“Dark Spirits: The Magical Art of Rosaleen Norton and Austin Osman Spare” by Dr. Nevill Drury

"Dark Spirits: The Magical Art of Rosaleen Norton and Austin Osman Spare" by Dr. Nevill Drury

"Although they never met, the Australian witch Rosaleen Norton (1917-1979) and British visionary artist Austin Osman Spare (1886-1956) shared many points in common. As occult practitioners operating within the Western esoteric tradition, both artists were well versed in the literature of Western magic, Theosophy, kabbalah, Eastern mysticism, and modern psychoanalysis. Fascinated by mediaeval magical grimoires, they also explored the 'seals' associated with elemental spirit-beings and developed unique forms of sigil magic. Perhaps even more significantly, Norton and Spare utilised their own personal techniques of self-hypnosis and trance in order to produce their distinctive visionary artworks. As this book demonstrates, there is a clear parallel between the trance states associated with the Zos/Kia cosmology of Spare and the trance magic of Norton. Profiling both artists in detail, and profusely illustrated, Dark Spirits explores the unique contributions of both Spare and Norton as visionary outsiders and is necessary reading for anyone interested in the nether regions of the magical psyche."