The Grand Bewitchment

THE Operation planned by the Black Lodge was simple and colossal both in theory and in practice. It was based on the prime principle of Sympathetic Magic, which is that if you destroy anything which is bound up with anybody by an identifying link that person also perishes. Douglas had adroitly taken advantage of the fact of the analogy between his own domestic situation and that of Cyril Grey. He had no need to attack the young magician directly, or even Lisa he preferred to strike at the...

Walpurgisnight

THE spring in Naples had advanced with eager foot in her gait she revealed the truth of her godhead and by the end of April there was no wreath of snow on Apennine, or Alban, or Apulian Hill. The last day of the month was hot and still as midsummer the slopes of Posillippo begged a breath from Ocean, and were denied. So heavy a haze hung on the sea that not only Capri, not only the blue spur that stabs the sunset, but Vesuvius itself, were hidden from the Villa where Iliel and her friends were...

Matos Spells And Magic Anger Of Hurricane

VESQUIT AND HIS COMPANIONS, HOW THEY FARED IN THEIR WORK OF NECROMANCY AND OF A COUNCIL OF WAR OF CYRIL GREY AND BROTHER ONOFRIO WITH CERTAIN OPINIONS OF THE FORMER UPON THE ART OF MAGICK. THE Neapolitan winter had overpassed its common clemency save for a touch of frost, kindly and wholesome, on a few nights, it had no frown or rigour. Day after day the sun had enkindled the still air, and life had danced with love upon the hills. But on the night of her fullness, the moon was tawny and...

Guests

SIMON IFF and Cyril Grey had slipped out of the reception-room to clothe themselves according to their dignity in the Order. They returned in a few moments. The old man was in a robe of the same pattern as Sister Cybele's -- all the robes of the Order were thus fashioned -- but it was of black silk, and on the breast was embroidered a golden eye within a radiant triangle. Cyril Grey was in a similar robe, but the eye was enclosed in a six-pointed star, and swords with undulating blades issued...

Matos Spells And Magic Lightning Spiral

OF BROTHER ONOFRIO, HIS STOUTNESS AND VALIANCE AND OF THE MISADVENTURES THAT CAME THEREBY TO THE BLACK LODGE THE ecclesiastic is a definite type of man. The Italian priest has changed his character in three thousand years as little as he has his costume. Brother Onofrio's father happened to be a free-thinking Anti-clerical, a pillar of Masonry otherwise, his son would assuredly have been a bishop. The type is perfectly pagan, whatever the creed it is robust and subtle, spiritual and sensual,...

Chapter Viii

OF THE HOMUNCULUS CONCLUSION OF THE FORMER ARGUMENT CONCERNING THE NATURE OF THE SOUL I AM going to be perfectly horrid, said Simon Iff, leaning over to Lisa, and measuring his words with the minutest care. I am going to do everything possible to damp your enthusiasm. I would rather have you start from cold and spark up well as you go, than have you go off with a spurt, and find yourself without petrol in the middle of the big rise. I want you to take up this research because of your real love...