Friday, April 4, 2014

Aaaand We're Off - Finally!

And so the wait ends. The Holy Guardian Angel, Nephilim Press anthology on the most enigmatic and controversial entity in the Western Magickal Tradition, has been born and will be available tonight on the Nephilim Press website. Contributors include myself, Rufus Opus, Jason Miller, Aaron Leitch, Frater Ashen Chassan, Darren Scriven, Kevin Abblett, Derek Derik Richards, Scott Michael Stenwick, and Conjureman Ali.

This first edition is limited to 500 copies which we expect to sell out in short order, so for those of you waiting for it, keep an eye on Nephilim's site and for the subscribers' announcement.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Holy Guardian Angel Proves True To His Nature

     Although the anthology you've all been waiting for, the title of which has become "The Holy Guardian Angel", by the way, as opposed to "Walking With The Angel" as it was originally billed, presents a plethora of widely varying views and insights on this most enigmatic of entities from a number of traditions, one common denominator is held throughout most of the essays. The commonly shared experience may of us speak of is that the Holy Guardian Angel is, by nature, elusive, and obstacles tend to be thrown in the path of those who would pursue him. 

     This has proven true not only for those seeking union with this venerable and most powerful entity, but also, apparently, for those who have already found him and seek to share their mutual experiences. 

     Last Wednesday, 500 copies of the book were delivered to Nephilim Press HQ. The book looks as unique and beautiful as the Angel of which it speaks. However, upon unboxing these volumes, Frank at Nephilim discovered an abnormality. Much to our dismay, the bindery had in some way erred, and, as beautiful as the books are, the covers on each and every copy were warped to such and extent that, laid flat, the cover has an upward bend of about 3/4 of an inch. 


     Lest ye naysayers and skeptics think this is a ploy to build hype and interest in the book as many assumed when previous volumes were delayed, the above picture serves to illustrate the defect preventing this book from reaching those of you who have waited so long already. 

     Despite this setback, we are pleased to offer you all the first look at, and behind the veil of this book, by way of the following images. We are currently awaiting an ETA for the completion of the corrected, unbent and unwarped copies of The Holy Guardian Angel, and expect the delay in release to be less than a month. 





Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Difference Between Quality And Quickly

     I received a question last week that I think can be best answered with visual aids. The question was what makes a custom made Talisman such as those I make to order superior to one that can be bought and received in under a week. (Those being the eBay $10 mass produced novelty sort). 

     The difference, and indeed the superiority, is in the QUALITY, and the POWER. To illustrate this point, my Solid Brass Talisman of Venus, of my own design, custom made and consecrated for each individual on astrologically auspicious days and times:



     Need I say more?

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Angel Lives

     For those eagerly awaiting the release of "Walking With The Angel", I have a bit of good news. Your wait is at an end. After several unacceptable proofs, after each of which Frank and I decided more and more adornments to make the quality of this book far greater than any standard edition to date, (and many deluxes!), the book is on its way to Nephilim and will be made available for ordering by February's end.

     I assure you, it will be well worth the wait. The content alone is beyond any treatise on the subject ever written in both depth and breadth; bringing together such a diverse group of PRACTICING Magicians of all cultures as has yet to be bound together in one volume.

     Any bloggers interested in writing a review, shoot me a message. I'd love the community to get as many diverse opinions on this book as possible.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A Rant Worth Reading

Midian Books' oft inactive blog has come alive again, if only for a day, and provided food for thought well worth the moment of time it will take you to read Mr. Midian's "2013 Mini Rant" 

Midian expresses my own sentiment and frustration perfectly, pointedly at the ever growing number of "Trash for Cash" books being marketed as the next big thing, the darkest of the dark, the most forbidden of all, yadda yadda yadda. Long time readers of this blog will know well my own disdain for these books, their publishers and especially the semi-retarded authors pushing them on the unsuspecting or more naive among the occult community as if they contained anything more than does a used diaper. 

Fortunately, for those who actually READ Magick books and consider them anything beyond an interesting coffee table piece or excitingly rebellious shelf filler, there remain authors dedicated to producing works of a higher caliber and better quality of content than at any time in history, and a handful of publishers devoted to bringing them to life. They are, to be sure, in the minority, with more and more of these "We're darker than you!" and "12 Easy Steps to Adepthood and Godship" publishers popping up every other week. But they are out there, and thanks to them we have greater access to Magickal works of true QUALITY than ever before. So lets be thankful for the few that outweigh the many, and whose devotion and tireless efforts produce what will in future generations be considered the classics of our day. 



