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Forthcoming From Three Hands Press: Thirteen Pathways of Occult Herbalism by Daniel Schulke

13PathsDaniel A. Schulke’s forthcoming work The Green Mysteries (Arcana Viridia), due to be released in Autumn 2016, is an occult herbal 25 years in the making. Meticulously illustrated with over 350 original images by renowned artist Benjamin Vierling, its primary rubric is that of an original occult pharmacopeia written from the perspective of a contemporary magical herbalist.

As a whole the book emerges principally from the discipline of Occult Herbalism, which encompasses the knowledge and use of the magical, spiritual, and folkloric dimensions of plants. As a foundational treatise introducing this work, Thirteen Pathways of Occult Herbalism speaks to its interior philosophical concerns.

Circumscribing the metaparadigm of herbal magical practice, providing useful examples of its manifestation, as well as demonstrating its time-honored routes of inquiry, it examines the ways in which knoweldge of this type is acquired and put into practice. This perennial wisdom animates many global spiritual traditions, especially those that have maintained their integrity of transmission even in the face of industrial development and cultural destruction.

Often concealed within the deepest strata of the Western Esoteric Traditions, this green strand of wisdom, though obscured, is a potent legacy of all magic, sorcery, and occult science.  In addition to the hard sciences of botany, ethnology, agriculture and ethnopharmacology, a number of pathways can assist the magical herbalist in furthering the depth of understanding and integrity of personal approach.

Thirteen Pathways of Occult Herbalism is 96 pages and features several illustrations by Benjamin Vierling. It will be published in the following editions:

Trade paper edition: $18.95

Hardcover edition with dust jacket, limited to 1,000 copies: $34.95

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Effigy – Graven Image and Holy Idol by Martin Duffy
Illustrated by Raven Ebner

Effigy_w3From ancient times to the present, humanity has wielded a plenitude of formulae for the making and manipulation of magical images. In esoteric traditions where image magic is particularly deep rooted, the most prevalent motif is the poppet, that doll through whose agency the witch gains influence over the enfigured victim.

Though such effigies popularly exact their curses by point of thorn and pin, image-magic includes far more than vengeful maleficia, being a complex sorcerous art also including healing, love, sexual power, fertility, protection, and magical knowledge. In its highest forms, the ensouled effigy serves as holy Icon. These divine images, lovingly carved by the priests of many faiths, make present the multitude of gods on earth, becoming the focus of that form of veneration known as idolatry.

Although often considered the preserve of magical and priestly adepts, great tradition attends also the making of poppets by common-folk, whether Christian or heathen, high or low-born. This folk knowledge was especially sought out in times of great desperation, the resultant manikins used to magically improve man’s lot and wreak revenge upon his oppressors.

Many years in the works and thoroughly researched, Effigy is an exhaustive compendium of image magic, viewed particularly through the lens of witchcraft, and the sorcery and folk magic of Britain. As a cartography of magical simulacra, it meticulously examines the broad range of magical effigy types, their materials and methods of construction, as well as the spells used to awaken and empower them. The whole is enriched by practical receipts taken from the author’s personal notebooks, and arresting original images.

Effigy is 560 pages, printed offset lithography on heavy uncoated stock, and illustrated in colour throughout. It is now available for pre-order in three editions:

A standard edition in cloth and colour dust jacket, limited to 729 copies. $85.00 each.

A deluxe edition of 63 copies, quarter bound in mahogany goat, with special endpapers, limit one per customer. $380.00 each.

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