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Imperial Arts

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The Portal

11 March 2019 - 04:47 AM

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The Tenth Key

31 December 2018 - 09:52 AM

This is the 10th Key of the Enochian system. Watercolor pencil.

It addresses the world in the days before the Great Flood.
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The Thunders of Judgment and Wrath are numbered and are harboured in the North in the likeness of an oak, whose branches are Nests 22 of Lamentation and Weeping laid up for the earth, which burn night and day: and vomit out the heads of scorpions and live sulphur mingled with poison. These are the Thunders that 5678 times in ye 24th part of a moment roar, with a hundred mighty earthquakes and a thousand times as many surges, which rest not nor know any echoing time between. One rock brings forth 1000, even as the heart of man does his thoughts. Wo, Wo, Wo, Wo, Wo, Wo, yea Wo be to the earth! For her iniquity is, was and shall be great! Come away: but not your noises.

The Heptameron

16 October 2018 - 01:32 AM

I was inspired to make a full-color faux-medieval manuscript copy of the Heptameron.

This is it!

As a free PDF file:

http://www.lulu.com/...t-23837000.html

And in print:

http://www.lulu.com/...t-23836956.html

A Children's Book With Demons, Drugs, And Strippers

22 June 2018 - 02:31 AM

I'm elated that someone, maybe someone here or some random person, actually purchased a copy of The Legend of King Solomon comic book. Someone else also owns a copy, and it is a real joy for me to have been able to make and share that. I have shown the file to a couple of people since it was made a few years ago, but I had hoped that eventually some random stranger would see it and wonder what in the world such a strange little book might have to say about Solomon.

In truth it is a pale representation of the stories collected about King Solomon. I wanted something aimed at children because my introduction to these stories was a weird cartoon about Solomon saving a drowning dog. It impressed upon me as a very young child the value of being clever, patient, and caring, and that these were the marks of wisdom and regal character.

Some forms of the tales have become famous, such as "King Solomon Among the Ants" appearing as some interesting children's films under a more modern guise, but I have tended more toward their original form and given a toned-down approach. Others, such as the Shamir Stone Story, could make excellent longer tales but again I am aiming at representing the stories in something of their original spirit.

The bulk of these tales appear in Louis Ginzburg's seven-volume "Legends of the Jews" which is derived from Haggadah and Gemara, the folk tales and the fables which are in some respects to Jews what apocryphal writings are to Christians, as a piece of literary heritage rather than teachings of the faith. Other sources include the Koran and the grimoires, and most of the stories are my best rendering of several contradictory or fragmentary versions of a story into a coherent scenario.