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Review: “The Divinatory Arts” by Papus


Papus (Gérard Anaclet Vincent Encausse, 1865 – 1916), was a leading figure of the French Occult scene at the turn of the 20th century. He authored “Tarot of the Bohemians,” and founded or co-founded the Martinist Order and the Order Kabbalistique de la Rose-Croix. He was also a leading figure in Memphis Misraim and the Gnostic Catholic Church. He was even a member of the OTO, before Crowley got his mits on it.

He was also very briefly a member of the Golden Dawn, i.e. he only ever attended one meeting, and didn’t stay for the whole thing at that.

Despite being the very essence of “Occult,” Papus at one stage went mainstream by penning a series of articles published in Le Figaro, which is now France’s biggest newspaper, although back in 1895 when the articles were written, it had a more populist stance. Still, that would be like if you were to imagine me, Alex Sumner, being employed at a generous salary by The Daily Telegraph to write for it.

Hence, Papus ended up writing about Graphology, Palmistry, Physiognomy, as well as astrology. The content of these articles was necessarily only a brief introduction to the subject matter – understandable as they were intended for publication in a newspaper. This book, is the first time that these articles have been translated into English.

Although this is an interesting reference for someone researching Papus’ life, Papus’ own writing here is far from being the most interesting thing that Papus had ever done, given that he had lived such rich and full life. In that sense, the Translator’s own introduction is actually more interesting from an esoteric point of view. Nevertheless, I did find some merit in reading about palmistry and graphology, which were subjects I had never really touched upon.

I had to laugh at one point at Papus’ blatant chauvinism – he assumes, for example that the only reason a man would study Physiognomy is so that he can dominate any woman irrespective of her temperament. Nevertheless, the book as a whole is a curious piece in the larger jig-saw puzzle of the life of an otherwise great occultist.


The Divinatory Arts by Papus; translated into by “The Three Luminaries” © 2020, ISBN-13: 9798684181795. Available from Amazon.

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Thither Lulu!

You now have the opportunity to buy all of my paperback novels, including especially The Magus Trilogy, as I originally intended them. I have spent the past few days migrating them to CreateSpace, so they are no longer on lulu.com.

The Magus: Book 1 in the Magus Trilogy.
Artwork © copyright 2009, Alex Sumner.

Opus Secunda: Book 2 in the Magus Trilogy.
Artwork © copyright 2010, Alex Sumner.

Licence To Depart: Book 3 in the Magus Trilogy.
Artwork © copyright 2011, Alex Sumner.

Grr! All this aggravation about lulu… you know it makes me want to SHOUT!

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Alex Sumner in the UK

Updated Link for UK readers searching for my books on Amazon.co.UK

Alex Sumner’s UK Author Page.

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Another 5 star review for Eternal Witch by Alex Sumner

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July 26, 2018 · 7:52 am

‘Eternal Witch,’ the new novel by Alex Sumner

You now have the opportunity to buy my new novel, Eternal Witch, which is a Visionary Fiction thriller set in contemporary Britain.

Published: 23rd May 2018
Artwork © 2018, Alex Sumner

ZARIA ROSE has it all: a successful career as a pop star, fame, fortune, adulation – and a Magickal way of getting absolutely anything she wants.

However, when one day she tries to discover her past-life memories, her seemingly perfect life begins to fall apart – with nightmarish and violent consequences…

Eternal Witch is currently available as both a Paperback and Kindle Ebook from Amazon worldwide. Please click on the links below to purchase them, or see my About page to find the link to my book on your own country’s Amazon site.

Eternal Witch

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The Magus Trilogy

You have the opportunity to buy my new book , entitled “Eternal Witch,” from May 23rd 2018. Meanwhile, in advance of my new release, I have been updating all my other books, including the first three that started them off the Magus Trilogy.

“The Magus,” “Opus Secunda” and “Licence To Depart,” are published in paperback and Kindle. For more details please see my Amazon Author Page.

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Current Work

Taromancer, by Alex Sumner – my 2014 novel.

You will next see a brand new novel from me this May – entitled Eternal Witch. It’s all ready, but I have chose a May launch date to give me enough time to get my publicity in gear. And because I figured it was the most auspicious time Astrologically.

Meanwhile, I am currently updating my existing releases – such as my 2014 novel Taromancer, my story about a jaded tarot reader who finds new meaning in her life through the power of Theurgy. Taromancer is available in paperback and on Kindle (click here to download a free Kindle reading app).

