bené-Satan, Sasha Chaitow
Isis and Taweret with tomb of Hafiz, Adela Leibowitz
Meeting Le Maître: An Introduction to the Art of Michael Bertiaux, Ariock Van de Voorde
Antinous and Glykon: The Gods of Good Hair in Late Antique Anatolia, P. Sufenas Virius Lupus” [via]

Abraxas 1

Abraxas Issue 1 [also], International Journal of Esoteric Studies, the Autumn Equinox 2009 standard issue from Fulgur, is part of the collection at the Reading Room. It appears, as of this writing, there is at least one copy of this still available through J D Holmes.

Abraxas issue 1 from Fulgur Limited

This was the inaugural issue for this new journal, and had contributions from Daniel A Schulke, Stephen Grasso, Stuart Inman, Francesco Parisi, Edward Gauntlett, James Butler, Sarah Penicka-Smith, Zachary Cox, Allyson Shaw, John Callow, Ellie Hughes, Phil Hine, Naagrom, Rebecca Beattie Stephen J Clarke, Lily Moss, Roberto Migliussi, Dolorosa, and Aleister Crowley.

“Nearly twelve years ago, while reading the typescripts for Zos Speaks! I found myself absorbed by plans between Austin Spare and Kenneth Grant to launch an esoteric magazine in the early 1950s. It was to be ‘essentially a coterie of adepts’ affirmed Spare, and ‘a work of art as a production’ with ‘the best typography and reproduction of drawings.’ This seemed to me such an excellent proposition that it was easy to become inspired, but the practical challenges against starting such a lavish venture in the late 1990s were daunting.” — Robert Ansell [via]

 

The Hermetic Library Reading Room is an imaginary and speculative future reification of the library in the physical world, a place to experience a cabinet of curiosities offering a confabulation of curation, context and community that engages, archives and encourages a living Western Esoteric Tradition. If you would like to contribute to the Hermetic Library Reading Room, consider supporting the library or contact the librarian.

Abraxas: Issue 4

Abraxas: Issue 4, edited by Christina Oakley Harrington and Robert Ansell, from Fulgur, is due to release on September 20th, 2013, which includes many new works, features a 30 page facsimile, a previously unpublished manuscript, of Fragmentum by Austin Osman Spare, and more.

Fulgur's Abraxas: Issue 4

Abraxas Issue #4 offers 192 large format pages of essays, poetry, interviews and art.

Printed using state-of-the-art offset lithography to our usual high standard, contributions for Abraxas #4 include a previously unpublished manuscript by Austin Osman Spare entitled Fragmentum presented here in facsimile over 30 pages; a special feature on the Italian artist and mystic Agostino Arrivabene; dramatic images of urban vodou from photographer Shannon Taggart; an interview by Sarah Victoria Turner with Christine Ödlund that discusses her art practice, synaesthesia and Theosophy; explorations of the symbolism of the tarot Fool from Valentin Wolfstein, an experiment in urban sigils from the London-based artist Francesca Ricci, and more.

CONTENTS

Dancing under the Stars: Ficino’s Way of Harmony, Ruth Clydesdale
Tabula Impressa, Francesca Ricci
Häxan II, Savanna Snow
Aleister Crowley, Marie de Miramar & the True Wanga, Christopher Josiffe
After the Flood, Arthur Rimbaud, translated by Robert Yates
Interview with Christine Ödlund, Sarah Victoria Turner
Demons in the Coliseum, Benvenuto Cellini

SPECIAL FEATURE: Agostino Arrivabene
From the Mystery of Passage, Gerd Lindner
That Sense of Becoming, Agostino Arrivabene interviewed by Robert Ansell

Basement Vodou, Shannon Taggart, with an introduction by Pam Grossman
Dawn, Arthur Rimbaud, translated by Robert Yates
Untitled, Susu Laroche
An Introduction to the Alchemical Mercurius, Paul Cowlan
Fragmentum, Austin Osman Spare
The Mystery of the Rose Cross, Anne Crossey
Observation of Ancestral Mysteries, Ron Regé, Jr.
Nowhere Less Now, Ole Hagen & Lindsay Seers
The Mystic Fool: From Tarot to an Ideal of Ascendance, Valentin Wolfstein
The Library Angel and Her Oracle, Justin Patrick Moore
bagua: inner lunarism, Peter Dyde” [via]

The Occult Humanities Conference at NYU on Oct 18-20, 2013

The Occult Humanities Conference: Contemporary Art and Scholarship on the Esoteric Traditions will take place at NYU on Oct 18-20, 2013 in New York. The conference was announced today and looks to be quite worth checking out, especially since information about the schedule, participants and exhibition have already been posted. The event is being hosted by Phantasmaphile, the Observatory, and NYU Steinhardt Department of Art and Art Professions.

The Occult Humanities Conference 2013

 

Pam Grossman announced this on her Phantasmaphile blog today.

