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Abraxas Journal Issue 5


Abraxas: Issue #5

edited by Christina Oakley Harrington and Robert Ansell

– large format (290mm x 232mm)
– 180 pages
– lavish use of colour
– published 20 March 2014

Hardback Issue £50.00
– 300 copies only
– sewn hardback in black cloth
– stamped in gold with a design by Panos Tsagaris
– custom fitted dust-jacket
– with an ORIGINAL signed and hand-numbered print by Bea Kwan Lim

Paperback Issue £15.00
– limited edition
– sewn paperback
– heavy 350gsm covers

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Abraxas Issue #5 offers 180 large format pages of essays, poetry, interviews and art.

Printed using state-of-the-art offset lithography to our usual high standard, contributions for Abraxas #5 include an interview by Pam Grossman with Greek artist, Panos Tsagaris; an analysis of Aby Warburg’s Mnemosyne Atlas by Silvia Urbini, a visual interpretation of the Dionysian mysteries by Arrington de Dionyso; a substantial essay from Shasha Chaitow on the grandfather of esoteric art, Joséphin Péladan; an introduction to the art of Michael Bertiaux by Ariock Van de Voorde; reminiscences by Caroline Wise of her friend Olivia Robertson (1917-2013), and much more…


Editorial, Christina Oakley Harrington
Olivia Robertson: A Visionary Life, Caroline Wise
A Brief History of the Use of Spirits in European Occultism, Stephanie Spoto
Mycology, Madeline Cass
De Vermis in Se, Max Razdow
John Augustus Knapp: Modern Master of Occult Illustration, Ken Henson
Marrasio’s Masque, translation by Merlin Cox, illustrated by Gromyko Semper
Black and White & Gold All Over: An Interview with Panos Tsagaris, Pam Grossman
Musings on Breath, David Blank
The (Not Entirely) Lost ‘Art of the Apothecary’: Abramelin Oil and Ancient Perfumery, Ioannis Marathakis
Blind Love, K Lenore Siner
Victor Brauner at the Crossroads of Magic and Chance, Jon Graham
La Villa dei Misteri, Arrington de Dionyso
Esoteric City: Theological Hermeneutics in Plato’s Republic, Edward Butler, with photography by SF Said
Sonnet, Comte de Saint-Germain, translated by Sebastian Hayes
Nihilalia: In conversation with Bea Kwan Lim, Randall Morris
A Brief History of Witchcraft: Inquisitors & Witches, Ian Pyper
Games of Fate: Aby Warburg’s Mnemosyne, Plate 23a, Silvia Urbini
Oversoul, Joanna Pallaris
Hidden in Plain Sight: Joséphin Péladan’s Religion of Art, Sasha Chaitow
Bené-Satan, Sasha Chaitow
Isis and Taweret with tomb of Hafiz, Adela Leibowitz
Meeting Le Maître: An Introduction to the Art of Michael Bertiaux, Ariock Van de Voorde
Antinous and Glykon: The Gods of Good Hair in Late Antique Anatolia, P. Sufenas Virius Lupus


Our hardback issue is limited to just 300 copies bound in ink black cloth blocked in gold with a design by Panos Tsagaris titled, ‘I am the Sun in His Rising’. There is also a custom fitted dust-jacket that mirrors the design of the paperback issue. Offered with this limited hardback issue is a signed hand-numbered 4 colour offset lithograph print by the artist Bea Kwan Lim titled, ‘Bitter Dream of a Shattered Vessel’.


AAMichael Bertiaux was born in Seattle in 1935. He studied philosophy in New Orleans and was later ordained a deacon of the Anglican Church. Since the late 1960s, Bertiaux has worked with an idiosyncratic interpretation of Vodou that is commonly known as the Gnostic Voudon occult current. The first comprehensive collection of his thoughts and teachings was published as The Voudon Gnostic Workbook. Other titles include Vûdû Cartography and Cosmic Meditation.

AADavid Blank is a writer and poet. He was the editor and co-founder of The Oracle Occult Magazine. Having explored numerous forms, from spoken word through guerrilla ritual and performance art to the begetting of fetish and sculpture from roadkill, he currently leads a quiet, reclusive life in London’s East End – where he has lived for the past twenty-four years – developing his writing and pursuing an interest in ornithology.

AAEdward Butler received his doctorate in philosophy in 2004 from the New School for Social Research in New York City for his dissertation ‘The Metaphysics of Polytheism in Proclus’. Since then, he has published numerous articles in academic and devotional venues. More information about his work can be found at henadology.wordpress.com.

