Monthly Archives: December 2016

In Darkness and Secrecy: The Anthropology of Assault Sorcery and Witchcraft in Amazonia

By Neil L. Whitehead

In Darkness and Secrecy brings jointly ethnographic examinations of Amazonian attack sorcery, witchcraft, and injurious magic, or “dark shamanism.” Anthropological reflections on South American shamanism have tended to stress shamans’ therapeutic powers and confident impression. This assortment demanding situations that assumption via displaying that darkish shamans are, in lots of Amazonian cultures, particularly diverse from shamanic healers and prophets. attack sorcery, particularly, comprises violence leading to actual damage or perhaps demise. whereas highlighting the uniqueness of such practices, In Darkness and Secrecy unearths them as no much less correct to the continuation of tradition and society than curing and prophecy. The members recommend that the patience of darkish shamanism might be understood as a sort of engagement with modernity.

These essays, through top anthropologists of South American shamanism, contemplate attack sorcery because it is practiced in components of Brazil, Guyana, Venezuela, and Peru. They examine the social and political dynamics of witchcraft and sorcery and their relation to cosmology, mythology, ritual, and other kinds of symbolic violence and aggression in every one society studied. additionally they speak about the family members of witchcraft and sorcery to interethnic touch and the ways in which shamanic energy can be co-opted via the nation. In Darkness and Secrecy includes reflections at the moral and sensible implications of ethnographic research of violent cultural practices.

Contributors. Dominique Buchillet, Carlos Fausto, Michael Heckenberger, Elsje Lagrou, E. Jean Langdon, George Mentore, Donald Pollock, Fernando Santos-Granero, Pamela J. Stewart, Andrew Strathern, Márnio Teixeira-Pinto, Silvia Vidal, Neil L. Whitehead, Johannes Wilbert, Robin Wright

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The Five

Subterranean Press is proud to provide Robert McCammon's first modern novel in approximately twenty years, a story of the search and not going survival, of the lifestyles and soul, set opposed to a supernatural backbeat. Robert McCammon, writer of the preferred Matthew Corbett historic thrillers (Speaks the Nightbird, Mister Slaughter), now provides us whatever new and fully unforeseen: The 5, a latest novel as vibrant, well timed, and compelling as whatever he has written to date.

The 5 tells the tale of an eponymous rock band suffering to outlive at the margins of the track company. As they go through the yank Southwest on what could be their ultimate travel jointly, the band individuals come to the eye of a broken Iraq conflict veteran, and their lives are replaced forever.

The narrative that follows is a riveting account of violence, terror, and pursuit set opposed to a reputable, immensely special rock and roll backdrop. it's also a relocating meditation on loyalty and friendship, at the nature and value of households these we're born into and people we create for ourselves and at the redemptive strength of the inventive spirit. Written with wit, beauty, and passionate conviction, The 5 lays declare to new ingenious territory, and reaffirms McCammon's place as one of many most interesting, so much unpredictable storytellers of our time.

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The Magic Seal of Dr. John Dee: The Sigillum Dei Aemeth

By Colin D. Campbell

The booklet contains a close exam of the historical past and constitution of the Sigillum Dei Aemeth of the Elizabethan student and Magus, Dr. John Dee, in addition to a learn of its use within the perform of formality magic. The appendixes comprise a brand new transcription and translation of Dee's Liber Mysteriorum Secundus, and a tremendous new translation of the component to the recognized grimoire, The Sworn ebook of Honorius, that offers information of what's truly an early type of the Sigillum Dei. the writer has written that from the point of view of a practising magician, the paintings has vital goals: "to reveal the significance of the trend demonstrated by means of Dee's Sigillum Dei in place of its implementation, and to deliver the Sigillum Dei out of the constrained confines of the Enochian temple and into its function as a strong magickal approach in its personal correct. the popularity of the styles confirmed within the building of the Sigillum Dei let us view the seal in a brand new mild, now not as a static framework determined as soon as and for all countless numbers of years in the past within the research of a Rennaissance magician, yet as person who should be reconstituted within the gentle of contemporary interpretation. in addition, the seal is, in essence, a approach of evocation - the exact same approach to conversation utilized by Dee & Kelley in its reception. This booklet explains the character and approach to this strategy and the way the working towards magician is ready to use the Sigillum Dei within the demeanour during which it used to be actually meant - as a strong process of planetary magick."

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The Great White Space

"The top author within the style when you consider that H. P. Lovecraft." - Los Angeles Herald-Examiner

"Outstanding within the genre." - August Derleth

"In a similar classification as M.R. James and Algernon Blackwood." - Michael and Mollie Hardwick

"One of the final nice traditionalists of English fiction." - Colin Wilson

Frederick Plowright, a widely known clinical photographer, is recruited by way of Professor Clark Ashton Scarsdale to accompany his examine crew looking for "The nice White Space," defined in old and arcane texts as a portal resulting in the extremities of the universe. Plowright, Scarsdale, and the remainder of their team embark at the nice Northern excursion, traversing a terrifying and desolate panorama to the Black Mountains, the place a passageway thousands of ft excessive ends up in a misplaced urban miles less than the outside of the earth. however the unsettling discoveries they make there are just a precursor of the real horror to persist with. For the entrance of the good White house opens either methods, and whatever unspeakably evil has crossed over-a scary abomination that doesn't intend to allow any of them go back to the outside alive . . .

one of many nice British horror writers of the twentieth century, Basil Copper (1924-2013) used to be most sensible recognized for his macabre brief fiction, which earned him the area Horror Convention's Lifetime fulfillment Award in 2010. The nice White Space (1974) is a story within the mode of H. P. Lovecraft and is famous as the best Lovecraftian horror novels ever written. This variation, the 1st in additional than 30 years, features a new creation through Stephen Jones.

