Welcome to Falcon Books Publishing
About Falcon Books Publishing
“Falcon Books is dedicated to the unveiling of knowledge, bringing forth wisdom, from the past into the present, for the future, to benefit mankind.”
We are a dynamic publishing house whose primary goal is to bring the ancient knowledge of Hermetics back to the forefront of society, in a manner suitable for modern day living, thus offering access to unique works by living adepts.
Since Falcon Books was formed (2016) we have noticed an exponential interest in Western esoteric traditions, such as Hermetics and the teachings of Franz Bardon.
All of our authors are established in their own right and are leading experts in their field of Hermetic studies. Our claim to fame, also being the first English language publisher based in Taiwan.
Martin Faulks who has extensive experience working in the field of publishing and also a long-term Hermetic practitioner and author on this subject. He is founder of Seshen School of Hermetic Meditation. Tanya Robinson has a keen interest Hermetic studies and co-runs Students of Franz Bardon Facebook group. With a background in management, design and marketing and Martin Faulks (General Manager at Lewis Masonic Publishing), with over 20 years experience in this field, and the combination of these skills, success was inevitable.
The Purpose and Inspiration behind Falcon Books Publishing
“Ninety-seven percent of the magic practiced on Earth is pretend magic. The only genuine test of magic is if you have used it to significantly transform the world in a positive manner.”
Falcon Books Publishing was founded with the knowledge that the world is in dire need of more genuine adepts. Our purpose is to facilitate the rise of future adepts by providing them with resources that will help them solve the problems and overcome the challenges they face during their training. To understand why such resources are important, a bit of context regarding the current state of magic is needed.
In this day and age, magical schools and orders often confer the rank of “adept” to those who possess little mental discipline and no mastery over their passions. Basic skills like concentration, meditation, and visualization are neglected in many training systems, and instead, the emphasis is placed on performing flashy rituals and studying esoteric philosophy. In many cases, aspiring magicians are led to believe they need to devote a lot of effort toward learning the Hebrew alphabet, studying alchemical symbolism, and memorizing tables of correspondences in order to complete their training. Time runs away like water, and before they know it, a decade has passed, and then two decades. Still, despite accumulating a massive amount of esoteric and occult knowledge, they remain unsatisfied with their magical accomplishments
Besides those mentioned above, there are a number of other problems with the modern approach to magical training. The following is an incomplete list of them.
There is too little focus on acquiring self-knowledge. In classical times, the maxim “Know Thyself” was inscribed on the pronaos of the Temple of Apollo. In this way, those who sought divine light would learn how they could begin the process of finding it. While many books on esotericism and magic mention this interesting historical fact, few of them provide the reader with effective practical instructions for acquiring self-knowledge. Thus, many aspiring magicians do not know where to begin when it comes to the work of shaping themselves into a true mage who is connected to divine power. As the Czech adept Franz Bardon wrote in Initiation into Hermetics,
“Without self-knowledge, there will be no real development on a higher level.”
Modern standards are low when it comes to mastering the basic skills of magic. Any aspiring magician who can visualize a simple object or still his mind for five minutes is a lot closer to adepthood than anyone who has memorized the entirety of Liber 777 but cannot perform these simple mental tasks. There is a mental component to any act of magic, and therefore, a large part of any magician’s rise to adepthood centers on the systematic training of his mind. In modern times, many people who have studied magic for years possess to more control over their minds than those who have never read a single book on the subject. They are no more present-minded, and just as prone to becoming distracted, being carried away by daydreams, and falling into states of absent-mindedness as those who do not have the slightest interest in spirituality or esotericism.
There is very little attention given to the development of one’s character. Few aspiring magicians strive to acquire traits like compassion, generosity, kindness, honesty, and personal integrity. They consider this work more suited for those stuck in dogmatic systems of morality, and would rather spend their time building wands and reading about the Tree of Life. In truth, the process of character development does not always have to be tied to dogmatic moral structures. Furthermore, it is indeed a necessary part of magical training. At some point in their studies, most aspiring magicians learn that one must master the microcosm before mastering the macrocosm, but few stop to think about what mastering the microcosm really entails. Part of this process is the freeing of the microcosm from the influence of passions and vices.
The true scope of genuine magical training is poorly understood. Many people believe that magical training consists solely of practicing magical exercises and developing magical skills. In truth, the process of becoming more mature is also a large part of genuine magical training. Anyone who looks at the history of modern magic will see a great deal of drama and feuding. This kind of behaviour does not reflect maturity.
