This is probably one of the most important books I have in my small library. Until I read this I thought the idea of giving offerings was at best ‘quaint’ and at worst something done by people trying to gain the favour of darker spirits and entities.
The various essay’s by leading occultist’s include…
Aaron Leitch: Introduction: Magickal Offerings in Western Occultism
Aaron Leitch: Liber Donariorum: The Book of Offerings
Zadkiel: The Elements of Making Offerings: The Offering as Sacrifice
Bryan Garner (Frater Ashen Chassan): Whispers From a Skull: Lessons in Spiritual Offerings From a Conjured Familiar
Brother Moloch: Ancestors & Offering
Frater Rufus Opus: The Back Yard Path Toward the Summum Bonum
Denise M. Alvarado: Ritual Offerings in New Orleans Voudou
Jason Miller: Severed Head Cakes and Clouds of Dancing Girls: Offerings in Tibetan Buddhism
Nick Farrell: Offerings in Roman Deity Magic
Sam Webster, M.Div., Ph.D., founder OSOGD: Offerings in Iamblichan Theurgy
Chic Cicero and Sandra Tabatha Cicero: Ritual for the Declaration of Maa-Kheru
Gilberto Strapazon: Offerings in Ceremonial Magick and African Traditional Religions
Several of the essay’s really stood out to me and I immediately started to make regular offerings, particularly to my ancestors. The change in the environment around me was obvious. From struggling to make things work for me to life becoming a bit easier.
Although my interest in the occult span’s over 30 years, after some teenage experiments went badly wrong I gave it all up in fear. The last deck of Tarot cards being dumped in Loch Leven around 1992. My interest was rekindled a few years back and I’m now trying to make up for the lost 25 years of practice.
Of the hundred or so books I’ve bought in the past six months none has been more important than this single book. The bottom line is make offerings and make them regularly. There is no free ride and if you want the spirits to work for you, you need to give them the sustenance to perform the work.
An extremely important work that should be in everybody’s library.
The book shipped to me in a plastic padded USPS envelope. Shipping to the Philippines takes from 5 to 10 days but then the parcel’s will sit in a customs shed or Post Office store for up to 3 months. It is a third would country, there is quite a bit of corruption (when you have to deal with the customs) but mostly the infrastructure can’t support the volume of goods arriving in the country. Staffing level’s are properly still at the 1970’s despite all the online shopping and relatives overseas sending goods home. When I received the book it was bashed up as it had virtually no protection. The leather spine is torn and crushed. I wrote to Frank and he offered a replacement, a six weeks later I wrote again. Six weeks later I wrote again and he asked for my address, several weeks after that I offered to compensate him for his generous offer as I felt it was unfair and I should offer something for the replacement book. Over six months have past and I’ve heard no more from Frank. Obviously, I gave up on this and will not buy anymore books from Nephilim Press.
The book is listed as limited to 900 copies but the sticker on the inside say’s 1000. To lazy to print new stickers? Not what you’d expect for a $65 book. Finally, the paper quality is poor. It is a rough dirty white and looks like it is not archival quality paper. There is sign’s of the edges yellowing already. Finally, the lettering on the spine of the book is already wearing off after very light use.