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Magia Sexualis, by Paschal Beverly Randolph

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Magia Sexualis, by Paschal Beverly Randolph and Maria de NaglowskaMagia Sexualis, by Paschal Beverly Randolph and Maria de NaglowskaMagia Sexualis: Sexual Practices for Magical Power, by Paschal Beverly Randolph and Maria de Naglowska, translated by Donald Traxler Inner Traditions, 9781594774188, 174 pp. (incl. notes, bibliography, and index), 2012Paschal Beverly Randolph's Magia Sexualis has often been called the most influential book about sex magick ever written. It survives through Maria de Naglowska's French translation and adaptation in an edition of 1,007 copies published more than 50 years after Randolph's death.Pashal Beverly Randolph (1825-1875) was an African American doctor, and the occultist who introduced sex magick to North America. He began his studies with the Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor, and went on to author several books, founded the Brotherhood of Eulis, became a Rosicrucian, and was a rival of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky. The Brotherhood of Eluis was an initiating group, which sought to examine "occult data in the light of contemporary science." Read More

Voices of the Sacred Feminine, ed. Karen Tate

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Voices of the Sacred Feminine, edited by Karen TateVoices of the Sacred Feminine, edited by Karen TateVoices of the Sacred Feminine: Conversations to Re-Shape Our World, edited by Rev. Dr. Karen Tate Changemakers Books, 978-1-78279-510-0, 394 pp., 2014Voices of the Sacred Feminine is a collection of 40 interviews and guest essays on Rev. Dr. Karen Tate’s Internet radio show of the same name. I’ve never listened to it, never heard of it until I reviewed this book, and wow, was I missing out! The book is a sampling of her shows over the past nine years, covering everything from sacred art to politics to archaeomythology. The book is divided into five sections: Deity, Archetype and Ideal; Ritual and Healing; Alternatives to Patriarchy; Sacred Activism; and a tribute to the late drummer Layne Redmond.Each section is rich in its own right, and worthy of its own book review. Here, I’ll choose one conversation from each section to give a sense of what you might find in it. Read More

Tarot Mucha, by Giulia F. Massaglia

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The Tarot MuchaThe Tarot MuchaTarot Mucha, artwork by Giulia F. Massaglia, colouring by Barbara Nosenzo, booklet by Lunaea Weatherstone Lo Scarabeo, 9780738745589, 78 cards, 128 pp. booklet, 2015The Tarot Mucha is an Art Nouveau style deck inspired by Czech painter Alphonse Mucha. Mucha's style resonates in his unique lettering, and the stained glass work that seems to influence his paintings. He broke into the art world when noted stage actress Sarah Bernhardt became the model for his most famous posters.This deck is a pleasure to work with: it provides an almost immediate sense that it works well as a deck for daily use, a workhorse for professional readers and a fine introduction for those new to tarot. The deck features quality, slick cardstock, a sturdy box that could well replace a need for a bag or other container, and a well-written book that offers a few straight-forward spreads.Read More

The Angel and the Abyss, by J. Daniel Gunther

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The Angel and the Abyss, by J Daniel GuntherThe Angel and the Abyss, by J Daniel GuntherThe Angel and the Abyss: The Inward Journey, Books II and III, by J. Daniel Gunther Ibis Press, 9780892542116, 399 pp., 2014In 2009 J. Daniel Gunther published Initiation in the Aeon of the Child, Book I of his Inward Journey series, and it was a great book. (Ed note: See Ges' earlier review of Initiation in the Aeon of the Child.) Now five years later he releases The Angel and the Abyss, Book II and III of the series, and a more than worthy successor to the original. Read More

The Magiculum, ed. by Todd Landman

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The Magiculum, edited by Todd LandmanThe Magiculum, edited by Todd LandmanThe Magiculum, edited by Todd Landman EyeCorner Press, 9788792633279, 216 pp., 2014Editor Todd Landman decided he'd like to create a magiculum vitae, a sort of magical resume, and became interested what such a thing would look like among  those of his friends and associates. Landman invited them to write essays about their experiences, and the only guideline seems to have been three questions: 1) What in your upbringing and formation lead you to magic?, 2) What does magic mean for you?, and 3) In what ways odes magic affect your day-today-living? From there, The Magiculum was born. Read More

Deep Magic Begins Here, by Julian Vayne

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Deep Magic Begins Here, by Julian VayneDeep Magic Begins Here: Tales and Techniques of Practical Occultism, by Julian Vayne Mandrake of Oxford, 9781906958527, 183 pp. (incl. sources, notes and bibliography), 2013Julian Vayne has written and contributed to eight books, and writes regularly for the always excellent Blog of Baphomet. His earlier book, Now That's What I Call Chaos Magick, co-written with Greg Humphries, is one I regularly recommend to budding chaotes and those who want to get a feel for what chaos magick is really like. Read More

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