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Here are some links relevant to Nether Regions:
"What is Paranormal Romance"": An introductory essay by editor Paula Guran of Juno Press which manages to cover the salient tropes AND the publishing nitty-gritty in a chatty, coherent fashion. Great little piece.
ParaNormalRomance Groups: A site designed for lovers of the Paranormal Romance sub-genre. Members meet online via YahooGroups and share an interest in science fiction, fantasy, and romantic fiction with paranormal elements, including time travel, futuristic, magical, ghost, vampire and shapeshifter themes. PNR provides several options for keeping up with the latest genre news. The PNR News Group provides information regarding new features, news and reviews posted on the PNR website. The PNR Attractions Group contains posts by genre authors regarding new releases, chats, contests, and other items interest to our readers. At PNR Reviews you will find find synopses and critiques of past, current and upcoming genre releases.
Romance Writers of America: Paranormal Chapter: A group of writers specializing in paranormal romances. "Members range from hard-core science fiction and fantasy writers who weave a little sex and romance into their stories to traditional romance writers who see nothing wrong with crossing a few species lines or physical laws in the name of true love. If youre looking for something alongside the normal, youve found the right place."
Paranormal Romance Writers is a web site where readers and writers of the paranormal romance genre can come together to discuss spotlighted books in the paranormal Romance subgenre.
Paranormal Romance: Secrets of the Female Fantastic: Dr. Lee McClain's informal article about one woman's approach to and analysis of paranormal romance.
Grimoires & Ceremonial Magick
Twilit Grotto: Archives of Western Esoterica: An invaluable internet resource created by Joseph Peterson to make ancient grimoires and esoterica available to all online in clean, edited editions. Includes wonderful scholarship throughout and a meaty timeline.
In 1453, Constantinople fell to the Turks, ending the Byzantine empire. This date also marks the beginning of the Renaissance, since the waves of Greek refugees spread knowledge of Greek throughout Europe. Included with the newly available Greek manuscripts were the Corpus Hermetica, Plotinus, and the works of the Neoplatonists. Shortly thereafter in 1492, Isabella and Ferdinand expelled the Jews from Spain. This sent waves of Jewish refugees throughout Europe, spreading knowledge of Hebrew and of the Kabbalah. Renaissance philosophers sought to integrate these traditions with the view of unifying the rapidly disintegrating religious factions and also ending the constant political strife. Thus they are the forerunners or prophets of the Rosicrucian and Illuminati movements.
The Study of Solomonic Magic in English: Dazzling overview of Solomonic magick by Don Karr. A must read.
Ouroboros Press: William J. Kiesel is the publisher and editor of Ouroboros Press which has been operating since the turn of the current century. His long years in the antiquarian and esoteric book trade gave him access to rare books and manuscripts not generally available to the public. William has cultivated a lifelong care of books and has involved himself in every aspect of bookmaking, from bookbinding and typography to handset letterpress. Today he works with translators of Arabic, Latin, German and Romanian to provide rare texts to the English speaking world.
Trident Books was established in 1986 to act as a publisher of classic works on the subject of ceremonial magic, hermeticism, alchemy & esoteric philosophy. Some of the titles published by Trident Books are new translations of works which have never before been issued in the English language. It is our hope to enrich students of occultism with antique source works which they might not have had access to without our efforts. We are continually working to obtain foreign language texts, manuscripts & tracts for publication which would prove to be useful by students and philosophers alike.
The Golden Hoard Press: Publishers of the Sourceworks of Ceremonial Magic Series, world-class editions of occult manuscripts which have never before been published in definitive, scholarly editions. Magick books published by Stephen Skinner and David Rankine, practicing ceremonial magickians.
Renaissance Astrology: Astrologers and mages like Cornelius Agrippa and Marsilio Ficino brought traditional astrology and astrological magic to their greatest heights in the Renaissance. Astrology went out of fashion and into an abrupt decline with the rise of mechanistic science and materialism in the the eighteenth century Enlightenment. When it rose again at the early part of the twentieth century, it was in the guise of psychological astrology, shorn of its ability to predict. Recent interest in techniques of Renaissance astrology, concrete and specific prediction of actual events, precise, pinpoint elections of dates and times and the beauty and harmony of Renaissance astrological and talismanic magic covered on Warnock's site. Traditional astrologer Christopher Warnock has created an encyclopedic resource on the topic of astrological magick. For curious types, he offers texts, courses, and straight up readings for people who are interested in old school predications and talismans.