I am thrilled to announce The Occult Humanities Conference, taking place on October 18th-20th at NYU, and co-organized by myself and Jesse Bransford. The weekend will feature lectures, an art exhibition, and entertainment, all of which explore occult subject matter.

Speakers include Susan Aberth, Robert Ansell, Elijah Burgher, Laurent Ferri, Mitch Horowitz, Amy Hale, William Kiesel, Gary Lachman, Mark Pilkington, Shannon Taggart, Jesse, and myself.

The accompanying exhibition, Verbal, Somatic and Material, will contain artwork and esoteric books by Jesse Bransford, Elijah Burgher, David Chaim Smith, Fulgur Esoterica, Ouroboros Press, and Shannon Taggart.

Entertainment will be provided by The Parlour Trick and Acep Hale.

And there will be books vended by Catland, Fulgur Esoterica, and Ouroboros Press.” [via]

 

“The Occult Humanities Conference
October 18-20, 2013
Hosted by Phantasmaphile, Observatory and the NYU Steinhardt Department of Art and Art Professions

NYU Steinhardt
34 Stuyvesant St., New York, NY

The Occult Humanities Conference is a weekend conference to be held in New York City on October 18-20th, 2013. The conference will present a wide array of voices active in the cultural landscape who are specifically addressing the occult tradition through research, scholarship and artistic practice.

The arts and humanities at present are acutely interested in subjects related to the occult tradition. The tradition represents a rich and varied visual culture that displays a complex set of relations at once culturally specific and global in their transmission. Roughly defined, the occult tradition represents a series of culturally syncretic belief systems with related and overlapping visual histories. Though there are as many ways into this material as there are cultural — and personal — perspectives, universal occult concerns often include a belief in some sort of magic; a longing to connect with an immaterial or trans-personal realm; and a striving for inner-knowledge, refinement of the self, and transformation of one’s consciousness — if not one’s physical circumstances.

Intensely marginalized throughout most historical periods, these traditions persist and represent an ‘underground’ perspective that periodically exerts a strong influence on structures of dissent, utopianism and social change. Though history is marked with several so-called ‘Occult Revivals,’ the contemporary digital age is a perfect confluence of several factors which make this moment prime for a reexamination of all of the esoteric traditions. While the information age has allowed for easier access to previously obscure writings, imagery, and social contexts, it alternately elicits a deep desire for sensorial experiences and meaning-making once one steps away from the screen.

The presenters at the OHC represent a rich and expanding community of international artists and academics from multiple disciplines across the humanities who share an exuberance and excitement for how the occult traditions interface with their fields of study as well as the culture at large. The small scale of this conference (approximately 100 attendees) will give ticket holders an intimate look at the presenters and their views.

The visually-oriented presentations will be coupled with an exhibition of artworks by several presenters and artisanal books from Fulgur Esoterica and Ouroboros Press.” [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
Stones
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
Initiation
Geraldine Lambert
Lamia
Santiago Caruso
Untitled
Rik Garrett
Paracelsus: of the Umbratick Evester
Joseph Uccello

Interviews
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

The Focus of Life

Fulgur has announced a new edition of Austin Osman Spare‘s The Focus of Life: The Mutterings of Aãos, which notably includes rediscovered drawings that weren’t included in the original publication. The deluxe issue is already sold out, but a facsimile of the 1921 edition is still available. There’s also a launch event where original Spare “magico-erotic drawings, letters, ephemera and further drawings from the book” will be shown at the Store Street Gallery, London, on Nov 25th, 2012.

 

 

The Focus of Life: The Mutterings of Aãos, is arguably the most biographically significant of all Spare’s published works. Often obscure, magical and fragmentary, it invites exploration of a strange Nietzschean landscape through what Spare termed ‘the labyrinth of the alphabet.’ But the recent discovery of Spare’s original conceptual folio for the book, once owned by the respected writer E.M. Forster, has revealed an unseen series of powerful magico-erotic drawings – termed by Spare ‘blasphemous Ideographs’ – that provide an important key to understanding the ‘secret ritual of Self-Love’ that underlies this evocative and deeply personal work.

This new issue of The Focus of Life provides readers with a high quality facsimile of the 1921 first edition, together with a full colour facsimile of the newly discovered conceptual folio for the project. Drawings too explicit for publication in 1921 have thus been reunited with the magical narrative, providing new insight for those exploring the artist’s life and magical philosophy. These important works are further augmented with critical essays from Phil Baker and Robert Ansell.

EXHIBITION AND BOOK LAUNCH, November 25th, 2012

We are also pleased to say there will be a special exhibition and book launch for this title at the Store Street Gallery, 32 Store Street, Bloomsbury (next to Treadwell’s) on Sunday 25th November, 2012. Original drawings from The Focus of Life will be on display, plus letters, ephemera and the incredible suite of magic-erotic drawings. All are welcome.

The Focus of Life (Redux)

Book Launch and Exhibition
November 25th, 2012

12 midday until 5pm

The Store Street Gallery
32 Store Street
Bloomsbury
London” [via]