"They take a rotten, a rancid, foul smelling, horrible salad, all rotten, every ingredient, make you sick just smelling it. A thing you wouldn't feed an animal. They wrap it up all nice, package it all pretty-like, call it something fancy, tell you its something good, and they hope you don't look to closely inside, or if you do, you're too stupid to see its all putrid once you get past the fancy label. They do this and the people, they fucking gobble it up. Smoke and mirrors. But in the end, the fancy packaging, the fancy dressing they put on this rotten, putrefied salad, it doesn't change whats inside. It's still no good. It still smells. It still makes you sick."

Bruce Cutler, explaining the Governments "RICO" Case against John Gotti

 


Thursday, December 26, 2013

A Brief Review - The Complete Grimoire of Pope Honorius

     Having made my most solemn and heartfelt oath, by way of pinky swear no less, to begin posting here on The Lion's Den once again and bring some life back to this poor, neglected blog, the very first post I wanted to write is a long overdue review and sincere recommendation. 

     The book about which we will be speaking today is, in my eyes, one of the year's most important, and an invaluable contribution to the Grimoire Tradition. Bringing to the project the same impeccable scholarship, meticulous research and practicing Magician's touch for which he and Stephen Skinner have become well known following their Sourceworks Series, David Rankine has partnered once again with Paul Harry Barron to bring us a definitive, comprehensive and complete edition of The Grimoire of Pope Honorius. And for this we should all be grateful. 

     Including the full text of Wellcome 4666, a version of Honorius I had until now only seen in the original manuscript form, in its first ever English translation, Rankine and Barron have truly brought forth what is sure to be considered alongside the works of Joseph H. Peterson and Stephen Skinner as one of our generations most valuable offerings. 

     In a subsequent post, as the year comes to and end, I plan to offer a list of what I consider to be the 10 best releases of 2013.  The Complete Grimoire of Pope Honorius will sit deserving atop the list.

     Lest ye naysayers assume this post is anything but objective, or I be accused of pimping for a pal as has been said with regard to some of my former reviews, let it be known that David Rankine and I have never exchanged so much as a perfunctory hello. For that matter, with the exception of The Grimoire of Arthur Gauntlet and The Book of Gold, Avalonia hasn't released anything of which I've been a fan. 

     This review and recommendation is based solely on the merits of the book in question, and one hell of a good book it is.

    

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Wishing One And All A Happy Holiday

I have been absent from the blog scene for a while now, having been overtaken by events such preparing new projects for publication, working heavily with Nephilim Press on several titles, (some my own, some from up and coming authors and practitioners, some translated from manuscripts penned by a long dead hand), trying relentlessly to track down orders gone awry in the postal system, working with a Magickal Brotherhood to which I alluded in my last posts, hopping on plane after plane and flying hither and thither, snooping and pooping all about. 

Despite this new and ever more challenging schedule, in the new year I plan to bring life back to this blog, dusting off the cobwebs I've negligently allowed it to accumulate and discussing topics new and old, including some new tech I'm being taught at the hands of one of the seniors in the brotherhood. 

But I didn't want to let this day and the next pass without extending my warmest wishes for a happy holiday to one and all. All of the success I've enjoyed with Crossed Keys and The Book of Abrasax* I owe to you, the community that has accepted me, and which I am extremely grateful to be a part of, and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank one and all. 

Whether or not you celebrate Christmas, and even if you shun it as do many among us, one cannot deny that it is indeed a Magickal day - if only because of the collective love and goodwill perpetuated the world around and amongst innumerable people who happily resume their prickishness on the 26th.

So to one and all*, if there are still any who read this blog given the length of time since my last post, I wish you and yours all the best and sincerely hope you have a memorable holiday!




*One exclusion to "To one and all" - To the "Magician" selling demons online (Yes, really) who thought it was a good idea to "Curse" ME and brag about it whilst trying to peddle his wares, To you, I do not wish a happy holiday. While your "curse", was about effective as a mosquito's bite, I'm still going to make an example of you. Why? Because you had the balls to speak my name. Oh, and more importantly, because I fucking CAN. Do you see me coming?

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Books Being Released To The Wild

Letting go of a few books to make shelf space for my new series w/ Nephilim. If anyone is looking for any of the following and not trying to pay insane prices, shoot me a message on Facebook, email or by the contact screen on my website

Reuss & Crowley - OTO Rituals And Sex Magick - $200


IGOS Grimoire of Honorius - $75
Crowley - Equinox Vol I No. III w/ AHA & Temple of Solomon $100 (1974 Edition)
Aaron Leitch - Angelical Laguage, BOTH Volumes, - $75


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Is MC A Thelemite?

