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Digital Scans of John Dee’s Enochian Manuscripts

Those interested in Enochian magic have often had to wade through books of dubious scholarship. Because the books were in (now archaic) English, Latin and some passages were written in the “Angelic” language Dee communed with the spirits in hack authors were attracted to the material because few would be able to critique their shoddy […]

“Atharva Veda” Charm to Arouse the Passionate Love of a Woman

This incantation comes to us from the easily overlooked but excellent Katheryn Paulsen book The Complete Book of Magic and Witchcraft. Paulsen’s little tome was first published in 1970 and I have a 1980s reprint that has been part of my essentials since the early 80s. The book is a perfect beginner’s grimiore and is […]

Yes, Witches and Warlocks are Still Burned These Days

Just not in the good ‘ole U.S. of A. Hopefully I’ve offended some of you out there by using the term Warlock – which I frankly think suffered a bad rap from politically correct Wiccans – and now I’ll offend some of you more with a little patriotism. Many a time some posuer calling themselves […]

How to Make and Use a Magic Mirror

Were I to make a “magic mirror” I would use Donald Tyson’s excellent manual How to Make and Use a Magic Mirror as instruction. Of course, I actually have an old copy but people tell me they’re rather hard to find and quite pricey. I picked up a paper back in the 90s for around […]

The Wickedest Man in the World: A Short Documentary on Aleister Crowley

I have known several Thelemites (or Crowleyites as I call them) over the years and can tell you they’re much less exciting and sinister than you would think; though many are more pompous than you can imagine. Obviously I’ve met many more Wiccans, Pagans, “practitioners” etc who all had some strong feelings about Crowley and […]

A Collection of Rare and Curious Tracts on Witchcraft and Second Sight

This 1820 collection is archived on the web and well worth your time to see the history of the study of occultism and non-Wiccan Witchcraft: