The Goal of the Wise Completed

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Ouroboros Press Announcement: Picatrix Volume Two now at printers!

Book release party in Seattle, October 18th.

Get yours while you can…
Ouroboros Press is very pleased to announce that Volume Two of the Picatrix is now complete and is on its way to the printers. We have received many words of encouragement and praise from our readers during this project and we thank you all for your kindness and interest. Starting today we are accepting orders for Volume Two, which will be released on October 18th.

To celebrate this long awaited occasion we are having a book release party in Seattle on Saturday October 18th. The party will be held in Historic Pioneer Square at the Rodriguez Guerra Art Studio and William Kiesel will be on hand to sign books. Details below.

Picatrix 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 Wahshija, the Nabataeans, Sabians, Chaldeans and Assyrians. Of particular note is the magical plant and mineral lore from the Nabataean 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 book will be issued in the same format as volume one:

Deluxe Black Leather edition:
Full black goat leather, Hand-bound with raised spine-bands and gilt titles, silk ribbon bookmark and marbled endsheets, from the fine binders at Ars Obscura Bookbinding.
[500 copies only]: $130.00

Trade Cloth edition:
Full burgundy cloth with gilt spine title and printed dust jacket.
[1,000 copies only]: $50.00

A very limited number of copies of volume one were issued in burgundy leather and slipcases. If you own one of these copies you may contact us if you would like a copy of volume two to match. We are only issuing these to owners of the original bindings. This is also the case for Vellum copies. Contact us for details.

Due to the anticipated demand on volume two we are accepting pre-orders, which will be filled in a first come first served basis. Reservations for Picatrix 2 can only be assured by sending payment, we will start shipping books on October 20. You are of course welcome to come to the book release party on the 18th and pick them up in person.

Please understand that the interest in this book is generating a huge amount of correspondence, we ask for your patience in waiting for a reply from us. All orders will be acknowledged via email in the order they are received. Thank you!

Ordering Information

Accepted payment methods: Paypal, Check or Money Order. Apologies but we are not accepting credit cards at this time, however you may pay with your credit card via Paypal.

Paypal payment may be sent via their website: [please use:]

Checks or Money Orders drawn on US funds:
If you are sending payment in the mail please email us so we can reserve copies pending receipt of your payment. Your payment should include your contact details [email, shipping address] and notice of what you are ordering along with your check or money order. Payment must be made out to ‘William J. Kiesel’ and sent to: 1408 NE 42nd Street Seattle, Washington 98105


We wrap our packages securely for safe shipping.

Domestic Shipping within the US is $6.00 for up to two books.

International Shipping is $12.00 for up to two books.

Bookshops: We offer standard trade discounts on the Trade Cloth editions only. Contact us for details on shipping.

Ouroboros Press: Picatrix Release Party

7:30 pm, Saturday October 18
Rodriguez Guerra Art Studio
80 South Washington Street
Seattle, Washington 98104

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