The Baptist's Head Compendium

Magick as a Path to Enlightenment

By (author) Alan Chapman, By (author) Duncan Barford

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  • Publisher : Aeon Books
  • Published : June 2024
  • Cover : Hardback
  • Pages : 570
  • Size : 178mm(w) x 254mm(h)
  • Catalogue No : 95249
  • ISBN 13 : 9781801521376
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The intimate personal journals of two occultists practising western magick to achieve “The Great Work” (also known as “awakening” or “enlightenment”).

With its humour, honesty, and down-to-earth approach, extending beyond the cult following it gained after its original publication in the late noughties, The Baptist's Head Compendium has proved itself a seminal text and indispensable guide to anyone suspicious of or disillusioned by magick purely as a tool for personal power or material gain.

Sharing the details of their discoveries – and mistakes – in the process of making them, Chapman and Barford demonstrate how magick is a genuine spiritual tradition leading to enlightenment. They have their minds blown and the strangest experiences of their lives! By holding nothing back, but sharing all results and methods, the reader is equipped to embark on their own exploration of magick as a path to spiritual awakening.

Originally published as a trilogy, but long since out-of-print, these books are now available for the first time in a single volume, revised and updated with new introductions by the authors.

About the author

By (author) Alan Chapman

Alan Chapman is a Western magician, mystic, and writer, the founder of the Ordo Magia which is dedicated to helping anyone who wishes to take seriously the fate and destiny of their own soul through the transmission and mastery of Magia practice.

He has appeared in the Fortean Times and Chaos International, and regularly contributes to Worp FM podcast and his Barbarous Word substack and website.

By (author) Duncan Barford

Duncan Barford is a podcaster, writer, and psychodynamic psychotherapeutic counsellor living in Sussex, UK

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Harry on 15/04/2024

Among my favourite few pieces of writing by contemporary magicians. Well worth reading for anyone even vaguely interested in the topic.

Feroxaper on 15/04/2024

This book recontextualised for me the Western esoteric tradition. It led me down a rabbit hole that opened up into an expansive cavern right at the heart of the underworld. If these two fools can do it, so can you!

Dean on 15/04/2024

I found it inspiring, full of useful and applicable ideas, and, ultimately, curative for a kind of paranoia and hopelessness I had been feeling. On top of that, it’s a page-turner.

James H. on 15/04/2024

A story of two guys investigating enlightenment, which, by reading it, becomes a catalyst for the reader’s own inquiry into existence, and into what’s really looking out from their own eyeballs.