AAMadeline Cass is a poet, musician and visual artist living in the great plains of Nebraska. She has also lived in Bangalore, India. Her writing focuses on ‘dream landscapes’ and states of consciousness through an automatic method.
She plans to live on an organic farm, creating art with the native plants of her surroundings. By doing so, she hopes to bridge a gap between the arts and sciences.

AASasha Chaitow is a British-Greek esoteric scholar and artist currently conducting doctoral research on Joséphin Péladan at the University of Essex in the context of the cultural nexus between art and esotericism. Her earlier MA research at the Universities of Exeter (2008) and Indianapolis (2004) focused on alchemical symbolism in art and literature. Themes encountered in her research form the inspiration for her art. She has published several scholarly and general-interest articles in Europe and the US and organises regular cultural events on related topics.

AAArrington de Dionyso was born in 1975 and lives in Chicago, USA. He studied ethnomusicology, archetypal psychology and butoh dance theatre at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. His artistic practice integrates music and image-making with his studies of Kabbalah, alchemy and shamanism. His group Malaikat dan Singa uses the tropes of diverse shamanic trance musics within a rock and roll performance context.

AAJon Graham is a writer and graphic artist living in Vermont. He is also a professional translator from French into English specialising in books on Surrealism, esoteric traditions and folklore. Books he has translated include The Immaculate Conception by André Breton and Paul Eluard, Little Anatomy of the Physical Unconscious by Hans Bellmer, The Reality Overload by Annie Le Brun, and The Book of Grimoires by Claude Lecouteux. He is currently working as the acquisitions editor for Inner Traditions, a post he has held since 1996.

AASebastian Hayes was brought up in Africa and lived for many years in France. He views himself as a thinker rather than a writer though he has published one or two plays including The Pomegranate Seeds (Samuel French), The Chosen One (Brimstone Press), also The Foundling & Other Stories (Brimstone Press). He is currently developing a new scientific paradigm: see www.ultimateeventtheory.com.

AAKen Henson is an artist who combines drawing, painting and writing with magical and mystical processes. A Curtis G. Lloyd Fellow at the Lloyd Library and Museum, Ken recently finished writing and illustrating his new treatise Alchemy and Astral Projection: Ecstatic Trance in the Hermetic Tradition (2014). He also recently collaborated with the Philosophical Research Society to revise and reissue Manly P. Hall and John Augustus Knapp’s Revised New Art Tarot (2013). Ken has his MFA in Painting from the University of Cincinnati, and teaches at the Art Academy of Cincinnati in Ohio.

AABea Kwan Lim was born in 1986 in Kuala Lumpur. She currently lives and works in San Francisco. Her drawings reflect personal studies in mythology and rituals embodying self-sacrifice in reverence to the resilience of nature. Travels to Jeju Island in Korea and Siem Reap in Cambodia were vital parts of her research in spiritual sickness and animism. Her work has been exhibited in Japan, Belgium and the United States. She is represented by Cavin-Morris Gallery in New York and is a member of John Zorn’s Obsessions Collective. www.bea-kwan.net

AAAdela Leibowitz is a New York-based artist of American Romanian and Iranian descent whose art explores and is informed by ancient mythologies, fairy tales, the female form and esotericism. Her recent solo exhibition of paintings Mesopotamian and Egyptian Mythology was shown at hpgrp Gallery in November 2013. Her art is represented by hpgrp Gallery in New York. She holds an MFA from the New York Academy of Art and has exhibited across the US, Canada, Japan and the UK.

AAP. Sufenas Virius Lupus is a metagender person, and one of the founding members of the Ekklesía Antínoou – a queer, Graeco-Roman-Egyptian syncretist reconstructionist polytheist group dedicated to Antinous and also practices Celtic Reconstructionism. Lupus’ essays, poetry and fiction are available in several Bibliotheca Alexandrina devotional volumes, the Scarlet Imprint anthologies Datura and Mandragora, as well as six sole-authored books, including Devotio Antinoo.

AAIoannis Marathakis received his BA in Theology from the National University of Athens. He has worked as a high-school teacher of religion, a translator and an editor. His research focuses on the history of magic from late antiquity to the Renaissance, and he has published several relevant papers in Greek and English. He is the editor of The Magical Treatise of Solomon or Hygromanteia, which includes a commentary and a translation of the Greek prototype of the Key of Solomon.

