in which I enthuse about two upcoming webinar courses on nigromancy: the first on the Four Kings of early modern goetia, and the second on working with ancestral spirits and dealing with restless dead via geomantic divination and magic.
In which is inaugurated the first of a new blog post series exploring the Cyprianic material in the Swedish Black Art Books compendium compiled and analysed by the late Dr Thomas K. Johnson, and recently published by Revelore Press’ Folk Necromancy in Transmission series.
In which is presented extracts of a sixteenth-century vernacular English grimoire of Cyprianic goetia, featuring the messenger-kings of the Four Regents, as well as a necromantic operation to have spirits deliver you consecrated books of conjuration.
In which a recording of our recent Night of Folk Necromancy is made available on the YouTubes, featuring myself, Jesse Hathaway Diaz, and Mallorie Vaudiose of Italian Folk Magic offering three short illustrated talks on folk necromantic history, philosophy and culture.
In which is celebrated a new episode, Episode 8 of Radio Free Golgotha, the podcast-child of myself and Maester Jesse Hathaway Diaz. This episode comes to you celebrating the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul.
In which are discussed the magical cosmetics of ‘collyries’, an “overlooked” early modern tool of amplifying magical gazing and casting magical effects through combining humoural theory and a killer actual-wolf’s-blood-smoky-eye look…
In which is (finally!) expounded a couple of fundamental approaches to using planetary circlet talismans: from theurgic alignment to empowering magical constructions, to launching spells using the image magic of divination tools.
In which is reviewed the recent conference on Ritual Magic at the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic of Boscastle, Cornwall: at which excellent talks were delivered, and friends new and old alike were met.
In which I present an infamous necromantic operation from Reginald Scot's Discoverie of Witchcraft and talk a little about my upcoming webinar course on this key text of early modern British cunning-craft and demonology.
In which I formally announce the release of my text on the history and sorcery of the Three Wise Men, A Book of the Magi: Lore, Prayers, & Spellcraft of the Three Holy Kings, published through Revelore Press.
“Necromancer (necromantes) he that practises that wicked Art, a Master of the Black Art, one that seeks to the dead; or consults with Satan in the shape of a dead man. The Hebrews describe him thus; he made himself hungry, and then lodged among the Graves, that the dead might come to him in a dream, and make known to him that which he asked, &c. Others there were that clad themselves with cloathes for that purpose, and spoke certain words, burned Incense, and slept by themselves, that such a dead person might come and talk with them in a dream.” - Thomas Blout, Glossographia (London, 1661)