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Hine's Varieties is a selection of Phil Hine's esoteric essays over the last forty years. Divided thematically into sections: Chaos Magic, Tantra, Sexualities, Practice, Paganisms, Histories, and Fiction, each selection of essays is prefaced by new autobiographical writings in which the author reflects on his early beginnings on the magical path and how his perspectives changed over time. With content ranging from explorations of esoteric practice, magical sexuality and independent scholarship, Hine’s Varieties offers a unique window into the life and spiritual journey of a practising occultist.
Phil Hine is a witty and engaging writer whose work is informed by decades of experience at the bleeding edge of occultism. This compilation of his essays covers a huge range of modern magical thought and practice in a very fluid and readable style. Indispensable for anyone interested in learning more about some of the most important developments that have formed magick in the 21st century.
In Hine’s Varieties we have a valuable gift from one of the key figures in the late 20th/early 21st century Pagan and occult scenes. Unlike the blustery works of many contemporary occultists, this vulnerable and honest collection provides a rare window of insight into Phil Hine’s magical development, set within a historical context. This wide-ranging feast of essays includes lost Pagan subcultural history, delicious nuggets of practice stretching from Chaos to Tantra, and the historical unearthing of little-known esoteric personae. Hine moves gracefully between moving intimacy and tight, engaging scholarship, with a humility that is uncharacteristic of the field. Even after 40 years of contributions to occult culture, Phil Hine remains a perpetually refreshing voice.
Dr. Amy Hale
These short essays demonstrate a wealth of ritual experience and thinking about magic, tantra, politics, history, and sexuality. Such a mirrorball of collected reflections is effortlessly held together by Phil's own magical attitude of playful seriousness and what I might even go so far as to call his trademark imaginative pragmatism.
Dr. Alexander Cummins
Phil Hine catalyzes and manifests new invigorations of ritual, research and resurrections of trajectories of tantra, chaos and queer. Avoiding fetishism, and deeply energetic in his refined detail, Hine's work collates ethical, thoughtful, transgressive and practical guidance for thinking and ritualizing contemporary magic in ways only he can.