The Book of Gates: a Magical Translation

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The Book of Gates is a rich and epic magical translation of a little-known Ancient Egyptian funerary text that contains a wealth of mystical and magical secrets. Unlike its more famous cousin, The Book of the Dead, The Book of Gates was meant for the living as much as the deceased, and its deeply enigmatic verses lead the reader on a harrowing yet uplifting journey through the Underworld in search of ascent and true adepthood.

It is one of the most profound and transformative magical texts to have survived from the ancient world, yet today it is largely unknown. In 2016, adept magician and author Josephine McCarthy, along with translator Michael Sheppard, accidentally discovered layer after layer of magical knowledge hidden away inside its scenes.

The Book of Gates was sumptuously illustrated whenever it was copied onto tomb walls and royal sarcophagi, and this visual feast has been lovingly reproduced in this edition, in colour and monochrome, with photographs from the tomb walls, and reproductions by magical artist Stuart Littlejohn, where it is also joined by several of his original works.

Translated by Michael Sheppard, interpreted by Josephine McCarthy, and illustrated by Stuart Littlejohn, The Book of Gates offers the reader page after page of enigmatic puzzles, insights, and keys that reveal the timeless roots of alchemy, ritual, and magical vision. Quareia Publishing is truly proud to present a book so steeped in mystery, magical meaning, and ancient wisdom.