The name of this website is taken from the words of Thomas Vaughan, my favourite alchemist.
'This is the Magician’s Fire. This is the Mercury of the philosophers, that most celebrated Microcosmos, and Adam. This is the Labyrinth and Wild of magick, where a world of students have lost themselves.’
Thomas Vaughan. ‘Anima Magica Abscondita’. 1651
This website is my notebook, an investigation into the otherworld. Instead of a magic wand I have a camera.
Writing stories gives me a way of sharing my ideas.
For an academic approach to magic, I recommend the books of Francis Yates. The Occult Philosophy in the Elizabethan Age is a good place to start. http://www.amazon.com/Philosophy-Elizabethan-Routledge-Classics-ebook/dp/B000OT7UN2
For those interested in Hogwarts, I recommend reading about an earlier wizarding school, as described in Ursula Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea http://www.amazon.co.uk/Earthsea-Quartet-Wizard-Farthest-Tehanu/dp/0140348034
Or forget reading, just wander about. I saw this beside the fountain in Russell Square, London. Everyday magic in the centre of a busy city.
The Egyptian sculpture gallery in the British Museum is a magical and place. It was here that I discovered ZiyZo dragons
For those in search of King Arthur, my once and future King can be found here. http://www.thesilurian.info/