This ritual horrified the noted Golden Dawn historian R A Gilbert who, according to anecdotal evidence, condemned it as being “ disturbing in character.” It involves the evocation and binding of evil spirits (“ Creatures of the Flashing Fire, And Rushing Air… Dwellers in the Howling Wilderness ” etc) as well as the invocation of the good. Having gone through this text myself and come to an entirely different conclusion, I must assume that Gilbert had taken offence not at the ritual itself, but at a Phantom which he had conjured up from his imagination. As it were. Ahem !
You now have the opportunity to read a never before published original ritual of the Golden Dawn – as well as other great scholarly contributions on the GD – in the new edition of “The Light Extended: A Golden Dawn Journal,” edited by Frater Yechidah for Kerubim Press.
I myself have edited and transcribed the piece entitled “Ritual for the formation, building and consecration of a body wherein to travel, manifest and act in freedom from the bounds and limitations of matter,” a ceremony composed by an Adept of the original order circa 1898 – 1900. In my article, I argue that this represents a practical attempt to make use of magical formulae restricted to Practicus Adeptus Minor – and is hence more advanced than the greater part of original Inner Order material previously available. Previously this existed only in the archives of the Library & Museum of Freemasonry in Great Queen Street London: it is here being made available to the wider international Golden Dawn community for the first time.
“The Light Extended” is now available in paperback from Amazon and all good booksellers. To get your copy, please the links below. Thanks!
Recently I introduced myself to a group of magicians, saying “You may know me as Alex Sumner.” To which one of them responded by saying “I thought your name was Eric?” I do hope he wasn’t confusing me with other magicians named Eric, but the point is I am partly at fault for not having blogged much recently. I will explain:
Over the past few months I have been particularly concerned with re-visiting my Enochian magic practice. In addition I am now turning towards divination in general, and Tarot in particular. All the while I keep up with my post-Abramelin activities.
Professionally, the manuscript of my next book “Conjuring Demons for Profit and Pleasure” is with the publishers, so that is still going ahead. I’m actually finding that periodically re-reading my magical diaries from whilst performing the Abramelin operation refreshes and re-inspires me.
Yes I normally wander around my farm buildings in this hooded black robe, honest.
Easter Monday (yesterday) is the traditional start date for the Abramelin operation, so I would just like to wish the best of luck to everyone in the Class of 2022.
My own book on the subject, Conjuring Demons for Pleasure and Profit: an Abramelin memoir, is currently with the publishers, and I am hoping that it will be out later this year.
Meanwhile, I have also been working on a number of writing projects, including a contribution to volume 4 of The Light Extended (again, due out later this year), as well as some personal magical projects as well.
During the year 2020, the COVID-19 Pandemic affected people across the world in a number of different ways … I personally chose to use the time to carry out a lengthy Magical Ritual to invoke an Angel and subsequently summon and bind all the Demons of Hell.
The first draft of my next book is now completed. Now comes the inevitable proof-reading, so I expect it to be ready some time in 2022, or when I decide by electional astrology when is the best time to launch it.
I have titled it “Conjuring Demons for Pleasure and Profit: an Abramelin Memoir,” and details my adventures while undertaking the Abramelin Operation in 2020. I kept a diary throughout my operation, and then spent a year afterwards editing and annotating it. The result is by far the longest book I have yet written, 175K words or 561 pages, so it will be one chunky paperback.
You are now able to get all three of my first three novels, in one hardback omnibus edition: The Magus Trilogy.
Collectively these tell the story of the mysterious Magus who works to solve occult crimes: and of a young homicide detective whose life is changed forever when she enters the shadowy world which he inhabits.
Originally published from 2009 to 2011 in three separate paperback novels (here, here, and here), these are now gathered into one hardback volume – perfect to get as Christmas present for someone you love! For more details, please like this post and subscribe to this blog to remain updated about availability details.
The Magus Trilogy: Omnibus Edition, by Alex Sumner. ISBN 979-8482911082. Available from Amazon in these countries:
Coming soon: the third volume of “The Light Extended, a Golden Dawn Journal” will soon be published and features an article by myself entitled Self-Isolation in the Golden Dawn Tradition. It is essentially a memoir about how to run a working GD temple during a time of global pandemic.
The same volume also contains contributions from Tony Fuller, Samuel Scarborough, Jayne Gibson, Adam Forrest, Frater Yechidah, and others. It is published by Kerubim Press: more details as I get them.
A Succubus. Note that in real-life, Succubi tend to appear without horns, wings, tails, and indeed clothes!
In a novel I wrote, The Magus, one of the characters has an authentic experience with a “Succubus.” Whilst trying to evoke a demon and get it to do its bidding, the demon tries to get out of the pact by distracting him with sex in the form of a beautiful woman. Whilst the experience is highly erotic, the man realises that if he is to succeed with his magic he needs to refuse sex with the Succubus and instead force it to agree to do his Will.
In other words, despite the fact that a Succubus might seem attractive to a lonely but horny teenager who is not getting enough in real life, such a demon only manifests when an evocation goes wrong. One cannot deliberately summon a Succubus, as that would entail deliberately failing at an Evocation – but if you set out with the intent to fail, it wouldn’t work to begin with.
Finally, the Government has listened to me! In a move for which I have been calling for years, VAT on ebooks will be abolished in the UK – in today’s Budget. For some time now print editions were VAT exempt, but electronic versions were not, hence driving up the cost of ebooks, and punishing authors who rely on the sale of Kindle editions of their books – like me, for example!
Unfortunately, it will not take effect for another nine long months! Come on, do it now, people need something to read whilst they’re laid up in bed, self-isolating themselves!
You now have the ability to celebrate the Summer Solstice with an anthology of Golden Dawn articles… including one written by yours truly! “The Light Extended” is a new Golden Dawn journal put together by “Frater Yechidah,” who asked me to contribute an article to it. From the blurb on Amazon:
Taking its name from the rituals of the Order of the Golden Dawn, this journal aims to extend the light through information, offering a combination of unpublished original order documents and new material from prominent voices in the esoteric world today. With a unique mix of scholarly articles and practical advice, this book provides an essential resource for those interested in the Golden Dawn system of magic.
Topics include the Qlippoth, Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram, the Lord of the Universe, a Stella Matutina Ritual for Influencing a Person for Good, the Body of Light, the 42 Assessors, Hekas Hekas Este Bebeloi, Skrying, Thelema’s relationship with the Golden Dawn, the Assumption of Godforms, a Fire Tablet Ritual, and the Enochian letters.
With contributions from: Chic Cicero and S. Tabatha Cicero, Samuel Scarborough, Frater YShY, Tony Fuller, Jayne Gibson, Adam P. Forrest, Soror DPF, Alex Sumner, Frater D, M. Isidora Forrest, Darcy Küntz, and Frater Yechidah.