Scarlet Imprint has announced its next release, ready by October’s end – Geosophia, by Jake Stratton-Kent:
Geosophia is a two volume work bound in wine dark cloth. A staggering 700pp with eight colour plates and illustrations, maps and tables. The cover is gold foil blocked with original images of cthonic deities Dionysos and the Mistress of Beasts…
This is Jake Stratton-Kent’s masterpiece, tracing the development of magic from the Greeks to the grimoires, it lays bare the chthonic roots of ritual. By exposing the necromantic origins of much of modern magic we are able to reconnect with the source of our ritual tradition. There is a continuity of practice in the West which encompasses the pre-Olympian cults of Dionysus and Cybele, is found in the Greek Magical Papyri and Picatrix and flows into the grimoires. Rather than a muddle of superstition, the grimoire tradition is revealed as the living descendant of the ancient practices of the Goes.
This is a work which redefines our understanding of the Western Tradition, one which does not begin with Cabbala or Solomon, but rather descends into the Underworld and brings forth new life. JSK illuminates scarce and overlooked texts with an incisive commentary, from volcanic conjourations to over 70 pages dealing with Picatrix. Following the voyage of the Argonauts, Geosophia offers biographies of the heroes and gods, and discovers the hidden magical meanings and significance of their actions and adventures.
Yet this is not a history lesson, JSK dares to imagine a global synthesis of magic where Western goetic magic, reconnected to its cthonic origins can dovetail with the African Traditional Religions. Like The True Grimoire, this further work in the Encyclopaedia Goetica series is both a scholarly and eminently practical work. Geosophia equips the modern grimoire magician with an arsenal of techniques and approaches that will transform their personal art.
…which, all told, is quite a lot.
I should also note that the book will become available in a paperback edition at a later date. My copies of the hardbound volumes will run me about $150, which I should add includes overseas postage, so some people might be reluctant to part with that much cash.
This will be reviewed when it arrives, and when I crawl out of my pile of Hohman/Folger/work work to get to my reading list.