HOLY HERETICS by Frater Acher – Limited Edition Hardcover

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HOLY HERETICS by Frater Acher – Limited Edition Hardcover

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Limited to 1000 copies. Bound in fine golden yellow cloth stamped in gold and black, dark grey endpapers, and black ribbon. Printed on 150gsm paper.

Holy Heretics is the third and final volume of the Holy Daimon cycle. Blending occult philosophy, magic and mysticism, Frater Acher guides the reader through the centuries with a series of practical exercises and rites which ultimately restore the powerful Olympic spirits to their original magical context.

8vo (240 × 165 mm)
272 pp
Illustrations by Jose Gabriel Alegría Sabogal


Holy Heretics is the third and final volume in the Holy Daimon cycle. Blending occult philosophy, magic and mysticism, Frater Acher guides the reader through the centuries with a series of practical exercises and rites which ultimately restore the powerful Olympic spirits to their original magical context.

Frater Acher identifies certain techniques of mysticism as a prerequisite for the work of magic, as the often missing element in the development of a serious practice. The advanced magical rites Holy Heretics contains are built from the foundations of simple practical exercises. These are provided and carefully explained. When performed, these rites form a luminous chain for the student who wishes to attain to adepthood and the mastery of empty-handed magic.

Holy Heretics offers a challenge to magicians who have reactively rejected Christianity, and a challenge to Christians who are unaware of the heretical tensions that run throughout Christian mysticism. As Acher writes, ‘I am very aware that searching for such a path among the very people who for centuries tried to usurp and control or deform and kill the Western magical tradition is a big ask. On such an expedition to find the narrow path we’ll soon be crawling through the bones, blood and ashes of our ancestors. And yet, at the same time we’ll also encounter beauty and genuine practice, true grace and deep spiritual power.’ The mystic and magician is always a threat to spiritual orthodoxy, and Acher navigates us through that difficult space. As a guide, he approaches the Christian material fairly, is generous when appropriate, and unapologetic when describing its worst excesses. The work draws extensively from manuscript sources and texts that are not available in English, illuminating a hitherto neglected world. All is done with the aim of extracting the spiritual gold of our own heart prayer, rather than imbibing the poison of orthodoxy.

In Book I of Holy Heretics we are taken on a mystical tour de force, beginning with the Desert Fathers and the austerities forged in the wilderness. From Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite we discover mystical prayer as a method to bypass the cognitive mind, and then enter into the inner stillness of Hesychasm. We stand with Symeon the New Theologian at the edge of the Abyss, and witness the remarkable visions of Hildegard of Bingen. We watch the potential of the mustard seed unfold, and encounter the radical this-worldliness of the Theologia Germanica, a manifesto for the gnostic practitioner that threatens the supremacy of the Catholic Church itself by directing the individual to seek their own illumination.

In Book II, Frater Acher turns his attention to magic, as an art of symphonic harmonious co-creation. The nature of the magical call is described, and the use of the magical bell introduced with historical examples. Next Acher considers Paracelsus, giving a full English translation of his little known Arcanum arcanorum, a celestial rite to summon both one’s holy daimon and the seven Olympic spirits with such a bell. The rite is expertly deciphered, from its use of alchemical tincture to its astrological timing, by following clues across the Paracelsian and Pseudo-Paracelsian corpus. The work culminates with Frater Acher’s restored version of the Ritual of the Olympic Spirit, opening the gates of the seven spirits and uniting them into one greater Olympic Spirit. The final act thus draws on all the lessons that Holy Heretics has laid out and the flame burning in our hearts.




I  On Pseudo-Dionysius Areopagite and the Mystical Path of Unknowing
II  A Most Daring Operation: The Heart Prayer
III  Being in Both Worlds at Once
Intermezzo – The Granum Sinapis
IV  Theologia Germanica


V  The Call
VI  The Olympic Spirit
VII  The Rite of the Olympic Spirit



2 reviews for HOLY HERETICS by Frater Acher – Limited Edition Hardcover

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    Harry Edgar (verified owner)

    Another amazing book by the wonderful Frater Acher! Wasn’t sure I’d like it with all of the discussion of the Desert Fathers but I very much did! It made my heart flame burn ever brighter!

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    Doctor Satan PhD (verified owner)

    Frater Acher has certainly become one of the most important authors in the “serious” occult community, first through his blog, later in the last years through his books. Again, as with the other two installments in the trilogy “holy Heretics” comprises the last part of, his voice is gentle but of an analytical clarity and precision which runs in a most pleasurable way against the often obfuscating nature of much occult scripture. His work is that of enlightening, scrutinizing sources, demonstrating their relevance and making them workable in a contemporary context without watering down. the book is structured in two main parts, the first being “Mysticism”, the second “Magic” with accompanying analysis and practice. If you know his other works or maybe McCarthies “Quareia”-course you broadly know, what to expect here.

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