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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.

Paper copies can be obtained from Amazon US, Amazon UK or from wherever you like to buy books.

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.

Paper copies can be obtained from Amazon US, Amazon UK or from wherever you like to buy books.

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’.

Paper copies can be obtained from Amazon US, Amazon UK or from wherever you like to buy books.

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

Available from Amazon US, Amazon UK, or from wherever you like to buy books.

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).