On a board I occasionally visit in search of intelligent conversation amongst other like-minded and learned individual, it was noticed by another user that I greeted yet another with the traditional Thelemic salutation of 93, and closed my short message with its farewell counterpart. The perceptive brother then sent me the following message:

Hey M, 
93! Do What Thou Wilt Shall Be The Whole of The Law!!
I have read your books and blog, and enjoyed them a lot , but I never knew you were a fellow Thelemite! I am proud to call you brother! Are you with the O.T.O.? Or The A.A.? I have always though and believed there were more O.T.O brothers who were well known but who kept their membership closely guarded and I am hoping you just confirmed that! ........

The message trailed on from there, asking my feelings on certain aspects of Crowleyana and the Corpus, and we engaged in some dialogue afterwards, but his initial inquiry set me to thinking, AM I a Thelemite?

Certainly I am a member of no Thelemic organization, nor do I put much stock in the grade structures, politics and all of that. Likewise, I have been an outspoken critic of Aleister Crowley with regards to certain areas of his teachings and his personal life, being a firm believer that he was, in fact, capable of far more than he ever accomplished during his lifetime, and that despite having been found worthy by Gods whom I hold very dear, he failed to realize his true potential or achieve even half of what he could have. Despite that, I have always conceded that the man was a genius, and contributed more to the Work than most anyone, and it cannot be logically argued that he did more to bring about the resurgence in Magick than anyone (The GD as a whole notwithstanding) in recent memory, and for that I respect him. 

But back to the question at hand - Is Frater MC a Thelemite? (Albeit a solitary one, now that I've disavowed any membership in such groups). 

The answer is quite complex, or quite simple. I do not practice Thelemic Magick, nor have I put any effort into learning it beyond a cursory examination in my younger years, by way of Gems from the Equinox and Rodney Orpheus' Abrahadabra. So if the question were, am I a Thelemic Magician, the answer would be an emphatic no. 

Am I a Thelemite, though? I have read, and re-read often, The Book of The Law, which I consider far above and beyond most anything else I have ever read. It has a place of honor in my home, and I hold it in far higher esteem than any other such "holy book". Does that in itself make me a Thelemite? 



Liber OZ. Crowley's Statement of the Rights of Man. This, for me, is his Crowning Jewel, excepting of course The Book of The Law. Many, Many years before I had ever heard of Aleister Crowley, Thelema, or Liber OZ, I was living, breathing and shedding (literally) blood, sweat and tears for these exact principles. The brotherhood to which I am privileged to belong and to which I have devoted every moment of my life since the tender young age of 13 was established by in large to uphold these rights amongst its membership. To protect our rights to live our lives as we Will to do so, to pursue liberty, prosperity, spirituality in whatsoever form we find truth in, and to defend ourselves by all means from any and all who would seek to deny us these rights, against great opposition and oppression, and, quite literally, against all odds. In short, long before I had any idea what Thelema was, way back when OZ was, to me, a movie about a chick named Dorothy, I was living, fighting, and walking the Thelemic path outlined in Liber OZ.

To me, the rights of man outlined in LXXVII have always be inalienable, even before I first laid eyes upon the document. To me, they seemed "common sense", and without even the need to be written, as if all of mankind should simply understand these are the rights to which they are entitled.


Fucking Right. 


An I repeat, FUCKING RIGHT. 


Can anyone seriously argue this?


Absofuckinglutely. 
And DAMNED be him or her who try to deny him that right


Agreed on all points. 


So does that make me a Thelemite? If so, am I any less of one because these principles were not instilled in me by Crowley but by another to whom Crowley was wholly unknown? If wholehearted belief in OZ does make me a Thelemite, does it make me less so because I openly criticize certain areas of Crowley's life and work, or that I have found (in my experience) Thelemic Magick to be far lesser than the systems to which I have devoted myself? 

You tell me.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Website And Shoppe FINALLY Updated

Just a quick note to report that, finally, after playing about with several different systems of online sales management, I have settled on one and updated both the main website and the web-store accordingly. More items, including the remaining planetary talismans, handwritten personal grimoires of my yester-years, rare books and more will be added this weekend. However, the bulk of it is done and fully functioning. 

This implementation also allows for MUCH faster shipping and delivery but fully automating the process from order intake to purchase and printing of the shipping labels, so the few of my previous customers who've experienced delays, those days are over.

Also of note is that the much anticipated WALKING WITH THE ANGEL has now gone into production and will soon spread its wings over the world. GET READY!