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Dictionary of Ancient Magic Words and Spells: From Abraxas to Zoar

A complete instruction manual of greater than 1,000 magical phrases, words, symbols, and mystery alphabets

• Explains the origins, derivatives, and sensible utilization of every note, word, and spell in addition to how they are often mixed for customized spells

• in response to the mystical traditions of Europe, Greece, and Egypt and lately came across exceptional grimoires from Scandinavia, France, and Germany

• contains an in-depth exploration of mystery magical alphabets, together with these according to Hebrew letters, Kabbalistic symbols, astrological symptoms, and runes

From Abracadabra to the now well-known spells of the Harry Potter sequence, magic phrases are not any longer restrained to the practices of pagans, alchemists, witches, and occultists. they've got develop into a part of the preferred mind's eye of the Western global. handed down from historical Babylon, Egypt, and Greece, those phrases and the rituals surrounding them have survived during the millennia simply because they paintings. And as pupil Claude Lecouteux unearths, usually the extra impenetrable they appear, the more beneficial they're.

Analyzing greater than 7,000 spells from the paranormal traditions of Europe in addition to the mystical papyri of the Greeks and lately stumbled on exclusive grimoires from Scandinavia, France, and Germany, Lecouteux has compiled a accomplished dictionary of historical magic phrases, words, and spells in addition to an in-depth exploration--the first in English--of mystery magical alphabets, together with these in keeping with Hebrew letters, Kabbalistic symbols, astrological indicators, and runes. Drawing upon millions of medieval debts and recognized manuscripts equivalent to the Heptameron of Peter Abano, the writer examines the origins of every be aware or spell, delivering targeted directions on their winning use, even if for cover, love, wealth, or therapeutic. He charts their evolution and derivations throughout the centuries, displaying, for instance, how spells that have been as soon as meant to place out fires advanced to guard humans from witchcraft. He finds the inherent versatility of magic phrases and the way every one sorcerer or witch had a collection of inventory words they'd mix to construct a customized spell for the paranormal desire handy.

Presenting a wealth of fabric on magical phrases, symptoms, and charms, either universal and imprecise, Lecouteux additionally explores the mystical phrases and spells of historical Scandinavia, the Hispano-Arabic magic of Spain ahead of the Reconquista, the traditions handed down from old Egypt, and people who have stayed in use until eventually the current day.

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The Witch's Familiar: Spiritual Partnership for Successful Magic

By Raven Grimassi

On the grounds that precedent days, witches and magicians have labored magic because of Familiars, or necessary spirits. Familiars might take the shape of a cherished puppy, a totem animal, or perhaps a necessary nonphysical entity.

Explore the interesting heritage of common spirits in The Witches' Familiar. Written through considered one of state-of-the-art major professionals on either Wicca and conventional hereditary Witchcraft, this publication is the entire advisor to discovering and dealing with a well-recognized.

You'll examine the 3 forms of Familiars: actual, astral, and non secular. easy methods to name a well-known to you, and the way to settle on a suitable identify. become aware of find out how to use magical seals and sigils to command or liberate a nonphysical prevalent. provide yourself with protection and your family through asking your conventional to protect your house. Make your magic much more effective by way of enlisting your Familiar's reduction in spellwork and formality. preserve your bond robust, and tips on how to unencumber a well-known whilst its paintings is finished or it has handed from the actual airplane.

This is the 1st publication to give never-before-published conventional Craft equipment for operating with Familiars in addition to historic examples from Western ceremonial magic. Your magic could be much more strong for those who mix forces with a well-known face.

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The Hidden and Manifest God: Some Major Themes in Early Jewish Mysticism (SUNY Series in Judaica)

This ebook represents the 1st wide-scale presentation and interpretation of pre-kabbalistic, Jewish mysticism. this is often the Hekhalot or Merkavah mysticism. The emphasis is at the conceptions of God, the angels, and guy that the texts supply and which are the framework of the Judaic global view in past due antiquity and the early heart a while.
This interpretation relies at the significant works of this early Jewish mysticism: Hekhalot Rabbati ( The larger Palaces ), Hekhalot Zutarti ( The Lesser Palaces ), Ma aseh Merkavah ( The operating of the Chariot ), Merkavah Rabbah ( the nice Chariot) and the 3rd (Hebrew) booklet of Enoch. Many quotations from this mostly unknown physique of esoteric literature are incorporated.
The adventure of the magical heroes of this literature strikes among the 2 poles of the heavenly trip among the ascent of the mystic in the course of the seven palaces to the Throne of Glory and the adjuration, the try to invoke God and his angels with the intention to strength them to satisfy guy s will. either are permeated by way of magic, and the realm view of this primary degree of Jewish mysticism is therefore deeply magical. The circles which shaped it have been curious about not anything lower than an intensive transformation of the realm of normative Judaism that for hundreds of years was resolute by means of the Rabbis."

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