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Friday, March 16, 2018

Battle for the Soul of America

The Slaves Shall Serve: Meditations on LibertyThe Slaves Shall Serve: Meditations on Liberty by James Wasserman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is a real eye opener. Written with a definite right wing view , this ceremonial magician writes about American style liberty and the forces that are imperiling it. One of the most imminent threats to our liberty is statism. The author decries the mentality that the state should make our decisions for us and become like a nanny for us. This is the objective of Hilary and the other democrats. Part of their plan is to totally disarm Americans by banning guns.

The second amendment gives citizens the right to bear arms. After all a well armed militia is the best defense for liberty. After all you government cannot oppress you so easily if you are armed. Mr. Wasserman present plenty of arguments to battle the gun control people. Not only would it reduce crime but it would also build responsibility in youth that knew how to use firearms. The author states examples of how guns have stopped crime. I think he might believe that statistics presented by the gun control lobby are skewed.

Two cases really show case American govt. behavior in this regard. Waco and Randy Weaver. Randy Weaver had his home assaulted by government troops for some minor gun violation. The law enforcement agencies involved acted like the Gestapo. His son and wife were killed. Later the courts awarded Randy Weaver 3.1` million dollars.

The Branch Davidians of Waco were not violent psychopaths the media made them out to be . Their only crime was not paying a tax on modified guns. They were not child abuser and they certainly were no threat to the state. Our governments response was way out of proportion.

The left it seems wants to do away with private ownership and make everyone dependent on the state. They will make our decisions for us. Mr. Wasserman believe that the left is preparing to betray America’s sovereignty and sell us out to the UN so we could be part of a one world government .

The next threat to our liberties is the Islamic problem from the east. Despite the author’s leaning he does recognize that the fanatical Muslims who rush into the arms of Al Quaeda, and ISIS do not represent the viewpoint of most Muslims. Yet the Muslims that are come here are building mosques that preach a violent hatred and Jihad. These mosques are funded by America’s allies , the Saudi Arabians. The author liked most people of his persuasion believes that there is a sizeable minority of Muslims that see immigrating as way of conquering the world for Islam. It must be recognized that Islamic world and Christian world have been at war with each other for the longest.

At the end of the book in the appendices there is the fulll text of our constitution preamble and what not. Side by side with it is the UN charter. Interesting that the UN charter was drafted by Alger Hiss. Mr. Hiss was brought up on charges of espionage.

While I may not agree with everything the book says I will say this. I am not afraid of the state taking my rights, rather I am afraid of the filthy rich using their money to buy the government and control us that way. Take assault weapons off the market and leave hand guns and hunting rifle available only. The UN is a paper tiger that has failed in it’s mandate to secure world peace and halt oppression. As for Al Quaida well we need to do something different .

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Our Most Holy Death

Santa Muerte: The History, Rituals, and Magic of Our Lady of the Holy DeathSanta Muerte: The History, Rituals, and Magic of Our Lady of the Holy Death by Tracey Rollin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am falling in love with this lady quite literally. I am talking about Santa Muerta of course and the authoress has written another among many about the subject. This book garners high praise. Written by a former Catholic who found the praying to saints was more effective than praying to god. She is also a chaos magician.

Santa Muerta is perfect for the chaos magician. The fastest growing religious movement is still relatively unstructured and no official framework has been set up. You can relate to her as feels write.

The book discusses the many possible historical origins of our sacred lady. Covering the mythology of the Aztec and their history. We see that blood nourishes the ground leaving way for more being and food to grow. She is the crone that taketh life and the mother that gives life. Life and death are sides of the same coin. There are also European connections as well. La Parque the parched one as she is called was the Grim Reapress from Europe. She too may have her origins in the Greek fates, the most powerful one being she who cuts the thread. Not even gods could overcome death and change their fate. Her name was some like parque. There are also possible African origins to her as well. Remember Death was created in the Bible before anything else. Death even overpowers Jesus.

The book is chock full of prayers and knowledge about the seven colors and their uses are. I found the instructions on how to use a rosary a bit confusing due to their complexity but you can make use of them in other ways. The book tells about herbs and offering to our most holy death. I found the section on charging tools to be useful and easy to follow. Something I will definitely use. The novena which are nine day prayer working I found useful and will use. Novenas are usually nine day working done with 7 day candles. Now this book recognizes that 7 is very holy to Santa muerte.

