Publications and works by Shani Oates
From the Moorlands of the UK I ‘live’ my tradition which informs and is informed in turn by the expression of all devotional works. My world, infused with ancestral lore and history finds expression within a Faith that continues to inspire my journey as a mystic, and pilgrim.
Manifest through those works, my enquiries are given life through the written word in prose and verse, through visionary sketches, photography and therapeutic holism. Enriched by other complementary gnostic and Craft ordinations and initiations, my life-long study and research of theology, philosophy and anthropology has deepened my engagement through their Mysteries proper.
These disciplines have sourced my lectures at moots and Esoteric Conferences, serving further my role and duty as the current Maid of the ‘People of Goda, of Clan of Tubal Cain’
- The final part of the trilogy, ‘Star Crossed Serpent III’ is now published Lammas 2016 [Mandrake of Oxford].
HERITAGE – A Self-publication through Create Space/Amazon released in June 2016 for the ‘HERITAGE Event’ :
Expressive works by selected members of the ‘People of Goda’ of the Clan of Tubal Cain that illustrate the impetus and the mood of the moment. This relates how we feel about the legacy we have received and the task that lies ahead for its interpretation and continuance aspected through the Veils of the Mothers’ in Truth , Love & Beauty. Relayed in prose and verse, words and images divert the reader into the place of ‘Work’ of labour devotion and duty – of Heritage.
A candid auto-biography spanning five decades of the Clan of Tubal Cain’s challenges since its establishment through its founder, Robert Cochrane. It opens a window upon those trials of time and tide that faced Robert Cochrane, Evan John Jones, Robin-the-dart & Shani Oates – This book describes the fateful history of a fully ‘lived’ Tradition: Throughout the past 50 years, that Clan has practised its customs and lore as One People, and has borne Three Magisters, Three Tanists and Two Maids. We are born, emergent as seekers unto life; we find love, acquire wisdom, mature in its sharing and then we die! Between these five points our purpose is engineered by Fate, to which we either surrender or resist. The friction between these opposing poles creates the dynamic of the causality of our lives, specifically the people and events within it. Our ‘mark’ patterns this interweaving as the accord between the dictates of want and desire, all those aspirations and disappointments we experience as we shift from one stage of this cyclic rose, to another. Just occasionally an exceptional person will enter our field of being and everything we thought we knew, everything we thought we wanted dissolves into the extraordinary gravitational pull that person exerts over our soul. Drawn inexorably within their own patterning of fate, we are but a supporting role to the greater picture, our own life a subtle cameo in the production of a universal vista, sensed as being greater than the sum of its parts. We have no choice.
‘Tubal’s Mill: The Round of Life, A Critique of the History of ‘The Robert Cochrane Tradition’’
The Companion Guide to ‘Tubal’s Mill’ providing the complete letter scans and document proofs quoted and transcribed therein, and are here published for ease of reference and study. Research and Resource for History of the Robert Cochrane Tradition. For the Clan of Tubal Cain
My debut book, ‘Tubelo’s Green Fire’ was launched through Mandrake of Oxford in April 2010,http://mandrake.uk.net/shani-oates/
This book explores historical and contemporary ideas of witchcraft through the perspective of the Clan of Tubal Cain – a closed Initiatory group aligned to the Shadow Mysteries within the Luciferian stream. As students of art we mediate the ancestral stream, teaching through practice with the sacred tenets of Truth, Love and Beauty. The Word is thus manifest in deed and vision.
