THE LESSER BOOK
OF THE
VISHANTI


A Companion to
the Dr. Strange Comic Books


compiled by catherine yronwode
with nagasiva yronwode

CONTENTS | PROLEPSIS | INTROIT | VOLUME ONE | INTERMEZZO | VOLUME TWO | APPENDICES


INTROIT

THE LESSER BOOK OF THE VISHANTI

Prologue

Dedication

Contents

Abbreviations Used in This Book


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THE
LESSER BOOK
OF THE
VISHANTI



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copied right 1577 © by Erzilie Redwing

Published by Alibeck the Egyptian

-- Memphis --




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PROLOGUE

The Book of the Vishanti, that storehouse of occult wisdom, said to contain every counter-spell known to the mystic arts [ST 116] exists in but one copy, that being at present in the library of Stephen Strange. Far be it from the intent of this humble compilator to presume to duplicate the immense wealth of knowledge said volume contains -- but greater would be my shame should i let pass into unending oblivion those lesser spells & enchantments which the deathless Vishanti have seen fit to allow Dr. Strange to reveal, if not to the world at large, then at least some small, select portion thereof.

There have been throughout the years several questions raised by students of the theurgic arts as to whether the magic of the Vishanti (and thus of Stephen Strange) is "good" or "evil" -- indeed, it has even been stated that the Book contains only spells of defense, not offence [ST 148] -- in manifest contradiction to the evidence. The root of the problem lies in the fact that human beings, limited as they are in outlook, have presumed to cast the Vishanti in their own strictured mold, and this being a fruitless task, no end of "moral" confusion results.


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The Vishanti are most often referred to as eternal, blessed and deathless, but in at least one instance [ST 120] their fury is also invoked. Rather than attempt to sift the shifting sands of morality's Maya, i shall let the words of the noted occultist Arthur Edward Waite speak for my translation of the Vishanti texts as they did for his own work on the Clavicula Solomonensis:

"I have ruled out, as will be seen, the distinctions which have subsisted between the good and evil side of the arts and processes ... because the two aspects dissolve into one another and belong one to another in the root that is common to both ... [but] it should be observed that experiments which have for their object an interference with the free will of another person ... are essentially evil experiments."
Let this warning be a word to the wise. and let it serve as notice that i have included in this volume, for the sake of completeness only, the spells used by Baron Mordo, the dread Dormammu, and the unspeakable Umar (as well as those invoking such dubious entities as the supreme Satannish). Any spells not of Stephen Strange's utterance are marked as such in the margin. [like this.]


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In addition to incantations, this volume also contains a complete list of spirits, forces and sacred spaces, with references to their use as invocatory aids; a catalogue of ritual and power objects; a short treatise on magical time travel; and a list of other dimensions, their landscapes, the nature of their inhabitants, and other needful knowledge for those who would travel to them.

{{graphic: all-seeing eye}}

May the All-Seeing Eye guard you from evil.


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"No slaves wrought the City of Marvel, but artists toiling at the work they loved."

-- Lord Dunsany

DEDICATION

This book is dedicated to the following fellow-travellers -- Walter Vincent & Jimmy Rodgers & Charlie Poole & Leroy Carr & Frances Blackwell & Barry & Anna Carroll & Willie McTell & Willie Johnson & William Saroyan & Walter Roland & Charley Jordan & Harvey Hull & Charlie Patton & Grace & Carl Moon & Elvis Presley & Ernest Stoneman & Walter Lewis & Gertrude Rainey & Kurt Vonnegut Jr. & Russ Nobbs & Susan Anthony & A. P., Sarah & Maybelle Carter & Don & Phil Everly & Roger Stern & Mark Gruenwald & Winsor McCay & George Herriman & Jim and Bob (the Genial Hawaiians) & Arthur Edward Waite & Amelia Earhart & Fred Noonan & Don McGregor & P. Craig Russell & Kenneth Patchen & Nicola Tesla & the white dove & Gus Cannon & Charles Davenport & Esther Averill & Noah Lewis & Ben Ramey & Ben E. King & Steve Englehart & Frank Brunner & Liselotte Erlanger & Will Shade & Jennie Mae Clayton & John Estes & Yank Rachel & Lonnie Chatman & Armentier Chatman & Sam Chatman & Robert Zimmerman & Joe Hill & Marie Laveau & John Hurt & Elizabeth Cotton & Steve Gerber & Lucille Bogan & Robt. Anton Wilson & Jimmy and Estelle Yancey {{flower drawn}} & Mary Skrenes & Jorge Luis Borges & Carl Sandburg & Hudson Whittaker & Tom Dorsey & Leola B. & Wesley Wilson & Huddie Ledbetter & Chuck Berry & Richard Penniman & John Fahey & Wilhelm Reich & Letitia Glozer & Talbot Mundy & Arthur Ward & Stan Lee & Steve Ditko {{flower drawn}} & Robert Graves & Fritz Leiber & J. R. R. Tolkien & James Arnold & Arther Blake & Bob Wills & Alice Stockham & Leo Tolstoy & Bob Johnson & Willie Brown & Kitty Wells & Minnie Douglas McCoy & Pamela Colman Smith & {{flower drawn}} Roy Acuff & Gene Vincent & Antoine Domino II & Michael Wm. Kaluta & Wm. Moore & Walter Gibson & Peter & Althaea Yronwode & Herman Hesse & Carl Jung & Richard Starkey & Gene Stratton Porter & Rene Daumal & Buddy Holley & James Moore & George Harrison & John Lennon & Paul McCartney & Henry Thomas & Tommy McClennan & Marie Severin & Woody Guthrie & Pete Seeger & Gene Colan & Roy Thomas & Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel & Theodore Sturgeon & Richard and Mimi Farina & Barry Smith