Societas Magica is an organization dedicated to furthering communication and exchange among scholars interested in the study of magic, both in the positive contexts of its expression as an area of necessary knowledge or religious practice (as in early modern occultism and contemporary paganism), and in its negative contexts as the substance of an accusation or condemnation (as in sorcery trials, and many philosophical and theological accounts, both early and late). The interests of our membership include, but are not limited to, the history and sociology of magic; theological, and intellectual apprehensions of magic; practices and theories of magic; and objects, artifacts and texts either qualified as magical by their creators, or forming the substance of an accusation of magic by others.
Astral Magic of the Renaissance: "While the end of the 15th century marked the height in trials for sorcery in Europe, the intellectual elite of the Renaissance appeared to be taking a keen interest in a new form of magic intended to be purely astral in nature... The magi were in the same vein as the hermetic tradition and considered the cosmos to be a set of layers interconnected by a harmonious system of correspondences and sympathies. The parallel and complementary magic theses that flourished during this pivotal period represent real practical anthologies for whoever knows how to decipher them."
Heptarchia - The Sevenfold Dominion: From the late thirteenth century world in the shadow of which Peter of Abano (1250-1316) died while incarcerated on his second charge of heresy to the late sixteenth century European world through which John Dee (1527-1608) was impelled by conversations with angels, the fundamental principles of Western magic were inscribed. Looking now through the mists of time do we see maligned holy men or self-deluding wizards? Was it truly the cold light of Reason that evaporated whatever power once roiled in the hands of sorcerers? Did Western magic ever offer an alternative to the patterns of thought that arose in the seventeenth century and evolved into positivist visions of modernity? This site seeks to answer these questions through an exploration of Western Magic as it was constituted in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. It is through careful study of the genealogy of magic that we seek its relevance as a practice today.
The Alchemy Web Site: This site is organized by Adam McLean, the well known authority on alchemical texts and symbolism, author and publisher of over 50 books on alchemical and Hermetic ideas. Over 150 megabytes online of information on alchemy in all its facets. Divided into over 2400 sections and providing tens of thousands of pages of text, over 2500 images, over 240 complete alchemical texts, extensive bibliographical material on the printed books and manuscripts, numerous articles, introductory and general reference material on alchemy. Alchemy is a complex subject with many different interconnected aspects. Many people still only think of the quest of the philosophers' stone to change base metals into gold. On this web site you will be able to explore the riches of alchemical texts, some of which are wonderful works of allegorical literature, delve into its amazing, beautiful and enigmatic symbolism, and ponder its underlying hermetic philosophy, which holds a picture of the interconnection of the Macrocosm and Microcosm
The Demons of Magic by Morton Smith: A dense, compelling article about the distinction between giods and daemons in classical antiquity by one of the foremost authorities on Hellenistic religion and magick. Dr. Smith is also the author of the groundbreaking Jesus the Magician...
Secrets of the Grimoires:Legends of King Solomon, his work with Angels and his command of "unclean spirits" were popular in medieval Roman Catholic Europe. In time, this generated a 'Solomonic' tradition among European mystics. These people were among the first to record aspects of their magickal traditions in book form- which we today refer to as 'Grimoires' (textbooks). Included in this genre are such titles as 'The Key of Solomon the King', The 'Lemegeton' or "Lesser Key of Solomon', Agrippa's 'Three Books of Occult Philosphy', Barret's 'The Magus', 'The Grand Grimoire' and many others.
Medieval Magick by Aaron Leitch: An surprisingly clear overview of a very complicated topic... Chapter One of Secrets of the Grimoires- Medieval Magick- is an exploration of the medieval world that gave rise to the classical grimoires. The relationship between these texts and the social, political, and religious circumstances surrounding them are discussed. Then, the history of the grimiores themselves are explored- first in general, and then in detail as the contents of 20 individual grimoires are outlined. As the launching point for the rest of the book, this chapter contains "all we already know" from other scholars that have studied the texts. The remaining chapters of the book will move into new territory.