If you plan on working with Santa Muerte then this is one book you will definitely want to get.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Mage of the Kaballah

The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abra-Melin, The Mage — As Delivered By Abraham The Jew Unto His Son Lamech — As A Grimoire of The 15th CenturyThe Book of the Sacred Magic of Abra-Melin, The Mage — As Delivered By Abraham The Jew Unto His Son Lamech — As A Grimoire of The 15th Century by Abraham von Worms
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Abrmelin the Mage

They said read the classics if you want to learn real magic. So I read one of the classics and believe me I am no further along the magic path then I was before. I found the language dry boring and overly scholarly like written in a form of English that the modern reader would find it hard to comprehend. The instructions are somewhat confusing as to how to perform the magical actions. For someone like me reading a Wicca 101 book would be more beneficial.

The book itself is composed of three books. The first book tells of how Abraham the Jew travel from Europe to the Middle East in order to find the right maniacal technique to contact and have conversation with your Holy Guardian angel. The total work takes about three months before you are purified. The author must have had a crystal ball because he tells the reader to make sure he can perform his undertaking. Most people do not have the time to isolate three selves from the world for six months and most cannot build an oratory or an alter to the specification on their property.

The next two books tell how to interact with demons and angels. The magical actions rely on the order of angels and demons and working with magical squares. Many of these instruction were either vague on what to do and rather wordy.

This book is great to read for historical reference. Magic of this type is too complicated for modern people to carry out, unless they belong to a lodge or have a tutor. A couple things I liked about the book is that it extolled the virtues of righteous living and not exploiting magic for evil ends. Abraham we also said that he met many magical performers who were practicing baseless superstition on or being enslaved by evil spiritual. Forces while thinking they were on top of it all. Some of the arguments sill hold true today.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Canaanite Origins of the Bible

The Epic of BaalThe Epic of Baal by Stephen Andrew Missick
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Thousands of years ago there was a conflict in the Middle East that in many ways changed the course of history. The battle was between a group of people called the Israelites and the Canaanites. More likely a war over a piece of land. The change was religious in nature.

It was Yahweh the god and El god of the Canaanites. Ultimately Yahweh one but did that mean the death of the Canaanite religion? No not all the religion lived on in many ways through the Bible. The early Israelites were practicing paganism along with the Pagans. For years they worshipped Ashera along side Yahweh. Ashera was God’s wife. At other time , like with the Judeans in the Elephantine, they worshiped the goddess Anattu along such de Yahweh. The world El which denotes god is used in many Hebrew name and it means god. The Israelites worshipped Canaanite God’s and practiced much the same customs as the Canaanites.

The book is written by Stephen Andrew Missick who is knowledgeable of the Bible and Middle Eastern cultures and he is a church official. He handles the material with much appreciation and respect. He is a deeply comitted Christian who has much love for the ancient culture of the Middle East.

Much of Canaanite lore was lost over the ages and only recently new discoveries have shed light as to who the Canaanites were. Most of their history was maligned by their neighbors which included the Israelites, Greeks and Romans.

The book consists of a retelling of Genesis infusing it with a Canaanite flavor, sometimes filling in the gap with other Near Eastern mythologies. Then he explains the Canaanite mythology from different perspectives .

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Rise of the Alien Vampires

WithoutWithout by Brian Dennis Hartford
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Here comes a new kind of vampire story. Every couple of years our genres begin to portray them differntly. Now adays they are seen in a rather positive light. In this new twist vampires are not the undead or the damned that cannot rest, rather they are an alien creature that came to our planet a long time ago when their planet died. They are like an organism that finds a host and houses in them taking them over and creating a new being. Vampires live forever and cannever die. They are the apex predator, the cullers of the herd. Vampire are sexy, seductive and long just to live life and enjoy everything. Sunlight does not harm them. Garlic makes them sick, does not kill them and they definitley do not sprkle in the sunlight thank God.
Ianthe Gold is one such vampire. She took her host and Egyptian Bedouin like a million years ago and has enjoyed earthly life ever since. A couple of other vamps are down here to. Now vamps cannot make other vamps it just does not happen. The host has to be taken oer by an organism. Ianthe enjoys earhtly lover as well as vampire lovers. She has had a host of lovers over the years. After all she is immortal and her earth lovers only last so long. The plot on this one is simple, Ianthe falls in love with Charlotte a human girl. They meet fall in love and then make plans to spend the rest of forever together. Only one problem, CHarlotte has cancer. The race is on to the find the cure for cancer in her human lover.
While she searches for a way to save her lover, Ianthe must trvel the world, make love to different vampires and fight one to the death. You can guess the ending and that there will be a cliffhager ending sort of. I thought over all it was a good book. Essential in giving the world a more realistic picture of the vamnpire. Defintiely original in conception. Yet a few things jump out at me. This alien parasite or organizsms has been talked abut by conspiracy theoritst and Stargate. THe dying girl to be saved while her father is in the dark reminds me of Twilight. This is not bad at all it is just my observations. My main criticism of the book deals with the last thirty percent of the book. I could not wait for it to end. The falling action should not go on for a fourth of the book. Condense it. I look forward to future writings in this series.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

The Early Life of Chin Siu Dek.

