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The Encyclopaedia Goetica Volume 1: The True Grimoire

The True Grimoire
by Jake Stratton-Kent

In stock now for immediate dispatch

The True Grimoire is a substantial octavo book of 280pp.
The text is profusely illustrated with characters, sigils, magic squares, and pontos riscados.
It is bound in verdant green book cloth, bloody endpapers and stamped with a rubeus memento mori.
This is a volume with presence, as befits one housing so many spirits.

It is released in a strictly limited and hand-numbered edition of a thousand copies.

A copy of the Death's Head edition can be yours for thirty-five English pounds plus postage.

The True Grimoire is a major contribution to the practice and study of Goetic magic. The neglected Grimorium Verum has been restored to it's rightful place as a potent and coherent system of Goetic magic.

Jake Stratton-Kent has reconstructed a working version from the corrupted Italian and French versions of this important grimoire. As a practicing Necromancer with 37 years of experience his Verum is a clear exposition of how to contact and build a relationship with the spirits.

The True Grimoire springs from the source of Goetic magic, enabling us to unlock the secrets of the other grimoires. We are given insights into the Dragon Rouge, Key of Solomon, Lemegeton, Abramelin, Honorius and the Black Pullet. This is a treasure trove for the student of magic.

The True Grimoire lets us experience a grimoire tradition with links back to the Graeco-Egyptian Magical Papyri and the necromancy of the original Goes. It also places Verum within a living tradtion, one which has taken root in the New World, finding expression in Quimbanda and the Legion of Exus, the 'People of the Cemetery' who have clear Verum equivalents.

This is a constistently illuminating text. The copious notes of a working magician, combined with a scholarly attention to detail, enable us to use this text for it's original purpose. The hierarchy of Verum and Goetic spirits is restored, the nature of Astaroth is definitively set down. The planetary hours are explained, as are all the ritual requirements and preparations.

Full details at www.scarletimprint.com


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michaelclarke18
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Does anyone get anything from stuff like this? I am curious.


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Suck it and see!
Hoping my copy arrives tomorrow 🙂
Wheres the bloodt smilies when you need em?


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Um, the smilies are back in all their glamour.

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Damn. I really dislike the little buggers but then I'm a luddite at heart. I like the text smilies, grins, winks, crys, but I always switch off the pics. There is beauty in the semicolon, the stop, the rounded letter, the bracket, but a little evil pak man thing? Yuk! ;D


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Yes, but does anyone get anything from rubbish like 'The True Grimoire'?


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Ask your nearest daemon supplier. 🙂


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"michaelclarke18" wrote:
Yes, but does anyone get anything from rubbish like 'The True Grimoire'?

How do you know it is rubbish? Have you actually worked through any of the processes?


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I spent a number of years studying grimores, when I suppose, I didn't know any better.

Good luck if they work for you, but they are the manuals of another age, and are no longer relevant.


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"michaelclarke18" wrote:
... they are the manuals of another age, and are no longer relevant.

What's the basis for your opinion that they are no longer relevant?


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Do you mean reading rather than practicing?
IMO anything which works continues to be relevant. The manuals are from MANY different ages and provide us with a link to original source material, perhaps tenuous at times.

Perhaps it is time for pragmatism to triumph over dogma and academia?

There are to many tilting at windmills with no understanding or hands on experience of the subject matter.

Alternatively maybe its to early and I have consumed to much coffee.............................


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What's the basis for your opinion that they are no longer relevant?

Because they are literal and are intended to be so.


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Obviously I have to declare my interest as the publisher.

The True Grimoire is extremely relevant, as it is one of the overlooked grimoires and this text restores it to a practical working version.

If you cared to inspect the credentials of the author, Jake Stratton-Kent has been a long time Thelemite, as well as a necromancer.
He has extensive experience of both Thelemic magic and the Grimoires. Those who heard him speaking at the last International Thelemic Symposium seemed enthralled. He will also be speaking at the Occulture Festival in May.

I have heard the grimoires decried as 'old aeon' which is one of those fabulous 'trotsky fascist' style denouncements which prevents thought and dismisses material without considering it.

The grimoires have a lot to teach us, as do the traditions which they draw from, in particular the Greek Magical Papyri.
Bornless Rite anyone?

I won't rant any further, each to his own.


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"michaelclarke18" wrote:

What's the basis for your opinion that they are no longer relevant?

Because they are literal and are intended to be so.

I really have no idea what you meant or intended to convey by that statement. Could you please clarify ❓


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"michaelclarke18" wrote:
Because they are literal and are intended to be so.

