Stephen Skinner , Lon Milo DuQuette , David Crowhurst
Weiser Books, USA, 2021. Hardcover. 368 pages. A beautifully produced book, with ribbon bookmark and semi-transparent dust-jacket. Forewards by Lon Milo DuQuette and Stephen Skinner. Brand New.
STELLAS DAEMONUM offers an in-depth analysis of the spirits that appear in several late medieval and early modern grimoires. The book unravels these texts’ mythical, etymological, magical, and religious meanings, and draws out their astrological correspondences. The author shows how the spirit entities featured in these Goetic grimoires can be best understood by studying the celestial nature apparent in the ancient concept of the daimon and through an extensive study of 93 of spirits featured in medieval and renaissance texts.. The book also explores how traditional Judeo-Christian religion ultimately demonised such expressions due to their polytheistic roots and made punishable by death any attempts to reconnect with them. The nature of this work is strongly influenced by the author’s own magical practices, but its presentation does not resort to subjective or personal experiences, having a style that is more formal and research-based.
“Stellas Daemonum makes a significant contribution to the study of Medieval spirit catalogues. Most notably, it places the genre into a well-researched and coherent cosmological framework. While the main body of the book is likely to be used as a lifelong study companion for dedicated practitioners, it is the incredibly well-written first three chapters that I recommend as essential reading to all students. To my knowledge, the only comparable introduction to the ‘stellar tradition’ of equal value is Helmut Ritter’s 1962 introduction to the Picatrix, which to this day is only accessible to the German reader. Congratulation to David Crowhurst on this essential addition to the maze and gateway that is the Western Spirit tradition.” — Frater Archer, author of Holy Daimon and other works –Frater Archer
“Stellas Daemonum is a working tool to be used again and again by magicians for whom the magic art of spirit evocation is a passion. If this describes you, I think you will find here the citizens of your magical universe, the symbols and mythological archetypes of your own soul, more real, more awakened, and more ready to trigger the next changes you need to make in your evolving consciousness.”– Lon Milo DuQuette, author of Enochian Vision Magick –Lon Milo DuQuette
David Crowhurst lives with his wife in London, England. He formed his deep interest in religion, mythology, and the mysteries of the stars in his homeland of Wales. After experiencing the effectiveness of magical remedies passed down by family members, he became fascinated with the mechanics of magic and dedicated his life to its practice and study. He is a member of the Ordo Templi Orientis, is an aspirant to the A.’.A.’., and has a particular passion for astrology and the ancient pagan religions of Europe and the Near East.