Cyprian of Antioch
- A Mage of Many Faces
The literary tradition of books attributed to Cyprian of Antioch can be traced back to the following legend: Upon his conversion to Christianity all his magical manuscripts were burned on a pyre. All but one. A single book managed to escape the flames. And rather than falling into ashes, it fell into further living hands. Hands that secretly opened it, carefully studied it and silently copied it. And so began the tradition of Cyprian grimoires.
Much has been published in recent years on the genre of Cyprian grimoires and the many recipes of folk- or high-magic they preserve until today. Our actual knowledge of the person Cyprian of Antioch, however, has remained incredibly brittle. More importantly to the practicing magician of today even - our knowledge about the actual living spirit that Cyprian of Antioch is today has remained equally elusive.
The book 'Cyprian of Antioch: A Mage of Many Faces' is the result of more than two years of academic research and first hand magical work with the spirit of St.Cyprian. It’s deliberate intent was not to add to the existing canon of Cyprianic grimoires - in the sense of sharing additional ritual recipes or magical instructions. Instead each chapter of this book was written as a literary journey into the presence and spirit of Cyprian himself. While we explore a large range of new material, we not only learn about the traces he has left in our Western tradition of magic, but we get to know the spirit that he is himself. Writing this book was the attempt to create an actual encounter for the reader - with a spirit which has continuously influenced our magical lore in the West for almost a full millennia and a half.
In an even more literal sense this book is also talismanic: the amazing artist Stuart Littlejohn created a dedicated icon of Cyprian of Antioch for this book. It was used for the cover image and a full page, colored reproduction can be found in the book - ready to be cut out and put on your altar if you wish to. This icon of Cyprian of Antioch is not only special due to Mr.Littlejohn’s expertly skill and craft, but also because many of the existing images falsly attributed to Cyprian of Antioch actually depict the bishop of Cathargo of the same name and time. If we follow the oldest known depictions of Cyprian of Antioch we see him as a man with a short beard and dark hair. — So in addition to the journeys waiting for you on these pages, you will also find a ritual icon that takes us back to the earliest sources of Cyprian of Antioch.
- ISBN 9781911134275
- Hardcover binding in grey cloth with dust jacket
- full colour interior
- 310 pages
- 8x5 inch x 5.5 inch
- Price recommendation: $37.99 / £28.99
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- a full fine Nappa-lamb leather binding, made entirely by hand according to traditional bookbinding craft,
- extra thick book covers with a sloping cut around the edges,
- four ornament spine hubs and a gold embossed title,
- a long, blood red tail-band, and handmade French black and red marbled front and end papers.
- The book is printed on 310 pages of thick 120 gram-per-square paper in full color