‘The Arcane Veil,’ 2011 Mandrake of Oxford http://mandrake.uk.net/shani-oates/
Analogue of Craft historiography, brought up to date through the author’s own experiential praxis. A discursive investigation of magical beliefs and practises in England since 600CE to the post-modern fall-out of the 21st century, analysing in particular its influences and survival strategies. Emphasis is placed on Christian, Heathen, and Hermetic Praxis, with provocative, critical study of the concepts of Lucifer, Witch-Blood, Sin-Eating and their influences on modern Traditional Craft praxes. “A driving thirst for knowledge is the forerunner of wisdom. Knowledge is a state that all organic life possesses, wisdom is the reward of the spirit, gained in the search for knowledge. Truth is variable – what is true now, will not be true tomorrow, since the temporal truths are dependent upon ethics and social mores – therefore wisdom is possibly eternal Truth, untouched by man’s condition. So we must come to the heart of the people, a belief that is based upon Eternity, and not upon social needs or pressures – the ‘witch’ belief then is concerned with wisdom, our true name, then the wise people and wisdom is our aim.” – Robert Cochrane 1931-1966 Foreword by Nicolaj de Mattos Frisvold / Section One: Discourses on the History of Magic.Influence and impact of Christianity upon the Development and Evolution of Magic: 600-1600CE. 1: Survival of Classical, Roman and Teutonic Magical Concepts and Practices under the Early Church. 600 – 1000CE 2: The Theological Renaissance 1000CE – 1300CE 3: Heresy and Early Witchcraft 1300CE-1600CE 4: The Hermetic Renaissance. 1400-1700 Section Two: Discourses on the Craft 5: It’s all in a Name: Lucifer, an Ancient Heresy 6: The Profane Art of Masking 7: Witch-Blood, a Modern Heresy? 8: Sin Eating: Its relevance to the Craft 9: Traditional Witchcraft in the 21st Century 10: Which Craft?
and ‘The Star Crossed Serpent I & II’ in 2011 & 2012 also published by Mandrake of Oxford.
Dual-authorship of the Clan of Tubal Cain’s Legacy defining 50 years of its organic evolution. Shani Oates edits and provides supplementary commentary to the original and previously unpublished ms written by Evan John Jones, parts of which were published in ‘The Roebuck in the Thicket.’ Jones was the Magister of the Clan of Tubal Cain, appointed by the Maid of CTC after Robert Cochrane’s death in 1966, serving his role faithfully until the 1998. His personal and complete account serves as an unprecedented Testament to the Will of Fate and Tenacity of Spirit. Herein he records the Clan’s inception under Robert Cochrane through Jones’ own evolution of beliefs and practises to those of the Current bearers of this mantle, depicting the interweaving of Wyrd in the vital process of its existence and continuity in Troth to its Tutelary Spirit: The Star-Crossed Serpent.
Following on from the groundwork of the first volume prepared by Evan John Jones, the thread continues through expansion, evolution, and return to the Weaver Herself. Experiential research bears fruit, en-fleshing the seeds planted by previous workers of the lineage. Guided and inspired by tradition, prompted by oracular observation, intellect and mental detective work. Concepts and core principles of our Mythos and Praxis reveal a shift of awareness and a ‘Perennial Philosophy’expressed through the bounds of a lived tradition. This is an ecumenical gnostic current that has revealed a deeper understanding of our work and its obligations, both to ourselves and to our ancestors. Discussed here are subtle treasures unearthed within a rich heritage of folklore, myth and legend. Overarching paradigms that include the Egregore, Clanship, Mysticism and Luciferianism. These essays build upon the former volume, expounding a vibrant dramatic aegis. Here find a new voice to herald the eternal paean, the Song of the Beloved: Promethean gnosis of the Star Crossed Serpent. Contents Intro: The Ring Troth of Cain 1. The Archer’s Song 2. Brimstone & Treacle 3. The Faith of the Wise 4. The Stang 5. The 4th Nail 6. Dark Aegipan and Pale Leukothea 7. Cain and Craft Diversity 8. Cain, Clanship and the Egregore 9. Patterns of Transformation: the Alchemy of Being 10. The Poison Chalice Epilogue.
