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Between the other three Parchment Books there is bound to be at least one that is your cup of tea: Magic and Mystery in Tibet (Alexandra David-Néel); The Psychology of Man’s Possible Evolution (P. D. Ouspensky); and The Light of Egypt, volume 1 (Thomas H. Burgoyne). Like most good books, The Light of Egypt will repay you many times over with more than one reading, especially if you are “on the path” and are seeking to understand the wider spiritual landscape – it is the sort of book that attracts post-its and scribbles in the margins.
Aziloth Books' two Cathedral Classics titles could not be more different from each other. The Poems of Sappho are an exquisite legacy of Sappho’s lyric poetry and in Henry de Vere Stacpoole’s translation we have a sensitive rendition that does justice to the deep-felt emotions of her songs. Author of a quite different genre is H. G. Wells, the acknowledged father of modern science fiction. The Time Machine tells the tale of the first time-traveller, who journeys 80,000 years into the future and finds his belief in the inevitability of scientific progress sorely tested. This is Aziloth Books’ newly revised second edition.
Keep a look out for two definitive titles soon to become available from Aziloth Books. Those who cannot get enough of things magical and mystical will have a feast with Éliphas Lévi’s The History of Magic. This 350-page book is a comprehensive compendium of magic – “the Secrete Doctrine” – which Lévi traces through the ages, from its ancient Zoroastrian origins to the 19th century occult revival in which he played a leading part. Throughout, the author emphasizes the inseparability of science and religion and that magic is part of both. The other tome shortly to be released is The Freedom of the Will by Jonathon Edwards, first published in 1754. In it Christian theologian reformer Edwards examines the essence of the human will and argues that “a person may freely choose whatever seems good, but that whatever it is that seems good is based on an inherent predisposition that has been foreordained by God.”
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Herbert George Wells, the acknowledged father of modern Science Fiction, rose from humble beginnings to produce some of the best known works of the genre. The Time Machine tells the tale of the first time-traveller, who journeys 80,000 years into the future and finds his belief in the inevitability of scientific progress sorely tested. The human race has split into two separate species, the placid, incurious Eloi, and the loathesome, subterranean Moloch, who capture his marvellous machine and whose nocturnal existence shrouds a hideous secret.
First published in 1895, The Time Machine still sparkles with that originality and imaginative use of scientific theory that became Wells’ hallmark in War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man, and all his later writings.
This is Aziloth Books' fully revised second edition.
It says much of Sappho’s timeless genius that while only a fraction of her works remains for us to enjoy, she is recognised as the mistress bar none of lyric poetry. And in Henry de Vere Stacpoole’s translation we have a sensitive rendition that does justice to the deep-felt emotions of her songs.
Sappho was born into the aristocracy of 7th century B.C. Lesbos. Nine scrolls of her works were recorded in the great library of Alexandria but much of her prolific legacy was burnt by zealous Christian leaders in medieval times. What remains comes to us from the quotes of early commentators who revered her talent: one complete poem (The Hymn to Aphrodite), three incomplete poems and over 170 fragments, many just single words. They are expressions of friendship, rivalry, family, and the exquisite rapture and pain of love. This edition contains the most intact poems and fragments together with Ovid’s Heroic Epistle XV, Sappho to Phaon.
In Stacpoole’s words, “the spangled thread” of Sappho’s mind echoes down through the ages and continues to delight us today.
When first initiated into Freemasonry, very few candidates are aware of the number of Degrees or Orders that exist, or their relevance to the Craft or historical incidents. In this important book, Raymond Hudson reveals the full titles and range of over thirty Masonic groups, giving details of their different history, aims and philosophies. Some are open to all Master Masons, while membership of other lesser known or esoteric fraternities, is strictly ‘by invitation only’. The result is an engrossing mélange of Chivalric Orders, Druids, Rosicrucians, Saxon Kings, Mithraic Mysteries, Essenes, and the Illuminati, with Hermetic heptads and the grandiloquently-named “Order of the Knight Masons, Elect Priests of the Universe”. A fascinating, entertaining and informative read for Mason and non-Mason alike.
The Meaning of Masonry stresses the original purpose of Freemasonry as a “spiritual science,” a specialised form of mysticism designed to answer the timeless questions of those who seek self-knowledge: What am I? Whence come I? Whither go I?”
W. L. Wilmshurst was an initiate of Huddersfield Masonic Lodge in England and became a prominent author of books and articles on masonry that bespoke a deep knowledge of the mystical side of an organisation little known to the outside world. First published in 1922, The Meaning of Masonry is an exposition of Freemasonry’s esoteric credentials, its true raison d’être. The symbolism of the rituals enacted during the four initiations are, emphasises Wilmshurst, but outward forms of the deeper, invisible stages of spiritual growth. Masonic symbols and biblical allegories are explained and linked to masonry’s roots in the ancient philosophies of India, Egypt and Greece.
