David Rankine

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In podcast episode 81, we’re joined by occult author, magician, and esoteric researcher David Rankine. “David lives and works on the Welsh borders with his wife, the author Sorita d’Este. David has been writing and contributing articles to a variety of publications, and has given lectures, workshops and presentations since the early 1980’s. His personal passions include the Qabalah, Medieval and Renaissance Magick (particularly the Grimoires), Heka (Egyptian Magick) and Thelema. Since 2003 he has been working with occult legend Stephen Skinner, co-writing and producing the highly acclaimed Sourceworks of Ceremonial Magic series. These books make available for the first time previously unpublished manuscripts and Grimoires of great significance to the development of modern magick.”

Heka by David Rankine

An extremely prolific researcher and writer who is at the forefront of providing authentic magickal source materials, David begins the interview as he describes his early experiences in esoteric studies and notes that discipline in practice can also extend to other endeavors, like writing. Next we explore the Qabalah  and its importance as the foundation of the Western Mystery Tradition from a historic perspective.

Practical Qabalah Magick by David Rankine and Sorita d'Este

David delves into the manner in which Qabalah was incorporated into various Renaissance magical systems in the same way that it has been used to map mystical and metaphysical concepts in a cohesive manner since antiquity. Specifically, he discusses the theory and practice of the inclusion of Qabalistic divine names in grimoires. Then he considers theurgic and practical aspects of Qabalistic practice.

A Collection of Magical Secrets

We finish the conversation as David shares his thoughts about his wife and partner, Sorita d’Este. He describes their writing collaboration and the mission of Avalonia Books.

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David Rankine

David Rankine biography

Sorita d’Este

Avalonia Books

Climbing the Tree of Life: A Manual of Practical Magickal Qabalah” by David Rankine

Practical Qabalah Magick” by David Rankine and Sorita d’Este

A Collection of Magical Secrets and A Treatise of Mixed Cabalah” with introduction and commentary by Stephen Skinner and David Rankine

The Book of Treasure Spirits” introduction and commentary by David Rankine

Veritable Key of Solomon” (Sourceworks of Ceremonial Magic Series) by Stephen Skinner and David Rankine

Practical Angel Magic of Dr John Dee’s Enochian Tables: Tabularum Bonorum Angelorum Invocationes” (Sourceworks of Ceremonial Magic Series) by Stephen Skinner and David Rankine

The Goetia of Dr Rudd: The Angels & Demons of Liber Malorum Spirituum Seu Goetia Lemegeton Clavicula Salomanis” (Sourceworks of Ceremonial Magic) by Stephen Skinner and David Rankine

Practical Planetary Magick : Working the Magick of the Classical Planets in the Western Mystery Tradition” by David Rankine and Sorita d’Este

Practical Elemental Magick: Working the Magick of Air Fire Water & Earth in the Western Esoteric Tradition” by David Rankine and Sorita d’Este

Hekate Liminal Rites: A Study of the rituals, magic and symbols of the torch-bearing Triple Goddess of the Crossroads” by Sorita d’Este and David Rankine

Both Sides of Heaven: Essays on Angels, Fallen Angels and Demons

Horns of Power: Manifestations of the Horned God

The Guises of the Morrigan – The Irish Goddess of Sex & Battle” by David Rankine and Sorita D’Este

The Isles of the Many Gods: An A-Z of the Pagan Gods & Goddesses worshipped in Ancient Britain during the first Millenium CE through to the Middle Ages” by David Rankine and Sorita D’Este

Heka – The Practices of Ancient Egyptian Ritual and Magic” by David Rankine

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  • mindsweep March 6, 2010, 4:50 PM

    Excellent Greg.
    A much awaited interview w/ David Rankine !!
    Looking forwards to this episode.

  • Heath_Edw March 12, 2010, 4:48 AM

    another great episode, greg. could you possibly remind me of the translation of the bible that mr rankine mentioned being very qabalistic? i’d love to get my hands on a copy 🙂

    thanks & looking forward to the next interview…
    heath

    • rochester92 March 12, 2010, 8:55 AM

      I’m grateful that you enjoyed the interview with David Rankine! If I understood correctly, he indicated that the original text of both the Old and New Testaments were full of Qabalistic themes and symbolism. I took that to mean that in order to fully work with these books in that way, one would require the Old Testament in Hebrew and the New Testament in Greek. For those of us, like myself, that are limited to English, I’m not sure which translations would be best. I’ll follow up and let you know what I find…

  • Kristina Kaine March 13, 2010, 9:05 PM

    This is correct. I mainly work with the New Testament and I use Vines Dictionary of New Testament Words – see my bLog http://bibleunlocked.blogspot.com/

  • Heath_Edw March 14, 2010, 3:09 AM

    thanks, greg & kristina. kristina, i’ll check out your blog right away…

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