Following my last two posts on Jake Stratton-Kent’s The True Grimoire from Scarlet Imprint, I should state one definite benefit of a practitioner’s work: it often has a great deal of material assembled as a labor of love. With that, I’d like to look at some of the highlights of this book:
- “The Context of the Grimoire” – A discussion of the historic position of the Grimorium Verum with regard to other books in the genre
- “The Art Armadel” – A brief look at cross-cultural uses of reflective surfaces to perform divination. I kept waiting for the Almadel to turn up, but I didn’t see it.
- “Astaroth, Lady of the Crossroads” – A lengthy essay on one of the most important demons in the Grimorium, tracing its mythological origins and counterparts.
- “Goetia & the New World” and “Verum & the Brazilian Cult of Quimbanda” – Discussions of the influence of the Grimorium on the Brazilian faith of Quimbanda. I’d heard about it before, but Stratton-Kent’s efforts to track down the exact route of transmission are greatly appreciated.
As usual, by now you know whether you want to read this book. I still prefer Peterson’s edition, but both certainly have merits, and people will seek them out for different reasons.