Thursday, December 13, 2012

Remember When I Said "When The Spirits Talk, Listen!"?

Friends, if ever there comes a time when, on a Thursday, a few short hours after you've performed a weekly adoration to Jupiter and a few recitations of the Orphic Hymn to Zeus, you have a business meeting in a hotel casino, have your Jupiter Talisman around your neck as always, and upon leaving the bar you spot a slot machine named Zeus, well, take a hint and spin that fucking wheel for all its worth



Monday, December 10, 2012

Yet Another Batch Of Books, Some Free, Some Not

     Owing to a large acquisition of over a hundred books I've just made, I find myself once again in need of more shelf space than I have. So, here is yet another list of books being released back into the wild in hopes that they can be of use to someone. Same deal as before, if you want one, use the contact link over to the left. First is the list of those being offered for sale, and after that the freebies. 

  • Heptangle - Sefer Yetzirah, HC w/ DJ - $30
  • I.G.O.S.  - Red Dragon, Spiral Bound, Great Condition - $100
  • Crossed Keys, Good Catholic HC Edition - (I'll sign it if you want) -  $100
  • Magickal Childe/ Crowley - Goetia, Black HC w/ Gold Lettering - $50
  • Crowley/ Starr - AMRITA, HC, Very Good Cond - $140
  • Gerald Schueler LOT, Includes Enochian Yoga, Enochian Physics, Advanced Guide to Enochian Magic, Enochian Magic Practical Manual, and Enochian Workbook 43 Lessons - $40
Freebies -
  • Mathers Key of Solomon, Paperback, Good Cond. 
  • DuQuette/ Crowley - Illustrated Goetia, PB
  • Blavatsky - Isis Unveiled, 2 Vol Set, PB
  • Carroll - Liber Null & Psychonaut, PB
  • Mathers' Book of The Sacred Magic of Abramelin, PB
  • DMK - Modern Magick, PB
  • Nowicki - Ritual Magic Workbook
  • Crowley - Book of Thoth, PB
  • Crowley - Diary of a Drug Fiend, PB
  • Crowley - Book 4, PB
  • Zalewski - Golden Dawn Enochian Magic, PB
  • Zalewski - Enochian Chess of The Golden Dawn
More to come as I continue weeding through the vast abyss that is my storage room! 


Friday, December 7, 2012

The Rite Of Consecration For The Abrasax Talismans

     To all readers who have ordered the Talismans previously offered, to whom I owe this ritual, here it is. I do apologize to one and all who patiently awaited this rite. Those who did not order these Talismans are certainly welcome to download it as well, and make use of it in creation of your own. 

     This PDF also offers a look inside The Book of Abrasax, from which is is taken. Feel free to contact me with any questions or for further guidance on the employment and deployment of this work and the associated Talisman. 

     I will be posting further updates, either tonight or tomorrow, wherein I introduce a new service I am excited to offer, as well as details of forthcoming projects.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Book of Abrasax - The Reviews

     Since my last post there have been several excellent reviews done for my recent release, The Book of Abrasax. In addition, I have received a plethora of feedback and questions from readers who have begun working with it. I have decided to organize all such reviews in this post, which I will keep up to date and place a link to on the blog's main page. 


Reviews







Thursday, November 29, 2012

Chasing The Dragon and Hadean Guides To The Underworld - Kindle/ Epub Available

 


For anyone who has missed out on any of Hadean Press' Guides to The Underworld series, or who hasn't ordered due to the cost of international shipping, or has been living under a rock and doesn't know how valuable the material contained in these little gems is, Hadean has now made almost all of their Guides available in Kindle & Epub formats. You'll find more nitty gritty praxis in some of these booklets than in most of the current full length volumes on the market. 







Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Minor Updates, Thanks, Hate Mail and Abrasax

     Let me start by apologizing for the brief absence from the blogosphere, and for the delay in my release of the Rite of Consecration for the Abrasax Talismans. In the last month I've been truly overtaken by events, and have spent more time on a plane in the last 30 days than in all the years leading up to it. 

