Numinous and Concrete
A Love to End All Wars: Esoteric British Publishing
There is art in Abraxas that is beautiful, startling, and challenging. There is poetry there, as in offerings from Scarlet Imprint that speak to the soul. There are things written in Apocalyptic Witchcraft that can change us, if we let them.
Yes, sometimes the writing in Apocalyptic Witchcraft verges on melodramatic. Sometimes I vehemently disagree with what is written, and other times I want to cheer. Not every essay in each issue of Abraxas moves me, but all of them make me think. This is for the good. We need allies to pit ourselves against, and to stand with, not people who keep us comfortable. There is too much complacency in the world. If love is a battle, we need comrades that test us. Peter Grey, Christine Oakley Harrington, Alkistis Dimech, and Robert Ansell are these comrades. They incite us to magic. They incite us to art. They incite us to philosophy. They incite us to live.
We could, were we to so decide, ensure that current occultism be remembered in the history of magic as a fanfare peak rather than as a fading sigh... We could allow our art to spread its holy psychedelic scarab wings across society once more, perhaps in doing so allow some light or grace to fall upon that pained, benighted organism. We could be made afresh in our fresh undergrowth, stand reinvented at a true dawn of our Craft within a morning world... (Alan Moore, Abraxas 2)
As Peter Grey reminds us: "The example we follow is our own."
What magic are we choosing? How will we test ourselves? What do we love? What shall we build?
Author's Disclosure: I was given a review copy of Apocalyptic Witchcraft and of Abraxas 1. My work has appeared in Abraxas 2 and in two poetry anthologies published by Scarlet Imprint: Datura and Mandragora. I have also spent my own money on other of their publications, beginning with The Red Goddess, which is a gorgeous book. I support the work of these publishers and feel grateful to them for their efforts on our behalf.
T. Thorn Coyle is an internationally respected visionary and teacher of the magical and esoteric arts. The author of Make Magic of Your Life, Kissing the Limitless, and Evolutionary Witchcraft, she hosts the Elemental Castings podcast series, writes the blog Know Thyself, and has produced several CDs of sacred music. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook!