Monday, 7 July 2014

Lucky Seven

Today, on the lucky seventh of July 2014 we mark the seventh anniversary of The Red Goddess. A book to manifest change, a book for Babalon, published under the newly unfurled banner of Scarlet Imprint in a limited edition of an hundred and fifty-six copies on the ritual date of 07/07/07.
   The first copies sold by word of mouth, through networks of friends and accomplices. Few knew who we were.  We did this as an act of love. Many of the readers who sought out this first talismanic text, (bound in attar drenched silk ribbon, wrapped with petals from an overflowing altar, sealed with Her star), are still with us on the journey.

Full article here on the new home of our online blog:

Friday, 13 June 2014

Rewilding Witchcraft

How tame we have become. How polite about our witchcraft. In our desire to harm none we have become harmless.

We have bargained to get a seat at the table of the great faiths to whom we remain anathema. How much compromise have we made in our private practice for the mighty freedom of being able to wear pewter pentagrams in public, at school, in our places of employment. How much have the elders sold us out, genuflecting to the academy, the establishment, the tabloid press. In return for this bargain we have gained precisely nothing. The supposed freedoms we have been granted are empty. Late capitalist culture simply does not care what our fantasy dress up life is like as long as we work our zero hour contracts, carry our mobile phones and keep consuming. The reason that social services are not taking your children away is that nobody believes in the existence of the witch. We have mistaken social and economic change for the result of our own advocacy. Marching in lock-step with what used to be called mainstream, but is now mono-culture, we have disenchanted ourselves, handed over our teeth and claws and bristling luxuriant furs. I will not be part of this process, because to do so is to be complicit with the very forces that are destroying all life on earth. It is time for Witchcraft not to choose, but to remember which side it is on in this struggle...

Full article ontinued on  our website, the new home for our blog here:

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Unleash the dogs of dream


Our thanks to Northern Earth for their review of Apocalyptic Witchcraft, published in Issue 138 for Summer 2014, we concur, unleash the dogs of dream!
This work can be found on our website here:

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Carving keys from radical skeletons: A review of The Testament of Cyprian the Mage

The Testament of Cyprian the Mage is the final part in the Encyclopaedia Goetica series by Jake Stratton-Kent. It is at once a remarkable conclusion to this series, and an outstanding work in its own right. It is a two-volume set that analyses grimoires, acting as both a reader and commentary on such texts. Yet it also appears, in a comely form of course, as somewhat grimoiric itself. It is also a book that cites peer-reviewed research, eruditely synthesising and contributing to academic discourse, and bequeaths a veritable trove of a bibliography. It stresses the importance of personal eschatology, totems, spellwork and agreements when interacting with spirits in serious magical praxis. It spins from gods of time to the spirits of the decans to demonic kings and queens to sylphs and gnomes through geographically diverse and ideologically distinguished occult philosophies and practices. Such an exploration is remarkably nimble-footed, and leads us treasure-seeking to magical lore concerning plants, animals, and folk.

The author reveals that the Testament of Cyprian can be read as the treasure search between the grimoire study of the True Grimoire and the argo-ride through ancient Greece (and a modern necromancy) of the Geosophia. It starts with an ancient spirit catalogue, tracing roots down to the powers and myths of time, the dead, stars, and markings. Petitioning its namesake, Cyprian of Antioch, brings to light these ancestral rhizomatics of Old and New World traditions, in a manner that itself seems both time-honoured and innovative. Those who see those two approaches – of the “rooted” and the “branching” – as mutually exclusive will almost certainly struggle with this text and the sanguine approach that enlivens it.

The book stars several lesser known grimoires, including Liber Sacer, Liber Hermetis and the Comte de Gabalis as well as the Testament of Solomon and the Confessions of Cyprian. Throughout, Stratton-Kent widens and refines his exploratory practice of forging links and parallels in the mythopoeia of grimoires, folk magic, and spirits. He emphasises the place of healing, warding, and disease in historical magic. He does this alongside highlighting the centrality of astrology to both the theory and practice of magic: pursued especially through considerations of timing, talismanic materials, and animistic approaches.

