My name is Duncan Barford and OEITH is my blog, exploring territory demarcated by the terms magick, spirituality and the paranormal, focusing in particular on how these intersect within personal experience, psychology and spiritual practice.

OEITH ran originally from 2009 to 2014, serving as an online supplement to my book of the same title published by Aeon 2010. The best articles from this first phase are now available as a book.

I wound up the blog when I began training as a counsellor, concerned that a conspicuous interest in the occult might prove professionally unhelpful. However, since the publication of Jung’s The Red Book in 2009, the profound connections in philosophy and outlook between the western esoteric tradition and the aims and origins of psychotherapy have become more visible in the mainstream. Having now qualified and worked for several years in various therapeutic contexts, it feels timely to start discussing again in public my deep and lifelong interest in this field.

I am currently bringing to completion a book I have been working on for the past three years exploring the Abramelin ritual and I hope to make it available through this website early in 2021.

The second phase of OEITH is likely to be focused on commentary and criticism and more reflective in style than the first. If there is anything here you would like to discuss, please contact me by email: duncan@oeith.co.uk.