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Publisher: Three Hands Press     Author: William J. Kiesel

With the center of the circle as a starting point, orientation can take on precise meaning in the context of its ritual, which was designed to secure spiritual knowledge and material dominion in the world through the agency of spirits, stars and cabalistic arcana.

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.

Photographs courtesy of Three Hands Press


Standard hardcover with letterpress printed dust jacket.

Price: $45.00 + shipping.

Magic Circles Silkscreen Poster

A hand-printed, two-color silkscreen poster was made to commemorate the release of Magic Circles in the Grimoire Tradition and is available for ordering here.

18 x 24 silkscreen poster limited to 100 copies only.