Attentive deliberation on spirit hierarchies and families forms a central thread. The Three Chiefs of the Grimorium Verum and elsewhere are further located in historical practice. In his insightful consideration of the Demonic Kings (not to mention the Queens!) – who have lain surprisingly understudied in occult discourse – Stratton-Kent has wrought an especially useful resource and inspiration for those looking to work more spirit-centred grimoire magic. This is especially true for those called to spiritwork which does not primarily involve antagonistically threatening and extorting with monotheistic names, but instead seeks to work with elementary, celestial and chthonic spirits within their own family-lines and hierarchies, and by their own customs and traditions. This is TCM’s vision of the majesty of the Demonic Regents, offering approaches to respectfully working with the figures of authority that the spirits themselves respect, not the belligerent bindings and inimical exorcisms of medieval approaches. Indeed, in its study of the grimoires, the Testament of Cyprian offers particular assistance by deepening understanding of earlier ancient pantheistic contexts. It is a book perhaps especially for (as the author addresses, when extolling the Comte de Gabalis) ‘those researching and practicing grimoire magic; still more so to all seeking less negative and polarised views of spirits within general Western magical practice.’ (Testament, II, p. 169).

Practice is enriched by research, and all serious study of history is necromantic. This book stands at the crossroads of responsible scholarship and committed practice. A brief tour of some of the book’s ideas and insights elucidates the midnight work done at this crossroads. The Testament of Cyprian contends that the decan images or faces of Agrippa et al were originally stellar deities and/or their subordinate daimones. Thus study of the decans – another sadly understudied area of Western magic history – is not only appropriate, but perhaps critical, in considering the spirits of the catalogues of the grimoires themselves. The emphasis on astrology is not simply a tangential or auxiliary focus for this book in its apprehension of working with spirits: it palpably demonstrates their further interrelations.

TCM also contains dedicated efforts to respond – with the solemnity and awareness it deserves – to the implications of the rather commonplace notions that the demons of early modern "Solomonic Goetia" were once pagan gods. Such notions are often exemplified by following the historicity of the demon Astaroth to lead us back, in some form or another, to a divinity – usually Astarte. In the course of reconciling stars, goddesses, and devils, Stratton-Kent also militates against continuing to draw rigid differences between low and high magic, between sorcery and eschatology, between goetia and theurgy – locating and musing on particular similarity between theurgic conjunction and goetic pacting. The pact as text is also illuminated in a context of the more calligraphic dimensions of image magic (especially for astrological spiritwork) in the study of stoicheia: marks, characteres, not merely symbolising or sympathetically corresponding with a spirit, but actually considered the presence of the spirit. Again, an appreciation of New World traditions (particularly of the pontos of Quimbanda) proves fruitful for this inquiry and for more practicable options for the enterprising modern goetic magician.

Each of these ideas deserved to be expanded upon and examined in their own right, and even at two sturdy and beautifully bound constellated volumes, the Testament of Cyprian has only so much room. Stratton-Kent has certainly developed his craft of carving keys from radical skeletons, offering the bare powerful bones in this ossuary box of a necromantic treatise. Like the grimoires themselves, this is a charting of and rubric for spirit-work, and it won’t do your conjuring for you. It is a book that ultimately can best be utilised in practical application: yet, as a good instructor should, it both shares garnered knowledge and conversation, and rewards the practitioner’s initiative. While certainly not a beginner’s manual, this work can clearly serve practitioners of many different traditions and experiences as a reference, a guide, and an inspiration.

