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Tuesday, August 14th, 2007
8:53 pm
Picatrix Volume Two

Dear Friends,

I receive frequent inquiries regarding the status of volume two of the Picatrix and I am happy to report that the translation has finally been completed. This means that the book is now in the editorial stage of development and will move into production very soon.

Volume two contains the 3rd and 4th books of Ghayat Al-Hakim and will complete the English translation. It is a larger book than volume one and contains much in the way of the practical working of astral and talismanic magic. Planetary and Zodiacal magic and full instructions for invoking the related spirits are provided along with all the requisite materials needed; stones, plants, inks, colors, incenses, talismans and the invocations.

In addition to this are many anecdotes relating to Arabic and pre-Islamic magical lore, including the writings of Ibn Washija, the Nabateans, Sabians, Chaldeans and Assyrians. Of particular note is the magical plant and mineral lore from the Nabatean Agriculture, which portray ancient practices of pagan Iraq.

The influence of the Picatrix can be seen in several texts of well-known authors of the western esoteric tradition, including Ficino, Mirandola, Abano and Agrippa, whose works have played a major role of forming contemporary manifestations of the esoteric tradition today.

The contents of volume two follow:

Picatrix: Ghayat Al-Hakim
The Goal of the Wise
Ouroboros Press (c) 2007

Volume Two Contents

Book III

1. The Fortunes of Planets from Three Generating Origins

2. The Fortunes of Constellations

3. The Life of Planets, Their Shapes, their Incense, and their Garments. The Views of Constellations Which Influence Magic Work, the Characteristics of the Regions Tangential to the Planets, and the Characteristics of the Countries

4. The Secrets Known to Those Who Are Profoundly Versed in Science

5. Certain Excerpts of Animals’ Characteristics and How to Call Spirits with the Aid of Planetary Configurations

6. The Art of Calling Spirits Known as the Perfect Nature, According to Aristotle and Hermes, and the Meaning of Talismans and Its Appearance

7. Calling Planetary Forces by Rising Up and Exchanging Secret Conversations with Them and Sharing with Them the Effects of Actions by Using Words, Offering Sacrifices, Making Supplications, and Producing Incense, as well as by Using Astrological Ratios as Explained in the Sabian School of Thought

8. Glorifying the Astrological Potential of the Sun and Saturn and How to Secretly Converse with Them

9. Calling Planetary Forces Individually, the Spiritual Names of the Forces Placed Beside the Six Directions and Using Them in Accordance with Aristotle’s Instructions

10. Weaving Spiritual Magic and a Vehicle to Repel the Harmful Effects of Actions as Presented in Aristotle’s and Hermes’ works in Magical Talisman operations, by Using Foods, Incense, Perfume, and Ointment, and Decoding Their Effects from the One to Which They Were Attached

11. Different Magical Talismans Work for Different Purposes as Taken from Former Scientist Works in Imagination, Reversing Perception and Conjuring Various Images According to the Desired Purpose. Magical Talismans to Put One to Sleep, to Make Him Motionless, to Kill Him, and to Neutralize Poisons

12. Scientific Recommendations and Enigmas

Book IV

1. Extending Illumination from the First Cause to Effects Below It. Talking About the True Essence of the Physical and Metaphysical Realities, the True Essence of the Mind, Its Sections and Reality, as well as the Truth of the Inner Life and Its Reality

2. Calling the Spirits and Forces of the Moon When it is New and as it Enters the Constellation as it Spreads its Forces on Earth, According to Some Kurdish and Abyssinian Schools. The Seven Day Fasts in Accordance with an Indian School of Thought

3. Some of the Copts’ Concealed Secrets and Some of their Symbols in This Regard

4. Exploring Some of the Most Important Works and Enigmas by Prominent Adepts in this Craft to be Used in Preventing its Outcome

5. Specifying the Ten Sciences Which Produced These Two Conclusions

6. Making Planetary Incense and the Vehicles Needed for This Principle is One of the Most Practical Secrets of India

7. Abu Bakr Ibn Wahshija’s Translation of Nabatean Magical Works and Talismans

8. Effects of Things are a Function of Their Characteristics

9. Special Components of Charms Taken from Various Books, Followed by Recommendations

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Saturday, April 15th, 2006
5:45 pm
Newsletter - April 2006
Ouroboros Press Newsletter
April 2006

This issue:

New Publication:
Turba Philosophorum Pre-Subscription

Alchemical Music in Renaissance Hermeticism
Emblematic Presentation in New York by William J. Kiesel

Dear Friends and Patrons,

This newsletter highlights two current events of the Press including a new book release and an Alchemical presentation by yours truly, which will occur at the close of this month. If you are in the New York area I encourage you to come witness this presentation and hear the exquisite music to be performed later in the evening. These are just two recent items which occupy us and other works are still in various stages of production – more news may of course be found at our website: www.bookarts.org

Thanks for reading and I hope to meet some of you in NYC.

