Sabat Magazine #4: Elements

Elisabeth Krohn (Ed.)


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  • Sabat Magazine
  • 2017
  • 5 posters and unbound booklet
  • Softcover
  • 42 × 29.7 cm

Issue of 4 of Sabat magazine follows on from the Godess Trilogy with a celebration of the Elements. The large format poster zine invokes a pentagram, the ancient symbol of the occult. Through short essays and illustrated art posters explore the elements, earth, water, fire, air and spirit, and their pull on the modern witch.

Sabat is an exciting magazine that combines witchcraft, feminism, ancient archetypes and art to explore the darker sides of femininity. Previous issues have been consistently beautifully crafted, infusing high fashion references with atmospheric photography to produce witchy monochrome imagery, while taking advantage of mystical typography and clever printing techniques to add visual impact. Issue four departs from Sabat’s usual aesthetic, featuring bold and colourful illustrations, which stretch across the page and unfold into vast A1 posters.

Sonya Vatomsky opens the magazine with a piece exploring spirit, that looks at how beliefs can be transformed into truths, and how that can be a double-edged sword. The essay roots the magazine in our current climate of convoluted news stories and opinions that are passed off as widely acknowledged truths. Each piece that follows responds directly and thoughtfully to the elements, introducing us to the complex associations of each one. Page sizes jump between large and small, allowing colourful contrasts and clashes.

The original idea was to complete the Triple Goddess concept, and to produce three issues centred around The Maiden, The Mother, and The Crone. Now that the trilogy has been completed, it’ll be a relief for its many followers to find the magazine finding a way to continue in a slightly different, but no less well-executed, format.