The Testament of Cyprian is for doing Western magical spiritwork, while challenging what Western magical traditions might think they are with a fistful of the graveyard dirt in which their ancestry actually lies rooted. In concluding the Encyclopaedia Goetica, it renews the series’ explicit vow to help to ‘lift our occult revival to the status of a living tradition; serving and being served by our own gods and spirits.’ (Geosophia, I, p. 118)

As the conclusion of this three-part encyclopaedia, it is (I hope) useful to speak apropos of and to the place of TCM in this infernal trinity. Chatting with a shaman and spiritworker friend generally about Stratton-Kent’s work on goetia, they quipped: “It’s like Jurassic Park, right? With the frog DNA of hoodoo filling in the missing sections to revive Greek necromancy?” This analogy appeals somewhat – and not only because, hopefully, life does indeed find a way – especially when we acknowledge that there is no appropriating or homogenising Traditional American Hoodoo, but rather tracing and utilising a common ancestral hydra body of spiritual and practical root-working from various historical necks of folk magic manifestation. One might even ponder, given the exchanges between Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the Hellenes after all, how Greek is Ancient Greek anyway…

But this dinosaur analogy belies an important distinction. Stratton-Kent’s goetic magick is not a reconstructionist endeavour: he is not breeding Hellenistic raptors. Rather, it is more of a daimonic cartography – dealing in the spirit catalogues of beastfolk and stargods, hellions and familiars, and charting the jungles through which things both new and atavistic have been breeding and stalking. In drawing and invoking these places – especially the cemetery, the crossroads, the wilderness – it can be thought of as a re-animating of mythic space, unearthing the crossings and convergences of legendary journeys and destinations, the precious silt of forgotten river nymphs, the processional paths up to the cave-mouths of half-remembered sibyls. These are the walking temples of powerful spirits across human time, and a modern necromancy such as this goetia is, in every sense, vital to connecting and reconnecting these song-lines and crossroads.

Stratton-Kent’s encyclopaedia is an interlocutor of the works of Typhon, S/He who mothers zoomorphic chimeras. And this, after all, is the breathwork of history, the inhale and exhale of the fateful scissors of Atropos: traditions marrying and dismembering one another, kissing cousin cultures and long silences around the dinner table. The attention to the spirits over formal systems with which to engage with them is notable, and Cyprian’s testament of this necromancy adumbrates this utility of the grimoires: as a means to the multiplicities of the spirits themselves, to their varieties and strengths of interrelations, their wisdoms and mysteries, left to us in the palimpsest bleedthrough and chimeric cut-up of goetic heraldry. This heraldry draws from the astrological, the chthonic, the living, the totemic. It speaketh in a hoarse voice.

This is also to say Stratton-Kent is not attempting to take solo credit for such synthesising of a freshly ensanguinated tradition of goetic sorcery. He is one of many mages pointing out conjunctions of a starry sky, and we would be quite frankly daft to merely stare dumbly at their fingers. A new Great Synthesis is already occurring, one not seen since (funnily enough) the very periods the Encyclopaedia Goetica is examining. This is not a po-mo mashup, no Frankenstein’s hipster. It is the dead speaking out and over one another in tangents, in-jokes, and expletives.

And you know people, they talk – atop characters, across borders, outside of time and bookshops. Occultists are far from an exception. Their magpie eyes dart for what works wonders: from Chaldean adoptions to boosted sacred words to sharing the commonalities of offerings of light and libations. The Old and the New Worlds too are talking, and their conversation is spoken with a grammar of myth and ritual and in a tongue of skulls and blood, flowers and springs. The Encyclopaedia Goetica, now standing complete, can be seen to flense the flesh of garbled historiography from the cool strong bones of a necromantic tradition and to dress and set new lights to illuminate them. To bring something better and truer of our dead to a one world cauldronwealth. This is JSK’s contribution: not a syllabus, but the tools and the means to make and consecrate our own tools, with tales and techniques backed by legions of spirits and millennia of efficacy.

Stratton-Kent has watered a mandrake with roots that cradle the bones of the dead – roots that snake from the depths of soils lived and loved, ancient and modern. From the cast hydra’s teeth of his goetic triptych, a harvest is finally upon us. From above the timely firmament, beneath the volcanic earth, and across the wine-dark seas, a shriek has gone out. And when the dead rise, which side do you expect to be on?

