Profile: Suzanne Ruthven

About This Author

Mélusine Draco is an Initiate of traditional British Old Craft and the Khemetic Mysteries. Her highly individualistic teaching methods and writing draw on historical sources supported by academic texts and current archaeological findings; endorsing Crowley’s view that magic(k) is an amalgam of science and art, and that magic is the outer route to the inner Mysteries. She now lives in Ireland near the Galtee Mountains and has several titles currently published with John Hunt Publishing including the best-selling Traditional Witchcraft series; two titles on totem animals – Aubry’s Dog and Black Horse, White Horse; By Spellbook & Candle: Hexing, Cursing, Bottling & Binding and By Wolfsbane and Mandrake Root: The Shadow World of Plants and Their Poisons; Pan: Dark Lord of the Forest and Horned God of the Witches published by Moon Books; in additional to Magic Crystals Sacred Stones and The Atum-Re Revival published by Axis Mundi Books. Her series of esoteric novels – The Temple House Archive - has been published by Ignotus Press UK and is available in both paperback and e-book formats. All books available on Amazon. Her Ignotus Books non-fiction titles include: Root & Branch: British Magical Tree Lore; Starchild I & II; The Calendar of Ancient Egypt: The Arte of Darkness: Magic & Mystery From the Shadows; Old Year, Old Calendar, Old Ways; Wort-Lore: the Craft of Witches and CRONE! Web: www.covenofthescales.com and www.templeofkhem.com Blog: https://wordpress.com/view/melusine-draco.blog

This Author's Books

Since his death in 1998, the reputation of Alastair 'Bob' Clay-Egerton has begun to pass into pagan legend alongside other contemporary characters such as Robert Cochrane, Michael Howard and Bill Grey. Hopefully, these collected writings will strike a res....
ISBN: 9781803020884
Published: 8 March 2022
Coven Working explores the intricacies of the different Paths and Traditions for the benefit of those who wish to join and existing group or to set up a coven of their own. Writing as Philip Wright and Carried West, the authors are both members of the Cov....
ISBN: 9781786971234
Published: 28 June 2016
CRONE! An Old Craft Witch’s Year is a rag-bag of memories, wise counsel, reflections, magic and nostalgia that make up a witch’s year – especially one who’s just stepped down as leader of a Coven and finds herself with a lot of time on her hands. Magicall....
ISBN: 9781788760010
Published: 21 September 2017
It’s a sorry fact, but vampires aren’t what they used to be. I should know because I’m the last remaining member of my species from the ancient world; although if I’m brutally honest, this longevity is as much the product of becoming the alter idem of tha....
ISBN: 9781839452284
Published: 26 February 2020
For most pagans, theirs is a benign, benevolent deity who will shortly welcome the deceased into the Summerlands. Their funerals are conducted by a member of the family, a close friend - or a member of the pagan priesthood brought in to officiate, even th....
ISBN: 9781786970671
Published: 14 June 2016
For most pagans, theirs is a benign, benevolent deity who will shortly welcome the deceased into the Summerlands. Their funerals are conducted by a member of the family, a close friend - or a member of the pagan priesthood brought in to officiate, even th....
ISBN: 9781786970671
Published: 9 March 2021
When we talk of Otherworld, we are usually referring to the world of spirit, of fae, and the ancient Ancestors, from where kindred calls to kindred and blood calls to blood. It is a separate reality, or a world that exists simultaneously with ours, but in....
ISBN: 9781803022758
Published: 3 December 2021
‘The hag stone tells the more human side of this history perhaps. Of fear, suspicion, disease and its healing, of countering dark magic, of minding the gap between the living and the dead, natural and supernatural. Its very form is a negotiation between t....
ISBN: 9781803020334
Published: 23 June 2021
This day marked the beginning of the dark, cold winter – a time of year that was often associated with human death. Which is why neo-Celts believed that on this night - before the ‘new year’ - the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead bec....
ISBN: 9781803025148
Published: 27 May 2022
The ‘Hour Betwixt Dog and Wolf’ is taken from a French saying ‘L’heure entre chien et loup’ and refers to the moments after sunset when the sky darkens and vision becomes unclear, making it difficult to distinguish between dogs and wolves, friends and foe....