Interesting, isn't it? People like Jake Stratton-Kent have been working with this and other material for years, clearly with what they consider to be substantial results because otherwise they would not persist. You, however, on the basis of having studied them, have no hesitation in declaring them rubbish and no longer relevant; that they are "literal" and intended to be so.

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"michaelclarke18" wrote:

What's the basis for your opinion that they are no longer relevant?

Because they are literal and are intended to be so.

Suggest you google Jake Stratton-Kent, the blokes forgotten more about the grimoires than most people have learned. I'll be ordering my copy post haste 😈


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Umm, hope it is not impertinent to invite people again to the launch party will be at Treadwell's Bookshop on 22nd May? Hosted by the publisher, it should be a great evening, if previous parties are any indicator.

The author will be signing copies, no doubt, in amidst all the drinking, delights and debate.

All wishing to attend may do so simply be emailing us on info@treadwells-london.com.


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Interesting, isn't it? People like Jake Stratton-Kent have been working with this and other material for years

So what? Have you read/seen this book?
The real question is whether he is extracting anything useful from it. As a historian or sociologist possibly, as a magician, doubtful as it would demand modification of the originial text - so it would not be original anymore. Grimoires are - in my view - crude literary inventions from another age that relate to an entirely different view & understanding of the world. They are like old jokes that have been told to death and simply aren't funny anymore; true, that there are grimoires that can be useful/relevant, but I'm not sure that the True Grimoire is one of them.

Each age tends to find it's own form of magical practice, relevant for it's age...The Golden Dawn, Thelema etc. All realised the Age was different and recognised that they needed new tools, new techniques - or a new mix of techniques - that would be effective for them....otherwise why bother? Whilst, I accept that they used choice texts from antiquity, it was their approach to the usage of these texts was something entirely new.

I have no idea why people are drawn to this kind of 18th & 19th century historicism, other that to indulge in their love of book collecting....but that is something quite different. Moreover, I would much rather see new, exciting and more up-to-date work appearing - I know there is plenty out there, Fulgur, Xoanon? - rather than seeing irrelevant and redundant 18th & 19th century stuff like this. I understand that publishers are reluctant to take risks - and there is a good market for magical texts - but I think it would be far more beneficial to everyone.


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"michaelclarke18" wrote:
So what? Have you read/seen this book?

And it would seem that you obviously have not.

Neither have I yet because its good bloody friday and the postie don't come 🙁


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The True Grimoire have been published in whole/part many times, it's also available on the internet. True, I don't know what Jake Stratton-Kent has added to this edition, but this really isn't about him or his contribution....it's about the 'True Grimoire' and it's value.


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"michaelclarke18" wrote:
The True Grimoire have been published in whole/part many times, it's also available on the internet. True, I don't know what Jake Stratton-Kent has added to this edition, but this really isn't about him or his contribution....it's about the 'True Grimoire' and it's value.

If you refer to the announcement at the start of this thread I think you would find it's all about Jake, his contribution and "The True Grimoire".

Personally I make a point of not criticising books I have not read or practices I haven't tried. But that 's just me......


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"michaelclarke18" wrote:
I don't know what Jake Stratton-Kent has added to this edition, but this really isn't about him or his contribution....it's about the 'True Grimoire' and it's value.

No, as the publisher indicated: Jake Stratton-Kent has reconstructed a working version from the corrupted Italian and French versions of this important grimoire.

I've no idea if the book adds much to the corpus, but I've met Jake in the past and he seemed like a serious and well-informed chap, he's prominent among Thelemic writers and has a solid history in the tradition: I welcome the opportunity to read what he has to say about the True Grimoire.

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Moreover, I would much rather see new, exciting and more up-to-date work appearing - I know there is plenty out there, Fulgur, Xoanon? - rather than seeing irrelevant and redundant 18th & 19th century stuff like this. I understand that publishers are reluctant to take risks - and there is a good market for magical texts - but I think it would be far more beneficial to everyone.

Not to jump on the band wagon too hard; however, you should really check out Scarlet Imprint's other titles as well. I think you might be inclined to add them to your list of "risk" takers. http://www.scarletimprint.com/books.htm


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If you refer to the announcement at the start of this thread I think you would find it's all about Jake, his contribution and "The True Grimoire".

Personally I make a point of not criticising books I have not read or practices I haven't tried. But that 's just me......

In any event, I still stand by my original comments. Happy book collecting.......


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"michaelclarke18" wrote:
Moreover, I would much rather see new, exciting and more up-to-date work appearing - I know there is plenty out there, Fulgur, Xoanon? - rather than seeing irrelevant and redundant 18th & 19th century stuff like this. I understand that publishers are reluctant to take risks - and there is a good market for magical texts - but I think it would be far more beneficial to everyone.

