Limited to only 251 copies
Full colour 273 page facsimile in hard covers: bound in dark green toad-effect sangrain from a vintage roll of material
produced by the Ratchfords Mill in Manchester in the 1950s and preserved in our bindery from our original stock.
Companion Transcript Hardcover Volume Included!
From the publisher:
Born in 1926 and coming from a poor working-class family in the North of England, Alex Sanders was exposed to the folk magic of his grandmother Mary Bibby and the Spiritualism of his mother Margaret from an early age. Alex Sanders practised healing and country magic in his early years, working in an industrial chemists laboratory, during this period he discovered the Sacred magic of Abramelin edition issued by S.L.MacGregor Mathers and also the writings of Aleister Crowley. Soon after the Second World War Alex Sanders found employment in the John Rylands Library in Manchester where he discovered a 19th century copy of the ‘Key of Solomon’ and the writings of Eliphas Levi.
A flambouyant and creative magical partnership with the beautiful Maxine Sanders secured both fame and a steady stream of disciples, Alex and Maxine lived for a time in London at Clanricarde Gardens where they both enjoyed (and endured) the attentions of the national media.
Alex’s personal generosity was legendary and came from his entire lack of concern for the material possessions with which so many are enamoured, he was a true magician: manipulating the forms and forces of this world but remaining unattached.
In spite of this he was a remarkably able material medium, capable of conjuring spirits as well as treasure!
In 1971 Alex Sanders moved to Sussex to continue his magical workings with the contacts of his ‘Ordine Della Luna’, its Inner Order of Deucalion and later in the 1980s with an Aztec spirit guide.
The notebook contains material reflecting the hereditary witchcraft traditions of Northern England, the rituals and practices of both Gardnerian Wicca and later Alexandrian Witchcraft, as well as the teachings of Aleister Crowleys sexual magick, the ‘Key of Solomon’ and instructions for ritual and spiritual practices culled from surviving lineages of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.
In Alex’s hand, the notebook is a remarkable fusion of traditional hereditary witchcraft lore and the high magical teachings with which his personal work was so clearly identified..
He alone provides a veritable link between the folk magic practices of the cunning-men of previous centuries and the advanced spiritual practices of Abramelin and the Magick of Aleister Crowley.
The first page is a traditional Lancashire witches charm with magic symbols
The pages were originally torn by Alex to dispose of them but were salvaged by a disciple, taped together and sewn into a single binding; this was subsequently kept safely hidden by Maxine Sanders in an embroidered linen bag and remains in her personal collection to this day.
During his lifetime Alex Sanders was the most visible and influential figure both in the revival of traditional witchcraft as well as the teaching of advanced occultism in the world. After his death he remains not only one of the most enigmatic figures of the twentieth century (having left few traces of published literature behind him) but also perhaps the most prolific of all practical occultists.
Alex Sanders is considered by many to have been one of the most extraordinarily innovative and talented occultists of the twentieth century. Founder and initiate of a number of esoteric orders, practitioner of shamanic style spirit workings, witch, magician, psychic, all these aspects of Alex Sanders character have been well documented.