About Jake Stratton-Kent
Jake will be leaving Wales to join us for the Hekate Symposium here in Glastonbury for his first appearance at the Symposium. Jake has been called the most notorious necromancer in England, and describes himself as a ‘very late Late Pagan’.
He previously edited and contributed to an influential eleven volume Journal: The Equinox – British Journal of Thelema. This is nowadays superseded by Conjure Codex, a serial anthology of writings on spirit conjuring traditions from around the world, ancient and modern. He has also written numerous pamphlets and articles for various publications from the mid 70s to the current day. Most relevant to this anthology, he is the author of the Encyclopaedia Goetica; published by Scarlet Imprint.
This comprises: Volume One: a reconstructed and extensively commented edition of the Grimorium Verum under the title The True Grimoire. Volume Two: Geosophia, an extensive two volume survey of the Greek origins and mythic background of goetia. Volume Three: The Testament of Cyprian the Mage, an analysis of the roots of the grimoires and their spirit hierarchies in Late Antiquity.
A subject that recurs at various points in his writing is the cult of Hekate as it appears in the Chaldean oracles & PGM. His text for today’s talk is PGM VII. 756-94, a ritual invocation of the goddess of great interest.