     As many of you know, Hurricane Sandy devastated much of the tri-state area, and while my city was expected to be in the eye of the storm and take the brunt of it, it passed us by with little more than a pleasant breeze that I enjoyed in a hammock on my deck. While my area was wholly unaffected, the company for which I work has offices in many of the affected states, and my brotherhood is largely concentrated to NY, NJ and PA, so between work and personal reasons, I've been on the go since Sandy decided to slap us around like an insolent stepchild. 

     Aside from that, I was also made to undertake a full week of fasting, disconnection from the world at large and all of the digital amenities thereof as part of my own practice. 

     All the distractions aside, I have managed to get out all orders, both for books and talismans, and find myself now with a clean plate, so to speak, and some time to get back to reading, blogging and a bit of recreation. 

     In the weeks that have passed since the release of the book of Abrasax I have received a ton of positive feedback, and while I haven't yet been able to respond to all of you individually, I will do so in short order. I am thankful for the reception this work has received, and the fact that it will likely sell out much, much sooner than I'd ever expected amazes me. 

     I did, however, receive one communique, from which the "hate mail" portion of the title of this post stems. It appears The Book of Abrasax has pissed off an "Order" of Gnostic Magi, who claim to be in "a line of succession from the original Gnostic Adepts" feel that The Triune Baptism & Self Initiation as well as a couple of other portions I developed based on Codex Brucianus should not have been shared publicly, but only alluded to, or at the very least veiled with several blinds so that only those who devote sufficient time to decipher them would have access. Ironically enough, although they are well acquainted with the corpus from which my rites are drawn, they had never thought of using the initiation ceremony despite its prevalence and immediate value, which led me to reply, "If I had veiled the information or obfuscated it with blinds so that only the most discerning could make use of it, how in the hell would YOU have ever have understood it?" 

    

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Book of Abrasax Payment Options

     Quick update - between Monday and today I received a dozen emails asking why Paypal wasn't an option for those ordering The Book of Abrasax from Nephilim Press. I spoke to Frank last evening, and he WILL accept Paypal payments from those who aren't able to use credit cards directly. Send an email to frank@nephilimpress.com and he will reply with a paypal invoice.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Review Of The Book of Abrasax

     I woke up this morning to the pleasant discovery that The Book of Abrasax had been reviewed by ConjureMan Ali for his Blog. I have said it before and yet I will say it again now, few things are as satisfying to an author and practitioner than his work being appreciated and applauded by those who are teachers and experts in their own right, and this review is a perfect example. 

     This review can be found here: 

     For those who missed it, here also is Jason Miller's pre-release review:

Monday, October 22, 2012

The Book of Abrasax - Grimoire of The Hidden Gods

     As you've no doubt noticed, either by my now expired countdown timer on last night's post or by Frank's subscriber email, The Book of Abrasax was born at midnight last night. 

     The time was specifically selected to coincide with a ceremonial evocation of the God Abrasax and his Four Luminaries by myself and 5 others, conducted under the stars at one of New England's most beautiful (and tolerant, likely due to its proximity to Salem) beaches.  

     A circle, 9 feet in circumference, defined on the sand, formed of a black powder alternative obtained from a pyrotechnic store just after the 4th of July. Inside the circle, the seal of Abrasax, equally sized so that its peak was touching the circle in which it was contained, also drawn using the pseudo-black powder. In the center of the seal, a small bonfire on which was burned resin incense in an amount which, as it turned out, was likely double what the working necessitated, but which I'm sure the neighbors for a mile or more appreciated.

     Each of the participants, holding a yellow candle, gathered around the bonfire at the circle's center, myself and five others, and I commenced the evocation. Following the preliminary portion of the rite which consisted of the evocation of the Luminaries and an adjuration to Abrasax, each of us dipped the wick of our candle into the flame, then withdrew to our appointed place outside the circle, and as a group chanted the name of the God 364x, loudly, imperiously, and in so vehement a manner as has left me without a voice today. Following the 364th recitation, as one and in perfect sync, each of us lowered our candle to the circle and chanted the name ABRASAX a 365th time, as we did, setting both circle and seal ablaze in all their glory. 