Reviewed by Al Cummins

The Testament of Cyprian the Mage is available in hardback, paperback and digital editions here

First Pictures from Meta.Morf Here to Go II Conference in Trondheim, Norway

Norway first pictures

June 3, 2014
These are the first pictures from the Here to Go II conference in Trondheim Norway, part of the 2014 Meta.Morf  bienalle. This was an important occultural moment, which gave us the opportunity to present our work in an international event and which drew together some of the luminaries and founders of industrial music and occulture, respected academics and the next generation of practitioners and performers.
A full write up will follow, and video documentation is also promised but for now we wanted to share some images from the event.
Our thanks to our Norwegian hosts who made us all so welcome, and to the people of Trondheim and beyond who came to participate.


Alkistis Dimech prepares for her butoh performance Volant


Stone head on the specatacular Trondheim cathedral.


Dr Jesper Aagard Peterson giving a lively talk on operation mindfuck: viking edition


Alkistis Dimech butoh performance with Industrial Music founder Z’EV


Alkistis in Trondheim before the conference begins


Alkistis performs her butoh dance Volant


Meta.Morf in the wild, great work from the publicity team with posters all over the city.


The limited edition of Here to Go II, a record of all the presentations.


Alkistis Dimech prepares to give her presentation, The Sabbatic Dance: Butoh’s interior landscape and the terrain of Witchcraft


Martin Palmer, conference organiser and superb host


Alkistis Dimech and artist Angela Edwards


Occultural legend and renaissance man, Carl Abrahamsson presenting on Paul Bowles, a vital influence on Brion Gysin and William Burroughs


Z’EV giving a fascinating presentation on The 3-Fold Ear and the Energies of Enthusiasm

We look forward to sharing the footage with you of both the performances and presentations.

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Occulture in Norway

Making our final preparations for Metamorf 2014 Here to Go II in Norway.

Alkistis pictured in Norwegian press.

Peter Grey presenting on a new vision of talismanic publishing.
Alkistis Dimech performing (butoh) with industrial music pioneer Z’Ev and presenting on Sabbatic Dance.
We have already shipped a limited number of Scarlet Imprint books over and looking forward to meeting some of our Norwegian readers.

Great to be a part of this vibrant occultural event.

Full line-up here:

Monday, 19 May 2014

Tara Morgana Launch Party

Tara Morgana will be launched at Treadwell’s Bookshop in London on Friday June 27 at 7pm.
Come and join Scarlet Imprint for a relaxed evening of wine and conversation with poet Paul Holman and photographer Paul Lambert.

A brief reading will be given from the book and both Paul and Paul will be present to discuss their work.

All our readers are welcome to attend our launch parties which are a good opportunity to mix with the denizens of occult London and further afield as well as attendees from the literary and artistic worlds.

Tara Morgana
is a genre defying work that needs to be celebrated, and this will be a night to remember.

Full details of the title can be found here

For those wishing to attend, please RSVP to us by email with your names and anyone you wish to bring.

Treadwell's is easy to find in Central London:
Treadwell's Bookshop, 33 Store Street Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS


Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Runesoup - Scarlet Imprint Interviewed

Scarlet Imprint were recently interviewed by Runesoup for the Find the Others series which has previously featured Jake Stratton-Kent.

An opportunity for us to have a more informal discussion about ‘…eschatology, surfing, post-imperialism, the role of death in magic, art, dance and, of course the role of the book in magic… both its positive and negative one’. As Gordon says, ‘A continuing thread through my discussion with Peter and Alkistis is whether it is possible to extract oneself from the monoculture, why so few people do it and the role of subversion at the heart of magic. It seems to be the ontological matter of the age’.

We have a lot of interview requests but chose to accept this one as is one of the most intelligent blogs on magic that can be found on the internet. We hope you enjoy it.

The interview can be seen in the original context here:

Friday, 4 April 2014

Occulture event announced: Here to Go II

Scarlet Imprint will be speaking and performing at the Here to Go II conference in Trondheim Norway on Friday May 30 and Saturday May 31 as part of the Meta.morf  Biennale for Art and Technology.

Here To Go: Art, Counter-Culture and the Esoteric is an ongoing symposium and book series focusing on what has generally come to be known as «occulture», and contemporary artistic endeavors within the cultic milieu. The symposium presents internationally recognized scholars and artists from various artistic, adademic and esoteric backgrounds to shed new light on this often overlooked and misunderstood anti-movement.

