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Holythorn Press

Esoteric Publisher


New Release

Concerning Witches and Apparitions
Joseph Glanvill 

A new transliteration of the classic text on witchcraft and paranormal activity from the 1726 edition. This little-read but nevertheless very influential text has been rendered into modern English for the first time. An introductory essay explores the historical context and some of the philosophical background to this seminal text.

Available from March 30th 2023

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University College Cork - Study of Religions Research Seminar Series will take place on Wednesday 15 February from 5-6pm (Irish & UK Time/GMT) on MS Teams:

Dr Sally North: "A Labyrinth of Images: WB Yeats and the Celtic Order"

This seminar will explore the secret order which Yeats founded in 1896 with the assistance of Maud Gonne, George Pollexfen, Æ, and fellow initiates of the Golden Dawn. We will look at the techniques Yeats used to contact the Tuatha de Danaan and the ancient Irish heroes using selected extracts from his unpublished “Explorations” and initiatory rituals.

Concerning Witches and Apparitions - Joseph Glanvill, Saducismus Triumphatus Modernised

30th March 2023 Treadwell's, London. Book launch and talk on one of the most important texts concerning witchcraft and the paranormal in 17th century Britain. Ghosts, hauntings, witch trials, enchanted objects, poltergeist phenomena and even a supernatural stalking are described in great detail. The talk will be in two parts: the first (by Sally North) will discuss the witches of Somerset, in their own words and those of their persecutors, and the landscape associated with these reports. In the second part James North will talk about the centering of witchcraft in a cultural "battle of ideas" and the importance of belief in both witchcraft and the supernatural to religious and philosophical debates.

University College Cork - Study of Religions Research Seminar Series will take place on Wednesday 5th of April from 5-6pm (Irish & UK Time/GMT) on MS Teams: 

James North: AE Russell, the Dublin Theosophists and the Irish Avatar. 

This talk considers the spiritual, political and cultural programme of 1890s Irish Theosophy. It shows how the vision of a spiritual awakening connected with the West of Ireland was of enduring importance AE, and how several remarkable and forgotten figures in the Dublin circle led by AE took the inspiration of Irish Theosophy from its cradle in Dublin as far as India and the West Coast of America.

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About Holythorn Press

Holythorn Press is a small publishing company based in Ireland and London. Our emphasis is on esoteric books which are not only informative, but also well-designed and high quality. We are passionate about bringing to the public books and ideas which were previously kept private, or, have been forgotten and are deserving of a new generation of readers. In addition we will be publishing new writing on esotericism and culture, including, but not limited to: history, poetry, art, and philosophy.

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