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CONTENTS

ITEM                                                                                            PAGE

Prologue----------------------------------------------------------------- 3

Volume One

a list of Abbreviations ------------------------------------------- 8

the Ritual Artifacts and Power Objects of the Art ------------ 10

Enchantments, Spells, and Incantations of the Vishanti ------ 15

Intermezzo
Deities, Powers, and Forces -------------------------------- A-Z
Volume Two
outline of Dimensional Types ----------------------------------- 10

Catalogue of Dimensions, including instructions on travel to
these realms, with a short depiction of their landscapes,
inhabitants and modes of conduct. -------------------------------- 13

the alteration of Time by means of the Art,
includingTime-Travel ------------------------------------------ 60


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ABBREVIATIONS

Many Beings and Concepts re-occur with regularity in this work. Therefore, in order to shorten the task of copying, abbreviations have been resorted to.

A.O. --- The Ancient One, Dr. Strange's Mentor
Ann. --- Annual (as in SP Ann. 2) --> AV --- Avengers Comics

C. --- Clea, daughter of Umar & Orini, lover & disciple of Dr. Strange
C.Y. --- Catherine [sign] Yronwode -- author

D. --- Dormammu, Child of the Faltine, brother to Umar, uncle to Clea
D.A. --- Dan Adkins -- author
D.i.D. --- The Dweller in Darkness
DEF --- Defenders Comics
D.Mc. --- Don McGregor -- author
D.O. --- Denny O'Neil -- author
Dr.S. --- Doctor Strange (himself) DS --- Doctor Strange Comics

E.F. --- Ectoplasmic (Astral) Form

G.F. --- Gardner Fox -- author
GR --- Ghost Rider Comics

H --- The Incredible Hulk Comics
HTD --- Howard the Duck Comics

J.L. --- Jim Lawrence -- author
J.S. --- Jim Starlin -- author


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L.W. --- Len Wein -- author

M. --- Baron Mordo -- ex-disciple of the Ancient One, ally of Dormammu
M.O. --- Mindless Ones -- inhabitants of Dormammu's Dark Dimension
MP --- Marvel Premiere Comics
M.W. --- Marv Wolfman -- author

N.M. --- Nightmare -- Dr. Strange's "Ancient Foe", ruler of the Dream World

P.B. --- Physical Body

R.M. --- Roger Marais -- author
R.Mc --- Ralph Macchio -- author
R.S. --- Roger Stern -- author
R.T. --- Roy Thomas -- author

S.E --- Steve Englehart -- author
S.G. --- Steve Gerber -- author
S.L. --- Stan Lee -- author
S.of S. --- Sons of Satannish -- a group of evil sorcerers a.k.a. the Sons of the Spanish.
SP --- Amazing Spiderman Comics
ST --- Strange Tales Comics
SUB --- Submariner Comics

TOD --- Tomb of Dracula Comics
TORICL --- A Treatise on Reality in Comic Literature
Treas. --- Treasury Edition (as in HTD Treas.)

U. --- Umar, child of the Faltine, sister of Dormammu, mother of Clea

V.B.L. --- Vibrational Barrier Land

W. --- Wong, Dr. Strange's man-servant

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