     What followed was easily the most powerful and transformative Magickal  experience I have ever had, second only to the moment of attainment of true acquaintance with my Guardian Angel. The appearance of Eleleth and his brethren was breathtaking, and brought with it a sense of peace, tranquility and divinity unlike anything I could have foreseen. The appearance of Abrasax, in stark contrast, was marked by an unbridled power that left us feeling as if we had been standing in the eye of a hurricane, albeit one that was protective and empowering, not at all destructive. Abrasax' countenance was like unto his traditional depictions, except that his legs were those of a man, and as opposed to Luminaries who only appeared a foot or so taller than us, Abrasax was monumental. (So much so that I was honestly worried that one of my colleagues in particular might just pull an Agnolo)

     In the coming week I will be releasing a much delayed ritual to those who've ordered one of the Abrasax Talismans I recently offered, as well as coordinating a synchronized universal rite in which all are welcome to participate, so stay tuned.

    

Sunday, October 21, 2012

And So It Begins...



Sunday, October 14, 2012

Nephilim Press' Announcement

Nephilim Press Preferred Customer






Nephilim Press


The Book of Abrasax


Here we are halfway through October and I am finally able to tell you all that our newest title, "The Book of Abrasax," is shipping to us on Friday Oct the 19th.  This book is available in two editions, the Standard Edition and the Practitioners Edition. The Standard edition of 700 copies is bound in maroon cloth with marbled gold and black end-papers, while the Practitioners edition of 200 copies is bound in burgundy leather with a place marker ribbon and the same gold and black marbled end-papers. Both Editions are smythe sewn for durability and Inside their covers lie over one hundred and fifty pages of heavyweight archival quality cream colored paper stock packed with information, sigils, signs, rituals, symbols, imagery and just about everything else you could ask for in a ground breaking work that recreates the intricacies of a lost ancient magical system. 

Thanks again for your time and your patronage​.
Frank​



Ordering and Shiping

We are offering the Standard Edition for $50 US and the Practitioners ​Edition for $120 US 
Shipping will be $10 US and $20 for international orders. We are now accepting credit card orders directly on our new web site, nephiimpress.com and we have streamlined ordering and shipping so that we will not have the problems that we had with our first release. 


Preferred Customers

Keep an eye out for the official "available for order"​ email we will be sending out to our preferred customers. If you wish to become a preferred customer simply go the nephilimpress.com and sign up. As a preferred customer you will get advace opportunity to order new releases and reserve special items and titles that are only available to preferred customers.









Deep in the halls of academia there exists scattered fragments of a Magickal corpus that predates the classical Grimoires by far. This once fully developed system of magick, which seamlessly fused transcendent rites of evocation and initiation with immediately practical workings for attainment of temporal wealth and power, sadly languished in recent centuries, all but disappearing into obscurity and existing only in scattered bits and pieces presented in academic or anthropological studies of ancient religions.







Sunday, September 30, 2012

More Books

     Having finally made my way through a second set of shelves, here is another handful of books. Most free, a couple for sale.  I'll also update the list to include those remaining from my previous post. Contact me here

Free:

  • Bob Brier - Ancient Egyptian Magic
  • De Laurence - 6th & 7th Books of Moses, HC (Rare book, but the binding is quite loose and some pages have markings)
  • Momma Star - Old Style Conjure
  • Kieckhefer - Magic in The Middle Ages


For Sale:

  • Magickal Childe - Goetia, HC w/ Gold Embossing. VG condition, small white mark on front cover $50
  • IGOS & Moloch - Pragmatic Magics, Spiral Bound, Good Condition - $25
  • Heptangle - Fourth Book of Occult Philosophy, VG w/ DJ $40
  • Waite - Book of Ceremonial Magick, HC, Bell Press 1970's Edition, VG w/ OK Dust Cover $20

Friday, September 28, 2012

Here We Go Again...

Over at Dionysian Atavism Jack Faust has opened up a can of worms. Long time readers of this blog will already be well acquainted with my feelings on the subjects of piracy, and by extension my belief that while it is wrong, a good portion of the blame for it lies with the authors and publishers who have taken to releasing "trash for cash".