On the Friday eve Alkistis Dimech will be giving a Butoh performance entitled Volant evoking the figure(s) of the ecstatic-demoniac-witch, the ‘woman in flight’. This piece will be accompanied by industrial music pioneer Z'EV.

Full line up for the evening event:


On the Saturday both Alkistis Dimech and Peter Grey will be giving presentations:

The Sabbatic Dance: Butoh’s interior landscape and the terrain of Witchcraft
Butoh is explicitly concerned with the body of flesh (nikutai) as the limen through which an interior realm is brought forth and revealed. This act of poïesis by the carnal body is analogous to the orgiastic dance of the witches, the core ritual expression in the mythos of the medieval sabbat. This talk will explore the common topography of Butoh and witchcraft as Alkistis has charted it in her magical and artistic praxis.

Secrecy and Revelation: A new vision of talismanic books
The book can function as an empowered magical object, but what is the process and purpose of creating such artifacts in a disenchanted culture?
Peter Grey lays out not a history, but a new vision of the talismanic book in a world obsessed with ideas of authenticity but bereft of meaning.

The full line-up for the day:

10:00 – Martin Palmer: HTG2014 Opening Remarks
10:15 – Carl Abrahamsson: Paul Bowles: Expat magic
10:45 – Vicki Bennett: ‘We Edit Life’ – a journey through cut and paste collage creations by audio-visual artist Vicki Bennett (aka People Like Us)
11:30 – Break
11:45 – Z’EV: The 3-Fold Ear and the Energies of Enthusiasm
12:30 – Alkistis Dimech: The Sabbatic Dance: Butoh’s interior landscape and the terrain of Witchcraft
13:00 – Lunch and book launch
14:00 – Peter Grey: Secrecy and Revelation: A New Vision of Talismanic Books
14:30 – Angela Edwards: Taking Fine Art into the Esoteric Context in Action
15:00 – Break
15:15 – Jesper Aagaard Petersen: Operatiaon Mindfuck, Viking Edition: How Fear of the Satanic and Cartoon Exoticism Fueled the Prank of the Century
16:00 – Martin Palmer: HTG2014 Closing Remarks / Q&A

We would like to publically thank Carl Abrahamsson and Martin Palmer for making this happen.

We are very much looking forward to this event and our first visit to Norway.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Testament of Cyprian the Mage fine bound edition

First pictures of the fine bound edition of The Testament of Cyprian the Mage by Jake Stratton-Kent. We are delighted with the binding, a quarter vellum with double marble boards, slipcased and ribboned.

This luxurious edition is designed to complete the set of vellum bindings that comprise the Encyclopaedia Goetica series.

This is of course complimented by the standard hardback starry heaven edition and the soon to be released Bibliotheque Rouge paperback and digital editions (approx two to three weeks).

Full details of this important release can be seen here:

All pre-ordered copies will be sent this week.

Our congratulations to Jake Stratton-Kent on his acheivement and thanks to our readers for their ongoing support of our work at Scarlet Imprint. 

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Scarlet Imprint: New Title - Tara Morgana

Dear Friends,
We are pleased to announce that our latest title,Tara Morgana, by Paul Holman, is available for pre-order in standard hardback and fine editions.  

