ARCANUM BESTIARUM: Of the Subtil & Occult Virtues of Divers Beasts.
Hercules, CA: Xoanon / Three Hands, 2012. Limited Edition. A Fine Premium Cloth Copy in fine dust jacket. Printed in two colors on heavy custom stock, and illustrated with original woodblock prints by Liv Rainey-Smith. 272 pages. Tall 8vo. The text is graced with fifty-five original woodcut illustrations by artist Liv Rainey-Smith, prepared especially for this title in close collaboration with the author. Written for the modern magical practitioner, the volume examines the occult virtues and totemic majesties of fifty animals, theriomorphs, and their kindred. Correspondences with deific powers, atavistic wisdom, and mythopoetic emanation are examined, especially in light of the tutelary powers all animals possess. Special attention is given to the zoomorphic aspects of Alchemy, which historically used the bestial emblemata as veils of the stages of the Great Work, as well as shamanism and witchcraft, bodies of knowledge particularly rich in the lore of animals as spirit-helpers. The work is an emergent strand of magical investigation long part of the author's private life, where he has worked in the ecological field of wildlife rehabilitation, especially raptors. (Item ID: X-AB)