Summer Solstice Sale
Summer solstice approaches. Midsummer, when the days are the longest and the nights shortest. The triumph of the sun offers fulfilment, fruition and the sharing of its bounty. To celebrate, we're offering 30% off themed bundles and 25% off all books and totes from Ignota until 25 June.
30% Off Themed Bundles
The Mystic Bundle
Ignota's holy trinity: Spells: 21st Century Occult Poetry edited by Sarah Shin and Tebecca Tamas, States of the Body Produced by Love by Nisha Ramayya and Unknown Language by Huw Lemmey
The Weird Technology Bundle
For all your eldritch technological needs: Pharmako-AI by K Allado-McDowell, Atlas of Anomalous AI and The White Paper by Satoshi Nakamoto
25% Off Books and Totes
by Hildegard of Bingen and Huw Lemmey
A mutant fiction of speculative mysticism. In this story of survival and miracles, young Hildegard of Bingen encounters love, both queer and divine, and great peril. As the visionary healer travels through the unfamiliar landscape following a great cataclysm, she discovers the mythic quantum energy of viriditas in the natural world around her. Her journey becomes one of return, to the sacred truth of her own being. With an introductory story by Bhanu Kapil and an afterword by Alice Spawls.
by K Allado-McDowell
The first book to be co-created with the emergent AI, Pharmako-AI is a hallucinatory journey into selfhood, ecology and intelligence via cyberpunk, ancestry and biosemiotics. Through a writing process akin to musical improvisation, Allado-McDowell and GPT-3 together offer a fractal poetics of AI and a glimpse into the future of literature.
Quoting the perennially relevant psychonaut Terence McKenna, this 250gsm cotton canvas is a bag for life with a 10cm bottom gusset.
A modern mystical journey through love – a many-headed snake twisting through devotion, sacrifice and the dream of returning home. Nisha Ramayya’s visionary debut weaves essays, poetry and images together to offer fierce meditations on diasporic identity, language and resistance.
The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction
by Ursula K Le Guin
“A leaf a gourd a shell a net a bag a sling a sack a bottle a pot a box a container. A holder. A recipient.” With an introduction by Donna Haraway and illustrations by Lee Bul, visionary author Ursula K. Le Guin tells the story of human origin by redefining technology as a cultural carrier bag rather than a weapon of domination.
The White Paper
by Satoshi Nakamoto
A revolutionary white paper by the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto, describing a simple peer-to-peer electronic cash system that would later become Bitcoin. In the decade since, the nascent blockchain technology behind Bitcoin has been heralded as having the same radical potential as the printing press or the Internet.
This polyphonic anthology explores the territory where justice, selfhood and the imagination meet the transformative power of the occult. Bringing together thirty-six contemporary voices including Kaveh Akbar, CAConrad, Dorothea Lasky and Ariana Reines, these poems unmake the world around them so that it might be remade anew.
Recontextualising Pat Robertson’s infamous critique of the ‘feminist agenda’ as a rallying cry for the same cause, this robust and substantial thick cotton canvas tote is a bag for life.
On the Ignota Blog:
Ignota Recommends: Exhibitions: As June brings more lockdown easing, Ignota shares a (non-exhaustive) list of shows we’re excited to see this month.
Watch: We Remember Everything: On Saturday 5 June, poets, writers and artists came together in solidarity, in grief and in love with the people of India. With Aamer Aziz, Vahni Capildeo, Meena Kandasamy, Bhanu Kapil, Ashwani Kumar, Pratyusha, Nat Raha, Nisha Ramayya, Kashif Sharma-Patel, Himali Singh Soin, Bisakh Som and Preti Taneja.
Daily Practice Guide: The establishment of daily practice, a devotional rhythm in life through ritual and routine, is the bedrock of a magical practice. Dedicating yourself to such a practice can benefit your consciousness, health and general well-being.
Soji: A Meditation on Zen Cleaning: “In Japan, cleaning is called ‘Soji’ and valued as a way to cultivate our minds. In fact, Soji is beyond mere cleaning. Buddhist monks in a monastery put more time into practicing Soji than into practicing Zen meditation.”
Magical Plants for Healing, Balance and Immunity: As well as seeding and nurturing plants, now is an important time to enhance your self-care for the days and weeks ahead through ritual, intention-setting and clearing your energy.
Hildegard’s Healing Recipes: “Your food shall be your remedy.” Hildegard's medieval recipes for inspiration for your own healing practices.