Tara Morgana is a work of pure magical writing. The title comes from the fusion of the Tibetan devi with Morgan Le Fay who is pursued as a mirage throughout this haunting text. Part magical diary, part dreamscape, part Situationist dérive through the landscape, Tara Morgana is an enigmatic record of ritual practice from the poet, whose work has been described as: indefinable ... laconic, occultist, and attached to the line of revolutionary and subversive yearnings. This is not a book about magic, rather, it is a magical book. Contemplation of the work reveals a wealth of hidden treasures, or as Holman says, each dreamed text is a terma in the mind.
Paul Holman is a lucid poet whose writing, with its concise yet elusive energy, takes us down into the tunnels, ghosts broken urban spaces where decay is overwritten with the ingress of the wild. He encounters denizens of the underworld, the magical subculture and down and outs. It is a work of echoes and memories whose reflections coalesce in dreams that can be recovered and manifest in the present. In his Afterword, Holman spells out aspects of the artistic and magical method he employs.
The book is splintered by a sequence of photographic images: glimpsed spirit portraits, apparitions captured in the play and decay of light, giving it an otherworldly aspect. Tara Morgana is a truly esoteric and numinous text, a beautifully realised work that leads us on two parallel journeys of poetry and image, through the world and work of living magical artists. Both poet and photographer are engaged in games of chance and fate, applied as a discipline to the creative process. It is precisely this rigour that gives both an intensity and a gnomic quality to their respective works.

This is a text to be spoken aloud. Mystical conjunction of word and image are resolved in breath and voice. The act of anagnosis opens the reader to the magical operation through the transformative medium of sound, and returns us to the mystery of beginning(s) and becoming(s). As Holman writes in The Memory of the Drift:

‘I had no choice
but to undo the spell
which language had cast
upon me when, in
the days of autonomia,
I first met one by whom I
was to be consumed
and then made
afresh: she taught me
that an operation
performed upon the
tongue must transform
the world.’

The text is introduced by Andrew Duncan, a respected poet and cultural critic, and by Peter Grey, giving insights into both the literary and magical character of Holman's work.
Paul Holman has been engaged for some twenty years upon The Memory of the Drift, a shifting but ultimately circular work which is both a record of operations and a process in itself.
Four previously issued sections were gathered in paperback by Shearsman Books in 2007. Tara Morgana is book five, but this work stands alone. He co-edited the Invisible Books imprint with Bridget Penney through the 1990s, publishing work by Bill Griffiths, Stewart Home, Veronica Forrest-Thomson and others. He is a long-standing member of the Field Study mail art group.

Paul Lambert is a photographer of found situations. His images are the result of finding rather than waiting, discovering rather than creating. The photographs themselves are kept as raw as possible, with little or no enhancement or manipulation. In his collaboration for Tara Morgana he shows a secret side of the city, captures spirits emerging and the dramatic tensions of light and shadow, during what became a two month photographic odyssey. He states that ‘In theory there are infinite journeys but in practice only one...The lens in skilfull hands functions as the third eye.'


Andrew Duncan: Her stomach crammed with nettles ...
Peter Grey: His feet neither bound nor free
I: Magnetic sword
II: And all in armour
III: "Hours, clouds, ghosts"
IV: Births give cataclysms
V: "Daisy and Mollie"
VI: "The memory of a bewildering romance"
VII: In a dead tone
VIII: "Worn out, washed out, clouds"
IX: "A call of spirits"
X: Dustless and space pervading

The standard hardback edition

231 exemplars
Large octavo (160 x 240 mm), landscape format, 112pp and bound in a fine ivory cloth.
The boards are stamped with a Blue She-Wolf device as guardian of the book, as is the dust jacket.
£40 plus postage.

UK pre-order

European pre-order

USA, Canada and Worldwide pre-order

The fine edition

40 exemplars
Quarter bound in black morocco, ivory cloth boards embossed with the device of the Blue She-Wolf, and custom marbled endpapers.
All edges silvered, and finished with a silk ribbon marker. The book is presented in a slipcase.
£160 plus postage.

UK pre-order

European pre-order

USA, Canada and Worldwide pre-order

We expect to ship pre-ordered copies of this title in the second half of April with the fine edition to follow.
If you have any problems with the links, the information can be seen on our website here:

Other book news

Thank you for your many emails congratulating JSK on his latest work. We hope to see many of you at the second launch party at Labyrinth Books to celebrate the culmination of his monumental Encyclopaedia Goetica in Glastonbury on the eve of the Occult Conference.
We can confirm that the fine edition of The Testament of Cyprian the Mage is being finished at the binders and we will email those who have reserved copies as soon as we have a shipping date for this.
Finally we can announce that Bibliotheque Rouge editions of The Testament of Cyprian the Mage and Serpent Songs will be available in approximately three weeks time.  

