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
I've been Grail seeking all my life and this has brought me into contact with 'the Labyrinth and Wild of magick', a place or condition that can hold unexpected dangers for the practitioner. Is magic a delusion? My books and images have arisen out of my interest in seeking the answer to this mystery. I'm also investigating sacred sites and hidden places. Not always the obvious ones. Bermondsey in south London, for example.
My activities are limited because I'm trapped by the money wizards. Escape seems impossible but I keep hoping. And hoping some more!
I'm raising money for HospiceAid UK http://hospiceaid.org.uk/ by donating the royalties from the first two of my books to this very deserving charity.
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 book, 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.
For me the Egyptian sculpture gallery in the British Museum is a magical and inspiring place. It was here that I discovered ZiyZo dragons
For those in search of King Arthur. He can be found here. http://www.thesilurian.info/