Thursday, 29 April 2010

Jake Stratton-Kent at Aquae Sulis

Omphalos Magick Moot is delighted to welcome Jake Stratton-Kent as our guest speaker for May.

Jake describes himself as an `unaligned pagan Thelemite'. A practical magician for nearly four decades, his focus is the grimoires and the Hellenic world. Scarlet Imprint recently published his reconstructed and extensively commented edition of the Grimorium Verum under the title The True Grimoire, the first volume of his Encyclopaedia Goetica. He is currently working on Volume Two, an extensive survey of the Greek origins and mythic background of goetia, with its roots in chthonic religion and the magical papyri.

Properly understood goetic magic is the only continuous tradition in modern neo-paganism. These origins permit a magical renaissance separate from the later Judaeo-Christian redaction of ancient magic.

Date: Sunday 9th May 2010
Venue: Upstairs at the St James Wine Vaults, St James Square, Bath BA1 2TW.
Time: 2pm for a 2.30pm start
Cost: £5.00 on the door

The Omphalos Magick Moot will continue in the afternoon with a talking stick style discussion. Regular Omphalos meetings are on the second Sunday of each month, upstairs at the St James Wine Vaults.

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What is occult publishing?

Alkistis was recently interviewed for the Serpent's Tongue webzine on occult publishing.

The full interview can be found here

Friday, 23 April 2010

Diabolical Discourse

Good to see more events happening in the UK with Diabolical Discourse.

Scarlet Imprint authors Peter Grey, Alkistis Dimech and Jake Stratton Kent will be speaking for them later in the year.

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Friday, 9 April 2010

True Grimoire Review

We came across this review of Jake Stratton-Kent's True Grimoire online, and wanted to share it for those who wonder about the difference between it and the Joseph Peterson edition:

I ordered this book on a whim, thinking nothing new would be revealed but completely unable to pass up the chance of owning a hardcover of a grimoire that is very special to me. The Verum has always been my personal favorite and my very first evocation was with a demon from this grimoire. My previous copy of the book was a simple paperback by Joseph H. Peterson and while quite nice it did leave a lot to be desired. Still a useful book and one I do not regret owning as it was an improvement on previous editions; but it does leave you feeling rather empty.

Enter Jake Stratton-Kent and his take on this most wonderful of black magick tomes. To be honest the cover of the book is what caused my hesitation with this purchase. In the picture it is a goofy green looking cover with a red skull stamped in and just did not look right. Just not a big fan of green I suppose. However, upon receiving my copy I was actually beyond pleased with the cover. Holding it in your hands you can instantly feel the quality. It is a very thick hardcover and the green cloth is not only pleasing to look at but feels great. The red skull that has been stamped onto the book sets the tone for all that is to follow and gives a sense of the power you now hold in your hands. On the spine, and stamped in the same manner as the skull on the cover, are the words The Trve Grimoire.

Reading through this book is a real treat. In the first section JSK covers the history, the books relation to other grimoires (most notably The Grand Grimoire which will be mentioned throughout) and discusses the sigils; clearing up much of the confusion there. You will learn a great deal in this first part alone. Then we come to the grimoire itself. The first section which deals with the entities is presented and the sigils are clear, crisp and are in the correct places. No more guess work at all. We then move on to the spells and rituals of the grimoire and finally in the third section the instructions for the operations. Last but not least we are given the Cabala of the Green Butterfly.

After finishing all this up there is still a great deal more left. Have questions about something you read? JSK spends the rest of the book breaking everything down from the beginning to end. The entities are discussed and the roots of their names given when possible. A few magical squares are presented, planetary hours and days are discussed. The importance of Scirlin is stressed and explained nicely. A lengthy essay on Astaroth is presented which was a very informative and enjoyable read. The book finishes off with comparisons of the ponto riscados to the original Verum sigils.

All in all, this is a wonderful purchase. I feel it is the greatest edition of this tome ever to be in print and worth every penny spent for it. It is authored by a practicing magician for practicing magicians and in this you are not disappointed or left wanting.

This is the original link to the review:

The True Grimoire can be found on the Scarlet Imprint site here