Some very sad news.
from Xoanon's website
With profound sadness we announce the passing of Michael Howard,
author, folklorist, publisher, witchcraft authority, and Elder of the
Cultus Sabbati. He died peacefully after a short illness, in the county
of Devonshire, England, with family and friends by his side. The Craft
suffers a great loss at his departure.
Many know of Michael’s tireless work in publishing The Cauldron,
the U.K.’s premiere journal of witchcraft, paganism, and folklore,
begun in the 1970s. The publication enjoys great popularity and draws
from a considerable diversity of sources and traditions. Often
controversial, it has always nonetheless been substantive and original,
reflecting Michael’s ability to draw together many different strands of
practitioners, creating networks that endure to this day.
A member of several lodges, covines, and guilds, Michael’s magical
expertise drew upon many esoteric strands, including herbalism,
freemasonry, ceremonial magic, esoteric Christianity, and the folklore
of his native British Isles. In particular, his understanding of
Luciferian gnosis and magic was an instrumental force in shaping
present-day cunning-craft. In the last two decades of his life, he
devoted the entirety of his magical work to traditional craft, and was
an exemplary practitioner and teacher.
The author of over 30 books, Michael published on a variety of
esoteric topics over his lifetime. Perhaps his most influential books
were Pillars of Tubal Cain, The Book of Fallen Angels, and Children of Cain. Some of his written ritual work, rarely published, also appeared in The Psalter of Cain,
the Cultus Sabbati’s gathering of rites and charms in honour of Cain,
patron of witches. Several of Michael’s unpublished texts remain in the
wings for future publication through Xoanon and Three Hands Press, as
was his wish.
We remember him as a man of many virtues, of great humour, insight,
and courage, as well as his insistence on standing by his brethren, and
defending the Craft. Above all, he exemplified the stance of
Light-Bringer, and, in its function as tenebrator, the Opposer of
In this time of mourning, we appreciate and thank our private
community for all the support given to Michael and the Cultus over the
years, and pledge continued honour to his memory, within the Circle and