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ANI.MYSTIC by Gordon White – Limited Edition Hardcover


ANI.MYSTIC by Gordon White – Limited Edition Hardcover

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Limited to 900 copies. Bound in shimmering emerald cloth, hummingbird glyph stamped in holographic foil on front, rose endpapers, purple silk ribbon. Printed on 150 gsm paper; printed dust jacket.  Book is in new unread condition

Published by Scarlet Imprint


Gordon White’s sequel to his acclaimed Star.Ships is a book of adventure and encounter, of optimism and healing. Ani.Mystic: Encounters with a Living Cosmos is, explicitly, a magician’s book, a dreaming book, one which aims to fundamentally shift the discourse within the western magical tradition. Gordon explains, ‘the sole preoccupation of this book is exploring and uncovering animism as a dangerous category of European thought…’

Gordon begins by giving the standard definition of animism as ‘the belief that the world is made up of persons, only some of whom are humans,’ before taking us with him ‘to its farthest epistemological hinterlands.’ In dialogue with teachers of Indigenous knowledge, spirits, angels, star people, saints, plants, and beast masters and mothers, Gordon weaves a new story of trans-species collaboration and custodianship.

To get to that point, he interrogates and dismantles a series of constructs: materialist-naturalism, the notion of invasive species, the nature-culture divide and the binaries of domestic vs wild and forest vs garden, and the concept of ‘animism’ itself. We are then shown what it means to think with Deep Time, with Country and in Ceremony. Solutions and best practice are drawn from dialogue with the cultures he partakes in and the disciplines of magic and permaculture.

Our journey begins in an airport hotel bar in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, and the story unfolds through encounters with forest spirits, shark gods and cities of the dead. From stone altars in Micronesia, ancestral Maori pâ, and Aboriginal songlines to lecturing on UFOs at the Guggenheim in New York and avenging angels in London, the journey gathers momentum. We experience songlines, fire storms and rain dragons in Tasmania, and are finally brought into ceremony with Ayahuasca in Peru.

Gordon is transformed through his encounters with a living cosmos, and in the Telling. In walking in the magician’s footsteps, the candour of his heartbreaks and triumphs, we are invited to come into right relation ourselves, toward the cosmic aim of mutual flourishing.


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  1. Gordon White needs little introduction to those who have spent the past decade in the occult sphere. His wildly popular and controversial podcast has been the entrant point for many practitioners. Following Star. Ships White continues expanding a framework steeped in anarchism and the thoughts of indigenous leaders. It is a book that seeks to bridge a gap between an older and often Western Centric conception of animism and its on the ground reality for those who have grown up in non animistic cultures. Personal narrative ties the chapters together and this lends a readability that is often not found in occult literature. It is a book that covers a lot of ground and at times wanders, but it comes back to reinforcing its subtitle that resembles the wilds it seeks to redefine. Scarlet Imprint is one of the best publishers in terms of book design and quality. This book is no different with heavy paper and excellent binding quality. The cover is prone to take damage due to its waxy material, which is a shame is the only issue in the physical product. Overall, Ani. Mystic is one of the better introductions to animism from a Western author. It trades academic rigor for personal narrative in a manner that stands out in Scarlet Imprint’s wider catalog. While it may not be a book read in an academic setting or cited in a dissertation like other books that have come out of the occult literature revival, Ani.Mystic still deserves a place on the shelf of those interested in a fresh perspective on the more than human world. Book recommendations: “Star. Ships” Gordon White, “Animism and Philosophy of Religion” Tiddy Smith, “The White Deer: Ecospirituality and the Mythic” Melinda Reidinger.

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