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Interview with Elizabeth Kim

By Phoebe Trillo

When does our creativity become spiritual? In an enthralling anthology of creative writing, Spiritus Mundi aims to answer this question, revealing the connection between imagination and the divine. 

Spiritus Mundi is a compendium of writings generated via occult means; whether the ideas were airborne, unconscious, or carried over from some other layer of reality is yours to decide. Each creative work from both emerging and acclaimed authors explores occult techniques such as invocation, cartomancy, and scrying. 

Here, editor Elizabeth Kim provides a glimpse into her work at Cunning Folk Magazine, her path into the magic, folklore, mythology and the occult and how Spiritus Mundi came into being.

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Spiritus Mundi: Writings Borne from the Occult

Spiritus Mundi: Writings Borne from the Occult

Edited by Elizabeth Kim
Illustrated by Kaitlynn Copithorne

978-1-912634-46-0 * £14.99 * $18.99(US) * $24.99(Can) * Release date 6th October 2022


Spiritus Mundi: Writings Borne From the Occult is a compendium of writings generated via occult means; whether the ideas were airborne, unconscious, or carried over from some other layer of reality is yours to decide. Spiritus Mundi started as an online literary magazine, a vertical of Cunning Folk Magazine, and as a series of occult workshops. Every so often writers were given unusual occult prompts, where they’d need to go away and scry into the water, consult tarot cards, or search for synchronicities. The resulting works, from emerging and established writers, felt authentic and non-contrived. Allegories slipped out naturally, without force, because they existed in this murky realm of the unconscious, or whatever moniker we wish to use for it.

This book is edited by Cunning Folk editor Elizabeth Kim, who also wrote introductory essays to each chapter, providing a brief overview of the different occult prompts given to the contributors, to contextualise the occult-derived short stories, poems, and essays within. But given the time constrictions and theme, these introductory essays were in a way also channelled and written via an automatic process.

The title comes from WB Yeats’ poem “The Second Coming”. The poet conceived of the Spiritus Mundi as the source of poetic inspiration. The book is beautifully illustrated by Cunning Folk art director Kaitlynn Copithorne and features original occult-derived writings from the following authors:

Jen Campbell, Nikita Gill, CAConrad, Leon Craig, Ella Duffy, Yasmina Floyer, Emma Glass, Pam Grossman, Camilla Grudova, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, Naomi Ishiguro, Callum James, Wanjikũ Wa Ngũgĩ, Leone Ross, Alice Slater, Rebecca Tamás, Sharlene Teo, Stephanie Victoire.

“The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out / When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi / Troubles my sight …“
—WB Yeats, “The Second Coming”

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Elizabeth Kim

Elizabeth Kim is a London-based writer and the editor of Cunning Folk, an independent magazine about magic, mythology, folklore, and the occult. 

She has written for publications including BBC Culture, The Guardian, The Independent, Refinery29, Oh Comely, and the LA Review of Books

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Spiritus Mundi: Writings Borne from the Occult