Idolatry Restor'd

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The translation of magical power to a created image is a matter well understood in so-called ‘primitive’ sorcery, in which occurs a mutual embodiment of re-presentation and the Represented. The carved fetish, for example, participates a reciprocal process between object and creator that often begins long before chisels and adzes are set to wood, participating in its own reification. Many of these forms of image-making were concerned with accessing power, and it was only later, in the context of religious devotion, that their forms densified into ‘mere’ idols. Witchcraft and the Occult, because of their syncretic nature, partakes in multiple infusions of traditional image-making lore, including not only sorcery and religious iconography, but also science, craftsmanship, and the fine arts. However, because much of its images are used privately, and indeed created for consumption by a limited set of observers, they participate in a concentrated alembic of exposure wherein all who experience them do so in the context of magical practice and devotion. This intensity of private magical interaction provides a locus which enables the image to transcend its medium ―and indeed that fetish known as ‘icon’― and generates living numen. First published in book form in 2013 and long out of print, this second edition of Idolatry Restor’d contains additional textual expansion and is newly typeset.

Author: Daniel A. Schulke
Publisher: Three Hands Press
Published: May 23, 2023
Pages: 80
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 1.11 pounds
Size: 5 x 0.3 x 7 inches
ISBN13: 978-1945147425
ISBN10: 1945147423
BISAC Categories:
- Occultism
- Witchcraft Religion & Spirituality
- Magic Studies