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Via Tortuosa Has Arrived

Standard hardcover editions of Via Tortuosa arrived today. They are currently being inspected, numbered, and jacketed, and will begin shipping December 11. All private subscribers who pre-ordered the standard edition directly from Xoanon can be assured of delivery before Christmas. Due to the additional time and labour required in creating the deluxe and special editions, these will be shipped in early February 2019.

Via Tortuosa to be Announced

At the Ides of September, Xoanon Limited reports the imminent announcement of a new book, to be released at All Hallows, 2018. Entitled Via Tortuosa: An Exposition on Crooked Path Sorcery, the book is co-authored by Daniel A. Schulke and Robert Fitzgerald, with eleven original images by Jim Dunk.

‘Crooked Path Sorcery’ is a term originating within the Cultus Sabbati, particularly within the ritual corpus of the Draconist, used to describe the antinomian and oppositional nature of its quintessence. This sorcerous ethos is extrapolated in such Cultus works as Qutub, The Dragon-Book of Essex, and Lux Haeresis, but its roots in fact are older, animating many historical strands of sorcery. Particularly relevant to witchcraft ritual and the perception-distorting powers of the Witches’ Sabbat, the book places especial emphasis on the ‘crooked’ figure of the witch and her Art, examining historical instances and their dispersion into the modern occult workings of the Sabbatic Current. Through the devices of magical analysis, exhortation and homily, the essence of the Crooked Path and its associated byways are directly explored, illuminating the mystical convolutions of the Arcanum.

Further information regarding this volume will be soon available to our private subscribership, with adverts soon to arrive through our postal mailing campaign. Quantities will be limited.

KHIAZMOS: A Book Without Pages

KHIAZMOS: A Book Without Pages, by Andrew D. Chumbley. Standard edition with letterpress dust jacket, featuring Chumbley’s image ‘Al Nasr Al-Aswad’. Originally written between 1993 and 1999, this book, which expounds the Sabbatic principle of transcendence through Opposition, is now published for the first time.

The Apotheosis of the Pentagram

At its twenty-fifth anniversary Xoanon Limited, sole publisher of the Sabbatic Tradition, announces imminent publication of the grimoire Khiazmos: A Book without Pages by Andrew D. Chumbley, under the auspices of the Cultus Sabbati. Begun in 1993, emerging at the time of the completion of Qutub, the book was finalized in 1999. It has never before been published.

Khiazmos articulates the paradoxical arcanum of Opposition—an essential dynamic force of Sabbatic Witchcraft—which animates the Art of Magic itself, through aphoristic formulae. Like the mystical formats of the riddle, parable, and koan, the book utilises strategies of arcane, recursive exposition to embody transcendent truths about magic, the spirit world, the stance of the sorcerer, and the Sabbat of the Witches. The living book, as conceived in the Vision of the Scribe, possessed the power to transcend its material corpus, and simultaneously wrote and unwrote itself as it was read, creating the titular absence of pages. The magical insights expressed through the various modalities of the book are borne of dream and the contemplative nexus informing the stance in the midst of the cross-ways, the projection of the Sorcerous ‘I’ beyond the point at the Circle’s heart. In accord with the great magico-literary corpus of the Sabbatic Tradition, Khiazmos resounds with the voice of its author, in Speech and Silence, in Image and Sigil. The book is 88 pages, printed on heavy stock, with ten automatic drawings by the Author in full colour, and featuring an Afterword by Frater A.H.I. and Soror I.S. of the Cultus Sabbati.

The book is soon to be announced to our private subscriber list for pre-order. Standard editions will be released October 10, 2017, with deluxe and special editions following in November. A small number of copies may be available from our preferred booksellers. Please see our Ordering page for more information.

Khiazmos: A Book without Pages

Consummatum Est: Grimorium Azoëtia

Azoëtia Special Edition

AZOËTIA, a grimoire of the Sabbatic Craft, by Andrew D. Chumbley. Special edition, number 22 of 22 slipcased copies hand bound in full white alum-tawed goat, each accompanied by a letterpress talisman concentrating the power of a single Azoëtic letter. In keeping with the traditions of Xoanon, all designs of the third edition are realized as a Collaboration of Art between Soror I., Frater A.H.I., Soror S.I., Frater A.Z., Frater A.A., and the Spirit of the Book. This photograph was taken just before the books were dispatched to their respective owners, encircled by the full talismanic ring of the Sacred Alphabet. 0 = 1–22: The Seal of the Work.

With the completion of the final impressions of the official run of the third edition, the Vox Baetyla utters the Oracle anew. In this, our twenty-fifth year of publishing, Xoanon marks the date as the Apotheosis of the Pentalpha, with several new publications. Please be aware that our titles are released in small quantities and offered first to our private subscribership. Those wishing to be added should write to our postal address.