Donald Kraig, of Modern Magick fame, posted a rebuttal over at the Llewellyn Magick Unbound blog which is articulate, lucid, and, in my opinion, quite wrong.If you haven't yet read it, you should do so now, along with the comments section as you'll need to in order to understand the remainder of this posting.

My comment, which has yet to be moderated and appear on the blog but belongs after comment #6, is as follows:

As I expressed on comment section of the blog in question, I wholly agree with the author of that post. I do not “encourage’ piracy of books, but I do understand completely why many people participate and I do not condemn them for it. Let’s call a spade a spade here; many publishers these days release absolute tripe – Gonz├ílez-Wippler’s books being a shining example.

Addressing first your suggestion that they buy and then return such books, while Llewellyn, Amazon and some others do happily accept returns, the fact is that for many of the “independent occult publishers” do not. Further, those that do accept returns require that you pay to ship the book back to them, and as many of them are located in the EU, UK or otherwise internationally, the cost of posting a book back to them renders the refund moot and the whole thing an exercise in futility.
You argue that while the blogger finds many of the books released today useless, they may not be so to others. In this you’re incorrect. They’re useless to everyone. You refer to Miss Gonz├ílez-Wippler as an expert in Santeria. Apparently she is also an expert in Wicca, Paganism, Christian Mysticism, Qabalah, Grimoires, Palo, Dream Interpretation, Christian Qabalah, Amulets and Talismans, What Happens After Death, Angelology, and Seashell Divination because Llewellyn has published her books on each and every of these subjects, as well as several others. They all share a common theme – tripe.
Publishers who release such material, alongside Schueler’s Enochian material which, lets be honest, is even worse, are going to have their releases questioned by the market they target, and justifiably so. If someone would rather download an illegal version of a book released by that publisher than spend the $10 or $20 only to find out that what they’ve purchased a bookend, I can’t blame them.
As Jack said in his original post – Llewellyn DOES has several authors who are genuinely good teachers and authors, and who write an excellent book. However when their work is next to a dozen Silver Ravenwolf titles, Migene’s “expert” treatises on every aspect of occultism under the sun and Schuelers’ Un-nochian material, the buyers have a very good reason to be suspicious.

Let's be clear here. There are some publishers who can be counted on to release only valid, well researched material which will benefit the reader - Among them Scarlet Imprint, Nephilim, Teitan and Hadean. And then there are some on the other end of the spectrum. Those who do occasionally release valuable material, but which, as Jack Faust suggests, represents a needle in a haystack amongst all of the other tripe they sell the masses. While we would love to think the latter sort is limited to the Llewellyns and Finbarrs of the world, there are even some amongst the independent occult publishers' community who have released utter tripe. No need to name names, and while few are willing to criticize the works of others you, dear reader, know as well as I the disappointment of ordering a much hyped, masterfully marketed, limited edition of 39, finely bound paperweight which contains all the wisdom of a fortune cookie.

While I do hate that piracy hurts publishers like the aforementioned SI, Teitan, Nephilim and Hadean, who genuinely care and put actual love into and take pride in their work, I also concede that the "pirates" who simply don't want to continue getting swindled by the less reputable publishers are justified in this.

This doesn't apply to those who just want to be dicks and download everything under the sun, or who have the money and just dont care to spend it. They, unlike the serious student who just can't afford to spend $100 on a paperweight, are just plain dicks.



Monday, September 17, 2012

Speaking Of Books...

     Once again, my collection of books has grown larger than my home will allow for. As you can see, one of my bookshelves is, quite literally, buckling under the weight, and has begun leaning to the side, much as I myself do after a few amaretto sours. 



     With several more that I've ordered on their way to me, the time has come to part with some of those that I have multiple copies of and others which I no longer need. Rather than put them on amazon or another such venue, I figured I'd offer them here, some free and some at a significantly lower price than the "going rate". Those that are on the free list I will ship via the USPS media mail, also for free, within the US. Anyone outside the US is certainly welcome to them as well, but the cost to ship them will likely exceed the value of the books. The books for sale include US shipping by priority mail. 