There is a prevalent but erroneous belief that people become magicians through magical training. In truth, people become magicians through systematic magical training. At best, unsystematic magical training can make you proficient in the basic skills of magic. For example, if you read a few good books about magic and learn a few decent concentration, meditation, visualization, and breathing exercises from them, then by practicing these exercises, you can develop a good foundation for your magical advancement. However, if you want to advance further than this basic level, you need to undergo systematic magical training. An example of systematic magical training can be found in Franz Bardon’s book Initiation into Hermetics. Note that this book is not merely a collection of magical exercises, but a collection of magical exercises arranged in a very specific order. This order consists of ten levels called “steps” which must be worked through one by one. The exercises of each step build upon the exercises of the previous step. The student who has worked through the tenth step has mastered several very advanced magical skills. He was only able to master those advanced magical skills because he mastered several intermediate magical skills while working through the middle steps. He was only able to master those intermediate magical skills because he mastered several basic magical skills while working through the beginning steps. Those who jump from system to system never move past the basic lessons and skills taught by any system and therefore never learn the intermediate and advanced magical skills necessary to be a true master of the art of magic. Over the course of time, these people can develop some neat psychic abilities and carry out some basic magical operations, but after many years, they often reflect back on their magical careers and wonder whether they achieved anything that was truly meaningful.
Currently, there are many books that promulgate the common misconceptions, erroneous ideas, and false assumptions about magic that give rise to the problems listed above. Because of this, we at Falcon Books Publishing believe there should be more books on the market that provide solid and reliable guidance to aspiring magicians. It is our goal to do this by providing our services to those magicians willing to write such books. When deciding what books we will publish, we base our decision on a few core beliefs.
For one thing, we believe that speculation is not a reliable source of knowledge when it comes to magic. Over the years, a vast body of esoteric literature dealing with the occult anatomy, the inner planes, and various metaphysical principles has come into being. Much of this literature, however, derives from speculation and conjecture rather than from direct experience. Any aspiring magician who wishes to learn more about the astral plane, for example, can find numerous books dealing with this subject, but will have a hard to determining which books contain information based on speculation and which books contain information based on direct experience. In this way, he is frustrated in his endeavour to find reliable resources that can aid him in his magical advancement. Because of this, Falcon Books Publishing only works with authors who write from direct experience.
Furthermore, although magic can be used to improve the quality of one’s life, the main purpose of incarnating on the physical plane is to grow and evolve by overcoming the limitations and challenges one faces in life. Often, the maturity gained in overcoming these challenges is vital to the ascent of the would-be adept. For this reason, Falcon Books Publishing does not publish books advocating the idea that magic can be used to banish away all of one’s problems and remove all difficulties from one’s life.
In addition, magical training is a lengthy process. The aspiring magician begins by mastering basic exercises, then moves on to mastering intermediate exercises, and then finally begins mastering the advanced exercises of his art. This process takes time. Furthermore, magical training is not just about learning magical skills by practicing magical exercises. As mentioned previously, it is also about becoming more mature. This process also takes time. While various measures can be taken to make one’s magical training smoother and eliminate unnecessary difficulties, the fact remains that one does not become an adept overnight. Therefore, Falcon Books Publishing does not publish books promising a quick and effortless path to adepthood.
Falcon Books Publishing does, however, publish books that we feel can help lesson or eliminate the problems in the modern approach to magical training listed and discussed previously. In fact, publishing such books is precisely the task for which Falcon Books Publishing was created.
Life is short. Any aspiring magician could easily spend a whole lifetime reading books about his art. If he did this, he would never get around to training and progressing toward adepthood. Since magical training can be time-consuming, the serious student of magic should strive to identify and study those books that will support his ascent the most. These are the books we here at Falcon Books Publishing are committed to providing.
~ Falcon Books Publishing Team
What is Hermetics?
Hermetics is like a sun lamp on the natural process of development and growing up, a set of lessons in the art of being a human.
~ Martin Faulks
When we think about Hermetics, it is often associated with mystical phenomena, popularised by associations with Aleister Crowley, black magic, images of a wizard wielding a wand, or some vague connection to ancient Egyptian mystical knowledge.
For most of us, it is unclear what actually Hermeticism is, and has been often misrepresented and sometimes viewed with a degree of suspicion, reserve or perhaps even fear. This perception was certainly reasserted in the past due to remaining recondite to the general population.
For perhaps the first time since the Renaissance period, knowledge of the arcane mysteries now unveiled and readily available for those who wish to seek them. Interestingly, we can see a re-emergence of the occult sciences coming to the forefront of our consciousness again. Be it through movies and books entering into mainstream culture and popularised by such examples, including the best-selling Harry Potter books, and Lord of the Rings trilogy.
