Afflicted Mirror - Peter Hamilton-Giles
Traditional / sabbatic witchcraft's mystical states: ecstasy, vision, and encountering the Other.
Subtitled 'A Study of Ordeals and the Making of Compacts,' this book offers a theory of why achieving altered states of consciousness is crucial in the practice of magic. Hamilton-Giles here proposes that the metaphysical domain, if we perceive it in a distorted form, can then attract our attention. Thus we can actually experience existence of the Other. A work of the Chumbley school of sabbatic witchcraft, this text refers to diverse spiritual states as the mysticism of the seer, the religious ecstasy of the saint, and the spirit-conjurations of the sorcerer.
Berkeley, CA: Three Hands Press, 2013. Hardback, 167 pages. New. Limited edition. Hand numbered, 666 hardcover copies printed. With Illustrations by Carolyn Hamilton-Giles.