Friday, 27 August 2010

Geosophia: The Argo of Magic

It has been a long summer in the mountains for Scarlet Imprint, and now we are breaking our silence. The reason for our silence has been simple: Work.

We are preparing the latest manuscript from Jake Stratton-Kent for publication, the sequel, or perhaps that should be prequel, to The True Grimoire.

JSK has been receiving much deserved acclaim for the contribution that he has made to the grimoire tradition by making a working conjuror’s version of the Grimorium Verum available. Rather than the obfuscation and grand sounding statements that characterise much occult writing, Jake has the clear and concise expression that come from his many years serving as a practicing necromancer dedicated to his art and the spirits. His essay in Diabolical is a benchmark, perhaps the clearest exposition of how to perform Goetic ritual that has ever made it into print. His credentials are impressive, an interview and overview of his magical career can be found on our new authors page:

The next work in his Encyclopaedia Goetica series is soon to follow. This is a massive production of two weighty volumes that have deserved our full attention. With some flourish we can reveal that Geosophia: The Argo of Magic will be released this Autumn in both Scarlet Imprint and Bibliotheque Rouge editions.

The True Grimoire will also be appearing this Winter as a Bibliotheque Rouge edition, as the Scarlet Imprint Death’s Head Edition will sell out. Copies still available here

Geosophia is a very important text. Tracing the development of magic from the Greeks to the grimoires it lays bare the chthonic roots of ritual. By exposing the necromantic origins of much of modern magic we are able to reconnect with the source of our ritual tradition. There is a continuity of practice in the West which encompasses the pre-Olympian cults of Dionysus and Cybele, is found in the Greek Magical Papyri and Picatrix and flows into the grimoires. Rather than a muddle of superstition, the grimoire tradition is revealed as the living descendant of the ancient practices of the Goes. Both a scholarly and eminently practical work, Geosophia equips the modern grimoire magician with an arsenal of techniques and approaches that will transform their personal art. The mythic structure of Geosophia anchors the practice of the modern necromancer in an indigenous yet eclectic history which transfuses the Western Magical Tradition with the same vitality that we find in the African diaspora religions. It is a remarkable descent into the Underworld, bringing forth new life.

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