Pop Culture Magic Systems by Taylor Ellwood is now available

Pop Culture Magic Systems

Pop Culture Magic Systems

Pop Culture Magic Systems is now available

In Pop Culture Magic Systems, Taylor Ellwood shows pop culture magicians and pagans how to construct a system of magic around their favorite pop culture. You will learn what a system of magic is, and what the essential elements are that can help you make your pop culture into a viable spiritual practice that helps you get results and explore deeper spiritual truths. If you want to level up your pop culture magical practice, this book will be your strategy guide!

You will learn:

Why a system is a map that helps you discover the territory of your pop culture magic.

How to match your pop culture mythology to traditional and new correspondences.

What the essential elements of magic are and how they can be applied to pop culture.

How to pick the pop culture you want to turn into a system of magic.

And much, much more…

“In a conversationalist tone, magical mad scientist Taylor Ellwood continues to take us through his forte of pop culture magick, but in this book he treads new and valuable ground. “Pop Culture Magic Systems” is not what you would think it would be, but then again, it is, and oh, wait, it kind of is what you may think it is! Confused? Well, in short, this is one of the best books on magic out there for one very big reason. This is a book on magical systems. Yes, I know that a lot of times we see books with the word “system” in the title, and that book walks you through a particular system of magick, but what if there was a book that gave you insight into what was behind all of those systems? Would that pique your interest? If so, this is the book for you.” – Bill Duvendack, author of Spirit Relations

“This book continues the exploration of magic in Pop Culture Magick and Pop Culture Magic 2.0 but stands on its own as a description of how to create a magical system. The techniques are aimed at experienced practitioners connecting magic with the stories of our times. How many of us have used the Force, or flicked a wand with a Harry-Potteresque Latin spell? Taylor Ellwood builds on this using the doctrine of correspondences to link pop culture ideas with traditional magical entities. Along the way he articulates the most original perspective on core principles since Isaac Bonewits listed his “Laws” in Real Magic.” – Brandy Williams author of Ecstatic Ritual

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Unity of Vision in a Story Collection

Rhys Hughes, whose short story collection ‘Salty Kiss Island’ has recently been released by Immanion Press, shares his thoughts on creating a unity of vision in compiling a collection of short stories.

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My new collection of stories is my favourite among my books of stories, but I wasn’t fully aware of this fact until I actually held a published copy in my hands and took a deep breath. The sigh that came out was one of deep contentment and then I knew.

I have often said that such-and-such a book is my personal favourite and there have been many candidates for that distinction but Salty Kiss Island has a quality, I’m not sure what, that most others don’t have, an unplanned quality. Purity perhaps.

Not purity in the sense of lacking bite and darkness, but purity in the unity of the visions that the book assembles and disseminates. The stories just seem to fit together very nicely. They amplify each other. I feel great delight at the final sum of the parts.

We write stories over a long period of time, years, even decades, and when we collect them together into a book we can’t really know what the end result will be like. The stories weren’t written to be together, they are discrete pieces existing on their own.

And now they are suddenly required to appear with other stories, to dwell with neighbours between the covers of a book, and they are asked to do this because they have themes in common, or an approach or tone that categorizes them. They are allied.

How will they get along? This is impossible to predict accurately until the book is ready. Sometimes they will interfere with each other, quarrel, contradict, attenuate, decay. If they are juxtaposed like this, elements that weren’t weaknesses may become so.

For example, any repetition of ideas, moods, events and reactions will be plain to see. Such repetition may not be self-plagiarism on the part of the author, it may not be indolence, it might be convergent evolution, the same solution to utterly different texts.

But it won’t look that way to the reader, it will appear like a limitation or an obsession, unless the repetition has strong intertextual attributes and adds its pulsation to the bigger rhythm, to the heartbeat of the entire book, the general health of the fictive gestalt.

That is a difficult thing to engineer. It means that every time a story is being composed, the author responsible must take care not only with the aesthetic parameters of that particular work but also consider how it will unite with and complement every other story he or she has written or will write. This is surely too much to ask. The writer therefore must fall back on the emergency option of serendipity.

Happy chance can assemble a short story collection from many pieces that turns out to be harmonious, cohesive, synchronised. The stories may amplify each other in ways the author never imagined, reveal aspects that were hidden before the gathering. Such a story collection has the unity of a novel while remaining a true collection.

I never supposed that the majority of my fantastical love stories would appear in a single volume. It wasn’t planned at all. I didn’t even realise I was in thematic thrall while writing them. Each was just a new tale and a striving to express burning ideas, to get them out of my head and onto the page, where they would leave me alone.

But I truly believe it has turned out very well, better than I had hoped, and that Salty Kiss Island is an important stage of personal fulfillment on the somewhat rickety career ladder of my writing life. I am not especially successful in terms of sales, despite the critical acclaim my work garners, yet I am satisfied now. This book exists.

Every writer has a host of influences and inspirations. These might be situations and circumstances, remarkable people, abstractions, sensations, the desire to be different or to be the same. And other authors will always play a large part in the creation of a prose style, in the fundamentals of a writer’s vision and method. We attempt to imitate, then we rapidly go off on tangents, and our tangents collide and mesh with other tangents given off by other influences, and fly off again.

My fantastical love stories were influenced by my love of whimsy and invention, by certain individuals, by memories of (and yearnings for) the tropical life, by music from Brazil and Cape Verde, by the sea and stars, by the incredible writers Amado, Pessoa, Couto, Vian, Calvino, by hope and anticipation, and always by language.

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Who is a Witch By Rowan Moss and T.S. Lamb is now available

Who is a Witch

Who is a Witch?