     If you're interested in any of these, email me or use the contact form on this page



     More will be added as I get through my second shelf, so stay tuned throughout the week. 

Titles For Sale:
Heptangle - 4th Book of Agrippa, HC with Dust Jacket in protective mylar, VG Condition - $50
De Laurence - Goetia, The Book of Evil Spirits, HC w/ gold gilt cover. Cover a bit faded - $50
IGOS & Moloch - Pragmatic Magics, Spiral Bound, Good Condition $50
IGOS & Robert Blachard - Gargoyle Magick, Spiral Bound - VG Condition $50
Waite - Book of Ceremonial Magick, HC, Bell Press 1970's Edition, VG w/ OK Dust Cover $25
Heptangle - Chaldean Oracles, VG with Good DJ in Protective Mylar - $30



                                         











Free Titles
Moloch - Pragmatic Magics, Lulu PB Edition
Robert Turner - John Dee, Elizabethan Magus
Lon DuQuette - Aleister Crowley, Revolt of the Magicians
DiBiase - Divine Arcana of Aurum Solis
Maggie Whitehouse - Total Kabballah
IGOS/ BOTNL - Drum and Candle, HC Former Library w/ Stickers, Stamps, etc...
Llewellyn - Secret Teachings of The Temple of Isis



More will be added later this evening and tomorrow


Sunday, September 16, 2012

A Must-Have Book - Occult Traditions, Damon Zacharias Lycourinos, Editor

     Rarely do I take the time to review a new book these days, simply because with the three new projects that have been left on my plate and the influx of new clients my company has taken on, i have very little time to do much else but work, and what time I do have outside of the office I prefer to spend practicing magick as opposed to writing about it. 

     However once in a while a book comes along with which I am so impressed that I feel compelled to recommend it, and this is one such occasion. 

     A couple weeks back someone mentioned this book to me, and I am glad they did. I hadn't seen any promotional material or hype about it in the blogosphere or the usual fora, so when they brought it up it was the first time I'd heard of it. The book of which I speak is "Occult Traditions", an anthology edited by one Damon Zacharias Lycourinos, and published by Numen Books. Before proceeding, let me make it clear that until the end of August, when this conversation took place, not only was this title unknown to me, but so were the editor and publisher, and I have never held any communication at all with either, so this recommendation can be taken as truly objective. 

     Aside from Damon's contributions, which offer great insight into areas of the PGM with which I am heavily involved, David Rankine also provides a valuable contribution in the form of a sort of history of the Grimoire tradition and the works thereof, tying the earliest examples of these books to the more recent derivatives and offshoots, explaining which bears resemblance to another, which borrows from an earlier MS, and which can truly be viewed as the Proto-Grimoires. 

     The volume offers many other excellent and illuminating papers contributed by a wide variety of scholars, practitioners and those in between, and should be a must-have for anyone with interest in the field. 

     

Last Batch Of Talismans Shipping Tomorrow



     Quick note to inform all the buyers of the Talismans offered in the past couple of weeks; The final batch is shipping tomorrow. Due to the length of time involved in international shipping, I tried to process all of the overseas orders first, then the domestic ones in order of purchase. Tomorrow the final 6 go out, as I will be  finalizing the consecrations this evening. 

     In my original post I indicated that a set of ritual instructions would come with the Talismans, and that remains the case; However, inspired by a wiser man, I've decided to make them available to all who ordered these Talismans via download, and to encourage all to participate in the ritual outlined on the same day and on the same (3rd) planetary hour, in the interest of mutually tapping the current and touching the Deities unto whom it is consecrated. I am at present working out the most advantageous astrological time, and will then contact each of you via email to invite your participation. 

     There remains 3 of these available due to a cancelled order, so if anyone has interest, the purchase buttons are below.

    Update - Make that 2 remaining

Shipping in US - $50



International Shipping - $60

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Final Few Talismans

     Many thanks to one and all who have ordered the Talismans I spoke of earlier in the week. The overwhelming response and number of orders I've received has made it necessary to limit the number of sales I accept, as I want to get these into the hands of their new owners as soon as possible. 

     To that end, I will only accept four more orders, putting the number of Talismans made & sold at and even 2 dozen. Below are the paypal buttons again. They will be removed from this post once the remaining 4 pieces are sold. 


Shipping in US - $50



International Shipping - $60

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Clarification On "Abrasax" Talisman

     Quick follow up on a comment posted over at Jason's blog with regard to the christian elements of the talisman I posted yesterday. 

     YES, the Talisman does has aspects of christianity in its design, and in fact one of the symbols is a direct reference to "Jesus". I explained the relationship between Abrasax and christianity in the Book of Abrasax, but as that book isnt yet available I'll go into it briefly here for the benefit of those ordering or considering this talisman, as well as those who just have inquiring minds. 

     The "Jesus" referenced and called upon in several places throughout the Book of Abrasax, as well as the larger corpus from which it is drawn, is as far removed from the catholic rendition of him as true islam is from its radical counterparts. The historical and factual man, "Yeshua", plays a very important and intrinsic role in the Coptic/ Gnostic Magickal system, mirroring that of Hermes and Thoth to the Greek and Egyptians. In this capacity he is regarded as a Messiah and Master - one who is not god himself, but has ascended to the level also reached by Hermes, wherein knowledge of the universe and the mechanisms by which it functions is his to teach. The Gnostic magicians who laid the foundations for the system we are now trying to fully develop viewed Yeshua as the Son of God, not in the catholic viewpoint (wherein he himself was god, descended and taken corporeal form) but like unto Hermes in his vision of Poimandres, having been chosen by the true god as the receiver and teacher of the truth. 

     The Yeshua of whom we make reference in this work is not the Nicean "Jesus". There are few institutions extant for whom my contempt is as strong as it is for the roman church and their invented version of Jesus. That contempt, however, is limited to the man made interpretation of the man, and not who he really was, that is to say a Magus, teacher and messiah. 

     Finally, the relationship between Abrasax (Yes, I use Abrasax and not Abraxas) and Yeshua, and that magicians of the day is well established. However, the naming of these talismans wasnt due to it being one specifically devoted to him, but rather because it was he that inspired me to create them, and him with whom I will be doing consecrations. In the future I may well design a talisman after the traditional "Abrasax Stone", but that has yet to happen. 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

New Talisman Available

     While finalizing "The Book of Abrasax", I was urged to create one of the talismans from elsewhere in the corpus from which I was working. The resultant pieces are unlike any I have offered before, and for that matter quite unlike any that have been offered anywhere else of which I am aware. 

     The Talisman is hand crafted on 2 to 2.5" diameter hardwood discs, slightly larger than those I use in planetary lamens (I cut the discs myself, so while each is perfectly circular, they're all unique and thus some are larger by a quarter to half inch or so.) The designs shown below are burned into the wood, after which they are finished with stain and shellac. 

     The Talisman is created under the auspices of the God to whom my forthcoming book is dedicated, and consecrated by virtue of his blessing, in his name, Abrasax. The consecration and empowerment ceremony I will use is a veritable evocation of Abrasax, wherein the God is entreated, in his manifest form, to empower them himself. 

     The design is a synthesis of two talismans dated between -100 and 400CE, one of which appears on each side, as pictured below. 



     The first symbol is a protective one, placing the bearer under the guardianship of the God, while the second is to establish the bearer's reign and Kingdom by drawing prosperity and abundance. The Talisman, therefore, is charged with a dual purpose; to secure the owner from harm, and to promote his or her fortune. 

     Each side is encompassed by an Ouroboros, a symbol with which I am sure you are all quite familiar, which is in and of itself very powerful, and which plays a very important role in the magickal system from which The Book of Abrasax is drawn. 

     Each of these Talismans will come in a silken pouch, on which the name and sigil of Abrasax are hand painted, and with a detailed explanation of a ritual with which you may, if you desire, periodically strengthen your own link to the talisman. 

     Because the materials used in creation of these talismans is relatively minimal and inexpensive, and in keeping with my efforts to offer these products to even those on a more restrictive budged as I mentioned a couple of posts back, this Talisman will be made available at $50, including US shipping, or $60 including shipping worldwide. 

