Tag Archives: Hermetic

Review of Peter Stockinger’s STARS AND STONES: An Astro-Magical Lapidary

I didn’t realize, until I got the book in my hands, that this does a lot more for Hermetic astro-mages than just add to the lore of what stones and metals to use for talismans … Continue reading

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New review: The High Magic of Talismans and Amulets

My review of Claude Lecouteux’s The High Magic of Talismans and Amulets: Tradition and Craft is up on Spiral Nature. “[T]he Faustian current which arose in early modern magick didn’t just appear without help. Apparently, it is as possible to … Continue reading

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Pens for Talismanic drawing?

I’ve been using Pilot V5s (like these: Pilot Precise V5 Stick Rolling Ball Pens) because Poke Runyon recommended them, now I see these ultra-fine pens (Sakura 50075 16-Piece Pigma Micron 05 Assorted Colors) that look even better for “close” work. … Continue reading

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Review of The Theban Oracle

My review of The Theban Oracle is up on SpiralNature! I tracked down the first printed mention of the Theban alphabet for your viewing pleasure. This is p. 597 of the 1613 Zetzner edition of Polygraphia by Trithemius and von … Continue reading

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I Dream of Tarot: Three Reviews

Review copyright 2013() Freeman Presson, all rights reserved It seems there are always more turns, climbs, and switchbacks on the initiatory path. I’ve recently read and enjoyed two books on Tarot. One was brought up in an old podcast on … Continue reading

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Sigils, History, etc.

In my exploration of magic, I did some things backwards. Actually, by some standards I’m doing the whole thing from the middle to the beginning and back out again. Chaos Magic, and in particular, the modern method of “sigil” magic, … Continue reading

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Review of The Qabalah Workbook for Magicians

Review copyright 2013() Freeman Presson, all rights reserved The Qabalah Workbook for Magicians aims to be a follow-on to Lon Milo DuQuette’s The Chicken Qabalah of Rabbi Lamed Ben Clifford, serving as a first workbook. It covers the Sephiroth, and … Continue reading

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Best-Loved Books

Review copyright 2013() Freeman Presson, all rights reserved While I’m waiting to finish something else from my to-be-reviewed pile, I thought I would emulate Polyphanes and write about the contents of my “well-thumbed pile,” my books of frequent resort. Actually, … Continue reading

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Review of Dramatic Ritual (Best of the Equinox, Volume II)

“… it is no secret that the falling away of all nations from religion… is due to the fact that the fire no longer burns in the sacred lamp.” — Aleister Crowley Review copyright 2013 () Freeman Presson, all rights … Continue reading

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The Reënchantment Project

Copyright 2012 () Freeman Presson, all rights reserved I think that modern physics has definitely decided in favor of Plato. In fact the smallest units of matter are not physical objects in the ordinary sense; they are forms, ideas which … Continue reading

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