With Love,

Peter and Alkistis

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Testament of Cyprian the Mage Launch Parties

Dear Friends,

A reminder that we have two upcoming launch parties for Jake Stratton-Kent's Testament of Cyprian the Mage.

The first is this Saturday, March 1 2014 starting at 7pm at the world famous Atlantis Bookshop on Museum Street London. The wine will inevitably be flowing.
If you would like to attend, please send an rsvp to

We are delighted by the ongoing support that Atlantis have offered to Scarlet Imprint, and the  denizens of occult London and farther afield who choose to come and partake in the celebrations with us.   


If you have never attended a launch, please don't be shy, it is a relaxed atmosphere in which to socialise, and we are always welcoming to new faces. Please introduce yourselves to us.

A second launch party will occur on the eve before The Occult Conference in Glastonbury (#sefcon)
on Friday March 21 at Labyrinth Books, undoubtedly the best bookshop in the vale of Avalon.
Details of these and other events are on our website here:

Jake will of course be in attendance at both events signing books. 

These are a brace of books very much worth celebrating, making Jake Stratton Kent arguably the most important magician of his generation. He has rendered an incredible service to the spirits, our understanding of magical history and the future direction of our tradition. Goetia has been restored to the status that it deserves.

We look forward to seeing you at these events.

Friday, 21 February 2014

Bruxaria: A Manifesto of Apocalyptic Witchcraft - Portuguese translation

 A Manifesto of Apocalyptic Witchcraft - Portuguese translation

1      Se a terra está envenenada,  a bruxaria deve responder.

2      Não é o nosso modo de vida, mas a própria vida que está ameaçada.

3      A  bruxaria é a nossa ligação íntima à teia da vida.

4      Nós somos a bruxaria.

5      O nosso mundo mudou para sempre.
        Os caminhos percorridos não correspondem.
        A bruxaria singra neste reino limiar, lunar e sem trilhos.

6      Somos tempestade, fogo e sangue.

7      Não seremos negados.

8      A bruxaria é o recurso dos despoderados, dos famintos e dos abusados.

9      Se não tens preço, não poderás ser comprado.
        Se não queres,  não poderás ser subornado.
        Se não temes, não poderás ser controlado.

10    A bruxaria é magia popular, a magia das gentes para as gentes.

11    Chamamos o fim da pretensa respeitabilidade.

12     Não nos desarmaremos.

13     Estamos em Guerra.

14     Escolhe, então,  tornar-te uma Máscara.

15     Os sem nada a perder,  ousarão tudo.

16      Existe uma bruxaria, sob muitos nomes.
          Há um só sabat, numa só montanha.
          Há muitas maneiras de voar.
          Não há espectadores no sabat.
17     A bruxaria é uma força,  não uma ordem.
         A bruxaria é rizomática, não hierárquica.
         A bruxaria desafia a organização,  não o significado.
         Nós tão-somente estamos marcados

18     A bruxaria é poder,  tido no êxtase,  no sexo e na provação.

19     A bruxaria é a sexualidade selvagem.
         Na bruxaria é a mulher que inicia.
         Desafiamos o homem a ser um igual a esta mulher.

20      A bruxaria é a arte da intenção.

21      A bruxaria é a beleza, que é terror.

22      A bruxaria traz de trás o mito, e veste os símbolos do (seu) tempo.
          A bruxaria não confunde mito e história, dispõe deles para transformar o futuro.
          A bruxaria conhece o chão que pisa.

23      A bruxaria honra os espíritos.
          A bruxaria encanta os perdidos.
          A bruxaria não esquece.

24      A bruxaria incorpora os nossos antepassados e santos, e traz-nos com eles.

25      A Ela é oferecido o sangue,  a nós,  o cuidado da cinza e dos ossos.

26      O exemplo que seguimos é o nosso.

27      A prática da bruxaria é a da revolução e a do poder da mulher.

28      A deusa que fala através de nós,  é conhecida pelos homens como Babalon.

29      A bruxaria concerna o mistério.
          Pelos portões do mistério atingimos o conhecimento.
          O conhecimento entra-nos pelo corpo.
          A forma mais alta deste conhecimento é o Amor.