Who is a Witch? By Rowan Moss, illustrated by T. S. Lamb is now available!

Who is a Witch? Is a companion-reader book for children and parents exploring the basics – what makes a witch special and who a witch might be in a child’s life.

Whimsical illustrations and purposefully upbeat and simple language will delight the eye and open communication.

Each book in the Pagan Children Learning Series is a beginner’s introduction that allows room for discussion of your family’s own belief in every lesson!

 

Goddess 2.0: Advancing a New Path Forward is now available

Goddess 2.0

Goddess 2.0

The newest Megalithica books anthology Goddess 2.0: Advancing a New Path Forward is now available.

You are not alone if you believe domination and authoritarian patriarchy are destroying countless lives and our planet.  There is a more sustainable alternative and it’s not new.  In fact it’s ancient.  Exiled for a time, but making a return, the Sacred Feminine has become indelibly integrated into our lives, reminding humanity during this time of crisis that the ideals of the Great She offer a pathway to secure a more sustainable future.  As people lose faith in organized religion, as the paradigm of power shifts across the globe, as climate change quickly approaches a point of no return, people are leading using their divine intelligence gleaned from Goddess teachings to find solutions and sanctuary.

We are witnessing this awakening across the globe as people from all walks of life and cultures turn to Goddess, deity, archetype and ideal, to evolve from the malignant chaos we face today.  Using the wisdom and activism suggested in Goddess 2.0: Advancing a New Path Forward we see through the lens of spiritual, cultural and political leaders sharing the many ways Goddess Spirituality has grown and matured in the minds of Her advocates to inspire the birth of a new world and usher in a time of security, partnership, peace, equality and prosperity for all.

Contributors Include:  Anne Baring, Starhawk, Carol P. Christ, Riane Eisler, Barbara G. Walker, Cristina Biaggi, Elizabeth and Robert Fisher, Shirley Ann Ranck, Bob Gratrix, Patricia ‘Iolana, Nancy Vedder-Shults, M. Isidora Forrest, Karen Tate, Amy “Amalya” Peck, Linda Iles, Andrew Gurevich, Charlotte L. Cressey, Delphine DeMore, Tabby Biddle, Trista Hendren, and Harita Meenee.

Goddess 2.0: Advancing a New Path Forward is a book of deep spirit and caring toward all. The authors in this anthology are calling for compassion in a country and, indeed, much of the world, which increasingly considers money to be the most important underlying factor of civilization: a paradigm of patriarchy. The authors suggest a very different paradigm, both moral and spiritual, that is essential at this time, when destruction of natural resources, wars, ethnic cleansings, and acts of terrorism are the norm. The suggestions offered in this anthology include that of Cristina Biaggi, who appeals to us to embrace the Dark Goddess — to embrace and process terror and death, with compassion. Karen Tate, the editor of this anthology, asks us in her own essay to reawaken to myths and sacred stories of the feminine, in order “to set people free to lead a more creative and authentic life.” Trista Hendren asks us to build bridges instead of walls: to connect with one another. Starhawk’s essay argues that health care is a moral issue, and that it must be given universally. Carol P. Christ asks us to re-connect to the feminist peace movement, a movement which supports life instead of condemning soldiers and civilians to death. Riane Eisler proposes that recognizing the critical importance of “women’s issues” is essential for everyone, women and men, young and old, and that “caring societies” are not only more compassionate but also more economically successful. This is just a taste of the jewels in the pages of this book: there are many more very important writings within. Our world desperately needs the wisdom of these deeply spiritual people. Miriam Robbins Dexter, author of Whence the Goddesses: A Source Book; Sacred Display: Divine and Magical Female Figures of Eurasia; and co-editor/author of Foremothers of the Women’s Spirituality Movement: Elders and Visionaries

 

Nothing But a Pack of Cards – New Release

We’re pleased to announce the release of S. Rune Emerson’s new book, ‘Nothing But a Pack of Cards’.

In this handbook on the practice of sorcery using tarot cards, S. Rune Emerson utilizes the Rider Waite-Smith tradition of tarot art to teach the myriad practices of the Art Magical.

Included in this book are:

A modern look at sorcery through the eyes of the Rider Waite-Smith tarot cards and their derivatives, including laws and fundamentals of magic, and how magic actually works. An explanation of the twelve categories of commonly cast spells, the six kinds of magical initiation and quickening, and the four great tenets of a sorcerer’s philosophy, all encoded within the Major Arcana. Methods and ritual practices which help you employ the basic principles of sorcery, and learn how to become a sorcerer. A series of spells and techniques crafted from the study of the Pip and Court cards, as well as appendices on group work and ritual tokens. And more!

Any magician, whether long-experienced or just beginning, will find unique and useful information in these pages. If you want to learn how to use that tarot deck for more than just card games and fortune telling, this book is for you.

If anyone would like to review this book, please mail us for a PDF at editorial(at)immanion-press(dot)com. The author is also available for interview.

Nothing but a pack of cards

Nothing But a Pack of Cards by S. Rune Emerson

New NonFiction from Storm Constantine now available: Whatnots and Curios

Whatnots and Curios

Whatnots and Curios

Storm Constantine newest non-fiction book Whatnots and Curious is now available!

Known for her thought-provoking novels and short stories, traversing the fantastic and the mysterious, Storm Constantine’s career spans thirty-three years and counting. She has also written non-fiction titles on esoteric subjects, as well as a vast number of articles, reviews and introductions for other writers’ books. Whatnots and Curios is a selection chosen by the author, providing an authentic glimpse into the life of a working writer. A fascinating read for any fan of Storm Constantine’s work.