Peter Mark Adams

 

Biography

Peter Mark Adams is an author, poet and essayist specialising in the ethnography and visuality of ritual as evinced in the history of art, sacred landscape, esotericism, consciousness and healing. Peter’s non-fiction works are published by Scarlet Imprint; Peter also contributes prose and poetry to the literary journals: ‘Reliquiae: Journal of Landscape & Nature’ and ‘The Bosphoros Review of Books’

Books

Mystai: Dancing out the Mysteries of Dionysos. Scarlet Imprint (2019)

A Guide to the Trumps and Court Cards of the Sola-Busca Tarocchi. Scarlet Imprint (2017)

The Game of Saturn: Decoding the Sola-Busca Tarocchi. Scarlet Imprint (2017)

The Healing Field: Energy, Consciousness & Transformation. Balboa Press (2014)

Altered States / Parallel Worlds. Ceres Yayinlari (2011)

 

Literary Short Prose & Poetry

‘The Mistress of the Labyrinth’ in Reliquiae: Journal of Landscape & Nature, Vol.7 No.1, 2019.

‘The Crane Dance’ in Reliquiae: Journal of Landscape & Nature, Vol.6 2018.

 

Conference Book Chapters

‘Elite Illuminism & Saturnian Ritual in Renaissance Italy: Decoding a Late-Byzantine Pagan Theurgical & Magical System’ in Ritual Magic: Conference Papers, (forthcoming).

 

Conference Presentations

‘Elite Illuminism & Saturnian Ritual in Renaissance Italy’, Ritual Magic Conference, Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, Boscastle, May 2018

‘The Game of Saturn: the Sola-Busca Tarocchi’, Treadwell’s, London, April 2017

‘Ritual as Therapy: Steps Towards an Ethnography of the Invisible’, International Ritual Studies Symposium, Sah University, Istanbul, May 2014

‘Altered States / Parallel Worlds’, Brain to Consciousness Conference, Istanbul, May 2011

 

Peer Reviewed Academic Articles

‘Ritual as Therapy: Steps towards an Ethnography of the Invisible.’ Paranthropology: The Journal of Anthropological Approaches to the Paranormal, Volume 5, No 3 (2014).

‘Healing Interventions Involving Deceased Persons’. The Journal of Exceptional Experiences and Psychology, Volume 1, No 2 (2013).

‘Lord of the Flies: The Phenomenology of a Possession’. Paranthropology: The Journal of Anthropological Approaches to the Paranormal, Volume 4, No 3 (2013).

 

Podcasts

The Higher Side Chats, October, 2017

Thelema Now!, September, 2017

Occult of personality, August 2017

Rune Soup, April, 2017

Books

The Game of Saturn: Decoding the Sola-Busca Tarocchi

The Game of Saturn is the first full length, scholarly study of the enigmatic Renaissance masterwork known as the Sola-Busca tarot. It reveals the existence of a pagan liturgical and ritual tradition active amongst members of the Renaissance elite and encoded within the deck. Beneath its beautifully decorated surface, its imagery ranges from the obscure to the grotesque; we encounter scenes of homoeroticism, wounding, immolation and decapitation redolent of hidden meanings, violent transformations and obscure rites.

The Healing Field: Energy, Consciousness and Transformation

The Healing Field examines remarkable cases of healing and personal transformation made possible by a range of natural energy based healing techniques. The anomalous experiences arising in these contexts throw fresh light on the timeless issues of the nature of consciousness, reality and selfhood.Through the unique lens of the energy healer we are able to discern a far more expansive, positive and empowering view of our place within the larger web of life. The experiences recorded in The Healing Field are based upon live cases derived from over 15 years of professional experience

Mystai: Dancing out the Mysteries of Dionysos

The Dionysian themed frescos of Pompeii’s Villa of the Mysteries constitute the single most important theurgical narrative to have survived in the Western esoteric tradition. No other practitioner account of the ritual process for conducting a mystery rite has survived down to today. The frescoes’ vivid and allusive imagery illuminates both the ritual activity of the participants as well as its esoteric import. The frescoes, created in the most private rooms of the extensive Roman villa, were never meant to be seen by anyone other than the members of the all-female Bakkhic thiasos who conducted their most secret rites within them. Buried and preserved for posterity by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 CE, these stunning proto-Renaissance images guide the viewer through the consecutive stages of a theurgic rite of initiation into the mysteries of Dionysos.

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The story told by The Game of Saturn, written by Peter Mark Adams and published by Scarlet Imprint, is more of a historical thriller – a demonic mystery – than anything else. In fact, placed into a narrative rather than purely historical structure it would make an amazing Hollywood movie. … I also highly recommend the book, for reasons I will discuss at the end of this review, for anyone interested in the use of magic and the occult for revolutionary political and social purposes.

A review by Kadmus Herschel for Gods & Radicals

Meet Peter

october 23, 2019

Scarlet Imprint, Book Signing • London, UK

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November 10, 2019

Draft, Book Reading • Istanbul, Turkey

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