30      Cada gota de sangue é sacrificada ao graal.
          O Amor não pode ser comprado com nenhuma outra moeda.

31      Buscamos e bebemos este vinho juntos.

32      A vontade é finita, a paixão renovada infinitamente.

33      A bruxaria é presente, ensanguentada e vivificada.
          A bruxaria é presciente, olha para o futuro.
          A bruxaria é oracular, não perderá a sua língua.
          O nosso tempo chegou.

Translation credit: Violeta F.C

Delighted to see this appearing in other languages.

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Testament of Cyprian the Mage: First pictures

These are the first pictures of the much anticipated Testament of Cyprian the Mage by Jake Stratton-Kent.

We had expected the books to arrive with us on Friday 14 but a powercut at our printer in Wales has delayed them. For those not in the UK, we have been experiencing climate chaos here, but all being well we now expect the books to arrive on Wednesday February 19.

We did however receive a box of ten sets of the books this morning and wanted to share some pictures with you all. We are very pleased with how they have turned out and are sure that you will be too.

It will be a busy week for us packing and sending out the pre-ordered copies so replies to emails may take a little longer than usual. We will send an email out to all our customers who are awaiting their copies to confirm that their books are on the way.

For those who are concerned, we can reassure you that Scarlet Imprint is safely above the floodwaters. 

Full details of the title can be found here:

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Cyprian the Mage update

A quick update on progress with The Testament of Cyprian the Mage by Jake Stratton-Kent. This week we received and approved the running sheets for the title. Two massive stacked slabs resplendent in red and black ink. Delighted with the printing and our continued partnership with our Welsh printer. This level of quality is yet another reason why we do not print in China. The detail is exquisite, and very necessary for elements such as the images from the fine pen of Oliver Liebeskind. As you would expect by now the paper is also exceptional. We will be approving the cover blocking and dustjacket presently.   

The book blocks have been sewn and the fine editions are now in preparation. We will keep you up to date with this and announce when we have a shipping date.

The standard edition on the other hand should be with us in the week commencing February 10. This has been a longer pre-order than usual for us, but is only ten days later than our projected shipping date of late January.

UPDATED: Printer suffered 24 hour power cut, expected books but not going to arrive with us now until Wednesday 19. Nothing we can do about this. Climate collapse is breaking the infrastructure. Apologies for the delay.

We are exceptionally pleased with this brace of books and are sure that you will be too. Pictures will of course follow.

Having dealt with the physical nature of the book we note that this has been a massive project for us. The books have taken six months of almost continuous work for us at Scarlet Imprint, which is a huge commitment of time and energy. This concludes the three volume Encyclopaedia Goetica cycle which began with The True Grimoire.

What needs to be stressed is that Jake Stratton-Kent has done something truly remarkable with these books. As an independent scholar and practitioner he has reframed our entire understanding of the Western Magical Tradition, placing the most maligned and misunderstood aspect of it - the grimoires - into a context that reveals them not as late aberrations but as the single continuous thread of tradition that we possess. This understanding will have profound implications for the understanding and practice of goetia, magic and witchcraft from this point onwards. He has also emphasised the importance of the dead in a living tradition, the necessity of a spirit focussed approach,  and championed the New World traditions not as cultures to be pillaged but as exemplars of living practice from which we can learn how to rebuild our own.

We offer our public gratitude to Jake for all that he has acheived, often in difficult circumstances. He also concludes these works with a challenge to those who read his works to pursue the many avenues that he has opened. This may be a Testament, but the Work continues.

While you are waiting for your books we would also like to share this interview between Jake and Gordon of the thought provoking runesoup website to listen to at your leisure.

Launch parties for The Testament of Cyprian the Mage are confirmed and we would be delighted for you to join us either at Atlantis Bookshop in London on March 1 or Labyrinth Books in Glastonbury on Friday March 21. Full details on our events page here: