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The Retreat

The Retreat

From pain and irritation to bizarre insights and transcendent bliss. This book offers unique advice on how to tackle meditation retreats – and how to practise well in spite of them.

A frank, quirky and humorous memoir, its contents will speak to first-time retreatants as well as seasoned retreat veterans.

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Handbook for the Recently Enlightened

Handbook for the Recently Enlightened

Enlightenment is easier these days than ever. You don’t even have to travel to the Far East, thanks to the discovery that in the West we have traditions every bit as effective. But how do we recognise enlightenment? What are the common errors to avoid? And what role should religion and philosophy play?

Whether you’re already enlightened or just starting out, be perplexed no longer! From meditation, chakras, past lives and the astral plane, to the recognition of emptiness, absolute truth and the nature of the divine, Duncan Barford shares his experience of the Buddhist and western occult traditions, offering unexpected insights into how to become enlightened with a minimum of fuss.

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A Desert of Roses

Done is what has to be done… This is the third and final volume in a classic trilogy of magick that began with The Blood of the Saints and then The Urn. It comprises the writings of two contemporary magicians as they rediscover the true meaning of the western magical tradition and hurl themselves towards completion of The Great Work, also known as ‘enlightenment’.

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Occult Experiments in the Home

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Using occultism to understand the paranormal sounds like diluting water or burying earth, but in this thoughtful and unusual book Duncan Barford draws on a deep familiarity with modern magick to provide a valuable toolbox of concepts for exploring the relationship between consciousness and the paranormal. Writing in an accessible and humorous style, Barford examines intriguing first-hand accounts of poltergeists, telepathy, communication with the dead, religious phenomena and astral projection. The essence of his unique exploration is that the paranormal does not happen only to special people and on rare occasions. In fact, to experience the paranormal we need simply turn our attention to the nature of our consciousness itself.

This book describes magic as I know it: teasing, tricky and never quite as expected, and yet it leaves our lives so much richer in colour and meaning. Read it, do it, and take a new look at your world. —Ramsey Dukes, author of SSOTBME and The Little Book of Demons

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The Albadine and Other Stories

A boy with a doomed crush on his computer science teacher… A dying father haunted by strange memories of a beetle… A reclusive writer discovers how to impress a vampire… Survivors of a zombie apocalypse find safety in a seaside town… And a bizarre cult that hides beneath the floorboards of suburban homes…

In this collection of fifteen short stories Duncan Barford blurs the boundaries of literary and genre fiction to produce some unique and disturbing visions.

Paper copies or a PDF download are available for purchase worldwide.

Three Steps To Heaven: How to Practice Magick

An introduction to magick broken down into three steps: the development of magical competency, the gaining of the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel, and the process of initiation, which begins with a magical event known as ‘Crossing the Abyss’.

Read online, or download a copy for free (PDF file, 470Kb), or you might prefer the printer friendly version (PDF file, 72Kb).

Advanced Magick for Beginners

Advanced Magick for Beginners

This book delivers a genuine transformation of occultism.The author assumes no previous knowledge, only a willingness to explore what magick offers, yet it’s apparent to anyone with a background in the subject that Alan Chapman is drawing on a wide range of experience, from classical Crowleyean Magick, to eastern metaphysics, and back again to Discordianism and Chaos Magick. Chapman’s writing-style is humorous, direct, seductively logical, and his enthusiasm for the benefits of magick is both tangible and infectious. The novice magician will indeed find themselves equipped to commence all sorts of magickal operations: trance work, enchantment, divination, and even some of the higher forms of spiritual development. To experienced magicians, Chapman offers a subtler challenge: he revitalises magick by cutting it free from the extreme relativism Chaos Magick bequeathed, provocatively redefining it as: ‘the art, science and culture of experiencing truth.’

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The Urn

Chapman and Barford are two contemporary magicians who have transformed the face of contemporary occultism by reviving the notion of ‘The Great Work’ and setting modern magick free from the dead-end of post-modern nihilism. The Urn is the second in the three-volume series of their uncensored magical exploits. Having successfully crossed the abyss, the two authors now set their sights on the goal of full enlightenment, setting out in detail their findings and techniques. On the way they encounter a guru who can enlighten people just by being near them; receive prophecies from an astral representative of The Great White Brotherhood; and explore the true significance of love and the meaning of life. Like the first volume (The Blood of the Saints), this compelling collection of essays, articles, rituals and interviews contains utterly unique material that lays bare the true meaning and purpose of magick in a straightforward and humorous style. It will prove an invaluable guide for anyone interested in understanding how the Western Magical Tradition remains an authentic source of wisdom for seekers after truth in the Twenty-First Century.

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The Blood of the Saints

In their ongoing effort to unleash magick from the dead-end of extreme post-modernism, and re-invigorate the notion of 'The Great Work', the authors climb onto the ladder of enlightenment and haul themselves across the abyss, detailing their techniques and experiences as they go. This compendium of articles, essays, dialogues and magickal rituals contains all you need to know to replicate that process and cross the abyss for yourself, plus plenty more besides: spirits, angels, demons, aliens, Aleister Crowley, Robert Anton Wilson and Austin Osman Spare. The book is written in the usual down-to-earth and humorous style of the authors' award-winning occult website, The Baptist's Head, where most of this material first appeared. It has been lovingly revised, referenced and indexed for this collection.

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