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Ibis Press Authors

Ibis Press Authors

Ibis Press Authors   Adams, W. Marsham Agrippa, Cornelius Anthony, Maggy Atkins, Charles Bane, Rosanne Bartlett, Robert Allen Bedi, Ashok, M.D. Bell, Lynn Birch, Una Bloch, Douglas Bogart, Greg Bolen, Jean Shinoda Borstein, Agneta Bosman, Leonard Brahm, Laurence J. Brennan,

Fourth Book of Occult Philosophy

Fourth Book of Occult Philosophy

The Fourth Book of Occult Philosophy
Introduction & commentary by Stephen Skinner. Based on Robert Turner's 1655 translation.

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This book is a milestone in Western magical practice. Often erroneously called a forgery, it is in fact six separate books in one, the first two being by Agrippa (1486-1535). One of them, Of Magical Ceremonies, is Agrippa’s clearest step-by-step formulation of how to perform an evocation, much more openly expressed than in his Three Books of Occult Philosophy. In addition there is the key grimoire, Of the Magick of the Ancients by Arbatel, which clearly defines the different types of magic, focusing on the invocation of angels and of the Olympic spirits. The Heptameron by Peter de Abano is a complete, self-contained set of instructions for conjuration of spirits according to the day of the week. Also included is Villinganus’ work on the nature of spirits, illusions, prophecies, and miracles, and how they may be used. Two geomancies (one by Agrippa) complete the volume, which has been reset in modern type.

Stephen Skinner’s introduction places these works in their historical context and dispels the controversy regarding their authenticity. He has formatted the book to facilitate reader’s comprehension and has added commentary to explain some of the archaic as well as esoteric terms used in the texts. Furthermore, he has provided translations of the Latin sections that were not translated by Robert Turner, who was the first to translate these works in 1655, and whose translation this edition is based upon.

2005.
ISBN: 0-89254-100-8
256 Pages, 6″ x 9″. Hardcover.
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Archidoxes of Magic

Archidoxes of Magic

The Archidoxes of Magic
by Paracelsus. Introduction by Stephen Skinner.

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This is a source work of medieval magic that gives complete sets of zodiacal lamens, characters, and planetary sigils, with full details for their manufacture and consecration, often omitted by later writers. Paracelsus is essentially concerned with the practical applications of magic, especially with regard to healing, rather than the extravagant fantasies of theorists. His sections on alchemy include details of the planetary spirits, the conjunction of the male and female principles, and each step on the path to the Tincture—one of the most complete descriptions in the whole Hermetic canon. Paracelsus outlines techniques for the exorcism of evil spirits, conjuration, and counteracting witchcraft. Stephen Skinner’s introduction provides a brief biography of Paracelsus and explains the influence of his work on the Western Mystery Tradition.

Paracelsus (Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim, 1493–1541) was a Swiss physician who also gained magical knowledge from Johannes Trithemius, Agrippa’s teacher, and was acquainted with the famous alchemist, Solomon Trismosin (author of Splendor Solis). In his use of herbal remedies and principle of “signatures,” he could easily be credited as one of the fathers of modern pharmacology. His work had a major influence on John Dee, Francis Barrett, A.E. Waite, and many others.

2004.
ISBN: 0-89254-097-4
192 Pages. 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″. Paperback.
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