Skinner has been interested in magic for as long as
he can remember. He wrote, with Francis King, the
of High Magic in 1976. He followed that with Oracle of Geomancy
and Terrestrial Astrology which has become
the standard work on Western divinatory geomancy.
Books on Nostradamus and Millennium Prophecies followed in highly
illustrated editions. Stephen is also the author of
eight books on feng shui, including the first one in
English in the 20th century.
In the 1970s he was responsible for stimulating
interest in John Dee and Enochian magic by
publishing the first reprint of Casaubon's True and
Faithful Relation of What Passed for Many Yeers
between Dr John Dee and some Spirits¡ which he has republished and a completely re-edited, re-formatted edition as Dr. John Dee's Spiritual Diaries. He also
published Dr Donald Laycock's key reference book on
the angelic language The Complete Enochian
Dictionary. He has been working on the Source Works
of Ceremonial Magic series of books on grimoire
magic with David Rankine for the last
decade. Stephen lives in Singapore.
Books by Stephen Skinner include
The Complete Magician¡¯s Tables, Agrippa¡¯s Fourth
Book of Occult Philosophy, Terrestrial Astrology:
Divination by Geomancy, Techniques of High Magic
[with Francis King],
Magical Diaries of Aleister Crowley
Millennium Prophecies: Apocalypse 2000, Search for
[with Nevill Drury],
Aleister Crowley¡¯s Astrology
Geomancy in Theory and Practice, Nostradamus
[with Francis King],
Classics of Feng Shui
Guide to the Feng Shui Compass, Oracle of Geomancy,
For more information on Stephen Skinner please visit
David Rankine has been practising magic for the last
25 years and writing about it for the last 17
years. During that time he has been involved with
Golden Dawn, Qabalistic and Thelemic groups, and
gives regular talks and workshops around Europe. He
has also written Becoming Magick, Magick Without
Peers, as well as
being a major contributor to the Enhancing Your
Mind, Body, Spirit partwork. David lives in
Books by David Rankine include Becoming Magick,
Climbing the Tree of Life, Crystals: Healing &
Folklore, Heka: Ancient Egyptian Magic, and
with Sorita d¡¯Este: Circle of Fire , Hekate
Liminal Rites, Visions of the Cailleach, Practical
Elemental Magick, Wicca Magickal Beginnings,
Practical Planetary Magick , The Guises of the
Morrigan , The Isles of the Many Gods ,
of Chakras, and Magick Without Peers
[with Ariadne Rainbird]
Together they have discovered what happened to
Dee's most important manuscript, his personal book
of angelic invocations which he kept in Latin, and
how it was preserved and developed in the 17th
century into the full working Enochian system, the routes down which were passed the
classic techniques of invocation and evocation from
late mediaeval grimoires, through Dee's magic, via
Ashmole, and the aristocratic angel magicians of the
17th century, via Sibley
and Frederick Hockley to the senior
magicians of the Golden Dawn. The results of this
Practical Angel Magic of Dr John Dee¡¯s Enochian
Tables ¨C Volume I,
Keys to the Gateway of Magic ¨C Volume II,
The Goetia of Dr Rudd ¨C Volume III, The Veritable
Key of Solomon ¨C Volume IV,
The Grimoire of Saint Cyprian - Clavis Inferni -
A Collection of Magical Secrets.
For more information on David
Rankine please visit:
Don Karr (RISD: BFA 1974; Cornell: MFA 1976) is the author of numerous articles on Jewish mysticism and its influence on the Western esoteric tradition; prominent among these is a series of bibliographic essays covering merkabah mysticism and hekhalot literature, Sepher Yetzirah, early kabbalah, the Zohar, later kabbalah including the Lurianic kabbalah, and Christian kabbalah.
Other works include ¡®Knots and Spirals: Notes on the Emergence of Christian Cabala', 'Approaching the Kabbalah of Maat: Altered Trees and the Procession of the Aeons¡¯ and ¡®The Methods of Maat: Sources for the Kabbalah of a Future Aeon.¡¯
Karr has also transcribed and edited several key works, making them available to the general public for the first time: Morton Smith¡¯s translation of Hekhalot Rabbati, Sepher Raziel - Liber Salomonis, selected writings of Franciscus Mercurius van Helmont, and the Maatian writings of Ordo Adeptorum Invisiblum and 416.
All of the works mentioned can be found online at Hermetic Kabbalah, edited by Colin Low, at:
Don Karr¡¯s paintings can be viewed at :
Ioannis Marathakis was born in 1973, in Athens, Greece, where he still lives. He has studied Theology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, where he attended classes on the history of religion, history of philosophy, ancient Greek, Latin and Hebrew languages, as well as Byzantine literature and palaeography. As he was living in an environment where traditions such as the ¡®evil eye¡¯ and the ¡®evil tongue¡¯ still existed, he also developed an interest in the survival of such ancient notions and practices.
The so called Solomonike, or magical books allegedly attributed to Solomon, was a field where many of his interests converged. To name but some, it had a connection to the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, it was a major element of Greek folklore and, of course, the knowledge of Mediaeval Greek and Byzantine palaeography were absolute prerequisites for studying it.
Since this was a book that nobody seemed to actually have seen, in his University years he turned his attention to the study of the relevant grimoires that had survived in the West. He finally tracked down the Magical Treatise, more than ten years later in 2004, and tried to formulate a critical edition together with an English translation, an attempt that proved to be futile, due to the diversity of the manuscripts.
It was not until 2010 that he decided to reorganize his material and translate the various manuscripts separately, something that led to the present publication. In the meantime, he published in Greek a history of the Solomonic literature, Searching for the Key of Solomon (2007), a web article concerning the history of the invisibility spells, From the Ring of Gyges to the Black Cat Bone (2007), and an introduction to the Treatise, under the title A Source of the Key of Solomon: The Magic Treatise or Hygromancy or Epistle to Rehoboam, for the web magazine Primordial Traditions (2009).