Kind Regards,

William J. Kiesel
Ouroboros Press
Post Office Box 85375
Seattle, Washington 98105

Now Available for Pre-Subscription

The Turba Philosophorum or Assembly of the Sages:
Called also the Book of Truth in the Art and the Third Pythagorical Synod
An Ancient Alchemical Treatise Translated from the Latin by Arthur Edward Waite

Known unto the wise as the Crowd of Philosophers, this twelfth century treatise records the meeting of the “Hermetic Association for the Advancement of Alchemy” and gives voice to the alchemical wisdom of several centuries. From Pythagoras to the Thrice-Greatest Hermes, the Adepts converse on the keys of the Royal Art and the nature of the Magnum Opus in their pursuit of the Philosopher’s Stone.

Arthur Edward Waite’s translation of The Turba Philosophorum remains the most complete to date due to the fact that he examined the many variant Latin manuscripts. There were two versions of the Turba; a short version and a long version, and in cases where textual differences occurred, Waite was sure to note them. This new edition has retained those important words of wisdom.

This Limited Edition produced by Ouroboros Press continues the tradition of fine bookmaking by resetting the type and offering two distinctive binding styles.

Deluxe Leather Turba
Handbound in full burgundy leather with gilt titles and device, false-raised cords, marbled endsheets and a silk ribbon bookmark from the venerable studios of Ars Obscura Bookbinding. Octavo. 162 pages. Limited to 300 copies only. $135.00

Trade Edition Turba
Full burgundy cloth with gilt spine title and printed dust jacket. Octavo. 162 pages. Limited to 700 copies only. $45.00

Patrons of the press can now pre-order copies of the Turba Philosophorum to ensure that a copy will be secured in your name. As with all our publications pre-subscriptions are the real reason these texts are made available at all, thanks are to be given to those forward thinking individuals and institutions who continue to support Fine Esoteric Bookarts.

By subscribing, patrons will receive the benefit of the pre-subscription price, which includes free shipping, as well as guaranteeing to be the first to receive this important tome of the Hermetic Tradition when it returns from the printing and binding processes. Release Date: August 2006

Acceptable method of payments include check, money order or PayPal.
All checks must be made out to ‘William J. Kiesel’ and sent to the below address.
Check made out to any other name will be returned.
When making payment via PayPal use [kiesel@blarg.net]
Please include full shipping details with your order – Thank you!

Payment may be sent to:
Post Office Box 85375
Seattle, Washington 98105


Alchemical Music in Renaissance Hermeticism – April 27, 8PM & 10PM
Ouroboros Press editor William J. Kiesel to give Emblematic presentation at John Zorn’s venue; The Stone in New York’s Alphabet City. Please visit the venue website for directions and details: www.thestonenyc.com

This presentation, which will be accompanied by slides of alchemical emblems and iconography, aims to give a brief historical and symbolic background underlying the Alchemical and Hermetic tradition and it’s use of music. Figures such as Marsilio Ficino, Pico Della Mirandola, Robert Fludd, Anathasius Kircher and Count Michael Maier will be discussed and examples of their works shown. Maier’s work; Atalanta Fugiens with its fifty emblems, epigraphs and musical pieces will form a significant part of the presentation and will be followed later in the evening by a contemporary performance of some of his works by Jessika Kenney [voice], Stephanie Griffin [viola] and Eyvind Kang [viola].

This is the first in a series of presentations planned in an effort to promote the Ouroboros Press and raise needed funds for important translation work and other publishing projects.


William J. Kiesel
Ouroboros Press
Post Office Box 85375
Seattle, Washington 98105
Sunday, March 19th, 2006
3:33 am
Emblematic Presentation and Alchemical Music

Ouroboros Press publisher William J. Kiesel to give a presentation at The Stone.

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