Liminal Book Review: The Witches’ Ointment

The Witches’ Ointment: The Secret History of Psychedelic Magic. Thomas Hatsis; Park Street Press, Rochester, Vermont. 286 pages. As the waning moon appears on a darkened horizon, I remove my clothes and light a candle with intentions of oneiromanic prophecies. From a hidden cupboard in an old 19th century secretary, I remove several tins with arcane symbols…magickal salves of soporific splendours …

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Liminal Book Review: Ritual Offerings

Ritual Offerings: Feeding Your Spirits – Empowering Your Magick. Edited by Aaron Leitch; 2014. Nephilim Press. 274 pages. Copy 629/1000. My magick really went into overdrive when I started making offerings. Always a theist of some kind, I was trained early in the techniques of Buddhist meditation and mantra. Part of that practice included giving to the Buddhas water, flowers, …

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Liminal Book Review: “Snake Yoga” (DVD)

Snake Yoga: Sacred Feminine Wisdom. Le’ema Kathleen Graham; Goddess Work. DVD and booklet . 2008. http://www.snakeyoga.com/ Having been at home for the past 5 years, with my family and doing a Master’s degree online has really been conducive to the lazy lifestyle I like to maintain. But, it has also meant I’ve “let myself go”. I have never been an …

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Liminal Book Review: Lunatik Witchcraft

Lunatik Witchcraft: Illuminating Your Underworld. Shay Skepevski; 2012. Lulu.com. 196 pages. This gem of gnosis is offered up to the Hekatean community as a grimoire from mystic and artist Shay Skepevski of Sydney, Australia. With a familial background in Macedonian and Greek cultures, Skepevski draws on his heritage along with commonly known primary sources concerning the worship and magic of …

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Liminal Book Review: The Dance of the Mystai

The Dance of the Mystai – A Modern Mystery Tradition. Tinnekke Bebout; Pagan Writers Press, Houston, Texas. 3441 pages (digital). Part introduction to the modern mystery tradition of the Mystai, part journey of feminist self-discovery, and another part personal narrative, The Dance of the Mystai is an inspiring book which points to the very heart of Goddess spirituality, then offers …

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Liminal Book Review: Summoning the Fates

Summoning the Fates: A Woman’s Guide to Destiny. Zsuzsanna E. Budapest; Three Rivers Press, New York, NY. 1998. 242 pages. I do not put much stock in Astrology, especially since taking an Astronomy class in college and learning about the Earth’s precession; making me a Taurus instead of Gemini. But as anyone who has years of experiencing magic and psychic …

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Liminal Book Review: Lords of the Left-Hand Path

Lords of the Left Hand Path: Forbidden Practices & Spiritual Heresies (From the Cult of Set to the Church of Satan). Stephen E. Flowers, Ph.D.; Inner Traditions, Rochester, Vermont. 1997; 2nd edition 2012. 288 pages. Cogito ergo sum; “I think, therefore I am” was first put forth as an existential idea by Rene Descartes back in the 17th century. Being …

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Liminal Book Review: Mastering Witchcraft

Mastering Witchcraft – A Practical Guide for Witches, Warlocks & Covens. Paul Huson; Perigee Books, New York, NY. Second Printing, 1980. 256 pages.   Being a ‘newbie’ to witchcraft these days seems NOT to be something worthy of boasting; not that I am in any way, shape or form new to this path. It seems everybody is either an amateur …

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Liminal Book Review: The Red Goddess

  The Red Goddess by Peter Grey; Scarlet Imprint, under the banner Bibliotechque Rouge. Published in the U.K., 2011. 248 pages. Babalon compels me to re-think my Pagan ideologies. When I was a younger ‘religious scholar’ I poured over and obsessed on the Book of Revelations. Not understanding the history of it’s author or any comparison in apocalyptic writings, my Catholic …

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Liminal Book Review: A History of Pagan Europe

A History of Pagan Europe by Nigel Pennick and Prudence Jones; Routledge, London, England. Published originally in 1995, revised 2001. 288 pages. Whilst I am very drawn to the Eastern ‘pantheons’ of Buddhas and Bodhisattva s, my DNA wants to connect and find things in common other than ancestry. A History of Pagan Europe, by Nigel Pennick and Prudence Jones …

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