AARandall Morris is a writer, independent scholar, and co-owner of Cavin-Morris Gallery in New York. With his partner Shari Cavin he has specialised in non-mainstream art since 1980. He is currently working on a project called INDIGENOUS DRAWING: The Shamanistic Impulse in Non-Mainstream Art. Particular areas of interest have been visionary artists from the African diaspora, particularly Haiti and Jamaica, and Asia.

AALondon-born Joanna Pallaris graduated in Illustration from Camberwell College of Arts in 2004 where she developed a deep interest in analogue photography. Completing further courses in alternative processes opened new doors. Experimentation and printing in the darkroom are as essential as composing the image. In 2006 she came runner-up in the Guardian Review Book Competition. She has held solo exhibitions in the UK and Italy.

AAIan Pyper was born in Liverpool but now lives on the south coast in Brighton. He always thought of himself as an outsider. He has many interests, including the holographic paradigm, witch trials in history and the rituals of scarification in tribal societies. His work has been featured in Raw Vision #25 (‘The Spiritual Diaries of Ian Pyper’ by Kate Howlett-Jones) and Resurgence #210 (‘Ian Pyper: A Shamanic Spirit’ – also by Kate Howlett-Jones).

AAMax Razdow is a New York City-based artist who uses techniques of ink-scrying to form symbolic poetic creations in various media. He has shown his work extensively both internationally and in the United States and holds a BFA degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and an MFA from New York University. His work is represented by Freight + Volume in New York and Galerie Jan Dhaese in Ghent, Belgium. He archives his work at www.razdow.org.

AASF Said is a London-based writer and photographer. He writes children’s and young-adult fiction, including the novels Varjak Paw and Phoenix, illustrated by Dave McKean. His Polaroid photography is featured in the book London’s Lost Rivers: A Walker’s Guide, published by Strange Attractor Press, and was exhibited at the Maggs Gallery in London. He posts regularly on Twitter as @whatSFSaid.

AAK Lenore Siner is a self-taught painter based in Providence, RI. Her paintings are the expression of a lifetime devoted to practising mystical traditions including Western shamanism, Buddhist meditation and tantric techniques. With the intention of creating art that acts as talisman she incorporates precious metals, magical plants, ashes and waters into each painting, blurring the line between fine art and magical tool.

AAStephanie Spoto is an International Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Study Sofia. She finished her Ph.D. in English Literature from Edinburgh University with a research interest in gender and seventeenth-century demonology. Her work has been published in the journals Pacific Coast Philology and Monsters and the Monstrous, and appears in two edited collections: Daimonic Imagination: Uncanny Intelligence (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013) and Reclaiming the Soul: Thinking Beyond the Body in Renaissance England (forthcoming).

AAPanos Tsagaris was born in Athens in 1979. He received his BFA from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, Canada. Through his work Tsagaris aims to express the emanation of the ‘divine’ as it is reflected through the beauty and poetry of the everyday in order to bring himself and the viewer closer to a state of catharsis. Ultimately, Tsagaris’s work selflessly captures and reflects the divine spark that exists in the human soul. He has exhibited extensively in Miami, New York, Vancouver, Athens, Berlin, Milan, Leipzig, Paris and Hong Kong.

AASilvia Urbini is an Italian art historian. She taught at the University of Bologna and is currently a contracted researcher for the Istituto per i Beni Artistici Culturali e Naturali in Emilia-Romagna. Silvia’s research focuses on historico-artistic methododologies and she is interested in understanding entwined forms of knowledge. She specialises in Renaissance book illustrations and books of fate. She is currently working on a publication entitled Somnii Explanatio: Italian Histories of Art in Henry Thode.

AAAriock Van de Voorde is a writer, artist and musician living in the US Pacific Northwest. In the 1990s he owned and managed an occult bookstore, which hosted an experimental magick group loosely based on the New Isis Lodge. Ariock is an archbishop and administrator within the Ecclesia Gnostica Spiritualis, and a director in Black Lotus Kult.

AACaroline Wise works in esoteric publishing. In 1989 she initiated the republication of the books of Kenneth Grant when at Skoob Books. She is a former owner of The Atlantis Bookshop and in the 1990s was the co-editor of the revived The Occult Observer. From the 1970s she has been involved in Earth mysteries and her particular interests are in researching goddesses and in the mythology of London. She knew Olivia Robertson for twenty-five years and travelled with her during the 1990s.


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