William Kiesel

Three Hands Press Author

William Kiesel is an independent scholar researching occultism and western esotericism in practical and historical contexts. He is particularly interested in esoteric symbol-systems and their use as manifested in alchemical, hermetic and occult traditions. In addition to giving presentations on these topics in the United States and abroad, Kiesel has also collaborated in avant-garde music circles concerned with the esoteric use of music. It was the later context which led to his contribution in John Zorn’s acclaimed ARCANA series with an essay titled ‘Musings on the Hermetic Lyre’. His first work for Three Hands Press is Magic Circles in the Grimoire Tradition. One of the most popular titles, it sold out quickly and has subsequently been issued as a trade paper edition by Ouroboros Press. He has also brought his publishing expertise in the Hermetic sciences to the large-format occult journal Clavis, of which he serves as co-editor. Mr. Kiesel is currently completing a new alchemical work for Three Hands Press, to be released in 2020. He currently resides in Seattle, where he operates Mortlake & Co, an art gallery and event space dedicated to Western Esotericism.