Jimmy H. WooJimmy H. Woo by Bernice Woo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The history of San Soo in China goes back a long way. Monks in the Buddhist monasteries before the introduction Kung Fu were vulnerable to the attack of bandits. In San Soo this changed when warriors from the various different armies went into the monastery and began to train the monks in Warrior techniques. This took place at the Kwan Yin Monastery in China.
Leong Kick was an orphan who went to the monastery to live while he was there he learned the fighting arts an when he left he took two training manual with him. This art stayed in the family until this day. The family would later open up kung Fu school and train people.
Jimmy’s real name was Chin Siu Dek. First name Dek family name Chin. Not only did Leong Kick bring San Soo to the outside world but the whole line of Chin were fighting stock and important people in China. His grandfather was a merchant who always had treats for Jimmy and he grew up in a family that nourished his young soul and gave him the confidence and strength to be the formidable fighter he was. His grandmother was a healer and a midwife. Her ability is evidenced by how she healed Jimmy’s hand when he injured it lighting a firework. Jimmy’s Uncle ran the main Kung Fu school in the area. All the other teachers paid homage to him. Jimmy got so good with his Kung Fu that his Uncle made him an enforcer. The enforcer’s job was to go about and settle dispute and make sure that Kung Fu schools were paying their dues. If someone wanted to over throw Jimmy’s Uncle they had to fight Li ti a death match. Jimmy’s uncle was too tough. Jimmy’s father would work in Hawaii and come home once a year bringing gifts and treat.
Jimmy was a brave colorful personality who would defend the week and give charity to the poor. The river was a favorite place for fishing and swimming. Jimmy would often catch a lot of fish and then give the extra fish to poor old people who did not have the ability. If someone tried to steal fish or was rude in asking for it, we’ll let us say that Jimmy taught them a lesson. Many bigger kids learned not to mess with Jimmy. Not only would Jimmy teach them a lesson if they were rude to him but if bigger kids were bullying weaker kids Jimmy would step up for them.

Jimmy had so much energy that one could never contain him. Despite being rather intelligent Jimmy never liked school and was often transferred to new schools for breaking the rules or getting into fights. Instructors were spared from Jimmy’s wrath. One teacher tried to hit Jimmy with bamboo cane, Jimmy taught him a painful lesson. Another teacher would make the mistake of knocking grapes out of Jimmy’s hand, he would regret that action.

I hope more books come out about Jimmy’s life an about San Soo. Chin Siu Dek lived a fast pace and exciting life would be great to see his biography turned into a movie. I also hope that Bernice write volume two and that it is longer. That is the problem with enjoyable books, they are too short.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

A Nightmare in Cairo

The Arabian NightmareThe Arabian Nightmare by Robert Irwin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Set in the era of 1406, Cairo Egypt, it is an intriguing time to be in the Middle East. European powers are watching events closely much like they do today and they are sending spies and emissaries to gather information. You also have your share of traveling merchants and religious pilgrims. Balian, from England is one such individual. Under the guise of being a pilgrim, he goes to Cairo in hope of taking a pilgrimage to Saint Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai desert. Gathering information and making travel plans in the Middle East has always been a challenge and it is no different in 1406. Between having to get a visa from the dawadar and getting struck by the Arabian nightmare our Balian finds it hard to move about and out of Cairo.
The Arabian Nightmare is a devastating illness of whose exact nature is not known. At night the person suffers from horrifying nightmare and the individual wakes up covered in blood, from a bloody nose of course. Eventually in a daze Balian leaves his caravanserai and wanders aimlessly in the streets of Cairo being unable to determine if he is awake or dreaming. In his dreams he is visited by Suleyka, a courtesan of sorts. He also meets Yoll the story teller and is pursued either in his sleep or in reality by The Father of Cats and his assistant Vane.
In the backdrop of al this is tons of political intrigue. The Ottomans and the Mamelukes are questing against each other for dominion in the Middle East. Foreign merchants are arrested and thrown in prison based on charges sometimes evolved from hear say. No one wants the Arabian Nightmare to spread so soon begins a hunt for Balian.

The Father of Cats owns a school for sleep and he is in cahoots with a Christians to bring about Armageddon. Over all good story and the writing was entertaining. I read the book easily in three days as much as it was loaded with intrigue it also had mentions of Arab philosophers and several jinn characters. There is a talking ape who appears in more than one section of the book and sometimes it is hard to tell if there were more apes.

The story was hard to follow at times as the author gets the reader lost in an endless description or a side story. I had to reread several passages. When Balian is traversing through Cairo it is hard to tell if he is dreaming or awake. I like to know what is what when I read my books. If you like Middle Eastern stories than this one is for you in typical fashion

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