The Third Annual Esoteric Book Conference – seattle, sept 10 and 11

September 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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If you’re an occult book fan and happen to be in Seattle this coming weekend, check out the third annual Esoteric Book Conference, one of the biggest gatherings of its kind in the US.

Founded by William Kiesel, publishing director of Ouroboros Press, it’s the place to find books on every kind of esoteric wisdom, including of course, alchemy, magic, and astrology.

According to Kiesel, the conference focuses more on the books themselves than the belief systems they espouse. But a quick look at the presentations, art show, and performances suggests it’s a more magical event than he might be admitting.

Presenters include authors of books like Making The Mundane Magical: Aleister Crowley’s Magus Initiation and the Practice of Esoteric Hermeneutics and The Ladies of the Lodge: Women of Today’s Golden Dawn Speak on the Practice of Magick. I bet they’ll be talking about more than just bookbinding.

The seminars look fascinating, but if you only want to spend your afternoon browsing through all the incredible books, the book fair is free, and open to the public.

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Occult Books Have Legs

November 11th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Tarot for Beginners, Teen Witch, Astrological Secrets for the New Millennium, and Angels A to Z are all ‘too hot for circulation’. At least according to librarians at the Lewiston Public Library in Maine.

Tarot for Beginners by Barbara Moore

Tarot for Beginners

Also on the list is the hundred and fifty year old Salem Witchcraft by Charles Upham and the much newer, The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead.

It’s not that the library or librarians think there’s anything wrong with these books. In fact they guard them carefully behind the front desk. It’s that when they lend books like these out, they don’t seem to come back.

The library used to buy two copies of the ones they thought might walk, but they don’t bother anymore. Apparently they’re so sure these books will be stolen that now they only purchase one for reference. And they keep their eyes on it.

Speculating on why people steal occult themed books, deputy director and reference librarian, Ellen Gilliam said she wasn’t sure how many are stolen because people want them versus how many are taken because people disapprove of the public library having them.

Teen Witch by Silver RavenWolf

Teen Witch

Lisa Neal-Shaw is the Secretary of the Maine Library Association’s executive council. She says “It’s like you know as soon as you order them; it’s almost like you have a betting pool. Anything to do with Wicca, witchcraft, supernatural, things like that. Especially the spells.”

At her library, the Mark & Emily Turner Memorial Library in Presque Isle, the occult books are often stolen off the shelf rather than checked out and not returned.

Neal-Shaw thinks some people might just be afraid to have other people think they’re into the ‘weird’ stuff. She thinks they’d rather steal a book than let a librarian know they’re looking at it, let alone have their reading choice on record.

All I’ve got to say to the book stealers is – whatever you’re reason, stop it!! Don’t be afraid of reading what you want and letting other people know. And certainly don’t be trying to stop anyone else from reading something you disapprove of.

We want these books available for everyone and libraries can’t afford to keep replacing them. Not to mention, I think it’s bad karma to steal. To steal something for the spirit seems especially dangerous.

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