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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Book Review: St. Cyprian and the Sorcerous Transmutation

It is no secret that I am a fan of Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold and consider him to be one of the preeminent magical authors of our age. So when, I heard that he had released a booklet through Hadean Press on my patron, Saint Cyprian, I could not wait to order it.

I received the book this past week--Hadean Press prompt as usual--and have read it probably half a dozen times. Nicholaj does something that few authors in the magical community can, he is able to blend stellar scholarship with piercing spiritual insight. Saint Cyprian and the Sorcerous Transmutation is a small book, but jam packed with spiritual insight on the nature of Saint Cyprian, especially his transformation from the sorcerous saint of Spain and Portugal to one among the the legions of Exu and Quimbanda.

The books traces the historical migration and transmutation of Cyprian, discussing the Cyprianic magic that takes root in the New World, and the deeper mysteries of Cyprian as the head of the African Line and Line of Souls as found in the Afro-Brazilian religions. In addition to the insights one can find several workings with Cyprian which reveal a bit of the flavor of the magic and macumba which he influences.

It is a great book with something for everyone. Whether you are simply researching, working with him, or curious about the magic of Spain and Portugal, or want to know about macumba and Quimbanda, the book will prove enlightening and useful. Within its pages is an opportunity to find the fusion of folk magic from Europe with the black magic of Brazil, blended with the ancestral wisdom retained from Africa.

You can find the book here: http://www.hadeanpress.com/portfolio/st-cyprian-the-sorcerous-transmutation/

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