Armchair Demonology: The Magical Benefits of Cultivating Bad Habits
Mystics and intellectuals have extolled the virtues of stimulants throughout all of human history, believing that the use of certain substances can bring them closer to the ineffable. Although arduous journeys along “the poison path” appeal to many psychonauts, there is also much magic to be found in the use of milder stimulants.
In this illustrated booklet, Clint Marsh recounts his own history with two such drugs—pipe tobacco and black tea—describing the ways they have brought about creative and philosophical insights that may have otherwise eluded him.
Enchantment Dismantled: Superstition and the Thinking Irrationalist
Have you ever crossed your fingers or wore a special piece of clothing, telling yourself you’ll be luckier because of it? We all engage in superstitious behavior to some extent, even if we’re not sure whether it works.
By breaking down superstitions to their most essential parts, the exercises in this booklet can help you recognize the so-called irrational habits in your life. Following a four-step process, you’ll discover which of your superstitions actually help you and which ones are better left behind. Also included is a Renaissance-era talisman for bringing good fortune.
Exploding the Tangerine: A Shy Person’s Guide to Battle Magic
Magical duels are depicted in film and other popular fiction as flashy affairs full of supernatural fireworks, and they’re often given as proof of a person’s ability to use “real magic” for self-defense and to influence the world around them.
Exploding the Tangerine demonstrates how even the most timid among us possess a similar magic, one grounded in persuasion and an honest curiosity about the interconnectedness of all things. While this is a more subtle magic than that usually seen in fiction, its results are invariably no less wondrous, life-changing, and real.
Our Bogeys, Our Shelves: The Magician’s Library as Mentor, Companion & Oracle
Your home library is more than a mere collection of fact and fantasy. By acquiring and keeping each of the books that line your shelves, you craft an ever-changing self-portrait made of memories, knowledge, hopes, and secrets unique to you alone.
This illustrated essay unpacks the self-reflective mystery of one such personal library and offers you a way to do the same with your own. Through the ancient and contemplative art of bibliomancy, you’ll learn how to use your collection of books as a powerful magical tool, gaining insights into your past, present, and future.
The Place of the Song-Dream:The Animal Spirituality of Kenneth Grahame
A missing child prompts two friends to set off on a moonlit rescue mission down an enigmatic river. What they discover by night’s end will change their lives forever.
This illustrated essay explores the profound mystery of “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn,” the central chapter of Kenneth Grahame’s masterpiece The Wind in the Willows, a beloved book bridging the worlds of animal and man. Grahame’s chapter is a subtle and moving account of friendship, perception, and humility. In it he establishes a mysticism which, although original to the animal kingdom, is accessible to mankind if only we will pause long enough to listen and look.
The Riddle of the Sphinx: The Artist’s Path and the Secrets of Immortality
The artist’s life presents those who dare take it up with a unique set of possibilities and challenges, among them a chance for renown long after the end of their days on earth.
In this illustrated essay, writer Clint Marsh and artist Adrienne Rozzi use the myth of Oedipus and the Sphinx to examine the perils all creative people face—and the ways they overcome them—on their path to mastery and the promise of this most treasured form of immortality.
Each copy of The Riddle of the Sphinx ordered from Fiddler’s Green ships with an exclusive gold-foil sticker depicting the Sphinx of the Magi, as described by occult philosopher Éliphas Lévi in his book Transcendental Magic.
Nine Defenses Against the Basilisk: Black & White Magic for Surviving Extreme Anxiety
In antiquity the wild places of the world were menaced by the dreaded “king of all reptiles,” the basilisk, a creature so vile that it could turn brave heroes to stone with a mere look. Today we face the basilisk every time we are gripped with anxiety so strong it stops us in our tracks.
Through a look at nine time-honored defenses against the basilisk, this booklet will help you find the best ways to fend off this perilous monster’s petrifying gaze.