Azoëtia Third Edition, Special Edition

Hallows-Emergent: Azoëtia, third edition: Special Edition in full white alum-tawed goat, slipcased and limited to 22 copies in total, each accompanied by a separate talisman bearing one of the twenty-two Holy Letters of the Sacred Alphabet.

Azoëtia 3rd Edition Special Edition

Azoëtia Deluxe and Special Editions Released

The long-awaited deluxe and special editions of Azoëtia: A Grimoire of the Sabbatic Craft are now being released. The first copies of the deluxe edition will begin shipping to customers on Wednesday, July 29, and fulfilment of all pre-orders will be ongoing throughout the month of August. We thank all subscribers for their patience in awaiting these fine editions, and express our profound thanks to our binders at The Key in Oakland, California. Once all orders are fulfilled, Xoanon will announce another limited edition title to be released in Autumn 2016. Pictured here is the deluxe edition of Azoëtia in half crimson goat and slipcase, limited to 111 copies in total.

Azoëtia Deluxe

Azoëtia Third Edition Released

Standard editions of Andrew D. Chumbley’s Azoëtia: A Grimoire of the Sabbatic Craft have now arrived and are being prepared to undertake pilgrimage through the postal system. Shipments of the standard edition of the book will commence Tuesday, February 2, and continue throughout the month. During this time, we counsel patience as the third grimoric manifestation of Sethos makes its way into the world. Please be advised that books will be shipped to customers in the sequence in which they were ordered, with preference given to our private subscribers and long-time allies in the occult book trade.

Azoëtia Third Edition

Azoëtia Third Edition Update

Due to production and material sourcing issues, as well as the September death of Cultus Sabbati brother Michael Howard, the release of The Azoëtia Third edition has been long delayed. We appreciate the support our extended community has shown during this time.

Production of The Azoëtia has now wrapped and shipping of the standard edition will commence on January 29th, 2016 and will be completed by February 10. Deluxe and Special editions will follow in due course over the next six weeks. Books shall be mailed in the order in which they were reserved; however, we anticipate a rapid fulfilment cycle.

Because of the added production delay, we have taken the opportunity to make several enhancements to the book, including the addition of three original images by Andrew D. Chumbley not present in the first or second editions, and the inclusion of a new Preface to the Third Edition written by Frater A.H.I. and Soror I.

Please note that our pre-order sales drive is complete and the book is no longer available for purchase. Retail distributors of the title in the United States include J.D. Holmes Bookseller, Weiser Antiquarian, and Fields Books. Canadian customers are directed to Thompson Rare Books. Customers in the United Kingdom may purchase The Azoëtia from Watkins Books and Midian Books.

IN MEMORIAM: Michael Howard (1948–2015)

With profound sadness we announce the passing of Michael Howard, author, folklorist, publisher, witchcraft authority, and Elder of the Cultus Sabbati. He died peacefully after a short illness, in the county of Devonshire, England, with family and friends by his side. The Craft suffers a great loss at his departure.

Many know of Michael’s tireless work in publishing The Cauldron, the U.K.’s premiere journal of witchcraft, paganism, and folklore, begun in the 1970s. The publication enjoys great popularity and draws from a considerable diversity of sources and traditions. Often controversial, it has always nonetheless been substantive and original, reflecting Michael’s ability to draw together many different strands of practitioners, creating networks that endure to this day.

A member of several lodges, covines, and guilds, Michael’s magical expertise drew upon many esoteric strands, including herbalism, freemasonry, ceremonial magic, esoteric Christianity, and the folklore of his native British Isles. In particular, his understanding of Luciferian gnosis and magic was an instrumental force in shaping present-day cunning-craft. In the last two decades of his life, he devoted the entirety of his magical work to traditional craft, and was an exemplary practitioner and teacher.

The author of over 30 books, Michael published on a variety of esoteric topics over his lifetime. Perhaps his most influential books were Pillars of Tubal Cain, The Book of Fallen Angels, and Children of Cain. Some of his written ritual work, rarely published, also appeared in The Psalter of Cain, the Cultus Sabbati’s gathering of rites and charms in honour of Cain, patron of witches. Several of Michael’s unpublished texts remain in the wings for future publication through Xoanon and Three Hands Press, as was his wish.

We remember him as a man of many virtues, of great humour, insight, and courage, as well as his insistence on standing by his brethren, and defending the Craft. Above all, he exemplified the stance of Light-Bringer, and, in its function as tenebrator, the Opposer of Shadow.

In this time of mourning, we appreciate and thank our private community for all the support given to Michael and the Cultus over the years, and pledge continued honour to his memory, within the Circle and without.

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