Drawing of Hermes Trismegistus by Austin Osman Spare


The artist, Austin Osman Spare (30 December 1886 – 15 May 1956) was an English occultist.  He developed idiosyncratic magical techniques including automatic writing, automatic drawing and sigilization based on his theories of the relationship between the conscious and unconscious self.  He was briefly involved with Aleister Crowley and developed his own personal occult philosophy, he authored a series of occult grimoires, namely Earth Inferno (1905), The Book of Pleasure (1913) and The Focus of Life (1921).  Spare’s esoteric legacy was largely maintained by his friend Kenneth Grant in the latter part of the 20th century.