¶ Artisanal Edition (Strictly Limited to 33 copies — 2022):
BOOK: Format: 5.25 x 8.5 inches. 208 pages. Hardbound 90pts, Quarter-bound in Snake-Embossed Amethyst Genuine Leather and “Vibrations Metallic Umber” Handmade Paste Paper. Gold foil blocking on rounded spine bleeding onto both front and back. Color interior, with “Cosmic Expanse” Artwork by AzK printed Endpapers. Gold Headbands. Fully Illustrated by Shandi/Azk Bouscatier (of AZK Talismanic Jewelry). Fine typography, printed on Husky White/Smooth 160M archive-quality paper. Comes with a carton-plate insert glued on the interior, individually hand-numbered, and signed by the Author & Artist.
SOLANDER BOX: The book is encased in a fine Clamshell Box, Quarter-bound in Snake-Embossed Amethyst Leather and ‘Black Magic’ SoHo Leather, and 3 sides of the box is wrapped in the same material as the above-mentioned “Vibrations Metallic Umber” Handmade Paste Paper. Gold Foil blocking on the top of the Solander Box, as well as on the Spine side. Plus Blind Emboss Details on the top of the box.
CONTAINS: A Deck of 35 full-color custom-sized cards (3.16″ X 7.10″), printed on thick 16pt carton with Scuff-Free Lamination, in a custom-made Tuck-Box. And the hand-designed and fully cast Coin Talisman mentioned above (each Coin will be individually numbered by the jewelry maker AzK).
The Serpent Ikons:
A Sorcerous Distortion of the Tarot de Marseille Major Arcana
By author Helena van El & artist Shandi/AzK Bouscatier.
A lavish Hardcover Book + Custom (Oversized) Tarot Card Deck production featuring a wonderful Foreword by none other than prominent occult writer Gary Lachman!
The Serpent Ikons is a card deck, philosophical commentary, and grimoire; combining at the very heart of its creation primal art, writing, and magickal practice. Forged in the fire of passion for the Mysteries, the Serpent Ikons are an oblation to the Self and its Daemon in the most sacred of experiences – one’s Life as a deliberate, Initiatory journey fashioned by the creativity and will of the magician.
The Serpent Ikons have their roots in the revolt against any religious authority imposing a singular and unilateral relationship with spiritual forces. They embrace the Witch’s way; that torturous path that defies dogma and distorts order. In The Serpent Ikons, the major arcana of the Tarot de Marseille have been subverted to act as a transgression of the Tarot tradition: the Operant needs only the Self for guidance, and prognostications are consciously chosen then brought into being through ritual with one’s Daemon.
Together artist Shandi/Azk Bouscatier and author Helena van El have woven a spell of stunning visuals, deep contemplation, and profound magickal practice; and together they invite you to the intimate world of The Serpent Ikons.
Foreword: A Wicked Pack of Cards, by Gary Lachman
i. The Serpent Ikons – The Vision
ii. The Serpent Ikons – The Royal Path
The Serpent Ikons – Wielding the Inner World
Grimoire Space – Rituals
Divinatory Speech – Spreads and Questions
Bibliography and References/Resources
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