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The Longest Night

£11.99

Limited to 50 hand-numbered copies.

Following on from the acclaimed ‘Our Failing Shadows’ comes this second release in our Black Chapbook series. Alexander Menid’s new collection of 25 spell-poems explores the dark half of the year; that is, the six months from the autumn equinox to the vernal equinox. The folk-spells, incantations, catechisms, eulogies, hymns and evocations in ‘The Longest Night’ are otherworldy meditations on this dark tide. In observation of the seasonal calendar, they include ritual verses for Mabon, Samhain, the Winter Solstice, Yule, Imbolc, and other notable feast-days and blóts. Some evoke the spirits and deities associated with this time of year, others acknowledge its presiding energies and flora.

A sample is available here.

Description

From the book’s introduction:

This collection of spell-poems, incantations, catechisms, eulogies, hymns and evocations is concerned with the dark half of the year; that is, the six months from the autumn equinox to the vernal equinox. Ordered according to the ritual calendar, to read them in sequence is to ride the seasonal dark tide as it washes over this world, reaching its apogee on the longest night – winter solstice – before ebbing thereafter.

Many of these works are inevitably concerned with myth, dealing as they do with the sun’s cosmic struggle at this time of the year. These days, the term ‘myth’ is pejorative, synonymous with falsehood (‘the myth of capitalism’.) But myths are not lies or confections; rather, they are sacred narratives describing a primal epoch when humans were surrounded by an unseen supernatural realm. Myth was the product of mystical engagement with directly apprehended powers, of the unmediated revelations of gods and goddesses.

We still exist in a continuum of mythic activity, where some have occurred, some are in progress and some are yet to pass. Conscious magickal engagement with the mythic cycles of creation and destruction, enshrined in the wheel of the year, gives us, like our ancestors, license to direct their unfolding. And in so doing, we can briefly walk with gods once more.

Additional information

Weight 0.17 kg
Dimensions 13 × 19 × 1 cm
Format

57 printed pages, hard-bound in black bookcloth, with black end-papers and a full-colour dust jacket.

Limited to 50 hand-numbered copies.

Contents

Introduction
Autumn Equinox
The End of Summer
Wildfire Season
Mórrigan
The Death of the Dead
All Hallows Eve I
All Hallows Eve II
The Passion of the Oak
Martinmas
Whitethorn
Two Eulogies for St Edmund:
– The King and the Land
– The Fróblót
Bruma Canticum (four poems for the winter solstice):
The Lower World
The Middle World I
The Middle World II
The Upper World
The Catechism of the Mistletoe
The Catechism of the Holly
Yule
Twelfth Night
Summerland
After the Blizzard
Bríd
Blackthorn
Springtide