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Historia Praxis

The HISTORIA PRAXIS Series provides quality esoteric literature in an inexpensive format for students and researchers alike. The series will include new and historical works produced by the press which have reached out of print status and deserve to remain available to those who choose not to collect books at rare book market prices.





Magic_Circles_Cover_web HISTORIA PRAXIS No. 1

William J. Kiesel

Trade Paperback

80 pages · illustrated · bibliography


The author provides a survey of circle images from grimoire literature and discusses their context in history as well as practice.

Magic Circles have been depicted in popular expressions of magic and witchcraft as well as detailed with full rubrics in traditional manuals of magic such as the Clavicula Solomonis or Liber Juratus. Using narrative, visual and textual material available from European grimoires and manuscripts, the author discusses the various forms and functions of this important piece of apparatus employed by magicians in the Western Esoteric Tradition, including their role in providing authority and protection to the operator, as well as examples of their use in divination and treasure finding. Additionally, contemporary examples of the magic circle at work in modern esoteric praxis are provided and discussed in light of the traditional approaches they exhibit. This monograph serves to explicate this important tool of ceremonial magic and is valuable to practitioners of the art magical with its technical data, while also providing context in historical settings for the merely curious reader of occult subjects. Illustrated throughout.


$15.00 + postage.


Turba PhilosophorumHISTORIA PRAXIS No. 2

Translated by Arthur Edward Waite

Trade Paperback

184 pages · illustrated · indexed

Aside from the Emerald Tablet the Turba Philosophorum is the most referenced text in the corpus of alchemical literature. Described as the Pythagorian Synod the Turba is comprised of a dialogue between adepts concerning the operations of the Philosopher’s Stone and the Magnum Opus. A classic source text of western esotericism.

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 as well as featuring an index which will proof quite useful to scholar and alchemist alike.


$20.00 + postage

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