Books

THE BOOK OF GATES: A MAGICAL TRANSLATION, TR. MICHAEL SHEPPARD, COMMENTARY BY JOSEPHINE MCCARTHY, ILLUSTRATIONS BY STUART LITTLEJOHN.

The Book of Gates is a rich and epic magical translation of a little-known Ancient Egyptian funerary text that contains a wealth of mystical and magical secrets. Unlike its more famous cousin, The Book of the Dead, The Book of Gates was meant for the living as much as the deceased, and its deeply enigmatic verses lead the reader on a harrowing yet uplifting journey through the Underworld in search of ascent and true adepthood.

It is one of the most profound and transformative magical texts to have survived from the ancient world, yet today it is largely unknown. In 2016, adept magician and author Josephine McCarthy, along with translator Michael Sheppard, accidentally discovered layer after layer of magical knowledge hidden away inside its scenes.

The Book of Gates was sumptuously illustrated whenever it was copied onto tomb walls and royal sarcophagi, and this visual feast has been lovingly reproduced in this edition, in colour and monochrome, with photographs from the tomb walls, and reproductions by magical artist Stuart Littlejohn, where it is also joined by several of his original works.

Translated by Michael Sheppard, interpreted by Josephine McCarthy, and illustrated by Stuart Littlejohn, The Book of Gates offers the reader page after page of enigmatic puzzles, insights, and keys that reveal the timeless roots of alchemy, ritual, and magical vision. Quareia Publishing is truly proud to present a book so steeped in mystery, magical meaning, and ancient wisdom.

Minerva Britanna, by Henry Peacham, with an introduction by Josephine McCarthy

(I digitally restored this book for reprinting, using and extending the techniques I’d used to digitally restore The Arbatel for Quareia: The Adept, Book Twelve.)
Minerva Britanna, written in the early seventeenth century by Henry Peacham, is an enigmatic magical book of poetry and images that mixes together Renaissance faery magic, Elizabethan codes, Hermetic wisdom, and echoes of kingly advice. It is a puzzle book of those magical Mysteries that have to do with the land, the monarch, the sacred duties of the nobleman, and the faery secrets of Britain. It also deals with ascent and inner rebirth, central parts of the early Rosicrucian pattern. Any adept magician who reads this book will spot its messages, advice, reflections, humour, and its finger pointing the way to the future.

It is a book of visionary constructs, gateways, and keys, hidden among flattery, mathematical puzzles, and historical reflection, all rooted within the sacred land of Britain and the sacred kingship. For those wishing to delve into the deeper Mysteries of traditional English Renaissance faery magic, Minerva Britanna is the perfect book to work with. Nineteenth-century magicians took us away from the land and locked magic in vaults and temples, far away from the trees, the birds, and the Faery Queene. By peering back into the soul of English Renaissance magic through Minerva Britanna, we can recover that wildness in our magical practice, and bring back to our work some of the love of playfulness and puzzles. . . and the shadow of the Faery Queene.