MAGIC CIRCLES IN THE GRIMOIRE TRADITION. A Special Copy, Inscribed and with a Magic Circle Drawn by the Author.
Price: $225.00 USD
Publisher: Three Hands Press.
Date Published: 2012
Edition: First Edition, First Printing
Condition: Fine in Dust Jacket
Book Id: 310842
First edition. Octavo, hardcover with dust jacket. 70 pp. Limited edition of 800 copies only. Issued as Three Hands Press Occult Monograph No. 3. This copy features an inscription and an original drawing of a magic circle by the author. The inscription states "May the Center & Circumference always attend thee" and is signed with the author's WJK monogram. 10 copies only were issued with these inscriptions - each with a different magic circle - in early 2015; these were produced by the author from the last batch of remaining stock, and were sold privately. A fine copy, as new in dust jacket.
¶ Magic Circles have been depicted in popular expressions of magic and witchcraft as well as detailed with full rubrics in traditional manuals of magic such as the Clavicula Solomonis or Liber Juratus. Using narrative, visual and textual material available from European grimoires and manuscripts, the author discusses the various forms and functions of this important piece of apparatus employed by magicians in the Western Esoteric Tradition, including their role in providing authority and protection to the operator, as well as examples of their use in divination and treasure finding. Additionally, contemporary examples of the magic circle at work in modern esoteric praxis are provided and discussed in light of the traditional approaches they exhibit. This monograph serves to explicate this important tool of ceremonial magic and is valuable to practitioners of the art magical with its technical data, while also providing context in historical settings for the merely curious reader of occult subjects. Illustrated throughout. NB: It should be noted that one of the images, Figure 50: 'Double-Ouroboros Circle of the Rite of HU' is taken from Andrew D. Chumbley's Privately Published Draconian Grimoire THE DRAGON BOOK OF ESSEX, and it is (to our knowledge) the first appearance in the outer realm of any image from this work.