It’s finally happened, you finished your book, and submitted it to publishers. Weeks go by, then months, then a year with no reply, maybe you’ll get a rejection letter if you’re lucky. If you’re a bit unlucky, you might find it published without your permission in so many words or less, in the most ridiculously watered down way imaginable. Hey, occult authors have to make a living! No not original thinkers like you, I mean the ones who live off watering down other people’s ideas they steal! Yeah they have to eat too! Yesterday it was Wicca, today, it’s Tantra! SKYCLAD TANTRA! WOW!
Recently I was approached by a young friend who claimed they had their idea ripped off by a publisher. I couldn’t give them very much advice on what to do since if it was true, it was all done pretty slickly and there was no way to tell if it was the author or the publishing house. I could only comfort them by explaining to them that the major publishers of occult literature all give off a natural astral stench to most occultists today – even though most of them, unlike us Gen-Xers, never watched them grow into a bloated unicorn corpse hosting a fairy fuckfest from the late 90’s onwards
I offered her my own experience with them…this happened years ago, Llewellyn plausibly (as in plausibly deniable) saw the Mutational Alchemy tarot pre-printing very very early on. We sent them a big package of our PSD files on CD. Twice. The only response we received aside from dead silence was watching them publish the Dead Moon Tarot based on Luis Royo’s graphic book the next year, with the 64 hexagrams haphazardly placed on each card. A market test, we both agreed – we assumed they were too scared to touch us, as our friends had all predicted, but had we lit a fire under their asses to open up their blonde Celtic fairy dust infused brains to the “yellow peril” that was Eastern Metaphysics?
A year later, a month after our Mutational Alchemy Tarot was hitting the market there was Night Sun. It had symbolism in it of a similar vein to the Abrahadabra.com current, but all in a jumbled mess that no one could make sense of, not even tarot aficionados. It seemed like the fever dream of a comic book artist who had hitchhiked a ride on the occulture bandwagon. Neither of us thought much of it at the time – after all, we had already been warned and the silence from Llewellyn spoke volumes. Hell, I was a little annoyed at the Fortune card, for reasons demonstrated below. I mean, I wanted to tell the artist, hey you basically got laid using our work and not even a thankyou e-card, guy? I guess that would be an admission of guilt.
The disc represents the entire I Ching, in hexagrammal form – it was never published before Abrahadabra.com existed nor afterwards. It doesn’t need any hexagrams or trigrams sloppily laid on top of it as in the Night Sun Tarot.
Friends had warned us already about sending stuff to any publishers until I had secured a printer with my finger on the trigger, knowing that less reputable publishers can rip off authors by passing an edgy idea off to one of their in house staff. I knew that if they tried it their house would implode on them. Abrahadabra is the refuge of the Kings and Queens of the earth, not pretenders to the throne who sell goddess oil to the gullible. But I thought we were way too “evil”, advanced, and chock full of penises for US Games or Llewellyn’s taste, if they had any standards at all. Various reviews of their material are pretty damning, such as this one from Amazon.com.uk on Celtic Magick:
“This book’s greatest weakness is not its complete failure to focus on anything authentically Celtic besides a few deity names. It isn’t even the fact that it is a total ripoff of several other books by the same author. No, its greatest offense against the intellect is that it manages to insult history with ridiculous claims such as ‘Robin Hood was the leader of the Sherwood Forest covens…’. I pity anyone who takes this book with anything less than a four-kilo block of salt. Among literate pagans it has become the poster child for the assertion that Llewellyn has no actual standards and will publish virtually anything without even a cursory review.”https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R17SE8VHSITD6M
How do you fight the mutilation of an entire way of life and a value system, that of the heathen and pagan way? We can accuse the artists that are taking advantage, but it’s really the publisher that is empowering these individuals and encouraging second rate work, that in their judgement meets the mainstream standards well enough that they can put their stamp of approval on it.
Occult publishers and authors have been sucking off of other people’s shit for years, off Aleister Crowley’s shit in particular, but I didn’t expect any of them to take a cue from a submission they had no interest in responding to, hand it off to their stable of comic book artists and say “here take this edgy dark geometry tarot and make it have less dicks and more marketable.” Heed this warning and guard your work carefully. Find help from fellow independent creators who know the ropes to publishing. There isn’t much else you can do.
Llewellyn really shouldn’t have used Abrahadabra on the Magician card though. That is a very powerful formula, and if you dare use it for even the slightest gain, Ra Hoor Khut will own your ass. You cannot commercialize Abrahadabra. That goes for us too, we don’t even breathe without permission from the force and will of Abrahadabra People think they understand it…people think they understand us, but they’re not even close to imagining what is going on here. So my friend, take comfort in the fact that anyone who is stupid enough to do that is fucked, basically. You probably don’t believe me but I’ve watched it tear through individuals and companies alike once it has its hook in – the formula is cursed in the most wonderful and weird ways one can imagine. This should excite and delight the real occultists in the audience, and strike fear into the hearts of the frauds. There is no exaggeration in my words here – Abrahadabra is nuclear fallout incarnate when it comes to the level of sheer might and power behind the word. There is a reason why its forerunner, Abracadabra, was endowed with a pedigreed history of amazing attributes. It is objectively real and those who have been wronged by the world should take heart that it is on your side and the Nu Aeon is upon us.
Right now on earth, it’s still a buyers market, and one has to be aware if you settle for safe and mediocre you’re going to get burned. You’re going to get burned on a personal level and the people that you try to interact with and help -(if your goal is even that lofty) – are just going to get ripped off. It’s just a total rip off fest all the way around. So the best way to hurt them is to not endorse their products. Don’t spend your money. Go to small scale self published artists like the ones on the list Aeclectic provides below. That’s where you’re going to find thoughtful innovation and art that is drawn from Akasha (Spirit) rather than pit of regurgitated vomit that is the entertainment occult industry right now.