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The Virtue of True Friendship

“I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects.”
― Oscar Wilde
Two children giving a pinkie swear stating to be best friends forever is a beautiful act which many might consider naïve, at most cute. If we pause at this moment a surge of the eternal reveals itself in the children’s innocence tying the little fingers together they are tying Mercury to Mercury and an oath is made of friendship. No other planet could be more proper for such oath. Mercury which is bad with bad and good with good, a communicator, thief and deceiver, the amalgam wherein Eros with all his love and contempt flows like the pulse of a dagger. ‘Friend’ and ‘fiend’ share etymological roots as much as ‘host’ and ‘hostile’. Friendships, like marriages, concords and pacts of whatever orientation often see this turn from friend to foe due to Mercury playing out misunderstandings, disagreements, betrayals, disappointments and deceptions in …
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Shigidi; Radical Protection (New offering at Sacred Alchemy)

After a year offering Shigidi off store and having experienced great results and feedback from those installing this amazing force in their temple, home or workspace we have decided to offer this product permanently at Sacred Alchemy Store.
Please read below for details:
Shigidi; Radical Protection
Protection of one’s ambient, home and sphere is always important – and amongst the most powerful tools available is the Shigidi.
Shigidi is a supernatural force, a composite of powers that utilizes the ase of Esu at its most fierce and hot, hence turning this into a power of aggressive guardianship drawing in the essence of large felines, predatory birds and your own warrior ancestors bound in the ase of Esu for the sake of radical protection. Shigidi represents a similar mystery as found in the Congos, commonly known as Nkisi Nkondi, which is a variation of the Yoruba Shigidi, similar in the protective and restraining powers it holds.
Since Shigidi is ultimately resorting to the use of your ow…

New Services and Products at Sacred Alchemy Store

We have the pleasure of announcing new services and products at Sacred Alchemy Store, all of these services and products have been created due to popular demand and so we thank you all for letting us know your needs and we thank you for your support over the years!




Ifá forecast –dafá ikin


The geomantic oracle known as Ifá is one of the most precise and solution oriented oracles known to man. By identifying patterns of energy moving your current situation it is possible to find presidency in the past and within the fundamental energetic building blocks of creation clarifications, answers and solutions to whatever situation. Ifá is predicting the future by analysing the past and the energetic matrix that lies to the root of a given situation and from this can predict the future.
Ifá can be thrown with obi (kolanut), opele (the divination chain) or with ikin (palm-nuts), the latter being the most complex and time demanding form of predictive work where the manipulation of the ikin leads to…

The Synoptic Grimoires

A review of Jake Stratton-Kent’s PANDEMONIUM (Hadean Press 2017)
In PANDEMONIUM Jake Stratton-Kent offers a comparative study of the spirits of Le Livre des Esperitz, the Grand Grimoire, the Book of Offices, the German Honorius, Weyer’s Pseudomonarchia Daemonum, the Goetia of Solomon, Scot’s Discoverie of Witchcraft and in this synoptic undertaking Jake has given a sort of key to the grimoires with the Spirit Catalogue that emerges from his comparative research.
It is a meticulous work he has been undertaking in discussing discrepancies between the main grimoires and then arriving towards a synthesis that for sure will be a reference manual for many.
For any student of the magical grammars this book is a must as it both clarifies, suggest and drive the grimoire tradition forward in the spirit of meeting these ‘demons’ head on and forge dynamic and personal liaisons with them.  This because Jake is also in the wealth of material presented allowing a classic format to emerge, namely how h…

The Silent Craft of the Devil

A Book review of:
Gemma Gary:Silent as the Trees (Troy Books 2017) Gemma Gary: TheDevil’s Dozen (Troy Books 2015)
It is my perception that the term Traditional Witchcraft over the years has become a term used in greater and greater frequency, as the craft has become more inclusive. This might be due to families guarding the craft having been more open with some of their mysteries and have shared in greater degree than before, but there are also two other elements that has contributed to this increase in practitioners of Traditional Craft and Craft circles in themselves. One of them being the greater field of folk magic that utilizes spells and charms that throughout in history was condemned, judged and labelled as ‘witchcraft’, hence practitioners of folk magic might end up seeing their craft as both traditional and as witchcraft. The other factor is born from the spirit of democracy that says we can all be what we want to be because we all are equal. Naturally democracy is a more comple…

A Preface to Apocalyptic Witchcraft

Peter Greys' Apocalyptic Witchcraftwills hotly be out in Portuguese in Brazil by Penumbra Livros and I was in this regard invited to write a preface for Apocalyptic Witchcraft, which yo cand read below:

Much has been written about witchcraft, its practices and beliefs, its history and the witchcraft processes. The sheer amount of literature gives us a steady red thread of the witch as malefica and venefici – and it is this that became the icon of the witch proper. The witch is a votary of Circe and Medea, a child of Cain and it is this icon of the witch as ‘other’, as opposer, as danger Peter Grey is paining out for us on the backdrop of modernity.
Peter states that the witch is what we find at the end of a pointed finger and at the end of the pointed finger we find the unruly and the rebellious bound by the otherworldly, the scapegoat and the dangerous. Hence “witchcraft is the work of the enemy. Witchcraft is the sex that other people have, witchcraft the drug other people take, w…

On Tradition and Custom

When we speak of tradition we tend to think about a mere succession of something, a ritual repeated for a few years is established as tradition for its practitioners as much as any gnosis expanded upon arcane sources and customs can take to itself the epitaph ‘traditional’, just because it is anchored in some arcane sources.
Defining something as ‘traditional’ is not that easy, because indeed tradition in itself is perennial and always supra-human, still the purpose must be understood so we can avoid becoming habitual to doing meaningless rituals and practices. Customs repeated would hold the vestige of being traditional, but its meaning and purpose must also be in place. What often happens when meaning and understanding dissolves from the customs is that the original meaning is replaced with pseudo-rites that enable the emergence of counter-tradition, factors that show themselves when tradition itself dissolves in lack of understanding of the reasons for the ritual action and in this…