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 These books make available for the first time previously unpublished manuscripts and Grimoires of great significance to the development of modern magick.”
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.
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.
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.
Join us in the Occult of Personality Membership Section for the second part of this fascinating interview.
David Rankine biography
“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
“The Guises of the Morrigan – The Irish Goddess of Sex & Battle” by David Rankine and Sorita D’Este
“Heka – The Practices of Ancient Egyptian Ritual and Magic” by David Rankine
outro music by Aarni