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A Review of Frater Acher: Holy Daimon (Scarlet Imprint: 2018)
As I read through the first pages of Frater Acher it became evident that this book was written by a kind soul, the kind of person that had his soul’s mirror to reflect kindness through the constant polishing and beating by Lord Saturn. As he writes on page 6:
“Flawlessness is for tyrants and the mythical dead. As living humans, our hands are always stained. We mess up, we clean up, and mostly are blissfully ignorant of the damage or good we have done… This Platonic idea of who we are meant to be is at one with, and yet entirely separate from, our mortal personalities. It is waiting for us within our holy daimon.”
And it is exactly this imperfection I found interesting in his work. The daimon, no matter if we analyse it from the philosophy of Zoroaster, Plato, Plotinus or the Chaldeans it appears that this daimoinic element is something of breath, something of fire, something good that enters us at birth is elegantly treated b…
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A Review of José Leitão: The Bibliotheca Valenciana (Hadean Press: 2017)

This collection of the main Works of Jerónimo Cortez of Valencia who composed his treatises in the 17th Century serves as an extension of Leitãos study in the Iberian Cyprians. Leitão comments in the presentation of his amazing translation work that the book might end up serve as a reference work, and indeed, the sheer volume of more than 600 pages might cause this treasure trove to be a work that is consulted more than worked, which is a pity, because this is a very complete collection of pragmatic and practical folk magic consisting of very much the same content as we find in the Iberian and Nordic Cyprians, albeit less diabolic. This means that we find here recipes for curing toothache and other afflictions as much as finding lost animals, the use of precious stones and herbs for whatever use, magical and mundane, for exploring its virtues or for curing something or someone. We find extensive explorations on astrology, all for practical use and we also fine a most wonderful bestiar…

The Worthy Enemy

When we appoint an enemy we are often times virtually soaking our hand through the mirror and try to secure what we despise in ourselves, we are trying to give a form to our insecurities and a forgotten contempt that somehow resurged in the presence of the adversary, because it is not the adversary that lures us into evil, it is always ourselves, the adversary simply becomes the scapegoat fin our own internal drama.
The idea of enemy is derived from the dichotomy between host and hostile, so there is certainly linguistic basis found in describing an unfriend as an enemy. This enmity is born from hurt and disappointment, from accusations and misalignments. We need to consider well if the unfriend deserves the dignity of an enemy in the sense of being an worthy adversary.
The Buddha once commented that our enemy is as important as our teacher – and it is in this field we need to separate the enemy from the adversary and even more so, the enemy from the fly.
What we see today is that mer…

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 …

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…