The King’s Grimoire

Gone are the raging waters

storm-tossed skies fallen to the waves

empty sands in the kingdom of the rising sun

waiting for the tide to return

with arms full of broken treasure

to lay before the throne

of a king with eyes to the west

In his right hand a sceptre, in his left a tattered grimoire

and on his lips a prayer to the sea

echoing off the walls of crumbling stone

his throne room filled with salt air

the flames around his ritual circle sputter

but do not go out

My neighbor’s dog has been barking its head off for a good three hours now… 1:30 AM and it’s still going strong. Not sure if I’m more annoyed or impressed.

Photo by K. Mitch Hodge on Unsplash

8 thoughts on “The King’s Grimoire”

      1. I’m not completely sure since I’m not really a wizard, but I read a book about ritual magic. Also, grimoires fascinate me, as a subject. The process involved research, practice, and meticulous documentation. Dozens of historical grimoire texts are available for free online at websites that archive spiritual texts, but few modern witches and warlocks publish their grimoires for free (if at all). Many wiccans call grimoires their “Book of Shadows,” like on the TV show “Charmed.” And from what I understand, they often incorporate narratives into their texts.

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      2. Cool! I know very little about any of it, but it’s so fascinating. I randomly bought a book of ceremonial magic from a used bookstore a few years back, and while I’ve flipped through it a few times I’ve never felt the urge to actually try any of it out. Just in case, you know?

        The history of it all is endlessly fascinating. As long as humans have been able to ask questions, it seems they’ve been occupied by a search for occult secrets. Cool stuff!

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      3. You’ve already taken the first steps if you’ve read about it in your own. I think it helps to have an open mind and experiment with all kinds of taboos. While there are some social laws I would never break (such as pedophilia and bestialiity), I would happily partake in hallucinogens if I found a reliable guide. Alas, I’m a little too paranoid to make a real go of it, but I’m fairly certain Aleister Crowley and the Golden Dawn did massive amounts of drugs, especially magic mushrooms.

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