ISBN: 9781786979063
Published: 27 July 2017
The current members of the Temple House, or ‘the Nine’ as they are referred to in memory of the original nine founder members of the Order, are all specialists and magical practitioners in the diverse fields of occultism and its relevant histories. When j....
ISBN: 9781785106392
Published: 26 February 2016
Common throughout all antiquity, the practice of incubatio, or dream incubation, consisted of "sleeping in a temple or sacred place for oracular purposes."[1] Pilgrims would often travel considerable distances to reach such a temple or sanctuary in search....
ISBN: 9781803024547
Published: 1 April 2022
Most of today’s pagans religiously follow the phases of the moon, and the various witches’ almanacs gear their celebrations and/or observances in line with the dates of the Gregorian calendar in order to synchronise their monthly observances. If we follow....
ISBN: 9781788762052
Published: 25 January 2018
Was it pure coincidence that the next case load on the Temple House’s schedule consisted of four investigations involving pacts with demonic entities? The medieval palimpsest stolen from the Vatican … the reliquary supposedly containing the blood of the G....
ISBN: 9781803020686
Published: 23 July 2021
Since antiquity, varieties of quartz have been the most commonly used minerals in the making of jewellery and hard-stone carvings, while in the metaphysical world even the smallest piece is imbued with powerful properties that enable the bearer to cross t....
ISBN: 9781803021829
Published: 17 September 2021
What, historically, do rats and witches have in common? Firstly, they appear to be almost indestructible, and secondly, they put the fear of the gods into humankind!Miraculously, witchcraft, in its broadest sense survived the Inquisition – that is, the pe....
ISBN: 9781803023519
Published: 28 January 2022
Drawing on a veritable mine of esoteric knowledge and experience of international intrigue, the Temple House was established to combat ‘evil forces’ of a human or supernatural agency, and those who would use occult power for destructive purposes. The curr....
ISBN: 9781786103628
Published: 26 May 2016
Throughout our long history, forests have been places of shelter, providing food for man and fodder for the animals; the wood for fuel (i.e. warmth and cooking) and for making weapons and other utensils. At the same time they have also been places of fear....
ISBN: 9781786974471
Published: 4 November 2016
Happenstance wasn’t a word that crept into Hugo Braithwaite’s vocabulary. He tended to find that things happened in patterns and spirals and when his young assistant, Carly Jones, discovered a valuable wood carving at a local car-boot sale it was only nat....
ISBN: 9781788767545
Published: 7 March 2019
When Hugo Braithwaite attends a prestigious sale of horseracing memorabilia to oversee the sale of a painting belonging to former art-thief, Freddie Fitzroy, he bumps into an old school friend whom he hasn’t seen since they were boys. But again the past h....
ISBN: 9781788761048
Published: 9 November 2017
The act of propitiating or appeasing the gods is as old as humankind. And, it is just as much an integral part of pagan worship today as it was when our Mesolithic ancestors first began leaving their mark on the landscape – both to honour the gods in time....
ISBN: 9781839457012
Published: 13 January 2021
‘Magic and scent were conceptually linked in antiquity. Ancient authors sometimes treated magic as a type of smell; at other times odors were treated as a medium through which magic worked. Some authors compare the effect of smells to magic; others descri....
ISBN: 9781803022338
Published: 28 October 2021
Death … thought Hugo Braithwaite reflectively … all items in the antiques and fine art world have entered the trade via death. It doesn’t matter whether it’s the contents of a humble cottage, a grand house sale, the dispersal of a collector’s jealously ho....
ISBN: 9781839455803
Published: 20 November 2020
"The antiques trade hasn't been this much fun since Lovejoy left " Carys Llewellyn: author and book reviewer It all started with a picture Hugo has bought in American and a seventy-year old triple murder.
ISBN: 9781786977731
Published: 19 April 2017
This personification of Lord Ruthven first made his appearance in a factional approach to the fictional undead in Charnel House Blues: The Vampyre’s Tale, a cynical view of the vampire in literature and film from a revenant’s viewpoint. Lord Ruthven was, ....
