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Topic: Necromantic Ritual Book, Going out of Print shortly!
Leilah
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Posted: Aug. 27 2010,6:40 am

Just a heads up, that "The Necromantic Ritual Book" will shortly be going out of print. I've decided it's time to put this one to bed. We WILL be offering it for download ONLY when this print run ends, so if you want a PHYSICAL copy, I have about 100 left...and then they're a part of the past.

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RustIronCrowe
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Posted: Aug. 27 2010,9:50 pm

Would it be too forward of me to ask what the reason for letting it go is? I don't mean to second-guess your decision at all, only that I am really curious as to why an author would do such a thing...

Just picking your brain... The Necromantic Ritual Book is one of those unique gems that shall always hold a special place in my heart. In some way it almost seems "poetically just" to let it die a natural death, for it will always be kept alive in the hearts and minds of those who have read it.

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Leilah
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Posted: Aug. 28 2010,6:29 am

I don't mind you asking. It's been around for way too long now. The reason it was ORIGINALLY written was because alot of our readers were heavily into ceremonial forms of "magick" and asked for a more formal way to connect with Azrael and the death energy. Some ceremonial types had a problem with connecting through, "Our Name is Melancholy-The Complete Books of Azrael" because it was not structured in a manner familar to them, (with rituals and steps to follow). "Melancholy" was more on a evocative/emotional/spiritual level.

Thus NRB was created to fill that void. These days, much to my delight, people are moving away from structured "magickal practices" and more toward direct contact with the entity in question. After all, any form of structured ritual is just a stepping stone towards direct emotional/spiritual linkage.

In the end, RustIronCrowe, I don't want to be remembered as a ritual "magickian", but rather as a person who transliterated Azrael's words via ONM.

It's really that simple.

Besides, if one REALLY wants to have a physical copy, we're still going to keep the handmade hardcover version for those who crave to keep a Grimoire.

Hope that helps answer your question!  :hippy:

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RustIronCrowe
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Posted: Aug. 28 2010,8:07 am

Quote (Leilah @ Aug. 28 2010,5:29am)
Hope that helps answer your question!

It does, and thank you  :beer:

I will consider myself one of the fortunates that do retain a copy, and it makes it all that much more special to share now that its going out of print.

:rose:

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russalka
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Posted: Aug. 30 2010,8:21 pm

I too have a copy, and it's great to have for its conceptualism--you don't need to follow the rituals exactly, but you can take clues from what's in the book to compose your own rituals.  In that way, it is invaluable, and I'm glad you did it, Lady. rip  :rose:  rip

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even where Persephone goes, just now, from the frosted September
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Morgan
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Posted: Aug. 31 2010,8:21 am

I've done my own rituals since I was an entree.  (But I stopped being a 'food product' at 32, so. . .)  Kinda Santeria related, but no blood sacrifices.  Killer as a collector item, but I can't justify it.

Edited by Morgan on Aug. 31 2010,8:23 am

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April
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Posted: Sep. 11 2010,6:16 am

I love ritual, and I'm glad I have a (softcover) copy of the book. I hope you'll always make it available in some form -- even if only for download, although I'm glad some paper copies (the handmade hardcover) will still be available -- because there will always be at least a few people like me. I do love a grimoire, even if only for reading! Magickal tomes are usually interesting, even if (as in some cases) I don't plan on using the rituals in my own type of practice.

My acquaintance with The Necromantic Ritual Book has a surprising history. It is the first Westgate book I owned -- and I received it as a gift! My mystical-minded boyfriend found it somehow (I don't think he even remembers where), bought it (before he met me), and eventually concluded it was more my type of thing ("cup of tea"? whatever). When he first gave it to me, I thought it very visually attractive (especially with the medieval calligraphy) and a great collector item, but I wasn't sure I'd ever use it. So I filed it away.

Then I saw several Westgate books in an occult store, and was intrigued with them, particularly Necromance. What a beauty, and with such an insightful introduction! As soon as I realized NRB was by the same author, I thought, "I want to read this more closely!"

I haven't used any of these particular rituals yet, but the book is an inspiring read. Like Russalka, I think it can help people like myself to create their own rituals. In my experience, the most powerful rituals are those based on magickal formulae and/or traditions, but which include an element of individual creativity.   :color:

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April
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Posted: Dec. 29 2010,8:05 am

Since I wrote the previous post, I visited the same occult store mentioned in it -- namely Hex in Salem, MA -- and saw quite a few softcover copies of the NRB there! Also quite a few copies of Necromance, which I first purchased at that store.

So, Leilah, you (and readers here) may want to direct people to that store (and other such stores, if you know of any) if they want a copy, after yours have run out. Or even before yours run out, if for any reason you want them to last a little longer.

And of course, Hex deserves some patronage, in my opinion -- and there are lots of wonderful things to buy there.

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Leilah
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Posted: Dec. 30 2010,7:30 am

Welcome back April!

Christian Day is the owner of Hex, and he's a real nice guy, and if anyone is in MA. definitely check out his shop! We need to support small shops like this before they are disappear into the virtual world.

Man, I miss Sam Weisers emporium NY!

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April
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Posted: Dec. 31 2010,6:23 am

Thanks for all the warm welcomes you've given me. I have some casual acquaintance with Christian Day: I talked with him when I was there, and participated in his Samhain ritual on the Salem Common on October 31.

Yes, he is a very nice guy, and very energetic! Seems like he organizes most of Salem's annual Festival of the Dead: the Vampires' Masquerade Ball (this was apparently its first year, and I attended it), the Witches' Ball (an older event, closer to Halloween, which I didn't attend -- perhaps fortunately because it was more crowded!), the Dumb Supper, and other events, culminating in the October 31 ritual.

I think the whole Wiccan and occult community, in Salem and even nationwide, owes him a great debt of gratitude.  :rose:

P.S. So Sam Weiser's emporium is no longer in existence in NY? I visited it in 1983, on my first trip to New York; I was only a girl of 16 then. I guess I should count myself lucky to have seen it when I could.

Edited by April on Dec. 31 2010,6:26 am

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