THREE HANDS PRESS, the publishing arm of the Cultus Sabbati is announcing the publication of The Celestial Art: Essays on Astrological Magic edited by Austin Coppock and Daniel A. Schulke. This will be released May 20, 2018. Their site states:
“It is a fact of history that the origins of magic and medicine are rooted in the Starry Wisdom of the ancients. Their intersection is evident at numerous and varied points on the timeline. Crumbling stellar-aligned temple complexes, fragmentary Graeco-Egyptian spell books, medieval grimoires and early modern apothecary manuals all testify to the deep enmeshment of the terrestrial and celestial.
“Astrology is, in essence, an occult science, whose principles underlie the vast majority of the hermetic tradition. Beyond the observation of stars and planets for omens auguring future events, the diverse celestial powers of the firmament have been drawn upon by theurgic and thaumaturgic magic. Carefully timed and engraved talismans sought to imbue earthly matter with the luminous power of planets and stars. What radiates in the heavens also gives forth its power on earth: in herbs, stones, animals, and in the affairs of humanity. Magicians have long sought to direct those emanations, to shape the below by means of the above.
“Yet since the disastrous disenchantment of the Western world, above and below have drifted apart, and the fruit of their union, the Celestial Art, has withered. This enfeeblement, however, has begun to reverse. Fresh flowers and ripe fruits appear again, as translations of the fundamental texts of magic and astrology restored to each art its roots, and reveal the many points at which the two great trees embrace and entwine.
“The Celestial Art gathers together twelve essays on specific aspects of astrological magic, examining essence and practical application. Among the topics of research are Vedic Astrology, Alchemy, Greek Astrological Herbalism, the Planetary Magic of the Sābians of ancient Harrān, the place of the Celestial Art in early modern British Magic, and practical planetary sorcery.
“Contributions to the volume include:
Aaron Cheak, PhD
‘Thigh of Iron, Thigh of Gold’
‘The Pulsation of the Cosmos’
‘A Feast of Starlight’
Al Cummins, PhD
‘The Azured Vault’
‘Thessalos of Tralles: On the Virtues of Herbs’
Benjamin Dykes, PhD
‘The Planetary Magic among the Harrānian Sābians’
John Michael Greer
‘Sources of Power in Medieval and Modern Magic’
Lee Lehman, PhD
‘The Conjunction of Electional Astrology and Magic’
‘The Perfect and the Good’
‘On Identifying Presiding Daemons and Geniuses from an Astrological Chart’
Daniel A. Schulke
‘The Planetary Viscera of Witchcraft’
“Featuring some of the most important voices in contemporary astrology and magic, the book augurs, in no small part, the restoration of astrological magic, and the reconciliation of contemporary astrology with modern occult tradition. The Celestial Art is now available for pre-order, to be shipped May 20, 2018. The book is 288 pages with illustrations, printed on archival paper, with an introduction and index, and three original images by artist Joseph Uccello commissioned especially for the volume.
“The book is available in three editions:
A softcover edition, smyth-sewn with color cover, limited to two thousand copies. ($35.00 each)
A standard hardcover edition, with color dust jacket, limited to six hundred copies. ($60.00 each)
A deluxe hardcover, quarter bound in black goat and marbled paper, with slipcase, limited to fifty copies. ($400.00 each, limit 1)
Pre-orders may be made at: https://threehandspress.com/shop/the-celestial-art/?mc_cid=31736a39aa&mc_eid=[UNIQID].