Hey everyone! You might notice I haven’t written a blog post since last June. That’s because two sites were stealing my content. One site (who looks like they stopped once I asked) has done so here and here.
The other site has stolen my content here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here. There were two other examples, but they’ve since been deleted from their website. Basically their M.O. is that once I write a blog post, it ends up not “shared” but copypasted to their site the next day, images, links, and all, with the only credit being a small “source link” at the bottom. I’m totally not cool with this, and that’s why I stopped writing blog posts.
Anyway, I’m not here to tell you the bad news. I’m here to tell you the good news, that I’m adding new content to the Free .PDF Library!
The Rite of Ordination According to the Roman Pontifical (1892)
In the first place, I’m happy to present the pre-Vatican II rituals of Holy Orders with Latin and English side-by-side. The translation was made by the Very Reverend J.S.M. Lynch, and was intended for seminarians studying for their own ordinations.
Knights of Columbus Illustrated (Rituals and Secret Work, 1918)
This is one of the more interesting finds, prompted by a conversation with a friend telling me he heard about some weird things happening at KoC initiations. Of course this book’s over 100 years old, and I’m certain the details of the rituals have changed by then, but it can be useful for giving us a glimpse into the early order and the mentality that formed it. And as I understand it, the third degree still has a kind of psychological “shock factor” to it, though it’s done differently now.
The Secret Doctrine in Israel (A.E. Waite, 1908)
I think most of you already know I’m a bigger fan of Waite than I ever was of Crowley or literally anyone else who came out of the Golden Dawn. That’s because Waite at least tried to be an actual scholar, while Mathers was content to weave BS and “ancient traditions” and “secret chiefs,” and Crowley was, well, Crowley.
The Secret Doctrine of Israel appears to be the second step in what ultimately led to Waite’s The Holy Kabbalah, which was actually the first book I ever read on the subject. It contains a lot of the material and sources as the later work, and also discusses magical and alleged “Christian” connections to the Sefer ha-Zohar.
More will be added to the Library in the near future, so STAY TUNED!