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The Orphic Hymns Grimoire includes translations of all 87 hymns, with history, commentary, and spell craft.   www.OrphicHymns.com
The Orphic Hymns Grimoire includes translations of all 87 hymns, with history, commentary, and spell craft.   www.OrphicHymns.com
The Orphic Hymns Grimoire includes translations of all 87 hymns, with history, commentary, and spell craft. www.OrphicHymns.com
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Orpheus, the famed oracle orator hero of Greece, began to teach a new religion at the dawn of the Archaic Age.  Deeply rooted in ancient paganism, Orphism taught a doctrine of peace-seeking, reincarnation, and universal brotherhood.  The followers, like their leader, worshiped their gods with song.  Eighty seven of these ancient hymns have survived to the present day, and are called The Orphic Hymns.  They've been translated into English many times.  Most familiar is the 1792 work of Thomas Taylor, which is lovely verse, but sometimes diverges quite far from the original meanings.  The most popular recent translation by Apostolos N. Athanassakis and Benjamin M. Wolkow holds very close to the original text, but utilizes neither meter nor rhyme, making it less effective for ritual use.  These new translations shoot for the best of both worlds; I've stuck to the original text closely, rendering them in modern English in rhymed couplets suitable for both oration and singing.  Accompanying each hymn are historical context, essays on the gods, and suggestions for spell craft utilizing the hymn.  Several are illustrated with original full-page ikons, which you can photocopy out and frame.  You can read many of the translations in progress by following the project at www.facebook.com/OrphicHymns

The "basic" edition of the book will include a prefatory essay about the hymns and their historical and religious context, an original telling of the myth of Orpheus, and a new translation of each hymn, with some black and white illustrations.  The "special" edition of the book will include all that, as well as essays to accompany each hymn, and as many full-color illustrations as we can afford to produce and print.  (hopefully, that's all of them!!) . You can read an example chapter here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1uV70IGBIj6D0Ck89aH5pzeH5k-3bqoqN/view?usp=sharing

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I think it unlikely that I will not meet the deadline. I've been working with these hymns in my own spell work for years, so the context, "about the gods" and spells are all coming together very quickly. I am a professional writer, and more than half the hymns have already been translated. Once the final translations and accompanying writing are done, I will self-publish, cutting down on the time needed to produce books. My bff has worked in professional publishing, print layout, and design for many years, so I've got easy access to help setting up the book, if I need it. I've been working as a witch and writer for some time now, and I'm sure any of my clients would be happy to tel you that I always deliver on time.

I think the most "dangerous" aspect of the project is the illustrations, because they are time-consuming (and thus expensive) to produce. While my goal is to provide an illustration for every hymn, I don't want to promise that. You can "sponsor an ikon" to make sure your favorite is illustrated. (see the rewards).

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    Digital Special Edition

    Includes a digital version of the Special Edition, as well a one hour video class on the Orphic Hymns.

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    Special Editions: Hard Back + Digital

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    Audio Recording of the Hymns

    For $150, you get individual mp3s of me reading the hymns. These are powerful aids for magic.

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    Deluxe Edition Three-Volume Set

    This three volume hardback edition includes extensive commentary, as well as full-color ikons for each hymn. Each volume contains 30 hymns and ikons, as well as original myths, spellwork. Each volume runs about 150-200 pages. Only 111 will be produced, several of which are already reserved. Comes signed and numbered.

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    THIS ITEM IS ONLY AVAILABLE IF WE MEET OUR STRETCH GOAL OF $30K. If not, your money will be refunded, and you will be given the option to buy the Special Edition at the "early backer" rate.

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    Hardback + Audio

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    Sponsor an Ikon

    For $250, you may choose any hymn, and Chase will produce an original an ikon for that hymn. You will get the original sketch.

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    Portrait Ikon

    For $250, you get an original 8.5 x 11 pen and ink illustrated portrait in the style of an Orphic Ikon. You can choose a god not represented among the hymns, or a portrait of yourself or another person. Exact details of what you want will be worked out with Chase.

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    Dedication of the Merit of the Hymn

    For $500, you may choose a hymn, and I will dedicate the merit of its translation to you. This is a powerful act of sorcery. Hymns are first come, first choice. Each hymn may only be dedicated once. You may choose to have your name and dedication in the book or not. This dedication includes sponsoring an illustration.

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    Hand Bound, Hand Written Manuscript

    For $777, you will receive all 87 hymns written in my own hand, handbound in leather. If you pledge, I will contact you to work out some design details; you get to make some choices. I am not a calligrapher, but my mother taught the first grade; I have good handwriting.

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