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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Let the Devil Speak

The Devil's BibleThe Devil's Bible by Allan Lavey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Let the devil speak it is his turn at last. This is one great book but there is nothing devilish about it. It is nothing less than a very magical tome that bespeaks of our true potential as human being. Know you this human being you are not some miniscule creature crawling on the face of the earth but rather you are a god unto yourself. If you dare to read this book and apply its life lesson you will be a liberated being who can reach your potential. Indeed this book has many messages.
Since I got from memory without referencing the book after reading it I will share some of the messages that I received but please bear in mind that this book contains so much more. Perhaps the most poignant message is reaffirming how powerful and how important we really are. Our mere presence creates such an impact on the world at large that it is almost impossible to measure. The author has called this the Nexus theory or the Chaos theory. There is also the message that fees us from the opinion of other. Worrying about others opinion of us makes us slaves to their point of view. Shall we talk about people who we think are friends, many may not be true they want to be with you not because they like or love but because they want to use you. Others will pretend to keep us down and prevent us from rising to our true potential. Those that keep us down we need to let go of them and move on….push forward. Don’t get caught up in the miniscule conflicts that bog us down leave those aside and concentrate on your own wonderful being. There are exercise contained therein to help achieve calm and relaxation.
Towards the end we do hear the devil speak although he is not the devil rather he is Lucifer the Light Bringer. He never fell from Heaven , he is still at the right hand of God. The arch angel and our guardian angels all have our best interests in mind. They protect us and they teach us. The deities exist also and are expressions of the divine. To be honest though the authors do tell us to get closer to god. He is the source of all. There are several prayers to God, angels and few for the devil.

At the books end there are instructions for a magical bath and clearing out your house. If interested let me know or better yet get the book. The instruction are simple and easy to follow. This is a blessing because many times magic books make things so complex. There are prayers for just about everything and instruction on how to charge a sigil. At the end are some example of sigils that you can use.

This is a tome of liberation. Remember that magical workers connect with the divine the force of creation and they help create the world in their own image. Remember that the devil is not the evil guys waiting around the corner to mess you up. The church fathers needed a boogey man to scapegoat all our sins. A figment of some twisted old man’s imaginations. Be free do not let guilt hold you back or down ask for forgiveness and if one has wronged you be sure to forgive as well. Society tries to keep [us down but this book will help you rise to heights of spiritual greatness. By the way my wife leafed through the book and wanted to read it when I was done. That is a first.


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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Path of the Jewish Mystic

Path of the Kabbalah (Patterns of World Spirituality/Paths)Path of the Kabbalah by David Sheinkin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This man has definitely sat on the shoulder of giants and seen far into the distance . Not a bad piece of work for a medical doctor who is not a rabbi. No less the way he writes makes sense and he relays some pretty heavy concepts down to layman terms.

Starting off it is mentioned that Jewish mysticism and the path of Torah are just one of many paths one can traverse upon to reach the pinnacle of Godhead. Systems can even be developed much like they are in New Age movement but these systems which are hodge podge of things taken from different spiritual paths. This could limit their effectiveness as they lack a proper system of checks and balances.

Judaism itself is rather deep. Most are familiar with the written Torah which consists of the five Books of Moses, Prophets and the Writings. There is more further explanation was contained in the Oral Torah. Kabbalah not mentioned in the Torah is the inner working of the Universe.

Much of Kabbalist knowledge is not contained in the Torah. FOr example take the word for God, he is called the ain sof, that without end. This epithet is not mentioned once in the Bible. The other name for god like Elokim, Adoni, Jehovah are not names of god but rather names of his attributes he created in order to work with the physical world. The top three are too holy for us humans so we only deal with the lower seven. These attributes are called the Sefirote. They are what god uses to interface with us. Ain Sof or god is beyond male and female or even the spiritual. It is unchanging. THe sefirote interact with us, change us and are in turn changed by us. Gods power is too strong for us to be near to so there has to be distance like the Earth from the sun. To get his power for our benefit we need step down stations so it is not too strong for us.

Most of existence is fillled by the Ain Sof or the light of Ain Sof. To make room for creation God had to constrict himself. It left a small dot which would fill our realm, the spiritual realm and five different universes. It gets complicated. Needless to say we are in the realm action Assiyut. Too dwell in other realms would put us too close to God which would be bad for us. Then fifth universe is Adam Kadmon or primordial man. That is in charge of everything .

In the beginning the Sephirote broke apart because the light was too intense .They were reformed as five partzufin. THe sephirote exist forever on the spiritual realm. They interact in combinations. Every Sephora contains all the other sephirote.

This short book chock full of information is only 192 pages. This book is excellent for those wishing to get their feet wet in Mysrtical Judaism.It is also. Excellent for intermediate learners. Great explanation of concepts and some cool mediation’s at the end.

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

The zdark Side of Avalon Pagan Pedophiles

The Last Closet: The Dark Side of AvalonThe Last Closet: The Dark Side of Avalon by Moira Greyland
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I remember the impact Marion Zimmer Bradley’s book made upon me. It was one of my favorites and the only one of her books that I truly liked. This retelling of king Authrur has included elements of incest, homosexuality and forbidden loves. Not like Arthur did not have a romance with his sister in the original or that Lancelot did not fall for Guenivere. There was no homosexuality in the original, but if it were true all that stuff would be there.

Moira Greyland , a few years older than myself, lived through Hell. Being the daughter of Marion Zimmer Bradley is no cakewalk. Marion was abusive physically and sexually. Marion grew up on a farm near New York and her family was very abusive. Walter Breen, the husband and father, was an abandoned orphan.

The Boondoggle Affair happened at one of those Science Fiction conventions when it became known that Walter was molesting young boys. He would later meet Marion and they would settle down in Berkeley.

Moira and her two brothers grew up in a hippie / pagan version of Hell. Walter was a nusmatist or a coin expert. Very bright he was one of those types who was a little bit weird. He could not take care of himself and he had a penchant for young boys.

In the sixties he wrote a book called a Greek Love, where in he stated that homosexuality between boys and men was the norm. He also believed that young boys or girls for that matter should be able to choose on their own if they want sex with adults or other children. In Berkeley if one was not sexually liberated enough one was called a prude. According to Moira the parents wanted to raise her as a lesbian. Parents shunned things that made boys too masculine or women to feminine.

All the while growing up Moira was adware of how her father victimized young boys including her boyfriends. Moira herself was victimized by both her mother and father. The results of this lead to aa severe case of PTSD and a sojourn in a mental hospital.

For me this book was an eye opener. All along the way Pagans are coming up as perverts and child molesters. Kenny Klein was a most poignant example. Some example mentioned in her book mention Isaac Bonewitz who asked Marion if he could get sexual favors from Moira. Lewis Carrol used to photograph little girls naked.
It seems that strange attitudes regarding sex are not only tolerated in Pagan, Sci Fi and ren fair circuits but encouraged .


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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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