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Review: The Sworn Book of Honorius (Liber Iuratus Honorii) – by Joseph H Peterson

The Sworn Book of Honorius / Joseph Peterson

(First published on Amazon):

Joseph H Peterson always produces high quality versions of classic grimoires so I was very pleased to be able to get hold of this, which I did with the aid of a gift voucher I manifested from the universe (there’s magic for you! 😉 ). Anyway, so here is my analysis of “The Sworn Book of Honorius” which I will hereinafter abbreviate as TSBOH:

TSBOH dates from the 14th century (i.e. 1300s). Now at that time in Europe there were only two types of men – and unfortunately they were men, not women – who could get an education and hence be able to read a grimoire: Religious (monks and priests); and the sons of Royalty and Nobility. Correspondingly, if you survey the various grimoires dating from the pre-Renaissance era, you will find that they fall into one of two types, which I term Sacerdotal and Royal – reflecting the assumptions that the grimoire-writer makes about his intended audience.

TSBOH is a -Sacerdotal- grimoire – it not only assumes that the operator has the willing assistance of a Christian priest, but that he will also lead a life identical to that of a cloistered monk and be familiar with the daily office as a man in monastic orders would be. (Another example of a Sacerdotal grimoire would be the Heptameron of Peter Abano – but TSBOH is *far* more intense in the preparation it prescribes, and far more ambitious in what it sets out to achieve). Examples of what I would term “Royal” grimoires would include the Keys of Solomon both Lesser and Greater, which do not seem to require such a dependence on priests, but do promise to confer magical powers especially useful to princes and noblemen.

Like other pre-renaissance grimoires such as the Heptameron and Greater Key of Solomon, TSBOH assumes that the spirits manifest to visible appearance in the air before the circle, without the aid of a particular skrying medium.

The actual structure of TSBOH is as follows: first, the Operator should consecrate the “Seal of God” (actually the prototype of the Sigillum Dei Aemeth) and complete a forty-day operation to attain the Beatific Vision. In this sense it is akin to a shortened version of Abramelin, except that the required prayers are more sophisticated. This being achieved, the Operator can then progress on to an elaborate series of conjurations of Planetary and Elemental Spirits of both an Angelic and Demonic nature – for achieving more conventional “low-magic” goals.

Regarding Peterson’s edition itself, this contains both the Latin and English editions (newly translated) as well as the relevant diagrams, and a scholarly introduction which makes the point that many of the barbarous words of evocation which crop up in later well-known grimoires come from Byzantine sources, which I personally find fascinating. Peterson’s text does a good job of making clear that TSBOH directly inspired several Solomonic grimoires such as the Greater Key and multiple parts of the Lesser Key (Goetia, Ars Notoria) as well.

IMHO, there are two main difficulties to turning TSBOH into a working grimoire for the modern grimoire magician. Firstly, the number and complexity of the various prayers and invocations, and their need to be compiled and collated before use (but – thanks to Peterson’s edition – at least this can now be done!). Secondly and more unfortunately is the need for a monastic lifestyle, and more specifically a Christian monastic lifestyle – the operations in TSBOH are closely connected with the theology of the Christian religion to separate them.

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An Unpardonable Offence: Free On Kindle

An Unpardonable Offence © 2015, Alex Sumner

You are now able, for one day only, to download my short story “An Unpardonable Offence” to your Kindle device or reading app, absolutely free.

Set in Miami, Florida, A professional hit-man falls into a nightmare world when he agrees to do a “clean-up job” for a powerful gangster…

To take advantage of this offer, you either need an Amazon Kindle or a free Kindle app for you computer, phone or tablet.*

Follow this link Now to claim your free copy:

AN UNPARDONABLE OFFENCE

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How to upgrade your iPhone

"Yay! It's better already!"

“Yay! It’s better already!”

If you are the owner of an Apple iPhone, there are three ways you can improve your enjoyment of the device, to wit:

  1. Download the latest patch for iOS 7; or
  2. Wait a few months, and download the forthcoming iOS 8; or – best of all –
  3. Get Taromancer by Alex Sumner and read it on your Apple device.

Yes! Taromancer is now available via iTunes. Quite by coincidence (not a coincidence at all actually), it is also available for Nook, as well as for Kindle. It is, in addition, available in print (I even have a limited number of autographed editions available – get in touch via the Contact Alex link for more details.

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