Written solely for Brothers of the Craft, the now wider accessibility of this important book outside masonic circles does much to inspire spiritual growth – and brings with it a new respect for the ideal of Freemasonry.
Albert Pike was born at Boston Massachusetts in 1809, the eldest of six children. A precocious pupil, at the age of 15 he passed the Harvard University entrance exam but could not attend because of lack of funds. Instead, he joined a number of hunting/trading expeditions, travelling west until finally settling around Fort Smith, Arkansas.
In 1850, at age 41, Pike was initiated into the Craft and just 8 years later, he was elevated to the Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite’s Southern Jurisdiction. His formidable intellect devoured all things metaphysical and esoteric, knowledge that he incorporated into a detailed exposition of the Masonic Brotherhood, its myths and symbols, in Morals and Dogma.
The present volume covers the first five degrees of the Craft: Apprentice, Fellow Craft, Master, Secret Master and Perfect Master. It will prove invaluable to those considering joining the Masonic Fraternity, and to the initiated Mason who has, so far, found the explanations and rituals he has undergone strangely perfunctory, meaningless or simply disappointing. Morals & Dogma seeks to remedy this, and reveals the Craft as a living philosophy of life, steeped in esoteric knowledge that links the seeker with the most profound Truths of mystical thought. Written on many levels, the book will repay much study and re-reading.
Thomas H. Burgoyne was born in Scotland on April 14, 1855. He grew up a gifted psychic and later became an ardent student of Hermetic Philosophy. After emigrating to the USA at the age of twenty-five, he met Norman Astley, who was himself an accomplished occultist. Impressed by the depth of Burgoyne’s esoteric understanding, Astley persuaded him to set down his knowledge in a series of lessons. The Light of Egypt Vol 1, published in 1889, is the fruit of these labours.
The tome is, in fact, two books in one: the first dealing with the Science of the Soul, while the second treats of the Science of the Soul and the Stars.
The information presented here will astound with its breadth of vision and the obvious truth of the genuine Hermetic Tradition. The book forms a perfect introduction into esoteric and occult studies, and even high-grade initiates will find concepts here that may perhaps shake some of their core preconceptions. It has truly been called “One of the masterpieces, both of writing and of instruction … there is nothing comparable to it in the English language.” (Emma Hardinge Britten, The Two Worlds).
This edition has been fully revised by a Rosicrucian Adeptus Minor and several errors/omissions – found in some extant editions – have been corrected, viz.: misprinted tables rectified, three ‘lost’ diagrams added, and five missing chapters inserted in their correct sequence. An Index is included.
Much has been written concerning Tibet and its secret lore, but precious few authors have actually visited ‘The Land of Snows’ and a vanishingly small number were vouchsafed the privilege of studying with Tibetan masters during the culture’s heyday, long before its present domination by China.
Alexandra David-Néel is one of this select group, and Magic and Mystery in Tibet is her account of the various mystical traditions she encountered while traveling in Tibet during the early 1900s. A woman of prodigious energy and courage, she spent 14 years in this Forbidden Land, at one time disguising herself as a beggar to secretly visit Lhasa, the first western woman to make the journey.
A practising Buddhist (and latterly a Lama in her on right), David-Néel was privy to many aspects of Tibetan culture that remained hidden from other travellers. Her description of the people, their beliefs, her conversations with sages and sorcerers, all paint a fascinating picture of Tibetan occult/ mystical theories and psychic training practices. Many of these skills she mastered herself, from meditation techniques, and elaborate magical rites, through necromancy, psychic abilities such as ‘sending messages on the wind’ and creating ‘tulpas’ (manifested thought-forms), to methods of breathing and mental concentration that control pain, extend physical endurance, and generate prodigious bodily heat, allowing an adept to go naked through the snow without discomfort.
This is a fascinating, unique account of the spiritual core of a now-threatened culture. A must-read for anyone interested in Magic, the Occult, and the mystical traditions of Tibet.
P. D. Ouspensky’s unique series of five ‘psychological lectures’ describe not what Humanity is now, but what it may become.
Most people are ‘asleep’ - they act mechanically, are not totally conscious of their own existence, and are filled with a multitude of ephemeral and competing ‘I’s. To awaken - to find inner unity - one must first become continually self-aware, a difficult task that requires special techniques, sustained effort over many years, and the help of a bona fide ‘school’ of wisdom.
In these lectures, originally meant only for a select few, Ouspensky gives invaluable guidance for those starting out on this most important of all quests. Included in this edition are the ‘Notes on Decision to Work’, a vital adjunct to understanding his philosophy and method. A book that will repay careful study over many years.
This is Aziloth Books' fully revised second edition.