2014: Book of Spells Deciphered for Lovers, Exorcists and Healers

Need something to get her to notice you when flowers don’t work? Want to drive out an evil spirit or domineering boss? Suffering from black jaundice? Then the “Handbook of Ritual Power” is the book for you. This 20-page, 1,300-year-old Egyptian book of spells has been translated from its Coptic language by Macquarie University’s Malcolm Choat and the University of Sydney’s Iain Gardner in their new book, “A Coptic Handbook of Ritual Power.” Macquarie University acquired the book of spells from an antiques dealer in 1981. Its history before that is unknown, but its translators believe it originated around the ancient city Hermopolis near what is now Al Ashmunin in Upper Egypt. The text is written on parchment and bound in a folded format known as a codex. The first part of the text consists of prayers to well-known religious names like Jesus and David as well as to […] Read More

African Magic

By Tau-Triadelta Before we enter into the subject of the occult art as practised on the West Coast of Africa, it will be well to clear the ground by first considering for a moment what we mean by the much-abused term “Magic.” There are many definitions of this word; and, in bygone ages, it was simply used to designate anything and everything which was “not understanded of the vulgar.” It will be sufficient for our purpose to define it as the knowledge of certain natural laws which are not merely unknown but absolutely unsuspected by the scientists of Europe and America. It is a recognized fact that no law of Nature can be – even for a single moment – abrogated. When, therefore, this appears to us to be the case – when, for instance, such a universally known law as that of the attraction of gravitation seems to […] Read More

1650: Coelum Terrae Or The Magician’s Heavenly Chaos

Thomas Vaughan – Coelum Terrae This work was originally published under Vaughan’s pseudonym ‘Eugenius Philalethes’ as Magia Adamica: or the antiquitie of magic, and the descent thereof from Adam downwards, proved. Whereunto is added a… full discoverie of the true coelum terr�… By Eugenius Philalethes. London: T.W. for H.B, 1650. The text below is taken from A.E. Waite‘s edition. COELUM TERRAE Or The Magician’s Heavenly Chaos. By Thomas Vaughan. I have now, Reader, performed my promise and — according to my posse — proved the antiquity of magic. I am not so much a fool as to expect a general subscription to my endeavours. Every man’s placet is not the same with mine; but “the die is cast”. I have done this much, and he that will overthrow it must know, in the first place, it is his task to do more. There is just one point I can […] Read More