My understanding of Scarlet Imprint's founding aims was that they intended to champion new authors with new works and not 'microwave dead texts' to quote their own blurb. Given this stance I think it highly unlikely they would issue something redundant. I am not sure I would agree with Peter that this work has been previously overlooked, but for anyone connected with this stream of thought Jake's experiences should prove fascinating. It looks bloody sexy too, natch.

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First off I'm gonna say that I'm no book collector and I'm certainly no fan of those fancy pants expensive "talsimanic books." That said, this book is great, I bought the paper back. Jake reconstructs the Grimorium Verum into a system that is workeable while still leaving room for the practitioner to develop his own methods within the system. And lets face it, the ritual of the Goetia of Solomon really just kinda blows with it's Judeo Christan elements and it's highly spirit negative attitude. No other grimoire has ever been more accessible. The grimoire offers a complete system of evocation and spell work and when combined with elements of Thelemic Ritual and Holy Books evocation and ultimately self-initiation.
I'm confused by what you mean, Michaelclarke, by "literal." Like, you literally conjure a spirit and interact with it? Literally work spells and divination? Literal, is in it's not simply a text veiled with mystical allegory that you can smoke weed and think about how big it all is and what not, if that's the case, no that isn't what it is at all.


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Well, I for one *am* a fan of those expensive talismanic books, when I can afford them. Without understanding the history of Ceremonial Magick and where it comes from, how can one accurately assess who is doing what today, who is merely re-baking old reciepes and giving them new names? I wouldn't want to point any fingers, but I'm aware of several so-called Left-Hand and/or Luciferian "new authors" whose rewarmed hash has little to commend it. Just because something is new doesn't mean its neccesarily good, but I'd bet *my* money that Jake Stratton-Kent's newest book is worth the investment. Buy it today at these prices, or try to find it in five years at five times the price-- the choice is yours.


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Yep, I'll second that emotion with regard to JSK's work. I think it's important to see the True Grimoire as the first part of his ongoing work with a syncretic approach to Goetia manuals; Classical systems of magic/mystery & African Diaspora Religions.

His aim is practical with regard to making a working system for trafficking with spirits; a considerable amount of research has gone into his work especially Geosophia which is really a companion to TG.


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"Walterfive" wrote:
Well, I for one *am* a fan of those expensive talismanic books, when I can afford them........... but I'd bet *my* money that Jake Stratton-Kent's newest book is worth the investment. Buy it today at these prices, or try to find it in five years at five times the price-- the choice is yours.

Aye, I get them if their worth it, and I get the paperback if it's available.

As foor your last point, agreed!


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I was introduced to his work via True Grimoire and i have found it very inspiring. I have worked the Goetia before but never Verum. I am very excited to pick up his Geosophia as soon as possible. I will definitely be getting the Rouge edition as I plan on reading , annotating, and living in those volumes for a while.

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Well, I for one *am* a fan of those expensive talismanic books, when I can afford them.

I am struggling to keep up with all the new publications, from Fulgur, Starfire etc that my library demands.


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You and me both, Mr. Clarke. We won't even mention the new leatherbound ltd. ed. volumes in Mr. Skinner's "Sourcebooks of Ceremonial Magic" series.


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"Walterfive" wrote:
We won't even mention the new leatherbound ltd. ed. volumes in Mr. Skinner's "Sourcebooks of Ceremonial Magic" series.

Gah!! tell me about it! I am happy that SI has the rouge editions though ... it helps me balance the desire for the beautiful with my desire for working these books. They keep them in print and keep them affordable. I want the Skinner books though - the *look* like you always imagined a grimoire would. 🙂


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Mr. Skinner and friends *do* put out some very pretty full leather and quarter-leather signed editions. I was shocked and suprised to go to their site the other day and see three or four new titles listed...


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I am looking to purchase a hardbound copy of 'The True Grimoire' by Jake Stratton-Kent, Scarlet Imprint. Please PM me if you have a copy for sale or have noticed a copy up for grabs elsewhere!

Best,
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"Analgesic" wrote:
I am looking to purchase a hardbound copy of 'The True Grimoire' by Jake Stratton-Kent, Scarlet Imprint. Please PM me if you have a copy for sale or have noticed a copy up for grabs elsewhere!

Best,
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Hello, first time posting here but I came across this thread when searching for a hardcover copy of this book my self, if by chance there is another homeless copy I will purchase it, only need one tho. thank you,
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