‘A Paean for Hekate’ & [Create Space] https://www.amazon.co.uk/Paean-Hekate-mrs-shani-oates/dp/1478248807/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1468753055&sr=1-1&keywords=a+paean+
A magical tribute to the Beloved, a rite of devotional observation through the mediums of poesis, song, mystical dance and enchantment…
‘The People of Goda’ [Create Space]. https://www.amazon.co.uk/People-Goda-Shani-Oates/dp/1477481001/ref=pd_sim_14_3?ie=UTF8&dpID=51qmowDOC-L&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_S
This work takes an unusual and unprecedented departure from the author’s previous publications in order to follow a more personal and introspective thread of the mysteries. It is a treatise very much a work in progress, albeit one that seeks to answer the oft’ quoted assertions regarding what the ‘People’ are and who is or is not Goda. Better yet, it traces latent clues, keys primed within the cumulative works of the former Magisters of the Clan of Tubal Cain, Robert Cochrane and Evan John Jones, to their origin and by default, their paradoxical conclusion. It constructs a template, a blueprint of their working ethos that feeds a further dynamic into praxis germane to their Cosmology. Most importantly, it asserts an identity through the focus of the work, given a contextual basis from which to grow and develop with impunity, confidant of its participation in and contribution to the vitality of a stream of living gnosis. Historical and more recent glosses are removed, peeled back, layer by layer to the very heart of a rich heritage, culturally, spiritually and magically. Many layers have filtered this core, and many feed it still. These pages cut right to the heart of the matter, dispelling misnomers and the countless misapprehensions regarding certain aspects of the Clans methodology, of its fundamental belief, of its structure, even of its traditions. None of this is, nor ever could be deemed secret, but it is sacred, at least to those who cherish this precious pearl of wisdom; for it represents a way of seeing and a way of being by which everyone may ‘know thyself’ and ‘be truly blessed.’ Most startling for many reading this book, will be the near heretical conclusions it draws from the hefty body of research engaged along this pilgrimage of self discover paralleling the intense discovery ‘of whom’ the ‘People’ are aligned to as a ‘personalised’ aspect of the divine. Some may find this material contentious, but it is hoped even more will defer that to ‘challenging’. For without challenge everyone remains unprovoked, thus failing to develop their full and true potential both as individuals and as a collective species seeking elevation through enlightenment. This demands the removal of trivial abstractions to allow the truth to shine though the dust of ages. Too long have agendas obfuscated the simple beauty and elegance of a Northern system, the source of which will generate much further study into areas hitherto unnoticed or ignored. It is hoped this innovative material will re-kindle those fires of enquiry, the pursuit of a life given purpose and meaning, wherein all roots are tended and acknowledged, wherein the fruit is shared, nourishing all who partake of its blessings and wherein seeds continue to flourish into the next generation and beyond.
As an author, my works include various essays published within several Journals and Anthologies:
‘Pillars II: The Ebon Kteis’ Anathema Publishing -https://www.facebook.com/ANATHEMAPUBLISHING/
‘Genuine Witchcraft is explained: Secret Tradition of the Royal Windsor Coven and the Regency‘ [Capall Bann]
‘Serpent Songs’ [Scarlet Imprint];
‘The Wanton Green’ [Mandrake];
‘The Silver Wheel’ [Lear Books];
‘Ancestors of the Craft’ [Copper Cauldron Publishing];
‘Hecate: Her Sacred Fires’ [Avalonia]
and the 2011 #2 of the Abraxas Occult Journal that features: ‘Pashupati – A Cainite Trimurti’ [Fulgur].
Other articles may be found in various popular pagan, folklore and occult publications spanning almost two decades. These include: Pendragon, The White Dragon, Pentacle, The Goddess Alive, The Hedge Wytch, The Wytch’s Standard, Pagan Dawn, and The Cauldron
Forth-coming projects include two further works entitled: ‘The Three faces of Eve’ and: ‘The Devil’s Supper.’
Photos: copyright of Shani Oates.
a few examples….