ISBN: 9781786978424
Published: 8 June 2017
In 2000 I published ‘Starchild: a Re-Discovery of Stellar Wisdom’. It had taken ten years to write and encapsulated all I’d learned on the path to and beyond Initiation into the Mysteries – it was a catharsis of all the jumbled and fragmentary magical and....
ISBN: 9781786976499
Published: 21 January 2017
‘Talking to crows’ is said of those who have some presentiment or foresight in Sicilian folk-lore. It is believed that to those who can understand them, these black birds, garrulous creatures they are, communicate the latest news on the doings of human be....
ISBN: 9781839459689
Published: 15 June 2021
‘Evil is simply misplaced force. It can be misplaced in time: like the violence that is acceptable in war, is unacceptable in peace. It can be misplaced in space: like a burning coal on a rug rather than the fireplace. Or it can be misplaced in proportion....
ISBN: 9781788769198
Published: 4 July 2019
The Calendar of Ancient Egypt This revised 'Book of Days' has been compiled from Temple Festival Calendars of Ancient Egypt by Sherif el-Sabban; the Greek and Demotic Magical Papyri lodged in the British Museum; the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris; the St....
ISBN: 9781788765831
Published: 5 November 2018
The Hugo Braithwaite Mysteries are set in the shadowy world of antiques and fine art, where villains rub shoulders with millionaires in grand country houses and seedy back streets. Hugo Braithwaite is an antiques dealer and acknowledged authority on Briti....
ISBN: 9781786971005
Published: 22 June 2016
The Roman religion and civil calendar that spread across the Empire was closely aligned to the farming year in central Italy. It comprised of festivals for sacrifice and festivals for games, although the routine sacrifices to the many civil gods were left....
ISBN: 9781786971517
Published: 14 July 2016
The Egyptian neter Set is rarely dealt with in-depth in popular renditions of ancient Egyptian mythological figures. His image in such works are stated as merely being the evil murderer of his brother Osiris, who was eventually defeated by his nephew Horu....
ISBN: 9781786971395
Published: 7 July 2016
"Theatre des Vampires without the cast," said Jack glumly, referring to the fictitious location in the Boulevard du Temple of Vampire Chronicles fame. "Where's the spine-tingling depravity of our home from home?" he added, raising his voice theatrically t....
ISBN: 9781788766395
Published: 7 December 2018
Alastor Darvell is not an ordinary vampire. He learned his survival skills at the Krypteia, the equivalent of the Spartan ‘special forces’ and his powerful esoteric knowledge has been bequeathed from a long line of ancient Egyptian magicians – which tend ....
ISBN: 9781788763813
Published: 8 June 2018
Bran Mannion is the mysterious water-boatman of the canals and waterways whose appearances are as inexplicable as his knowledge of the human psyche. The Pedlar enters peoples’ lives – acting as a catalyst – although there would be some little fact, some a....
ISBN: 9781803021300
Published: 25 August 2021
On the eve of the German occupation of France, crippled ex-jockey Richard Todhunter finds himself in the unenviable position of having to get himself, s sixteen-year old stable girl, an aging dog and two valuable racehorses back to England. Everywhere the....
ISBN: 9781786977878
Published: 17 May 2017
In its simplest form, the modern function of the ancient Egyptian god, Thoth, can be seen as being the patron of writers and magical practitioners. Thoth is attested from the earliest historical periods onwards: he already played a prominent role in the o....
ISBN: 9781803020969
Published: 6 August 2021
The concept of magic is communicated by a whole host of signs and imagery - where nothing is as it seems. The magical world is concealed behind a veil of analogy and allegory; similes and metaphor- all of which is a complicated shorthand for the technique....
ISBN: 9781803021485
Published: 10 September 2021
A modern Gothic horror story of ancient and modern magical morality ... In the old Whittlewood forest a murder awakens an ancient power - and the penalty is death. “Whittlewood deserves to be widely read by those who want a book full of atmosphere and an ....
ISBN: 9781786976888
Published: 1 March 2017
“Wort-lore isn’t just about knowing which herbs are suitable for use in treating medical conditions, it is also about their history, superstitions, magical use and correspondences.” [The Secret People] One of our Coven members recently confessed that she ....
ISBN: 9781788764490
Published: 25 July 2018