Occult Traditions is the manifestation of the endeavours of scholars and practitioners alike exploring and challenging both historical and contemporary perspectives on the occult arts and sciences. The title of this book serves as a testimony for the occult acting as a designation of currents and traditions of esoteric philosophy, and magic as a participatory worldview manipulated as an instrument by the active person through the execution of the art and science of ritual, which is an extension grounded in the belief in magical powers within the self and other. Each page bears witness to aspects of occult traditions, which are in essence simultaneously meta-historical and dynamic, serving as an overall ordering force in service of the principles of the arcane correspondences that exist between the microcosm and the macrocosm.
This book is an awakening to the occult reality that since the dawn of ages men and women have sought a glimpse of gn˘sis within the awesome natural performance of ritual, the slithering flow of the elements, the sensational sounds of the spheres, the iconic form of dreams undreamt and now awoken, the irrational whispering of mystical verses, the silence of contemplation, and the passion-drenched erotic thirst for life, death, and rebirth. Unlike the priesthood of sterile logic and doctrinal faith, these men and women have been a visible representation of spiritual virility, of the human condition, and many times the romantic ethos, which many have convicted as an antinomian ethos, refusing, adapting, and also enchanting the dictates of conventional society, morality, and metaphysical culture. Thus, Occult Traditions invites the reader to journey along with the authors and conjurors, who have been generous enough to share their visions and gestures in this book, through various traditions relating to distinct historical developments, unique occult philosophies, and potent ritual practice.
Here the reader shall encounter summoning magical assistants and the presence of the mystery traditions in the Greek Magical Papyri; deification through the arcane process of drowning in the Greek Magical Papyri; an exploration of occult theology as a continuation of Neoplatonism; a historical analysis of the grimoire traditions and a search for the original source of the Key of Solomon; the Icelandic tradition of magic as presented in an eighteenth century grimoire; a comparative analysis of medieval and Renaissance angel magic; Canaanite views of death and necromancy; an exploration of the use and attributes of incenses throughout history; a consideration of the science of divining the will of the gods; Seth as god of chaos and equilibrium; Julius Evola's ideas concerning the formula of sex, magic, and power; Buddhist 'wizards' at war in Thailand; a critical examination of the role of sex, magic, and initiation in the Wiccan Great Rite; the dynamics of altering consciousness within the spiral maze of Wiccan ritual; a restoration of the Rite of the Headless One from the Greek Magical Papyri; the elements of being and becoming in Conversation with one's Holy Guardian Angel; the Eucharistic Feast of Agathodaimon; the Rite of the Solar and Lunar Mysteries of the Altar of Eros for the Consecration of the Talismans of Helios and Selene; the Calling and Adoration of Aion, and the Spell of the Mystic Flame; and finally the Hymnic Adoration and Invocation of Thoth, to whom this book belongs, as He is lord of magic and scribe of the gods.
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Throw the Icelandic magic section of this book away. Damon Zacharias Lycourinos shows a photo of a Fretrunar curse, and tries to tell you that it is a protective spell called Augna■urs on page 133. Damon Zacharias Lycourinos is either intentionally misleading people, or seriously nieve.
When I first picked up Occult Traditions, I was not sure what to expect – I had high hopes that this would not be yet another publication on the same material which is rife in the field of Esoteric/Occult Studies. I was pleasantly surprised; the content of Occult Traditions went far above and beyond my initial expectations. Finally we have here a collection of works which has surpassed the precedents set by Crowley and contemporary witchcraft to present a new and in depth approach to the Occult. The manner in which topics are approached is both mature and fresh, offering opinions which are useful to both scholars and practitioners alike. Of special interest to the reader is the editor/author Damon Lycourinos’s approach to the whole topic. The way in which magick is addressed is from a Traditional standpoint in the regard that he has chosen to write from within the perspective of an established Occult Tradition, but has also successfully thrown new and fresh ingredients into his work to create a strong and intoxicating literary potion.
Those who have an interest in sex magick will be astounded to see Lycourinos address this topic in a new and scholastic manner without recourse to authors such as Crowley and Gardner (the founder of Wicca). This could well lead to a new and revolutionary approach to the problems of an old topic. His in-depth treatise of the Greek Magical Papyri is also of importance. Other notable articles within the collection are Aaron Cheak’s article on alchemy, Gwendolyn Toynton’s piece on the history of augury, and Ionnis Marathakis works on incenses and the Grimoires. Christopher A. Smith’s essay on Icelandic magic is also worth noting, and is of special interest to those who enjoy the Northern Traditions. Overall, this is a fascinating assembly of different topics, written by experts in their respective fields. If there is one book which promised success in the arcane arts, Occult Traditions is it and it is the ‘must have’ book for the library of every serious student of magic.
If you buy one occult book this year, make sure it is this one. I have seen the future of magic in the western world, and this is it. Hail Thoth!
Conjuring Magical Assistants in the Greek Magical Papyri - Damon Zacharias Lycourinos
The Spell of Pnouthis as a Mystery Rite in the Greek Magical Papyri - Damon Zacharias Lycourinos
Waters Animating and Annihilating Apotheosis by Drowning in the Greek Magical Papyri - Aaron Cheak
The Hierarchical Cosmos Occult Theology as a Direct Continuation of Neoplatonism - Christopher A. Plaisance
From Roots to Fruits: A History of the Grimoire Tradition - David Rankine
A Source of the Key of Solomon- The Magic Treatise or Hygromancy, or Epistle to Rehoboam - Ioannis Marathakis
The Icelandic Tradition of Magic: Analysis of a Late-Eighteenth Century Icelandic Galdrabˇk - Christopher A. Smith
From Conjuror to Philosopher: A Comparative Analysis of Medieval and Renaissance Angel Magic - Christopher A. Plaisance
Dining with the Dead: A Canaanite View of Death and Necromancy: Tess Dawson
Composite Incenses and Incense Attributions: A Historical Survey - Ioannis Marathakis
The Science of Omens: Divining the Will of the Gods - Gwendolyn Toynton
Seth, the Red One of Chaos and Equilibrium - Damon Zacharias Lycourinos
Evolian Sex, Magic, and Power - Damon Zacharias Lycourinos
Wizards at War: Buddhism and the Occult in Thailand - Gwendolyn Toynton
Woman was the Altar: The Wiccan Great Rite: Sex, Tea, and Religion - Sorita d’Este
Treading the Spiral Maze: Changing Consciousness in Wiccan Ritual - Melissa Harrington
Akephalos Being an Attempted Restoration of the Rite of the Headless One, according to the Stele of Jeu the Hieroglyphist - Matthew Levi Stevens
The Holy Guardian Angel: A Golden Thread in the Tapestry of Being and Becoming - Companion Abraxas
The Eucharistic Feast of Agathodaimon - Companion Abraxas