United Kingdom: Atramentous Press, 2017. First Edition. Leather. Octavo. The Deluxe Edition, specially bound in full burgundy leather elaborately decorated in gold on the upper and lower covers and spine, hand-marbled endpapers and page edges, heavy cream paper with book mark ribbon. Housed in a folding solander case with a special illustrated card signed by Carolyn Hamilton-Giles mounted on the inner cover. Issued in a limited edition of just 15 copies, hand-numbered and signed by the author, this being copy No. 15. Frontispiece drawing by Caroline Hamilton-Giles. 156 pp., bibliography. A fine copy in felt-lined solander case, without dust jacket, as issued. Fine in Folding Solander Slipcase. Item #311160
¶ Peter Hamilton-Giles, instigator and co-founder of the Dragon's Column being the body of initiates that went on to contribute material that would eventually take form as Andrew Chumbleys' 'Dragon Book of Essex'. The Witching-Other concentrates on how witchcraft, and in particular the archetypal Witch, are used as conduits for understanding that which remains remote to us. Historical records and the workings of practitioners are inordinately connected to what is available. This book contends that what we read, see, experience only takes us so far when trying to comprehend the witch, and that there is something else dwelling beyond the veil, a daemonic intelligence compelling us to approach the witch with an already pre-scribed fascination. Accordingly, the Witching-Other appears as the absence of what is considered to be present. This sense of absence resonates with the associated silences contained within narratives, or the lack in descriptive quality, but once realised the witch becomes something more than the category to which she or he has been assigned. Empowering the attributes of witchcraft, this explorative journey takes the reader down a path of reflection which leads to endorsing the contingency of the metaphysical and it is through this process that The Witching-Other becomes the quintessential emanation of Otherness. How we then relate the witch to ourselves is one where the grounds for engagement are exposed to scrutiny. From this position Hamilton-Giles proposes that any undertaking to know more must involve the candidate grasping the extent of division between being in the world and that of the Other. As a metaphysical emanation the Witching-Other encapsulates all that cannot be contained or limited by definition. In this way, the witch becomes more than a witch, while witching or similar agentive practices become more than a conjuration. Instead by acknowledging the Witching-Other the practitioner and researcher alike are confronted by unfathomable opportunities for expanding the way they come to know about the witch. The Witching-Other: Explorations and Meditations on the Existential Witch not only looks to increase the dialogue between practitioner and academia, but offers the means by which to delimit our understanding of the Other and therefore the Witching-Other. Across three primary chapters the relationship to the witch is explored through aesthetic expression, intentionality and imagining. This book is then applicable for an occult philosophical audience, for practitioners who wish to expand or find the means by which to articulate their relationship to the witch, and those other interested parties who have always wondered what might be missing when it comes to understanding witchcraft. It should be understood therefore that The Witching-Other is a text that contains within it the grimoire like workings of a witch grammar. Found therein the metaphysical Witching-Other manifests significant qualities which if comprehended have the ability to exponentially expand the occult knowledge of the beholder..... for it only takes the journeyman or woman to step across the threshold towards the Witching-Other for the path to appear. While being both challenging and engaging this first of three volumes on the Witching-Other encourages the reader to transcend their own understanding of the witch. By finding new ways of knowing, The Witching-Other presents the opportunity to encounter that which has been hidden beyond the veil for far too long.