     Also, in order to avoid shipping delays and backlogs such as I have recently experienced, the talismans have already begin their journey from vision to manifestation, so orders will be filled without the need for you to wait a few weeks for your item to be made. 

     Feel free to comment or email with any questions. 

Shipping in US - $50



International Shipping - $60

Are The Grimoires Dead Wrong? (A Follow Up)

     After a significant period of stagnation here at The Lions Den, I've finally been motivated to get back into the swing of things and resume posting, largely due to a topic of conversation begun on the blogosphere that is of great interest to me personally. 

     The discussion in question began with EA Koetting's assertion that "The Grimoires are dead wrong", having been modified from their original form, to wit inclusive of true demonic conjurations that bore no resemblance to the judeo-christian themed examples now found in them. His rationale for this assumption does make sense, and the fact that some of the Grimoires we now know and love were at some point modified to lend them an air of piety, however false, is something I spoke on in Crossed Keys years ago. As EA correctly states, many of these works have their roots in a period in history where the tyrannical and repressive roman church was at the peak of its power, and merely the accusation that one was a heretic was in many cases sufficient to warrant a death sentence. For that reason, many of the conjurations, entreaties, and the overall "flavor" of some of the classics was altered to demonstrate pseudo-piety. 

     Although this is the case with some of these works, I think EA is incorrect in assuming that is true for all. The fact is that many of the Grimoires wherein we find the practitioner calling on judeo-christian deity were working handbooks akin to the authors personal book of shadows, in which they documented for posterity's sake their own workings, and many of the magicians of the day did believe that the Magick they accomplished was made possible only by the blessings and intervention of the "God" on whom they called. Asterion does a far better job of explicating this than I, and I'd suggest that anyone with interest in this topic head over to his blog and give it a read through. 

     While I do agree with EA that some of the Grimoires on which we now rely may have been altered and/ or diluted over time due to the prying eyes of inquisition and the church of Rome, I do not agree in the least that this makes them "dead wrong" or ineffective. On the contrary, I assert that this is not at all the case. My own experience has been that what makes a particular working from any Grimoire ineffective is when the rite itself or the conjurations of which it makes use are contrary to what the practitioner truly believes. If, like me, you abhor the roman catholic church and understand that its interpretation of Yeshua as "Lord and Savior Jesus" is an entirely fictitious representation of the Master Yeshua and wholly in contrast to who he actually was, then making use of a Grimoire wherein you propose to command the denizens of hell in the name and by the authority of that man made god is likely futile. If you cant even convince yourself that in his name you have authority over those you summon, how likely are they to respond any differently? This is another aspect Asterion touches on quite well, and I again refer you to his blog for his point of view. 

     The Grimoires with which we work are truly living things. They represent "what worked" for our predecessors, and as such can go a long way to teaching us how to developed a system which will work for US. Indeed this is how my entire practice is built, and I have enjoyed a greater degree of success than I could have imagined. The key to the Grimoires is not to feel locked in to even the smallest detail simply because it represents what worked well for others, but rather to understand WHY it worked for them, the mechanics by which it was so, and then apply the same principles to your own work. If you dont share the same belief system and level of faith that the author of a given Grimoire held, copying his work detail by detail is going to be less effective for you than finding out why he structured his system as he did and adapting it to your own beliefs. 

     One caveat to this posting - I am NOT a Chaote who thinks all you need to do is believe in whatever paradigm or pantheon you're working with in the moment and it will work for you. In fact I find that concept foolish. In saying "If you do not recognize X deity, you cannot evoke another in his name" I am not saying you can reverse the principle and succeed in evoking superman by believing in jorel, nor Harry P by the authority of dumbledork. What I am saying is that the spirits, gods, demons and daemons of old do exist - not in your mind or as part of your subconscious as AC would have you believe, but in as real terms as you or I. Despite that, though, if your own sincerely held belief is that the judeo-christian god is the "one true god", you're not going to have a hell of a lot of luck evoking Aphrodite in the name of Zeus Anaximenes.