The Ancient Gods and Neopaganism by Aaron Leitch: A fabulous, cogent, articulate article on the origins of worship and the role of spirits in the lives of even the most skeptical human. All about Gods, what They are, how to work with Them, etc. Includes a surprising twist that'll knock your capitalist socks off! :)
Demonology: A-E List of Demons, Devils, Tricksters and other Evil Spirits: This page is a study in world perceptions of "evil." Throughout these pages, you'll find descriptions of different "demons." I realize that some of these "demons" can be considered gods or mythological beings. I've chosen those I found to demonstrate the trickster archetype or have been described as possessing "evil" traits in a predominant belief system. This site also ncludes an articulate FAQ for demonology and substantive articles about theology, ceremonial magick and traditional occultism of several stripes.
and magickal Bohemia
Prague, Ways of Looking: A lovely anecdotal essay by my friend Karen Mahoney about about the rich hermetic traditions Prague maintains to this day. A must read.
Magic Prague: a delightful historical mini-website created by Karen to coincide with the puiblication of her masterful Tarot of Prague. :)
Goat Story: The Old Legends of Prague (Kozí příběh - pověsti staré Prahy): A CGI animated feature about the legends of Prague! And it stars a GOAT!
Set in medieval Bohemia, Goat Story is a a comedic story about a friendship between the village-boy Kuba and his goat in medieval Prague. In Prague, Kuba works on the Charles Bridge and the Horologue and (to his Goat's distress) begins to fall in love with Máca, a worldly girl. Their story intertwines with that of the poor student Matěj Tale from Faust House and his contract with the Devil.
Director Jan Tománek also cooperates with Prague's Magic Lantern (National Theatre). Tománek's movies have been presented and awarded at Czech and foreign festivals. Goat Story is the first Czech 3D animated feature.
The Prophetess Libuse - Vitezlav Karel Masek: Short legendary biography and prints available of a famous painting of the magickal woman who founded Prague...
Prague Legends: The legends of Prague from its founding by princess Libue to Rabbi Loew, the Golem, and more.
Interview with a Bohemian Hermeticist: Magickal shenanigans continuing in the heart of Bohemia... Lubos Antonin studied philosophy at Prague's prestigious Charles University and worked as a dissident in the Czech cultural underground during the'70's and 80's. He served for 5 years as vice president of the prominent Czech Hermetic organization, UNIVERSALIA. This organization co-sponsored the Rosicrucian Enlightenment conference in Southern Bohemia's Cesky Krumlov in 1995. (See THE STONE No. 14) He more recently played a major role in the conference on "PRAGUE, ALCHEMY and the HERMETIC TRADITION" during 1997. A stellar cast of scholars including Stanislas Klossowski de Rola, Adam McLean, Joscelyn Godwin, Cherry Gilchrist, Chris McIntosh, Chris Bamford, Rafal Prinke, Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke and a host of Czech Hermeticists indulged in four days of discourse and dialogue. Following this event Lubos co-led an excursion to some of the more obscure regions of Bohemia to trace the footsteps of John Dee and Edward Kelley. Lubos played a key role in organizing the "OPUS MAGNUM" exhibit which accompanied this conference. This exhibit, located in the gothic "House of the Stone Bell" in OLD TOWN SQUARE provided a multimedia alchemical initiation experience wherein participants proceeded from the basement through four floors using a spiral staircase to encounter phases of the GREAT WORK. The exhibit displayed obscure historic books and artifacts. It was monumentalized in a large format quality bilingual volume entitled: OPUS MAGNUM: The Book of Sacred Geometry, Alchemy, Magic, Astrology, The Kabbala and Secret Societies of Bohemia. Lubos contributed an outstanding article to this book on the subject of natural magic. Presently he works in Prague's National Museum as custodian of 300 castle libraries.
A walking tour of "esoteric" Prague: A short first person description of a wander through a few of the legendary sites associated with Prague's occult history.
Guide and Travel Facts: Prague, the Czech Republic: Student travel info page with a brief overview of the occult traditions within Prague and the surrounding countryside...
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Glendower : I am not in the roll of common men. I can call spirits from the vasty deep.
Hotspur : Why, so can I, or so can any man- but will they come when you do call for them?