However, historically this was not so. The arcane mysteries have always been kept hidden from public view, hence where the term hermetically sealed arrives from. These teachings were always bequeathed by a teacher to student and kept within a certain tradition. The knowledge itself would also be encrypted within complicated symbology and elaborate language that often needed an adept (advanced practitioner) to decipher in order to gain any degree of comprehension, this was further to ensure that if the knowledge were to enter into the wrong hands it would still be protected, since the text would be incomprehensible to them.
Previously, if an individual wished to join a mystery school, the only way this could occur was by invitation from one of its members. The neophyte, once accepted into the secret order became a student. Often a ritual would take place where the new student would be sworn to secrecy by an oath, never to share such knowledge outside of the fraternity. To break such a silence, a misgiving that he would pay for with his life. The gravity of making such a mistake ensured the knowledge was never released into the public domain.
Much has changed since those times. These mysteries have now been unveiled within a compilation of three manuals, written in the Twentieth Century by a Hermeticist, Franz Bardon to guide those seeking spiritual advancement which is now available to all. It is deliberately written in plain language to offer all who seek such self-knowledge and spiritual advancement to be made readily available without the need of a teacher or a secret fraternity.
These mysteries have now been unveiled within a compilation of three manuals, written in the 20th Century by a Hermeticist, Franz Bardon to guide those seeking spiritual advancement which is now available to all. These teachings have deliberately been written in plain language to offer all who seek such self-knowledge and spiritual advancement to be made readily available without the need of a teacher or a secret fraternity. We will be investigating primarily, the work of Franz Bardon in terms of hermetic meditation what that entails and the benefits of following such methods. Also, how Bardon applies universal principals that are beyond spiritual tradition as a training ground for growth in a balanced and harmonious way.
(To Read the full article, please go to What is Hermetic Meditation?).
It is noteworthy to mention that hermetic philosophy and the occult sciences were always intended to be used for the advancement of man and are tools to aid him in self-knowledge (know thyself) in gaining wisdom and power to overcome himself and the forces of nature that bind him.
The Corpus Hermeticum—Attribution to Meditation
When we think of meditation we tend to look towards Eastern traditions for inspiration, however, in Western culture and specifically, in early Renaissance, there are documented forms of varying forms meditation practice. One well known such practice was known as the Lecto Divina, ‘Divine Reading,’ which incorporates meditating on a certain passage within a sacred text, then to enter into a deeper contemplation and silence to connect with the Divine. Indeed this practice is still used today by monks. (To find out more about this please view What is Hermetic Meditation? Article).
Also within Hermeticism, there is also reference, to a meditation practice, although it is not well known for its meditation practice. But if we observe in The Corpus Hermeticum: Book 1, Poimandres to Hermes speaks about gaining enlightenment through meditation. When Hermes speaks of sleep, he is, in fact referring to a higher state of consciousness. An animation of this text may be viewed below (Created by Rostik Balash and narrated by Martin Faulks).
A Brief History of Hermetic Philosophy
Hermetics has long been associated with the mysterious ancient text that was forged upon twelve indestructible Emerald tablets and is thought of consisted of knowledge contained within of the Prima Materia, (the alchemy to the philosophers stone).
‘Hermetics’ was termed from the medieval Latin hermeticus, which is derived from the name of, Hermes Trismegistus, meaning thrice great with reference to the Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus, in which was within contained the knowledge of three parts of wisdom of the Universe, including alchemy, astrology and theurgy. (The latter of which will be the focus regarding meditation).
Perhaps the most well known of philosophical writings is the Hermetic texts are contained in the Corpus Hermeticum, a collection of approximately seventeen treatises originally composed in Egypt and written in the Greek language.
Interestingly, there is evidence to suggest the presence of Hermetic mystery schools in Egypt. In 1945, Hermetic texts were discovered near the Egyptian town Nag Hammadi. One of these texts had the form of a conversation between Hermes and Asclepius. A second text (titled On the Ogdoad and Ennead) told of the Hermetic mystery schools. It was written in the Coptic language, the latest and final form in which the Egyptian language was written. (To read the full article, please go to What is Hermetic Meditation ?).
About Franz Bardon
It was not until the 20th Century, Franz Bardon (1909-1958) a teacher and student of hermetic philosophy emerged. For the first time producing a comprehensive guide to spiritual growth written plainly for all to understand. He is best known as for his works on the subject, revealing the first three leaves of arcane knowledge. These volumes include (IIH) Initiation Into Hermetics, The Practice of Magical Evocation and The Key to the True Kabbalah. Another book was found un unfinished version of the Fourth Tarot card. It is also purported that the occult novel Frabato the Magician, written by his secretary, Otti Votavova (although the author was named as himself) was in fact, an autobiographical account of his life.
If you would like to further support research in this area please contact Martin Faulks.
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